Friday, October 24, 2014

Paperback 826: Haunted Lady / Mary Roberts Rinehart (Dell 361)

Paperback 826: Dell 361 (1st ptg, 1949)

Title: Haunted Lady
Author: Mary Roberts Rinehart
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for : $11


Best things about this cover:

  • Drunk bat photobomb!
  • Stop hitting yourself. Stop hitting yourself. Seriously, stop. It's weird.
  • This is what happens when you keep bats as pets, lady. WTF?
  • Seriously, Drunk Bat's like "What up, bitches! I'm all up in your fotoz!"


Best things about this back cover:
  • Mmmmm …. mmmmapback!
  • "Porte-cochere" is a hilarious word to me. You find them mainly on rich people's houses in mid-century crime novels (see esp. Chandler). Still, sounds like an hors d'oeuvre to me.
  • This novel must be heavy on interior detail and in-house action, because that is one superabundantly labeled map.

Page 123~
It took her by surprise. She stared at him. Then a look of horror spread over her face. She looked wildly about the room, at Hilda, at the door. She even half rose from her chair. "I don't know what you mean," she managed to gasp.
What's the opposite of "poker face"?


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Karl said...

Kudos on all the funny comments on this one, Rex. You leave us commenters with nothing much to do! (Unless someone has more imagination than me, that is.)

"Porte-cochere" is also the name of a very fine short story by Peter Taylor, BTW.

Jenn said...

Looking closely at the floor plans, I can't see how those sets of stairs could possibly connect the two floors.

Anonymous said...

I hate to always seem the shoe fetishist, but there is no way that shoe fits on her foot.

Anonymous said...

Can you really keep bats caged like parakeets? Damn, I want to do that! That would be the all time great unique pet!