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The Chinese orange mystery / Ellery Queen ; introduction by Otto Penzler.

Queen, Ellery, author. (Author). Penzler, Otto, writer of introduction. (Added Author).
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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library M QUE (Text) 33500012790895 New Available -
Fosston Public Library M QUE (Text) 33500012790887 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library QUE (Text) 35500006111254 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781613161104
  • ISBN: 1613161107
  • ISBN: 9781613161067
  • ISBN: 1613161069
  • Physical Description: v, 250 pages : plan ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penzler Publishers, 2018.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "The offices of foreign literature publisher and renowned stamp collector Donald Kirk are often host to strange activities, but the most recent occurrence the murder of an unknown caller, found dead in an empty waiting room is unlike any that has come before. Nobody, it seems, entered or exited the room, and yet the crime scene clearly has been manipulated, leaving everything in the room turned backwards and upside down. Stuck through the back of the corpses shirt are two long spears and a tangerine is missing from the fruit bowl. Enter amateur sleuth Ellery Queen, who arrives just in time to witness the discovery of the body, only to be immediately drawn into a complex case in which no clue is too minor or too glaring to warrant careful consideration. Reprinted for the first time in over thirty years, The Chinese Orange Mystery is revered to this day for its challenging conceit and inventive solution. The book is a "fair-play" mystery in which readers have all the clues needed to solve the crime. In 1981, the novel was selected as one of the top ten locked room mysteries of all time by a panel of mystery-world luminaries that included Julian Symons, Edward D. Hoch, Howard Haycraft, and Otto Penzler." -- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #1
    The men entering the room come upon a strange sight: A corpse lies on the floor. His clothes are on backward, with the buttons studding the vertebrae along the spinal column. The room is off, with lamps and chairs turned upside down, the clock facing the wall. Fortunately, one of the visitors is Ellery Queen, a sleuth named after a pseudonym chosen by two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee, who wrote the novel in 1934. Queen—the sleuth—was a much-loved American variation on gentleman-detectives Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey from the British Golden Age. Queen calls his father Pater and finds the scene deucedly odd. He solves the crime in Golden Age style, too, dazzling everybody with deductive brilliance before pinning the killer. Readers familiar only with more realistic crime fiction in the contemporary vein may find this case and its solution on the outlandish side, though both are hallmarks of the traditional mysteries published between the wars. For fans of the Golden Age and its high style, this reprint, part of the newly launched American Mystery Classics series, will be welcomed with open arms. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Novelists > Fiction.
Police > New York (State) > New York > Fiction.
Fathers and sons > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > Fiction.
Fathers and sons.
New York (State) > New York.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Mystery fiction.
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