- Taschenbuch: 174 Seiten
- Verlag: IndyPublish (6. Oktober 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1588279235
- ISBN-13: 978-1588279231
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1 x 22,9 cm
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The After House (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Oktober 2001
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Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) was an American author of hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Some of her very successful books and plays, such as "The Bat" (1920) were adapted for movies. While many of her books were best-sellers, critics were most appreciative of her murder mysteries. She also coined the famous phrase "The butler did it." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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Often referred to as the American Agatha Christie, Mary Roberts Rinehart was an American journalist and writer who is best known for the murder mystery The Circular Staircase considered to have started the Had-I-but-known school of mystery writing and the popular Tish mystery series. A prolific writer, Rinehart was originally educated as a nurse, but turned to writing as a source of income after the 1903 stock market crash. Although primarily a fiction writer, Rinehart served as the Saturday Evening Post s correspondent for from the Belgian front during the First World War, and later published a series of travelogues and an autobiography. Roberts died in New York City in 1958. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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The narrator of this book is a young doctor and I suspect he's modeled on the young doctor that the author married the year she graduated from nursing school. They remained married until his death decades later and their marriage produced three sons.. I think Mrs. Rinehart probably knew as much about men as it's possible for a woman to know. Young Ralph Leslie is alone in the world. He has a very new medical degree, intelligence, and good looks, but no money. A bout of typhoid fever leaves him pale and weak. No knowing what else to do, he signs on as a deckhand on a private yacht sailing to the Caribbean.
The passengers consist of the wealthy, drunken owner, his wife, her sister, an attractive socialite, and a man-about-town whom the owner suspects of having an affair with this wife. Soon there is tension between the two men and between the owner and the ship's captain. And, to complicate matters further, Leslie falls in love with the spunky young sister-in-law.
I think it's a good mystery. I remember that the first time I read it, the identity of the murderer took me completely by surprise. After re-reading it, I'm still not sure if I can accuse the author of not giving enough clues or if I was just slow on the up-take.
Rinehart was often called "the American Agatha Christie" but her mysteries are not as carefully plotted as Christie's. On the other hand, her characters are fuller and more fascinating and no one ever did a finer job of incorporating a romance into a mystery book without making me cringe. I read her books for their charm and for her incisive wit and social commentary. The mystery is just a nice bonus.
Murders at sea where there's no professional help within reach and where all of the passengers are suspects (except the victims, of course) can be tricky, but I think Rinehart pulls this one off. You feel the frustration of Dr. Leslie as he attempts to protect the other passengers (especially pretty Elsa Lee) while not certain who or what he's protecting them from. The "Ella" has been called the devil ship of the Turner Shipping Line, but no one expects this pleasure cruise to turn deadly.
It's not Rinehart's best, but it's very good. You're rooting for the young man every step of the way and it's a great sense of satisfaction when he gets the girl. You know he will, of course. Rinehart believed in marriage and was partisan enough to want to show a fledgling medico in the role of hero. Medicine was a poorly paid profession at the time, and admiration and gratitude were some times the only reimbursement the doctor got for saving lives. It's a thought-provoking look at America 100 years ago.