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Book Title: The Confession|
The author of the book: Mary Roberts Rinehart
Date of issue: February 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9781406839296
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.28 MB
Edition: Echo Library
Read full description of the books The Confession:I think you're either a Rinehart fan or you're not. Her books are dated, but whether you consider them quaint and charming or absurd is a matter of personal taste. Certainly her over-the-top, had-I-but-known style is a thing of the past. I like them for the reason that I like most old mysteries. No other genre gives as intimate and realistic a rendering of daily life in the past as mysteries. Mystery writers MUST get the details right. Solving the crime depends on it.
This is a favorite of mine. It was published in 1921 and bears a striking resemblance to her best-selling 1908 book THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE. Both are narrated by a well-to-do middle aged woman who rents a summer house, as wealthy people did at that time. With no air-conditioning, cities were unbearable in the heat of summer and the country was also supposed to offer some protection from the epidemics that normally peaked in the hotter months.
Both of the women are single, have a long-time servant with whom they carry on a running battle, and both are aunts to a grown niece and nephew. It's not a sequel, because the names of the narrators are different, although the name of the niece (Gertrude) and her husband (Jack) are repeated. But it's impossible not to think of the narrators as the same woman. They SOUND identical.
STAIRCASE was a long book for the time (226 pages) and THE CONFESSION is a novella of 73 pages. In the earlier book, the young folks are single and the action revolves around their romances. In this one, they are married with families of their own and only the nephew plays a small role.
Basically, it's a story about a respected, prominent family whose pride in their family history has consumed them. Although Rinehart was a wife and mother, she was also a proud career woman at a time when that was a daring thing to be. She passionately believed that women should be educated and live their own lives. Old Miss Emily is a prime example of a woman who has sacrificed herself on the altar of family duty. But why is she so anxious to find a renter for the family home which is the only home she's ever known? And who is the nighttime visitor who terrorizes the intrepid Agnes Blakiston and her out-spoken maid Maggie.
Rinehart's books appeal because of the excellent writing, the wry humor, and the lovingly drawn characters. She cared about her characters and she makes the reader care, too. That's one of the highest compliments I can pay any author.
Read information about the authorMary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876-September 22, 1958) was a prolific author often called the American Agatha Christie. She is considered the source of the phrase "The butler did it", although she did not actually use the phrase herself, and also considered to have invented the "Had-I-But-Known" school of mystery writing.
Rinehart wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Many of her books and plays were adapted for movies, such as The Bat (1926), The Bat Whispers (1930), and The Bat (1959). While many of her books were best-sellers, critics were most appreciative of her murder mysteries.
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