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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: August 2011 ISBN: 9781470804749
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 2/17/2014

    " Mary Roberts Rinehart is the queen of mystery/suspense novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 2/16/2014

    " Mary Roberts Rinehart is the queen of mystery/suspense novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ☯Emily | 2/15/2014

    " This is the first book by Rinehart. Although the narrator was a feisty woman, she could not compensate for a confusing and complicated storyline. There were so many minor characters with similar names that I didn't know who was whom or vice verse. I have read later books by Rinehart, so I know she is an excellent writer of mysteries. This is not the best book to read if you want to be introduced to one of the early American women mystery writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 2/13/2014

    " A very good mystery. I see my Rinehart is compared to Agatha Christie, and why my mom likes her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 2/13/2014

    " This is what I will listen to on the way to/from work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/11/2014

    " One of the main characters in Ann Rivers Siddons' The Colony was reading Mary Roberts Rinehart novels, and this was the first time I had heard of her. What a surprise! I was actually afraid to walk around the room in the dark the night I started reading this! There's also real mystery and humor. Enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 2/7/2014

    " Middle-aged Rachel Innes rents a house outside a small town in New England for the summer while her home is under going renovations. Soon after moving in, her long time servant/companion, begins to fear the house is haunted and ghosts are roaming around with mysterious noises and occurrences happening. A murder is committed and Innes' niece and nephew are in the middle of everything. Fairly fast moving story. "

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

    " I usually enjoy this author. It seemed dated to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genette Kates | 2/2/2014

    " Very detailed. I enjoyed her style, so many red herrings, everytime I thought I had it figured out a new twist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 2/2/2014

    " Pretty good actually. Especially in comparison to McTeague and Wieland (I read all of them for the same course). Lots of twists and turns in the plot. Characters actions are sufficiently frustrating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathie | 1/31/2014

    " It was okay, a little too vintage for me. I like a more fast paced mystery novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/31/2014

    " The main character is well realized and rounded, but also a creature of her time. Her general sense of curiosity & bravery made me like her, but then there's be a comment that would throw me out of the story entirely. Agatha Christie's sexism & racism were... somewhat more gently phrased. Still, an excellent mystery and a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristinwesta | 1/31/2014

    " Not as good as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Smith | 1/28/2014

    " I couldn't picture anything in this book in color -- written in 1909, it was reminiscent of one of the old black & white mystery TV shows that I used to watch as a kid. Plot was interesting, and it was truly a trip backin time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/25/2014

    " Fun to read with lots of details and possible suspects. I enjoyed just going with the flow of the story, making a few guesses along the way (one of which turned out to be very true). A bit more sprightly than some of Dame Agatha's, it seemed to me. Not sure what age Aunt Rachel is meant to be (spinster aunt is so open-ended), but she certainly joined the fray. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Faberson | 1/23/2014

    " I loved this book. Definitely a classic whodunit narrated from the perspective of an older woman who gets directly involved in the mystery. I actually was excited to find out what happens next with each chapter. Completely cheesy, I know... but I can't help but get enthusiastic when I read something good like this. I would recommend it to anyone interested in mystery novels or turn-of-the-twentieth-century literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawna | 1/22/2014

    " This author was known for being the American Agatha Christie. The plot held my attention. I didn't have it figured out by the end so that's good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/19/2014

    " A good old fashioned who done it. Loads of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Barnett | 1/19/2014

    " A really interesting read with different twists and turns to keep the audience's interest and attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Davis | 1/19/2014

    " Used to go to used bookstores in Long Beach, CA to look for Mary Roberts Rinehart's books. Maybe I should read this one again on Kindle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 1/15/2014

    " If you like classic Mysteries this one is great. I found the movie The Bat with Vincent Price and Agnus Hoorehead on Hulu for free it is loosly based on the book. As always the book is better. but Price and Morehead are priceless in the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 1/15/2014

    " Mary Roberts Rinehart is a master of mystery. This title was first published in 1908. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 1/15/2014

    " I am not usually one for mysteries, however I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And a rarity in that I couldn't see the culprit or twists from a mile a way, at least not all of them. Fun read, particularly if you like Miss Marples-type stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet C. | 1/14/2014

    " The characters in the story were great to read about as the writer developed each one. Surprising twists and turns, a circular staircase, and a secret hidden room made this a fun adventure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 1/13/2014

    " Good mystery; first of her books I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/9/2014

    " This was a wonderful older mystery. I think what made it so intriguing was the absence of modern technology and transportation. Without those conveniences, the "wait" seems to be more suspenseful. I'm very glad to have tried this author and will certainly read more of her works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 1/8/2014

    " Pretty good murder mystery, especially considering when it was written. Strong female protagonist. Pretty enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Pre | 1/6/2014

    " Awesome mystery. A real page turner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doti | 1/2/2014

