The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow


Read by Richard Kilmer

(4.1 stars; 194 reviews)

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.(Summary girlbooks/blog.com ) (10 hr 49 min)

Chapters

01 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 1 - Let Someone Speak 13:22 Read by Richard Kilmer
02 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 2 - In Room B 21:21 Read by Richard Kilmer
03 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 3 - "I have Something to S… 16:15 Read by Richard Kilmer
04 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 4 - A Strategic Move - Par… 21:06 Read by Richard Kilmer
05 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 4 - A Strategic Move - Par… 22:08 Read by Richard Kilmer
06 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 5 - Three Where Two Should… 8:09 Read by Richard Kilmer
07 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 6 - The Man in the Gallery 28:31 Read by Richard Kilmer
08 - Book 1 - A Problem of the First Order - Chapter 7 - "You Think That of Me" 27:24 Read by Richard Kilmer
09 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 8 - On the Search 18:18 Read by Richard Kilmer
10 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 9 - While the City Slept 13:51 Read by Richard Kilmer
11 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 10 - "And He Stood Here" 7:11 Read by Richard Kilmer
12 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 11 - Footsteps 12:36 Read by Richard Kilmer
13 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 12 - "Spare nobody: I say, Spare Nobody!" 10:56 Read by Richard Kilmer
14 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 13 - "Write Me His Name" 20:29 Read by Richard Kilmer
15 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 14 - A loop of Silk 8:46 Read by Richard Kilmer
16 - Book 2 - Mr. X - Chapter 15 - News from France 16:33 Read by Richard Kilmer
17 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 16 - Friends 9:14 Read by Richard Kilmer
18 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 17 - The Cuckoo-Clock 17:55 Read by Richard Kilmer
19 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 18 - Mrs. Davis' Strange Lodger 27:23 Read by Richard Kilmer
20 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 19 - Mr. Gryce and the Timid Chi… 21:14 Read by Richard Kilmer
21 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 20 - Mr. Gryce and the Unwary W… 8:52 Read by Richard Kilmer
22 -Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 21 Perplexed 12:15 Read by Richard Kilmer
23 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 22 - He Remembers 13:29 Read by Richard Kilmer
24 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 23 - Girls, Girls! Nothing but G… 23:24 Read by Richard Kilmer
25 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 24 - Flight 12:45 Read by Richard Kilmer
26 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 25 - Terror 27:55 Read by Richard Kilmer
27 - Book 3 - Storm In The Mountains - Chapter 26 - The Face in the Window 8:58 Read by Richard Kilmer
28 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 27 - From Lips Long Silent 6:18 Read by Richard Kilmer
29 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 28 - "Romantic! Too Romantic!" - Part 1 20:09 Read by Richard Kilmer
30 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 28 - "Romantic! Too Romantic!" - Part 2 19:40 Read by Richard Kilmer
31 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 29 - A Strong Man 11:25 Read by Richard Kilmer
32 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 30 - The Creeping Shadow 7:37 Read by Richard Kilmer
33 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 31 - Confronted 34:05 Read by Richard Kilmer
34 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 32 - "Why Is That Here?" 28:59 Read by Richard Kilmer
35 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 33 - Again The Cuckoo-Clock 6:12 Read by Richard Kilmer
36 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 34 - The Bud--Then the Deadly Flower - Part 1 28:26 Read by Richard Kilmer
37 - Book 4 - Nemesis - Chapter 34 - The Bud--Then the Deadly Flower - Part 2 36:05 Read by Richard Kilmer

Reviews

in defense of Richard Kilmer

(5 stars)

I'm sick of reading how people feel so free to criticize Mr. Killer's reading. It's true he does not use the inflections, or dialects/accents that many other readers use. However, his tone is not monotone. His voice is pleasant and soothing. There are many other readers who could take a lesson from him! However, I'll not criticize them publicly as long as such s rich store of literature is available to listen to for free or until i, myself, am willing and able to be a volunteer reader myself.

Great Story & Reader

(4.5 stars)

At the beginning you're hit with 3 mysteries only to later get even more plus a surprise! To start off you'll wonder who killed the girl, why is her mom acting strange, & did the husband of the witness die as she envisioned? A great mystery story even though it did drag a bit at one point & if I think that even a best friend wouldn't go to such an extreme end. The latter seemed ridiculous which is why I can't give 5 stars. It is still a worthwhile listen for sure. The reader is so NOT monotonous but his voice is beautifully soothing so just don't listen when sleepy. I wish most volunteers had such a voice!

Sad but well-constructed story

(5 stars)

Detective Gryce and Sweetwater investigate the murder of a young girl killed by an arrow in museum. The mystery that unfolds is unexpected, has its usual twists and turns, but the end is still a surprise. It's a story of love and devotion, friendship and hate, as well as sadness and the lowest nature of humankind. The plot is tight and well written. Any AKG fan will enjoy this book. Richard Kilmer does an outstanding job reading this story. I highly recommend "The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow."

(5 stars)

Loved it. A compelling story, well written and very well read (except for the afore mentioned mispronunciation of the word 'escape'). At first I thought it began too slowly and was about to move on to another read, but the story does unfold in ever so many

depressing

(2 stars)

this is a sad story about a psychopath, two emotionally unstable and one innocent person. The reader did a good job, but had a strange cadence. the book is extremely wordy which made it seem very long. I cannot recommend this book.

(2.5 stars)

Good book that is ruined by the reader. He reads too sing-songy with pauses where they aren't called for and voice changes when not needed. I wish he would have just read the story.

hasty arrow

(1 stars)

Reader's cadence made it difficult to listen to. He also mispronounced words. The book was so overwritten so as to make it tedious.

The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow

(5 stars)