William Porter has just inherited Twin Hollows, an isolated lakeside estate shrouded in mystery and doom. But William and his wife aren't easily swayed by ghost stories and whispered rumors. Until a shadowy apparition beckons to them from the undying glow of a red lamp. Is a stranger with a deadly purpose trying to frighten them away? Or are they being haunted by a chilling warning from the grave?
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Classic murder mystery novel about Spiritualism
Like all of Rinehart, this is a beautiful period piece. It was first published in 1925, when paranormal activity and seances were a craze; several writers used the fad as a plot device. The Red Lamp should be as well known as Dorothy Sayers's Unnatural Death, since psychic research and seances are at the heart of the novel and the mystery, and not incidental, as they are in the Sayers book.
Dikeos has a voice that's an acquired taste, but he read this with intelligence.
- ernest drown