The Forsaken Inn

The Forsaken Inn An old and dilapidated inn in upstate New York provides the setting for this gothic mystery involving two couples in the s Edwin Urquhart loved by two sisters chooses to marry the elder Arriving

  • Title: The Forsaken Inn
  • Author: Anna Katharine Green
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An old and dilapidated inn in upstate New York provides the setting for this gothic mystery involving two couples in the 1700s.Edwin Urquhart, loved by two sisters, chooses to marry the elder Arriving at the Forsaken Inn for their honeymoon, they occupy an apartment containing a secret chamber That night, the young bride is murdered and buried in this secret room Did heAn old and dilapidated inn in upstate New York provides the setting for this gothic mystery involving two couples in the 1700s.Edwin Urquhart, loved by two sisters, chooses to marry the elder Arriving at the Forsaken Inn for their honeymoon, they occupy an apartment containing a secret chamber That night, the young bride is murdered and buried in this secret room Did her new husband commit the crime or is something much sinister afoot Excerpt I was riding between Albany and Poughkeepsie It was raining furiously, and my horse, already weary with long travel, gave unmistakable signs of discouragement I was, therefore, greatly relieved when, in the most desolate part of the road, I espied rising before me the dim outlines of a house, and was correspondingly disappointed when, upon riding forward, I perceived that it was but a deserted ruin I was approaching, whose fallen chimneys and broken windows betrayed a dilapidation so great that I could scarcely hope to find so much as a temporary shelter therein Nevertheless, I was so tired of the biting storm that I involuntarily stopped before the decayed and forbidding structure, and was, in truth, withdrawing my foot from the stirrup, when I heard an unexpected exclamation behind me, and turning, saw a chaise, from the open front of which leaned a gentleman of most attractive appearance What are you going to do he asked Hide my head from the storm, was my hurried rejoinder I am tired, and so is my horse, and the town, according to all appearances, must be at least two miles distant No matter if it is three miles You must not take shelter in that charnel house, he muttered and moved along in his seat as if to show me there was room beside him Why, I exclaimed, struck with sudden curiosity, is this one of the haunted houses we hear of If so, I shall certainly enter, and be much obliged to the storm for driving me into so interesting a spot I thought he looked embarrassed At all events, I am sure he hesitated for a moment whether or not to ride on and leave me to my fate But his better impulses seemed to prevail, for he suddenly cried Get in with me, and leave mysteries alone If you want to come back here after you have learned the history of that house, you can do so but first ride on to town and have a good meal Your horse will follow easily enough after he is rid of your weight.

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    1. 4 1/2 starsThis was one of those free kindle books; you know, the kind with the boring red and cream cover? In fact, if it wasn't for the generic cover I would have read it much sooner but it looked sooooooo one-of-a-hundred that there was nothing to hook me in. Which is a shame cos I almost missed out on a great thriller.This book comprises all the creepy elements that make a good vintage mystery:an old house, secret rooms, intrigue, assumed identities and a crime that lies hidden for 16 years [...]

    2. Read hereCoursera: Plagues, Witches, and War: The Worlds of Historical FictionOpening: I WAS riding between Albany and Poughkeepsie. It was raining furiously, and my horse, already weary with long travel, gave unmistakable signs of discouragement. I was, therefore, greatly relieved when, in the most desolate part of the road, I espied rising before me the dim outlines of a house, and was correspondingly disappointed when, upon riding forward, I perceived that it was but a deserted ruin I was app [...]

    3. 4.5 starsMrs. Truax is the owner of the "Happy-Go-Lucky Inn", a very repectable inn in the 18th century North America. One day, a couple comes to stay in her in. She is immediately suspicious and distrustful but unable to confirm what is it that gives her the chills. The next day, after a weird night, the couple leaves, but Mrs. Truax is left with lingering doubts and uneasiness that robs her of sleep and peace of mind. Sixteen years later she finally finds out what it was and the story begins t [...]

    4. Gothic horror set in late 18th-century Revolutionary America. The language is baroque and the plot contrivances are unbelievable. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

    5. This book was actually first published long ago in 1890 and is considered to be the first bona fide historical mystery novel. Typically I skim books this old, unable to really get into them due to language differences or most likely my own mentality. This was not the case with this novel--I was riveted! If you like mysteries, go find it--tis a free download from Project Gutenberg--and give it a go. I'd love to hear what you think about it if you do read it!

    6. A Crime, a Crime – Most Heinous, Vile, Execrable, Gruesome and Blood-Curdling!If you like that sort of thing, stories about foul murder and an author’s heavy reliance on catenations both of adjectives and coincidences, then Anna Katharine Green’s 1890 novel The Forsaken Inn might be worth a try for you. An old wayside inn is the scene of a husband’s murder of his wife and of late retribution.Unlike her detective stories, Green’s The Forsaken Inn is not so much about unmasking the murde [...]

    7. Quite an interesting tale, some of the mysterious elements are nonexistent actually, but generally I'd say its just a series of events, past and present, which when carefully sifted presented an explanation to a rather queer state of affairs.

    8. Rating: 3.5 starsWow! Talk about a page-turner! I could hardly force myself to put this book down to go to bed last night! I read it mostly for research and writing inspiration, but I did enjoy it, although there were some elements I didn't like too much. A clever mystery, and even if I did guess the solution long before the ending the book was so well written and so gripping that it didn't actually matter that I already knew what was going to happen. I'd like to read more from this author.

