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Ten Days' Wonder (1948)

The whole case had sounded fishy from the beginning. Why would an amnesia victim go to a detective when he needed a doctor?
But Ellery investigated and soon discovered why they needed him. Howard Van Horn and his beautiful stepmother were being blackmailed for adultery. It was an ugly situation.
Then it exploded into murder!
Ellery solved the case in record time. But suddenly. while he was accepting everyone's praise, he realized he had made a horrible mistake.

A Triangle for Murder

These are the people who formed the triangle:
Howard Van Horn -- a young sculptor suffering from strange attacks of amnesia. He goes in desperation to Ellery Queen with a baffling problem.
Diedrich Van Horn -- Howard's millionaire foster father. His money bought him a wife tailor-made to his specifications. He needed Ellery Queen too -- but for a more sinister reason.
Sally -- the young and beautiful wife. She came from the wrong side of the tracks but moved in the Van Horn mansion with complete assurance.
Ellery Queen finds a pattern of sins that leads irrevocably to murder.

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.

Ten Day's Wonder - Pocket Book cover N°2740, october 1957Ten Day's Wonder - cover Harper Perenniel BooksTen Day's Wonder - cover G. K. Hall and Chivers Press (sept 1998)Ten Day's Wonder - cover Little, Brown & Co., Boston. 1949 1948 book club edition
Ten Day's Wonder - Hardback cover several different editions had other coloursTen Day's Wonder - cover Little, Brown & Co., Boston. 1948Ten Days' Wonder - cover eBook edition MysteriousPress.com/Open Road , February 5, 2013
Ten Days' Wonder - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Robert Fass, February 1. 2014

One of the first Queen's I read and it immediately reminded me of a 'Ten Little Indians' setting. Which at the time wasn't that difficult because Agatha Christie was much more popular at the time. The thing that struck me most was the fair-play. Christie's detectives always found some hidden clue only they themselves had noticed whereas Queen gives you 'a shot' at the solution. Another trip to Wrightsville, the first of the self-doubting tales, and another double-twist ending. Brilliant portrayals.  Movie: "Ten Days' Wonder". 

Ten Day's Wonder - cover Penguin  BooksTen Day's Wonder - softcover Large Print edition,1976Ten Day's Wonder - coverTen Day's Wonder - cover edition Gollancz, London, 1951.Ten Day's Wonder - cover edition Gollancz, London, 1st UK- Edition in 1948


De Tiendagsvlieg - coverDe Tiende Dag - coverDe Tiende Dag - coverDe Tiende Dag - coverLa Décade prodigieuse - cover French edition Collection le Limier, 01/10/1950La Décade prodigieuse - cover French edition J'ai LuLa Décade prodigieuse - cover French edition Stock, 1971
La Décade prodigieuse - cover French edition, Le Livre de Poche N° 3492, 1973La Décade prodigieuse - cover French edition J'ai Lu, 1984La Decade prodigieuse - cover French edition, J'ai Lu, November 23. 1997La Decade prodigieuse - cover French edition, editions Rencontre Lausanne (Edito-Service)Der Zehnte Tag - German cover Ullstein Bucher, 1976Am Zehnten Tag - German cover DuMonts Kriminal Bibliothek, 2000Am Zehnten Tag - cover German edition, e-book DuMonts Digitale Kriminal-Bibliothek, March 27. 2014

Ten Days' Wonder Translations: 
Danish: Ti dages frist 
Dutch/Flemish: De Tiende Dag 
 (aka De Tiendagsvlieg) 
Finnish:
Kymmenes rikos 
French: La Decade Prodigieuse 
German: Der Zehnte Tag (aka Am Zehnten Tag) 
Italian: Dieci giorni di dubbio  (aka Dieci incredibili giorni) 
Japanese: 十日間の不思議 (tookakannofusigi) 
Korean: 열흘간의 불가사의 
Norwegian: Ti dagers underverk 
Polish: Zázrak trvá devět dnů 
Portuguese: Dez Dias de Misterio  aka Un Misterio De Diez Dias) 
Romanian: Minunea de zece zile 
Russian: ЧУДО ДЕСЯТИ ДНЕЙ 
Spanish: La maravilla de los diez dias (aka La década prodigiosa) 
Swedish: Tio dagars underverk 
Czech: Drama desatera dní 

Dieci giorni di dubbio - cover Italian edition Amena Garzanti n. 68 , 1950Dieci giorni di dubbio - dustcover Italian edition  Garzanti series Gallia N°74, 1956Dieci giorni di dubbio - hardcover Italian edition  Garzanti series Gallia N°74, 1956Dieci incredibili giorni - cover Italian edition I Classici del Giallo N°138, May 1972.Dieci incredibili giorni - cover Italian Edition, N° 1913 - 153, 1986Dieci incredibili giorni - cover Italian edition Giallo Mondadori,  Nr.784,  January 28. 1997Dez Dias de Misterio - Cover Portuguese/Brasilian edition
Un Misterio de Diez Dias - Cover Argentinian edition, 1949La maravilla de los diez dias - cover Spanish edition Picazo, 1975La década prodigiosa - Cover Spanish edition, Coleccion Circulo del Crimen,  1984La maravilla de los diez dias - Cover Spanish edition, Ciudad de Libros (eBook)Ti dages frist - Cover Danish edition, Martins Forlag, 1952Drama desatera dní - cover Czech edition, 1981, VysenhradDrama desatera dní - cover Czech edition, 2001
Drama desatera dní - cover Czech edition, 2013, Naše vojskoDrama desatera dní - cover Czech edition, 2014Kymmenes rikos - cover Finnish editionTio Dagars Underverk - cover Swedish edition Albert Bonniers Forlag, Stockholm, 1949Tio Dagars Underverk - cover Swedish edition Bonniers Folkbibliotek, 1958Minunea de zece zile - cover Romanian edition, 1991
ЧУДО ДЕСЯТИ ДНЕЙ - Cover Russian edition, 2005 (Also contains Double, Double)Ten Day's Wonder - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Publishing (full cover), 1979Ten Day's Wonder - cover Chinese edition, Huaxia Publishing House, 1989Ten Day's Wonder - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book, Feb 28. 1959Ten Day's Wonder - cover Chinese edition, Masses PressTen Day's Wonder - cover Chinese edition, Masses Press, June 1. 2000
Ten Day's Wonder - cover Taiwanese edition, Face Press, November 8. 2005Ten Day's Wonder - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, November 2010Ten Day's Wonder - cover Taiwanese edition, February 20. 1997Ten Day's Wonder - cover Taiwanese edition, 2005열흘간의 불가사의 (Ten Days' Wonder) - cover South-Korean edition, Dongsuh Mystery Books, 검은숲, Sep 1. 2003열흘간의 불가사의 (Ten Days' Wonder) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Nov 27. 2014
 
 

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