An absorbing detective story woven around the mysterious death of the "Man in Lower Ten." The strongest elements of Mrs. Rinehart's success are found in this book.
Mary Roberts Rinehart was the American Agatha Christie. Both were great mystery writers. While Christie was justifibly famous for her ingeneous plots, in my opinion Rinehart was the better writer. Furthermore, Rinehart had an uncanny ability to creat and sustain throughout each of her books an atmosphere not merely of suspense but of foreboding. Although reading a Rinehart novel is great fun, it is also rather scary. Her first published novel The Man in Lower Ten had such an impact that, after its publication, many people would not ride in the lower ten berth in Pullman cars in the days of railroad travel. If you like well-written mystery novels that make you want to keep the door locked while you read them, read The Man in Lower Ten, and all of Mary Roberts Rinehart's other classics.