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Ten Days Wonder & The King is Dead

(Ellery Queen Detective #19, 23)

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Ellery is persuaded to accompany an old friend to his ancestral home when the latter arrives at Ellery's house covered in blood and unable to remember anything from the past few weeks. There, tensions erupt and foul play results in the murder of one of the household's members. Originally published by Little, Brown in 1948.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 7th 1984 by Signet (first published 1980)
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Paul O'Grady
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I always use Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories as my yardstick for detective fiction. Stout deftly injected his mystery stories with rich characters, complex plot lines, suspense and humor. The two novels in this Ellery Queen collection lack any kind of lightheartedness. Without the whimsical writing of the noir stylists, these books seem slightly bleak. Moreover, in both stories, one felt that vital information was being withheld from the reader in a very formulaic fashion. In The King is Dead th ...more
Jeff
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ellery is persuaded to accompany an old friend to his ancestral home when the latter arrives at Ellery's house covered in blood and unable to remember anything from the past few weeks. There, tensions erupt and foul play results in the murder of one of the household's members. Originally published by Little, Brown in 1948.

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Fiendishly clever, absorbing and much darker than the usual Ellery Queen mystery, this is as good as it gets in detective fiction, really, especially as far a
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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.

Although eventual
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