The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

The Circular Staircase is the first of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s novels I’ve read. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get around to reading her. The Circular Staircase is apparently the first example of the “Had-I-But-Known” school of mystery writing. The Had-I-But-Known mystery novel is one …

Arsène Lupin, The Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc

4½ stars for the story, 2 stars for the translation Arsène Lupin is simply a fabulous character. He’s a thief, but suave and brilliant and a “gentleman.” I just wish this translation by Nicolae Sfetcu had been better. The collection includes the first nine stories: 1)   The Arrest of Arsene …