Reviews by Leah A. Zeldes

Agatha Webb

by Anna Katharine Green

Excellent! This is the best Anna Katharine Green novel I've read. In retrospect, I can find some nits to pick, but while reading it, I found it so exciting that I stayed up all night to finish it first.

A saintly woman is found stabbed, with her husband, a dementia victim, found asleep with blood on his sleeve; her housekeeper is dead, too. The reprobate son of the town's first citizen acts suspicious; his girlfriend is blackmailing him. Witnesses saw a strange, bearded old man.

There's lots going on, and the solution is quite unexpected. (Unlikely, too, and a bit of a let down but the rest is so absorbing that it doesn't matter in the least.)

Reviewed on 2015.04.13

Anthony Trent, Master Criminal

by Wyndham Martyn

An episodic novel describing the capers of a newsman turned crime writer turned gentleman thief. While his exploits are sometimes ingenious, on the whole, they're not very interesting.

Reviewed on 2015.04.13

At One-Thirty

by Isabel Ostrander

Damon Gaunt is an interesting Sherlock Holmes-style detective, with a twist. He's blind, and performs his deductions with his other senses. As with Holmes, though, after a while the amazement with which the other characters greet his discoveries (particularly those which don't apply to the case, somebody's rheumatism, for example) and his explanations for them get a little tiresome. Seeking the murderer of an unpleasant rich man, he ultimately clears out all the red herrings, and discovers a distressing truth. (Unfortunately, this version of the book is full of typos and scanning errors.)

Reviewed on 2015.04.10

The Girls of Chequertrees

by Marion St. John Webb

Four disparate girls receive a mysterious invitation to spend six months as caretakers of the village home of a woman barely known to them, during which time they may not see any relatives, in order to earn 50 a piece. This might seem as if it was heading for some kind of moral, but although they manage to pass the time, none of them really grows or changes significantly during the period. That makes it feel somewhat pointless.

Reviewed on 2015.04.10

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