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The Door Between (Ellery Queen Detective #12)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  184 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Ellery Queen, the gentleman detective, is a handsome Harvard grad who works as a private eye alongside his father, Inspector Richard Queen of the NYPD. In The Door Between they face one of their most daunting cases. Karen Leith is dead. An acclaimed novelist turned recluse, she died alone, in a small secluded room of her odd Greenwich Village house. Reportedly tormented by ...more
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Published May 1st 1971 by Signet (first published 1936)
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Marylène Girard
This is my first book by Ellery Queen. Although I liked the story, I needed time to adapt to the writing style. Despite all this is a good plot, which once solved hides another one that is not expected at all. I will read the other four books of this author that I have in my possession but not more.
Jul 02, 2012 M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mysteries
The Door Between is an example of one of the staples of murder puzzles: the locked room mystery. Eva MacClure goes to meet with Karen Leith. She hears the voice of the reclusive author as she is told by a servant to wait in the sitting room. Time passes and she becomes concerned...she enters the bedroom and finds Karen Leith dead. Almost immediately, suspicion quite logically falls on Eva.

Enter Inspector Queen and Ellery Queen. The father and son work toward the same goal (the truth) but with di
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Sep 12, 2012 Paul Lima rated it did not like it
I've heard so much about Ellery Queen but had never read an EQ book ... what a sexist, racists load of crap, with petty, small-minded, mean-spirited, idiotic characters, and a totally unbelievable plot. I kept on reading to see if it was going to be consistently bad from beginning to end. It was. So bad it was worth reading as a comedy. Oh, it was awful, awful, awful. Any EQ fans out there? Are they all incredibly bad books?
Jun 06, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
The really enjoyed the story. It gripped me by not being pedantic.

However, it did have some amazingly racist tendencies.

Jul 18, 2012 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, gone
This was a good mystery, with a locked-room twist (not really locked, but with a witness who saw that nobody went in or out). I found it a bit noir in style. Once Ellery seems to solve the mystery, hang on - he's not quite done yet! There's still another final twist.
Aug 10, 2012 Bksgal51 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have an old copy of this book--1941 over 71 years old. The pages were so old that when I turned a page, some of it just kinda flaked off.
But the mystery was very good...I did not know until the end who did the dastardly deed for sure.
Ellery Queen did a great job of keeping you on your toes!
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Are all Ellery Queen novels this atrocious? 1 7 Sep 12, 2012 06:57PM  
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aka Barnaby Ross.

"Ellery Queen" was a pen name created and shared by two cousins, Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred B. Lee (1905-1971), as well as the name of their most famous detective. Born in Brooklyn, they spent forty two years writing, editing, and anthologizing under the name, gaining a reputation as the foremost American authors of the Golden Age "fair play" mystery.

Although eventual
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