Hardcover by Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen is the pseudonym used by Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee to create their classic mysteries.

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Hardcover by Ellery Queen


  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books; (June 1940)
  • ASIN: 0899661483

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Well-Structured - But Not Ellery Queen's Best, June 3, 2003 Reviewer: Mike Wischmeyer from Houston, Texas The 1930 novel "The French Powder Mystery" is a well-structured detective story that challenges the reader, is scrupulously fair, and makes good reading. Unlike some Ellery novels, the solution is not unduly difficult. I unraveled many clues, but I allowed myself to miss a critical clue made invisible by misdirection. Cyrus French is the chairman of the eminently successful and stylistically influential French's Department Store in midsection New York. In recent weeks the store window has been opened precisely at noon each day to exhibit somewhat fantastical, European modern furniture. Today the waiting crowd is awestruck as a dead body tumbles from a wall bed. In this second novel Ellery Queen again displays his remarkable analytical skills, his masterful deductions. The ending was entirely proper, the clues narrowed the field to a single individual, but it lacked the flair to be found just a few years later in The Tragedy of X (1932) and The Greek Coffin Mystery (1932) and The Tragedy of Y (1932) and The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935). "The French Powder Mystery" is certainly not a modern police procedural novel. Evidence is blatantly mishandled. The concept of chain of custody is decades away. Fingerprints are apparently the peak of forensic science. Mysteries are solved through deductive skills, not by meticulous laboratory science. Ellery Queen's New York of 1930 seems remotely distant. While drugs and drug addiction are not unknown, they are largely unfamiliar evils. A former college companion of Ellery Queen says, "Mightn't it be the same stuff? Heroin, I think you called it." For an alibi a young woman replies, "When I left the Zorns that evening it was a little after ten. I walked and walked in the park (Central Park) until almost midnight." A well-to do, cosmopolitan young woman had cigarettes, appropriately scented, made up especially for her by a custom tobacco manufacturer. The French Powder Mystery is classic Ellery Queen and should appeal to all fans of deductive mystery stories. Good hunting. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title

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