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The Circular Staircase
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Paula Faye Leinweber
Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 51 Min.
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Mary Roberts Rinehart was an American writer, most well-known for her mystery novels. She was often called the American Agatha Christie, though her first novel, The Circular Staircase, was published years before Christie's. The Circular Staircase is as complex a mystery as anyone could wish for, full of twists and turns, mysterious intruders, a murder and kidnapping, bank failure, all revolving around the sinister staircase itself.
Throughout history, blood moons have always been surrounded by persecution and provision, great trials, and triumphs. The first blood moons, in 1493-1494, provided a new world for the Jewish people. The second, in 1949-1950, gave them Israel, and the third, in 1967-1969, presented the Jewish people with Jerusalem. Now, a fourth set of blood moons is on the horizon, and Tassie's mother is certain they will bring about great change.
Robberies, a kidnapping, and clandestine night adventures were not at all what Victoire planned for her life. And she most certainly never planned to be betrayed. But war - and love - are unpredictable. Joined by her friend Rainier who is mistrusted by Leal, the mysterious Voleta, and Father Pierre, Victoire and Leal must struggle for survival, the grounds of France, and the material of their souls.
Bad enough that Jolie ends up in the Emergency Room because she tried to avoid hitting a deer. Worse to find a dead woman in the hospital restroom. Jolie is on the lookout for a runaway teenager and whoever planted the dead hospital budget cutter in her path. Just when Jolie's ready to leave the murder investigation to the police, she gets a surprise - and it's not a good one. Will her need to know see her hurt - or worse?
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, otherwise known as the Secret City, rose seemingly overnight in 1942, built by the US government. No one was quite sure what its purpose was or where it came from, but there was certainly something going on. Libby Clark, a gutsy Bryn Mawr graduate, is determined to find her place as a scientist in a world where women are thought better suited to housework and marriage.
Maggie Flynn's simple country wedding in West Virginia's enchanting Canaan Valley is everything her aunts hoped for, and Andrea Flynn and Kathleen Williamson are looking forward to a joyful weekend celebration. Murder is the last thing on anyone's mind, but when one guest has multiple enemies present, it becomes a reality. Poison in a late-night cup of tea proves fatal, and it's obvious that plenty of family members and their friends have reason to want the victim dead.
Jolie Gentil gets tapped for some appraisal work at 10th reunion of her Ocean Alley High School class. When appraising the vacant Tillotson-Fisher house, she finds the skeleton of Richard Tillotson hidden in an antique attic wardrobe. He vanished just after his sister married his business partner in 1929. Jolie sees a link to the Fisher family's Prohibition era business and works with friends Scoobie and Ramona to gather clues from old photo albums and ledgers. The photo albums lead her to Mary Doris Milner, Richard's girlfriend, who has fond memories of him and is certain of who murdered him. But, there was nothing to link her suspect to the murder then, and he's long dead himself.
When the sisters go to the Canaan Valley to search for paintings mentioned in a document found in an old hotel once owned by their grandparents - paintings that might be Monets - Andrea immediately becomes involved in tracking down a murderer. Kathleen would much rather be looking for the paintings, but she goes along with Andrea, since the victim was their hotel-keeper, murdered just down the hall from their room. The question is: Does the murder have something to do with the elusive paintings?