Wrightsville, a typical American town, buried in the great American heartland, up to its neck in good old American corn. The well-respected Wrights: daddy Wright is the town banker, Momma Wright is the town social lioness, daughter Patricia the town beauty, Nora the town recluse, Lola the town scandal. Ellery has to find out which of the Wrights is the town poisoner, whileWrightsville, a typical American town, buried in the great American heartland, up to its neck in good old American corn. The well-respected Wrights: daddy Wright is the town banker, Momma Wright is the town social lioness, daughter Patricia the town beauty, Nora the town recluse, Lola the town scandal. Ellery has to find out which of the Wrights is the town poisoner, while defending himself against a charge of murder....
|Title||:||Calamity Town / Dragon's teeth|
|Number of Pages||:||396 Pages|
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Calamity Town / Dragon's teeth Reviews
This is not my favorite Ellery Queen story. I found the Beau Rummell name just a little too precious......in fact I just wasn't taken by his character. I needed more Ellery and less Beau. The story is typical Queen and I have to admit that until about 10 pages from the end, I picked the wrong character for the villain. Ellery Queen mysteries are an acquired taste, one which I have, but I didn't feel that this was up to the usual standards of that series.
This collection pairs two "Golden Age" mystery novels in the Ellery Queen series: the middling The Dragon's Teeth (from '39) with the far superior Calamity Town (from '41). In the Dragon's Teeth, Queen and his partner, the unlikely named Beau Rummels, search for the heirs of the fortune of Cadmus Cole: his nieces Margo and Kerrie. They are brought to live on his estate in Tarrytown, NY (from France and LA) where they can share a fortune only if they adhere to the details of Cole's will, including a codicil that they can never marry. Kerrie is imperiled by her greedy cousin, who stages a series of accidents intended to kill her. Beau Rummels, acting as her bodyguard (and impersonating Queen for reasons that I honestly can't even remember), and seeking to save her life, takes her to Bridgeport CT. where they elope, causing Kerrie to forfeit her fortune (and thereby eliminating Margo's motive to kill her). Margo, who has been lead to believe that "Queen" (i.e. Rummels) is planning a double-cross with her, intrudes on Kerrie on her honeymoon where she is shot dead. Kerrie is framed for her cousin's murder, and arrested by the police (including Ellery's dad, Inspector Queen). Behind the scenes, Queen investigates the crime, and discovers that Margo was actually an imposter and that the real Margo had been married to Cole's lawyer (a bigamist) and had died of natural causes, which leads to the unraveling of the case. (The Dragon's Teeth: 2 Stars) (Calamity Town: 4-5 Stars)
Well, I think it was completely the style, and it may have been popular in the 40's but I really struggled to get through this. It was for book club, and it just wasn't interesting. Or mysterious.
A well written mystery that has a good twist at the end.