| llery Queen Master
aka anishing Corpse (1941)
Halfway across the room, Nikki stopped abruptly. From behind the desk
protruded a leg. She stepped forward in mounting terror. Then she saw it all - the hand,
the blood. Blood spilled all over the hand, the dressing gown, the carpet, the throat! She
was trapped in a locked room with a dead man. Where was the key that would let her out of
this house of terror?
Loosely based on The Door Between,
later re-issued as The Vanishing Corpse. (After
the movie script of Ellery Queen, Master Detective).
Some lookalike EQ books are mentioned The Persian Tapestry Mystery (the National series continued) and The Mystery of the Feathered Hat (trials at authorship by Nikki Porter).
The story takes place on the Hudson, Gun Hill Avenue (in
the East, upstream), in Spuyten Duyvil. John Braun
is struck down with a knife.
The story starts on July 23., has no floor plan nor a challenge to the reader.
An Ellery Queen story but no real
Queen, which shows in details great and small.
"The true author of Ellery Queen, Master
Detective was Laurence Dwight Smith (1895-1952), a long-forgotten hack
who also wrote mysteries (some for adults, some for kids) and nonfiction
books under his own name. Whether he wrote the other EQ novelizations
remains unknown." (Francis
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