    " So many events in the plot that I had to stay sharp (and perhaps it was a little trying), but overall nicely written and easily read. SO a pleasant mystery for light reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 1/2/2014

    " A rather exciting classic mystery page-turner here a middle-aged woman, after being persuaded by her niece and nephew to rent a country house for the summer, ends up in the middle of a murder/mystery... "

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

    " Another great story by Rinehart ... I've downloaded all her books that are available free for Kindle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daelith | 12/29/2013

    " Similar scenario to The Bat, but I still enjoyed this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 12/25/2013

    " So far, I'm enjoying this book very much. Rachel Innes is a vaguely racist snob, but for a book written in 1908, she's positively progressive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 12/24/2013

    " Middle-aged Rachel Innes rents a house outside a small town in New England for the summer while her home is under going renovations. Soon after moving in, her long time servant/companion, begins to fear the house is haunted and ghosts are roaming around with mysterious noises and occurrences happening. A murder is committed and Innes' niece and nephew are in the middle of everything. Fairly fast moving story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 12/16/2013

    " A rather exciting classic mystery page-turner here a middle-aged woman, after being persuaded by her niece and nephew to rent a country house for the summer, ends up in the middle of a murder/mystery... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 12/16/2013

    " Good old-fashioned mystery story with a likable main character (older "spinster" aunt -- gutsy, sharp and witty). This book was written in 1907, and it shows in the dialog as well as some highly offensive racial stereotypes about the "negro" servant (also referred to as a "darky") and derogatory comments about Indians. What saves it is the great "who done it" and the well-written first-person narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonna Doughty | 12/13/2013

    " After all that build-up, the ending was such a let down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 12/10/2013

    " There was much going on in this mystery of mysteries. If you can look over the prejudice remarks, common for the time period in which it was written, it has a great story-line and definitely keeps you turning the pages... speckled with good humor and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Barnett | 12/8/2013

    " A really interesting read with different twists and turns to keep the audience's interest and attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 12/7/2013

    " Pretty good murder mystery, especially considering when it was written. Strong female protagonist. Pretty enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 12/7/2013

    " The racism in the book, satirical or not, threw me out of the story more than a few times. Otherwise an interesting and short read, though I enjoyed the Jenny Brice mystery a lot more -- perhaps because it was set in my hometown? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/4/2013

    " This is a great mystery taking place around the turn of the century. Keeps you guessing to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danya | 11/2/2013

    " Not bad for a free book. A little long winded but an entertaining mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Pike | 10/28/2013

    " Not as good as Bab: A Sub-Deb, but still funny. The is definitely more of a mystery than a comedy, but the author's droll voice comes through. I've decided I have to read more 1920s popular books, starting with everything Mary Roberts Rinehart has ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/16/2013

    " A good old fashioned who done it. Loads of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Ewankowich | 10/5/2013

    " Wonderful classic mystery, kept me guessing until the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 9/19/2013

    " There was much going on in this mystery of mysteries. If you can look over the prejudice remarks, common for the time period in which it was written, it has a great story-line and definitely keeps you turning the pages... speckled with good humor and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Jo Grassi | 8/24/2013

    " Very prolific writer with good, even plots, for the most part. Her appesl is more toward the feminine reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristinwesta | 7/25/2013

    " Not as good as I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 7/24/2013

    " Just a fun, fast murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genette Kates | 4/4/2013

    " Very detailed. I enjoyed her style, so many red herrings, everytime I thought I had it figured out a new twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Jo Grassi | 3/29/2013

    " Very prolific writer with good, even plots, for the most part. Her appesl is more toward the feminine reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/20/2013

    " Really good storytelling, and for once, a mystery that kept me guessing-- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Barnett | 2/13/2013

    " A really interesting read with different twists and turns to keep the audience's interest and attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/29/2013

    " Compelling classic mystery. The archetypical hysterical female characters were a little tiring, but overall pretty entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 1/28/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/27/2013

    " It would be more appropriate to say 3.5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doti | 1/8/2013

    " So many events in the plot that I had to stay sharp (and perhaps it was a little trying), but overall nicely written and easily read. SO a pleasant mystery for light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Smith | 1/8/2013

    " I couldn't picture anything in this book in color -- written in 1909, it was reminiscent of one of the old black & white mystery TV shows that I used to watch as a kid. Plot was interesting, and it was truly a trip backin time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 11/20/2012

    " Exceptionally written. I enjoyed the early 20th century period, and also the use of "what ordinary thing caused this seemingly supernatural occurrence," which added drama without feeling ridiculous. Never hurts to have a smart, feminine, believable heroine! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B. Zedan | 9/29/2012

    " Our detective is a crochety old lady who doesn't care much when her nephew runs over dogs with his motor-car. She gets all tangled up in a mystery, which is inevitable because of her stubbornness and whatnot. Standard old-lady mystery stuff. Secret romances, false identities, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danya | 9/14/2012

    " Not bad for a free book. A little long winded but an entertaining mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 9/2/2012

