The Circular Study


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(4.4 stars; 225 reviews)

In this well-plotted, character-driven mystery, Detective Gryce receives a cryptic message calling him to the scene of a “strange” crime. He soon finds that the adjective is correct, for in a quiet brownstone house in a respectable New York City neighborhood, he finds the body of a man brutally stabbed to death, yet lovingly laid out on the floor of his study. The only apparent witnesses are a deaf and dumb butler driven mad by the event, and a caged bird that sings out a vital but puzzling clue. Before he solves the crime, with the help of the redoubtable Miss Amelia Butterworth, Gryce must uncover a motive that spans generations and the passions that have kept it alive. Anna Katharine Green was a pioneering writer of detective fiction in the United States. Her first such novel, The Leavenworth Case, was published in 1878. She is credited with changing the genre by making her stories legally accurate. She invented the "girl detective." But her works remained popular because of their lively, twisting plots and the strong characters she developed. (Summary by Christine Dufour) (6 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Book I, Chapter 1 11:45 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 2 17:30 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 3 10:08 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 4 15:22 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 5 27:02 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 6 27:42 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 7 20:26 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 8 20:37 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 9 10:21 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 10 26:41 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 11 19:46 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 12 8:16 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 13 12:39 Read by Jacquerie
Book I, Chapter 14 6:13 Read by Jacquerie
Book II, Chapter 1, Part 1 21:04 Read by Jacquerie
Book II, Chapter 1, Part 2 14:36 Read by Jacquerie
Book II, Chapter 2 15:26 Read by Jacquerie
Book II, Chapter 3, Part 1 22:29 Read by Jacquerie
Book II, Chapter 3, Part 2 15:35 Read by Jacquerie
Book II, Chapter 4 9:00 Read by Jacquerie
Book II, Chapter 5 28:49 Read by Jacquerie
Book II, Chapters 6 and 7 13:41 Read by Jacquerie

Reviews

Another great mystery, reading, and recording

(4.5 stars)

I loved that this story brings Amelia and Gryce back together, even though it was not a major part of the plot. I thought this mystery had a more psychological aspect, which I enjoyed. Also, I am happy & grateful that these stories have been read by excellent single readers with great recording quality. It really does allow you to get lost in the story, rather than having your attention drawn away due to qualify of reading or recording. Thank you so much!

The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

(5 stars)

Christine Dufour did a good narration. It would be interesting to hear Green's views on today's mystery genera. She wove together the improbable into the probable in this story. Worth a listen.

A Haunting Heartache

(4.5 stars)

Beautifully read, artfully written, murder mystery. I've enjoyed every A.K.Green novel I've both read, and, listened to, and find their appeal generational.

Great!!!

(5 stars)

Everyone should read , listen to this detective mystery. It's like it could have been written today instead of over 100yrs ago. Excellent!

(4 stars)

my intro to this author, and I shall be sure to listen to more, well narrated, good ending

She does not disappoint

(5 stars)

Another of Green's well thought out stories; thanks for a delightful reading!

good read

(5 stars)

another great story .Also, I must say that I enjoyed the reader's voice.

undecided

(3.5 stars)

The story was more extreme and darker than usual for AKG. The villain is as crazy and terrifying, in a psychological way, as something from a horror show. The problem is the sweet, gentle, overdone Victorian language she uses. Instead of feeling scary and suspenseful, it just seems too odd and farfetched to be taken seriously. And listening to the ravings of a madman just felt somewhat repulsive rather than frightening. The mild, soft-spoken voice of the reader added to this effect. There were other plot issues as well. But for all that I don't regret reading it.