I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
"There's going to be a death!" she wailed. "Oh, Miss Rachel, there's going to be a death!"
"There will be," I said grimly, "if you don't keep quiet Liddy Allen."
The first thing that struck me about this book was the unexpectedly acerbic humour. It's 1908 publication date had me expecting something more staid and earnest; possibly quietly melodramatic, so this wry wit immediately hooked me.
The other thing that stands out is the way Rinehart uses foreshadowing. It's seamless, and flawlessly done; she winds up the suspense without beating the reader over the head with the literary equivalent of those giant foam fingers.