The Finishing Stroke Author:Ellery Queen The amazing case Ellery Queen couldn't solve even though he knew the answer. — It was Christmas and Ellery Queen was one of twelve people gathered for the holidays in the immense and rambling mansion. — That was the night the first message came - but how and from whom no one knew. It was a warning of slow, deliberate murder. — Night after night the... more » warnings kept coming. On the twelfth night, this was the message:
On the twelfth night of Christmas
Your true love sends to you,
This fatal dagger - this jeweled knife -
This finishing stroke to end your life.
And when they found the corpse, the dagger was buried deep in its back.« less