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When a diabolical mystery comes calling, Ellery Queen is on the case. -- Once upon an evil time, there was a wicked old woman with a mammoth shoe company worth many millions of dollars, a henpecked husband, and six miserable children. Then one day death came visiting the vast Potts mansion -- and began claiming its inhabitants one by one. It was then that Ellery Queen was When a diabolical mystery comes calling, Ellery Queen is on the case. -- Once upon an evil time, there was a wicked old woman with a mammoth shoe company worth many millions of dollars, a henpecked husband, and six miserable children. Then one day death came visiting the vast Potts mansion -- and began claiming its inhabitants one by one. It was then that Ellery Queen was invited to sup on this nightmare brew of diabolical murder and baffling mystery -- in a case that made the most horrific crimes in his entire career seem like fairy tales. As he endeavors to solve the case, he tries to make sense of this family that defies rationality.


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When a diabolical mystery comes calling, Ellery Queen is on the case. -- Once upon an evil time, there was a wicked old woman with a mammoth shoe company worth many millions of dollars, a henpecked husband, and six miserable children. Then one day death came visiting the vast Potts mansion -- and began claiming its inhabitants one by one. It was then that Ellery Queen was When a diabolical mystery comes calling, Ellery Queen is on the case. -- Once upon an evil time, there was a wicked old woman with a mammoth shoe company worth many millions of dollars, a henpecked husband, and six miserable children. Then one day death came visiting the vast Potts mansion -- and began claiming its inhabitants one by one. It was then that Ellery Queen was invited to sup on this nightmare brew of diabolical murder and baffling mystery -- in a case that made the most horrific crimes in his entire career seem like fairy tales. As he endeavors to solve the case, he tries to make sense of this family that defies rationality.

30 review for There Was an Old Woman

  1. 5 out of 5

    John

    My 666 book in Goodreads. It’s good that it features the evil Mrs. Cornelia Potts. She is a tyrannical elderly woman who rules the Potts shoe empire with an iron hand. She is nicknamed by newspapers as the old woman who lives in the shoe as her house is shaped like it. She has six children, three from her first marriage who are bat shit crazy and three from her second marriage who are normal and sane. Guess which ones she favors! The crazy children are Thurlow Potts whose hobby is frivolous lawsu My 666 book in Goodreads. It’s good that it features the evil Mrs. Cornelia Potts. She is a tyrannical elderly woman who rules the Potts shoe empire with an iron hand. She is nicknamed by newspapers as the old woman who lives in the shoe as her house is shaped like it. She has six children, three from her first marriage who are bat shit crazy and three from her second marriage who are normal and sane. Guess which ones she favors! The crazy children are Thurlow Potts whose hobby is frivolous lawsuits to stop people taking the mickey out of the Potts name; Louella a deluded woman who thinks she is a brilliant chemist and inventor; and Horatio, who thinks he 10 years old and lived as a child. The other children include the twins Robert and Maclyn, who manage the shoe empire and the pretty Sheila. Thurlow's lawyer Charley Paxton is engaged to Sheila. Ellery Queen comes to dinner at the Potts mansion to meet the family. What follows is duel at dawn between Thurlow and Robert and evening though Ellery puts blanks in the guns, Robert is killed. Then his twin brother s also murdered. Who did it? I enjoyed this whodunnit and it has a few twists and turns at the end. The wedding ceremony is a nice touch. In the end it is the person with a strong motive.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    COUNTDOWN: Mid-20th Century North American Crime BOOK 184 (of 250) Hook=1 star: This one opens with a description of a courtroom building. The first few pages are the kind that cause many people to place the book back on a library shelf: nothing happens. Pace=2 stars: Slow-going for the first 50 pages or so. Then, Queen kicks things into gear and the rest of the book reads fast. Plot=3: Murder among a rich, eccentric family. There is a fascinating duel that isn't what it seems and a confession not COUNTDOWN: Mid-20th Century North American Crime BOOK 184 (of 250) Hook=1 star: This one opens with a description of a courtroom building. The first few pages are the kind that cause many people to place the book back on a library shelf: nothing happens. Pace=2 stars: Slow-going for the first 50 pages or so. Then, Queen kicks things into gear and the rest of the book reads fast. Plot=3: Murder among a rich, eccentric family. There is a fascinating duel that isn't what it seems and a confession note that may or may not be forged: interesting elements within an interesting, but not exceptional, plot. People=3: Talk about eccentric! There is Cornelia, the matriarch/ruler/Mad Queen of the family, a son who lives in a playhouse in the backyard, and more. And the father/son detective team is a classic in this genre. Place=4: A New York mansion facing the Hudson River is beautifully drawn: it's a classic Dame Christie country house you'll enjoy exploring (lawns, terraces, oddities of architecture) as the plot evolves. Summary: There are enough twists and turns to keep even the most discerning who-done-it readers entertained. But for me, the final deductions/chapters are head-spinning and at one point, I had to re-read a chapter. Many of of Ellery Queen's murder mysteries render Agatha Christie's body of work truly 'cozy', for better or worse: it just depends on what you're in the mood for. A quiet afternoon indoors with a cuppa? It's Christie or maybe M.C. Beaton. A demanding mental exercise which may require notes to keep track of wild, winding plots? Queen or perhaps Rex Stout. Any of these four, however, are giants of the mystery genre. But just one big negative for "There Was An Old Woman": a last moment out-of-nowhere clue leads to an impossible-to-detect reveal, hence my overall rating of 2.6. And if you're particularly incensed with this kind of trick, skip this novel and go for one of Queen's better works, like "Calamity Town", previously reviewed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Lee

