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The Haunted Lady por Mary Roberts Rinehart
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The Haunted Lady (edição 2000)

por Mary Roberts Rinehart (Autor)

Séries: Hilda Adams (4)

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The arsenic in her sugar bowl was wealthy widow Eliza Fairbanks' first clue that somebody wanted her dead. The nightly plagues of bats, birds, and rats unleashed in her bedroom were the second indication, an obvious attempt to scare the life out of the delicate dowager. So instead of calling the exterminator, Eliza calls the cops, who send Hilda Adams -- "Miss Pinkerton" to the folks at the bureau -- to go undercover and investigate.Hilda Adams is a nurse, not a detective -- at least, not technically speaking. But then, nurses do have the opportunity to see things that the police can't, and to witness the inner workings of a household when the authorities aren't around. From the moment Adams arrives at the Fairbanks mansion, confronted by a swarm of shady and oddball relatives, many of whom seem desperate for their inheritance, it's clear that something unseemly is at work in the estate. But not even she is prepared for the web of intrigue that awaits her therein.Reissued for the first time in over twenty years, and featuring one of Mary Roberts Rinehart's only series characters, The Haunted Lady is the thrilling follow-up to Miss Pinkerton, also available from American Mystery Classics. The books can be read in any order.… (mais)
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Título:The Haunted Lady
Autores:Mary Roberts Rinehart (Autor)
Informação:Kensington (2000), 271 pages
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June 1941. Mrs Eliza Fairbanks is convinced that someone is trying to scare her, probably to her death. Bats and rats have been found in her room, but no-one knows how they have been introduced into the room. Inspector Fuller decides to put his 'Miss Pinkerton' or Nurse Hilda Adams into the house to watch over the old lady. But Nurse Adams fails as one morning Mrs Eliza Fairbanks is found dead, but how did this occur.
An enjoyable story as the mystery unfolds, with Hilda finding a few clues as she investigates and solves the case.
Originally written in 1942
A NetGalley Book ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
spinster nurse tries to prevent murder of elderly matriarch
  ritaer | Jun 29, 2021 |
The Haunted Lady by Mary Roberts Rinehart is the 2nd novel in The Hilda Adams Mysteries. Hilda Adams is looking forward to a relaxing evening after her latest assignment ends. Unfortunately, Hilda receives a call asking her to take on a special assignment. Eliza Fairbanks claims there have been bats in her sealed bedroom as well as other creatures. Eliza is making some outrageous claims. Dr. Brooke wants Hilda to investigate. Hilda quickly packs a bag and heads to the Fairbanks home. Hilda meets Eliza and finds the elderly woman to be quite sane. Eliza believes someone is trying to kill her. Unfortunately, Eliza is soon proven correct when she is found dead in her room. Can Hilda find Eliza’s killer? The Haunted Lady was originally written in 1942. I enjoy reading these older mystery novels. I thought it was well-written with an interesting cast of characters. I quickly found myself drawn into the story. I liked Nurse Hilda Adams who is a keen observer. The mystery was well-done and there were some clever details. I appreciated that it had a nice wrap-up with the strange happenings explained in an easy to understand manner. The mystery was fun to solve. I did find the ending to be a little odd and unsatisfying. I appreciated the introduction written by Otto Penzler with information about Mary Roberts Rinehart writing career and her style of writing. The Haunted Lady is a pleasing historical mystery with baffling bats, a fighting family, a secure room, a nosey nurse, and a mysterious murder. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Mar 30, 2021 |
Pretty standard fare, all the characters are here.I guess I need to read the first one of these Hilda Adams books, Miss Pinkerton? Not really sure I’m getting why she works for the police? She doesn’t work for the police she’s a nurse. Do they hire her? Seems strange. Anyway, good fun. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Dec 18, 2020 |
I think I read Haunted Lady, the fourth of Mary Roberts Rinehart 'Miss Pinkerton' mysteries, decades ago, but I can't remember. I was lucky enough to find an old hardcover reprint, so I happily read/reread it. According to chapter 16, the year is 1941. (It's June, so the U.S.A. has not entered World War II yet.)

Hilda Adams, a private nurse, has been asked to watch over wealthy widow Eliza Fairbanks by her friend, Inspector Fuller. Mrs. Fairbanks keeps finding creatures in her bedroom: bats, rats, and birds. The window screens are nailed shut, the windows are barred, and she keeps her room locked. Mrs. Fairbanks was poisoned by arsenic already -- could someone be trying to still her bad heart with sudden frights?

The big Fairbanks house's neighborhood has gone downhill since Hilda saw Mrs. Fairbanks' daughter, Marian, on her wedding day almost 20 years ago (according to chapter one). Marian divorced her husband, architect Frank Garrison, because he'd been fooling around with their daughter Janice's governess, Eileen. Eileen is the current Mrs. Garrison and Marian is still bitter about it. So is Mrs. Fairbanks, who prefers Frank to her son, Carlton. She's angry with her daughter, though. Janice is a lovely teen now, devoted to her granny. (Hilda thinks Jan spends too much of her time doing things for her selfish granny.)

