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June 17 , 2007

The Circular Staircase


A middle-aged spinster loses her mind and finds herself involved in a most mysterious crime.

Rachel Innes ignores her better judgment and rents Sunnyside, a sprawling Elizabethan mansion, for the summer. The first night passes peacefully. In the morning, the entire staff quits. Late the third night, a sinister figure lurks outside the patio window and Rachel hears a heavy crash on the staircase. The fourth night brings a dead body.

The dead man turns out to be Arnold Armstrong, ne'er-do-well son of the owner of Sunnyside. When the investigating detective directs his attention to her niece and nephew, Rachel decides to solve the murder herself ??? and walks straight into a web of deceit and treachery so intricate she might never find her way out.

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