    You read one Ellery Queen, and suddenly you're in the mood for nothing but more Ellery Queen. Fortunately there are some 24 Ellery Queen books, and a few collections compiled with introductions by Ellery, not to mention short stories by Ellery...because no one writes like cousins Daniel Nathan (pen name Frederic Dannay) and Emanuel Benjamin Lepofsky (pen name Manfred Bennington Lee) (cumulative pen name Ellery Queen). Whew. In "There Was An Old Woman," we have one of the most improbable murders E You read one Ellery Queen, and suddenly you're in the mood for nothing but more Ellery Queen. Fortunately there are some 24 Ellery Queen books, and a few collections compiled with introductions by Ellery, not to mention short stories by Ellery...because no one writes like cousins Daniel Nathan (pen name Frederic Dannay) and Emanuel Benjamin Lepofsky (pen name Manfred Bennington Lee) (cumulative pen name Ellery Queen). Whew. In "There Was An Old Woman," we have one of the most improbable murders Ellery must solve yet. The title comes from the Mother Goose nursery rhyme, "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe," and indeed, she has quite a number of children. Most of whom seem...unusual, most of whom are feuding, all of whom are living together due to a fortune the old woman has built...in shoes. We also have the husband (#2), the husband's ne'er-do-well best friend, and a passel of long-suffering servants (emphasis on the "suffering") who must put up not just with the family, and abuse from the old woman who is a piece of work indeed, and incredibly odd murder #1, but the additional odd occurrences that come like clockwork. Meanwhile, the old woman is completely irascible, threatening to call the police down on reporters, on the children she doesn't like, and Inspector Queen. Irony notwithstanding. Unfortunately Ellery's friend, the family's lawyer, is in love with one of the more normal children, who refuses to marry him because she might have inherited the family insanity (which just proves her sanity, but she doesn't seem to see it). It's up to Ellery to solve the conundrum, try to find some semblance of normalcy, and get a good night's sleep at last. We all know he can, but in the meantime, it's a darn good story - one of the best. Creative situation and unusual resolution.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katrin

