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The Vanishing Corpse

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  126 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Halfway across the room, Nikki stopped abruptly. From behind the desk portruded a leg. Then she saw it all - the hand, the blood. The police believed Nikki Porter had murdered John Braun, but Ellery set out to prove that she was innocent. Working alone, he matched his wits against a brilliantly clever criminal who twice stole the body of the murdered man from under the ver ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1968 by Pyramid (first published 1941)
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My edition of Ellery Queen's The Vanishing Corpse (first published as Ellery Queen, Master Detective, 1941) has a suitably spooky cover--just right for a Halloween night review. It should be noted that the story is based on the screenplay for the film (written by Eric Taylor). The title tells it like it is. John Braun dies under mysterious circumstances and then his corpse disappears. Not once--but twice.

Braun, owner of the Home of Health health farm; possessor of a prime example of the body be
Jun 08, 2012 CasualDebris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For my detailed review, please visit Casual Debris.

The Vanishing Corpse is highly entertaining. It's short, straightforwardly written and manages to sustain a good mystery. In brief, the case involves the death of John Braun, the founder of a health centre who is found dead in a locked room. His throat was cut yet there is no weapon around and no way to access the room other than through the locked door. It is a genuine locked-room mystery. Before becoming a corpse, John Braun discovered that he
Jul 28, 2014 Helios rated it really liked it
Muy buena novela para pasar un par de horas entretenido. SI te gustan las novelas de misterio del tipo asesinato en una habitación cerrada, que va al grano, ligera, fácil de leer, corta ( 150 páginas) esta es la tuya. Y si no, también.

Tiene una estructura muy clara : Presenta los personajes, describe el crimen , como va evolucionando, y su resolución. No es como las novelas de Agatha Christie , llena de detalles en el cual tienes que estar muy atento a todo. Aquí, todo es más sencillo que no qui
May 16, 2017 Almuthebookworm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encantó el final! Recientemente había leído 2El misterio de los hermanos siameses" y éste me ha gustado mucho más... Un gran descubrimiento, Ellery Queen.
Sep 20, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read two Ellery Queen books so I can't rate this in comparison to the others, but this was definitely a fun read and I enjoyed the lighthearted tone immensely. The plot wasn't perfect, but it was pretty well done. And it was solvable by the reader, which is always nice. The edition I got had a few typos, but they weren't in any vital passages, and the intended meaning could be figured out pretty easily.
Rob Smith
Jan 10, 2012 Rob Smith rated it really liked it
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This is the usual Ellery Queen fun with Ellery figuring everything out as it comes along or as he stumbles into it. The mystery is a pretty good one, though it falls into the what-happened-in-the-locked-room theme. The characters/suspects are a good variety and the little sidelines are as fun as always. It's a quick little story but well worth the reading time fun.
Georganne Neely
Aug 14, 2011 Georganne Neely rated it it was amazing
Love Ellery Queen! I will always see Jim Hutton when I read Ellery stories!
Nuno Marques
Aug 28, 2015 Nuno Marques rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um bom livro policial da série Ellery Queen.
Shelby Shoop
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as The Vanishing Corpse
Aug 26, 2016 Lagore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entretenida, breve y fácil de leer.
May 17, 2009 JZ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

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