Mary Roberts Rinehart was one of the Grand Dames of the golden age of cozy mysteries. She is the only American member of that club. I would have rat..Show More »ed this as a 3, judged against modern standards. I would rate it as a 5 given its influence in the field. So I marked it 4.
Besides the monotone narration, this audio book also has some barely audible (by me) unintelligible babbling noise in the background. Listening to it ..Show More »was like the old days of bad land line telephone calls that picked up noise from other conversations, radio stations, or even running sewing machines or wood working machinery. Very nostalgic but it detracted from the listening experience.
Maybe it just was not what I was expecting, but I found the story tedious and decided not to finish listening. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Lorna Ra..Show More »ver's narration and will look for her reading other books.
This is a book more appropriate for listening than reading since it sounds very much like the play which gave it birth. The reader does justice to the..Show More » tale which unfolds much as would one of the hour radio suspense dramas of the thirties through the fifties. To get the most from this sort of book one must suspend one's twenty first century sensibilities and return to the days when imagination alone provided pictures for the mind as one heard stories of buried treasure, secret rooms, loving juveniles and heroic old ladies.
Since these days I most enjoy the bloodless mystery or detective story wherein bodies are simply props for the story not gory messes to be dissected, this book was quite satisfying as was the reader. Those who prefer modern variants of the hard boiled school or heroes and heroines who are no better, but just tougher, than the bad guys, should go elsewhere as should those who can't abide stereotyped characters who bemoan their fate and fall to pieces (loudly) in crisis. Drop some of your modern cynicism and sophistication and you will get a good couple of evenings from this book.