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The Mystery of the Yellow Room

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The Mystery of the Yellow Room 1908 is Gaston Leroux's masterpiece and during his lifetime his most successful book. It is one of the classics of early 20th-century detective fiction. At the heart of the novel is the enigma: how could a murder take place in a locked room, which shows no sign of being entered? The novel is also about the rivalry to solve the case between the detective Frederick Larson, and a young investigative journalist, Rouletabille. Larson finds a suspect who is put on trial, only to have him ...
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Overview

The Mystery of the Yellow Room 1908 is Gaston Leroux's masterpiece and during his lifetime his most successful book. It is one of the classics of early 20th-century detective fiction. At the heart of the novel is the enigma: how could a murder take place in a locked room, which shows no sign of being entered? The novel is also about the rivalry to solve the case between the detective Frederick Larson, and a young investigative journalist, Rouletabille. Larson finds a suspect who is put on trial, only to have him cleared by Rouletabille, who reveals in the most dramatic fashion the identity of the real murderer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469259888
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux is best known for writing "The Phantom of the Opera," which was made into several stage and screen productions. He studied law in Paris and managed to squander away millions of francs that he inherited, living wildly and nearly going bankrupt, which then forced him to find work as a reporter, covering criminal cases.

One of the notorious ones he covered involved an opera house in Paris that had a basement cell used at one time to hold prisoners. It was no doubt partly an inspiration for his Phantom of the Opera novel.

Gaston left journalism in 1907 at the age of 39, and began his writing career on a full-time basis, having written two other works in 1902 and 1903. The current title was published in late 1907 and early 1908 and led to a long and successful career that ended more than fifteen years later when he died in France on the same day U.S. taxes are due: April 15th, 1927.

Leroux's many contributions to French detective fiction is considered on a level equal to that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's and Edgar Allan Poe's in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

The "Mystery of the Yellow Room" is the first one of a series of stories featuring Gaston's young criminal reporter Joseph Rouletabille, obviously fashioned after Gaston himself. He went on to write seven more stories with the same crime-solving protagonist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Great story bad copy

    Enjoyable story. Terribletranslation to ebook withmany errors making reading a challenge

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Unreadable version

    This particular version is scanned so poorly that it is virtually unreadable. If you want this story, buy a different version.

    Note to B&N: Why would you allow a book like this a place in your inventory?

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    A very clever mystery.

    If I may be so bold as to suggest it, I believe The Yellow Room rivals even Agatha Christie's finest. The literary style is easy to read (even with all the typos from digitizing.) If you like mysteries, read this one!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2002

    The Work of a Logical Genius

    While The Mystery of the Yellow Room cannot boast a large reading audience, it remains a masterful, logical, captivating piece of literature. One aspect of this work that stands out in my mind is the amazing attention to detail that dominates it. For those who are unfamiliar with this novel, it involves an inquiry into the attempted murder of an attractive female scientist. The action follows young Joseph Rouletabille, a journalist and a genius, on his quest to discover the would-be murderer at the end of a tangled web of evidence that seems as though it will never fit together... until it does. It continues to be an excellent novel for the mind that's up to the challenge and suspense of attempting to solve a locked room mystery.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Really good mystery; really badly scanned edition. Look elsewher

    Really good mystery; really badly scanned edition. Look elsewhere for a copy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Most Annoying

    I have repeatedly tried to read past page 56 in this version, but to no avail for I'm continually returned to page 28. I suggest that you Google the title and read it for free.


    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    One flaw

    It was a.good book but eerily similar to Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue". Even the main characters are uncomfortably similar.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Free ipad!

    Kiss your hand three ties post this to three other books and look under your pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    When any 98 cent classic comes up always check sample

    Format is often a mess especially if free this is very dated abd they are often a short story or novella under 100

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