When a Man Marries Is Madcap Mystery

Needles and pins
Needles and pins,
When a man marries
His trouble begins.

Forget suspense and horror.

In When a Man Marries, novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart ladles out a rollicking mix of suspense and humor.

To cheer up Jimmy Wilson, who’s been divorced by his wife, Bella, Kit McNair arranges an impromptu dinner at Jim’s house. Jim learns his Aunt Selina is also coming that evening, expecting to meet Bella. Since Aunt Selina, who is Jim’s meal ticket, abhors divorce, his friends decide Kit should pretend to be Jim’s wife for the evening.

While Kit is impersonating Bella, Bella sneaks into the house to hire away the butler. The butler, however, has been hospitalized with smallpox. The other servants have fled, and the house is quarantined.

The dinner guests are rich socialites, incapable of making toast. Fortunately, a policeman discovered asleep in the cellar is willing to cook and do dishes, and a engineer brought along as a potential husband for Kit can do nearly everything else.

While the house is quarantined and guarded by police, Anne Brown’s pearl collar, Bella’s diamond bracelet, and Aunt Selina’s cash and jewelry are stolen. The thief has to be someone in the house, but who?

And who kissed Kit on the dark stairway?

Get the answers and several good laughs in When a Man Marries.

When a Man Marries
By Mary Roberts Rinehart
1910 bestseller #10
Project Gutenberg eBook #1671
 

© 2013 Linda Gorton Aragoni