    en yleensä lue rikostarinoita. ei ole mun suosikki laji. mutta kunhan löysin kirjan kreeta-saarella muiden suomenkielisen kirjoiden kanssa ja jätin muita kirjoja sinne, oli pakko lukea sen. toivon, että myös tämä auttaisi suomen kielen taidon säilyttämiseen. juoni oli hyvää ja täytyy sanoa että varsin kirjan keski- ja loppuosa veivat mukaan. oli tarpeeksi nerokas, tarina eteni aluksi hitaasti, sitten nopeammalla tahdilla. hahmot olivat tärkeät, mutta eivät tehnyt niin suuren vaikutuksen minulle. en yleensä lue rikostarinoita. ei ole mun suosikki laji. mutta kunhan löysin kirjan kreeta-saarella muiden suomenkielisen kirjoiden kanssa ja jätin muita kirjoja sinne, oli pakko lukea sen. toivon, että myös tämä auttaisi suomen kielen taidon säilyttämiseen. juoni oli hyvää ja täytyy sanoa että varsin kirjan keski- ja loppuosa veivat mukaan. oli tarpeeksi nerokas, tarina eteni aluksi hitaasti, sitten nopeammalla tahdilla. hahmot olivat tärkeät, mutta eivät tehnyt niin suuren vaikutuksen minulle. pitkät selitykset elleryltä, miten sai rikokset selvittyä, olivat vähän tuskallisia. niitä tulikin monta. olisi pitänyt saada niitä vähemmällä sanoilla kasaan.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Ellery finds himself embroiled in the turmoil of a crazy family with a wicked and controlling woman for a mother. The mother, Cornelia Potts, has and is sacrificing her three rational grown children’s lives and wellbeing to serve her own power play and for the whims of her other three mentally insane children. The story begins as Cornelia urges on her crazy son, Thurlow, in a suit claiming slander against the honorable Potts name. The craziness moves quickly onto Thurlow challenging his younger h Ellery finds himself embroiled in the turmoil of a crazy family with a wicked and controlling woman for a mother. The mother, Cornelia Potts, has and is sacrificing her three rational grown children’s lives and wellbeing to serve her own power play and for the whims of her other three mentally insane children. The story begins as Cornelia urges on her crazy son, Thurlow, in a suit claiming slander against the honorable Potts name. The craziness moves quickly onto Thurlow challenging his younger half-brother to a duel and killing the competent man at dawn despite the attempts of Ellery to avert the tragedy. Insanity continues as more family members die. Finally Ellery begins to put together the motive and plot behind all the murders and death. I found this story difficult to get into at the beginning due to all the slang from the reporters and police officers covering the slander case. Once I got to the Palace, the house where the old woman raised her children, I was quite enjoying the twists and turns and additions from Mother Goose. And I’m glad Ellery saved the innocent family members in the end, but the last chapter, could have been left off. I know this is a vintage mystery (1943), and I suspect that there is a reason that they are getting Sheila/Nikki into Ellery’s office, but really a multimillionaire secretary? Even back in the day, why would she do that?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rob Smith, Jr.

    It was a couple dozen pages in that I knew I was in trouble. This Queen "mystery" is an unfortunate one where it's clear the author's knew the ending and then forced the poor constructed story. There really is no excuse for how bad this is. Something happens very early that the Queen character would never have missed. Of course, that oversight was what the authors had to use to continue the story. Then a series of characters act as if police procedure is determined by the public. Again all to bui It was a couple dozen pages in that I knew I was in trouble. This Queen "mystery" is an unfortunate one where it's clear the author's knew the ending and then forced the poor constructed story. There really is no excuse for how bad this is. Something happens very early that the Queen character would never have missed. Of course, that oversight was what the authors had to use to continue the story. Then a series of characters act as if police procedure is determined by the public. Again all to build the story. The worse part is that it's do damned obvious. How did the duo, known as Ellery Queen, let this happen. Why did an editor not flag it. Sounds like an issue of speeding a contracted book out. If you can view this more as a fairy tale, which isn't hard once into the contents, then this book has some very distinct characters. Queen et al of the regular cast are written per usual with the exception that they are otherwise entirely inept in this book. This really comes down to the horrible , obvious ending that is written as if Queen was a brilliant genius. Certainly this is the worse book I've read in the series. Nevertheless, if all could be ignored, the writing is good... Bottom line: i don't recommend this book. 3 out of ten points.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    3.5* I'm not sure if I ever read an Ellery Queen story before (maybe in the early 70s), but after getting through the first 15 pages, I really enjoyed this story. Because this is an older mystery written in 1943, it was at first difficult for me to get adjusted to the writing style, language, etc. for this era and author. But, once I got the hang of it, it was a great little mystery. There were a couple of 'that makes no sense' bits which my son and I had fun discussing. About a rich eccentric o 3.5* I'm not sure if I ever read an Ellery Queen story before (maybe in the early 70s), but after getting through the first 15 pages, I really enjoyed this story. Because this is an older mystery written in 1943, it was at first difficult for me to get adjusted to the writing style, language, etc. for this era and author. But, once I got the hang of it, it was a great little mystery. There were a couple of 'that makes no sense' bits which my son and I had fun discussing. About a rich eccentric old lady that's gotten her fortune from selling shoes. She has 6 children from 2 marriages - the 3 from her first marriage are all unbalanced wackos, and the 3 from her second marriage are targeted for murder. This has fun characters with lots of clues and twists for Ellery to puzzle out to help his Dad, a police Inspector, solve the 'whodunit' mystery. Good little mystery with some humor and an entertaining story. I'm going to see if I can find another one soon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Name Not Found

