The Filigree Ball

The Filigree Ball
Being a full and true account of the solution of the mystery concerning the Jeffrey-Moore affair

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The Filigree Ball by Anna Katharine Green

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The Filigree Ball
Being a full and true account of the solution of the mystery concerning the Jeffrey-Moore affair

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4.6
(5 Reviews)
It is a story to be read with a rush, for no one can put it down until he has found the heart of the mystery. For originality of detail and cleverness of development this book is really unusual. This is something more than a mere detective story; it is a thrilling romance--a romance of mystery and crime where a shrewd detective helps to solve the mystery.

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es. You have matches and a revolver?"

He nodded, quietly showing me first the one, then the other; then with a sheepish air which he endeavored to carry of with a laugh, he cried:

"Have you use for 'em? If so, I'm quite willing, to part with 'em for a half-hour."

I was more than amazed at this evidence of weakness in one I had always considered as tough and impenetrable as flint rock. Thrusting back the hand with which he had half drawn into view the weapon I had mentioned, I put on my sternest sir and led the way across the street. As I did so, tossed back the words:

"We may come upon a gang. You do not wish me to face some half-dozen men alone?"

"You won't find any half-dozen men there," was his muttered reply. Nevertheless he followed me, though with less spirit than I liked, considering that my own manner was in a measure assumed and that I was not without sympathy - well, let me, say, for a dog who preferred howling a dismal accompaniment to his master's music, to keepi

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A beautiful young bride is found shot to death in an old family house that has seen other mysterious deaths, including the death of a stranger during her wedding just a few weeks prior. Green isn't nearly as adept in this tale as she is in her better books. The style is clunky, the action drags and the characters aren't compelling.
This was terrific! It soon becomes clear that what at first seems so obvious is not obvious at all. It really keeps you turning the pages! I really like Anna Katherine Green. She can out plot Agatha Christie when she wants to do so. I am pleased that her works are available on Manybooks.