    " A very good mystery. I see my Rinehart is compared to Agatha Christie, and why my mom likes her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 8/20/2012

    " Compelling classic mystery. The archetypical hysterical female characters were a little tiring, but overall pretty entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 8/1/2012

    " The racism in the book, satirical or not, threw me out of the story more than a few times. Otherwise an interesting and short read, though I enjoyed the Jenny Brice mystery a lot more -- perhaps because it was set in my hometown? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/22/2012

    " Just a fun, fast murder mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 3/16/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/3/2012

    " Really good storytelling, and for once, a mystery that kept me guessing-- "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 12/19/2011

    " Pretty good actually. Especially in comparison to McTeague and Wieland (I read all of them for the same course). Lots of twists and turns in the plot. Characters actions are sufficiently frustrating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 11/25/2011

    " Just a fun, fast murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/13/2011

    " Well-crafted mystery that keeps one guessing. Lots of spooky sounds and sights. Lots of potential suspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 10/9/2011

    " There was much going on in this mystery of mysteries. If you can look over the prejudice remarks, common for the time period in which it was written, it has a great story-line and definitely keeps you turning the pages... speckled with good humor and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/6/2011

    " A good old fashioned who done it. Loads of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 9/26/2011

    " A good old fashioned who done it. Loads of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 9/7/2011

    " Good mystery; first of her books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danya | 8/22/2011

    " Not bad for a free book. A little long winded but an entertaining mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/6/2011

    " On of the most clever mystery novels I have read to date. The Circular Staircase will keep you guessing until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 7/21/2011

    " I am not usually one for mysteries, however I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And a rarity in that I couldn't see the culprit or twists from a mile a way, at least not all of them. Fun read, particularly if you like Miss Marples-type stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 7/21/2011

    " One of the rare instances were the movie is better than the book. Both versions of the 'Bat', give the characters more personality and add more suspense and atmosphere to this spooky house tale.
    The book tends to drag and just isn't as interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawna | 7/4/2011

    " This author was known for being the American Agatha Christie. The plot held my attention. I didn't have it figured out by the end so that's good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 6/18/2011

    " I usually enjoy this author. It seemed dated to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauralee | 5/25/2011

    " I consider this a good mystery because I did not figure out all the clues before the end. I usually do! It is interesting to note the obvious prejudice toward African Americans that was considered normal when this book was written. Fortunately, some things change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/8/2011

    " Mary Roberts Rinehart is a master of mystery. This title was first published in 1908. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/25/2011

    " Well-crafted mystery that keeps one guessing. Lots of spooky sounds and sights. Lots of potential suspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 3/22/2011

    " Mary Roberts Rinehart is a master of mystery. This title was first published in 1908. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 3/4/2011

    " There was much going on in this mystery of mysteries. If you can look over the prejudice remarks, common for the time period in which it was written, it has a great story-line and definitely keeps you turning the pages... speckled with good humor and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 3/4/2011

    " There was much going on in this mystery of mysteries. If you can look over the prejudice remarks, common for the time period in which it was written, it has a great story-line and definitely keeps you turning the pages... speckled with good humor and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 2/25/2011

    " Exceptionally written. I enjoyed the early 20th century period, and also the use of "what ordinary thing caused this seemingly supernatural occurrence," which added drama without feeling ridiculous. Never hurts to have a smart, feminine, believable heroine! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 2/16/2011

    " Good mystery; first of her books I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 2/12/2011

    " Like a funny, American Agatha Christie novel complete with a little, old lady sleuth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/29/2010

    " I loved this book! It reminded me of an American Miss Marple. Rachel is a little less shrewd about the crime but very self-aware and has a great sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/28/2010

    " Very prolific writer with good, even plots, for the most part. Her appesl is more toward the feminine reader. "

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

    " I got a Kindle for my birthday and will now be working my way through all the free ebooks on Amazon. (What? There are only 16,000 of them!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 9/13/2010

    " Mary Roberts Rinehart is the queen of mystery/suspense novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/14/2010

    " Just a fun, fast murder mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B. Zedan | 9/26/2008

    " Our detective is a crochety old lady who doesn't care much when her nephew runs over dogs with his motor-car. She gets all tangled up in a mystery, which is inevitable because of her stubbornness and whatnot. Standard old-lady mystery stuff. Secret romances, false identities, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Buff | 1/9/2008

    " I love mysteries because of this book! "

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About the Author
Author Mary Roberts Rinehart

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958), born in Pittsburgh, was a novelist and playwright best known for her mystery stories, which combined humor with ingenuity. The success of her novels The Circular Staircase and The Man in Lower Ten established her reputation as an important American mystery writer; at one time she was the highest paid writer in America. In addition to mysteries, she wrote comic tales, plays, romances, and travel books, some of which reflected her experiences as a correspondent during World War I. One critic called her autobiography, My Story, her finest book.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fifrteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.