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Preview — The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Man in Lower Ten
There is quite a bit of substance to this mystery, a well developed "whodunit" that remains suspenseful until the end. Well worth the time.
Lawrence Blakeley has a disagreeable task, he has to deliver a statement and some forged bank notes to Pittsburgh.
The lawyer ends up in a muddle of adventure which leads to him being labeled a murderer... First he loses everything, clothes, shoes, and worst of all the bag with the bank notes; and then he finds a murdered man in his berth and guess what, the murder weapon is also found in his possession...
Then there's Ms. West his colleague's mysterious lov ...more
read 12/13- 12/14
"McKnight could tell the story a great deal better than I, although he cannot spell three consective words correctly. But while he has imagination and humor, he is lazy.'It didn't happen to me anyhow', he protested when I put it up to him. ' And nobody cares for second hand thrills. For that you want the unvarnished and ungarnished truth, and I'm no hand for that. I'm a lawyer.' (7)
So starts a book that introduced a genre to America: The "i ...more
Clever whodunit that keeps the reader guessing to the very end. Told in first person from the point of view of the cops' chief suspect, a lawyer who finds himself on a train that crashes soon after a passenger...more
I think it's also safe to assume that most of us realize that just because you love an author, doesn't mean you are going to lo ...more
The story concerns the murder of a passenger on a pullman sleeping car. In the middle of the immediate alarm and investigation the train wrecks and many of the people on th ...more
A confirmed (and proud) bachelor, comfortable in his solitary existence and his modest law practice, Lawrence Blakeley enjoys a humdrum life that is free of female encumbrance (except, of course, for his very formidable housekeeper!) Excitement and adventure are definitely not for him. So, when he boards a train for Pittsburgh with papers of importance to an upcoming case, the last place he expected to find himself was in the middle of a murder mystery and in ...more
This particular novel gives us Lawrence Blakely--confirmed bachelor and dedicated lawyer in the partnership of Blakely & McKnight. Blakely agrees to make a journey from Washington to Pittsburgh to obtain a deposition from a man on the fraudulent nature of bank notes which would serve as exhibit A in the pro ...more
On the plus side, references to travel and domestic arrangements circa 1909 provided plenty of interest. At one point, the protag ...more
I'll still try a few other Rineharts that I haven't read yet. Hope they're better.
e they're better
I have just begun this book and already it burgeons with questions that seem to have no answers. So far, so good!
Update: Quite enjoyable ...more
A nice, solid mystery with the added bonus interesting period ambience (I love wandering through early century DC) and surprisingly a feel of a modern novel merely well-set and well-crafted in a historic setting.
I"ll give her another chance and maybe she really is the "american Agatha Christie"
Rinehart wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special ...more