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Mary Roberts Rinehart
Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) was the most be- loved and best-selling mystery writer in America in the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Pittsburgh to the own- er of a sewing machine factory, she wrote fiction in her spare time until a stock market crash sent her and her husband... show more
Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) was the most be- loved and best-selling mystery writer in America in the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Pittsburgh to the own- er of a sewing machine factory, she wrote fiction in her spare time until a stock market crash sent her and her husband into debt, forcing her to lean on her writing to pay the bills. Her first two novels, The Circular Staircase (1908) and The Man in Lower Ten (1909), established her as a bright young talent, and it wasn’t long before she was a regular on bestseller lists.

Among her dozens of novels were The Amazing Adventures of Letitia Carberry (1911) and The Bat (1932), which was among the inspirations for Bob Kane’s Batman. Today, Rinehart is often called an American Agatha Christie, even though she was much more popular than Christie during her heyday.
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Birth date: 1876-08-12
Died: 1958-09-22
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 2 months ago
I'm not much for cozy mysteries. The vaguely acerbic nosy middle aged men and women that populate them tend to annoy me. As do the comedy of errors that people being secretive cause. I get it, the very human petty selfishness that makes one try to keep hidden personal peccadilloes even in the face o...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 2 months ago
Woo hoo. I love getting lost in a doorstopper, but it takes a skilled writer to squeeze the right emotions out in a shorter work. Roberts Rinehart got mad skills. And a truly modern feel. Hard to believe this was first published more than 100 years ago. We get a quick and dirty set up: Miss Adams ...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 2 months ago
I'm so glad I've 'discovered' Mary Roberts Rinehart. I've only read a very few of her works so far, but the ones I've read have been well worth it. Locked Doors is a short story, but published on its own by Dell back in 1941 (though first copyrighted in 1914). A nurse and undercover agent for th...
Moonlight Snow
Moonlight Snow rated it 1 year ago
I read this as a buddy read, but went on vacation at about the halfway point. My hotel wifi was pretty worthless, so I wasn't able to login while I was Disneylanding - and Disneyland isn't really a place for internet activity, in any case, because by the time I'd get back to my room, I was so exhaus...
Tannat
Tannat rated it 1 year ago
This was a quaint old mystery, and the writing was suffused with a surprising amount of humour (it helped birth the “character sets pocket on fire with pipe” shelf). Originally published in 1908, the narrator is an elderly spinster who gets mired in a murder investigation when she leases a house in ...
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