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  1. John John says:

    My first Ellery Queen novel Not sure if he is that good a detective given he over thinks and complicates the plot Still I enjoyed it I loved the idea and of being trapped in a house on the summit of a mountain by a raging forest fire Dr Xavier, his wife Mrs Xavier, movie star, her secretary, the unlikeable Mr Smith, Dr Holmes, the twins, Mark the brother of Dr Xavier and the two servants Throw in the chain smoking father of Ellery as his sidekick with several suspects and you have a good st My first Ellery Queen novel Not sure if he is that good a detective given he over thinks and complicates the plot Still I enjoyed it I loved the idea and of being trapped in a house on the summit of a mountain by a raging forest fire Dr Xavier, his wife Mrs Xavier, movie star, her secretary, the unlikeable Mr Smith, Dr Holmes, the twins, Mark the brother of Dr Xavier and the two servants Throw in the chain smoking father of Ellery as his sidekick with several suspects and you have a good story But was it me or was it obvious who did it from the start Motive it always comes to motive The story starts with Ellery with his father driving his Duesenberg car on a remote mountain road where they suddenly drive into a forest fire The location is set in the Tepee range and they escape up a side road to the remote Arrow Lodge Here they take refuge as the uninvited guests of Dr Xavier Where of course a murder takes place A message from the victim involved torn playing cards but are they clues Overall the story is preposterous, far fetched, but still entertaining along the lines of Murder n the Orient Express The suspects are trapped and the detective must work out who did it In contrast, Christie s whodunit is in a stratosphere above this story


  2. Mmyoung Mmyoung says:

    In the reviewer s opinion there is little reason to read this book unless one is a particular fan of Queen, or feels a pressing need to read every book in this series, or is interesting in development of American detective stories or wishes to peer into one aspect of popular culture at the time the book was written Although The Siamese Twin Mystery was published within a year of the first Nero Wolfe novel there is little to suggest that Queen and Wolfe lived in the same city And while Stout s In the reviewer s opinion there is little reason to read this book unless one is a particular fan of Queen, or feels a pressing need to read every book in this series, or is interesting in development of American detective stories or wishes to peer into one aspect of popular culture at the time the book was written Although The Siamese Twin Mystery was published within a year of the first Nero Wolfe novel there is little to suggest that Queen and Wolfe lived in the same city And while Stout s sparse style reveals an amazing amount of about characters Queen sconvoluted writing results in two dimensional characters that are often littlethan stereotypes.Both authors center most of their books around a detective who, the reader is told, is brilliant Stout manages to demonstrate Wolfe s brilliance so convincingly that it is often only later that the reader notices any holes in his arguments or gaps in his logic Queen s deductions not only require credulity they are too often obviously overstretched or simply wrong The broad setup of this book is strangely reminiscent of Murder in the Calais Coach Murder on the Orient Express In both cases the detective Poirot Queen is cut off from the outside world with a small number of people among whom is a murderer In both cases the detectives are without access to information, backup, and forensic analysts While Christie s book is by no means among my favourites it is technically competent Queen s is neither technically competent nor well paced and contains some egregious forensic medical errors and a truly disturbing level of prejudice In addition to the normal catalog of simplifications, over generalizations and stereotypes the reader comes to expect in books published in this period there are constant, incessant and gratuitous reminders of how fat one of the characters is There is scarcely a passage in which that character appears in which his weight is not brought up often in the most vivid and denigrating fashion SPOILERS AHEADQueen the detective overlooks a simple and obvious clue detail when the first body is discovered This reviewer noticed it immediately for the simple reason that the knowledge necessary to catch the clue was central to discovering the murder in an earlier Queen novel That Ellery Queen forgets and then remembers that diabetes speeds up the onset of rigor mortis allows him to first buy into clumsy attempts to frame different individuals as murderers and then to brilliantly debunk those same attempts The reader can be forgiven for not knowing or remembering a rather obscure forensic fact but an individual Queen whose memory and knowledge of such details is central to his characterization cannot Queen also apparently thinks that kleptomania is hardly distinguishable from the type of mania that leads to paranoia and murderous rages In addition to all of the other problems in this book there is basic lack of good sense on the part of everyone unable to leave a house where a murder has taken place Ellery is at one point surprised to find that one of the women has locked her bedroom door before going to sleep The reviewer was surprised to find out that not everyone did so Nor did any of the characters feel a need to avoid being alone with any of their housemates In addition to the problems touched on above this book is dreadfully paced Pages are devoted to the literary equivalent of treading water Finally, after the author demonstrating that Ellery is not a particularly a good detective by having him solve the murder incorrectly several times, the real murderer finally confesses under laughably unbelievable circumstances and brings about her own death so that Ellery has no need to find the kind of clues or information that would have been necessary to actually arrest the culprit Five minutes after finishing the book the reader will realize that the fire that destroyed the house in which most of the action took place also destroyed most of the evidence against the murderer The only persons left who could be charged with a crime are Ellery and his father since between them they brought about the death of the brother of murdered man


  3. Dave Dave says:

    Not the best in terms of the detection in fact, Ellery makes a lot of mistakes, and his ingenuity causesproblems than it solves But the setting a mountaintop house in the middle of an ever encroaching forest fire might be the best setting of any Ellery Queen, and the tension is very well maintained sometimes in spite of the mystery.


