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Calamity Town (original 1942; edition 1938)

by Ellery Queen

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Title:Calamity Town
Authors:Ellery Queen
Info:Little, Brown and Company, Boston
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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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