Yellow Cat Mystery (1952)
Djuna visits his friend Tommy in Florida. His yellow cat has a sore tooth and
they set of to see the dentist. The dentist is new to the town at doesn't seem to be able to help them.
They do however notice two persons who came from a mysterious black-lacquered ship at sea...
A normal beginning to a unusual adventure...
On vacation in Florida, Djuna meets a cat with a peculiar secret
adventure of young sleuth Djuna and his friend Tommy Williams will find a
ready audience among the young mystery addicts.''
New York Times (1952)
Djuna steps off the bus and into the Florida heat, ready for a few weeks of
slow-paced Southern living with his friend Tommy, whose father recently
moved to Dolphin Beach. After spending the whole summer solving mysteries,
Djuna is looking forward to some peace and quiet.
But trouble has a way of finding Djuna. While Tommy gives him a tour of the
town, Djuna spies two men sneaking away from a strange black boat.
Inspecting the ship, Djuna discovers that it has been freshly painted and
that the name has recently been changed. Is it possible that smugglers are
operating in Dolphin Beach? There is something about this boat that tells
Djuna he’s not on vacation anymore—he’s on an adventure.
Above: Frontipiece from Japanese edition, Hayakawa
Samuel McCoy (1882-1964) wrote The
Yellow Cat Mystery as well as 5 other Djuna stories. The
Princeton University Library still has correspondence, notes, and selected
manuscripts of McCoy (Class of 1905), ranging from his writings as an
investigative reporter in the early 1900s to his later works as novelist,
biographer, and children's author under the name of Ellery Queen, Jr. As investigative journalist
McCoy won the Pulitzer Prize for the New York World in 1922 with
his investigation of the Florida penal system.