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Jack Knox adored the beautiful Margery Fleming, but she adored the less-than-reputable Harry Wardrop. When Margery's father is found dead and her aunt disappears, Jack knows he has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before someone starts searching for his remains....

Title : The Window at the White Cat
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ISBN : 9781575663890
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Window at the White Cat Reviews

  • Julie Davis
    2019-06-06 12:58

    Relistening - it is just as delightful this time around.=========#59 - 2010.Picked this up from LibriVox and I recommend it highly for the narrration by Robert Keiper which is pure delight. His introduction reads:When a clumsy, well-meaning lawyer gets involved with a pair of delightful old maids and a beautiful girl, he must acquire some of the skills of his friends the detective and the newspaperman to solve the puzzle of The White Cat. That’s the name of a back-street political club serving beers, political favors and, occasionally, murder. There is a wickedly understated humor to the story telling that the narrator picks up perfectly and which adds to the enjoyment of this old mystery.

  • Bookworm
    2019-06-13 08:00

    Spendid. Mr Jack Knox, attorney at law, falls for the beautiful young girl who walks into his office and enlists his help to find her missing father, Mr. Flemming-a polititian. But not being a detective, he also asks for the help of the detective force, and the newspaper reporters. But the case of a simple disapearance takes on a more serious turn when Mr Flemming is murdered, his spinster sister in-law disappears, valuable pears are stolen, and Miss Flemming's fiance may just possibly be guilty of it all! Witty, humerous and baffling, this is a mystery I recommend to all.On a side note, I can't get enough of his brother Fred, and wife Edith-they are the cutest married couple!! You just wish you could insert yourself into the Knox family home and be friends!

  • Dave Law
    2019-06-20 13:03

    I have to say I have become a major fan of Mary Roberts Rinehart books. Though she has been called the American Agatha Christie, I don't think this does her justice. With Agatha Christie, whom I have read and enjoyed, I find the mystery is the core of her stories, whereas with Mary Rinehart the people and psychological element are the core whether she is writing a mystery, romance or drama. In this case the story is a mystery told from the prospective of a lawyer that gets involved in it whom she handles quite convincingly. While not her best work (in my mind) it is still a very enjoyable read.

  • Michele
    2019-06-18 12:41

    I loved this book and will DEFINITELY be reading more of Ms. Rinehart's books. Refreshing to read a book from this time period that was actually written in this time period.....all details were totally correct and no chance of historical inaccuracies, as the author only knew her own time period.

  • Vicki Seldon
    2019-06-05 08:49

    Although I had to ignore the early- twentieth century notions of proper upper-middle class behavior and other stereotypical touches, I did enjoy this American drawing-room mystery with its endearing and somewhat bumbling lawyer turned detective and the backdrop of corruption in state politics.

  • Pat Scott
    2019-06-17 10:06

    They don't write like this anymore - unfortunatelytoday's authors think sex and and blood and convoluted plots make for fine writing. they're wrong. normal characters, believable dialogue, and interesting plots, along with solid writing skills make a book such as The WIndow at the White Cat a timeless classic. Modern readers might bemoan the lack of technology and the difference a cell phone would have made to the story, but this story was written in a different time, with different values. That in itself refreshing :)and a welcome change from the usual bilge that passes for Best Sellers these days. Looking forward to revisiting more Mary Roberts Rhinehart works. What a joy!

  • Kathy
    2019-06-18 10:52

    One of Rinehart's good mysteries. Liked the characters. Enjoyed the mystery. I would have given it a different title, maybe "1122" or "The Missing Spinster" or ""How I Met Your Mother." (I guess that last one has been taken...)

  • Linda
    2019-06-11 08:50

    After skipping the totally racist parts, I found the story to be engrossing, with kidnappings, murders, suicides, love triangles, missing pearls and eccentric aunts. It was written in a different time and reflected the views of that era.

