Gaston Leroux is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera. However, he also wrote some excellent detective stories. In fact, Leroux's contribution to French detective fiction is considered a parallel to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's in the United Kingdom and Edgar Allan Poe's in America.In this, his most popular mystery, rival detectives try to crack the following case: Madamoiselle Stangerson retires to bed in the Yellow Room. Suddenly, revolver shots echo through the house and she screams for help. Her father and a servant run to the locked room where they find the wounded girl - alone. The only other exit, a window, is barred. How had the assailant escaped?More
First published in 1907, Gaston Leroux's The Mystery of the Yellow Room is considered the first "locked room" mystery story and an inspiration for the work of Agatha Christie.
In a forest estate, an acclaimed scientist's daughter, Miss Stangerson, is almost murdered. In its namesake twist, the possible suspects are confined in the same locked room over one night. Could it be the owner of the house, the servant, or even the police officer present? Joseph Rouletabille, journalist and amateur detective, learns of the motivations and is presented the alibis of each possible criminal.
With his deep voice and a genteel delivery, Walter Covell brings intensity to this spine-chillingly delightful puzzle.
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