Miss Cornelia Van Gorder

9 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 235 ratings

The Man in Lower Ten Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Man in Lower Ten

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

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

    • By Patricia on 04-05-16

    Regular price: $6.96

    • The Man in Lower Ten (Tantor Edition)

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Burns
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Rinehart's The Man in Lower Ten, the first American detective novel to make the best seller list, follows the investigation of the murder of a man in a sleeping car on a train. In this fast-paced thriller, the investigating detective builds up a network of clues that absolutely incriminate three entirely different people---only one of whom can be guilty.

    Regular price: $19.59

    • The Man in Lower Ten

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A young lawyer survives a ghastly train wreck only to be accused of murdering a man who accidentally fell asleep in the wrong berth! This is another whirlwind of a whodunit by the author of The Circular Staircase.

    Regular price: $16.79

  • Book 2

    • The Circular Staircase

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Burns
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    This is perhaps Mary Roberts Rinehart's most famous story. Wealthy spinster Rachel Innes is persuaded by her niece and nephew, Gertrude and Halsey, to take a house in the country for the summer. Rachel is unaware that the house holds a secret, and soon unexplained happenings and murder follow.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • really bad narrator

    • By tracy on 03-09-08

    Regular price: $19.59

    • The Circular Staircase

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Laurie Klein
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Twenty-year-old Halsey and 24-year-old Gertrude, nephew and niece of Rachel Inness, a well-to-do middle-aged spinster, talk Rachel into renting a large country house for the summer. Mysterious happenings occur the first night they are there, something or someone falls down the stairs in the middle of the night. A man is dead at the foot of the circular staircase. Now the question arises as to who he is and why was he in the house.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Influential

    • By Linda on 06-28-15

    Regular price: $20.29

    • The Circular Staircase

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Cindy Hardin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    The Circular Staircase has been hailed as the best novel by the most important American woman mystery writer. Rachel Innes is relieved when Gertrude and Halsey arrive to keep their dear old aunt company and allow her the courtesy of a decent night's sleep. Unfortunately, the explosive sound of a revolver shot the next night shatters Rachel's hopes. And the body at the foot of the circular staircase insures many sleepless nights to follow.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Monotone reading with weird background noise

    • By Carol Mello on 03-24-17

    Regular price: $22.40

    • 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 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 42

    “This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her domestic gods in the city, took a furnished house for the summer out of town, and found herself involved in one of those mysterious crimes that keep our newspapers and detective agencies happy and prosperous.” So begins The Circular Staircase, a book which has been hailed as the best novel by the most important American woman mystery writer of our time.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narrator

    • By Scott on 09-18-11

    Regular price: $19.56

    • The Circular Staircase

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Rachel Innes rents a summer house that is full of hidden rooms and sinister happenings. Chilling horror, romance, and rollicking humor permeate this suspenseful mystery novel.

    Regular price: $16.79

  • Book 3

    • The Bat

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Miss Cornelia Van Gorder has left her New York City home for a vacation in an isolated country mansion with her beautiful young niece, neurotic maid, pompous butler and a mysterious but genteel young man, only to find herself the victim of a elusive master criminal, the Bat.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good radio drama

    • By Irwin on 01-13-05

    Regular price: $19.59