The Scarlet Letters Author:Ellery Queen A TOUCH OF RED — For once Ellery Queen had a simple case. A few days of discreet snooping, some choice advice, and the inimitable sleuth would blithely restore domestic harmony to the tumultuous marriage couple Dirk and Martha Lawrence. — And then came the scarlet letters. First the anonymous epistles linked in red, intimating dark secrets and d... more »esperate acts. The the symbolic irony of letter, condemning homely Martha as a flagrant adultress. And finally the cryptic alphabet clue...scrawled in a murdered man's blood.
A simple case? Ellery Queen had been a fool to think so. And unless he did some super-fast sleuthing, he'd have nothing to show for his efforts but a very scarlet face...and a killer on the loose....« less
Well-written, snappy dialogue reminiscent of _Arsenic and Old Lace_. Gives a real sense of the New York culture of the the 1940s-50s time period. The relationships, in their newly-minted stereotypes, are relatively cute and fresh (Girl Friday in love with the Playboy Detective offset by the genial Father-Knows-Best Police Inspector).