I chose an oldy, but a goody for this months audio book review! If you like cozy mysteries then this book, Mystery Stories Of Violet Strange by Anna K. Green, is for you.
If you’re a fan of Sir Arthur Connon Doyle or Agatha Christie, then you’ll definitely find this book entertaining because both of those great writers were inspired by this author.
I would classify this book as a Cozie Mystery. (Murders and sexual content is usually off page)
Violet Strange, 17, at the start of the books, is a debutante detective in New York, set in 1899. She is a crack sleuth, unbeknownst to her family or her upper class friends. You need a detective? She’s your gal.. but only if she’s interested in the case.
Why a wealthy young woman needs to be a detective, no one knows. It is a bit difficult to describe the stories in this book without giving them away… so if your interested you’ll have to read them to find out what they’re about.
The narrator of this audio book is Shelly Fraiser. She does a good job of changing her voice for different characters. I think she reads a tad slower then I would like, but that’s a personal preference.
My book Review
I would suggest caution in giving this collection of stories to younger or more sensitive individuals. There are a couple of stories that were tragic or disturbing.
I really enjoyed this collection of stories and the author’s writing style. Anna K. Green, is considered one of the founding mothers of detective fiction, as her writings were the inspiration for many writers during the golden age of detective fiction. Hers were also the first stories to feature a spinster sleuth and a young woman sleuth as main characters, separately of course. We quite possible wouldn’t have Miss Marple without Anna K. Green!
If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, then I’d say this group of tales is for you. Be prepared as not all of stories end well.
Where to get it
The good news on this book, is that you can get it for free!
If you’re an Audible Premium Plus member, this version of the book is free to listen to.
If you don’t mind reading it yourself, you can download it for free at Gutenberg press: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3071
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