Book Review: The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

The Circular Staircase is a mystery novel written by Mary Roberts Rinehart and first published in 1908. The story is narrated by Rachel Innes, a wealthy woman who has rented a country house called Sunnyside for the summer with her niece and nephew.

As soon as they arrive at the house, strange events begin to occur. Rachel hears unexplained noises and discovers that the circular staircase in the house leads to a secret room. She also learns that the previous tenants, the Arnold family, had experienced similar disturbances and that a murder had taken place in the house a year earlier.

Rachel and her companions soon find themselves embroiled in a mystery that involves stolen jewelry, hidden identities, and a network of underground tunnels. As the events unfold, they also discover that the local police are less than helpful and that they must rely on their own wits and resourcefulness to solve the case.

The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart is a classic mystery novel that has stood the test of time. The book is well-written and engaging, with a suspenseful plot that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Rinehart’s use of descriptive language and vivid imagery create a rich and immersive setting, drawing readers into the world of Sunnyside and its inhabitants.

The characters in the book are well-drawn and interesting, with a range of personalities and motivations that make them all suspects in the unfolding mystery. Rachel Innes, the narrator and main character, is a strong and intelligent woman who is not afraid to take charge in the face of danger. Her niece and nephew, Halsey and Gertrude, are also well-developed characters who play an important role in the story.

The novel’s pacing is excellent, with just the right amount of tension and intrigue to keep readers hooked. The use of multiple plot twists and red herrings ensures that the true culprit remains a mystery until the very end.

The Circular Staircase is considered a classic of American detective fiction and has been adapted for film and television numerous times. It is known for its suspenseful plot, engaging characters, and witty narration.

You can get this classic of detective fiction from Amazon here.


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