From This Dark Stairway

From This Dark Stairway[Download] ➾ From This Dark Stairway ➹ Mignon G. Eberhart – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Nurse Sarah Keate, the amateur snoop who made readers of The Patient in Room and While the Patient Slept shudder, is back in stand up to the devil form Now she supervises the third floor of a metropo Nurse Sarah Keate, the amateur snoop who made readers of The Patient in Roomand While the Patient Slept shudder, is back in stand up to the devil form Now she supervises the third floor of a metropolitan hospital From the landings of a walnut stairway, unlighted for the sake of economy, she can see everything going on She generally uses the stairs instead of the lurching cagelike elevator, but one sweltering summer night Let her tell the strange story of a body where From This Epub / it shouldn t be, and no body where it should have been From This Dark Stairway, originally published in , belongs to the golden age of detective fiction Some suspiciously stylish people, a formula for a superior anesthetic, an antique Chinese snuff bottle that Philo Vance would have coveted these elements come together classically and chillingly. 1931, 4 Sarah Keate, R.N., Melady Memorial Hospital, Mid West USA An opportunistic doctor dies bloodily, and his enemy a wealthy businessman is missing even though he was seriously ill and confined to bed suspense thriller three and one half starsNurse Keate is now the Head Nurse of a wing of a prestigious private hospital, and keeps everyone on their toes, naturally But when her illustrious patient goes missing and she then finds the body of his doctor in a darkened elevator during a st 1931, 4 Sarah Keate, R.N., Melady Memorial Hospital, Mid West USA An opportunistic doctor dies bloodily, and his enemy a wealthy businessman is missing even though he was seriously ill and confined to bed suspense thriller three and one half starsNurse Keate is now the Head Nurse of a wing of a prestigious private hospital, and keeps everyone on their toes, naturally But when her illustrious patient goes missing and she then finds the body of his doctor in a darkened elevator during a storm, well, things get rather creepy and involved , kwim Beautiful atmosphere very darkly creepy and must have been enormously scary at the time The characterizations are very good as well, with lots of nice little insights into the various patients and personnel at the hospital, mixed with Sarah s wry little bits of advice and observations Even the stereotyped characters yes, there are a few the fluffy Rich Little Wifey, The Siren, The Young n Pretty Nurse, etc are, except for one, very strongly presented, and remain interesting in their complexity The exception is, alas, one of the main characters the lead policeman, a stolid sargeant who discounts much of Sarah s insights and at times views her as a distinct suspect This is a change from the earlier novels in the series, which starred Lance O Leary, a youngish detective who has come to care about her a bit and vice versa, although you d never get her to actually admit it but he doesn t show up here until the last quarter of the book His presence is sorely missed, as they tend to play off of each other very well, and Sarah s interactions with The Sargeant become repetitious and boring after a while And IMO the clues pointing to the actual murderer were incredibly minute and obscure But they were Fair Play and, no, I did not guess the killerBut that aside, this is a very entertaining story It s filled with simply tons of atmosphere , set during a heat wave in mid western USA, at a time when there was no air conditioning, and few electric fans as well The circumstances seem terrible for a current reader, but were generally accepted at the time Still, it s interesting watching the characters make do with the heat and humidity And there is a climactic storm at the end, of course grin but that staple of thrillers is handled here with enormous aplomb and technique, and works really, really well.Eberhart was at the time considered to be and often promoted as The American Agatha Christie when Christie was at the height of her popularity and writing skill While Eberhart tends to be a mitemelodramatic and thrillerish in her Sarah Keate stories than most of the 1930s Christie stories, her writing is still comperable to some of Christie s better plots, and her characterizations tend to be better BOTTOM LINE If you ve not read any Eberhart yet, give her writing a try Yes, she s mainly a suspense novelist but in her early books at least she has some really nice plotting, terrific pacing, and gorgeous atmospherics I haven t read her later books yet but will, of course, report on them when I get to them hope her work didn t deteriorate like Christie s did in the 1960s This was a very suspenseful murder mystery and I enjoyed it all up til the last few pages The ending was awful, in my opinion anyway. Major Characters Hospital staff Nurse Sarah KeateNurse Lillian AshNurse Nancy PageSurgical Nurse Fannie BianchiStudent Nurse Ellen BrodyMiss JonesEllen Nancy Dr Felix KunceJacob Teuber, orderlyDr Leo Harrigan, surgeonThe patients Peter Melady in 309, scheduled for an operation , head of Melady Drug CompanyDione Melady sunburn , Peter s daughterIna Harrigan in 307, broken arm , wife of Dr Harrigan