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The Mystery Of The Yellow Room (Joseph Rouletabille #1)

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How could a crime take place in a locked room which shows no sign of being entered? Nearly a century after its initial publication, Leroux's landmark tale of foul play, deception, and unbridled ambition remains a blueprint for the detective novel genre. This atmospheric thriller is still a favorite of whodunit fans everywhere.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Wordsworth Classics (first published January 1st 1908)
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A locked room mystery which does not involve a murder, this 1907 French novel was written by the writer who gave The Phantom of the Opera to the world. It contains red herrings aplenty and a rather annoying detective: a smart-alecky 18 year old pipe-smoking genius who works as a journalist. The narrator is Dr Watson to his Sherlock Holmes - a stand-in for the reader who is there to have plot points explained in a way that the most obtuse can understand. There is little to no character developmen
The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux is hailed as one of the first locked room crime novels. It has been named by some as the third best locked room mystery of all time. John Dickson Carr, master of the locked room and impossible crime himself, has sung its praises. And it is credited with inspiring Agatha Christie to try her hand at her very first mystery. So--what do I, a mere book-blogger, have to say about it? Well, it's a decent mystery. It's got some interesting elements. But I ...more
This classic locked room mystery is by the author of The Phantom of the Opera. The Mystery of the Yellow Room is the first in Leroux's eight book Joseph Rouletabille series. Young Joseph is a journalist (as was Leroux before he was able to support himself as an author). Joseph is quite an entertaining lad.

I had a problem keeping all of the characters straight, but still found it an enjoyable read, although a bit too complicated for my taste.

Read it at or list
Finally I brought myself to finish the lauded short novel 'The Mystery of the Yellow Room' by Gaston Leroux. It is hailed as one of the most original works of mystery fiction written and has been named as one of the pioneers of the locked room genre. We are introduced to the young journalist Joseph Rouletabille who throws himself into the investigation of a mysterious murder at Chateau du Glandier. A murder that takes place in a room that has been locked from the inside with no possible means of ...more
Seems everyone knows that Gaston Leroux wrote The Phantom of the Opera; even those who haven't heard the author's name recognizes the title of the book thanks to the growing popularity over the years, the constant stage presence, etc. Unfortunately Andrew Lloyd Weber didn't adapt Leroux's detective fiction into a musical so they're not as common.

The first of his mysteries was this one published serially in 1907. Arthur Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes - Gaston Leroux had Joseph Rouletabille. Roul
Gaston Leroux is of course best known as the author of Phantom of the Opera but he was actually quite prolific. He write quite a few mysteries, the most famous being The Mystery of the Yellow Room.

This is the book that introduces his detective Rouletabille, and an interesting sleuth he is too. He is in fact a newspaper reporter rather than a detective as such but as a crime-solver he is second to none. The most interesting thing about him though is that he is just 18 years old. He’s a boy genius

There's nothing I like more than a good locked room mystery and this one fit the bill perfectly with a mysterious assassination attempt, intriguing clues and red herrings aplenty to keep the pages turning. The final reveal came as a complete surprise to me even though I had thought I'd worked it all out.

Buddy read with Kim :-).
Nancy Oakes
First written in 1908, The Mystery of the Yellow Room is considered one of the classics of the "locked-room"/impossible crime genre. Believe me, by the time you finish reading about the crime (never mind the rest of the book), you'll be scratching your head saying "how on earth did this just happen?"

It seems that one Mathilde Stangerson goes off to her room (called The Yellow Room) in a pavilion where she and her father work at scientific experiments. The door is locked -- then she is heard to
There is something contrived about a locked room mystery. A crime has been committed, but it seems impossible as the criminal could not have escaped. And yet Mlle Stangerson lies bleeding and at the edge of death.

Gaston Laroux, who is perhaps better known for The Phantom of the Opera, was a journalist who was well acquainted with criminal cases. In The Mystery Of The Yellow Room, his hero is an eighteen-year-old journalist who goes by the name of Joseph Rouletabille who inserts himself into the
Brendan Hodge
This was recommended by a friend when I was looking for books written and set right before the Great War, so I went into it knowing nothing other than that it was written by the author of Phantom of the Opera (which I haven't read) and that it was a mystery published in 1908 and set in the 1890s. I'm no the hugest mystery reader, but I enjoy them, and this was certainly an interesting specimen.

