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The Tragedy of Z (Drury Lane #3)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
At the sight of blood she wanted to scream, but no sound came from her beautiful throat. Instead, she stood without moving and stared at the late Senator Joel Fawcett.

On his feet were old and roomy carpet slippers. On his face was a quiet, not unpleasant expression. In his chest, just to the right of the pearly shirt buttons was a red stain with the hilt of a slender paper
Paperback, 190 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by International Polygonics (first published 1933)
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Sep 14, 2013 John rated it liked it

The third of the four Drury Lane detections written by "Ellery Queen" under Dannay/Lee's (far) lesser known pseudonym Barnaby Ross, and done in a different style from that they used in the first two, The Tragedy of X and The Tragedy of Y; possibly for that reason, but only possibly, this is the one I've liked the most of the trio. The mode of telling moves from omniscient third-person to first-person, our narrator being Patience Thumm, sassy daughter of NYPD's finest, the bull-headed Inspector T
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Apr 23, 2015 Lisa Kucharski rated it really liked it
I've read the original writing teams Ellery Queen series, featuring Ellery Queen. Then I found out they wrote a trilogy with another characters as the lead- Drury Lane. All three contain Drury Lane, Inspector Thumm and State Att. Bruno.

In the last story the narrative takes place a decade after many adventures had by Drury Lane (it was intimated in the book.) Here Lane is unwell and feeling a bit lost, when a new face is brought in to tell the story- Patience Thumm. Patience is the smart and lov
Nov 07, 2012 Cagliostro rated it really liked it
To Barnaby Ross αποτελεί ψευδώνυμο που χρησιμοποιήθηκε από το συγγραφικό δίδυμο Frederick Dannay (άλλως Daniel Nathan) και Manfred Bennington Lee (άλλως Manford [Emanuel] Lepofsky) (δύο ξαδέλφια που υπέγραφαν με ψευδώνυμο πάλι, ως Ellery Queen). Είναι το τρίτο μέρος μιας τριλογίας (The Tragedy of X- The Tragedy of Y – The Tragedy of Z) που περιγράφει τις περιπέτειες του Drury Lane, ενός συνταξιούχου ηθοποιού του θεάτρου που εξιχνιάζει εγκλήματα με τρόπο που θυμίζει ελαφρώς τις μεθόδους του Sherl ...more
When retired Inspector Thumm and his daughter Patience, the narrator, go to a venal upstate New York village to investigate financial misdoings, they don't expect to get involved in the murder of a corrupt state senator. Patience is sure, and convinces her father, that the newly-released convict Aaron Dow is not the murderer. But the local district attorney, running for the dead man's senate seat, will not listen to their theories, so they call on Thumm's old friend the deaf actor Drury Lane. To ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
This is the third in the Drury Lane series (the Tragedies of X,Y &Z). Drury Lane is a blind, retired stage actor and a good friend of (the fictional) Ellery Queen. This was published in 1933, is melodramatic but oh-so-elegant.

The mystery is fairly clued, but very difficult. I don’t think I’ve ever solved a novel-length Ellery Queen. 3 stars
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House pseudonym.
The Drury Lane mystery series was writen by Ellery Queen (Daniel Nathan and Manford Lepofsky).
The historical novels were ghosted by Don Tracy.
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