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Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958)

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About the Author

Mary Roberts Rinehart was born in the City of Allegheny, Pennsylvania on August 12, 1876. While attending Allegheny High School, she received $1 each for three short stories from a Pittsburgh newspaper. After receiving inspiration from a town doctor who happened to be a woman, she developed a näytä lisää curiosity for medicine. She went on to study nursing at the Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses at Homeopathic Hospital. After graduating in 1896, she began her writing career. The first of her many mystery stories, The Circular Staircase (1908), established her as a leading writer of the genre; Rinehart and Avery Hopwood successfully dramatized the novel as The Bat (1920). Her other mystery novels include The Man in Lower Ten (1909), The Case of Jennie Brice (1914), The Red Lamp (1925), The Door (1930), The Yellow Room (1945), and The Swimming Pool (1952). Stories about Tish, a self-reliant spinster, first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and were collected into The Best of Tish (1955). She wrote more than 50 books, eight plays, hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Three of her plays were running on Broadway at one time. During World War I, she was the first woman war correspondent at the Belgian front. She died September 22, 1958 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Circular Staircase (1908) 931 kappaletta
The Man in Lower Ten (1906) 377 kappaletta
The Yellow Room (1945) 305 kappaletta
The Bat (1926) 295 kappaletta
The Window At The White Cat (1910) 258 kappaletta
The Case of Jennie Brice (1913) 254 kappaletta
Neiti Pinkerton (1932) 230 kappaletta
Kuusi kuolemaa (1938) 220 kappaletta
The Door (1930) 219 kappaletta
The After House (1914) 208 kappaletta
The Red Lamp (1925) 207 kappaletta
Uimalammikko (1952) 197 kappaletta
The Album (1933) 194 kappaletta
Vainottu nainen (1942) 184 kappaletta
The Great Mistake (1940) 179 kappaletta
Vaeltava veitsi (1950) 145 kappaletta
The Amazing Interlude (1918) 120 kappaletta
Pelokas nainen (1953) 114 kappaletta
Dangerous Days (1919) 102 kappaletta
The Street of Seven Stars (1914) 101 kappaletta
The State vs. Elinor Norton (1934) 95 kappaletta
K (1915) 89 kappaletta
Alibi for Isabel (1944) 88 kappaletta
Tish (1916) 87 kappaletta
Neiti Pinkerton (1914) 84 kappaletta
Lost Ecstasy (1927) 80 kappaletta
Bab: A Sub-Deb (1916) 80 kappaletta
When A Man Marries (1909) 77 kappaletta
The Confession / Sight Unseen (1921) 75 kappaletta
The Confession (1921) 61 kappaletta
Where There's A Will (1912) 57 kappaletta
A Light in the Window (1948) 55 kappaletta
A Poor Wise Man (1920) 54 kappaletta
Sight Unseen (1921) 54 kappaletta
Long Live the King! (1917) 47 kappaletta
The Doctor (1936) 38 kappaletta
More Tish (1921) 38 kappaletta
This Strange Adventure (1929) 35 kappaletta
Through Glacier Park in 1915 (1916) 32 kappaletta
Love Stories (1919) 31 kappaletta
Tish Plays the Game (1926) 29 kappaletta
Married People (1937) 28 kappaletta
Two Flights Up (1928) 22 kappaletta
The Truce of God (1920) 22 kappaletta
My story (1931) 20 kappaletta
Tish Marches On (1937) 18 kappaletta
Locked Doors (1914) 15 kappaletta
Affinities and Other Stories (1920) 13 kappaletta
The Book of Tish (1955) 9 kappaletta
The Buckled Bag (1914) 7 kappaletta
Temperamental People (1924) 7 kappaletta
Nomad's Land (1926) 6 kappaletta
Affinities (1920) 6 kappaletta
The Frightened Wife (1703) 5 kappaletta
The Romantics (1929) 5 kappaletta
The Altar of Freedom (1917) 4 kappaletta
Il nemico sconosciuto 2 kappaletta
The Scandal 2 kappaletta
The Burned Chair 2 kappaletta
Tish: Mind Over Motor (1941) 2 kappaletta
Thriller Omnibus 2 kappaletta
Prizor neviđeni (2013) 1 kappale
Ο τοίχος 1 kappale
The After House Annotated (2022) 1 kappale
Writing Is Work 1 kappale
Salvage 1 kappale
Greywalker 1 kappale
The Lipstick 1 kappale
The Broken Quarantine (2020) 1 kappale
The Wandering Knife (1951) 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Avustaja — 265 kappaletta
A Treasury of Great Mysteries (Volumes 1 & 2) (1957) — Avustaja — 259 kappaletta
A Treasury of Great Mysteries (Volume 1) (1957) — Avustaja — 199 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories (1996) — Avustaja — 172 kappaletta
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (1954) — Avustaja — 134 kappaletta
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Avustaja — 76 kappaletta
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
The Bat [1959 film] (1959) — Original novel — 46 kappaletta
Masterpieces of Mystery: The Fifties (1976) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
Kill or Cure (1985) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
Mehr Morde (1961) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Mord als schöne Kunst betrachtet (1999) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
The Bat Whispers [1930 film] (1930) — Original play — 4 kappaletta
Suspense, June 1960 [Vol. 3, No. 6] — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Delitti in camice bianco — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Aces: A Collection of Short Stories (1924) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
The Avon Annual 1945: 18 Great Modern Stories (1945) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
15 Great Stories of Today (1946) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Einige Morde : Mordgeschichten — Tekijä — 1 kappale
Die schönsten Tiergeschichten — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Virallinen nimi
Roberts, Mary Ella (born)
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, USA
New York, New York, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
New York, New York, USA
Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses (1896)
mystery novelist
war correspondent
travel writer
short story writer
Rinehart, Stanley Marshall, Jr. (son)
Rinehart, Alan Gillespie (son)
Rinehart, Frederick Roberts (son)
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Honorary Doctorate (Literature | George Washington University | 1923)
Mystery Writers of America Special Award (1954)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Mary Roberts Rinehart was a best-selling mystery writer of the "Golden Age" who was as well-known (if not better known) than Agatha Christie, to whom she's often compared. Critics praised the careful plotting of her novels. She's credited with originating the "had-I-but-known" literary school of mystery writing. Typically, the narrator digresses over the things she might have done to prevent the novel’s numerous murders, had she only been able to see the dire consequences of her inaction or failure to report information to the police. Dorothy B. Hughes, crime critic and novelist, says Rinehart "has been and continues to be the most important American woman mystery writer." She was born Mary Ella Roberts in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, which has been a part of the city of Pittsburgh since 1907. She attended public schools and graduated at the age of 16, then enrolling at the Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses at Homeopathic Hospital, where she graduated in 1896. She married Stanley Marshall Rinehart, a physician with whom she had four children. During the stock market crash of 1903, Rinehart and her husband lost their savings, and this spurred her efforts at writing to earn income. In 1907, she wrote The Circular Staircase, the novel that launched her to national fame. She wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Many of her books and plays were adapted for movies. Her regular contributions to the Saturday Evening Post were immensely popular and helped the magazine mold American middle-class taste and manners. She often pursued adventure, including taking a job as the first woman war correspondent at the Belgian front during World War I. While many of her books were best-sellers, critics were most appreciative of her murder mysteries. She also coined the famous phrase, "The butler did it." (retrieved from Amazon 1/30/2011).