  • Bev
    2019-06-08 06:04

    Just not a fan of the "Had I But Known School." So, I know, why did I buy it and read it? Because I'm a book-aholic and can't resist a first edition pocket size mystery.

  • Marts(Thinker)
    2019-06-10 13:05

    Marjory Fleming's father is found dead and Jack Knox is bent on solving this mystery...

  • Cindy
    2019-06-20 11:02

    This was a very good mystery. It had a mix of suspense, murder, scandal, crooks, and a woman's revenge. The woman's revenge made the story just a bit nastier, but good. This one will keep you guessing until the end. It was no secret that Allen Fleming had enemies, he was a crook and involved in a scandal. He tried to hide out at his club, The White Cat. Did not quite work out for him. He was found with a bullet in his head. There is a long list of suspects. What drove me crazy, the number 1122 C kept showing up on slips of paper, The number was also pinned to a pillow. I could not figure out why that number was significant. It makes sense and ties together at the end. My favorite characters were Aunt Letitia and Aunt Jane. They were funny. I felt bad when Aunt Jane disappeared. Did someone kidnap her or did she wander away in the middle of the night in her nightgown?

  • Candace
    2019-06-19 13:38

    I have liked many of Mary Roberts Rinehart's books, which I read years ago, in particular, The Circular Staircase and The Yellow Room (really creeper and sad). This is one I haven't read. It was enjoyable with twists and turns. I did listen to this on Overdrive, and the only weird thing was the story was told from the viewpoint of the detective who was a man, but it was a woman who read the story. Several times I had to remind myself that this was a man who was actually speaking. Jarring. That may have led to the lower stars, 3 rather than 4.

  • Wetbook
    2019-06-08 06:41

    This deserves more than a 3.5 average star rating. I see a huge number of books with 4+ average rating in which the writing is trite drivel but, by some measure, people consider them "page turners". This book has witty writing with sophisticated turns of phrase, good character development, and a plot that never flags. It was written in the early 20th Cen, so there are elements of the book that are of that time, thus perhaps the lower-than-deserved rating.

  • Joan
    2019-06-05 10:02

    Mary Roberts Rhinehart, known as "the American Agatha Christie", never disappoints. This tale, told by the lawyer asked to investigate the disappearance of a politician, has political intrigue, family secrets, romance, and a social club known as The White Cat.Although a short book, it contains a lot of action.

  • Kathie
    2019-06-12 05:59

    This was a surprisingly fun read. There are lots of twists and turns, a little romance, and some humor

  • Pooch
    2019-06-13 05:39

    The descriptive writing from another era can be a bit surprising at times!

  • Diana Woolley
    2019-06-15 09:44

    This is a great mystery full of many twists and turns. Kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end. Very well written!

  • Lynda Newman
    2019-06-07 12:57

    Not one of her best, but entertaining!

  • Megan Davis
    2019-06-04 09:03

    I believe this was my first Rinehart. I enjoyed it very much. She injects a great deal of wry humor into her suspenseful mystery / romance. Her characters are endearing, her style smooth.

  • Diane Edbauer
    2019-06-18 05:42

    " The Window at the White Cat" By Mary Roberts Rinehart is a charming classic who done it mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. Mary Roberts Rinehart is known as the Agatha Christie of the United States. Ironically Mary Roberts Rinehart was published 14 years before Agatha Christie. Thank you Goodreads and Dover books for this wonderful classic novel.

  • David Vogler
    2019-05-21 07:03

    Charming golden age mystery. Rinehart never disappoints.

