mary robert rinehart

The girl, for all her disordered hair and the crumpled linen of her waist, in spite of her missing hat and the small gold bag that hung forlornly from a broken chain, looked exceedingly lovely
—  Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Man in Lower Ten, 1909. Rinehart is one of those forgotten women novelists we really should be reading more. This is one of her mysteries and the first best-selling American mystery.