    The setup was certainly interesting, but the craziness of the characters and settings started to feel a bit claustrophobia-inducing over time. The writers came up with an interesting cast of characters, to be sure, and they might sustain interest if the writers hadn't brought their insanity and eccentric behavior into every possible paragraph. The many times the case was "solved" and then reopened got to be a bit annoying, too. And there were several important, fairly obvious clues that Queen mi The setup was certainly interesting, but the craziness of the characters and settings started to feel a bit claustrophobia-inducing over time. The writers came up with an interesting cast of characters, to be sure, and they might sustain interest if the writers hadn't brought their insanity and eccentric behavior into every possible paragraph. The many times the case was "solved" and then reopened got to be a bit annoying, too. And there were several important, fairly obvious clues that Queen missed, but instead of noticing those clues and working out the solution from there, he finally came to the right conclusion based on a tiny thing that he improbably noticed at the very last moment and that the readers hadn't been informed of before. Sigh. Pros: Some funny bits, unusual characters, unique mystery idea Cons: over-characterization, over-plotting, over-the-top setting, over-suspense-building, overly stupid detectives.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    I listened to this audiobook. Ellery Queen is a somewhat pompous son, a novelist, of a police detective. He inserts himself into cases and helps his father solve baffling murders. In this book a mean and nasty woman pits her children against each other and the world. She is old and ill and uses her considerable power as the matriarch of a shoe manufacturing empire to manipulate her offspring. All the family seems slightly insane except for one daughter and the the woman's mousy second husband. W I listened to this audiobook. Ellery Queen is a somewhat pompous son, a novelist, of a police detective. He inserts himself into cases and helps his father solve baffling murders. In this book a mean and nasty woman pits her children against each other and the world. She is old and ill and uses her considerable power as the matriarch of a shoe manufacturing empire to manipulate her offspring. All the family seems slightly insane except for one daughter and the the woman's mousy second husband. When one brother kills another in a duel over "honor" it seems cut and dried. But it is an elaborate game. When another brother is killed things get really complex. Ellery sees the happenings as living out the children's poem "There was an old woman who,lived in a shoe...". These Ellery Queen books are quite old and the slang is sometimes hackneyed, but the plot of this story has several twists and turns that make it enjoyable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Osborne

    Queen likes to have odd, quirky characters in his books, and this one provides them in droves. Half of the Potts clan are eccentric, borderline lunatics. Half are level-headed, sane types. And it seems someone is killing off the sane ones. A good tale, although you have to swallow some unlikely events (would they really have let Cornelia Potts get off with just a slap on the wrist after nearly murdering Sgt. Velie?) And the "introduction" of Nikki Porter at the end seemed strange and tacked on f Queen likes to have odd, quirky characters in his books, and this one provides them in droves. Half of the Potts clan are eccentric, borderline lunatics. Half are level-headed, sane types. And it seems someone is killing off the sane ones. A good tale, although you have to swallow some unlikely events (would they really have let Cornelia Potts get off with just a slap on the wrist after nearly murdering Sgt. Velie?) And the "introduction" of Nikki Porter at the end seemed strange and tacked on for no good reason.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Myers

    I bought this book because I've read mysteries set in earlier time periods and most set in the current day so I wanted to read one set in the 1940s or 50s (this one in the 40s). I also heard good things about Ellery Queen. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. The only thing about this one I didn't like was how most of the book is written like a normal novel, but a few scenes are written in the format of a movie script. I bought this book because I've read mysteries set in earlier time periods and most set in the current day so I wanted to read one set in the 1940s or 50s (this one in the 40s). I also heard good things about Ellery Queen. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. The only thing about this one I didn't like was how most of the book is written like a normal novel, but a few scenes are written in the format of a movie script.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    My first Ellery Queen novel. (I've scene the Jim Hutton series and read one of the short stories). Obvious ly a period piece now but once it got going it had its fair share of twists and turns. right up to the last couple of pages. My first Ellery Queen novel. (I've scene the Jim Hutton series and read one of the short stories). Obvious ly a period piece now but once it got going it had its fair share of twists and turns. right up to the last couple of pages.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brown

