part, 1965 :
fashion designer Sheila
She collected lovers,
and gave each one of her annual collections the anagram name of a lover.
name of her
first lover, Elisha,
the title for the first collection Lady
then came Allen,
Hurt, Ronald, Claudel (!), Hamlet (!!),
Nella, Ruth, Lorna D., Dulcela, Thelma...
The son of a well-known family, Dane
is one of the first suspects,
soon followed by his father who is accused, judged and acquitted.
end it's the discovery of the name of the final collection
that Sheila was
which led to the arrest of the first suspect, Dane,
as the real
Followers of Jung will
of an aphorism by Maria
becomes two, two becomes three, and out of the third comes the one as the
The Queenian may relate this curious affair of a lady
her lovers to the original pseudonyms chosen by the young cousins,
being of good family,
not knowing the connotation of the word "queen" as
in certain slang.
The two young men learned
the hard way after staying
in many hotels, on tour promoting their books, under their penname Queen.
by that time it was to late to change their pseudonym.
The word which was most widely used to depict homosexuals was "queer"
and I believe this
between these argotic synonyms
title his 1952
short story "My
a tendency of a senior (dean)
to shift the sound of words leads to the accusation of Morgan
instead of Gorman
voluntary slip of the tongue" derives from the name of a
If it was judicious to suggest that
killing his cousins had anything to do with Dan-iel
the first name of Dannay,
should also be remembered that DANe
gives us the missing letters.
This Dane kills
the one he loved, who only took him
as lover during the time
of the Lady
Second part, 1967 :
actually translates perfectly into French, only in English the letters FACE
which make out the dying message left by a singer are also notes.
More precisely the notes
are found 'in-between' the regular notes on a
a clear invitation to go and read 'between the lines' of his
will in search for
a message written in invisible ink.
cover of the Italian edition reveals this enigma from the start,
hardly a fair enigma in countries where the do-re-mi system is widely used...
indicates she fears being murdered by her husband,
has an alibi.
question his mistresses, convinced
one of them took it upon herself to
deliver the fatal blow on his behalf.
The quaternary is
here not only with the mystery of the four letters FACE,
but also with the 4 parts of the novel itself,
as was the case with the previous novel.
The 4 parts of the
profile, half face, three-quarter face
was the case with The Fourth Side of The Triangle
a perfect illustration of
Third part, 1970:
The Last Woman In His Life,
aka The Fourth Woman according to the Danish title.
Opulent John Benedict
holds a reunion
with his 3 ex-wives
only to announce he's to be remarried,
which consequently means
which granted substantial revenues to
will be changed.
He is murdered before these modifications are made,
and before having revealed the newly
is prone to stammering,
especially when he's emotionally moved,
to pronounce the letter "r".
a result, when dying, with just enough strength left
to reach Ellery on the telephone,
this awful problem
him for naming the assassin's
His lawyer makes a
by announcing his love for John,
which he rejects
with so much dislike
out of control. John
can barely utter one or a few syllables,
must accuse Al
This is a problem since
his three ex-wives are Alice, Audrey
He could also say it was a lawyer
or even a single
if it weren't for his new fiancée
who is named Laura Manzoni...
The solution he finds
in the wrong direction,
and they end up taking
find "the fourth woman".
It's left to the more astute reader to
why John couldn't use a more common term "queer",
which he would have pronounced as "quee".
would have been susceptible
of confusion with Queen.
should also note
the fact that
certain editions claimed
this to be Ellery's queerest case...
A Fine and Private Place.
The multi-millionaire Nino Importuna
is marked by the number 9.
Born on the 9/9/(18)99,
lives on the ninth floor of his house number 99
signs contracts the ninth of every month.
marries 21 years old Virginia
on the day of his 63th
It is explicitly stated he
three times the age of
As with the singer in Face
in his new
will there is
a 5 years period during which the spouse cannot claim
yet again the testator
the 5 years have past (on
seem to have been able to commit the murder herself, the investigation
focuses on finding her lover.
Above right: Frenzy of Nines. Detail from the Hamlyn edition shows a
September with a Wednesday 9. Which for the 1960 decade only leaves 1964 or
1970... (Editorial remark)
Three years have past between the publications of Face
and The Last Woman in His Life.
I don't want to guess as to the reason why,
but I can only imagine
knew well, by conceiving
that the next Queen would be a "real Queen",
which would make it well understood that the "faux Queen"
would no longer abuse readers of great discernment.
It seems to me that Dannay
The Last Woman In His Life
ends: in a café (anagram face)
of the airport where Inspector Queen and his son have accompanied a
So anecdotical it seems,
this day is the day after
...which would make this
the Monday of the Holy Week.
It isn't anecdotical that in The Last Woman In His Life,
no allusion is made to the Holy week.
meet their friend John in that café
and he invites them to his house in the countryside.
that John III,
son of a carpenter,
in the night of the resurrection (On
the third day "et resurrexit tertia die"...)
by three blows of a sculpture of 3 monkeys,
foreshadowing the assassination of Nino
blows of a sculpture in the form of the number 9.
Thus has the Queenian quaternity the Monday of the Holy week as pivotical
other hand the other two real "real Queens"
of the final period,
concern the murders connected to Nathaniel,
and the Holy Week of
My final remark is that
of the murder of John III,
is but compatible with a plausible Easter Sunday in 1964
The first being more acceptable since
chronological reading of the 4 novels the first takes
place in 1963 and the last explicitly in 1967.
the cousins seem to have reconciled not long before Lee's death in 1971,
and he surely would have taken up his role of co-author
for the two last titles of
it is difficult to be sure of anything in this
the lie ruled
for a long
just finished with the synopsis for a new novel when Lee died,
was left in that state after the death of his cousin.
Since then the text has been published, and at first sight it doesn't
seem linked to the themes of the six preceding "real Queens"".
of my research
on the last
Queen period, of which
essence goes back nearly 10 years, here some remarks on the echoes
I have shown, in my first text on the blog on the Queen of 1964,
took place during the Holy Week of 1944,
The Tuesday of the Holy Week,
an essential date in the life of Jung,
of his life,
reached on 6/6/61.
I'm now more convinced that the Monday in the Holy Week plays a pivotical
part in the Queen Quaternity,
a Monday which,
in Face to Face
takes place explicitly in 1966,
on a date date
would have been 4/4/66 (read
part 2 where I explore discordances in the dates).
second text on the blog I explained that the initials DEAN
seemed significant to me,
reader will now appreciate why.
Research into the Quintet(t) de Giroud
and Altman have
into letters written in fifths
but I can't remember at what point I'm indebted to Queen
for having revived my interest in that field, thanks to his wonderful play
on thirds FACE
attribute my intuition to 4/4/44
immediate discovery of the body of Ruth Roman
while having somewhat forgotten 9/9/99
of Nino Importuna
from the final part of the quaternity. RUTH ROMAN
also has an immediate echo with the first part,
where Lady RUTH
is the name of the collection
conceived by Sheila
after her adventure with HURT,
while Dane tried to reject the suspicions
had befallen on the driver RAMON,
by falsifying a document,
by which the new collection would be named Lady NORMA
wondered if Sheila
hadn't known a Roman).
Above right: Detail from Dutch hardcover depicting the Lady Norma collection
in Fourth Side of TheTriangle.
plunging into these Queen
found a great
of the finesse
of this quaternity,
where the four assassins have the initials MWMW,
which corresponds with
the evidence of
but that's something I'll explore in the following piece.
based on "Queentessence"
Dale C.Andrews -