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Mary Roberts Rinehart Books In Order

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Publication Order of Tish Books

The Amazing Adventures of Letitia Carberry (1911)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tish (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Tish (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tish Plays the Game (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tish Marches On (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Of Tish (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hilda Adams Books

The Buckled Bag (1914)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Locked Doors (1914)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miss Pinkerton (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunted Lady (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Episode of the Wandering Knife (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Miss Cornelia Van Gorder Books

The Circular Staircase (1908)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man in Lower Ten (1909)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bat (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

When a Man Marries (1909)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Window at the White Cat (1910)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When A Man Marries, or Seven Days (1910)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where There's a Will (1912)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Case of Jennie Brice (1913)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Street of Seven Stars (1914)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The After House (1914)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
K (1915)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bab: A Sub-Deb (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Live the King (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Amazing Interlude (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twenty-Three and a Half Hours' Leave (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Days (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Poor Wise Man (1920)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Truce of God (1920)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Confession (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Breaking Point (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Lamp (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Ecstasy (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Flights Up (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Strange Adventure (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Door (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Alibi (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Album (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The State Vs. Elinor Norton (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Doctor (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wall (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Mistake (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yellow Room (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Light in the Window (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Swimming Pool (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Love Stories (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Affinities and Other Stories (1920)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sight Unseen (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Temperamental People (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Romantics (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Married People (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Familiar Faces: Stories of People You Know (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alibi for Isabel and Other Stories (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frightened Wife (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frightened Wife and Other Murder Stories (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Kings, Queens and Pawns An American Woman at the Front (1915)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through Glacier Park (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Altar of Freedom (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tenting Tonight (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oh! Well! You Know How Women Are! And Isn't That Just Like A Man! (1920)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Out Trail (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nomad's Land (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Story (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Nero Wolfe Mystery Magazine Volume 1 Number 1, January 1954(1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Web She Weaves(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill or Cure(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Christmas Megapack(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Mary Roberts Rinehart is an American mystery and thriller author popularly known as the source of ‘The butler did it’ phrase. She has written numerous short stories, articles, and poems, and most of her books have been adapted into movies, for instance, The Bat novel. Some of her books have been best sellers and received critics that praised her murder mystery stories.

The Circular Staircase
As the story opens up, Rachel Innis, a rich spinster in the company of her nephew and niece Halsey and Gertrude and her servant Liddy going to a summer house named Sunny Side. The house owners were away on vacation, and only Mary, the housekeeper, was left. Rachel has rented the sunny side since her apartment is under renovation for the summer.

Rachel wasn’t aware that the family was experiencing tumultuous events. Thomas, an older man who has been working in the family for many years and wants to be Rachel’s butler, tells her about a ghost that haunts the house. The first day, Rachel and Lydia hear the sounds of an intruder who drops a metal golf stick on the stairs. The next night, Rachel is woken by a loud sound, then a dead body is found whose identity is the estranged son of the house owners. She also realizes that Halsey and Jack are not in their rooms, and while looking around, she sees Hasley’s pistol lying on a tulip bed. She decides to cover this discovery from the police questioning her and Gertrude.

Rachel begins to follow clues as they appear directed to everything happening. In her quest to find out the truth, she keeps the evidence far from Detective Jameson to not embarrass his companions with the police investigations.

Rachel is ready to remain in the house until the mystery is solved and her nephew’s name is cleared, even when there are more break-ins at night. Gertrude even tells the police that Hasley left before Arnold was killed. Some days later, Halsey comes back alone and doesn’t explain Jack’s whereabouts. It’s later discovered that Jack and Halsey had no good relationship with Arnold after treating Gertrude badly.

Then other news came that the local bank where Jack worked had been robbed, declaring the bank bankrupt. Rumors have it that all this was done by one of the employees, and now all blame is put on the missing Jack. Is Jack capable of robbing a bank?

Who really shot Anorld Armstrong and why? Later news comes in claiming that Paul Armstrong, the house owner, is dead after ailing heart disease for a long time. Most people don’t believe the news, and detective Jamieson and the new gardener wake Rachel up in the middle of the night to go to the graveyard and dig up to confirm whether the body really belongs to Paul. To their shock, they find out that the body doesn’t belong to him, which makes them so suspicious. Why would Paul fake his death?

What follows is a series of investigations to unravel the mystery. Will they finally find Paul and find out why he faked his death?

The Man in Lower Ten
Lawrence Blakeley travels home from a meeting with his client and carries a few conviction papers in a forgery case. He’s on his way to deliver the papers to Pittsburgh. On the way, he switches train berths with another man who falls asleep. The man takes his position at the lower ten, and that night the man is found dead the next morning, and the murder weapon is found on the berth used by Lawrence. Blake is accused of killing after the train gets wrecked. Only him and a mysterious young lady are survivors. Why might he have been killed? Was Blakeley the targeted victim?

It’s also realized that the papers have been stolen too, and people are left wondering how the murder and theft are connected. He has lost everything, including his shoes and clothes, and replaced with another man’s suit. The mystery becomes more complicated the moment the train gets involved in an accident, and most of those on board, both the possible suspects and witnesses, are missing and others dead.

Blakeley is now suspected of the murder of the man in the lower ten and tries all he can to prove that he’s innocent. He is also searching around to find the stolen documents and find the link between the murdered man and the beautiful young lady on the train. With the help of an amateur detective Hotchkiss, he must find out who took the evidence he carried and who framed him for the murder?

The Man In Lower Ten is a great mystery with many actions and twists that keep the reader guessing to the last page.

The Bat
A rich lady rents a country house with an Irish maid and her niece during the summer. Cornelia Van Gorder is a spinster who loves adventures. She rented the recently available house when Courtleigh Fleming, a bank manager, died. Cornelia is bewailing her quiet and adventurous existence when mysterious activities start happening. Some servants soon leave because of the activities happening in the large mansion. The story also involves the homeowner who died recently and whose bank account isn’t working. The main suspect is a young bank clerk who happens to be the lover of the old lady’s niece.

Cornelia starts receiving notes aimed at frightening her away from the house. Rumors have it that The Bat, a criminal mastermind is around. The mysterious suspect has been dubbed as The Bat, who has been operating in the vicinity of the country home. The happenings that follow in the house are solving the mystery surrounding the old lady’s murder, Bat activities, and the bank misappropriation.

The missing funds are noticed during the wake of the bank manager’s death. Cornelia’s niece starts acting weird, and Lizzie, the maid, is nervous while her butler is impossible to understand. Cornelia requests a detective to help her investigate who has been sending the notes to her.

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