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The Honest Swindler

By: Ellery Queen
Narrated by: Traber Burns
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Publisher's Summary

Previously part of a collection, this rare Ellery Queen mystery is available as a standalone audiobook for the first time.

In "The Honest Swindler", Ellery is challenged to solve an imaginary riddle devised by three members of the Puzzle Club. He must explain how an old prospector could have spent five years on a fruitless uranium hunt and still have returned every penny of his backers' money.

©1971 Ellery Queen (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Just Plain Fun

Like “The Odd Man” and “The Three Students”, here’s another session with the Puzzle Club, a group that includes everyone from plutocrats to poets. I admit that I could have solved this one if I’d really thought about it, but I was having too much fun listening.

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Be sure to play along

If you don’t know, Ellery Queen mysteries are meant to be audience participation. Once Ellery says he knows the answer, there’s a pause. Come up with your own answer before hearing his. Just remember the answers reflect life in the mid 1900s and usually there is no trick involved.

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Nice short story

This was a classic how did he do it take just as good as classic Agatha Christie

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Good Short Listen

Another fine short story from the puzzle club, by mystery master Ellery Queen. If you have audible plus check these out they are a bunch of fun. Traber Burns does good with the narrating.

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I found this a wonderful reenactment of this Queen book. I was kept on the edge of my seat the whole time.

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  • 08-31-21

Ok for a short story

An ok listen for a short story- but it was a pleasant way to pass 10 minutes.

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  • 03-10-20

Simply Brilliant!

Ellery Queen fabulous as usual, with an outstanding narrator to accompany this little old gem.