hospital seems to have a low threshold for admissions gotta keep those beds filled O Major Characters Hospital staff Nurse Sarah KeateNurse Lillian AshNurse Nancy PageSurgical Nurse Fannie BianchiStudent Nurse Ellen BrodyMiss JonesEllen Nancy Dr Felix KunceJacob Teuber, orderlyDr Leo Harrigan, surgeonThe patients Peter Melady in 309, scheduled for an operation , head of Melady Drug CompanyDione Melady sunburn , Peter s daughterIna Harrigan in 307, broken arm , wife of Dr Harrigan hospital seems to have a low threshold for admissions gotta keep those beds filled Others Kenwood Ladd, architect, possible love interest of Ina HarriganThomas Wepling, Ina Harrigan s lawyerCourtney Court Melady, husband and cousin of DioneLieutenant Lance O LearyLocale somewhere in the midwestSynopsis It is a hot, sultry night in Melady Memorial Hospital Nurse Sarah Keate is in charge of patient Peter Melady, grandson of the founder, hospitalized and scheduled for an operation by Dr Harrigan the following morning He is rather irascible, smoking cigars in bed, and sending Nurse Keate to his home to retrieve his favorite little blue snuff bottle.Nurse Keate returns from break to find, her surprise, her patient is gone The nurse on duty reports Dr Harrigan had come in, and decided that Melady s operation needed to be done immediately Nurse Keate goes to the operating room, but no one is there Melady cannot be found, and she discovers Dr Harrigan murdered, in the elevator Suspicion points first to the missing Peter Melady, then to architect Kenwood Ladd, who spends a lot of time visiting now widowed Ina Harrigan.During the investigation, someone attempts to strangle Dione Melady, she survives It becomes apparent the blue snuff bottle is the key to the mystery, but it cannot be found.After the police arrest a suspect, Lieutenant Lance O Leary secret love interest of Sarah Keate arrives and they collaborate on finding the killer.Review This, as well as the other Sarah Keates, give us a view of healthcare in the 1930 s and makes us appreciate our high premiums today We are guests of a hospital without air conditioning, having flying insects, gender stereotypes doctors are male, nurses are female , surgery using an Ether cone, and a rather nostalgic world where nurses wear starched white uniforms, caps, and white stockings which whisper when they walk Makes the ugly scrubs of today downright appalling.If you read the Sarah Keate series for the appearance of Lance O Leary, you may be disappointed He does not show up until the very end after Sarah Keate has done all the work A troubling aspect of this title is the one African American who plays a key role in the story, is only referred to as the Negro and denied the dignity of a name He also suffers the stigma of being a case in the Charity Ward Certainly a reflection of the 1930 s Caution the N word appears once in a conversation As far as the mystery goes, it is a guesser right up to the abrupt end, the last two words of the book being the name of the murderer A hot hospital A newfangled elevator A cast of characters and relationships A great old fashioned detective novel The mystery is sharpened in the end and the last couple of chapters and especially the last 10 pages are riveting The killer isn t revealed until the final sentence Not who I suspected. I ve read a lot of her books over the years and always find them quite suspenseful This one felt kind of flat to me, slow to get started and not a lot of suspense to keep me interested I wouldn t recommend this one. Another of the old classic murder mysteries that my sister sent me, this one first published in 1931, and it certainly shows its age in many ways Yet it is still a good read, oraccurately, a great read Nurse Sarah Keate tells the story, and she goes along quite methodically for 200 pages before things start to speed up and become quite intense as our story rushes along to the exciting denouement.This book is the fourth in a series, and I am now curious to read the others, to see how we g Another of the old classic murder mysteries that my sister sent me, this one first published in 1931, and it certainly shows its age in many ways Yet it is still a good read, oraccurately, a great read Nurse Sarah Keate tells the story, and she goes along quite methodically for 200 pages before things start to speed up and become quite intense as our story rushes along to the exciting denouement.This book is the fourth in a series, and I am now curious to read the others, to see how we got to this point Some preposterous stuff goes on that could use explaining And sometimes the slow circling around of the story struck me, but I was so delighted by the narrator and intrigued by the story, that I was willing to go on Very glad that I did, too.The introduction to this 1996 reprint talks about this being put in the category of cozy mysteries, but concludes that the author would not have wasted her time on worrying about such labels That is good to know, as cozies probably earned a lotmoney than respect back then I ve enjoyed reading a number of hard boiled detective novels over the years, but if this is a cozy then I want to readof them

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  • Paperback
  • 314 pages
  • From This Dark Stairway
  • Mignon G. Eberhart
  • English
  • 19 September 2018
  • 0803267290