Remi Schulz Strikes Again! (Part
Read the first part here!
(both taken from Rémi's blog
Warning: Content revealed
including plotlines, names of murderers and solutions of The Player on the Other Side, On the Eighth
The Fourth Side of The Triangle, Face to Face, The Last Woman in
His Life and A Fine And Private Place.
In my previous article on
the "queentessence" of the final four "true Queen" novels I plunged into the works of
Frederic Dannay, and this enabled me to offer a
possible interpretation of that tetralogy.
If you have not done so, you should therefore read the previous article before
proceeding with this one.
I'll start by naming the four novels in question,
which for simplicity sake, I refer to as
Triangle, Face, Woman,
Place. Each of these works have at least three
lover or spouse of the victim is investigated.
the lover of a (female)fashion designer,
lover of a gigolo husband of an all but forgotten singer,
latest playboy conquest
the lover of a young girl married
to an aging
has a mania linked to language.
mania is connected to a riddle,
which occupies both the investigators
The most remarkable
commonality among these books
would probably be the continuity between Face
and Woman, the first ending where the second starts. On the
same day in the same location. Ellery and his father have accompanied their friend Burke to
the airport at the end of Face. Then in the airport
restaurant, at the beginning of Woman they meet John Benedict who will be
murdered the following Sunday, which is in fact, Easter Sunday,
since Face ends the day after Palm Sunday.
Editorial remark: The novels actually
overlap since the final sentences in Face are repeated in Woman.
Taking a closer look at the dates leads to other
Triangle, Sheila Grey is murdered
on Wednesday September 14. 1963.
But there wasn't such a date in 1963, and, in fact, Wednesday
September 14 is a real date only in 1960 and 1966 (considering the years most near '63).
The clue to the murder is revealed the
following New Year's night that is, on
when the novel ends.
- The following novel,
Face, also begins on January 1. The
actual year isn't mentioned, but elementary calculations reveals the
year to be 1966:
We know that Gloria was
married for 6 years the previous December,
we also know that her marriage took place in
It is also repeatedly mentioned in the novel
that the murder takes place
the previous Wednesday,
was a Thursday (it
was a Wednesday in 1964).
The clue to the riddle is given on Palm Sunday,
accuses the wrong suspect and a
takes place. For the sake of the story this marriage
was not evident; the novel concludes the
following day, in
(Or April 12, in
Woman begins on the
same day it is referred to as March 23! If, in fact, Dannay
was aware of this discordance,
it leaves two possible explanations, neither of which excludes the other:
- the closest
years in which Sundays fell on March 29 were 1964
the year when Woman was published,
and both of those Sundays were them Easter Sunday. Queen
offered his readers from 1970,
who hadn't read Face
of joining in the Trinitarian game
surrounding the death of John III,
son of a carpenter.
The year wherein Woman takes place
isn't mentioned, however in the book an allusion is made on Philippe Rothe's
Complaint which was published in 1969.
coherence to the final
with the avenger of the 1963 novel born on
Easter Sunday, 1924.
The 1964 novel covers the 1944 Easter Week,
and the 1965 quaternity centers on Easter Week of 1964.
I've also noticed in earlier Queen novels the
recurrence of the number 20,
which I've interpreted as a Dannay signature.
Dannay was born October 20. 1905. One
can imagine that the eldest of the Queens, cousin Lee, born January
11. 1905 was conceived during the Holy Week in 1904. And the clue to the crime in Place
one has to find 9 months earlier.
Woman concludes on
Monday June 8. when Ellery discovers the homosexuality of
Al Marsh, married one day earlier.
takes place over several years,
and mainly 1967,
essentially in 9 months.
It would seem most significant to me if one
could find the date June 8. linked to an
This calls for an in-depth examination.
On June 9.
billionaire Nino Importuna
discusses his affairs with his secretary
Peter Ennis, and suddenly is
infuriated when he
discovers someone has been handling his books in his library.
It was Peter who, the day before (June
8.), noticed that
certain books were shelved upside down,
and he himself put them 'the right way'
This constitutes for the greater part the riddle
linked to the 'nines mania' of Nino.
It's resolution in the following October doesn't bring much news:
Nino arranged in this row certain
nine-related books, such as The
Magna Carta written in en 1215 (9x9x5).
Other books dominated by the number six,
of Byzant that took place in 666
turned upside down in order to transform the sixes into
I don't believe it to be a coincidence when Dannay places this
episode on Friday June 9
in the English notation.
The date is a palindrome that can be read identically
when turned 180°. The
shabby connotation of the English notation
could make sense when, later that day (6/9)
after her husband left Virginia invites Peter
to make love on the Nino's table, that formerly
belonged to one of the Medicis.
listen to Jimi Hendrix,
who, in 1967
recorded 'If 6 was
Unfortunately the most watched YouTube
version was added last June 10. (one
day after 6/9). I know
the song from the soundtrack album of Easy Rider
The early Ellery Queen books were characterized by an extreme
sometimes bordering on
One book comes to mind,
Ten Days' Wonder.
