Circular Staircase
Mary Roberts Rinehart

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Narrated By: Lorna Raver

Duration: 8 hours and 51 minutes

What to expect

“This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her domestic gods in the city, took a furnished house for the summer out of town, and found herself involved in one of those mysterious crimes that keep our newspapers and detective agencies happy and prosperous.” So begins The Circular Staircase, a book that has been hailed as the best novel by the most important American woman mystery writer of our time.

Rachel Innes was relieved when Gertrude and Halsey arrived to keep their dear old aunt company and allow her the courtesy of a decent night’s sleep. Unfortunately, the explosive sound of a gunshot the next night shattered Rachel’s hopes. And the body at the foot of the circular staircase ensured many sleepless nights to follow.


Crime and mystery fiction, Classic fiction

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“It was with [The Circular Staircase] that Mary Roberts Rinehart really found her voice: the indefinable, unmistakable, individual cadence that can be copied but never quite satisfactorily matched.”

Charlotte MacLeod, from her book Had She But Known

“My dear Mrs. Rinehart, I have read The Circular Staircase not only with pleasure, but with thrills and shivers.”