Fine and Private Place (1971)
Nino Importuna had a lifelong obsession with the number nine - so it was only fitting that
he should be murdered on the ninth day of the ninth month, and that his watch stopped at
nine minutes past nine.
Investigating the murder, Inspector Queen and his son Ellery receive nine false clues -
but what about the tenth? Did Nino's beautiful young widow and her secret lover really
batter him to death? And who is the mysterious Mr.E?
This fascinating mystery of love, greed and death is vintage Ellery Queen.
The 9-word clue was one of 9 cryptic notes that had
been sent to taunt Inspector Queen and Ellery 9 days after the murder. Nino Importuna had
been obsessed with the number. He had lived by it. Now the killer who brought a trio of
gory deaths to Nino's 9th-floor penthouse at No. 99 East was camouflaging his identity in
a jungle of 9s. And daring Ellery to find him. The case was destined to be a dazzling
contest of wits--to the 9th degree!
Nino got his jollies. Cat of Nine Tails whippings
The last EQ novel is OK but not too much more. EQ's first solution is so
patently wrong as to be worthless as a red herring, and the "right" solution is
not that hard to figure out either.
Mrs.Fabrikant re-appears (King
is Dead). The "replacement" for Djuna is
referred to as "Fabby" and her cooking seemed to be infamous ...