MARY ROBERTS RINEHART (1876-1958), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was a novelist and playwright best known for her mystery stories that combined humor with ingenuity. The success of her novels The Circular Staircase (1908) and The Man in Lower Ten (1909) established her reputation as an important American mystery writer. In addition to mysteries, she wrote comic tales, plays, romances, and travel books, some of which reflected her experiences as a war correspondent during World War I.
C. M. Hébert is an Earphones Award winner and Audie® Award nominee. She is the recording studio director for the Talking Books Program at the Library of Congress's National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, daughter, cat, and assorted fish.