Anna Katherine Green, Catherine Louisa Parker, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Susan Glaspell were late nineteenth/early twentieth century pioneers of the mystery genre. We’ll read and discuss four of their mysteries: The Leavenworth Case, The Black Bag Left on a Doorstep, The Man in Lower Ten and A Jury of Her Peers. Each contains an element that was new for the genre, and together we’ll determine what that new element was, how it was used in the story and how future mystery writers incorporated it in their work. Join us for a look back at these four iconic women and their equally memorable sleuths who would change the Gilded Age mystery genre forever! Any edition of the books acceptable.