Sunday, June 27, 2010
The After House (1914)
Mary Roberts Rinehart was a celebrated mystery author ("the American Agatha Christie") in the first half of last century. She's credited with the phrase "the butler did it," although it never appeared in any of her writing (a butler did do it, however, in one her mysteries). In The After House, a young doctor trying to recuperate from Typhoid Fever, takes a job as a deckhand on a yacht. Out at sea, in the course of one evening, three people are murdered with an axe. It's a good premise, both the three murders all at once, then the paranoia and terror of the remaining passengers.