The Tragedy of X Author:Ellery Queen, Barnaby Ross (pseudonym) Let the Unknown = X!! — A crowded street car! A man is murdered! Everyone saw him die, but no one saw the killer! Many people (even his own partner) had good reason to hate Longstreet. Inspector Thumm's few clues all led up a blind alley. He finally sought the aid of Drury Lane, retired Shakespearean actor, who made a hobby of solving crimes. — Se... more »ated amid the splendor of the vast medieval halls of his castle on the Hudson, Drury Lane hears the story from the Inspector. He knows who the murderer is, but refuses to reveal his identity until he has sufficient evidence for the police to arrest him.
This story is crammed full of chilling thrills! Why was the streetcar conductor murdered? Why won't Longstreet's partner talk? The answers to these questions and others all lead to the solution of this puzzling mystery.
Here is a mystery you MAY be able to solve! If Drury Lane knows the answer just from hearing the facts...well read it and see how clever YOU can be in solving this ‘who dunnit’.
The first Drury Lane mystery.
Ellery Queen is both a fictional character and a pseudonym used by two American cousins from Brooklyn, New York. Beginning in 1932, the cousins wrote four novels using the pseudonym "Barnaby Ross" about Drury Lane, a Shakespearean actor who had retired from the stage due to deafness and was consulted as an amateur detective. The Barnaby Ross novels were later republished under the Ellery Queen name.
The novels also featured Inspector Thumm (at first of the New York police, then later a private investigator) and his crime-solving daughter Patience.
The Drury Lane novels are in the whodunnit style. The Tragedy of X and The Tragedy of Y are variations on the locked room mystery format.« less