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
    • Narrated by: Karen Commins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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    • The Circular Staircase

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
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    • Wall

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
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    • The Great Mistake

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    • The Red Lamp

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    • The Yellow Room

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
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    In a nearly empty house, a young woman finds herself alone with a killer....

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    • By Deborah on 06-05-16

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    • The Window at the White Cat

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    • The Confession

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    • The Man in Lower Ten

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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....

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    • By Patricia on 04-05-16

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