The Bat

The Bat

Mary Roberts Rinehart Avery Hopwood / Jun 26, 2019

The Bat An elite rich and spunky older lady rents a country house for the summer along with her skittish Irish maid and her niece Some servants sort of come with the property but most soon abandon their new

  • Title: The Bat
  • Author: Mary Roberts Rinehart Avery Hopwood
  • ISBN: 9781594565021
  • Page: 211
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  • An elite, rich, and spunky older lady rents a country house for the summer along with her skittish Irish maid and her niece Some servants sort of come with the property but most soon abandon their new matron due to happenings within this large mansion A converging plot concerns the homeowner a banker who has recently died and whose bank has just coincidentally failed An elite, rich, and spunky older lady rents a country house for the summer along with her skittish Irish maid and her niece Some servants sort of come with the property but most soon abandon their new matron due to happenings within this large mansion A converging plot concerns the homeowner a banker who has recently died and whose bank has just coincidentally failed the suspicion falls upon a youthful bank clerk who is the heart throb of the old lady s niece The central plot revolves around a mysterious and effective murder burglar dubbed by the frustrated police as The Bat and who has been operating in the vicinity of this country home The subsequent happenings in the house are almost slapstick in nature, in the old lady s efforts in solving the mystery of both the infamous Bat s activities and the bank embezzlement.

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      • Mary Roberts Rinehart Avery Hopwood

        Mary Roberts Rinehart August 12, 1876 September 22, 1958 was a prolific author often called the American Agatha Christie She is considered the source of the phrase The butler did it , although she did not actually use the phrase herself, and also considered to have invented the Had I But Known school of mystery writing.Rinehart wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles Many of her books and plays were adapted for movies, such as The Bat 1926 , The Bat Whispers 1930 , and The Bat 1959 While many of her books were best sellers, critics were most appreciative of her murder mysteries.


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    1. In Mary Roberts Rinehart's The Bat, Cornelia Van Gorder, a spinster who has longed for adventure, takes herself, her Irish maid Lizzie, and her neice Dale off to the country to escape the city's summer heat. She rents a country home that has recently become available when Courtleigh Fleming, a local bank manager, died. She's bemoaning her quiet, unadventurous existence when suddenly the countryside becomes the center for some very mysterious activity.Cornelia begins receiving anonymous notes mea [...]


    2. Loved the writing style and the plot twists! If you're looking for a good, clean murder mystery, try this one!Cleanliness: The words "d*mn" and "h*ll" are used a number of times throughout the book. There is a short scene with a ouija board at the beginning of the story. **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadab [...]


    3. I really don't remember what my first mystery book was or even what age I was when I first opened one. More than likely it was a Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown book. It wasn't until I read my first Agatha Christie book that I truly became a fan for life. I was such a fan of her that I tended to ignore other well known authors and even moved onto Fantasy for a while. Now as an adult I'm having a great time discovery authors that have made names for themselves in the mystery genre. One author th [...]


    4. A friend who knows that I am interested in mysteries and in books published between the world wars, loaned me an anthology of three Mary Roberts Rinehart novels, so you will be seeing the other two in a week or two. Mary Roberts Rinehart has often been called the "American Agatha Christie". This is a comparison with which I would argue. She is also the author most identified with the phrase "the butler did it" (although she never said that phrase)and the "Had I But Known" school of mysteries. Th [...]


    5. I read this book after reading Rinehart's earlier book The Circular Staircase. The Circular Staircase was made into a play that was then written back into novel form by Rinehart as this book. It is very much a product of its time in terms of racial stereotypes, views on gender, etc. The story in this book was less developed than the one in The Circular Staircase. This felt more like you were reading a play made into a book, which is in fact what it is. The plot was compressed and the characters [...]


    6. Somewhat disappointing. It was an interesting curio from the point of view of the origin of the Batman character, but not what I'd call a good read. However, it was fun to encounter the bit where the villain shines a searchlight onto a house, with the silhouette of a bat on it. Definitely inspiration for Gotham's famous Caped Crusader.


    7. After the last book, I did promise that I would cleanse my palate with something truly classic and well-written. Well, one out of two isn’t bad. When I saw a Mary Roberts Rinehart’s novel on Net Galley, I couldn’t believe my luck. My mother introduced me to her books back in my pre-teen days – that is what passed as YA literature back then. I read a couple of her books in the past few years and enjoyed them for what they are – old-fashioned, demure, cozy mysteries with a likeable heroi [...]


    8. Wow, mystery novels were different in 1920. For example, if you published a mystery novel then, and one of your characters was Japanese, you might mention that Japaneseness 50 or 60 times throughout the course of the book. You might also have the other characters impute certain moods or character traits to this character simply because he is Japanese. Also, you might create characters so stereotypical that most of the time you would use labels to refer to them: "the doctor," "the detective," and [...]


