It's the swimming pool. It should never have been dug, but it was before the stock market crash, NYC societies families all had country homes and parties around the swimming pool. But the crash happened, a businessman commits suicide. His family is destitute, they sell their NYC place but keep their summer home with the swimming pool. Fast forward 20 years and a dead body is found in the pool. One of the family members, the beauty socialite who married money, is haunted, locking herself in her room, behaving strangely. More murders, but who's doing it and why?
Mary Roberts-Rinehart is the queen of the twisted who-done-its. Her books are not historical mysteries. They were written during that time period. These are excellent examples of how a gripping mystery is written with the minimum of CSI technology. It amazes me that these books were written on a manual typewriter!
If you're looking for CLASSIC mysteries, her books rank with Conan Doyle in rich plots and tormented twists.
Never read Rinehart before,but this book has made me want to read more of hers.
Judith had always been the spoiled beauty of the house. But in her glamorouis jet setting life, something had gone wrong. And now she was desperately afraid.
With a deadline to meet on her dective story, Lois had no patience with her sisters strange behavior. Except the nystery that Lois was writing about was not nearly as deadly as the mystery about to unfold.
The Swimming Pool
This is another of her best novels. Step aside Agatha. This is a real page-turner; a murder mystery that build chapter by chapter. Actually, several murders going back twenty years with enough cues parceled out to make the reader, as Clouseau would say, "suspect no one and suspect everyone". Well, almost everyone; or at least everyone seems to be implicated as an accessory at one time or another. Don't miss this but be sure to have a large block of time available for reading.
great book by a great story teller !! Just as Lois Maynard is about to sell the family's summer home, her domineering and troubled older sister, Judith, returns and a mysterious murder disrupts the household.