Mary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876 – September 22, 1958) was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie, although her first mystery novel was published 14 years before Christie's first novel in 1922.
Rinehart is considered the source of the phrase "The butler did it" from her novel The Door (1930), although the novel does not use the exact phrase. Rinehart is also considered to have invented the "Had-I-But-Known" school of mystery writing, with the publication of The Circular Staircase (1908).
She also created a costumed super-criminal called "the Bat", cited by Bob Kane as one of the inspirations for his "Batman" [more][Less]
I have been owning real estate for the past 17 years. There has been good times and bad times. Although there seems to have been some really hairy moments, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything in the world. I wrote this to give some insight into my world of real estate and my experience. Hope you enjoy my story. [more][Less]