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The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow

Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935)

1. 01 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 1 - Let Someone Speak
2. 02 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 2 - In Room B
3. 03 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 3 - I have Something to Show You
4. 04 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 4 - A Strategic Move - Part 1
5. 05 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 4 - A Strategic Move - Part 2
6. 06 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 5 - Three Where Two Should Be
7. 07 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 6 - The Man in the Gallery
8. 08 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 7 - You Think That of Me
9. 09 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 8 - On the Search
10. 10 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 9 - While the City Slept
11. 11 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 10 - And He Stood Here
12. 12 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 11 - Footsteps
13. 13 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 12 - Spare nobody: I say, Spare Nobody!
14. 14 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 13 - Write Me His Name
15. 15 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 14 - A loop of Silk
16. 16 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 15 - News from France
17. 17 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 16 - Friends
18. 18 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 17 - The Cuckoo-Clock
19. 19 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 18 - Mrs. Davis' Strange Lodger
20. 20 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 19 - Mr. Gryce and the Timid Child
21. 21 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 20 - Mr. Gryce and the Unwary Woman
22. 22 -Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 21 - Perplexed
23. 23 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 22 - He Remembers
24. 24 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 23 - Girls, Girls! Nothing but Girls!
25. 25 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 24 - Flight
26. 26 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 25 - Terror
27. 27 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 26 - The Face in the Window
28. 28 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 27 - From Lips Long Silent
29. 29 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 28 - Romantic! Too Romantic! - Part 1
30. 30 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 28 - Romantic! Too Romantic! - Part 2
31. 31 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 29 - A Strong Man
32. 32 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 30 - The Creeping Shadow
33. 33 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 31 - Confronted
34. 34 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 32 - Why Is That Here?
35. 35 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 33 - Again The Cuckoo-Clock
36. 36 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 34 - The Bud--Then the Deadly Flower - Part 1
37. 37 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 34 - The Bud--Then the Deadly Flower - Part 2

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Summary

It is the noon hour at a museum in New York City. The date: May 23, 1913. The weekday, attendance is light; the attendees are scattered between two floors. Suddenly a cry rings out from the second floor. Scrambling to Section II, the museum director discovers a teenage girl dead with an arrow through her heart. An older woman hovers over her whispering incoherent phrases in the girl's ear and offering incomprehensible answers to the director's questions. She is the only witness to the crime, or accident, as the case may be. How will the feeble, 83 year-old Mr. Gryce unravel this mystery when this witness is apparently insane?Anna Katharine Green was noted for her scientific approach to the murder mystery. In The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow she breaks more ground with her in-depth study of the psychological interplay between the murderer, the victim and the witnesses. Although more quietly paced, this mystery presents many elements of a current psychological thriller: blind ambition, narcissism, obsession and betrayal. Green adds a peculiar twist with the fact that two heartbroken relatives of the victim sacrifice virtually everything to protect the murderer.

Reviews

Louise

- Reprehensible Characters

What a bunch of horrible cowardly characters, apart from old Gryce very few had any redeeming graces. Reader was pretty good apart from there is no X in escape (can’t unhear it once you have)

TMC

- Long but enjoyable story

Good story with some interesting twists. Excellent narrator. Thank you!

RtR

- Inspector Gryce at his best

A very different and ironic plot. It kept me guessing all the way to the end.