Saturday, December 17, 2011
The Roman Hat Mystery: A Problem in Deduction
Author: Ellery Queen (cousins Manford Bennington Lee and Frederic Dannay)
Publisher: International Readers League
Copyright Date: 1930 (Some places say 1929, but the library copy I read said 1930)
So this was my second Vintage Mystery... It was slow going, not because it wasn't interesting, but because I just seem to be a slow reader when it comes to vintage writing. The story is interesting. A murder takes place in the Roman Theater (in New York) and Inspector Queen (and his son Ellery) work toward solving it. The subheading - a Problem in Deduction - is a huge part of this writing. Every detail is hashed and rehashed. Any additional discoveries or deductions must be carefully explained whether between themselves while trying to move forward with the investigation or to some other involved and interested party. I have to say I didn't care for all the references to Djuna, the Queens servant, being like a monkey.
Would I read another book in this series? Perhaps. I certainly want to try the TV show.