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Calamity Town by Ellery Queen

Calamity Town (original 1942; edition 1960)

by Ellery Queen

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Title:Calamity Town
Authors:Ellery Queen
Info:PAN Books (1960), Mass Market Paperback
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Calamity Town by Ellery Queen (1942)



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The town of Wrightsville is a main character in this crime novel. When there is a murder with an obvious suspect, the community makes up its mind about one person's guilt, turns its back on old friends and relatives, and violence against outsiders becomes accepted. Ellery Queen is sure someone else is guilty, but finding out who, and then proving it, provide the suspense in this carefully plotted mystery. ( )
  sleahey | Sep 28, 2016 |
An incredible accomplishment and one of my top 5 Ellery Queen titles. The book appears on the surface to be a small town murder case, but beneath the ease of the plot are themes that still speak today. A definite recommendation. ( )
  JeffreyMarks | Jul 11, 2013 |
I like the Ellery Queen series even if they are not "great literature" or indeed well written

the fact is that if you get into a series , you are interested in what happens

hence my interest in

Ellery Queen

Perry Mason

the Barry Maitland written series featuring Brock and Kolla

the Pete Robinson series featuring

the alphabet series by Sue Grafton featuring Kinsey Millhone

VI' s series by Sarah Paretsky

the Victoria Plum series by Janet Evanovitch

the Corrine ....series by ....( but I cannot get into the Phrynne ...series of books, though the tv series based on them is superb)

Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters

this Ellery Queen did not involve the father, had Ellery under disguise for most of the time , but nevertheless very interesting

one of the better of the reads...not as " mechanical" as some of the earlier novels when it comes to explaining who and how eg The Roman Hat Mystery , but still worth a careful work through of the copious clues made available along the way ( )
  bigship | Nov 3, 2012 |
The first of the Wrightsville novels. All the previous Ellery Queen novels took place in New York City and had his dad, the metropolitan police department, and very complex mysteries at the heart of the story. This time Ellery moves to a small town where the murder that occurrs is done by poisoning. There is much less complexity and more character development in Calamity Town. In fact the primary focus as far as the mystery is concerned is - how could someone have actually done the poisoning. There are plenty of clues and characters, but the murder is actually announced and then we watch as it happens. It is then up to Ellery to figure out how the poisoning could have happened and, of course, who did it..

If you have read very many mysteries, you will likely see the two plot points that are important to solving the mystery. But even in recognizing them both, I still enjoyed the book and especially enjoyed seeing a very different side to Ellery Queen in this book. He actually has a girlfriend and there is more humor from him. ( )
  markatread | Aug 17, 2010 |
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Looking for trouble, Ellery Queen descends on a small townAt the tail end of the long summer of 1940, there is nowhere in the country more charming than Wrightsville. The Depression has abated, and for the first time in years the city is booming. There is hope in Wrightsville, but Ellery Queen has come looking for death. The mystery author is hoping for fodder for a novel, and he senses the corruption that lurks beneath the apple pie fa & ccedil;ade. He rents a house owned by the town & rsquo;s first family, whose three daughters star in most of the local gossip. One is fragile, left at the altar three years ago and never recovered. Another is engaged to the city & rsquo;s rising political star, an upright man who & rsquo;s already boring her. And then there & rsquo;s Lola, the divorced, bohemian black sheep. Together, they make a volatile combination. Once he sees the ugliness in Wrightsville, Queen sits back & mdash;waiting for the crime to come to him.… (more)

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