Mary Roberts Rinehart's name is synonomous with well-crafted mystery, and this novel, which combines both mystery and adventure, shows Rinehart's tremendously vivid powers as a storyteller. In this book, Mrs. Pittman, a boardinghouse keeper, is convinced that a murder has been committed in her house after discovering a series of suspicious clues. Mrs. Pittman, unsupported by the police, begins an informal investigation. Grisly discoveries and strange happenings soon follow.
The Case of Jennie Brice takes listeners into the world of Mrs. Pittman, a clever landlady managing a rooming house in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, at the turn of the century. Voiced by Cindy Hardin Killavey, Mrs. Pittman's wit and guile comes to the fore when she is faced with a blood-stained rope and towel and a missing tenant, the winsome Jennie Brice. Of course, Mrs. Pittman has something that the police don't: ready access to snoop around Jennie's room, and the fear of a killer on the premises. Listeners will be charmed and intrigued by this performance, which introduces a modern audience to the works of Mary Roberts Rinehart, often nicknamed "the American Agatha Christie".
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Good Concept, Poor Execution
Suspense - too much repetition