- File Size: 6359 KB
- Print Length: 450 pages
- Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (August 13, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E4UXBEE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Among her dozens of novels are The Amazing Adventures of Letitia Carberry (1911), which began a six-book series, and The Bat (originally published in 1920 as a play), which was among the inspirations for Bob Kane’s Batman. Credited with inventing the phrase “The butler did it,” Rinehart is often called an American Agatha Christie, even though she began writing much earlier than Christie, and was much more popular during her heyday.
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THE ALBUM is one of her best and offers a wonderful look into upper middle class domestic life between the two World Wars. It's difficult today to imagine a time when privacy was valued and genteel people lived by a code that prohibited "Airing your dirty laundry in public."
Rinehart (a militantly modern woman) believed that pride and dignity can be carried too far. She also believed passionately that women should have access to education and careers. The female inhabitants of Crescent Place suffer from having no meaningful employment. They direct the servants and gossip. The Roaring Twenties is represented by the one young couple, but the rest of them are (happily or unhappily) stuck in pre-WWI mode.
The brutal killing of an elderly invalid blows the lid off of things and uncovers some secrets that had been buried, but not forgotten. Rinehart's books are unusual for the time in that they never feature a brilliant amateur detective. Murders are investigated as they are in real life - by the police. The narrator (always a woman) is both a by-stander and a participant. And Rinehart had a firm grasp of one fact that many mystery writers overlook. Murder changes everything.
If you're a new-comer to Rinehart, you may be put off by the fact that this Kindle edition opens with some strange-looking portraits and a jumble of text. In the original, this was the cast of characters and it was printed in two columns and the slip-shod person(s) responsible for preparing the Kindle edition didn't care enough to ensure that it was readable in the ebook version. Sadly, we see this all too often when older books are converted to ebooks.
Just skip to the story and enjoy a fascinating look into a way of life that vanished before any of us were born.
I highly recommend this book , and all of her books really. She was a good author. This mystery contains a lot of twists and turns, and I keep having to change my idea about whodunit.
Get it. You'll enjoy it. I have the audio and the book.