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  • Series: Dedalus European Classics
  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Dedalus (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873982380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873982389
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Many years ago author John Dickson Carr claimed that "The Mystery of the Yellow Room" was "the best detective tale ever written". While I would probably choose one of the novels of John Dickson Carr as my all-time favorite, I can wholeheartedly endorse this book by Gaston Leroux. It is clearly one of the best. The famous attack which takes place in a locked room is in itself worth the price of the book. That is not all that the book has to offer, though. There is also the amazing disappearance of the villain with pursuers literally two steps behind him. I challenge anyone to guess the solution. Read this book yourself and I am sure you will agree: Gaston Leroux created a masterpiece with "The Mystery of the Yellow Room".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Felix Hunter on December 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mlle. Strangerson, the daughter of a famous scientist, is brutally attacked in her bedroom. The window is barred, and the door is double bolted. No one, it seems, could have left the room. However, somehow, he did, leaving strange clues - a bloody imprint of a hand on the wall, a cap, and a hankerchief.

MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW ROOM is pure genius. Leroux winds and twists together meticoulous detail, interesting psychology, and seemingly impossible occurrences that produce a truly enjoyable and schocking finale. This is a wonderful read, and it is great for a rainy day.

MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW ROOM is an extremely influential book, though it is now virtually forgotten. It is one of the first locked-room mysteries, and it inspired Agatha Christie to write her first book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1998
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I'm not a mystery buff, but the premise of The Mystery of the Yellow Room is intriguing. How could someone commit a crime in a sealed room, then vanish without a trace? To find out the answer, you have to have patience; Leroux feeds you with little tid-bits - just enough to keep you reading - then at long last reveals everything. This is not a book in which the detective openly discusses his ideas and connections, but that makes the end more satisfying (by which I mean you'll be hitting yourself in the forehead, saying, "why didn't I think of that?"). It's not a light read, but follow through and it's worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2014
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I knew from other reviews that the style was melodramatic and the characters wooden, but I like locked-room mysteries so I was willing to put up with that. I even managed with gritted teeth to get past the truly dreadful translation (not inaccurate, just very clunky and literal). What made me return the book without finishing it were the completely useless diagrams in the Kindle version. To be clear: the diagrams are simply unreadable, appearing as a mishmash of random bits of text interspersed with |||| ___ characters in an apparent attempt to draw a picture in text. It doesn't work. I even tried different fonts, sizes, line spacing etc. to no avail. I tried on my Kindle device, on the cloud reader, and on my Android tablet and they were all equally bad. As the diagrams are apparently important for the story (can't be sure as I didn't finish it), I just felt I'd been scammed and asked for my money back. I look forward to reading this story in some other format, or in an improved Kindle version if such a thing appears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2007
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This novel was considered by John Dickson Carr to be the best locked room mystery of all time, and I agree its one of the best. Next to the Phantom of the Opera, this is Gaston Leroux's most famous novel, and the one which introduces Joeseph Rouletabille.

Mathilde Strangerson was alone in her room. She had locked her self into the Yellow Room, which was right beside her father's laboratory. The doors were locked and bolted, the windows were bolted, and it was impossible to enter the room. Some how though, and invisible man walked through a locked door and atacked Mathilde. When her father forced open the door, Mathilde lay on the ground, beaten and strangled, and the room was empty.

Before long, the French detective Fredrick Larson had come to solve this mystery. But one person stood in his way. 18 reporter-detective Joeseph Rouletabille had also decided to solve this mystery, and would soon uncover a secret bigger then any thing any one ever expected.
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By "nobody8448" on February 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Leroux's story, in this writer's opinion, truly tops those of Doyle. It's a seemingly impossible case to solve, so complex that a diagram of the house has to be inserted in the book, and the outcome is surprising. Do not be thrown off by Leroux's seemingly clunky writing -- a complaint many have had with his other famous novel "The Phantom of the Opera." Leroux was originally a journalist, and even as an author, found it more comfortable to write his fiction as though they were written by a journalist, perhaps for a newspaper.
There are a couple of odd things that I guess just don't translate into English. One, throughout the entire novel they discuss "the murder of Mmme. Stangerson" -- though in fact it was simply an attempted murder. For many chapters I was trying to figure out how Mmme. Stangerson could be talking if she was murdered.
Also, my diagram seems to be missing a crucial number explaining where one of the windows is. While this is frustrating, it is fully possible to enjoy the novel anyway. I highly recommend this book, whether you're a Leroux fan, a mystery fan, or a fan of early 20th century fiction.
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