The Leavenworth Case

The Leavenworth Case

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When someone shoots Horatio Leavenworth, a wealthy retired merchant, through the head in his library late one night, the evidence at the inquest indicates that no one could have left the victim's locked Manhattan mansion before the discovery of the body the next morning. Suspicion thus falls on members of the household, specifically the dead man's nieces, Mary and Eleanore, only one of whom stands to benefit from their uncle's death. Everett Raymond, a junior partner in a New York law firm that had Leavenworth as a client, teams with unassuming official investigator Ebenezer Gryce to seek the truth.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010
Description: xxiv, 326 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780143106128
Branch Call Number: Gree


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Jan 17, 2015

This is the novel that set the standards for modern detective fiction. The first couple chapters take a bit of time to get into, as it's an inquest, which seemed a bit boring. Once you get past that, it's a fantastic mystery that keeps you guessing till the end.

Arthur Conan Doyle also met with the author, and was so inspired by her that he based Sherlock Holmes partly off her detective.

Well worth reading if you are looking for 19th Century American lit, 19th cent. crime fiction, or a really good mystery.

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