Mary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876-September 22, 1958) was an American writer, 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. She is considered to have invented the "Had-I-But-Known" school of mystery writing. She also created a costumed supercriminal called "the Bat," who was cited by Bob Kane as one of the inspirations for his "Batman."
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Review: The Circular StaircaseUser Review - Richard Ward - Goodreads
Extremely good whodunit by Mary Roberts Rinehart, "The American Agatha Christie". First published circa 1908, just before the dawn of the golden age of detective fiction. Not all of Rhinehart's books ... Read full review
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Straight-up old-school entertainment, featuring an older woman with acerbic wit and strong constitution. Written along the lines of Agatha Christie - though a couple of decades before her - the ... Read full review