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The Room Upstairs

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  7 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews

But wherever there was brilliance and excitement, there one would find Kitten, the youngest and most beautiful of the Corwith girls. And then there was the accident. And now Kitten remained in a locked room on the top floor of the Corwith mansion. Through the rest of the house there was a silence so tense that it screamed...
Paperback, 206 pages
Published 1948 by Avon
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I am trying to read all the Edgar Best First winners and this book won in 1949. The descriptions made it look like a gothic type romantic suspense and while it had those elements it was much darker and sharply written than I expected and I really ended up enjoying it though there was perhaps a bit too much melodrama at times.
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Interesting and suspenseful look at the social mores of the upper class in the 1940s. Winner of the 1949 Edgar Award.
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Mildred B. Davis, an american teacher, published her first novel, The Room Upstairs, in 1948. It was awarded an Edgar for best first novel of the year by the Mystery Writers of America. A rich novel with subtle strains of gothic horror and hard-boiled private eye, this book lifted her into the limelight as an author of promise.
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