    A family of crazy people live in a mansion near the river. Mother is in charge. One boy is fixated on honor and takes people to court all the time. Then he decides to win his honor back with duels A daughter is a mad scientists. And the last son is so afraid of the adult world he relives his childhood. Of the three kids he is the most sane, just really eccentric Three other children by a different father, are sane and threatened by the crazy ones. Enter Ellery Queen. He stumbles, trips, staggers t A family of crazy people live in a mansion near the river. Mother is in charge. One boy is fixated on honor and takes people to court all the time. Then he decides to win his honor back with duels A daughter is a mad scientists. And the last son is so afraid of the adult world he relives his childhood. Of the three kids he is the most sane, just really eccentric Three other children by a different father, are sane and threatened by the crazy ones. Enter Ellery Queen. He stumbles, trips, staggers through the investigation as the bodies pile up.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gabriele

    Un romanzo molto particolare e molto piacevole. Una storia popolata da strani personaggi che sembrano provenire da altri mondi (si nota anche qui l'influenza di "Alice nel paese delle meraviglie", libro amato dai due cugini americani), con un delitto apparentemente banale ma che si rivela particolarmente ingegnoso. La doppia soluzione è stupefacente e perfettamente logica, nel puro stile queeniano. Quindi non posso che dare un voto di eccellenza (anche per il divertimento della figura della temu Un romanzo molto particolare e molto piacevole. Una storia popolata da strani personaggi che sembrano provenire da altri mondi (si nota anche qui l'influenza di "Alice nel paese delle meraviglie", libro amato dai due cugini americani), con un delitto apparentemente banale ma che si rivela particolarmente ingegnoso. La doppia soluzione è stupefacente e perfettamente logica, nel puro stile queeniano. Quindi non posso che dare un voto di eccellenza (anche per il divertimento della figura della temutissima Cornelia Potts).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Listened to the audiobook. I think this was my first Ellery Queen book ever--not sure what took me so long. It was entertaining (if absurd, as many mysteries are) and had some enjoyable twists. I do have a gripe, though: those investigating the crimes were sometimes foolish and dense and missed obvious points, which had to be spelled out. I thought they should be a lot keener.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    I read many Ellery Queen books back when the cover picture on this volume would have been trendy, so I've forgotten all the plots. The Classic Mysteries podcast featured There Was an Old Woman about the time I was cleaning out my parents' house and found this copy. Many, many twists and turns in the plot, but Ellery saves the day. I read many Ellery Queen books back when the cover picture on this volume would have been trendy, so I've forgotten all the plots. The Classic Mysteries podcast featured There Was an Old Woman about the time I was cleaning out my parents' house and found this copy. Many, many twists and turns in the plot, but Ellery saves the day.

  17. 5 out of 5

    William

    A solid if slightly predictable Queen. This, like Calamity Town, is early phase three Queen, and as such, is much better than the later Queens I've been reading lately. Not quite keep-worthy, but readable and rewarding. A solid if slightly predictable Queen. This, like Calamity Town, is early phase three Queen, and as such, is much better than the later Queens I've been reading lately. Not quite keep-worthy, but readable and rewarding.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    3.2

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Silly mystery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brenda H

    3.5 stars. Review to come

  21. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    Solid mystery, good puzzle and some kooky characters in a bizarre setting.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Larry Piper

    I had never read an Ellery Queen book before, so when I found this at a church fair book table, I figured it was an omen. So, now I can say I've read Ellery Queen. Actually, I liked the book reasonably well. I liked it quite a bit at first, but then it began to wear a bit on me. Some of the plot seemed a bit improbable, and for people so smart as Ellery Queen and his father, some of the things that happened wouldn't have happened if they had been thinking even reasonably clearly. For example, in I had never read an Ellery Queen book before, so when I found this at a church fair book table, I figured it was an omen. So, now I can say I've read Ellery Queen. Actually, I liked the book reasonably well. I liked it quite a bit at first, but then it began to wear a bit on me. Some of the plot seemed a bit improbable, and for people so smart as Ellery Queen and his father, some of the things that happened wouldn't have happened if they had been thinking even reasonably clearly. For example, in a duel, no clear-headed person would just hand out guns without checking first that they had been "properly" set up. Anyway, while this isn't great literature, and a bit sketchy in places, and hideously out of date regarding one's views of women, I'd likely read more Ellery Queen as escapist literature, whereas, I would have to be paid to read any more Mickey Spillane, a more-or-less contemporary crime author.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chazzi

