aka he Case of the Seven Murders (1958)
Ellery Queen is back in Wrightsville - the town that his thousand
of admirers will remember as the scene of many of the brilliant detective's most striking
triumphs, including Calamity Town and Ten Day's Wonder.
There were three deaths before Ellery Queen was called in on the case ...
But that was only the beginning. Soon there was another
"death," then another, and another ... until murder had struck seven times. The
most diabolic killer Ellery Queen had ever known was on the loose ... and he left no
The last full-fledged Wrightsville story is as usual strong on
characterizations. But some of the deductions made from the clues seem more speculative
than logical. Rima Anderson, grossly neglected by most Queen-critics, is featured as a
"Nikki Porter" like character, a very down to earth girl with basic interests (nature!).
Again Mr. Queen keeps his interest in her very ambiguous.
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