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The Circular Staircase

Mary Roberts Rinehart

"This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her domestic gods in the city, took a furnished house for the summer out of town, and found herself involved in one of those mysterious crimes that keep our newspapers and detective agencies happy and prosperous.... And then--the madness seized me. When I look back over the months I spent at Sunnyside, I wonder that I survived it all.

The first and perhaps most famous novel by Mary Roberts Rinehart, from 1908. This first edition is illustrated with 5 plates by artist Lester Ralph and a map of the house with the “circular staircase.” Mixing mystery with a hint of the occult, this is a story filled with suspense and a foreboding atmosphere, written by America’s preeminent mystery novelist.

Book publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis
Book copyright: 1908, The Bobbs-Merrill Company
Book edition: First edition, containing “September” 1908 inscription on copyright page
Pages: 362 (394 bound pages)
Size: 5″ x 7-1/2″
Dust jacket: No
Illustrations: Glossy frontispiece, map plate, and five internal illustrations by Lester Ralph
Back matter: None
Digital edition © 2009 Curtis Philips. All Rights Reserved.

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