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The Man in Lower Ten

Narrated by: Jim Killavey
Series: Miss Cornelia Van Gorder, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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The Man in Lower Ten was the first American detective novel to make the best seller list. It was Mary Roberts Rinehart's second mystery in the "had-I-but-known" school, which she pioneered. It followed closely upon the enormous success of The Circular Staircase and proved to be just a popular.

Lawrence Blakely, attorney-at-law, sets off by train to deliver valuable documents in a criminal case. Along the way he encounters romance, treachery, a murder in which he is implicated, and, finally, a train wreck.

Public Domain (P)1986 Jimcin Recordings

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One of my "Go To" Books

Only the fact that the hero - a decent, polite, self-centered, and introspective young attorney - may well sound like the way Jim Killavey portrays him, makes it possible to tolerate the narrator.

Having said that, the book is a wonderful period piece, with an good mystery and a lot of very amusing goings on, and I find it a good antidote when I have been listening to more difficult books.

Although she is not in Edith Wharton's class for fine literature, Mary Roberts Rinehart gives a similar, but much gentler portrayal of the upper middle class life in her time, of which The Man in the Lower Ten is a great example. .

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Elaine
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 05-24-11

Worth the price

I mostly enjoyed this book though it went on a bit too long. It was an old fashioned story of love and murder.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste your time.

I was expecting a good tight mystery taking place on a train, like John Dickson Carr or Agatha Christie. This book is a jumbled up mess that bounces constantly from location to location and seemingly an endless number of characters. It's hard to understand how a first person book can be so hard to follow. I did listen to it on audio and it might make sense if I read it, but no way that I am going to find out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining

The story is a good old fashion murder mystery with some love thrown into the equation. What make this hard to get through was the narrator. It was a pain to listen to his reading.

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  • Hank
  • Oregon, OR, USA
  • 12-14-09

OK Listen

This story was quite slow in developing. When it did it was not satisfing to this 'reader'.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful