”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.” So begins The Circular Staircase, a book which has been hailed as the best novel by the most important American woman mystery writer of our time.
Rachel Innes was relieved when Gertrude and Halsey arrived to keep their dear old aunt company and allow her the courtesy of a decent night’s sleep. Unfortunately, the explosive sound of a revolver shot the next night shattered Rachel’s hopes. And the body at the foot of the circular staircase ensured many sleepless nights to follow.
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Maybe it just was not what I was expecting, but I found the story tedious and decided not to finish listening. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Lorna Raver's narration and will look for her reading other books.
I loved her voices and characterizations.
I Hated This Book
This is an alright mystery story, but I could just not get past the portrayal of the black guy, and the language used to describe him. When reading old books I do try to understand that things used to be different, and I guess it didn't raise any eyebrows for the author to call one of her characters "that darky" or whatever, but it was too jarring for me, and I think it's because the narrator made those passages worse. There is also the simpering woman, who did nothing but cry and say "you will hate me". I thought this was a classic, but it annoyed me greatly. Oh well, the story itself is a bit interesting.