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1908 - The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis - First Edition
First edition, in which all goes wrong for a wealthy, middle-aged spinster renting a millionaire’s mansion for the summer holidays in California. Illustrated with one colour and six black and white plates by Lester Ralph.

This is Rinehart’s first successful novel and was wildly popular when it first came out in 1907. She went on to become America’s highest pad author before the war. It is the book which invented the ‘
Had I But Known It’ school of detective fiction, in which the principal character's actions have the effect of inadvertently prolonging the mystery and the action. Ogden Nash famously parodied this form of mystery writing in his poem Don't Guess Let Me Tell You: “Had I but known what I know now, I could have saved at least three lives by revealing to the Inspector what I heard through that fortuitous hole in the floor!”. 
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