    Ellery was there when the first murder happened. He saw it, yet he didn't believe it. He and Inspector Queen were both there when the second murder was done. Both by the same family member. Insane! But then half of this family seems insane and the other half normal. The scary part is the insane side seems to be killing off the sane side. The Potts name is synonymous with shoes. "Potts shoes are America's shoes. $3.99 everywhere" Not just their tag line, but also in neon above the bronze statue of Ellery was there when the first murder happened. He saw it, yet he didn't believe it. He and Inspector Queen were both there when the second murder was done. Both by the same family member. Insane! But then half of this family seems insane and the other half normal. The scary part is the insane side seems to be killing off the sane side. The Potts name is synonymous with shoes. "Potts shoes are America's shoes. $3.99 everywhere" Not just their tag line, but also in neon above the bronze statue of one on the front lawn of the family's ornate family mansion. The Old Lady is obsessed over this and so is one of her offspring. Ellery applies his brain power and solves this mystery, but it takes 3 go rounds to get all the loose ends. Just when he thinks he has all figured out, another thread needs to be untangled. A very enjoyable read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Immensely wealthy and just as tyrannical, Mrs. Potts has three children by each of her two husbands. Her older children are, to be polite, eccentric; the younger children are "the sane ones." When her oldest son challenges one of his younger brothers to a duel, Ellery Queen and his father work out a method to prevent bloodshed. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. A second murder adds to Inspector Queen's dismay. But Ellery has a few more rabbits to pull out of his hat, including one of his most star Immensely wealthy and just as tyrannical, Mrs. Potts has three children by each of her two husbands. Her older children are, to be polite, eccentric; the younger children are "the sane ones." When her oldest son challenges one of his younger brothers to a duel, Ellery Queen and his father work out a method to prevent bloodshed. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. A second murder adds to Inspector Queen's dismay. But Ellery has a few more rabbits to pull out of his hat, including one of his most startling accusations.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rog Harrison

    I first read this book in early 1977 and as in my old age I am getting nostalgic I was pleased to get a second hand copy. This was first published in 1943 when Dannay and Lee (the cousins who wrote as Ellery Queen) were more interested in bizarre characters than convoluted mysteries. The characters in this story are unbelievable and the plot is unbelievable too but the authors tell the story with wit and humour. I was surprised, nearly forty years on (I had read it again in 1983), how much of the I first read this book in early 1977 and as in my old age I am getting nostalgic I was pleased to get a second hand copy. This was first published in 1943 when Dannay and Lee (the cousins who wrote as Ellery Queen) were more interested in bizarre characters than convoluted mysteries. The characters in this story are unbelievable and the plot is unbelievable too but the authors tell the story with wit and humour. I was surprised, nearly forty years on (I had read it again in 1983), how much of the story I remembered though I had forgotten the final twist.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stamatia

    Ellery Queen finds himself witnessing a murder that could be stopped but didn't, and he is left to unravel the mystery behind it. A story with a lot of turns that keeps the reader in suspense and eager to go on reading to see who is the murderer. Ellery Queen finds himself witnessing a murder that could be stopped but didn't, and he is left to unravel the mystery behind it. A story with a lot of turns that keeps the reader in suspense and eager to go on reading to see who is the murderer.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dseybert

    A solid, well-plotted whodunnit, very much of its day. A well thought-out solution that played mostly fair with the reader. Written with style to burn; the authors are not afraid to play with literary conventions at all, making this a lot of fun to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elise Stone

    Enjoyed it, but I think the ending was prolonged past where it needed to be. A lot of explanation, not all of which turned out to be true, leading to an extra twist which wasn't all that surprising if you were following closely. Enjoyed it, but I think the ending was prolonged past where it needed to be. A lot of explanation, not all of which turned out to be true, leading to an extra twist which wasn't all that surprising if you were following closely.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lewis Cox

    Murder mystery...not very good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Marks

    A hodge-podge of earlier characters and themes, it's still an interesting read in terms of the Queen character and the interests of the authors. A hodge-podge of earlier characters and themes, it's still an interesting read in terms of the Queen character and the interests of the authors.

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