The Red Lamp
|Title:||The Red Lamp|
|Publisher:||Grosset & Dunlap|
|Description:||Originally published in 1925, this entry in the American Mystery Classics series from Rinehart (1876–1958) showcases her extraordinary gift for sustaining high levels of tension. The plot is recounted through diary entries made in 1922 by William Porter, a literature professor, who inherited a large house near the town of Oakville from his uncle Horace.|
Rinehart, Mary Roberts:
Mary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876–September 22, 1958) was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie. Rinehart published her first mystery novel The Circular Staircase in 1908, which introduced the “had I but known” narrative style. Rinehart is also considered the source of “the butler did it” plot device in her novel The Door (1930), although the exact phrase does not appear in her work.