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The Egyptian Cross Mystery: An Ellery Queen…
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The Egyptian Cross Mystery: An Ellery Queen Mystery (Ellery Queen… (original: 1932; edição: 2020)

de Ellery Queen (Autor), Otto Penzler (Introdução)

Séries: Ellery Queen (5)

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The Queens are intrigued when a grisly murder mars a small town's Christmas.

It's Christmas in Chicago, and Detective Richard Queen is enjoying a busman's holiday at a conference on gangland violence-but his son, amateur sleuth Ellery, is bored silly. Until, that is, Ellery reads of an unusual killing in rural Arroyo, West Virginia. A schoolmaster has been found beheaded and crucified. Ellery hustles his father into his roadster and heads east, since there is nothing he'd like better for Christmas than a juicy, gruesome puzzle.

When the Queens arrive in Arroyo, they learn that the victim was an eccentric atheist, but not the sort to make enemies. What initially looks to be the work of a sadistic cult turns out to be something far more sinister. In the months ahead, more victims will turn up all over the world-all killed in the same horrifying manner. It will take several bodies before Ellery divines the clue that unlocks the mystery of the Christmas crucifixion.… (mais)

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Título:The Egyptian Cross Mystery: An Ellery Queen Mystery (Ellery Queen Mysteries)
Autores:Ellery Queen (Autor)
Outros autores:Otto Penzler (Introdução)
Informação:American Mystery Classics (2020), 312 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:Murder Mystery, Interesting plotting, Mystery Classic

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The Egyptian Cross Mystery de Ellery Queen (1932)

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This was my first introduction to the works of Ellery Queen and I was not disappointed. It was to become one of many books I continued to read from the 1920's and 1930's. While this is not the first book in the series, I discovered they absolutely do not need to be read in order to be enjoyed.
This is a wonderful puzzle, similar to a cozy mystery, yet more challenging to put all the clues into context to discover what truly happened.
For those who enjoy mysteries and were reluctant to look into older works, I highly recommend Ellery Queen's Works. ( )
  knittingmomof3 | Aug 17, 2021 |
Probably my favorite of this series so far. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jul 6, 2021 |
Ellery Queen insinuates himself into the police investigation of a gory ritualistic murder in West Virginia, with no discernible success. However, when there's a similar murder on Long Island several months later Queen jumps in again. He rides his famous father's coat tails to gain entree with the police. The resulting investigation continues on for another two murders, until Queen finally has an "ah ha!" moment. That initiates a frantic chase from West Virginia to Chicago where the killer is apprehended, and his identity is revealed.

The story is well-crafted but falls down in the execution. The author focuses on plot development to the exclusion of character development and to a lesser extent, setting and local colour. Regrettably, Queen's investigation becomes monotonous. He and the police chase their tails with no progress. Queen's pompous behaviour makes him a big pain in the neck. There are some red herrings, e.g. the mysterious British neighbours, some romantic entanglements to add melodrama, and some oddball characters to muddle the story. It's a male-dominated story as was common at the time it was written (1932). The women stay in the background adding little to the story.

It's a "fair play" mystery, with the author explicitly inviting readers towards the story's denouement to figure it out. By then, the process of elimination can lead to the killer's identity without the iodine bottle clue that triggered Queen's "ah ha!" moment. The ending feels unsatisfying: the killer's motivation is elusive. Is he a serial killer, or just deranged?

The plot is original and has plenty of potential to be a great story, unfortunately that is not achieved. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Nov 24, 2020 |
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  Marjoles | Jul 20, 2015 |
Op Kerstavond een gekruisigd lijk vinden is een ervaring die aan een politie-inspecteur, in gezelschap van Ellery Queen, een huiverende uitroep ontlokt. Het lijk, dat zonder hoofd en met de armen gespreid vastzit aan een wegwijzer op een eenzaam kruispunt van wegen, aldus de vorm van een T markerend, is dat van de onderwijzer Andrew Van uit het dorpje Arroyo, in de staat West-Virginia. De man stond bekend als een zonderling; zijn enige gezelschap was zijn huisknecht Kling, die na de moord verdwenen bleek te zijn. In de loop van het nieuwe jaar worden, op verder verwijderde plaatsen, nog drie andere mannen in dezelfde toestand aangetroffen. Dat iedere keer een Egyptische magiër in de buurt van de plaats van de misdaad wordt gesignaleerd, doet Ellery Queen vermoeden dat de man een geheimzinnige rol speelt in de drama's. Maar het spoor loopt dood. Dan komt aan het licht dat 's mans assistent, Velja Krosac, bloedwraak nastreeft op grond van een vete tussen hem en de vermoorden, die na vernuftig speurwerk van hun valse naam worden ontdaan en broers blijken te zijn. Tot ook Krosac wordt vermoord en de verbijstering totaal is. Maar Ellery Queen, evenzeer van de wijs gebracht als alle anderen, blijft zijn verstand gebruiken en een laatste houvast, hoezeer ook een stro-halm, blijkt in de ontknoping de redding te zijn uit de ingenieuze valstrikken van de moordenaar.

Bron: Binnenkaft Prisma Detectives 35
  Besselina | Oct 28, 2013 |
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The Queens are intrigued when a grisly murder mars a small town's Christmas.

It's Christmas in Chicago, and Detective Richard Queen is enjoying a busman's holiday at a conference on gangland violence-but his son, amateur sleuth Ellery, is bored silly. Until, that is, Ellery reads of an unusual killing in rural Arroyo, West Virginia. A schoolmaster has been found beheaded and crucified. Ellery hustles his father into his roadster and heads east, since there is nothing he'd like better for Christmas than a juicy, gruesome puzzle.

When the Queens arrive in Arroyo, they learn that the victim was an eccentric atheist, but not the sort to make enemies. What initially looks to be the work of a sadistic cult turns out to be something far more sinister. In the months ahead, more victims will turn up all over the world-all killed in the same horrifying manner. It will take several bodies before Ellery divines the clue that unlocks the mystery of the Christmas crucifixion.

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