Mary Roberts Rinehart
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Mary Roberts Rinehart

Mary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876 - September 22, 1958) was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie, although her first mystery novel was published 14 years before Christie's first novel in 1922.

Rinehart is considered the source of the phrase "The butler did it" from her novel The Door (1930), although the novel does not use the exact phrase. Rinehart is also considered to have invented the "Had-I-But-Known" school of mystery writing, with the publication of The Circular Staircase (1908).

She also created a costumed super-criminal called "the Bat", cited by Bob Kane as one of the inspirations for his "Batman".
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Theodore C. Marceau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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    • The Swimming Pool

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
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    Just as Lois Maynard is about to sell the family's summer home, her domineering and troubled older sister, Judith, returns and a mysterious murder disrupts the household....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A cast of unusually appealing characters

    • By ernest drown on 01-07-14

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    • The Yellow Room

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
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    In a nearly empty house, a young woman finds herself alone with a killer....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • If you knew Mary like I know Mary

    • By Deborah on 06-05-16

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    • The Great Mistake

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    Love was the furthest thing from Patricia Abbott's mind when she met Tony Wainwright....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Listen carefully!

    • By Tammi on 07-06-17

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    • The Man in Lower Ten

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    Lawrence Blakely, attorney-at-law, sets off by train to deliver documents in a criminal case. Along the way he encounters romance, treachery, and a murder in which he is implicated....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my "Go To" Books

    • By Patricia on 04-05-16

    Regular price: $6.96

    • The Circular Staircase

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 43

    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....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narrator

    • By Scott on 09-18-11

    Regular price: $19.56

    • The Bat

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 48
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    Miss Cornelia Van Gorder has left her New York City home for a vacation in an isolated country mansion...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good radio drama

    • By Irwin on 01-13-05

    Regular price: $19.59

    • The Amazing Interlude

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Driven by a sense of duty and fear of monotony, Sara Lee leaves her comfortable life...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Lovely

    • By Marie C on 07-11-09

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    • Wall

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dazzling and devious Juliette was anything but popular with the upper class set she'd married in to. Her husband, Arthur, bought her off with a ruinously expensive divorce....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Could not finish

    • By Kindle Customer on 07-24-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Door

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    Sarah Gittings, Elizabeth Bell's family nurse, has just been brutally murdered....

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    • When a Man Marries

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Karen Commins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
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    New York socialite Kit McNair decides to host an impromptu dinner party at the home of her friend, Jimmy Wilson, to cheer him up following his divorce....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thanks be for public domain & excellent narrator!

    • By Jan on 03-27-16

    Regular price: $15.70

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