  • Whistlers Mom
    2019-06-17 13:51

    This was the third of Rinehart's mysteries and appeared in 1910. The narrator is a 35-year-old man. Rinehart wrote some of her mysteries in third person and many were narrated by female characters. Some readers claim that her books narrated by men are less convincing than those narrated by women, although I don't agree. However, it's indisputable that many of her earlier mysteries are narrated by male characters, but almost none of her later ones are. Did she bow to popular opinion? Did she start out writing in a man's voice believing that men are more likely to be mystery fans than women? Who knows.Narrator Jack Knox has an enviable life - a thriving law practice, a companionable brother, a jewel of a sister-in-law, and two energetic, adoring nephews to spoil. But if you think he'll be allowed to enjoy his comfortable bachelorhood, you don't know the determined Mrs. Rinehart. From personal conviction or professional strategy, she was a great proponent of marriage. She was content to allow females to remain single (provided they had money) and some of her most memorable characters are spinsters. But a man needs a wife to take care of him.Knox never has a chance. In the third paragraph of the first chapter, a lovely young woman comes to his office to seek his help and he's a gone goose. She's the daughter of crooked politician Alan Fleming and Fleming is missing under mysterious circumstances. Then one of his elderly sisters-in-law goes missing under even MORE mysterious circumstances.Fleming has, after all, led a "colorful" life associating with jovial, amoral political hacks and hanging out at the notorious political club known as the White Cat. No one is terribly surprised when he comes to a violent end and (with the exception of his daughter) no one is terribly sorry, either. But gentle little Miss Jane Maitland has been bossed around by her domineering older sister all of her life. What could have happened to her and those missing pearls?It's one part political thriller, one part domestic comedy, and one part romance. The plot winds around and around and you could call it wildly improbable in places without getting much argument from me. Rinehart never had Agatha Christie's interest in intricate problems. She was too absorbed in her characters to worry much about the mystery. If you're a Rinehart fan, you love her charm and humor and eccentric characters. And if you're not? Read something else.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-20 05:47

    So this will be my last Mary Roberts Rinehart review of the year, and I'm really not sure when I will have a chance to review another one. Not because I still don't love her books, but because I don't have anymore to read. What's worse, I think I've finally emptied the used bookstores in Wichita of their Rinehart books. I can still find the books I already own, but I'm afraid there are no "new" ones to find. If I have to end my Mary Roberts Rinehart love fest for a while, at least it was with a book I really enjoyed. After the last few books of hers that weren't strictly mysteries, it was nice to get back to her writing at it's best.One aspect of this book that I don't think I have ever touched upon before is the way she is able to tell the story from a man's perspective. Almost all of her books are told in the first person, and she is one of the few that does an equally good job telling the story from the perspective of male and female characters. Either way, the narrative voice comes across as authentic and natural for the time period and for who the character is. Even when the smallest aspects of romance are involved, which there always is in a Rinehart mystery, if the narrator is a man, it never feels forced or fake in any way. I wish I could say that about most authors, but from what I have seen in the past, that's not normally the case.The other side of her books that I almost always enjoy, and do so here, is the way in which she incorporates all the side characters into the story. Whether they are family members, doctors, police officers, or suspects; the secondary characters are always fun, and almost always as well developed as the main characters. I wish modern mystery writers would develop that skill, though I will admit that some, like Louise Penny and Tana French, do a great job at it.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-24 11:04

    The Window At The White CatMary Roberts RinehartMystery244 pagesMary Roberts RinehartHer name is synonymous with ingenious mystery. She isthe author of over sixty chilling masterworks, and hermillions of fans are a testament to her unequaledskill at weaving intrigue adn villainy intospine-tingling tales of suspence...The Window At The White CatAttorney Jack Knox adored the beautiful MargeryFleming, but unfortuntely she adored tehless-than-reputable Harry Wardrop. If that wasn'tenough of a headache for Jack, Margery's father, acorrupt poltician named Allen Fleming, suddenlyvanished. And when he discovered Fleming's body at theshoddy social club called the White Cat, things took adecidedly nasty turn.While Jack went looking for answers, Margery tookrefuge with her two eccentic aunts, Lavina and Jane.Now, in addtion to trying to find Fleming's killer,Jack was faced with the sudden, disappearance of AuntJane. There was only one clue left behind--a bloodyhadnprint. Who would want to kill Aunt Jane and why?Jack is sure of only one thing--he has to put thepieces of this baffling puzzle together before someonestarts searching for his remains.