Marian is living in the house because her daughter is. She gets $10,000 a year in tax-free alimony ($165,789.68 in 2020 dollars). Her small, dapper brother and his handsome, tall blond wife, Susie, are living there because he was a stock broker and the firm went under. Carlton would like to buy a farm to live and work on, but his mother holds the purse strings. No one is sure if Mrs. Fairbanks let a couple of servants go and is stingy about the electricity because she's lost a lot of the money her Henry left her or if she's just being eccentric in her old age.

The remaining servants: Maggie the cook, William the old family servant, Ida the female servant, and Amos the chauffeur (formerly the coachman), have all worked for the Fairbanks for many years. Even Ida, the newest, has been with them for ten. Dr. Courtney Brooke, whose shabby office is nearby, is the one Jan brought in to treat her granny when she was poisoned. It doesn't take Hilda long to realize that Dr. Brooke and Jan have feelings for each other. He's not long in private practice and Mrs. Fairbanks is the reason he can pay his rent. Is the doctor hoping for a rich wife? Maybe then he could afford an employee better than a slatternly, snoopy girl with no manners. (The author didn't even bother to give her a name although she has more than one scene.)

NOTES:

Chapter 1: A widow used to be called the 'relict' of her late husband.

Chapter 2 contains a description of the layout of at least two floors of the Fairbanks house.

Chapter 3: Dr. Brooke was an intern at Mount Hope Hospital, where Hilda used to work.

Chapter 7: It's now Tuesday, June 10th.

Chapter 9: Susie Fairbanks shares some information about herself and the Fairbanks.

Chapter 10: Now it's early Sunday morning, June 15th. Hilda remembers what happened when an intern kissed her when she was a probationer. (These days we'd call it sexual harassment.)

Mention: Cerberus

Chapter 12: Hilda remembers her first day in the operating room when she was a probationer.

Chapter 13: Here is where Inspector Fuller tells Hilda what thought, if true, would make him spank her. Also, Mrs. Fairbanks' lawyer is Charles Willis.

Chapter 16:

a. Mrs. Fairbanks' maiden name was Douglas. Ms. Rinehart had a sense of humor. Did she enjoy writing 'Eliza Douglas Fairbanks' because of actor, screenwriter, director, and producer Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.? This is a good chapter for finding out the full names of the characters.

b. Susie Fairbanks' family lives at 140 South Street, a 'plain but respectable neighborhood'.

c. Jan is stated to be 19 years old. If her parents married almost 20 years ago, Marian probably got pregnant on their honeymoon.

d. An abortion is a miscarriage. What we think of as an abortion is an 'induced' abortion, also called 'therapeutic'.

Chapter 22: Here's a list of the animals that were found in Mrs. Eliza Fairbanks' room from May through June.

Hilda Adams is not the first female detective (well, amateur sleuth), but her first book, The Buckled Bag, came out in 1914. Agatha Christie's Tuppence and her Tommy first appeared in 1922, Miss Marple in 1928, and Ariadne Oliver not until 1932. Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver debuted in 1928. Nancy Drew showed up in 1930. Nancy's rival, Judy Bolton's, first book was dated 1932. Leslie Ford's Grace Latham debuted in 1937. Penny Parker (created by Nancy Drew's first ghostwriter) came out in 1939. These are the earliest girls and women who solved mysteries that I know about offhand. Hilda preceded them all.

If you find one of the character's motives suspect, please remember that this book takes place in the Bad Old Days and it would have been considered a very compelling motive for that time.

It's not surprising that Hilda is a professional nurse when you know that her author had been one. This is her fourth mystery. By now she's 38 years old. Naturally she finds out certain things before the police do. Hilda also does something which causes her admirer, Inspector Fuller, to call her 'entirely terrible,' among more pleasant words. I had intended to take longer than two days to read this book, but I couldn't help myself.

In the meantime, I have discovered that one of the books in a Rinehart omnibus volume that I bought contains the first Hilda Adams mystery. Hurrah! ( )
  JalenV | Jul 5, 2020 |
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The arsenic in her sugar bowl was wealthy widow Eliza Fairbanks' first clue that somebody wanted her dead. The nightly plagues of bats, birds, and rats unleashed in her bedroom were the second indication, an obvious attempt to scare the life out of the delicate dowager. So instead of calling the exterminator, Eliza calls the cops, who send Hilda Adams -- "Miss Pinkerton" to the folks at the bureau -- to go undercover and investigate.Hilda Adams is a nurse, not a detective -- at least, not technically speaking. But then, nurses do have the opportunity to see things that the police can't, and to witness the inner workings of a household when the authorities aren't around. From the moment Adams arrives at the Fairbanks mansion, confronted by a swarm of shady and oddball relatives, many of whom seem desperate for their inheritance, it's clear that something unseemly is at work in the estate. But not even she is prepared for the web of intrigue that awaits her therein.Reissued for the first time in over twenty years, and featuring one of Mary Roberts Rinehart's only series characters, The Haunted Lady is the thrilling follow-up to Miss Pinkerton, also available from American Mystery Classics. The books can be read in any order.

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