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The Mystery of the Yellow Room

The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
By: (1868-1927)

One of the first locked room mysteries, The Mystery of the Yellow Room focuses on a supposedly impossible crime which has been committed within a locked room. The novel was initially published in the French periodical L’illustration, and was later published as a book in 1908. It is the first of a series of novels featuring the famous fictional reporter Joseph Rouletabille.

The mystery begins when Joseph Rouletabille, a reporter and amateur sleuth is sent to investigate a crime scene at the Château du Glandier, home to renowned chemist Joseph Stangerson. In the focus of the crime is none other than professor Stangerson’s daughter Mathilde. She has been viciously attacked and almost killed in her room, or as the title suggests – the yellow room. What makes the crime so bewildering is the fact that it took place in a room locked from the inside with no apparent exit for the perpetrator.

As Miss Stangerson is found alone lying on the floor, the assailant seems to have left significant clues behind, including a bloody mutton bone, a bloody handprint on the wall, and some old boots. Accompanied by his friend and lawyer Sainclair, Rouletabille gains access to the crime scene and interrogates some suspicious characters. The official detective assigned to the case is Frederick Larson, who becomes somewhat of a friendly rival to Rouletabille, and suspects Miss Stangerson’s fiancé Robert Darzac to be involved in the crime. As the mystery unfolds, the darkest secrets and twisted nature of the characters are slowly revealed.

A novel portraying the many facets of deception, hazardous ambition and foul play, The Mystery of the Yellow Room sets the benchmark for detective fiction. Furthermore, readers are intellectually challenged to follow the many clues left behind, pushing them into the role of detective in hope of unraveling the mystery. Nevertheless, intriguing and nail biting to the very end, Leroux has effectively masterminded a perplexing mystery, widely celebrated to this very day.

One of the first locked room mysteries, The Mystery of the Yellow Room focuses on a supposedly impossible crime which has been committed within a locked room. The novel was initially published in the French periodical L’illustration, and was later published as a book in 1908. It is the first of a series of novels featuring the famous fictional reporter Joseph Rouletabille.

The mystery begins when Joseph Rouletabille, a reporter and amateur sleuth is sent to investigate a crime scene at the Château du Glandier, home to renowned chemist Joseph Stangerson. In the focus of the crime is none other than professor Stangerson’s daughter Mathilde. She has been viciously attacked and almost killed in her room, or as the title suggests – the yellow room. What makes the crime so bewildering is the fact that it took place in a room locked from the inside with no apparent exit for the perpetrator.

As Miss Stangerson is found alone lying on the floor, the assailant seems to have left significant clues behind, including a bloody mutton bone, a bloody handprint on the wall, and some old boots. Accompanied by his friend and lawyer Sainclair, Rouletabille gains access to the crime scene and interrogates some suspicious characters. The official detective assigned to the case is Frederick Larson, who becomes somewhat of a friendly rival to Rouletabille, and suspects Miss Stangerson’s fiancé Robert Darzac to be involved in the crime. As the mystery unfolds, the darkest secrets and twisted nature of the characters are slowly revealed.

A novel portraying the many facets of deception, hazardous ambition and foul play, The Mystery of the Yellow Room sets the benchmark for detective fiction. Furthermore, readers are intellectually challenged to follow the many clues left behind, pushing them into the role of detective in hope of unraveling the mystery. Nevertheless, intriguing and nail biting to the very end, Leroux has effectively masterminded a perplexing mystery, widely celebrated to this very day.


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 15 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 14, 2015
Subject: Good but....
Really lovely little mystery with some amazing Readers but some really awful ones!! Like shoot yourself awful boring weak voices. The best reader Stewart Bell I think his name was, what a pity he didn't do the whole book I could have listened to him all day.
Reviewer: - December 29, 2014
Subject: The Mystery if the Yellow Room
A good story. And read by many good readers. Which is a pity, as having only one good reader do the whole story would have made it so much more pleasant to listen to.
Reviewer: - May 31, 2014
yeh duniya yeh duniya pittal di....baby doll tu sone di...hahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,.abbe thik se par ...
Reviewer: - May 31, 2014
Subject: grreat book
All the chapters have been excellently narrated.
Reviewer: - December 28, 2013
Subject: Ugh ... chapter 20
The book was interesting, but the narration quality ranged from horrendous (Chapter 20) to excellent.
August 11, 2013
The book is good, and most of the readers too. Although one or two of the readers had quite a strong accent, which unfortunately made some chapters a little tiresome to listen to.
Reviewer: - July 26, 2013
Subject: Good book
Good book except I had a hard time following the characters with French names. I ended up reading about the book on Wikipedia to understand who was who and accidently read too far and found out who the real murderer was before I was done with the book. Bummer.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Well narrated.
Reviewer: - June 26, 2013
Subject: Review
Excellent story and wonderful narriations. Everyone did such a wonderful job. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewer: - June 3, 2013
The plot is great but it is read by more than one reader. One of the readers I find is fantastic but there is another whom has a very quiet voice and I struggle to hear her and I find her rather dull voice really difficult to listen to. I actually gave up and listen to another book before returning to this story because I couldn't always hear that particular readers very soft voice and accent.
Reviewer: - May 22, 2013
Subject: Excellent
I thought this book was excellent and very well read.
Reviewer: - April 17, 2013
Subject: Brilliant
A very good mystery novel. Most chapters are really well read and the story keeps you hooked.
Reviewer: - January 26, 2013
Subject: Tangled up and wonderful.
Fascinating plot zigzagging down a very winding road.
Reviewer: - January 11, 2013
Subject: Excellent
I've simply reached Chapter 8 but the story in here is too awesome... Must listen to this one.. The plot is great...
Reviewer: - October 31, 2012
Subject: Captivating plot
I enjoyed listening to this book very much. The plot is mysteriously captivating for the reader(in this case the listener!). Every chapter takes you deeper and deeper into this unbelievable detective story. It is impossible to make out what is really going on until the young reporter explains everything so rationally that you keep wandering why on earth couldn't you figure out the situation. "The mystery of the yellow room" is seriously one of the best detective novels i have ever read. It reminded me a little bit of my favourite Sherlock Holmes adventures. This book is really a must read (or,in this case,a must listen). I reccomend it to all of you who want to spend a splendid leisure time.


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