Horatio Leavenworth, a wealthy New York merchant and philanthropist, is found dead in his private rooms. His favorite niece Mary is set to inherit his fortune, but all evidence seems to implicate her or her sister as the murderer. One of the best-selling novels of the nineteenth century, The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green introduced Ebenezer Gryce, the first American series detective. It was published nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes and even has seeds of the conventions that would soon define detective fiction. You’ll find a Watson-like narrator who pays close attention to detail, diagrams of crime scenes, and a pivotal gathering of suspects for the final revelation. If you count yourself a mystery fan, you owe it to yourself to open this masterful case.