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The State Vs. Elinor Norton

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
On trial for murder, a young bride recalls the steps that led her to the dock

The state has accused beautiful young Elinor Norton of murder, and she refuses to mount a defense. Guilt is written all over her elegant features, but her childhood best friend refuses to believe it when Elinor confesses to the crime.

Forced into a dull marriage against her will, Elinor is just beg
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Paperback, 284 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Zebra (first published 1933)
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Ryan G
Jul 31, 2011 Ryan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Caroline Somers wanted for her only daughter, Elinor, was a proper marriage. Money wasn't the issue, they had plenty of their own, but marrying into the right social class was what mattered. Caroline was dogmatic on the issue, drilling proper form and etiquette into Elinor from day one. So it was no surprise to anyone when Elinor was set to marry Lloyd Norton. He was from the right sort of family and had the money to spare. Elinor was never in love with him, but she agreed to the marriage to ...more
Marigold
I picked this up at a Dollar Book Store, & therefore got what I deserved! I've read a couple of other Rinehart mysteries & enjoyed them for what they are - old school style mysteries. Don't be fooled by the description on this one. There's about 2 pages of "media sensation" & almost no trial, so if you're looking for courtroom drama, there isn't one. The "bleak and isolated estate" is in Montana, of all places. And the murder isn't particularly gruesome (if you're intrigued by grueso ...more
Susanne
Dec 10, 2015 Susanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First off, the bride is NOT recalling anything. Her male, desperately in love, childhood friend is the narrator.

Basically, if Great Expectations had continued and Estella murdered her husband, this would be that book. Carroll (the male narrator) is as blindly devoted as Pip, and with as little cause.

There's no mystery (other than what does anyone see in Elinor). Just Elinor making one Bad Decision after another and the unrealistic narrator (he *enjoyed* WWI?? WTF?!) ponderously explaining how
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Venessa
Sep 04, 2012 Venessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a bit different from Rinehart's other books; this one follows an unhappy, unlucky woman in love to the West in a curious love triangle. Our narrator forms the square, his love for Elinor unreturned. Interesting how one couldn't just get divorced back in the day. Makes you wonder if that was how it was now if we'd see as many mismatched and hurried marriages as we do today....
Ida Mcgarity
Jul 11, 2015 Ida Mcgarity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly Engrossing

I loved this book from start to finish. I have read three books by Elinor Norton this week. This one is the best so far. I couldn't put it down. The people in this story were so imperfect. Read it. You will be entertained and satisfied.
David Vanness
Nov 08, 2013 David Vanness marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
My copy is hardback Large Print 432 pages by Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
Victoria Mixon
Jul 13, 2010 Victoria Mixon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Now that's what I call a boring way to tell a story.
Marci
Mar 31, 2016 Marci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good psychological drama/mystery from the ever-reliable Mary Roberts Rinehart.
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Mary 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
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