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By Mary Roberts Rinehart | Comments: ( 188 ) | Date: ( Feb 26, 2020 )

On a quiet cul de sac, an elderly invalid is slaughtered with an axeCrescent Place was once a peaceful country green surrounded by five tasteful suburban houses and populated by polite, responsible citizens But as the city enveloped it, the residents built a gate to keep the world out With each passing year, the subdivision grew stranger and stranger until it began to loOn a quiet cul de sac, an elderly invalid is slaughtered with an axeCrescent Place was once a peaceful country green surrounded by five tasteful suburban houses and populated by polite, responsible citizens But as the city enveloped it, the residents built a gate to keep the world out With each passing year, the subdivision grew stranger and stranger until it began to look like a time capsule of the 1890s In these houses are a husband and wife who fight constantly, and another couple who hasn t spoken to each other in two decades There is a widow in permanent mourning and a daughter whom the newspapers call psychotic And there is a bedridden old woman who is about to be killed with an axe.When her murder shatters the quiet of the little enclave, the tabloids delight in trumpeting the neighborhood s peculiarities But as the search for the killer intensifies, the area s strangest secrets have yet to be revealed.


  • Title: The Album
  • Author: Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • ISBN: 9780816166404
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Mary Roberts Rinehart

Mary Roberts Rinehart August 12, 1876 September 22, 1958 was a prolific author often called the American Agatha Christie She is considered the source of the phrase The butler did it , although she did not actually use the phrase herself, and also considered to have invented the Had I But Known school of mystery writing.Rinehart wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles Many of her books and plays were adapted for movies, such as The Bat 1926 , The Bat Whispers 1930 , and The Bat 1959 While many of her books were best sellers, critics were most appreciative of her murder mysteries.



Comments The Album

  • Joseph

    This novel takes place on a quiet cul-de-sac, shaped like a crescent, where time seems to have stood still. Five families, five (or more) secrets, and someone is killing them slowly.There is a lot of suspense in this book, and Mrs Roberts seems to have had a knack for story-telling that keeps the reader interested. Her style in this book is in the form of a report written by one of the people who live in The Crescent, and Roberts masterfully uses foreshadowing as an additional tool besides the u [...]


  • Aleia

    Good read, confusing endingOverall I found this to be a pretty good mystery. As it started off it felt kind of Sherlock Holmes-ish with the seemingly "perfect crime" that seemed impossible to solve. I don't want to ruin the ending but I will say that I was somewhat let down. There was so much going on and so many characters to keep up with that I couldn't focus on what was actually happening.


  • Ryan

    I'm trying really hard not to giggle to myself while I'm writing this review. For some strange reason I enjoy listening to Christmas music when it's extremely hot outside. It seems to take my mind of the fact that if I step outside, I'll melt into a puddle. Not something I would really look forward too. So juxtapose the idea of writing a review for a book where not one murder, but 4 murders take place; all the while Dean Martin and Perry Como are singing some of my favorite Christmas songs. Not [...]


  • Jennifer

    Intriguing scenario. Read it because of that plus I recall hearing of the author as one of the popular classics. It was disappointing due to the sheer number of suspects, schemes, interrelated characters (revealed only as the story unfolds further mudding the storyline), unclear back story connections, and victims. It was just overdone and too confusing to be enjoyed to the fullest extent. I didn't dislike it but am not interested in reading her other works.


  • Terri

    This was a good mystery with lots of twists and turns. I liked the writing style. The narrator was re-telling the events of the week and when different pieces of information were learned. It jumped around a lot and there was a lot of foreshadowing which got you hooked. I would definitely read another book by this author.


  • Henic

    Единственный позитив: автору удалось привязать к сюжету всех героев книги, включая совсем незаметных. Долго жует сопли, делая многообещающие подсказки."Кто бы мог подумать, что старый хрен окажется ключом к происшедшему той ночью" Никто. Порой лучше жевать, чем говорить.


  • Kristina

    Mary Roberts Rinehart is still one of the best mystery/thriller writers out there. Does it matter that these books were published in the early twentieth century? No. The mysteries are still good and spooky and the heroine smart and resourceful.


  • Kel

    This story is told by "Lou" in bits and pieces as she sees or learns about events. A crazy person with a psychotic heart kills a lot of people once her original plan goes awry. The narrative is deliberately choppy and really builds the suspense.


  • Carole

    TerrificOld-fashioned, old speech, old customs, old society but still a wonderful and complicated story. Will read this author again for certain.


  • Mageesgirl=Jan Hayes

    I love to be surprised by a book! Did not expect to enjoy this story so much! A different style, but worth the effort!


  • Jenn Estepp

    A bit on the long side - and twists and turns just kept coming, probably long after they should've - but still quite enjoyable in the way that I've come to expect from Rinehart's books.


