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The Mystery of the Yellow Room (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) [Paperback]

Gaston Leroux , Mark Valentine , David Stuart Davies
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5 April 2010 Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural
The greatest French detective in his most fiendish case. Even if Hercule Poirot had been born a Frenchman, not a Belgian, he would have to take second place in detection to Joseph Rouletabille, the brilliant young sleuth created by Gaston Leroux. Here, in his first and most baffling case, the eighteen year old reporter astounds readers with his audacity and ingenuity. Who could have tried to murder Mademoiselle Stangerson, beautiful daughter of a famous radium scientist ? And how could they have entered and escaped from a completely locked and watched room ? With the Surete's top sleuth vying against him, Rouletabille is determined to prove only he can solve the case. This classic work of French detective fiction was much admired by Agatha Christie. As a connoisseur of the detective story she said this was 'one of the best'. Others would praise it even more highly than that.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781840226478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840226478
  • ASIN: 1840226471
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love a good mystery? 2 July 2010
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I had great hopes for this book following the reviews I had read.
I was not let down. The story is well-paced, the plot is very well structured and the characters are mainly very well thought out. There were a few issues I had with this book though, I was not impressed with the idea that the character Rouletabille was a detective genius, it seemed a bit strange to have him only 18 years old. Not exactly credible, but it didnt change a great story, only my enjoyment of it.
I wanted to give it 5 stars but I couldn't accept an 18 year old detective.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has not stood the test of time 16 July 2012
I approached this novel looking for the classic prototype of the locked-room mystery. I was rather disappointed. I found it too wordy and lacking in atmosphere and characterisation. Although the last few chapters did give a coherent solution to the crime I had rather lost interest by the time I got there. I note that some other reviewers enjoyed the story but I would recommend it only to historians of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great deal 6 Aug 2010
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I tried to buy this from another seller but it was out of stock I typed the title in the search bar and it showed Amazon as having it in stock with free postage. The other seller would have charged me £3 postage so with the saving I bought a second book .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Locked-Room Mystery by Gaston Leroux 24 Nov 2013
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Keeping in mind that this mystery was published in 1907, and that the setting was around the 1890's, it is fast paced and a lot of fun to read. I can understand how this novel was admired by Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr. I acquired the next novel, "The Perfume of the Lady in Black," which is also very good. A word of advice: Read "The Mystery of the Yellow Room" before reading its sequel "The Perfume of the Lady in Black."l
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic "Locked Room Mystery" from the Writer of "The Phantom of the Opera" 1 Nov 2010
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"Le mystère de la chambre jaune" ("The Mystery of the Yellow Room") is one of the most famous "locked room mysteries," where a crime is committed in apparently impossible situations. In this classic French detective novel written in 1907 by Gaston Leroux (1868-1927), best known for his thriller "The Phantom of the Opera" (1911), a young journalist Joseph Rouletabille (only 18 years old) volunteers to solve the most puzzling case of an attempted murder committed in "The Yellow Room," in which Mademoiselle Stangerson, a beautiful daughter of a famous scientist is found seriously injured. No one was discovered in the locked room. No one was seen escaping from there. So what really happened?

The novel is a remarkable feat as it features as many as three mysteries based on the "locked room" situations. I am not allowed to reveal the details of them here. Though some part of the mysteries is far-fetched, everything is logically explained in the end. Characters are also interesting, most notably Joseph Rouletabille, a young, confident reporter who has a mixed feeling of admiration and rivalry towards respected police detective Frederic Larsan.

Before you read "The Mystery of the Yellow Room," you must keep one thing in mind. Like novels of Émile Gaboriau, one of the pioneers of detective novels (or the second part of Conan Doyle's first Holmes novel for that matter), the story itself, especially the characters' back stories, is often melodramatic.

"The Mystery of the Yellow Room" is a real page-turner. For modern readers the novel sometimes look dated, but it is still a fun read.
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