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The Swimming Pool

By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
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Two reclusive sisters. A crumbling mansion. A dead doppelgänger. The New York Times best seller from the author known as the American Agatha Christie.

The Birches was one of the grand mansions of the 1920s, with a ballroom, tennis courts, and, of course, a swimming pool. But after the crash of '29, when Lois and Judith's father killed himself to escape his debts, the family turned the summer home into a fulltime retreat from the world. Decades later, Judith is the queen of New York society, a fast-living beauty whose nerves are beginning to fray, while Lois still lives in the dilapidated old mansion, writing mystery novels to pay the bills. She is about to encounter a mystery of her own.

To stave off a nervous breakdown, Judith moves in with her kid sister. Terrified of an unnamed threat, she nails her windows shut and locks the door. Soon, a woman is found dead in the pool - a stranger who bears a shocking resemblance to Judith. In a family with a history of tragedy, a chilling new chapter is about to be written.

©1952 Mary Roberts Rinehart; copyright 1980 by Frederick R. Rinehart and Alan G. Rinehart (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Execellent Building of Plot and Characters

First off, The Swimming Pool is a tautly written, extremely well portrayed murder mystery.

i would read/listen to more by this author, often referred to as the next Agatha Christie. This seems true for me.

Despite the above, I especially love Rinehart's refreshing turns of phrase; so are quaint, some are pithy, and many more are just plain funny.

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Some racism

Some racism but often the people of color will play a significant part in the plot that makes them important characters. Rinehart was somewhat progressive for the time. Esp in her turn of the century novels. (1900s). It's a shame we're still battling racism in 2021 as well as voting rights 2 decades into the 21st century. What's wrong with this picture?

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Good enough

I enjoyed this enough that I may read more of these in the future. It was strange to read a book with that much 🚬.