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The Scarlet Letters Audiobook

The Scarlet Letters: Ellery Queen Detective, Book 24

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Ellery had a simple case. A few days of discreet snooping, some choice advice, and the inimitable sleuth would blithely restore domestic harmony to the millionaire couple Dirk and Martha Lawrence. Then came the scarlet letters. And finally the cryptic clue, scrawled in a murdered man’s blood. A simple case? Unless Ellery did some super-fast sleuthing, he’d have nothing to show but a very scarlet face. The case will drag him all over New York as he hunts for the truth.

©1953 Ellery Queen (P)2014 AudioGO

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    Stephen W Osborne 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Different, but dull"

    You know how when authors try something different, it almost never works? This is one of those cases. The books is 80% setup, and 20% actual case, with Ellery trying to figure out a dying man's message written in blood (literally scarlet letters). The trouble here is that the setup is long and dull, and it's hard to care about Dirk, who's an utter bastard, and even Martha. Why does she stay with this guy? SPOILER ALERT:
    Dirk's plot is way too complicated, and it's a wonder Martha didn't ruin the whole thing by going to Ellery, who's her friend, and saying, "Hey, I'm being blackmailed by some guy who says my husband commited murder. Can you prove Dirk is innocent?" After all, this is the sort of thing Ellery DOES.
    The ending does nearly make up for the long, boring setup, but I'm leaving the 3 stars out of the frustration I felt listening to all the whining.

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    beviolette 03-02-17
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    "Riviting"

    The store was great. The twist at the end was totally unexpected. The narration was very clear.

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    Henry Maicki II 07-01-15 Member Since 2010
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    "An Interesting Twist"

    An interesting twist of a detective novel. It shows great literary style. It does not have some of the regular Ellery Queen cast, but showcases some lesser characters. Well worth the listen for mystery fans.

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    Penney 06-02-14
    Penney 06-02-14
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Loved Ellery Queen when I was a teenager, but had no connection with the characters.


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