e-Book The Bat epub download

e-Book The Bat epub download

Author: Mary Roberts Rinehart
ISBN: 1594565023
Pages: 286 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Classics (May 1, 2009)
Language: English
Category: Classics
Size ePUB: 1307 kb
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Size DJVU: 1580 kb
Rating: 4.1
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e-Book The Bat epub download

by Mary Roberts Rinehart



The prolific Mary Roberts Rinehart published her first novel in 1906 and several (including this one) are now in the . In addition to being a popular novelist, Rinehart wrote plays. In 1920, she wrote a play called "The Ba.

The prolific Mary Roberts Rinehart published her first novel in 1906 and several (including this one) are now in the public domain. Ironically, I'd never bothered to down-load it because I had it confused with THE HAUNTED LADY, a later novel in which a bat features prominently. When I realized that it was one I had never read, I immediately remedied that situation. To be blunt, it is the weakest Rinehart book I've read and I think the explanation for that lies in its odd history. In 1920, she wrote a play called "The.

Mary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876 – September 22, 1958) was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie, although her first mystery novel was published 14 years before Christie's first novel in 1920. Rinehart is considered the source of the phrase "The butler did it" from her novel The Door (1930), although the novel does not use the exact phrase.

By Mary Roberts Rinehart. I. "Heaven and earth," sang the tenor, Mr. Henry Wallace, owner of theWallace garage. Because it is a solemn matter to take anumber of people who have been up to that moment engrossed in thoughtsof food or golf or servants or business, and in the twinkling of an eye,as the prayer book said about death, turn their minds to worship. Nevertheless, although she never looked at the pews, she was alwaysconscious of two of them.

The prolific Mary Roberts Rinehart published her first novel in 1906 and several (including this one) are now in the . She must have gotten bogged down because successful playwright and "play doctor" Avery Hopwood was called in to complete the third act.

Mary Roberts Rinehart. Rinehart's most famous books include The Circular Staircase, The Bat, The Case of Jennie Brice, and The Door. Sight Unseen, published in 1921, is a thriller that centers around a mysterious death. The book also features much humor throughout. Mystery & Detective.

She's bemoaning her quiet, unadventurous existence when suddenly the countryside becomes the center for some very mysterious activity.

Mary Roberts Rinehart is one of the US's most popular early mystery authors, best known for her delightful mysteries. oin an online book club I started; it's different than any other you've seen before, it's a huge community and we have many. oin an online book club I started; it's different than any other you've seen before, it's a huge community and we have many books per month for everyone to choose from and read together. It's extra special because this month we're reading "The Circular Staircase" as one of our books and it's going great! Since it's online there are no weekly or monthly meetings, you read and discuss at your own pace.

e day the Bat would slip and falter; then they would have him. But the weeks passed into months and still the Bat flew free, solitary, untamed, and deadly. At 1ast even his own kind turned upon him; the underworld is like the upper in its fear and distrust of genius that flies alone. But when they turned against him, they turned against a spook - a shadow.

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Impala Frozen
The prolific Mary Roberts Rinehart published her first novel in 1906 and several (including this one) are now in the public domain. Ironically, I'd never bothered to down-load it because I had it confused with THE HAUNTED LADY, a later novel in which a bat features prominently. When I realized that it was one I had never read, I immediately remedied that situation.

To be blunt, it is the weakest Rinehart book I've read and I think the explanation for that lies in its odd history. In addition to being a popular novelist, Rinehart wrote plays. In 1920, she wrote a play called "The Bat." She must have gotten bogged down because successful playwright and "play doctor" Avery Hopwood was called in to complete the third act. I'd never heard of Hopwood although he was a big noise on Broadway during that time. In 1920, he had four plays running simultaneously on Broadway, a record that's likely to stand for all time. I HAD heard of his play "Getting Gertie's Garter." Hard to forget, isn't it?

So Rinehart and Hopwood co-wrote the play and when she wrote a novelization in 1926, he was listed as co-author. The play is notable because the costumed super-criminal of the title was one of graphic artist Bob Kane's inspirations for Batman. The novel was recorded in 1933 and released by RCAVictor as one of the earliest "talking books." This book is a piece of American entertainment history.

