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Redbook pre-publication of The Spanish Cape MysteryThe Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)

Memo from Ellery Queen
Subject: The Case of the Naked Gigolo

1. Why was John Marco at Spanish Cape?
Women? Money? Vacation?
2. Why did everyone hate him?
His good looks? Blackmail?
3. Who killed John Marco?
4. Why was his corpse completely naked?

The were the questions Ellery Queen asked when he found John Marco's body. At first, the answers seemed simple. But Queen soon realized that no case in his brilliant career had prepared him for the shocking events that followed this horrible murder!

John Marco, handsome despoiler of women, is found murdered on the beach of Spanish Cape. This piece of land and rock juts out into the Atlantic like some sleeping monster. It is owned by an eccentric millionaire, Walter Godfrey. At the time of Marco's death a number of ill-assorted people are visiting at Spanish Cape. Marco seemed to have some kind of an evil hold over these desperate women. But strangely enough, of all the people gathered there, his was the only face that did not wear the tense mask of dread.
When Marco's body was discovered, he was sitting naked in a chair on the beach. His corpse was completely naked with the exception of a long opera cape draped about him. Fortunately, Ellery Queen was vacationing nearby....

The Spanish Cape Mystery - coverThe Spanish Cape MysteryThe Spanish Cape Mystery - cover audiobooksThe Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Large Print edition by John Curley & Assoc.,1963
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a "Sunday Novel" from the Chicago Herald and Examiner. May 16, 1937. It is a 16 page insert, 15 pages of novel and back page advertising the next weeks novel."The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935) contains an ingenious solution. The strange facts about the corpse's nakedness parallels the book's predecessor, The Chinese Orange Mystery, and its reversal of everything about its corpse and crime scene. The solution also shows EQ's admirable use of logic: once EQ figures out the method of the murder, he can deduce from it the identity of the murderer, in a way that seems paradigmatic for the use of deduction in the mystery. The Spanish Cape Mystery shares a family resemblance in its plotting to The Roman Hat Mystery (1929), "The African Traveler" (1934), parts of The Devil to Pay (1938), and "Mind Over Matter" (1939). However, the solution is fairly simple, the plot is not especially complex, and the body of the book is way over long for the substance of the plot. The whole thing would be much better as a short story.

The book shows EQ's ability to create a natural landscape, and integrate it into a story. It seems unusual for EQ, after the urban setting and delightful floor plans of so much of his fiction. "The Treasure Hunt" (1935) of the same year also has a dramatic, isolated natural location. Such lonely buildings in inaccessible settings are a tradition in 1930's mysteries. Several were made into movies, and the lonely mansion near the sea on a dark and stormy night is a staple of the 1930's Hollywood whodunit." (Michael E.Grost)

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Ellery still smokes, wears his pince-nez and uses a knife. Djuna briefly appears and his father is only referred to.
Last summer Ellery didn't solve the case of the wounded Tyrolean Ellery emphasizes that research on cancer in laboratories is being stepped up.He also points out the use of secret passages in the works of Wallace* and Oppenheim*.
The story is set during a week on a Spanish cape on the East Coast, situated 10 miles of Waylands amusement park, 50 miles of St - Maartens, 2 miles north of Wye. Close to Crossley Field.
Challenge to the reader included.

E(dward) Phillips Oppenheim, (1866 - 1946) the prince of storytellers, wrote 115 books and 39 anthologies, and became famous with 'The amazing quest  of Mr. Ernest Bliss'.

Wallace (Richard Horatio) Edgar
(1875-1932) English journalist, dramatist, and thriller and mystery writer.


