|he Door Between (1937)
Take Karen Leith's house. It faced Washington Square, meeting place for poets and painters. It was tall, skinny, and filled with exotic Japanese art objects. It also held a corpse -- Karen Leith's corpse.
Karen Leith was dead. She had died quite alone, in a small secluded room in her weird Greenwich Village house. It was, of course, suicide. Some hideous secret long ago had transformed Karen into a silent, unhappy woman. Ellery Queen was one of the few who doubted the suicide theory. As he penetrated deeper and deeper into Karen's past, he became certain that the woman had been murdered -- killed in as clever and horrifying manner as he had ever encountered. As he followed a strange and devious trail to the solution he found out why she was so dangerous to one person that she had to die.
Ellery Queen knew that Karen was a Village character...a
silent, unhappy woman who found escape only when she was working on one of her brilliant
novels. As he penetrated deeper and deeper into Karen's past, he learned her hideous
secret. He became certain that this strange woman, living in New York's strangest
neighborhood, had been murdered . . . but how? And by whom?
Below right: French
magazine Mon Magazine Policier (Revue Moderne) published in
Montreal, Canada, August 1945. It featured Le mystère du grenier.
In Japan, the book is actually called
Kashidori no Nazo aka The
Japanese Jay Mystery, and therefore also
considered part of the "nationality" series there (Ho-Ling)
The Door Between
Other articles on this book
(1) Reading Ellery Queen - The Door Between Jon Mathewson (Dec 2014)
(2) The Door Between - The Invisible Event (Feb 19. 2019)
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