The Mystery of the Yellow Room

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Arno Press, Jan 1, 1976 - Detective and mystery stories, French - 306 pages
86 Reviews
"This locked-room detective novel from 1908 is a classic 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 rivalry 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 dramatically reveals the identity of the real murderer. The mystery of the yellow room is a novel which consciously tries to outdo the traditional detective novel with classic intellectual conundrums."

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Great twists and a wonderful ending. - Goodreads
The writing was very clumsy at times. - Goodreads
The ending was brilliant! - Goodreads
The plot is unlikely to the point of absurdity. - Goodreads
The plot was a welcome relief. - Goodreads
Classic who-dun-it with a surprise ending. - Goodreads

Review: The Mystery of the Yellow Room (Joseph Rouletabille #1)

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

Very good early locked-room mystery--one of John Dickson Carr's favorites. The locked room elements are cool, with three separate impossible crimes, and a well-disguised murderer. Characters are taken ... Read full review

Review: The Mystery of the Yellow Room (Joseph Rouletabille #1)

User Review  - Cindy Winder delong - Goodreads

Kept me guessing to the end. Read full review

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About the author (1976)

Gaston Leroux is best known as the creator of the 1911 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, about a masked figure who haunts the hidden parts of the Paris Opera House. The novel appeared first in serial installments a year before publication, ultimately grew into several movie versions, and later became an Tony Award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Leroux was born in Paris in 1868. The only child of financially well-off parents, he moved easily into a clerk job in a law office. While working there, he wrote essays and short stories, many of which were accepted by publishers. This fired his enthusiasm, and he became a full-time reporter/writer in 1890. Law experience covering famous cases and theater reviews fueled his writing career, but it was his news reporter job that took him around the world at the turn of the century, providing details for his novels. Leroux wrote several mystery and fantasy novels, including the well-received The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1907) and The Man Who Came Back from the Dead (1912). Leroux also helped pioneer the character of the amateur detective who solves crime, so commonly seen today in movies and television. Gaston Leroux continued to write until his death on April 16, 1927.

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