Sadly, it's of more historical than literary interest. It's a blatant re-hashing of her second novel - the very popular and well-known THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE. Again we have a wealthy, elderly spinster renting a home in the country for the summer. Here she has only a niece (instead of a niece and nephew) but in both the niece is in love with a bank clerk who has been falsely accused of a large embezzlement that caused the bank to collapse. The FDIC wasn't even a gleam in Roosevelt's eye at the time and the collapse of a bank meant the depositors lost their money. I could list other similarities, but not without giving away the plot. Let's just say that it's a pale copy of STAIRCASE.

For all that, I enjoyed it because of the wonderful character of Miss Cornelia Van Gorder. Miss Cornelia is "old money" in capital letters and can be as autocratic and intimidating as any Grande Dame who ever lived. She also has a soft heart, a romantic streak tempered with common sense, and a yearning to experience adventure. By renting the estate of a recently-deceased banker (president of that failed bank) she gets much more adventure than she bargained for. There's some fine humor, especially Miss Cornelia's combative relationship with her long-time maid and sparring partner Lizzie. There's some shrewd social commentary. Rinehart was a wife and mother, but she was a fierce defender of the right of women to be educated, have careers, and play active roles in the world. She knew the value of money and "breeding" but she was contemptuous of snobs and reactionaries. She was a woman ahead of her time.

Rinehart created her "elderly spinster" character in 1908, when she was a young wife and mother and used it again and again with different names and locations. THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE, THE BAT, THE CONFESSION, and THE DOOR all feature a shrewd, wealthy, "old maid." Why was the very-married Mrs. Rinehart so fond of this character? She was married to a doctor (at a time when medicine was NOT a lucrative career) and had bills to pay and a house full of children. Maybe the idea of being a rich childless women looked attractive at times.

As to why she "novelized" her play in such an uninspired way, your guess is as good as mine. I suspect she needed the money and it was a ready-made plot and characters. Most popular authors have succumbed to the temptation to toss off a quick book to keep the money coming it.

It's not a bad book and it has some fine moments, but it's far from being her best. Rinehart was a serious writer and a skilled craftswoman. She wasn't brilliant, but she was a professional and she took it seriously. If you're a Rinehart fan, it's worth a read, especially since it's free. Just don't let it be your first Rinehart book because that would be unfair to both the author and the reader.
Marad
I heard of this book after I found out on the internet that title character was the inspiration for Batman. Is there a dude jumping off roof tops in a ridiculous bat outfit in the novel? Nope. But a silent movie was made in the early 1920s and re-made again by the same director ten years later and each time he depicted "The Bat" as a mysterious criminal decked out in a bat like outfit and thus planted the seed in the mind of the Batman creators.

Okay, enough of a history lesson. Is the book good? Well...goods a bit subjective. Some of the story defies logic and I swear the author may have been the fictional mystery genres first extreme feminist as every man in the book is depicted as being an unintelligible dumb ape in comparison to Miss Cornelia Van Gorder (I think that's her name) who I bet was something of a doppelgänger for the author, at least in her eyes anyway. So while some may not view it as particularly good I can say for certain that I found it to be incredibly fun. I liked it so much that I watched the aforementioned movie versions and even checked out the 1960 version with my man Vincent Price. So yeah if you're looking for nothing more than a fun murder mystery check this one out. You can't go wrong.
Celace
When Cornelia rents a home in the country for the summer she does not count on being thrust into a murder mystery. The Bat, a notorious thief and murderer, is working her new neighborhood. Money from a bank robbery may be hidden in a secret room in the house and there are too many clues! Great characters and a solid plot!
GEL
This was a decent enough read. It's definitely a period piece, but the characters (especially Miss Cornelia) are entertaining. I won't say the twists are totally unexpected - at least one seems pretty obvious, but was probably not as used when the book was written.

It's still worth reading, and there weren't any weird formatting issues.
Whitescar
Have read this book many years a go. Enjoyed it then and have read it probably three other times.
Miss Reinhardt weaves a good tale with humor and twists.
SING
I have loved the Mary Roberts Reinhart mysteries for years and read them again and again. Now they are on my computer to read whenever I like. I am collecting all my favorites. The Bat is scary and funny at the same time, Very entertaining.
Umi
Old fashioned and nut everyone's cup of tea but I love these old stories. A very different way of life and a good mystery nonetheless. A good read
Good old fashioned mystery. Better than Agatha Christie, less complex than a lot of modern mysteries, with a good story line. Also a period piece (which I enjoy) and not unnecessarily drawn out.