The Circular Staircase
The Circular Staircase is Rinehart's most famous story. The tale mixes chilling suspense and romance with good humor to produce an absorbing and entertaining mystery. Middle-aged spinster Rachel Innes leases a country house for the summer. Her plans for a restful vacation are soon interrupted by... show more
The Circular Staircase is Rinehart's most famous story. The tale mixes chilling suspense and romance with good humor to produce an absorbing and entertaining mystery. Middle-aged spinster Rachel Innes leases a country house for the summer. Her plans for a restful vacation are soon interrupted by niece and nephew and unaware that the old house hides a sinister secret they unwittingly set off a chain of mysterious and murderous events.
Publish date: 1941
Publisher: J.M. Dent
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
Mary Roberts Rinehart is an author I've wanted to try for some time now and The Circular Staircase was a satisfying intro to her works. I like her writing style so far, tinged as it is with a little humour and irony. "This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her dom...
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...
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...
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 ...
My second read of this book and it's almost as good as the first. I continue to like Rachel; I'd like to think she comes closest to how I'd act in a parallel situation. The humour held up too and I still marvel at Rinehart keeping all the plot points of her story straight. I've read too many c...
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