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Mary Roberts Rinehart

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Mary Roberts Rinehart wrote 6 books about the elderly Letitia (Tish) Carberry and the escapades she gets her elderly lady cronies into. This particular book, the third in the series, was written after Mary's stint as a war correspondent in Belgium during the first World War.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Aggie.

"Beautiful!" His tone was ardent enough to please even Aggie.

He sat without speaking for a time, and none of us liked to interrupt him. Outside it had stopped raining, and the moon was coming up over the Camel's Back. We could hear Modestine stirring in the thicket and a watery ray of moonlight came into the cave and threw our shadows against the wall.

"If only," said Sheriff Muldoon thoughtfully—"If47 only I could get my hands on that chap with the red beard!"

We all went to bed soon after. Aggie, as usual, went to sleep at once, and soon, from, behind the kimono screen across the cave, loud noises told us that Mr. Muldoon also slept. It was then that Tish crept over and put her mouth to my ear.

"That may be Muldoon all right," she whispered. "But if it is he's got a wife and two children. Mrs. Muldoon is related to Hannah."48

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Somehow, with the morning our suspicions, if we had any, vanished. Mr. . . . Read More

Community Reviews

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Funny and Fantastical

Being more familiar with Rinehart’s mysteries, this collection of stories took me by surprise. As I was reading them all I could think was Amelia Bedelia, a popular character in children’s books who takes everything literally and gets in some extremely funny situations. That is

I came across this while browsing in the Kindle bookstore. I always think of Mary Roberts Rhinehart as a mystery writer but this isn't a mystery. Tish is a middle-aged spinster with a talent for getting herself into escapades. Her loyal friends Aggie and Lizzie, also middle-aged spinsters, can't hel

Reading the Tish stories is feeding my growing conviction that Rinehart is one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. While the stories aren’t strictly mysteries, Tish is clearly the progenitor of such characters as Miss Marple and Aunt Dimity. The plots are early examples of the screw

I find it completely believable that Tish, Lizzie, and Aggie could have re-captured a small French village during World War I. She is my hero!

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