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The Mystery of the Yellow Room (Xist Classics) (1907)

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The Mystery of the Yellow Room is Gaston Leroux's masterpiece, and it turned out to be his most successful book during his lifetime. It is one of the classics of early-twentieth-century detective fiction.At the heart of the novel is this enigma: how could a murder take place inside a locked room that shows no sign of being entered? The novel is also about the rivalry between the detective Frederick Larson and a young investigative journalist, Rouletabille, to solve the case. Larson finds a suspect who is put on trial, only to have him cleared by Rouletabille, who reveals in the most dramatic fashion the identity of the real murderer.This atmospheric thriller is still a favorite of whodunit fans everywhere.… (més)
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The Mystery of the Yellow Room de Gaston Leroux (1907)

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The first in a series of detective stories of a young reporter. A true locked room mystery which kept me guessing until the denouement. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
This story holds up remarkably well, at least in part because the narrator is excellent :) ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
I really liked this book and I find that it is really well written. For sure, this book having been written in the 1900s the language is different from the thriller or mystery novels published nowadays. The language is rich, the plot really interesting and full of suspense, the way of thinking of Rouletabille really impressive. ( )
  JulietteGF | Mar 27, 2018 |
Un soir d’octobre 1892, au château du Glandier, peu après minuit, tandis que le professeur Stangerson travaille dans son laboratoire en compagnie de son serviteur, il entend, dans la chambre attenante, les appels au secours de sa fille. Tous les deux se précipitent, mais la porte est fermée de l’intérieur, comme les volets de l’unique fenêtre. Lorsqu’ils découvrent finalement la jeune fille qui râle sur le plancher, il ne reste de l’assassin que la marque, sur les murs, d’une main ensanglantée – et le revolver du serviteur : meurtre incompréhensible, dont le reporter Joseph Rouletabille va pourtant percer le mystère.
De ce roman paru en feuilleton en 1907, Hercule Poirot, en connaisseur, dira que c’est « un véritable chef-d’œuvre », et peut-être d’abord parce que la fascination pour l’horreur rejoint ici un sens aigu du drame aussi bien que du fantastique. Mais ce qui pour nous, aujourd’hui, fait également la singularité du livre, c’est sa manière de mêler au roman policier les ressources du feuille-ton et le charme du roman d’aventures. Dans cette enquête sur « un crime surnaturel », c’est bien en tout cas le mystère qui domine.
  bibliest | Nov 16, 2017 |
I have no ambition to be an author. An author is always something of a romancer, and God knows, the mystery of The Yellow Room is quite full enough of real tragic horror to require no aid from literary effects.

Gaston Leroux, The Mystery of the Yellow Room


2017 is here, and I've kicked off a new year of reading with The Mystery of the Yellow Room. This early twentieth century novel is a classic locked-room mystery by Gaston Leroux. Leroux is probably best known as the author of The Phantom of the Opera, but he also wrote several mysteries featuring the reporter Joseph Rouletabille, including The Perfume of the Lady in Black and The Secret of the Night.

As you can see in this summary from the publisher, The Mystery of the Yellow Room has all the typical characteristics of an early twentieth-century mystery:

A frightful act of malice committed in Paris: the dastardly attempted assassination of the daughter of a famed scientist who was working late in his laboratory with an assistant when the attack took place in the adjacent room. A locked chamber, windows barred, no one hiding inside. The poor young lady unconscious, covered with blood, violent marks on her throat and a wound at her temple. The scientist’s revolver removed from its cabinet and sealed in the room with her. The only trace of her assailant is a large, bloody handprint on the wall.

At a loss, the chief of the Sûreté telegraphs for the famous detective Frédéric Larsan to be assigned to the seemingly unsolvable case. A genre-defining novel, The Mystery of the Yellow Room follows the investigation step by step, with thorough descriptions of the crime scene to allow the reader access to the same opaque clues to the crime that the detectives have.

Like a lot of early detective fiction, this story focuses more on the puzzle than on character development or theme, but the puzzle itself was enough to keep me reading. Leroux does a fine job, too, of creating a suspenseful atmosphere, and I enjoyed the voice of the narrator, Sainclair the lawyer. One of my favorite lines of the story is when he takes a jab at his profession:

I was helping to save the life of a woman, and even a lawyer may do that conscientiously.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room was chosen as the third best locked-room mystery of all time in a poll of mystery writers and reviewers, and for good reason. It's well worth a read, especially for fans of early detective fiction and locked-room mysteries. ( )
  nsenger | Jan 2, 2017 |
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The Mystery of the Yellow Room is Gaston Leroux's masterpiece, and it turned out to be his most successful book during his lifetime. It is one of the classics of early-twentieth-century detective fiction.At the heart of the novel is this enigma: how could a murder take place inside a locked room that shows no sign of being entered? The novel is also about the rivalry between the detective Frederick Larson and a young investigative journalist, Rouletabille, to solve the case. Larson finds a suspect who is put on trial, only to have him cleared by Rouletabille, who reveals in the most dramatic fashion the identity of the real murderer.This atmospheric thriller is still a favorite of whodunit fans everywhere.

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