Cue For Murder Author:Helen McCloy Two cold-blooded murders done on the stage of the Royalty Theater before the very eyes of audience and cast... An order in a near-by bar for a Rum, Gum, and Lime... A house fly which helps to solve the mystery ... A dark and faceless figure on the top landing of the theater fire escape... A missing surgical knife which turns up in the heart of a... more »n actor whom nobody seems to know...
Dr. Basil Willing tackles murder in a Broadway playhouse.
First published in 1942
Bantam edition from 1965 is one of 5 selections by Anthony Boucher in the "World's Great Novels of Detection" series and contains an introduction by Boucher.
(The other 4 books in the series are: Cat of Many Tails by Ellery Queen, Green for Danger by Christianna Brand, Rim of the Pit by Hake Talbot, and A Blunt Intrument by Georgette Heyer.)« less
Top notch golden age mystery, set in the Broadway district of the 1940's. McCloy's Basil Willing is a psychology consultant to the New York police and investigates when murders occurs on stage during a play in front of a full house audience. From the initial puzzle of why someone breaks into a knife-grinder's shop just to let a canary out of its cage to why none of the play's cast recognizes the actor playing a dead man (all too realistically), it's one of those books you'll skim back through to check how you missed the clues.