  • Naticia

    Not a fast read, but worth every minute!


  • Tanya Faberson

    Not my favorite Mary Roberts Rinehart novel, but I still love her work in general.


  • Whistlers Mom

    I think you're either a Mary Roberts Rinehart fan or you aren't. There's nothing in between. She's been ridiculed for her heavy-handed use of fore-shadowing, but she was a fine writer with a feminine eye for detail and personalities. She was prolific, but if any of her books weren't up to standard, I've missed themE ALBUM is one of her best and offers a wonderful look into upper middle class domestic life between the two World Wars. It's difficult today to imagine a time when privacy was valued [...]


  • Jessi

    Set during prohibition, the narrator is a twenty-seven-year-old spinster. While the world around her is changing rapidly, the neighborhood she lives in is set in their ways, still clinging to a world that was all but gone. Every day, every week is exactly the same. Which is what makes the murder of one of the residents all the more astonishing. As are the secrets (like the fact that the victim was hording gold) all the more interesting.The internal dialogue in Louisa's (Lou, the narrator) mind m [...]


  • Molly

    I hadn't realized this author was more of a contemporary of Agatha Christie (or, actually, a bit earlier) when I started reading the book, so the style of writing was a bit of a surprise! I've actually already essentially forgotten the ending, but things like this leak out of my head easily. I enjoyed nibbling away at this one each night.


  • Katherine Fuller

    A locked room mystery of sorts. How well do you know your neighbors? How far would you go to preserve appearances? While some weakness in the mystery aspect, some of the characters manage to surprise the reader. A quick read.


  • Denise Kearney

    BB-IB-$1.99 really liked this book. It had a very involved plot that had me guessing for a long time.I will definitely read more of her books.


  • Theresa Larson

    I would have given this book a 4, but the first part of the book was hard to get into.


  • Ida Mcgarity

    Circuitous plot!Very interesting storylines. I enjoyed the many twists and turns This book held my interest all the way. A great read.


  • Sandra Weaver

    What a great book. If you love a good mystery this is the writer for you. Let me quote from another reviewer ( She was the forerunner of the "Had I But Known" school -- in fact she may have been the whole school. Example: "Had I but known what tragedy awaited us all, I would've never picked up that dead fish," or whatever. It will indeed drive you crazy at times. She has a habit of talking about a clue before it has fallen into the stream of the narrative. Don't bother rereading and thinking "Wh [...]


  • Victoria Slotto

    I've heard the author described as the American Agatha Christie and she certainly earned that title with her convoluted plot, myriads of suspects and setting. She used an unusual approach to foreshadowing by letting the reader know, for example, that there would be a certain number of murders to come but holding one in suspense until they happened. This is an unusually busy time in my life and I don't think it was the best time for me to tackle this author since I had to read in fits and starts. [...]


  • Barbara Lynn

    Really enjoyed reading this book.Really like Ms. Rinehart's style of writing.Liked the idea that it didn't really read like a book written about life 90 years ago, or so.Was only reminded of the time period every once and awhile when short explanations about certain routines, habits, customs, words, etc. were mentioned.However, it was too long for my taste, especially the last several chapters thatattempted to explain/describe who did what and how (very convoluted - one chapter could have been u [...]


  • Kathy

    Roberts is the master of the "if I had only known" style of mystery writing. This book takes that to a whole new level. I agree with the reviewers who found the mystery very interesting, but the ending confusing and convoluted. There are so many characters! Many of whom are very similar. I do enjoy Roberts' use of low-key humor and insights into human nature.


  • Rebecca

    Rinehart relies heavily on foreshadowing to build and maintain suspense. It's something she is known for, so it has to be expected. However, that technique isn't always satisfying for me, and this book especially mixed in "things we don't know yet" in the narration. That back and forth tended to bug me. So that is part of why the rating isn't higher.


  • Cindy

    Lots of characters and the style was sometimes difficult to read. Slow but it has a great ending.


  • Aine Ruane

    GoodstoryInteresting characters. Not much more that I can think of right now. Not sure I would read any of her other books.


  • Doris Cook

    Some of the wording and phrases were confusing. I had to reread a lot of those to figure to understand the concept of them. Changing times of wording is interesting. All in all a pretty good read.


  • Nick Duretta

    Good God, was this a confusing slog. I'd never read Rinehart before, and many aspects of this book aligned with what I'd heard about her work: multiple murders, a female protagonist, and lots of foreshadowing. I lost count of how many times the protagonist remarked: "If we'd only known" or "When we found the truth out later" or "That would only make sense when we discovered". All the murders were telegraphed beforehand; there was no surprise in their discovery. This story, which concerns four mu [...]


  • Tamara Chambless

    It starts off so promising. Then too many people die. It becomes a parody of its genre.


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