The Yellow Room, originally published in 1945, is one of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s best books, in my opinion. It is an old-fashioned, very entertaining example of the more traditional mystery genre. There is a pretty young girl, a murder, intrigue involving the young woman's family, and, of course, a dashing war hero in love with the heroine, and only too willing to use every means at his disposal to help her. Rinehart creates a fun and exciting atmosphere for mystery lovers to enjoy, as well as a pretty good brain teaser.

Young Carol Spencer is a likable heroine trying to recover from the loss of her fiancee in the South Pacific. She longs to keep busy and wants to make herself useful in the war effort. She has been forced to care for her mother, however, because her selfish sister Elinor is too busy with her society functions to help. When Carol leaves New York and travels to Maine, to open up their home there, she discovers many unsettling mysteries. Lucy, the maid, is missing, and it is soon discovered that she is in the hospital with an injured leg. Someone unknown had chased her in the night until she fell down the stairs. It could be that certain someone who has been hiding in the yellow room, even though no one was living in the Spencer's Maine home. Worse, there is a very dead young woman in the closet. When it is discovered that woman arrived asking about Carol, our heroine becomes a suspect in the eyes of the local police.

Dane is a war veteran whose past is a bit of a mystery. His meddling in the case is unappreciated by the local police. Carol hasn't a clue who to turn to, who to trust. When her brother arrives on the scene, rather than shedding light on the matter, the mystery becomes even murkier. Carol's snotty sister's car was seen the night of the murder, even though she was supposedly in New York. Was Carol's brother involved somehow? Who has been stealing her mother's fine china from the house? What was the dead girl's relationship to her brother and sister?

Dane uses every man and instinct at his disposal to root out the real killer, and get to the bottom of things. Shots in the night and the mysterious actions of someone unknown, yet moving easily among her Maine neighbors, can only spell great danger for Carol.

This mystery is very old-fashioned, and likewise so is the charming romance. The product of a more romantic era, The Yellow Room is very much a mystery where you can sense changes the war brought about in young men. The mores of a bygone era are at the forefront in this enjoyable and atmospheric mystery from one of the greats in the genre. For those who like their mysteries old-fashioned, and a bit on the romantic side, The Yellow Room is a lot of fun.
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Matt_Ransom | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 6, 2023 |
When Mrs. Lancaster is brutally murdered in the quiet community of Crescent Place where only five families reside, a wealth of motives comes to light, and when another murder occurs, Louisa Hall finds evidence the authorities have missed and realizes that she is the only one who can solve the crime.

Louisa is a likeable character who narrates the story. There are a lot of characters to follow and the story jumped around to them as bits and pieces were revealed. This was confusing at times. The story never grabbed me but it was interesting enough to keep me wanting to find out who the killer was.… (lisätietoja)
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gaylebutz | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 15, 2023 |
These stories from the 1910s are amusing for the most part although they do display some of the racist attitudes of the times (regarding all people of color) which I found particularly bothersome in the second story "Like a Wolf in the Fold".

The 3 main characters - Tish Carberry, Aggie Pilkington, and the narrator Lizzie (I don't recall her last name) - are women "of a certain age" who, while being members of good standing in their church, still manage to defy convention and get into all sorts of adventures. In one of the best stories in the collection, "The Simple Life", the 3 live off the land in the Maine woods! Surprisingly (or not, if you are familiar with Tish) that is the easy part - they manage to get mixed up with bootleggers and assist in a romance as well.… (lisätietoja)
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leslie.98 | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2023 |
A decent murder mystery and love story.
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kazan | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 1, 2023 |



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