The Grotto Spectre by Anna Katherine Green

Here is another Problem For Violet Strange, Debutante Detective from the series by AK Green. Green was considered the mother of the detective novel. In a discussion of women writers of detective fiction, scholar Ellen Higgins in 1994 chronicled the work of Green as popularizing the genre a decade before Arthur Conan Doyle brought out his first Sherlock Holmes story. “I only found out afterward that some people were a little upset with it because they don’t want to hear about women competing with the master”, Higgins said. Enjoy!

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