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Had She but Known: A Biography of Mary Roberts Rinehart

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The life of America's first best-selling suspense novelist and playwright is presented in full detail, from Rinehart's role as a World War I trench reporter to her fascination with native American culture. National ad/promo.
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published 1994 by Mysterious Press
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Dec 12, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
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The Book Report: I don't suppose knowing who Mary Roberts Rinehart is is as common as it used to be. She was the American doyenne of mystery writers for about 40 years, her books were serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, she lived a glamourous Republican life and never ever stopped writing until age forced her to. She was seventy-seven when her last book was published!

This book, by fellow mystery writer Charlotte MacLeod, was published in 1994. Even then, close to twenty y
Dec 20, 2011 Patty rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Rinehart was an incredible woman who lived her life beyond the restrictions for a woman in her day. This biography was an easy read and opened my eyes up to how incredible this author was. I loved reading her books as a child and as I find copies of her titles now I enjoy reading them again. If you have enjoyed the books by Mary Roberts Rinehart you owe it to your self to read this biography.
Nov 28, 2016 Yibbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very engaging read. I had a hard time putting it down. She was quite a lady and MacLeod managed to catch some of her energy and spirit in this fun biography. It almost has a tongue-in-cheek feel that made for a very light enjoyable read.
What a career she had! It was very interesting to learn what was going on in her life around some of her best-selling works.
It was very delicately done. As a nurse, she treated many disreputable people, but it was handled very carefully. Still, the
Terrie Moran
Feb 13, 2014 Terrie Moran rated it really liked it
Mary Roberts Rinehart was an extraordinary woman who grabbed on to life and lived it to the fullest. One of the first great American mystery writers, she deserves to have her work read and her memory honored. Charlotte McLeod was the perfect author to write this grand biography. She obviously admired Rinehart and brings her to life on every page.
Aug 01, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
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Breezy, readable biography of a very interesting woman. Never heard of Mrs. Rinehart, but she was a mystery author and journalist of note about a hundred years ago. According the book's author, there is a more detailed and exhaustive biography focusing on Rinehart's writing. This book is meant to be a fun read and cover Rinehart's entire life, and it does that.
Jun 11, 2008 Lauralee rated it really liked it
I like Charlotte Macleod's writing style. Her mystery books make for good light summer reading. However, this biography of one of my other favorite mystery writers is a slightly different style and very enjoyable also.
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Charlotte MacLeod, born in New Brunswick, Canada, and a naturalized U.S. citizen, was the multi-award-winning author of over thirty acclaimed novels. Her series featuring detective Professor Peter Shandy, America's homegrown Hercule Poirot, delivers "generous dollops of...warmth, wit, and whimsy" (San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle). But full
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