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The Red Lamp de Mary Roberts Rinehart
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The Red Lamp (1925 original; edició 2018)

de Mary Roberts Rinehart (Autor)

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An all-around skeptic when it comes to the supernatural, literature professor William Porter gives no credence to claims that Twin Towers, the seaside manor he's just inherited, might be haunted. He finds nothing mysterious about the conditions in which his Uncle Horace died, leaving the property behind; it was a simple case of cardiac arrest, nothing more. So, though his wife, more attuned to spiritual disturbance, refuses to occupy the main house, Porter convinces her to spend a summer at the estate and stay in the lodge elsewhere on the grounds. But not long after they arrive, Porter sees the evidence of haunting that the townspeople speak of: a shadowy figure illuminated by the red light of Horace's writing lamp, the very light that shone on the scene of his death. And though he isn't convinced that it is a spirit and not a man, Porter knows that, whichever it is, the figure is responsible for the rash of murders--first of sheep, then of people--that breaks out across the countryside. Somehow, though, the suspect eludes him every time and, in his pursuit, Porter risks implicating himself in the very crimes he hopes to solve.Written with atmospheric prose and tension that rises with every page, The Red Lamp is a hybrid of murder mystery and gothic romance that shows the "American Agatha Christie" at the height of her powers.… (més)
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Títol:The Red Lamp
Autors:Mary Roberts Rinehart (Autor)
Informació:American Mystery Classics (2018), Edition: Reprint, 312 pages
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Not a fan of this mystery. The journal style of the narrator/protagonist got lost in irrelevant details (which are always hard to judge in a murder mystery), especially as he was intentionally led astray by other characters, and the voice was very dry - but perhaps I'm just not a fan of supernatural elements in stories like this, and I found the weird trances and hysterics of his wife just annoying. ( )
  DeusXMachina | Jul 23, 2019 |
June 3, 2000
The Red Lamp
Mary Roberts Rinehart

This was one I didn’t have from NY days, when I bought all those other MRR books.

I really liked the premise, which has a hint of the supernatural mixed in with murder. Mr. Porter and his wife have inherited a house, a vacation house rather than a permanent residence, and there are rumors of a ghostly presence there, usually indicated by the glow of a mysterious red lamp.

For some reason it didn’t hold my attention very well. Maybe the mood wasn’t right. I kept interrupting it to read other things, but haven’t finished them either. It was just very dry, although I know that’s Rinehart’s style, and without a feeling of real suspense. I might re-read it again later. I do like MRR very much, and have a couple more of hers to read. ( )
  victorianrose869 | Aug 8, 2008 |
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An all-around skeptic when it comes to the supernatural, literature professor William Porter gives no credence to claims that Twin Towers, the seaside manor he's just inherited, might be haunted. He finds nothing mysterious about the conditions in which his Uncle Horace died, leaving the property behind; it was a simple case of cardiac arrest, nothing more. So, though his wife, more attuned to spiritual disturbance, refuses to occupy the main house, Porter convinces her to spend a summer at the estate and stay in the lodge elsewhere on the grounds. But not long after they arrive, Porter sees the evidence of haunting that the townspeople speak of: a shadowy figure illuminated by the red light of Horace's writing lamp, the very light that shone on the scene of his death. And though he isn't convinced that it is a spirit and not a man, Porter knows that, whichever it is, the figure is responsible for the rash of murders--first of sheep, then of people--that breaks out across the countryside. Somehow, though, the suspect eludes him every time and, in his pursuit, Porter risks implicating himself in the very crimes he hopes to solve.Written with atmospheric prose and tension that rises with every page, The Red Lamp is a hybrid of murder mystery and gothic romance that shows the "American Agatha Christie" at the height of her powers.

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