For years, the five families on exclusive Crescent Place lived in peaceful seclusion. But that changed when old Mrs. Lancaster was found brutally murdered with an ax. Suddenly, motives and suspects are developing at a rapid pace, and when the killer strikes again - and again - Louisa Hall knows it's up to her to discover the clues that will develop a picture of murder.
©1933 Mary Roberts Rinehart. Copyright 1961 by Stanley M. Rinehart Jr., Frederick R. Rinehart and Alan G. Rinehart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The Album was first published by 1933, and is a great example of Mary Roberts Rinehart's talent for writing complex mysteries full of complicated characters and the details of daily life at the time they were written. Prepare yourself for a lot of detail, suspenseful atmosphere, and humor.
I enjoyed it greatly, and have already listened to it twice. Lucy Scott does a great job as reader! I only have one fault to find ... Lucy Scott uses British accents. Why is this a problem? (She speaks very well & her characterizations are wonderful.) Because this is an American author, of an American book. It is not easy to tell this, but the use of American terms, and the clear statements in several places that one of the characters is a "bootlegger", give it away. Prohibition ended in December of 1933, and from 1920 through the end of 1933, it was illegal to buy of sell almost anything alcoholic anywhere in the USA. A bootlegger was someone who made and/or sold this illegal beverage.
All in all, a great recording of a wonderful book. (I can ignore the accents, and you should, too!) It was well worth the credit!
Another masterpiece from Mary Roberts Reinheart. Like Agatha Christie's work, MRR's mysteries stand the test of time.
I thought the narrator was excellent. The young woman relating the story had spent years at boarding schools and had the typical finishing school accent of the times.
I listen to audio books while I walk. This book was so enjoyable I walked 4 miles a day just so I could listen. Good audio books are my incentive to keep at it, and it really works. I've gone through all of the Patricia Wentworth books available, and The Circular Staircase is next on my list.
I'm not sure what it was about this Mary Roberts Rineheart, but I just could not get interested.
I have listened to other Mary RR books with great enjoyment. She tells tales of a gentler world, painting a picture of old fashioned American manners, overlaid with murder. This book just didn't have the grip.
Other narrators deliver Mary RR's world better.
I wouldn't have missed any of them.
I inherited most of Mary Roberts Rinehart's books from my mother many years ago and now that I can no longer see well enough to read my treasured old hard back editions I was thrilled to find them as unabridged audible editions. Thank you so much!
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