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The Swimming Pool Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758205376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758205377
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,417,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 4, 2010
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The Maynard family lost their fortune in the crash of 1929. Mr. Maynard fairly promptly shot himself. His wife kept up appearances by marrying daughter Judith to a multi-millionaire. When the story opens, the formidable Mrs. Maynard only survives in an imposing oil painting.

We find ourselves at The Birches, the old Maynard country house in Westchester, still grand but thoroughly dilapidated. Twenty-eight-year-old Lois is living there with her older brother Phil. He's an underachieving lawyer; she's writing crime fiction and just getting by.

The oldest sister Ann is living in genteel poverty with a husband and children. Judith, the rich, famous, fast-living beauty of the family, is about to get a divorce.

Spoiled first by her mother, then by her husband, Judith is not a family favorite. When she decides to stay at The Birches, that's it for peace and quiet. She moves into the best room, and has her windows nailed shut and new bolts put on her door. She acts like a person in terror of her life.

Not long after, the dead body of a woman who looks rather like Judith is found floating in the pool.

This is only the beginning of a plot rich in murder, blackmail, concussions, gunshot wounds and a great variety of deceptions and misapprehensions. Lois does some amateur detecting that only succeeds in making her look suspicious. On the plus side, she gets romantically involved with the manly Irish policeman who finally solves the case.

Other interesting characters include a hen who's also in love with the policeman - and a teenage nephew who's thrilled to be in the thick of a murder case and won't go home.

This really is a fun read, with a nice vintage aura.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doodle on August 7, 2012
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My mother introduced me to Mary Roberts Rinehart with her old hardcover of "The Wall." As much as I love face-paced, page-turning, roller-coaster thrillers like Patterson's, Gerritsen's and Cronwell's, it's always nice to slow down the pace for a change. That's where Rinehart comes in for me. No cellphones, men are gentlemen and the "eff" word isn't used every seven words. The characters evolve slowly, the plot builds and you get a nice ride during a slower-paced time. "The Swimming Pool" will keep you guessing until the end. Try it, you'll like it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJ on June 3, 2013
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This author seems to have a pattern in many of her books. The attractive but much put upon sister, the less than affective brother, the gorgeous, selfish sister who has gotten herself into a world of trouble. But, she makes it work. You always stay glued to the end of the book. Lots of action, a lot of people involved in the solution to the mystery. Usually it all goes back to the past when something terrible was done by one of the characters. I read many of her books about 50 years ago and am now enjoying them again thanks to Amazon. She is an excellent author. And, it's sort of fun to read a book about what we think of now as "a long time ago" and I guess it is.
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9 of 27 people found the following review helpful By patricia tubb on June 22, 2003
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this book has been one of my all time favorites. it is an excellent story and mystery. i recommend this book; you will really enjoy it
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