  • Mandolin
    2019-06-01 08:49

    With her trademark skill at telling a story rich with ominous portents and foreboding, Rinehart recounts a dark tale of a crooked politician's disappearance and subsequent murder, into which John Knox, a bachelor attorney, is drawn when he falls head over heels in love with the politician's engaged daughter. Clues, like suspects, are everywhere - from missing pearls to switched cases and strange notes scribbled with the numbers "11-22" - but none seems to fit together to fully explain the murder. Nor do they provide answers when the dead man's sister-in-law disappears and his death is followed by a slew of others. Are the events connected in any way? Only after a bumbling investigation full of wrong turns and oversights does John find the answer to both the mystery and his courtship of the politician's daughter, beginning when he looks into the window at the sight of the murder, the political club the White Cat. This absorbing page turner is a must read for all fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers!

  • Kristel
    2019-06-13 06:42

    Literary detectives are different from you and me, those haughty geniuses with photographic memory who navigate a crime scene with laser-like precision. Because they are masters of detection, we the audience are often left scrambling in the dust, unable to make sense of the mystery until the genius detective deigns to explain everything to us. So it’s quite refreshing when I encounter a mystery where the problem-solver is as clueless as the average reader. In fact, Atty. Jack Knox in Mary Roberts Rinehart’s The Window at the White Cat is a true bungler, prone to moments of clumsiness and self-injury.Read more.

  • Dain Frisby-Dart
    2019-05-28 05:51

    Read this as book #1 for our Community Read's Library Centennial celebration. We are reading 3 books that were either written 100 yrs ago or about that time period. This one was actually written then. Although Rinehart is apparently famed for her mystery/detective stories and cited as the source of many "standard" and familiar colloquialisms ('the butler did it', etc), I just found the story too dated for my liking. It was convoluted, yet simplistic. I did love her turning of a phrase and the language from the time. It did make for a good discussion, knowing she was fairly singular in her field as a female mystery writer (she was pre-Christie), writing with a man's voice. I am perhaps, too jaded with my Jo Nesbo and crime writers who really take things to the edge.

  • Susan
    2019-06-16 10:40

    The Window at the White Cat is the fourth book that I have read by Rinehart, and I must say that I found it just as enjoyable as the others. Rinehart delivers a great story full of twists and turns as a lawyer finds himself employed to find a young woman's missing father only to find himself at the center of several confounding mysteries. The book is a quick, fun read as Rinehart gives the reader a number of suspects, a confusing murder, a mysterious robbery, and a missing woman. The many colorful characters add to the story, and I found myself eagerly turning the pages to see what would happen next. Overall this was a fun read if you like a more traditional who done it.

  • Brenda Mengeling
    2019-06-05 07:43

    I mildly enjoyed The Window at the White Cat while I was actively reading it, but there was nothing very memorable about it. I often had to review what I had read previously before continuing; the story just didn't stick. I also was able to figure out what was going to happen, so that didn't help matters. Also, the generic setting--the narrator tells the reader early on that the setting is essentially a typical city in a typical state--added to the vagueness of the piece. Since Ms. Rinehart's stories are in the public domain, I have another in digital form, which is supposed to be more suspenseful, The Circular Staircase, so at some point I'll give her one more go.

  • Marla Knaack
    2019-06-08 12:46

    So twisty!I always love a good mystery, and Rinehart always gives the best! It starts just a little slowly, getting you used to the characters. Knox, the hero, and Margery, the heroine. But as the story progresses, with the families, police, detectives, newspaper-men and politicians, things start to get more complicated. Throw in the White Cat, which is a club of sorts, the mix is complete. I guessed a few things, but didn't have it all figured out till the end. I can't wait to read it again.