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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 5th 2010 by Wordsworth Editors (first published 1908)
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Pramod Nair
Sep 10, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, mystery, crime
The Mystery of the Yellow Room, by Gaston Leroux, originally written in French as ‘Le Mystère de la Chambre Jaune’, in 1908 is the first book featuring the fictional reporter and amateur sleuth, Joseph Rouletabille. With The Mystery of the Yellow Room, Gaston Leroux – who is best known for his novel The Phantom of the Opera - popularized an entire subgenre of detective fiction named as ‘locked room mystery’ and this work is often regarded as one of the finest in this genre.

The book literally tra
Jan 05, 2016 Αλίκη rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, french
Η ιστορία μας διαδραματίζεται στη γαλλική εξοχή, και σε έναν πύργο όπου η νεαρή κόρη του επιστήμονα Στάγκερσον πέφτει θύμα επίθεσης μέσα στο δωμάτιό της, που όμως είναι κλειδωμένο από μέσα και τα παράθυρα είναι σφαλιστά κι αυτά από μέσα. Πρόκειται για ένα από τα πρώτα μυθιστορήματα κλειδωμένου δωματίου και αποτελεί ορόσημο της κλασικής αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας που διαβάζεται και αγαπιέται από τους αναγνώστες μέχρι σήμερα. Ο ερευνητής της υπόθεσης, ο 18άχρονος δημοσιογράφος Ζοζέφ Ρουλεταμπίλ, θυμί ...more

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
Franco  Santos
El Misterio del Cuarto Amarillo es un libro del cual me esperaba mucho más. Me resultó harto pesado: se me hizo muy difícil navegar por páginas pletóricas de narrativa enrevesada.

El final no me lo esperaba, eso sí tengo que conceder; no obstante, fue demasiado confuso y, en mi opinión, algo inverosímil.
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
Πάνος Τουρλής
Ο Γκαστόν Λερού (1868-1927) ήταν Γάλλος δημοσιογράφος και συγγραφέας, γνωστός για το έργο «Το φάντασμα της όπερας» που δημοσιεύτηκε το 1910. Μετά από σημαντικά ρεπορτάζ σε γαλλικές εφημερίδες της εποχής στράφηκε στη συγγραφή μυθιστορημάτων και στην παραγωγή κινηματογραφικών ταινιών. Εκτός από το «Φάντασμα της όπερας», ο Λερού δημοσίευσε αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα με τον ήρωα Ζοζέφ Ρουλεταμπίλ, κάτι αντίστοιχο του Σέρλοκ Χολμς που είχε γράψει ο Σερ Άρθουρ Κόναν Ντόιλ. Έτσι λοιπόν, σχεδόν 100 χρόνια ...more
Δεν είχα διαβάσει κανένα μυστήριο κλειδωμένου δωματίου πριν από αυτό. Γραμμένο στις αρχές του 20ού αιώνα, το μυθιστόρημα του Leroux αποτελεί ένα εξαιρετικό παράδειγμα του είδους, και του αστυνομικού γενικότερα, με την κλασική έννοια.

Η πλοκή είναι δομημένη, η γραφή απλή αλλά όχι απλοϊκή και κυρίως, το ενδιαφέρον προκαλείται στον αναγνώστη αυθόρμητα και απόλυτα, χωρίς καν να υπάρχει φόνος. O κεντρικός ήρωας είναι όσο πρέπει εξυπνάκιας, αλλά οι υπόλοιποι χαρακτήρες είναι κάπως φλατ και ελάχιστα γί
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
Sep 24, 2012 Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary, fiction, mystery
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
Aug 14, 2011 El rated it liked it
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

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 :-).
Aug 26, 2011 Dfordoom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Maria Kakaki
Oct 28, 2015 Maria Kakaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αγαπάω τις αστυνομικές ιστορίες που σε παρασύρουν τόσο ώστε αναλύεις το κάθε στοιχείο αποφασισμένος να ανακαλύψεις το δολοφόνο και να λύσεις το μυστήριο πριν από τον ντεντέκτιβ. Το ξέρεις ότι όλα τα στοιχεία που χρειάζεσαι είναι εκεί και διαμορφώνεις μια θεωρεία και τελικά... διαπιστώνεις ότι είχες άδικο σε όλα.

Το βιβλίο δεν ήταν τέλειο από όλες τις απόψεις και υπήρχαν σημεία που με κούρασαν. Όσο αφορά το τέλος... έχω ακόμα απορίες αλλά γι αυτό μπορεί να ευθύνομαι εγώ γιατί συνήθως μ' αυτές τις
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.
Apr 13, 2016 Su rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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Recentemente impus a mim mesma o desafio de ler mais livros não anglófonos e com ambientações mais variadas a nível da época e da cultura em que a história tem lugar. Como sempre gostei de mistérios, quanto tomei conhecimento deste clássico do género, num estilo semelhante ao de Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle e Agatha Christie, fiquei logo com vontade de conhecer a obra do autor (mais conhecido pelo seu famoso Fantasma da Ópera).

Relativamente ao crime/enigma, achei o misté
Feb 19, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, mysteries
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
Apr 11, 2013 Brendan Hodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-great-war
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
Oct 16, 2015 Eirini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eιναι ωραιο, δεν καταφερα να το λυσω δυστυχως.Σκεφτηκα ολα τα πιθανα κι απιθανα εκτος απο αυτο που επρεπε.Κραταει το ενδιαφερον αλλα ειναι και λιγο κουραστικο γιατι ειναι ολο αφηγησεις, λεπτομερειες και συμπερασματα.
Nektarios Kalogirou
Μαιτρ του είδους ο Gaston έγραψε ένα υπέροχο μυστήριο, όπου όλα περιστρέφονται γύρω από μια απόπειρα δολοφονίας και στον τρόπο με τον οποίο κατάφερε ο δράστης να διαφύγει από ένα δωμάτιο που βρέθηκε σφραγισμένο από τη μέσα μεριά.
Απλή γλώσσα και περιγραφές μιας εποχής με άμαξες, κεριά, καπνισμένα δοκάρια και πρόσωπα που ζουν με προτεραιότητα να διαφυλάξουν το μυστικό που υποσχέθηκαν ότι θα κρατήσουν.
Υπέροχο !!
Tania Lukinyuk
Это первая книга из серии о проницательном журналисте Рультабийле, которая сделала автора Гастона Леру классиком французского детектива.
И действительно, «Тайна жёлтой комнаты» - это прекрасный образец детектиа начала 20 века. Главный герой – журналист Рультабийль очень напоминает героя Мориса Леблана – Арсена Люпена. Такая же сверхчеловеческая проницательность, отполированное вежливое нахальство и уверенность в своих силах. Рультабийль не настолько грешен, как Шерлок Холмс и не настолько своеобр
Philippe Malzieu
Feb 19, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, read-again
"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
Simona Bartolotta
May 26, 2014 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
"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
Jan 18, 2014 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audiobooks
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
May 06, 2013 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Πολύ αγωνιώδες σε εκνευριστικό βαθμό μπορώ να πω! Διάβασα το 70% του βιβλίου μέσα σε ένα βράδυ! Κάτι είχα ψιλιαστεί για την έκβαση αλλά δεν μπορείς να είσαι για τίποτα απόλυτα σίγουρος με αυτό το βιβλίο! Δεν τρελάθηκα αλλά ήταν αρκετά καλό!
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 25, 2011 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2011-reads
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
Βαρέθηκα τόσο πολύ που το παράτησα 80 σελίδες πριν απο το τέλος.
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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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