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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    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
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    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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    • The Circular Staircase

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
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    • By Russ89123 on 01-19-19

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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....

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    • By Kindle Customer on 07-24-16

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    • The Case of Jennie Brice

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
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    The blood-stained rope and towel, the stray slipper, the broken knife were enough to convince Mrs. Pittman that murder had been committed in her boarding house....

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    • The Circular Staircase

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Laurie Klein
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    • The Door

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    • The After House

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
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    • By Carol Mello on 03-30-18

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