In The Spotlight: Anna Katherine Green’s The Golden Slipper and Other Problems For Violet Strange

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SpotlightHello, All,

Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. It can be both interesting and useful to take a look at early crime fiction. After all, the genre as we know it now has its roots in those early stories. So let’s turn today’s spotlight on one such example: Anna Katherine Green’s The Golden Slipper and Other Problems for Violet Strange, first published in 1915.

This is a collection of nine short stories featuring New York debutante Violet Strange. As you might expect, given the times, her father wants her to marry and settle into life as a wealthy New York aristocrat. Violet, though, has another interest. She is secretly employed as a private investigator. Her mysterious employer sends her the information needed to solve cases; Violet uses her social status, her deductive abilities and her intelligence to solve them.

In the first story, The Golden Slipper

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