The Roman Hat Mystery

The Roman Hat Mystery

eBook - 2011
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A murder in a crowded theater leaves a pack of suspects, but only one clue Despite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds. A gangland spectacle, it's packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire. In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field. In a sold-out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats. The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder: Inspector Richard Queen. With the help of his son Ellery, a bibliophile and novelist whose imagination can solve any crime, the Inspector attacks this seemingly impenetrable mystery. Anyone in the theater could have killed the unscrupulous lawyer, and several had the motive. Only Ellery Queen, in his debut novel, can decipher the clue of the dead man's missing top hat.
Publisher: [United States] : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781453229255
1453229256
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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kennym321
Sep 04, 2016

What I like about the Ellery Queen books is they seem to be pure mystery and logic stories. There is not much that does not have to do with the murder investigation, so there is not a lot of beating around the bush. You are presented with a lot of facts, but most of them are intended to mislead you. There is always one crucial piece of evidence that allows you to logically deduce who the murderer is, but even though the author blatantly tells you what the key evidence is you will still likely be stymied! Definitely recommended for fans of mysteries and puzzles, but otherwise it doesn't have much to offer.

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Abbess
Aug 20, 2012

First Ellery Queen novel, written as a contest entry (they won) in 1929. Character of Queen is quite different from what he later became and is best remembered as; in this novel and until around the late 1930s (about 10 books or so) he was an obvious Philo Vance style know-it-all Man-About-Town sort. Entertaining, but stuffy in spots.

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