There the criminal motive is adultery,
which is a consequence of the books theme,
the breach of the 10
Then along comes the 4 last Queen
with intrigues openly sexual, exploring
Enlightenment came to me on the night October23rd
when it dawned on me that the initials of the 4 culprits
in the 4 final novels are MWMW.
These are symmetrical initials
in most fonts. The letters are
also the initials for the words MAN
This is in tune with a remark I made earlier: Woman and
exactly parallel, with
reversed sexes, to
Face. Which, by the way, gave me the first clue as
to the existence of a quaternity,
without completely understanding the full sense of it
all. I don't pretend to understand everything,
but the playfulness with the MW,
seemed to me especially fulfilling,
and could explain multiple details.
As an example, that 6/9
sexual episode on the Medici (with a M)table
Virgin and P. Ennis...
I'm not making this up!
Before their relationship started,
Peter called Virginia Whyte Importuna
and she confided to him that he couldn't have put it better,
and that she had found a pet name for her husband, Impo (standing
for impotent, "powerless").
found as such in the book.
The sexual practices of Peter
are not specified to the reader. The reader
has the right to suppose
still is, in fact, a virgin,
since her husband has a natural sexual practice with her
(This is also not specified, but
the reader can go on speculating based on several details
including the fact that the only actual particularity of nines
"Nino", is that his right hand index and
middle finger are merged into a "ninth finger").
Another example of Dannay's subtlety, ENNIS,
the ideal culprit, (incriminated by the real murderer)
is a anagram of NINES.
And should we not also note the initials VI of Virginia Importuna correspond
to 6 in Roman numerals?
Nino Importuna pretends to have been born on
9/9/99, while his birth certificate shows him
actually to have
been born May 16. 1898.
This would mean that on 6/9 (1967),
he just would have turned 69 ...
The 4 MWMW murderers
Al Aubrey Marsh
Wallace Ryerson Whyte
I'd like to note that the last name appears but
two times in the novel. The three first words and the three last
a trick attributed to Lee, but I'm not so sure...
Other famous bearers of the Christian name Aubrey
are without a doubt
again a homosexual.
remark : According to Brittanica Encyclopedia Beardsley was not
homosexual, but by
associating with Wilde and other known homosexuals of the time Aubrey's
work is associated with
As for Ryerson...
the most well known Ryerson
was a Methodist
the family names of the four culprits give us the initials MWMW,
their Christian names give us
the acrostic DRAW.
The capitals M
are made from 4 lines that connect 5 points,
which might be represented by this drawing to the
right. The different
points of the symmetrical letters M
in the chronology of the novels are connected by
lines that intersect in a point of symmetry
that might correspond to the Monday of the Easter Week (Monday,
with an M!),
pivotal moment in the tetralogy and
like to remind you that the return of Queen in The Player On The Other
Side gave us a
distribution in time and space of the initials of the murderers,
a divine tetragram, resulting in the initial of his second identity,
The same structure applies on the quaternity MWMW
that yields a symmetrical
diagram along two axes,
horizontal and vertical,
possibly reflecting the
sex of the victims in the order of the tetralogy,
two women followed by two men.
In any event the MW
clue seems to apply to at
least the first two novels of this last period of Queen
novels. For instance, the first identity
of the murderer in The Player On The Other Side
and the corresponding victim to the letter W in the
tetragram is Myra. When Myra received her card with the letter W on it, the sleuths asked
themselves if it might be an inversed M.
The murder in On The Eighth Day...
only raises interest through the trap Ellery falls into.
He is tricked by false clues left behind by "The
Teacher". In this way El-Roï ("God
who Sees" as "The
Teacher" calls Ellery)
discovers the truth too late,
and is chiefly responsible for the death of 'The Teacher'
on Easter Friday 1944.
It's revealed to Ellery, by an old Quenanian, that "The Teacher" was formerly known as Willy.
Easter Sunday, when Ellery leaves Quenan,
a plane crashes close to the community.
The pilot succeeds in escaping with the help of his
parachute and lands at the feet of Ellery.
The pilot's name is Manuel Aquina,
and he is the spitting image of 'the Teacher',
when he was approximately 30...
In this way W(illy)
resurrects into M(anuel).
Furthermore it's also
conceivable that Emmanuel ("God
with Us", name of
the Messiah according to Isaias)
was shortened to MANuel
in reference to the Son of
Editorial remark: "God with Us" or
mit Uns" was the slogan the Wehrmacht or German Airforce wore on their
belt buckles during WWII.
the last word John III stammered on Easter Night
was HOMO, likely a parody on
"Ecce homo" which condemned Jesus.
John couldn't use the word
man, afraid to falsely accuse his fiancée,
Editorial remark: Latin for
Behold the Man, a phrase uttered by Pontius
Pilate at the trial of Christ.
isn't a "double V" in English (as is the case in the
but "double U",
or 'double you'.
The grandparents of both
cousins were named Wallerstein,
and Dannay's complete name at birth was
Fred's sons have attested after Fred passed away a birth certificate was
found in the name of
Rémi doesn't mention
his sources and also states "Walerstein" - sic-