X Y Z - A Detective Story

Read by Crln Yldz Ksr

(4.4 stars; 244 reviews)

"Sometimes in the course of his experience, a detective, while engaged in ferreting out the mystery of one crime, runs inadvertently upon the clue to another. But rarely has this been done in a manner more unexpected or with attendant circumstances of greater interest than in the instance I am now about to relate.

For some time the penetration of certain Washington officials had been baffled by the clever devices of a gang of counterfeiters who had inundated the western portion of Massachusetts with spurious Treasury notes. Some of the best talent of the Secret Service had been expended upon the matter, but with no favorable result, when, one day, notice was received at Washington that a number of suspicious-looking letters, addressed to the simple initials, X. Y. Z., Brandon, Mass., were being daily forwarded through the mails of that region; and it being deemed possible that a clue had at last been offered to the mystery in hand, I was sent northward to investigate." (Excerpt from chapter 1) (1 hr 59 min)


1 - The Mysterious Rendezvous, part 1 18:16 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
2 - The Mysterious Rendezvous, part 2 15:24 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
3 - The Mysterious Rendezvous, part 3 9:31 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
4 - The Black Domino, part 1 11:28 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
5 - The Black Domino, part 2 13:36 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
6 - An Unexpected Calamity 9:22 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
7 - In the Library 19:54 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
8 - The Yellow Domino, part 1 11:54 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
9 - The Yellow Domino, part 2 9:48 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr


Enjoyed the story and the reader.

(4 stars)

I enjoyed this story as I have enjoyed most books from Ms. Green. The reader was very good although with slightly different accent. Adds to variety in my opinion. Regarding an earlier comment about readers being NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS, all I have to say is I am unaware if there is only one type of accent in English. There's British (Scottish, Irish etc Australian American (southern, Boston Texan).

XYZ - A Detective Story

(4.5 stars)

Interesting mistery story by Anna Katherine Green. Good job, Carolyn. You read with a lot of expression and keep the story's interest. Thank you so much.


(5 stars)

I personally enjoy the delightful inflection and personality that each reader uses, I might even say especially so when listening to non native speakers. This is actually a beautiful way for all English listeners to expand their comprehension and skills, by listening at length to someone who does not live in your same region of the country, or part of the world. I have heard many non native speakers reading who mispronounced words and phrases to the point of being undiscernable, but in spite of others' claims, this reader does not do that at all. I actually thought her austere accent and excellent french were an asset to the atmosphere of the book. Thank you, reader for the production.

I liked this story

(5 stars)

While following a counterfeiting ring, the hero stumbles upon a murder. Rather than show his hand, he decides to step fully into the role. Let's see how he handles this case of mistaken identity. AKG has so many different styles of story telling. I have read as many of her novels as I have listened to them, and they are excellent. This is no exception. Reader is excellent, I love her soft voice and lilting accent.

I agree with all previous reviewers!

(4 stars)

I enjoyed this short work by AKG just as much as I've enjoyed her longer novels, even though it is different from her earlier works. Once again there's a good mystery, sound detective story, and excellent writing. The narrator's voice is lovely. She has an accent that, in my opinion, does not deter from her reading but rather makes it more enjoyable. I definitely recommend listening to this book!

(3 stars)

It took a while to get into this story but by ch. 3, it began to click. I was able to enjoy the rest. The ending was not what I had expected. Carolin does a great job. Yes she has improved. I am so grateful she takes the time to read for us. I hope to hear more mysteries from her.

XYZ-a Detective Story

(5 stars)

A very good short novel. I enjoyed listening and was pleasantly surprised by a quicker, more mature reading voice in narrator Caroline. ( Unfortunately she narrated other Anna K. Green novels and was awful....I couldn't listen to the slow drone and annoying pitches.)

X Y Z - A Detective Story

(5 stars)

Well read. Fast paced unusual plot with lots of twists and turns and romance , good climax rewarding finale and conclusion. Thanks!