There Was An Old Woman Author:Ellery Queen Before the last echo of the shot had trailed down Riverside Drive, Ellery Queen realized that he had just witnessed a murder. Robert Potts lay shot through the heart. Not only had Ellery been a witness, but also Inspector Queen and Sergeant Velie. Yet not one of them knew who committed the murder. — This is the story of the Old Woman (Cornelia Po... more »tts), who lived with all her children (six) in the incredible Potts "palace" on Riverside Drive -- on its front lawn a great bronze Oxford complete with trailing bronze shoelaces. Over the household hovers a ruthless killer who fits his cold-blooded crimes into the pattern of a Mother Goose rhyme. Here is murder -- with amusing and queer characters galore -- as weird and baffling as Ellery Queen has ever encountered.« less
An okay example of the mystery story of the 1940's, this is -- at least -- not as outlandishly complicated as many of the Ellery Queen tales are. It has some surprises, but the solution isn't that great a shock. OK, but nothing special.