The Mystery of the Yellow Room: Extraordinary Adventures of Joseph Rouletabille, Reporter

The Mystery of the Yellow Room: Extraordinary Adventures of Joseph Rouletabille, Reporter

by Gaston Leroux

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Overview


The young lady had just retired to her room when sounds of a struggle ensue, and cries of "Murder!" and revolver shots ring out. When her locked door is finally broken down by her father and a servant, they find the woman on the floor, badly hurt and bleeding. No one else is in the room. There is no other exit except through a barred window. How did the attacker escape?
First published in 1907, this intriguing and baffling tale is a classic of early 20th-century detective fiction. At the heart of the novel is a perplexing mystery: How could a crime take place in a locked room which shows no sign of being entered? Nearly a century after its initial publication, Leroux's landmark tale of foul play, deception, and unbridled ambition remains a blueprint for the detective novel genre. Written by the immortal author of The Phantom of the Opera, this atmospheric thriller is still a favorite of whodunit fans everywhere.
"The finest locked room tale ever written." — John Dickson Carr, author of The Hollow Man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486449289
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 04/07/2006
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 864,253
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux (1868–1927) was a French journalist and author of detective fiction. In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, 1910), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, notably the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. His novel The Mystery of the Yellow Room is also one of the most famous locked-room mysteries ever.

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Mystery of the Yellow Room: Extraordinary Adventures of Joseph Rouletabille, Reporter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While The Mystery of the Yellow Room cannot boast a large reading audience, it remains a masterful, logical, captivating piece of literature. One aspect of this work that stands out in my mind is the amazing attention to detail that dominates it. For those who are unfamiliar with this novel, it involves an inquiry into the attempted murder of an attractive female scientist. The action follows young Joseph Rouletabille, a journalist and a genius, on his quest to discover the would-be murderer at the end of a tangled web of evidence that seems as though it will never fit together... until it does. It continues to be an excellent novel for the mind that's up to the challenge and suspense of attempting to solve a locked room mystery.
Meredith_Secaur More than 1 year ago
Gaston Leroux has been a favorite author of mine since reading his masterpiece "The Phantom of the Opera", and this book was just as engaging, maybe even moreso. I have read many mystery and detective novels, and I have to say that this is probably the finest ever made. The characters are well-crafted, the story has a clever premise, and the plot-- it's just about the most suprising, intriguing, and page turning one that could ever be imagined: a seemingly impossible crime, committed in a locked room, and perpetrated by a person who could not possibly be there. There are so many twists, turns, and red herrings that you have no idea what the solution is until the very end, and are left guessing, just as lost as the narrator himself, until everything is revealed. Leroux really puts you right there in the thick of all the action with his vivid descriptions and introspective thinking. Every question that could possibly be brought up is put to light and pondered at all angles, leaving you with a very rounded, complete perspective of the case, as you would be if you were actually left to solve it. His detective, and eighteen-year-old reporter who has a penchant for solving crimes, is wonderfully clever and analytical without being haughty. He actually feels like a real person, albeit one with a nose like a bloodhound and a mind that doesn't quit. Better than Sherlock Holmes; better than Hercule Poirot; Joseph Rouletabille wins out every time! This edition has a nice plus, aside from being very affordable, in that it is the original English translation from 1908, which gives it a kind of authenticity. In closing, I highly recommend this book to detective and mystery fans alike, as well as anyone who enjoys a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great read. At first I had to flip back over pages initially to figure out who was saying what in this fast-paced writing style. Once I got into the momentum, by pg 15, it was absorbing both trying to solve the puzzle and seeing what would happen next. Surprise ending, too. Lots of fun and a marvelous way of writing & plot twists and turns.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First written in 1908, The Mystery of the Yellow Room is considered one of the classics of the "locked-room"/impossible crime genre. Believe me, by the time you finish reading about the crime (never mind the rest of the book), you'll be scratching your head saying "how on earth did this just happen?"It seems that one Mathilde Stangerson goes off to her room (called The Yellow Room) in a pavilion where she and her father work at scientific experiments. The door is locked -- then she is heard to scream, followed by 2 gun shots. As her father and one of the servants rush to the door, they break it open and find only Mathilde, with fresh strangulation marks, a lump on the head and bloody handprints on the walls. But that's it. There's no one else there, and there's no way in the world whoever did this could have possibly escaped. Thus begins a very strange mystery. I can't say any more about it because I will totally wreck it if anyone's interested in reading it.The characters are rather interesting, especially the main character, young (18) journalist with the paper "L'Epoque" -- a journalist with a detective bent. He shares his information with a M. Sinclair, the narrator of the story. Mathilde Stangerson is a woman with many secrets, and nothing is revealed until the end, keeping you hanging on. There are several suspects, many red herrings and multiple clues, so if you are okay with a somewhat rambling narrative (I think it can be excused given the date the book was written), you'll probably find this one to be quite well done. It's likely that modern readers may find this one a bit tedious since we often like to get to the point quickly. In this book, the who, how and why are not divulged until the last minute.Overall, it's a bit rambly, but it's still a fine mystery and you're really just dying by the end to find out everything. Recommended for people who enjoy classic mysteries and locked-room mysteries.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My husband bought this book for me for one of my Christmas gifts, and to tease me, he gave me a clue - phantom of the opera. I knew he had bought me books (easy to tell even in their wrapping paper), but since I had nothing on my list that had to do with that show or book, I was stumped. As soon as I unwrapped this one, though, I figured it out. Gaston Leroux, who knew that he wrote mystery books? Of course, I did put this book in my wish list, but that was because it was touted in another mystery novel as being a classic of the genre and I was curious; I never paid much attention to the author. After my moment of enlightenment, I read the synopsis on the back of the book to remind myself why I wanted this particular title - my wish list is ridiculously large - and was then very excited to have it.The story is a locked room mystery. That means that a crime, generally murder, is committed in a room that is lock and thoroughly secure from the inside, but when help arrives and breaks the door down, they only find the victim inside, no attacker. In this instance, the young lady assaulted is not killed, but near death, and yet the containment of the room is such that those who find her wonder if the villain couldn't have magically disappeared. Leroux's book is lauded as one of the best locked room mysteries available, and I agree.
rretzler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Mystery of the Yellow Room very much and I can certainly see why it is considered one of the classics of the mystery genre - and especially of the locked room.Joseph Rouletabille, the journalist from a French newspaper covering the mystery, is a very likeable and intelligent "detective." He matches his wits against one of the finest detectives from the Sûreté, Frederic Larsan.Although this book was written over 100 years ago, I did not feel that it was dated. Of course, there were none of the modern techniques at play, but this was a book of puzzles and intellect over modern science - the classic "whodunit."I obtained my copy from Project Gutenberg, an English translation from the original French, and although most of the story was translated very well, there were a few times when I was left wondering if the meaning of the original had come through correctly. Fortunately, this did not happen often and I was able to enjoy the book.I think I will definitely read more of Leroux's mysteries. I am interested in the further adventures of Joseph Rouletabille.
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