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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,046 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Roberts Rinehart Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her domestic gods in the city, took a furnished house for the summer out of town, and found herself involved in one of those mysterious crimes that keep our newspapers and detective agencies happy and prosperous.” So begins The Circular Staircase, a book that has been hailed as the best novel by the most important American woman mystery writer of our time.

Rachel Innes was relieved when Gertrude and Halsey arrived to keep their dear old aunt company and allow her the courtesy of a decent night’s sleep. Unfortunately, the explosive sound of a gunshot the next night shattered Rachel’s hopes. And the body at the foot of the circular staircase ensured many sleepless nights to follow. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It was with [The Circular Staircase] that Mary Roberts Rinehart really found her voice: the indefinable, unmistakable, individual cadence that can be copied but never quite satisfactorily matched.”

    Charlotte MacLeod, from her book Had She But Known

  • “My dear Mrs. Rinehart, I have read The Circular Staircase not only with pleasure, but with thrills and shivers.”

    Hewitt Howland, Bobbs-Merrill Company, publishers

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharri | 2/19/2014

    " Good classic, early-1900s mystery akin to Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone. This one is set in America, which was new for me, since I've focused primarily on British pre-WW2 mysteries in my past reading (a phase back in grad school). I liked that the story is told from the perspective of a nosy, stodgy aunt. Warning: contains some offensive racist material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Weena | 2/19/2014

    " An enjoyable classic about a spinster woman who gets caught up in a murder mystery while on vacation. There is a little bt of humor and some nice twists and turns through out the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 2/18/2014

    " This book was intense and seemed very long to me because I had to ingest it a bit at a time so that I could keep everything straight and work as a detective to try to figure out who the murderer was. I guess I don't have to tell you that I never did figure it out myself. Very well written or maybe I'm just not a good detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bayneeta | 2/17/2014

    " Surprisingly enjoyable read for a mystery written in 1908. Spinster Innes is pleasantly wry and were this a series, I'd definitely read more. "

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