With her own uniquely American style, Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) captivated many American readers during the first half of the twentieth century. Publishing stories became Rinehart’s way out of the hardships that plagued her life. Her light-hearted, yet frightening and romantic mysteries defined her career.
Clea Simon is the author of three nonfiction books and the Theda Krakow mysteries. She lives in Cambridge, Mass., and may be reached through her website at http://www.CleaSimon.com.