Hand and Ring [NOOK Book]

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Another great old 19th Century mystery novel by Anna Katharine Green. In the town of Sibley in New York, the widow Clemens is attacked right after a group of friends, including the local District Attorney, had just concluded a discussion about crimes of this type. Before she dies she cries out: "Hand! Ring!" Later, during the coroner's inquest, suspicion falls on one man who stood to benefit from her death. But, Horace Byrd, a detective visiting from New York city, is not satisfied with this view, and begins to ...
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Hand and Ring

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Another great old 19th Century mystery novel by Anna Katharine Green. In the town of Sibley in New York, the widow Clemens is attacked right after a group of friends, including the local District Attorney, had just concluded a discussion about crimes of this type. Before she dies she cries out: "Hand! Ring!" Later, during the coroner's inquest, suspicion falls on one man who stood to benefit from her death. But, Horace Byrd, a detective visiting from New York city, is not satisfied with this view, and begins to investigate on his own... Complications, and much drama ensue. Finally, in the very closing chapters Mr. Gryce show up to straighten things out. The author had a wonderful knack for writing these lengthy old mystery novels - and sustaining interest all the way through. It's a long book. The table of contents preserves the original page numbers: and, the last chapter is listed as beginning on page 600! Nevertheless, I never lost interest, as new "red herrings" show up along the way. Without giving anything away, I should mention that readers may not find the events and reconstructions in the closing chapters to be entirely credible. The attitudes about men and women in this book are very 19th Century. Just the same, I recommend this highly to all lovers of mystery novels.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012176103
  • Publisher: Classic Mysteries
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 457
  • Sales rank: 1,328,267
  • File size: 308 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    I had a hard time putting this book down! I have read a good man

    I had a hard time putting this book down! I have read a good many of Anna Katharine Green books and am really enjoying her books, this being one of the best so far.

    There are multiple possible guilty persons to a murder that happens in a small town in NY. The story twists and turns and kept me guessing throughout as to the outcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Don't avoid this mystery with a great ending because it's from the 1800's!

    Another very pleasing mystery by the wonderful Anna Katharine Green. This is the 4th book of her Inspector Gryce series. However, Inspector Gryce isn't central to the book until the last 50 pages - although he appears in disguise earlier in the book. He certainly ties the mystery together and provides the reader with more clues to the killer. The ending was surprising, interesting, and, for this reader, very unexpected. BTW, most of the typos are in the literary quotes at the beginning of the chapters which are not essential to the story. Happy Reading!

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