Mystery Books

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    From New York Times bestseller John Lescroart comes an explosive look at the seductive power of revenge and the terrible costs of

  • Thunder of Heaven (Martyr's Song, Book 3)

    The world's worst fears have dawned. Nothing stands in the way of total destruction...except the love of one woman.Deep

  • The Cat Who Saw Stars

    Jim Qwilleran and his cats, Koko and Yum Yum, have a close encounter with a killer in this mystery in the bestselling Cat Who s

  • The Apocalypse Watch

    American agent Harry Latham has penetrated the fortresslike mountain hideaway of the Brotherhood of the Watch, a neo-Nazi organiza

  • From the Corner of His Eye

    His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy.He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams.His story will chan

  • A Grave Talent

    This gripping debut of the Kate Martinelli mystery series won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery, generating wide critical acc

  • Cold Paradise (A Stone Barrington Novel)

    Stone Barrington gets reacquainted with a long-buried case and an ex-lover in this electrifying thriller in the #1 New York

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Mystery Movies

  • Interstellar (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)

    With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling bey

  • Shutter Island

    Academy Award® winning director Martin Scorses once again teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio in this spine-chilling thriller that cr

  • Basic

    Academy Award(r) nominees John Travolta (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and SamuelL. Jackson (Best Actor in a S

  • Seven (New Line Platinum Series)

    Seven: Platinum Series (Dbl DVD)

  • The Bone Collector

    He takes his victims' lives and leaves behind mysterious pieces of a bizarre puzzle. And the only person who may be able to make s

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Mystery Authors

Book reviews - The Tragedy Of X

The Tragedy Of X


Author: Ellery Queen
Retired Shakespearean actor Drury Lane solves a mystery from afar

Born during intermission in a seedy New Orleans playhouse, Drury Lane has spent the better part of his life in the theater. A majestic old-fashioned ham, he made his name in London, where his record-breaking run as Hamlet defined the role for a generation. When hearing loss forces him to retire, he turns his attention to human drama—specifically crime. Using his powers of disguise, knowledge of human nature, and an occasional dash of theatrical combat, Lane is the most fantastic detective of all time—onstage or off.
 
In The Tragedy of X, a man is poisoned in the middle of a crowded New York streetcar, and not one of the dozens of witnesses can provide any useful evidence. The police are stumped until they receive a letter from Lane, claiming to have solved the crime by reading newspaper reports. He knows the killer’s name—but now he has to catch him.


US publication: 1932
Detective: Ellery Queen
Genre: novels witten under the name barnaby ross