  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    This is very much a spiritual predecessor to Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None and only not the other way around because this dates to 1933 and the Christie to 1939 a mysterious series of deaths in a house isolated from the rest of the world Only in this case it s a mountaintop mansion with an encroaching forest fire, not an island in a storm, and Queen is rather less racist than early Christie The twist is a good one and it is possible to solve it from the clues given you just h This is very much a spiritual predecessor to Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None and only not the other way around because this dates to 1933 and the Christie to 1939 a mysterious series of deaths in a house isolated from the rest of the world Only in this case it s a mountaintop mansion with an encroaching forest fire, not an island in a storm, and Queen is rather less racist than early Christie The twist is a good one and it is possible to solve it from the clues given you just have to pay very, very close attention


  5. Jilles Jilles says:

    Great setting But the detectives Ellery and his dad have it wrong three times, and one of the suspects dies by the hand of one of them just to keep the plot going It may be a classic Ellery Queen but is is a bit of a mess.


  6. Judy Judy says:

    If you like old timey mysteries you could give Ellery Queen a try He and his father, NYC Police Inspector Queen find themselves stranded by a raging forest fire in a house on a mountain top No way out, the fire is getting closer, the food is running out and there s a murderer in the house The list of suspects obviously is limited and everyone is on edge I had it all figured out But there was that final twist at the end Plus you can learn new words like shockerish.


  7. Gilbert Stack Gilbert Stack says:

    I ve only read a handful of Ellery Queen mysteries in my life, but each tends to play out the same way There s a murder with a bunch of suspects and Ellery Queen through careful observation, repeated questioning of the witnesses, and some fancy deductive thinking figures out who the killer is In several of the books, the reader gets challenged to name the murderer too because that is the true gimmick in an Ellery Queen mystery The clues are all there if you can get past the smoke and mirrors I ve only read a handful of Ellery Queen mysteries in my life, but each tends to play out the same way There s a murder with a bunch of suspects and Ellery Queen through careful observation, repeated questioning of the witnesses, and some fancy deductive thinking figures out who the killer is In several of the books, the reader gets challenged to name the murderer too because that is the true gimmick in an Ellery Queen mystery The clues are all there if you can get past the smoke and mirrors to solve the crime.For the record, I never identify the killer, but I always enjoy trying In The Siamese Twin Mystery, I came very close to getting the answer, but I m not sure the authors were actually fair with us this time In a genre where the exotic clue is often the key to everything, I m not convinced that they played fair with the exotic element And yet, this is my favorite Ellery Queen mystery to date, because there was a second plot having nothing directly to do with the mystery that added a lot of tension to the story The Queens are caught in an isolated mansion cut off from the world by an encroaching forest fire Throughout the tale the fire gets closer and adds a disturbingly personal threat to the investigation It frays nerves and physically endangers everyone present adding a touch of the adventure story to the murder mystery It was a decidedly nice change of pace from the other Ellery Queen Mysteries I ve read If you liked this review, you can findat www.gilbertstack.com reviews


  8. Michelle R Michelle R says:

    I know this book was written in the 1930 s which is exactly why I picked this book up I wanted to have a go at a mystery book written well before my time But this book was hard to get through It started of interesting, but drug on midway till the end The same details were repeated over and over again I found out later the main characters are perfect if a series so maybe this was just a bad book from the series But I couldn t stand either detective I won t be trying another one from this s I know this book was written in the 1930 s which is exactly why I picked this book up I wanted to have a go at a mystery book written well before my time But this book was hard to get through It started of interesting, but drug on midway till the end The same details were repeated over and over again I found out later the main characters are perfect if a series so maybe this was just a bad book from the series But I couldn t stand either detective I won t be trying another one from this series It was just dead in the water for me The only reason I m giving it two stars is because I enjoyed the description of things from the 30 s


  9. Chris Chris says:

    This was the first I had heard of the Ellery Queen series of mysteries written in the 1930s and later, and I was glued to the mystery through to the end.The characters were well developed and seemed real to me The story is a new slant to what I m familiar with, in that the main detective Ellery and his father initially make the incorrect conclusions about the murder victim I liked the background forest fire event, which creates the sense of isolation and adds to the intrigue The book seemed l This was the first I had heard of the Ellery Queen series of mysteries written in the 1930s and later, and I was glued to the mystery through to the end.The characters were well developed and seemed real to me The story is a new slant to what I m familiar with, in that the main detective Ellery and his father initially make the incorrect conclusions about the murder victim I liked the background forest fire event, which creates the sense of isolation and adds to the intrigue The book seemed like a cross between a game of Clue, a Stephen King novel, and a cozy mystery.I will definitely seek out other Ellery Queen books


  10. Bobbie Bobbie says:

    Whodunnit in mansion surrounded by forest fire Maybe this was the one bad Ellery Queen book but I was glad when it finally ended Too many plot twists, too much minutia about clues, but worst of all the Queens, the lead characters, were just not likeable at all In the end I just didn t care who the killer was Might have been good as a movie Written in 1933 and re released in 2013.


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The Siamese Twin Mystery ❮Reading❯ ➳ The Siamese Twin Mystery ➬ Author Ellery Queen – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk THE SIAMESE TWIN MYSTERY finds Ellery and his father, the irascible Inspector Queen, trapped in a mountain retreat by a raging forest fire The members of the household are a strange lot, and the myste The Siamese Twin Mystery finds Ellery and his father, the irascible Inspector Queen, trapped in a mountain retreat by a raging forest fire The members of the household are a strange lot, and the mysterious murder of the retreat s host indicates to the Queens that not only are they isolated with an odd assortment of characters, but a dangerous killer as well.