Calamity Town

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Looking for trouble,
Ellery Queen descends on a small town.

At the tail end of the long summer of 1940, there is nowhere in the country more charming than Wrightsville. The Depression has abated, and for the first time in years the city is booming. There is hope in
Wrightsville, but Ellery Queen has come looking for death.

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Overview

Looking for trouble,
Ellery Queen descends on a small town.

At the tail end of the long summer of 1940, there is nowhere in the country more charming than Wrightsville. The Depression has abated, and for the first time in years the city is booming. There is hope in
Wrightsville, but Ellery Queen has come looking for death.

The mystery author is hoping for fodder for a novel,
and he senses the corruption that lurks beneath the apple pie façade. He rents a house owned by the town’s first family, whose three daughters star in most of the local gossip. One is fragile, left at the altar three years prior, never to recover. Another is engaged to the city’s rising political star, an upright man who’s already boring her. And then there’s Lola, the divorced, bohemian black sheep. Together, they make a volatile combination. Once he sees the ugliness in
Wrightsville, Queen sits back—waiting for the crime to come to him.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The best mystery produced by Ellery Queen.” —The New York Times

“A psychologically complex family tragedy . . . one of the series’ finest installments.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[A] splendidly puzzling mystery.” —H.R.F. Keating, author of Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786112920
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 7 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellery Queen is a pseudonym used by two American cousins from Brooklyn—Daniel Nathan, alias Frederic Dannay (1905–1982), and Manford (Emanuel) Lepofsky, alias Manfred Bennington Lee (1905–1971)—to write detective fiction. In a successful series of novels that covered forty-two years, Ellery Queen served as both the authors’ name and that of the detective-hero. The cousins also cofounded and directed Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, one of the most influential English crime-fiction magazines of the twentieth century. They were given the Grand Master Award for achievements in the field of the mystery story by the Mystery Writers of America in 1961.

Richard Waterhouse is an actor, teacher, director, and producer who is featured in the Hallmark Christmas classic Moonlight and Mistletoe and the independent feature Karl Rove, I Love You. He lives with his partner in Newbury, Vermont.

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