"A Jury of Her Peers" is a short story written by Susan Glaspell. It was first published in 1917 and follows the story of a murder investigation: the murder of John Wright.
Sheriff Peters, his wife, Lewis Hale, Martha Hale, and the county attorney arrive at the dead Mr. Wright's house and try to find out what happened. Mr. Peters interrogates Mr. Hale, as he is the person that had first heard of the murder when he had come to Mr. Wright's house in order to persuade him to buy a telephone. However, when he asked to speak to Mr. Wright, Mrs. Wright told Mr. Hale that her husband had died. Mr. Hale tells the sheriff how he discovered the dead body and that Mrs. Wright had claimed to not have witnessed anything. While the men try to search for clues in the house, the women notice less obvious details, especially after having seen the state of the kitchen, which strongly indicates that Mrs. Wright had been interrupted somehow. These suspicions grow when the women find a dead bird in a sewing box and come to the conclusion that Mr. Wright must have killed his wife's beloved pet. Through these revelations, the women realize that Mrs. Wright must have been suffering in a very unhappy and abusive marriage, which eventually led to her killing her husband. This is why they do not tell the men about the dead bird, as this would have further incriminated Mrs. Wright, given that it would have provided the sheriff with the motive he was looking for.