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    March 18, 2013


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - Oh, I do like the mystery in this one. It may not count completely as 'an impossible crime,' but it's certainly a knotty little problem isn't it. I have to confess I like Ellery Queen's character a bit more in the later mysteries, where he has a slightly more human side if I can put it that way. That said though, this one shows his detective skills for sure.

    Les Blatt

    He's certainly more chastened and less over-sure of himself in the later books, Margot, particularly the Wrightsville books. In the early stories, he can be almost as unbearable as Philo Vance. You sort of want to take him aside and shout "LOSE THE PINCE-NEZ GLASSES, KID"...

    Sergio (Tipping My Fedora)

    This is the one that I read when I was 13 and became a life-long Ellery Queen addict. Admittedly there isn't enough there beyond the wonderful and bizarre central situation, but it is a very memorable one!

    Les Blatt

    I agree, Sergio - as another critic noted in the GAD Wiki, the story does tend to sag a bit in the middle. But the bizarre situation - and the explanation for it all - carries the book easily.

    George kelley

    I was a huge Ellery Queen reader when I was teenager. I loved the Challenge to the Reader feature (although I rarely figured out Whodunit). It's sad that most of the Ellery Queen classics are out-of-print.

    Les Blatt

    I've always preferred the first Ellery Queen novels, George, which is why I'm so pleased that the Mysterious Press and Open Road Media have brought most of them back in e-book format.


    Thanks for this, Les. I'm definitely going to get my hands on this one. Wow. It sounds like just my kind of mystery. I love a good puzzle.

    Les Blatt

    The early EQ books relied more heavily on the puzzle aspects of the story than they did on character, Yvette. I enjoyed the formal "challenge to the reader" as well, where the authors said, in essence, "we've given you every clue, so you should be able to figure out what really happened." I never could, but I enjoyed trying!

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