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The After House

Mary Roberts Rinehart

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She drew her breath in sharply in surprise, but as I dropped her hand our eyes met.

"You should not have done that," she said coolly. "I am sorry."

She left me utterly wretched. What a boor she must have thought me, to misconstrue her simple act of kindness! I loathed myself with a hatred that sent me groveling to my blanket in the pantry, and that kept me, once there, awake through all the early part of the summer night.

I wakened with a sense of oppression, of smothering heat. I had struggled slowly back to consciousness, to realize that the door of the pantry was closed, and that I was stewing in the moist heat of the August night. I got up, clad in my shirt and trousers, and felt my way to the door.

The storeroom and pantry of the after house had been built in during the rehabilitation of the boat, and consisted of a short passageway, with drawers for linens on either side, and beyond, lighted by a porthole, th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Most people don't realize that this book is based on a true event that happened in the 1890's aboard a lumber ship called the Herbert Fuller. Though Ms. Rinehart changed many of the details, her book brought a new attention to the case and lead, eventually, to the capture of the real criminal, relea

I was enjoying this until the ending, which disappointed me. (view spoiler)[A madman, especially the "religious maniac" variety, is always far less satisfying than a logical motive. (hide spoiler)] Also rests heavily on the trope of people trying desperately to shield a friend or relative whom they are sure is guilty, which I can

DNF at 50 pages in. Bored and could care less about how much money the character makes, let alone about his wanting to travel the sea. I like sea stories but this was utterly full. Moving on!

I loved this rather gruesome whodunit. The murders take place on a small private ship so the cast of characters (and suspects) is small -- you have the upper-crust owners and guests, and you have a typically ragtag crew. I read a few other reviews that harshly criticize the overt racism and sexism t

Many thanks to Ryan over at Wordsmithonia for bringing The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart to my attention. Despite my love for vintage mysteries, I have only read one other book by Rinehart (The Window at the White Cat) back before my blogging days--and that one made no great impression on me.

This is a short mystery that recounts the events on board the Ella, a luxury yacht that was created by refurbishing a sailing vessel. The day it sets sail is a gorgeous sunny day and there is not a hint about what's to come. When the ship comes back to port, 31 day later, Leslie is the acting captai

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