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Long Live the King!   By: (1876-1958)

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Long Live the King! by Mary Roberts Rinehart is a gripping and suspenseful mystery novel that will keep readers hooked from the very beginning. Set in a small English village during the early 20th century, the story is centered around the unexpected death of the town's beloved king.

Rinehart's writing style is exquisite and her attention to detail is impeccable. She effortlessly transports readers to the picturesque village, painting a vivid picture of the quaint houses, cobbled streets, and charming countryside. The author's descriptive prose is particularly remarkable, as it captures the essence of the time period and effectively brings the setting to life.

The plot is intricately woven, filled with unexpected twists and turns that constantly keep readers guessing. As the villagers mourn the loss of their king, rumors and secrets begin to emerge, creating an atmosphere of suspense and intrigue. Rinehart skillfully develops each character, providing them with unique personalities and motivations that add depth and complexity to the story. The way she intertwines their lives and relationships builds a sense of community, making the reader truly invested in their fate.

The pacing of the novel is flawless, with the tension steadily increasing with each passing chapter. Rinehart cleverly introduces red herrings and potential suspects, making it nearly impossible to predict the outcome. The climactic reveal is both surprising and satisfying, providing closure while leaving the door open for further exploration.

Long Live the King! is not just a murder mystery but a thought-provoking exploration of human nature, power dynamics, and the impact of secrets. Rinehart cleverly incorporates social commentary within the narrative, touching on themes such as loyalty, betrayal, and the allure of power. Through the different perspectives of the characters, she delves into the complexities of their relationships and how they are affected by the tragedy.

Overall, Long Live the King! is a captivating and engrossing novel that will appeal to fans of the mystery genre. Rinehart's masterful storytelling, coupled with her engaging characters and well-crafted plot, make for an enjoyable reading experience. This book is a true testament to her talent as a writer and is highly recommended for anyone seeking a compelling and suspenseful read.

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By Mary Roberts Rinehart


I. The Crown Prince runs away

II. And sees the World

III. Disgraced

IV. The Terror

V. At the Riding School

VI. The Chancellor pays a Visit

VII. Tea in the Schoolroom

VIII. The Letter

IX. A Fine Night

X. The Right to live and love

XI. Rather a Wild Night

XII. Two Prisoners

XIII. In the Park

XIV. Nikky does a Reckless Thin

XV. Father and Daughter

XVI. On the Mountain Road

XVII. The Fortress

XVIII. Old Adelbert

XIX. The Committee of Ten

XX. The Delegation

XXI. As a Man may love a Woman

XXII. At Etzel

XXIII. Nikky Makes a Promise

XXIV. The Birthday

XXV. The Gate of the Moon

XXVI. At the Inn

XXVII. The Little Door

XXVIII. The Crown Prince's Pilgrimage

XXIX. Old Adelbert the Traitor

XXX. King Karl

XXXI. Let Mettich guard his Treasure

XXXII. Nikky and Hedwig

XXXIII. The Day of the Carnival

XXXIV. The Pirate's Den

XXXV. The Paper Crown

XXXVI. The King is dead

XXXVII. Long live the King

XXXVIII. In the Road of the Good Children

XXXIX. The Lincoln Penny



The Crown Prince sat in the royal box and swung his legs. This was hardly princely, but the royal legs did not quite reach the floor from the high crimson velvet seat of his chair... Continue reading book >>

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