Shades Of Words

A Strange Disappearance


A strange Disappearance

Book Depository recently made a large number of ebooks free on their website which resulted in me going on  a downloading spree. I tried to download books that I usually would not pick up from a store or from the library. Interesting titles and covers helped ofcourse. I noticed a series of books by Anna Katherine Green and on googling her up I realized that she is considered as the ‘mother’ of mystery novel writing in US. I downloaded a bunch of books by her and “A Strange Disappearance” is the first one that I read.

I really did enjoy the book.It was very ‘Wilkie Collins’ in its style but less obtuse. The mystery was fairly simple. A young maid has disappeard in odd circumstances from the house of a famous diplomat, Mr. Blake. The only who seems to care is the old housekeeper Mrs. Daniels. She approaches the police and is helped my Mr. Gryce , the police detective and his junior assitant. The novel is narrated by this assistant. Thuogh Mr Blake does not issue an investigation, the assitant on his own accord, decides to observe the goings on at Mr. Blake’s residence to get to the bottom of the mystery. We follow him follow Mr. Blake around the town and in the countryside and discover pieces of information that all seem to tie back to the disappearance of the young girl.

Several questions arise in the first few pages – What was the realy identity of the girl who has disappeared? Why does Mr. Blake haunt the alleys of New York? Who is the woman in the potrait in his study? What’s the secret in the abandoned innhouse?

The story is interesting and quite a page turner for that style of writing. The descriptions are very effective – I felt the hair stand on my neck quite a few times.

I think Anna K Greene will make for very good comfort reads.


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “A Strange Disappearance

  1. you rock girl! thanks for letting us know about the Book Depository 🙂 and also for helping me add a new author to my TBR pile.

    Well its news to me too that Anna Green is that popular in US.

  2. thanks..the free ebooks are really awesome. I mean its a great opportunity to try new genres. They have 11000 books available and it includes a lot of famous books and writers. Do explore it.

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