“The Circular Study” is a 1900 detective novel by Anne Katherine Green. The story revolves around a cryptic message received by Detective Gryce that takes him to a quiet house in up-market New York City where he discovers a dead body laid out delicately in the study. With an apparently insane, deaf, and dumb butler and a bird in a cage as the only witnesses, Gryce must employ the aid of Miss Amelia Butterworth to uncover the mystery of this heinous crime. The third instalment of Green’s female detective series “The Amelia Butterworth Mysteries” and also number ten in the “Mr Gryce Series”, “The Circular Study” is a riveting murder mystery not to be missed by fans and collectors of classic detective fiction. Anna Katharine Green (1846–1935) was an American novelist and poet. Among the first writers of detective fiction in America, she is considered to be the “mother” of the genre for her legally-accurate and well-thought-out plots. Other notable works by this author include: “The Leavenworth Case” (1878), “A Strange Disappearance” (1880), and “The Sword of Damocles: A Story of New York Life” (1881). Read & Co. Classics is proudly republishing this vintage detective novel now in a brand new edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.