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The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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Sep 07, 2009

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This is the most famous book by Mary Roberts Rinehart and I was once told by an elderly friend that she had been sacred out of her wits by this book. Therefore, it was a must read for my current obsession. I enjoyed the book, but think that my friend either read this book during the worse stormy night of her young life or she was raised in a convent. However, what did strike me about the book was the overt racism that was present in the book. I was appalled, but realize that literature reflects the age in which it was written. Thankfully we have moved beyond such crude racial stereotypes and comments or at least I pray that we have. But if you like a tale about dead bodies and possible ghosts in a country home that you have rented for the summer this book is for you. Also, the story is told by an elderly woman and she is a riot.
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