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Face to Face | [Ellery Queen]

Face to Face

When Gloria Guild, the singing “Glory” of the 30s and millionaire wife of Count Carlos Armando, is murdered, she leaves only one clue: the word “face” written in her dying scrawl. Who or what is “face”? Ellery and his father the Inspector, British agent Harry Burke, and Sergeant Velle all get involved. Ellery’s search takes him from the Bowery to a way-out wedding before he arrives at a shocking conclusion.
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Publisher's Summary

When Gloria Guild, the singing “Glory” of the 30s and millionaire wife of Count Carlos Armando, is murdered, she leaves only one clue: the word “face” written in her dying scrawl. Who or what is “face”? Ellery and his father the Inspector, British agent Harry Burke, and Sergeant Velle all get involved. Ellery’s search takes him from the Bowery to a way-out wedding before he arrives at a shocking conclusion.

©1967 Ellery Queen, copyright renewed by Ellery Queen (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Technically faultless construction (one expects no less), admirable final twist, and one lovely private joke for old-line Queen fans (as aren’t we all?)” (New York Times)

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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 09-19-13
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Silly and dated"

    Really should be a straight 2.5 stars, as the plot wasn't lame enough to actually give up on, and the narration was overall tolerable. Ellery and his visiting Scottish cop pal seemed more like the Hardy Boys than Nero Wolfe and Archie. Recommended for folks who might be looking for something light to pass the time; otherwise, if you're looking for an actual mystery to become invested in, no.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha Lexington, KY 06-23-13
    Trisha Lexington, KY 06-23-13 Member Since 2010

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    "As expected.."

    I've always enjoyed Ellery Quuen mysteries. This is a typical one with all the expected twists, turns and Ellery brooding. The narrator did a good job giving voice to the characters. Would recommend to detective story fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G.V. Springfield Illinois 09-17-12
    G.V. Springfield Illinois 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Review of FACE TO FACE by Ellery Queen"
    Would you listen to Face to Face again? Why?

    Yes, undoubtedly. I always do. First to listen to, then to see if there's any flaws or gafts in the plot. I always do mysteries.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Face to Face?

    The scene when Ellery deducted the meaning of the clue "FACE". Actually, that whole part is a bit far fetched. And I'm not going to give anything away. It's still a good tale.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, far to long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Please forgive the Scottish Brough. It was intertaining. And Ellery's use of extremely big words when simpler ones would do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-07-11
    Betsy Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Classic Ellery Queen"
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    A good bet for Ellery Queen fans and fans of noir-ish mystery more generally. Like many a mystery, this is a bit less fun when you already know the twist -- but it's classic Ellery Queen, complete with outsized characterizations, evocative imagery, and parlor-scene reveal. It's dated, of course, especially in its characterizations of women, but that's to be expected, and it's very much a classic tale of its time.

    The narration is fine. A bit stilted here and there, but all clear and appropriate for the material.

    Overall, recommended.

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