De Naakte Waarheid - Dutch coverLe Mystère de la Cape Espagnole - cover French edition Collection L'Empreinte n°83, Edition de la Nouvelle Revue Critique, 1935.Le mystère Espagnol - cover French edition Editions Albin Michel, 1950Le mystère Espagnol - cover French edition Editions Albin MichelLe cap d'Espagne - cover French edition j'ai lu N° P 74 in the Policier collection ( à la Chouette) 1968Le Mystère Espagnol - French cover ed. J'ai Lu, 1993Frauen um John Marco - cover German edition
Frauen um John Marco - cover German edition Ullstein Krimi, 1973Frauen um John Marco - cover German edition Ullstein Krimi, Nr. 10190Die Rächende Hand - cover German edition MitternachtsbücherDer nackte Tod - cover German editon Dumonts Kriminal Bibliothek, June 2003Il mistero di Capo Spagna - cover Italian edition Gialli Garzanti N°64, September 1955 Il mistero di Capo Spagna - cover Italian edition Classici del Giallo Mondadori N° 271Il mistero di Capo Spagna - cover Italian edition Sfida al lettore N°15, 1985

The Spanish Cape Mystery Translations: 
Chinese: 西班牙岬角的秘密 
Danish: Mordet ved havet
 
Dutch/Flemish: De naakte waarheid
 
French: Le mystère espagnol (aka Le cap d'Espagne
 
aka Le Mystère de la Cape Espagnole)
 
German: Der Nackte Tod (aka Frauen um John Marco
 
aka Die rächende Hand)
 
Hungarian: Gyilkosság a Spanyol-fokon 
Indonesian:Rahasia Tandjung Spanjo
 
Italian: Il mistero di Capo Spagna 
Japanese: スペイン岬の謎 (supeninmisakinonazo) 
(aka 夏別荘の怪事件) 
Korean: 스페인 곶 미스터리 
Norwegian: Mysteriet på Spanish Cape
 
Portuguese: O mistério do Cabo Espanhol
 
Russian: ТАЙНА ИСПАНСКОГО МЫСАv 
Spanish: El misterio de Cabo Español
 
(aka El Misterio De La Capa Espanola) 

Il mistero di Capo Spagna - cover Italian edition Oscar Mondadori n.1819Il mistero di Capo Spagna - cover Italian edition Gialli Garzanti N°21Il mistero di Capo Spagna - cover Italian edition Gialli GarzantiIl Mistero di Capo Spagna - italian coverEl Misterio De La Capa Espanola - Cover Spanish edition, Hachette, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Biblioteca de Bolsillo, Serie Naranja nº 132, 1946El misterio de Cabo Español - cover Spanish edition, Colección Polismen', 24, 1974 (ISBN: 84-361-0104-9 CQ1)El misterio de Cabo Español - cover Spanish edition, 1980
El misterio de Cabo Español - Cover Spanish edition Ciudad de Libros (eBook)O mistério do Cabo Espanhol - cover Portuguese edition, Coleccao XIS Nr31, Editorial Minerva,1954O mistério do Cabo Espanhol - cover Portuguese edition,  Livros de Bolso / Serie Clube do Crime, Publicações Europa-América, April 1983Gyilkosság a Spanyol-fokon - cover Hungarian edition, Albatrosz Konyvek Budapest, 1978Rahasia Tandjung Spanjol 2 - Cover Indonesian edition of The Spanish Cape Mystery, editions Buku RoketТАЙНА ИСПАНСКОГО МЫСА - Cover Russian edition, 2004 (together with The Dutch Shoe Mystery)The Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book, PB 198, Feb 2. 1955
The Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, Jul 30. 1958, translated by Isamu Inoue夏別荘の怪事件 - cover Japanese edition, educational edition Sep 1959 ("Summer Villa Monster Case"), unconfirmedThe Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, 1970The Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Japanese edition, 1999The Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Japanese edition, 2002 (eBook 2013)The Spanish Cape Mystery - Japanese cover with cover art by Takenaka, Published by Kadokawa Shoten April 25. 2015
The Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Chinese edition, Masses PressThe Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Chinese edition, Masses Press, March 2001The Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Taiwanese editionThe Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Taiwanese edition, January 20. 2005The Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Mongolian edition, Inner Mongolia People's Publishing House, January 2009The Spanish Cape Mystery - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, September 2015 스페인 곶 미스터리(The Spanish Cape Mystery) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Aug 27.2012
 

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