The mystery is of the locked room variety. The basic set up is as follows: A scientist and his attracti
Sandwiched between Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr is a locked room mystery from the author best known for "Phantom of the Opera." This first book of the series features late teen reporter Joseph Routleabille. The mystery, especially the detailed crime scene description, is fascinating. The resolution is exhaustively explained. As a mystery, it is first-rate. That said, it is easy to see why this character is obscure. Sherlock Holmes was not only brilli ...more
Gaston Leroux was not the first person to write a locked room mystery – that I think was probably Edgar Allan Poe in the 1840’s, but some consider The Mystery of the Yellow Room to among the best of its kind.
The setting for this early nineteenth century mystery is an isolated French chateau – where in a small pavilion in the grounds a scientific professor and his attractive thirty-five year old daughter spends hours closeted together over ground breaking scientific study. During the summer mont
Simona Bartolotta
"Era dunque con una semplicità naturale che quel ragazzo, irresponsabile del suo cervello prodigioso, esprimeva delle cose formidabili per la loro logica stringata, talmente stringata che gli altri non ne potevano comprendere la forma se non quando lui acconsentiva ad allungarla davanti ai loro occhi stupiti e a presentarla di faccia nella sua posizione normale."

Se non ho affatto amato il Leroux del Fantasma dell'Opera, l'autore si è indiscutibilmente ripreso ai miei occhi con questo mistery mag
I wanted to read this because it's one of the first locked-room mysteries: A woman was found attacked in her room, but the door was locked from the inside and there was no way for the attacker to escape. The investigation takes many twists and turns and the ending is difficult to guess. It was also interesting to see how other crime and mystery writers were influenced by Leroux's work.
"The Mystery of the Yellow Room"is a novel by Gaston Leroux first published in France in the periodical L'Illustration from September 1907 to November 1907, then in book form in 1908. My copy says it is one of the first locked room mystery crime fiction novels which is going to send me to find out just how many locked room mystery crime novels there could be. I just looked it up and there are many more locked room mysteries than I thought there would be, John Dickson Carr or Carter Dickson, it s ...more
Dara Salley
This is the second book I’ve read by Gaston Leroux, the first being The Phantom of the Opera. What recommends Leroux most is his unique style. He was a journalist before becoming an author and he writes his books in the style of a turn of the century press release. There is very little moralizing and few philosophical asides. Instead he mainly sticks to the facts.

My issue with this story is that I found it uninteresting. I really didn’t care to try to figure out the mystery, or find out who the
Philippe Malzieu
So charming.
It is obsolete and delicious. There is of old professor, pure young girls, love secret and a enigma. One takes sea bathings and one dines in costume.
It is the vestige of past. People were well educated.
Elegant and refined I like
"A frightful crime has been committed at the Glandier, on the border of the forest of Sainte-Genevieve, above Epinay-sur-Orge, at the house of Professor Stangerson. On that night, while the master was working in his laboratory, an attempt was made to assassinate Mademoiselle Stangerson, who was sleeping in a chamber adjoining this laboratory. The doctors do not answer for the life of Mdlle. Stangerson."

This is the main plot of the first book of Joseph Rouletabille series. Its sequel is Le parfum
I have been reading too many books too quickly so I made an "Almost New Year's resolution" to pause and write a review after reading a book, before picking up the next one. Well, technically I didn't pick up the next one since it was just sitting on my e-reader, but I must confess I'm a day late in writing this review.

Good news - I didn't guess who the attacker was.
- Liked the idea of 2 detectives vying to solve the case
- Similar style to a Sherlock Holmes book, from point of view of the sidekic
I read this book a few years ago in French but I was told that the English translation is pretty bad which would explain why it didn't get many great reviews on this site. It is truly one of those mystery books that get under your skin and haunt you when you are not reading anymore. Inspector Rouletabille is nothing short of a genius and the ending that the reader awaits to find out how an attack took place inside an impenetrable room and how the attacker escaped, doesn't disappoint. It is an in ...more
Impressive book from a historical point of view, as it's considered one of the great 'locked room' mysteries, and was written by the same guy that gave us the 'Phantom of the Opera.
It's just not a very fun read. It's very dry and slightly dreary.

Aside from the main detective, the characters are either very flat or at most, mopey.
The idea of having two detectives 'competing' to crack the case was interesting, but all the good ideas don't seem to fit together to make an entertaining story.

