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 in a secret room of the inn. Yet, many people saw that bride leave with her husband. How can this be?
Green rolls out her tale through Mrs. Truax' diary, and through letters and discussions with other characters who were intimates of the young couple. The book is a brief read, but an entertaining one, and highly recommended for those who enjoy both classics and historical mysteries (of which this is an early example).