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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Roberts Rinehart Narrator: Rebecca Burns Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400181261
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Just out of the hospital and totally out of funds, Ralph Leslie jumped at the chance to sign aboard millionaire Marshall Turner’s luxurious super-yacht as steward to the passengers lodged in its after house. His job was easy sailing until one sultry summer night, when the dream voyage suddenly became a nightmare of blood and terror. One ship’s officer was thrown overboard. Another was hacked to death with an ax. The killer struck again and again, and the Ella was awash in a wave of panic that engulfed passengers and crew alike. Only one hand aboard, ex-landlubber Leslie, seemed enough in control to stay the bloody hand of the murderer. But he’d have to stay alive to do it, and that wasn’t going to be easy.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany Numbers | 2/17/2014

    " Great boy gets girl is hidden among the murder mystery story. It held my interest, and had a great cast of characters to keep track of. My lack of knowledge for a sea worthy vocabulary was affirmed by the main characters wing man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammie | 2/5/2014

    " This was a pretty good mystery. I really couldn't figure out who did it. The story did drag a couple of times, but overall it was good. My only real complaint is that I had a hard time figuring out what time period it was set in. Finally near the end we actually get a date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsty | 2/3/2014

    " The first half of this book is amazing: atmospheric, mysterious, enthralling. By the time the boat reaches the shore, it all goes wrong. The courtroom scene just retells in boring detail everything we already know, and the unmasking of the murderer is ridiculous. Still, great beginning! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 2/3/2014

    " Disappointed in The Circular Staircase by the same author, I thought I would give Rinehart another try. The After House was more enjoyable, perhaps because the main character is more sympathetic---a young doctor, just out of medical school, who while waiting for his medical appointment and needing money goes to sea as a common deck hand. At sea, several murders in rapid succession put the doctor in charge of the dwindling crew and the investigation. This novel is fast-paced and exciting, though there's not enough information for the reader to play along and solve the mystery. Upholds Rinehart's reputation as a good storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 1/27/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one; perhaps it benefited from not being set in a rented country house? Sadly, this marks the last of the Rinehart novels available in the public domain, and so now on to other authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobius | 1/18/2014

    " This was a really good story, and one I enjoyed quite a bit.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/14/2014

    " Enjoyable, but the ending seemed to come out of nowhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/5/2014

    " A murder mystery set on a cursed yacht in the 1930s. A fun, quick read, with a twist or two! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 1/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one; perhaps it benefited from not being set in a rented country house? Sadly, this marks the last of the Rinehart novels available in the public domain, and so now on to other authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany Numbers | 12/27/2013

    " Great boy gets girl is hidden among the murder mystery story. It held my interest, and had a great cast of characters to keep track of. My lack of knowledge for a sea worthy vocabulary was affirmed by the main characters wing man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merritt | 12/22/2013

    " It was okay. The ending felt really rushed, like she hurried to finish the book. It ended too nicely for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sacha | 12/20/2013

    " The ending seemed so irrelevant to the whole story...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 12/12/2013

    " Good story, but had some dull slow spots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caty Hespel | 12/5/2013

    " Old school type detective novel. Not too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/14/2013

    " A murder mystery set on a cursed yacht in the 1930s. A fun, quick read, with a twist or two! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha | 9/24/2013

    " The beginning was awesome, but the second half was just ridiculous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 8/10/2013

    " loved this book, a mystery, slightly creepy, but not to scary, I wish the book was longer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 5/14/2013

    " loved this book, a mystery, slightly creepy, but not to scary, I wish the book was longer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobius | 2/23/2013

    " This was a really good story, and one I enjoyed quite a bit.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 2/12/2013

    " When Rinehart is good, she's very good. And when she's bad, she's horrid. This was a tedious story with a very unsatisfying ending. She tells the same details over and over. The criminal is caught, not because of clever clue-hunting and deduction, but by sheer accident. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyril | 2/7/2013

    " Good vintage Mary Roberts Rinehart "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Usansay | 6/3/2012

    " Well-written and suspenseful, but a disappointing ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha | 12/21/2011

    " The beginning was awesome, but the second half was just ridiculous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammie | 11/8/2011

    " This was a pretty good mystery. I really couldn't figure out who did it. The story did drag a couple of times, but overall it was good. My only real complaint is that I had a hard time figuring out what time period it was set in. Finally near the end we actually get a date. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 11/6/2011

    " I hope no one chooses this as their first MRR to read! They'll never want to try another one. The "solution" to the AH was downright cheesy. Skip this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 10/7/2011

    " A fun mix of suspense and sea story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 7/23/2011

    " A fun mix of suspense and sea story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/21/2011

    " Enjoyable, but the ending seemed to come out of nowhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 2/16/2011

    " Good story, but had some dull slow spots. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsty | 11/8/2010

    " The first half of this book is amazing: atmospheric, mysterious, enthralling. By the time the boat reaches the shore, it all goes wrong. The courtroom scene just retells in boring detail everything we already know, and the unmasking of the murderer is ridiculous. Still, great beginning! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyril | 11/5/2010

    " Good vintage Mary Roberts Rinehart "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 11/4/2010

    " loved this book, a mystery, slightly creepy, but not to scary, I wish the book was longer "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merritt | 10/25/2010

    " It was okay. The ending felt really rushed, like she hurried to finish the book. It ended too nicely for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/17/2010

    " Sometimes slow paced. It seemed like there was a lot of build up to a quickly passed over ending.

    Still a good story.

    I didn't know it could be hot on a sailboat out on the open ocean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 4/7/2010

    " A murder mystery set on a cursed yacht in the 1930s. A fun, quick read, with a twist or two! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Usansay | 4/6/2010

    " Well-written and suspenseful, but a disappointing ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 11/24/2009

    " I enjoyed reading this vintage mystery but I was disappointed in the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 11/15/2009

    " I really enjoyed this one; perhaps it benefited from not being set in a rented country house? Sadly, this marks the last of the Rinehart novels available in the public domain, and so now on to other authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 7/12/2009

    " Good story, but had some dull slow spots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caty Hespel | 5/14/2008

    " Old school type detective novel. Not too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/3/2008

    " Enjoyable, but the ending seemed to come out of nowhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Usansay | 10/15/2007

    " Well-written and suspenseful, but a disappointing ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sacha | 5/29/2007

    " The ending seemed so irrelevant to the whole story...... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 8/22/2006

    " When Rinehart is good, she's very good. And when she's bad, she's horrid. This was a tedious story with a very unsatisfying ending. She tells the same details over and over. The criminal is caught, not because of clever clue-hunting and deduction, but by sheer accident. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsty | 7/1/2006

    " The first half of this book is amazing: atmospheric, mysterious, enthralling. By the time the boat reaches the shore, it all goes wrong. The courtroom scene just retells in boring detail everything we already know, and the unmasking of the murderer is ridiculous. Still, great beginning! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 7/10/2005

    " I hope no one chooses this as their first MRR to read! They'll never want to try another one. The "solution" to the AH was downright cheesy. Skip this one! "

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About the Author
Author Mary Roberts Rinehart

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958) was a novelist and playwright best known for her mystery stories, which combined humor with ingenuity. The success of The Circular Staircase and The Man in Lower Ten established her reputation as an important American mystery writer.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Burns is a published narrator of children’s books and books for young adult. Her published credits include Pollyanna, The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, and numerous other classic titles.