I would
Marts  (Thinker)
One of the first locked room mystery novels, The Mystery of the Yellow room tells the tale of Mademoiselle Stangerson found severely injured in a locked room at her home, Chateau du Glandier, and the varying occurance surrounding such. Joseph Rouletabille, a journalist/amateau detective and the novel's protagonist decides to solve the crime first by establishing the reason for the locked room. The plot develops with an introduction of key characters, history of such existing and previous relatio ...more
Gaston Leroux had written two books which successfully make him an immortal in the world of literature: The Phantom of the Opera and this one, The Mystery of the Yellow Room.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room is a classic in the realm of old schooled detective and mystery literature. I was pleasantly surprised by the plot twist of this book, and this plot twist alone deserves 5 full stars, but the story itself and its characters really aren't all that brilliant. I don't love this book as much as I l
Di antara novel-novel crime fiction klasik terbitan Visimedia bbrp waktu belakangan ini -Lupin, Raffles, Lecoq, Dupin, Father Brown, Notting Hill- kisah ini jadi favorit saya. Misterinya rumit, kelokan-kelokannya alurnya cukup unik, sedangkan penyelesaiannya sangat memuaskan. Tokoh utamanya pun (bukan polisi/detektif, tapi seorang wartawan investigasi) sangat enak dinikmati jalan pemikirannya. Logis dan sangat memperhatikan detail. Sebenarnya, sedikit mengingatkan pada Poirot.

Review lengkap di h
Bernard Wrangle
Oh God, where to start from?
This book is probably one of the worst, if not THE worst, crime fiction novel I've ever read. I'm not joking, I was struggling to turn every page.

The language? Pretentious and obsolete. It's hard to imagine that people used to talk like that, even 100 years ago. No, people DON'T TALK LIKE THAT! Was it the translation? Was Leroux's lack of talent? I don't know. But I couldn't help thinking that I was reading the statuses of a teenage girl in facebook, after all those e
Michael A
More so than a lot of other genres, mystery books are a consant updating of form. As the genre gets more sophisticated and branches out, readers start bringing in higher expectations too. This leaves books with a bit of historical importance in a bind -- can they still work their magic on you? Can they still entertain and engage you like they did in the past?

That's a serious question to consider for a book like this, especially since it is notable as being one of the finest locked room mysteries
Osvaldo Reyes
Un libro que pudo ser interesante en el momento en que fue escrito, pero se siente algo simple a estas alturas. Es un misterio interesante, pero se queda corto en otros aspectos. Para una reseña completa visiten: http://elsenderoentrelassombras.blogs...
Juliet Davis
Gaston Leroux has been a favorite author of mine since reading his masterpiece "The Phantom of the Opera", and this book was just as engaging, maybe even moreso.

I have read many mystery and detective novels, and I have to say that this is probably the finest ever made. The characters are well-crafted, the story has a clever premise, and the plot-- it's just about the most surprising, intriguing, and page turning one that could ever be imagined: a seemingly impossible crime, committed in a locke
Very good early locked-room mystery--one of John Dickson Carr's favorites. The locked room elements are cool, with three separate impossible crimes, and a well-disguised murderer. Characters are taken from melodrama and the narrative has some pacing issues (either have a diagram or describe the location in detail--don't do both). Still, very nice collection of surprises at the end.

I marked this a little lower than I might because of the translation. I don't read French and have never seen the or
Fakhrul Muslim
Membaca buku ini benar-benar membuat saya pusing. Bukan pusing karena jalan cerita yang rumit, tapi lebih karena penerjemahan yang buruk. Banyak kalimat dalam buku ini yang sulit dimengerti maksudnya. Beberapa bahkan sedemikian buruknya hingga seperti hasil terjemahan Google Translate. :D

Selain itu, denah dan ilustrasi-ilustrasi yang ada juga sama sekali tidak membantu kita memahami isi cerita, dan hanya jadi penghias saja.

Dari segi jalan cerita, saya tidak bisa komentar banyak karena saya sendi
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Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux was a French journalist and author of detective fiction.

In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, 1910), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, such as the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. It was also the basis of the 1
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Other Books in the Series

Joseph Rouletabille (8 books)
  • Le parfum de la dame en noir
  • The Secret of the Night
  • Le château noir (Joseph Rouletabille, #4)
  • Les étranges noces de Rouletabille
  • Die Hölle An Der Ruhr Rouletabille Bei Krupp
  • Le crime de Rouletabille
  • Rouletabille chez les Bohémiens
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