    9. Another wonderful mystery from Mary Roberts Rinehart written in 1920, I got the book free from amazon, if you like the book check out the movie The Bat 1959 starring Vincent Price



    10. Enjoyed it even though the writing is old style and there are lots of adverbs. I liked Rinehart when I was young and can still enjoy her.


    11. Loved this book. They made a movie out of it with Agnes Moorhead and Vincent Price. It was good but a different timeline.


    12. A surprising and unique book, even if not a good one. I had heard of it previously, and decided to try it. It reads unlike any other novel I've ever read.The viewpoint is chaotic; not just a multiple point-of-view book, but one that veers from viewpoint to viewpoint in the same chapter, nearly in the same paragraph. Sometimes we'll be in one character's thoughts, and other times outside of them. Sometimes we'll shift to omniscient narrator -- and even the omniscient narrator can't explain what's [...]


    13. Rinehart is quickly becoming a new problematic fave. I recommend this book for its great female characters and because of its history in inspiring the creation of The Goddamn Batman. I can't do so without the caveat that its depiction of an Asian male character is racist as hell.


    14. Considering how long ago this was written, the story was original, the writing clear and not overwrought, and the majority of the story did not feel dated . . . . aside from the offensively racist description, characterization, and references to the Japanese butler. Cannot recommend.


    15. Muy entretenido. Narra la historia de un desfalco bancario, la acusación de un inocente y la solución al misterio de una casa acechada por fantasmas.


    16. The BatI love this book, this is one you can't put down tell the end and you guess the one who did it.😳😳



    17. EntertainingOld fashioned and nut everyone's cup of tea but I love these old stories. A very different way of life and a good mystery nonetheless. A good read



    18. Classic 20's era sensationalist thriller mystery. It's almost a pastiche of the era, and more cookie-cutter than other Rinehart mysteries I've read. Quick and fun, if a bit silly at times.


    19.  "Had I but known" this as an adaptation of The Circular Staircase, i would have never read it.Aigoo.But at least now i know that this is the inspiration of Batman.


    20. I read this because I heard it may have had something to do with the genesis of Batman. Comic-book creator Bob Kane said in his 1989 autobiography Batman and Me that the villain of the 1930 film "The Bat Whispers" was an inspiration for his character Batman. If there is a thread of connection to this book, it is frail and gossamer indeed. this bat is inept and gun-slinging while being a criminal and not crime fighter. still an amusing read of a plucky and aged socialite cum crime fighter if you [...]



    21. Cheesy but enjoyable funI enjoyed it. Some parts are ridiculous and the character of Lizzie can be described in one word (annoying) but all in all if you're looking for a fun murder mystery novel you really can't go wrong with this one. A fun fact is that the director who adapted this novel to film in the 1920s and again in the 30s took the character of The Bat and made a more extreme version of him by having the character dressing up as an actual horrific bat-man. I don't think I have to tell y [...]



    22. Batman is born! (Maybe.)The prolific Mary Roberts Rinehart published her first novel in 1906 and several (including this one) are now in the public domain. Ironically, I'd never bothered to down-load it because I had it confused with THE HAUNTED LADY, a later novel in which a bat features prominently. When I realized that it was one I had never read, I immediately remedied that situation.To be blunt, it is the weakest Rinehart book I've read and I think the explanation for that lies in its odd h [...]


    23. THE BAT. (1926). Mary Roberts Rinehart. **. This was Rinehart’s second most popular book, and was adapted for the stage and twice for films. It was also, according to , the inspiration for Bob Kane’s “Batman” series – although there is no resemblence between his character and the character in the book. If you are like me, I usually turn a novel into a movie in my head while I am reading it. This novel became a cross between a Marx Brothers film and a Three Stoges farce. It had no relat [...]


    24. *I received this galley from the publisher Open Road Media* through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Master criminals. Dead bats as calling cards. A young couple in distress. The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart has it all and then some.Courtleigh Fleming has recently passed away, shortly before his bank closes its doors after money and a cashier go missing. Mr. Fleming's nephew rents out his uncle's country house to Cornelia Van Gorder. But The Bat, a master criminal who continually defie [...]


    25. I like the idea behind the story. I liked Cornelia Van Gorder. I found most of the other characters annoying, especially Lizzie and Dale. Some of the writing wasn't to my taste as well. I think part of the problem I had with the writing is that it comes off very much as a play. The vast majority of the story takes place in a single room in a house, and the final act takes place in another room in the same house. With all the comings and goings in this one room it made me feel just a little bit c [...]


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