Mary Roberts Rinehart
Known for her tightly plotted mysteries, American author Mary Roberts Rinehart hits it out of the park with The Breaking Point. A gem from the golden era of detective fiction, the novel follows seemingly timid protagonist Elizabeth Wheeler, whose placid existence is thrown into disarray by a murder. Forced into the role of detective, Elizabeth tries to set things right again. Dive into The Breaking Point for an enthralling whodunit....
Though not exactly a mystery in the traditional sense, Mary Roberts Rinehart's Where There's a Will certainly has its fair share of intrigue, chicanery and deception. At stake is the ownership of Hope Springs, a family-owned health resort whose future appears uncertain in the aftermath of the longtime manager's demise. When a well-meaning group of employees band together to try to take matters into their own hands, all hell breaks loose....
8) The Bat
This emotionally gripping novel blends Mary Roberts Rinehart's two fortes—mystery and romance. When a mysterious stranger who calls himself 'K' enters her life, nurse-in-training Sidney can sense that he's running away from something. But before she can learn more about his tragic past, the pair find themselves falling hopelessly in love. Can their romance transcend his troubles?
Often referred to as the "American Agatha Christie," Mary Roberts Rinehart did much to popularize and refine the mystery genre in the United States. The Street of Seven Stars follows an American musician, Harmony Wells, to Austria, where she has gone to hone her violin skills. Though the dashing doctor she meets there appears to want to protect her, there may be more to his motives than meets the eye.
12) The Confession
14) The Door
16) The Album
17) The Yellow Room
18) The Wall
Fans of silver-screen screwball comedies like A Philadelphia Story or His Girl Friday will appreciate the Mary Roberts Rinehart's When a Man Marries. Though a puzzling mystery does lie at the center of this delightful romp, it's the silly and irreverent sensibility of the novel that is its most engaging feature.