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When a Man Marries

Mary Roberts Rinehart

Book Overview: 

A divorced playboy hosts a dinner party complete with a stand in wife to placate his aunt who financially supports him. When his chef is hospitalized with smallpox symptoms, the fun begins. Throw in an ex-wife, a mystery, and a little romance and you have a comedy of side splitting proportions

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Anne Brown was getting over her tears and now she turned on me in a temper.

"It's all your fault," she said. "I was going to stay at home and get a little sleep—"

"Well, you can sleep now," Dallas broke in. "There'll be nothing to do but sleep."

"I think you haven't grasped the situation, Dal," I said icily. "There will be plenty to do. There isn't a servant in the house!"

"No servants!" everybody cried at once. The Mercer girls stopped giggling.

"Holy cats!" Max stopped in the act of hanging up his overcoat. "Do you mean—why, I can't shave myself! I'll cut my head off."

"You'll do more than that," I retorted grimly. "You will carry coal and tend fires and empty ash pans, and when you are not doing any of those things there will be pots and pans to wash and beds to make."

Then there WAS a row. We had worked back to the den now, and I stood in front of the fireplace and let the storm. . . Read More

Community Reviews

You don't want to know the plot. All you need to know is, when you need a laugh, and I mean an unrelenting, side-splitting, face-aching, I-can't-believe-I'm-falling-for-this-silliness type of laugh, this book will provide it. It's in the early 20th-century madcap, screwball, zany farcical comedy...more

3.5 stars

Mary Roberts Rinehart is best remembered today as a mystery writer, but When a Man Marries is a classic screwball comedy - complete with a feisty female lead, mistaken identities, romance, witty repartee and a cast of befuddled high-society types. Jewelry thefts and mysterious happe...more

I know people who gnash their teeth about e-readers, but the Kindle has been responsible for introducing me to some really great pre-copyright authors, and Mary Roberts Rinehart (aka "the American Agatha Christie") is a prime example. She was one of the most popular and prolific writers of her ti...more

1909 book I read before making a junk journal out of it. Fast read and it kept my attention with the ridiculous plot about socialites having to fend for themselves with zero real-life skills while quarantined.

What a great work of laughable entertainment - I thoroughly enjoyed this read from 1909 and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nonsensical, slight mystery/slight romantic comedy. It's similar in humor to P. G. Wodehouse but perhaps with more sarcasm than straight silliness.

It's not the c...more

4.5 STARS
Objectively, this is probably more of a four star book but I so thoroughly enjoyed it I'll bump it up to five stars. I thought it was delightful! Just enough mystery to be intriguing, a dash of romance, winsome humor and keen characterization. Kit is such an engaging narrator and Mr. Ha...more

4 1/2 stars

Now this is my kind of humor! Madcap to be sure, but not inane and NOT just a parade of snappy one-liners. This is exactly what a farce should be. I found it laugh-out-loud funny in places.

The only farce I have read that was any better than this is 'The Grand Sophy' by Geo...more

This is a fun story - a bunch of friends, upper crust types, get quarantined in a house together while having a party where they are trying to fool the home owner's aunt into believing the heroine is his wife, which she is not. Lies, misunderstandings, domestic troubles (none of them can take car...more

Full review coming, but this was my first Mary Roberts Rinehart and I loved it!

3.5 stars

This was my first Rinehart book. In comedic elements it is reminiscent of Frank Stockton or Harold MacGrath, and a couple times I found myself chuckling audibly. But there's also a strong mystery thread running beneath it, as nine people are quarantined in a house together an...more

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