The Egyptian Cross Mystery

The Egyptian Cross Mystery

Streaming Audiobook - 2015
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The Queens are intrigued when a grisly murder mars a small town's Christmas.<p>It's Christmas in Chicago, and Detective Richard Queen is enjoying a busman's holiday at a conference on gangland violence-but his son, amateur sleuth Ellery, is bored silly. Until, that is, Ellery reads of an unusual killing in rural Arroyo, West Virginia. A schoolmaster has been found beheaded and crucified. Ellery hustles his father into his roadster and heads east, since there is nothing he'd like better for Christmas than a juicy, gruesome puzzle. <p>When the Queens arrive in Arroyo, they learn that the victim was an eccentric atheist, but not the sort to make enemies. What initially looks to be the work of a sadistic cult turns out to be something far more sinister. In the months ahead, more victims will turn up all over the world-all killed in the same horrifying manner. It will take several bodies before Ellery divines the clue that unlocks the mystery of the Christmas crucifixion.
Publisher: [United States] : AudioGO : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781624603389
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 39 min.)) : digital


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Aug 10, 2017

I think this is a good example of the Golden Age mystery, and typical for an Ellery Queen story.

The plot twists and turns and stretched my patience once in a while. I didn't find some things really feasible in a very convoluted plot; however, it was an enjoyable read in the "they-don't-write-them-anymore" vein.

Note: there's nothing to do with Egypt in it -- the title refers to the shape of a cross, not the actual country.


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