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The Listening House

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Down and out in the Depression, Gwynne Dacres moves into a seedy and sinister boarding house, where she exposes deadly secrets in this classic mystery by Mabel Seeley

After losing her copywriting job, young Gwynne Dacres seeks a place to live when she stumbles upon Mrs. Garr’s old boarding house. Despite the gruff landlady and an assortment of shifty tenants, Gwynne rents a
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Berkley (first published 1938)
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Forrest Woods Ok, I can answer my own question, now. The Pyramid editions of all seven of her mysteries are complete and unabridged. Just watch out for the old wart…moreOk, I can answer my own question, now. The Pyramid editions of all seven of her mysteries are complete and unabridged. Just watch out for the old wartime issues when they apparently wanted to save on paper. (less)
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Diana | Book of Secrets
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
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✦ 3.5 Stars ✦ First published in 1938, THE LISTENING HOUSE was the debut crime novel of Mabel Seeley, who came to be known as “The Mistress of Mystery.” I'm glad Berkley is reissuing some of her books, because before spotting this one I was not familiar with Seeley's work.

The main character Gwynne Dacres is a young, independent woman, making her way through the Depression years. After losing her job as a copywriter, she moves into a creepy boarding house run by a grumpy, paranoid woman who's con
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Audrey
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this 25 or 30 years ago and wanted to see if it was still as thrilling. It is, though perhaps not as shocking as it was back then. Written in the 1930s, but has a modern sensibility. And the narrator's voice, and her interaction with one of the other inmates of the listening house, is funnier than I remembered. Lots of twists and turns; definitely hard to put down! ...more
Susan
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!
This book is a mystery, written in 1938. The cover calls it a gothic suspense novel, but to me it seemed like just a mystery, and a very well-written mystery.
Very exciting. Lots of humor! Even romance. A good story. Lots of characters that are memorable and intent on being themselves.
Janelle
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this spooky mystery
Ethan Hulbert
I recently read The Listening House by Mabel Seeley (Triangle Books!). It’s a mystery detective thriller type novel that claims to be a classic in the genre. Right there on the front cover. Those are some big claims, book.

I don’t know about “best of the 20th century” only because I don’t have that sort of thorough mystery novel expertise. However, it was a very good book after all.

Our hero Gwynne Dacres is a copywriter out of a job who just needs a place to live. She finds it in the home of a Mr
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Mary Stenvall
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! The mystery is good, the characters are good, and the setting is awesome! So much accidental history in the story - the boarding houses, etc. Set in the forties, written in the forties, a wonderful read. Her best one in my opinion. Love it!
Nanci
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Just a delightful “whodunnit”!! So happy to have discovered Mabel Seeley!
Homerun2
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful classic mystery from 1938. Gutsy and likable heroine, interesting and mysterious cast of characters, suitably twisted plot. Well written, intelligent and fun to read if you enjoy vintage mysteries.
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Mabel Seeley was born Mabel Hodnefield in Herman, Minnesota. Her family moved to St. Paul in 1920, and she attended Mechanic Arts High School. Her first book, The Listening House, was published in 1938. In 1941, she won the Mystery of the Year Award for her book The Chuckling Fingers. Over the course of her career, she wrote seven mysteries, all between 1938 and 1954, and all of them period pieces ...more

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