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The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
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Jan 18, 2014

it was ok
bookshelves: 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 brilliant, but explored Victorian and Edwardian London, was a cocaine user, played violin and displayed an unpredictable temperament. Hercules Poirot compulsively kept his mustache, his high tastes, his arrogance and his charm. They are memorable characters as well as good detectives. Gaston Leroux's creation is rather boring. He's brilliant enough to solve the crime, but lacks the charisma of his more famous counterparts. For people who like to put pieces together, this is recommended. For casual reading, you can do better.
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