The Mystery of the Yellow Room: Extraordinary Adventures of Joseph Rouletabille, Reporterby Gaston Leroux
The young lady had just retired to her room when sounds of a struggle ensue, and cries of "Murder!" and revolver shots ring out. When her locked door is finally broken down by her father and a servant, they find the woman on the floor, badly hurt and bleeding. No one else is in the room. There is no other exit except through a barred window. How did the attacker… See more details below
The young lady had just retired to her room when sounds of a struggle ensue, and cries of "Murder!" and revolver shots ring out. When her locked door is finally broken down by her father and a servant, they find the woman on the floor, badly hurt and bleeding. No one else is in the room. There is no other exit except through a barred window. How did the attacker escape?
First published in 1907, this intriguing and baffling tale is a classic of early 20th-century detective fiction. At the heart of the novel is a perplexing mystery: How could a crime take place in a locked room which shows no sign of being entered? Nearly a century after its initial publication, Leroux's landmark tale of foul play, deception, and unbridled ambition remains a blueprint for the detective novel genre. Written by the immortal author of The Phantom of the Opera, this atmospheric thriller is still a favorite of whodunit fans everywhere.
"The finest locked room tale ever written." — John Dickson Carr, author of The Hollow Man.
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Gaston Leroux has been a favorite author of mine since reading his masterpiece "The Phantom of the Opera", and this book was just as engaging, maybe even moreso. I have read many mystery and detective novels, and I have to say that this is probably the finest ever made. The characters are well-crafted, the story has a clever premise, and the plot-- it's just about the most suprising, intriguing, and page turning one that could ever be imagined: a seemingly impossible crime, committed in a locked room, and perpetrated by a person who could not possibly be there. There are so many twists, turns, and red herrings that you have no idea what the solution is until the very end, and are left guessing, just as lost as the narrator himself, until everything is revealed. Leroux really puts you right there in the thick of all the action with his vivid descriptions and introspective thinking. Every question that could possibly be brought up is put to light and pondered at all angles, leaving you with a very rounded, complete perspective of the case, as you would be if you were actually left to solve it. His detective, and eighteen-year-old reporter who has a penchant for solving crimes, is wonderfully clever and analytical without being haughty. He actually feels like a real person, albeit one with a nose like a bloodhound and a mind that doesn't quit. Better than Sherlock Holmes; better than Hercule Poirot; Joseph Rouletabille wins out every time! This edition has a nice plus, aside from being very affordable, in that it is the original English translation from 1908, which gives it a kind of authenticity. In closing, I highly recommend this book to detective and mystery fans alike, as well as anyone who enjoys a good read.
Great read. At first I had to flip back over pages initially to figure out who was saying what in this fast-paced writing style. Once I got into the momentum, by pg 15, it was absorbing both trying to solve the puzzle and seeing what would happen next. Surprise ending, too. Lots of fun and a marvelous way of writing & plot twists and turns.
A classic locked room mystery you shouldn'