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Read & Download The Egyptian Cross Mystery 104 ã [Reading] ➾ The Egyptian Cross Mystery By Ellery Queen – A new series of classic facsimile reprints selected and introduced by the internationally renowned editor and mystery expert Otto Penzler The Egyptian Cross Mystery has justly been called Ellery ueens Ere found with their heads cut off crucified likewise in the form of a T Ellery ueen had the feeling that there was only one clue he didnt possess and that clue came to him with the fourth murde. This novel is the first to take Ellery out of New York and his usual set up with his father Richard and manservant Djuna I struggled a little to get into the book at first with its lengthy coroner's seuence and several moments of smugness from Ellery but once another person dies in a different state in the same way the case became much interesting to meThe book adopts a far action focused conclusion than I have found in the previous Ellery stories with the final chapters setting up a race against time for the detectives to catch their suspect These seuences are exciting and help keep the reader engaged in the run up to the moment where Ellery reveals what happenedWhile it may not be perfect and I have to admit that the first tenth of the book underwhelmed me I was entertained by this than I have been with any of its predecessors It is a clever story that plays fair that works to keep the reader engaged throughout the whole novel and that builds to an exciting conclusionFor a much detailed review see my blog

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A new series of classic facsimile reprints selected and introduced by the internationally renowned editor and mystery The Egyptian PDFEPUB or expert Otto Penzler The Egyptian Cross Mystery has j. “The most pitiful Christmas story of the year was revealed today when the beheaded body of Andrew Van 46 year old schoolmaster of the little West Virginia hamlet of Arroyo was discovered crucified to the signpost on a lonely crossroads near the village early Christmas morning Four inch iron spikes had been driven into the upturned palms of the victim impaling them to the tips of the signpost's weatherbeaten arms Two other spikes transfixed the dead man's ankles which were set close together at the foot of the upright Under the armpits two spikes had been driven supporting the weight of the dead man in such a way that his head having been hacked off the corpse resembled nothing so much as a great letter TThe signpost formed a T The crossroads formed a T On the door of Van's house not far from the crossroads the murdered had scrawled a T in his victim's blood And on the signpost the maniac's conception of a human T”Excerpt from newspaper article on what would come to be known as the first of “The Egyptian Cross Murders”No one has ever seen anything like this Van was eccentric but inoffensive He had no enemies or friends His only close associate was his servanthandyman Kling who has also vanished without a trace The district attorney coroner and law enforcement of Arroyo and Hancock County have no idea how to deal with this Ellery ueen hears about the bizarre murder and promptly goes to Arroyo However his investigation though it turns up some interesting facts doesn't really solve the crime Ellery returns home to New York thinking he has heard the last of the odd murderThen six months later he receives a telegram from an old professor that ends“MY NEIGHBOR FOUND CRUCIFIED TO HIS TOTEM POST WITH HEAD MISSING STOP I SHALL EXPECT YOU TODAY YARDLEY”It has started again This is probably the most bloody of the Ellery ueen novels but it's pretty tame by today's standards The plot is complicated and twisted This is one mystery that had me completely stumped until the end The plot reminded me somewhat of The Three Coffins aka “The Hollow Man” by John Dickson Carr – someone flees a dark violent past only to be hunted down “Egyptian Cross” is a wonderfully dark tale with a strong paranoid streak running through it You literally do not know whom to trust The terror is palpable The only weak spots are the two romances involving secondary characters which really just get in the way Those characters could have been left out and the story would not have suffered Of all the Ellery ueens this is probably my favorite Very recommended

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The Egyptian Cross MysteryUstly been called Ellery ueens weirdest adventure On Christmas Eve an eccentric schoolmaster in the little town of Arroyo West Virginia was brutally murdered Over the next year three other men w. In this book the writers Ellery ueen as opposed to the fictional author Ellery ueen can be seen to be working toward as less Philo Vancish lead character while still in the thralls of concocting overly ornate murders ueen the fictional character still talks far too much and says far too little The book would be a good third shorter if only he said what he meant the first time and without circumlocution The entire booksstoryplot would fall apart were not ueen the other characters and apparently the readers as well ignorant of that part of the world that the genesis of the tale is supposedly set in In order to captivate the reader ueen and Professor Yardley must react not much than a decade after the end of the Great War as if parts of Europe were separated from America by centuries as well as distance and as if a blood soaked crime scene and a decapitation bespoke brutality beyond any of the pograms of recent historyPerhaps the irritation of this reviewer is increased by the fact she found the solution to the crime obvious a good forty pages before it was unveiled and suspected it long before that conseuently found much of the book transparently an exercise in biding time and haring off after irrelevancies