    9. If you need to murder your cousin on her wedding night and assume her identity to be with the man you love, don't. Your relationship won't be happy, regardless. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green takes place before the inn is forsaken, it's actually quite prosperous. Set before and after the Revolutionary War, which has nothing to do with the story, the woman innkeeper is first skeeved out by a creepy man and his timid bride who spend the night in the Oak Parlour with their big heavy lugga [...]

    10. A classic mystery from the woman who is considered the "Mother of Detective Fiction" as her first book "The Leavenworth Case" (1878) introduced Inspector Ebenezer Gryce, the first fictional detective, 9 years before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes mystery.This was a very interesting "locked room" murder mystery. The plot takes a few detours as the author provides detailed back story for several of the characters, but the outstanding narration of Gabrielle de Cuir kept it interesti [...]

    11. The author did bestsellers in the beginning of the 20th century but was forgotten until probably scoolars found her while hunting for female forgotten writers. Now, I understand, she is heralded as a an overlooked inventor of the crime novel, comparable to the best.The plot is based on confused identities and an absurd amount of strange coincidences. Around chapter 3 I guessed the identity-mix-up. It took 12 additional chapters to explain this to the reader. After that, a hunt for the guilty sta [...]

    12. Anna Katharine Green is sometimes referred to as the "Mother of Detective Fiction." This novel is an excellent illustration of how that came to be.Told from the perspective of a Mrs. Truax, the owner of an inn during the time of the American and French Revolutions, "The Forsaken Inn" is a locked-room mystery that keeps readers guessing about what has happened. A young couple stays at the inn for the night, and goes on their way in the morning and several years later, the bride's body is found i [...]

    13. I read this as part of an online course in historical fiction. It started quite interesting and quickly drew me in - the fact that it wasn't compulsory to finish it and yet I did is an indication of that - but in the end I felt it was a bit pedestrian, probably a symptom of the time and the style in which it was written.

    14. Not bad for a historical mystery that is over 100 years old (takes place in the late 1700s). The writing is certainly a bit out of date, but that's OK. An easy read.

    15. A pleasant excursion into an inn with a hidden past, and an owner who won't rest until the secrets are exposed. Nice story, I recommend highly.

    16. The subtitle accurately describes this book. The gothic nature is conveyed mainly through the atmosphere created around the mystery accentuated by the initial scene of the ruined forsaken inn and the remote hideout of the jilted Mark Felt amongst craggy mountain peaks.As a mystery the tale is unusual in so far as we are made aware very soon of the crime, the victim and even the perpetrators. Our attention is engaged by the unravelling of the antecedents to the crime and the exposure of the partn [...]

    17. A very fast and entertaining read, so promising at the start with the characters catching on quickly to what would have been saved for the climax in a stupider book. Unfortunately, not much more is revealed in the second half, which is instead dedicated to the murderer annoyingly returning to the inn and dicking around in a prolonged manner. Also, the initial frame story is completely disregarded. Does that traveler want to stay in the ruins of the inn or not? I would.

    18. Classic!As an avid reader (2-4 books a week), I some how have not read many classics. This one was great! Was glad for the dictionary built into Kindle as the vocabulary of years ago was somewhat different.

    19. What a tale!Gave it 5 stars because I believe it to be one of the most interesting stories that I have ever read.

    20. I listened to this mystery on Audible, and found it thoroughly enjoyable. The narrator was great and the language in the story, which takes place in the 1700s, was fun. The mystery itself was not difficult to solve but the ride was fun anyway.

    21. How fantastic to always be learning! Did you know that Anna Katherine Green of Brooklyn, New York, was the “Mother of the Detective Novel”? Me either! But I chanced to read her “ The Forsaken Inn,” a brisk gothic tale complete with a secret chamber and an ominous trunk. Green’s work pre-dates that of both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. And her meddlesome lady, Amelia Butterworth, was the prototype for Miss Marple and a whole host of nosy and knowledgeable women who get to [...]

    22. The audiobook cover game me the impression that this was a comedic, gothic satire written this yeararently, I was way off!This is a gothic horror detective story written in the late 19th century by an American writer and set in late 18th century colonial/post-colonial America.I wasn't looking for a gothic story at this time, wanting something lighter--but I found myself drawn into the tale as it went on. The audiobook read by Gabrielle De Cuir is phenomenal. She gives each character such a depth [...]

    23. Definitely a great book! I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed this book given the premise. It is a bit of a slower pace than today's writing but I think of that as an advantage here. It really lets the surprise and the suspense build up. I would recommend this for any mystery or horror lover. There is nothing supernatural nor mystic about this story, and yet it goes well with lovers of both. Suitable for a late middle school reader, and up.

    24. Anna Katharine Green was considered the "Mother of Historical Mystery", a John Grisham of her time and then some.This was my first reading of her works and I loved it. She has all the elements required for a good mystery. A wonderful imaginative novel. A creepy Inn holds a secret passage that even the owner doesn't know about.One night a newly wed couple comes to the stay the night. He is lugging a heavy box which he says is books.Sixteen years later, another man, Mr. Tamworth, visits the Inn an [...]

    25. AUDIO BK: So I decided to give LibriVox a try again, and came across this little free gem! (It's also free on Kindle as ebook.) It's a mystery, and I kind of felt all Edgar-Allan-Poe-ish as I was listening to it. (I've also seen people say, "In the realm of Sherlock Holmes.") It really had me intrigued, and wondering how this was all going to end. I'm definitely going to checkout some more of Anna Katharine Green's writings!

    26. A real gothic novel with a modern flare. I enjoyed reading this early mystery novel written by a woman in 1889 and set 100 years before. The plot is straightforward, but it is better than most early mystery stories. Gabrielle deCure does a marvelous job reading the story and brining the characters to life. I highly recommend the audio book version.

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