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Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention amelia butterworth miss marple agatha christie miss butterworth next door well written anna katherine katherine green circular study twists and turns butterworth mysteries affair next lost man man lane thoroughly enjoyed highly recommend old fashioned easy to read really good time period.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The first two are told in the first person by Mrs. Butterworth herself and the last novel is told in the third person. I preferred the first person telling as that gave more amusing insight into the persona of Mrs. Butterworth, a nosy society spinster. To wit - " Modern novelists who cast their characters and plots in that time period try to do a good job characterizing the mind set of people at that time but one questions how accurate they may have been It is interesting to read a novel written by a woman who actually lived at that time and could accurately portray the states of mind that were prevalent during that period.

Butterworth as a woman of fine breeding would never allow emotion to show on her face and was proud of that fact. The stories themselves are well plotted. Not only is there the main murder mystery plot but several sub plot mysteries to keep the reader guessing. I may have to seek out other novels by Ann Katherine Green as I know I will enjoy them as I did the novels in this collection. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.

I thoroughly enjoyed Amelia Butterworth. This Victorian-era lady was self-made and entirely entertaining to get to know. The loving details of her life rang a true note. She didn't act like a victim when life happened. She had the pluck to do what was necessary--while always remaining a lady. This book reads more like a modern novel.

To me, she seemed a much more accurate portrayal of the women of her era than others I have read. You know the ones I mean--woman as victim, incapable, having to wait on someone else to solve her problems for her. The genre is familiar--there is a mystery to be solved and it falls to her to do it, and you know she'll come through, but it's all the little side things that keep this book fascinating. I love her relationship with those around her, her humanity, her creativity and industry. All of these things give her dimension and bring her to life! Miss Amelia has come to town. The language is stilted and formal compared with today's style, but I thought the stories were interesting and clever.

Although Amelia Butterworth would make me crazy if I worked with her today, I think she is realistic as a story character and for her time. She is observant and smart. She thinks about situations, waits for new information before acting, and does not constantly put herself knowingly into danger. She does have a relationship with the law enforcement guy, but it is entirely mental, and building a romance is not an objective of either character.

As mysteries, there is violence, of course, but it is not graphic. There are no gangs, drug-fueled craziness, or random, accidental murders of by-standing children. To me, although crazy-making in a couple of way, these stories were a relief and engrossing enough to keep me reading whenever I could find even a few free minutes. One person found this helpful. Fans of Victorian literature or cozy mysteries should definitely know the indomitable Miss Amelia Butterworth.

Like Amelia Peabody, Miss Butterworth is confident, occasionally self-aware, and unfailingly courageous.

Readers with the patience to get used to Victorian language style will be rewarded with skillful plotting and an enjoyable read in these stories. Cultivated, middle-aged and nosy, Amelia Butterworth may be Anna Katharine Green's greatest invention. In these three novellas, Miss Butterworth needs little encouragement to use her powers of observation to help Inspector Gryce solve mysterious disappearances and murders.

Her first-person narrative is remarkably self-aware and sometimes surprisingly modern. Miss Butterworth is a well-to-do spinster from a respectable New York family. Her curiosity for her neighbours is rewarded when she helps the police discover a murder in the house next door, and unravel its mystery.

The plot is s simple one, but it is told in such a convoluted way as to puzzle the reader and hold his or her attention until the final revelation.

Miss Butterworth's first person narrative is meant as a humorous device, she being very observant and critical of others, but sometimes blind to her own shortcomings. The old fashioned style and the many purple patches worsen in the second and third books, the latter using a rather trite third person narrative which makes one miss the butterworthian soliloquies. Look, these stories were writing a long time ago, and describe an American in transition shortly after the beginning of the twentieth century.

This is important to remember to follow the story, of course, but also to help you deal with the prose. It is excessive, but good, arduous but informative, lengthy, but fulfilling. This book was written to depict the way people think and not to edit these thoughts to the fewest number of words in the more minimalist currently-common way. This characteristic alone made the stories worth reading. Customer reviews There are no customer reviews yet.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. The first two are told in the first person by Mrs. Butterworth herself and the last novel is told in the third person. I preferred the first person telling as that gave more amusing insight into the persona of Mrs. Butterworth, a nosy society spinster. To wit - " Modern novelists who cast their characters and plots in that time period try to do a good job characterizing the mind set of people at that time but one questions how accurate they may have been It is interesting to read a novel written by a woman who actually lived at that time and could accurately portray the states of mind that were prevalent during that period.

Butterworth as a woman of fine breeding would never allow emotion to show on her face and was proud of that fact. The stories themselves are well plotted. Not only is there the main murder mystery plot but several sub plot mysteries to keep the reader guessing. I may have to seek out other novels by Ann Katherine Green as I know I will enjoy them as I did the novels in this collection. I thoroughly enjoyed Amelia Butterworth. This Victorian-era lady was self-made and entirely entertaining to get to know.

The loving details of her life rang a true note. She didn't act like a victim when life happened. She had the pluck to do what was necessary--while always remaining a lady.

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This book reads more like a modern novel. To me, she seemed a much more accurate portrayal of the women of her era than others I have read. You know the ones I mean--woman as victim, incapable, having to wait on someone else to solve her problems for her. The genre is familiar--there is a mystery to be solved and it falls to her to do it, and you know she'll come through, but it's all the little side things that keep this book fascinating.


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I love her relationship with those around her, her humanity, her creativity and industry. All of these things give her dimension and bring her to life! Miss Amelia has come to town. The language is stilted and formal compared with today's style, but I thought the stories were interesting and clever.

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Although Amelia Butterworth would make me crazy if I worked with her today, I think she is realistic as a story character and for her time. She is observant and smart. She thinks about situations, waits for new information before acting, and does not constantly put herself knowingly into danger. She does have a relationship with the law enforcement guy, but it is entirely mental, and building a romance is not an objective of either character.

As mysteries, there is violence, of course, but it is not graphic. There are no gangs, drug-fueled craziness, or random, accidental murders of by-standing children. To me, although crazy-making in a couple of way, these stories were a relief and engrossing enough to keep me reading whenever I could find even a few free minutes. Fans of Victorian literature or cozy mysteries should definitely know the indomitable Miss Amelia Butterworth.