The Chinese Orange Mystery

An unknown dead man is found in the office of a prosperous publisher His clothes are on backward, and all of the furniture in the room has been reversed Ellery Queen continues to uncover backward clues leading him to the identity of this puzzling victim.
The Chinese Orange Mystery An unknown dead man is found in the office of a prosperous publisher His clothes are on backward and all of the furniture in the room has been reversed Ellery Queen continues to uncover backward clue

  • Title: The Chinese Orange Mystery
  • Author: Ellery Queen
  • ISBN: 9780451087591
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Chinese Orange Mystery”

    1. Il delitto alla rovescia, giallo classico degli anni '30, è un romanzo di piacevole lettura. Ellery Queen, protagonista della vicenda raccontata in questo libro, deve investigare su un delitto avvenuto "alla rovescia". Cosa vorrà dire alla rovescia? E soprattutto come arriverà alla soluzione dell'enigma?Scrittura molto scorrevole, forse un po' troppi dialoghi, ma tra interrogatori ed esposizioni di ipotesi, non poteva essere altrimenti. Schema classico: il mistero della camera chiusa, che tan [...]

    2. Rich publisher Don Kirk, owner of the Mandarin Press, maintains an extra office next to the suite occupied by the Kirk family in the Hotel Chancellor, for meeting authors and, more importantly, for conducting transactions related to his passionately indulged hobby of stamp collecting. One day a fat little guy arrives and, declining to give his name to Don's assistant, says it's important he should see the man himself. He's put into the adjacent waiting room and essentially forgotten about.An hou [...]

    3. I'll just say it right out--The Chinese Orange Mystery (1944) is the best Ellery Queen novel that I've read yet. I have to take Queen in doses. I grew up with the televised version of Ellery Queen and loved those. On TV Ellery, Inspector Queen, and the policemen at the Inspector's beck and call weren't quite as hard-boiled as they seem to be in the novels. Not that we're talking Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett here--certainly not. Just a bit harder around the edges. I have to be in the righ [...]

    4. In Ellery Queen mysteries, God is in the details. I'm always flabbergasted by the stunt whereby the author tells us that, given we were astute enough, we should solve the mystery logically. That trick never gets tired of. This particular story was lacking in form and quality and decisiveness. The appearance of Ellery Queen at Kirk, then at Sewell's place was odd and jarring. That cost the book one or two stars. The mystery itself is not perfect, as the ubiquitous rope is used to seal the locked [...]

    5. Questo “giallo” non mi è piaciuto per niente. Troppe storie accessorie, dinamica e tempistiche poco convincenti, personaggi piatti e motivazioni psicologicamente non molto credibili.

    6. Another Queen that is painfully contrived. I have found that if you want a good Queen, go for the later books.

    7. Good but not great. I expected more given reviews but I was just dumbfounded by the explanation as I could never have figured it out based on the clues. Oh well.

    8. Like a 3.5, actually, but we don't have that capability.Originally penned in 1934, The Chinese Orange Mystery is set in New York, at the high-priced ($10/day!) Chancellor Hotel. There Donald Kirk and his family have pretty much the entire floor, between suites for business (publishing, stamps and jewelry) and living space. The corridor of this floor is watched over by Mrs. Shane, who sees everyone who enters the floor. But she saw no one on the floor when a man waiting in an office for Kirk was [...]

    9. Prior to reading this, I had only read one volume of the Ellery Queen short stories. Although I enjoyed those immensely, I wasn't sure if a full-length mystery would be just as good. Sadly, writing mysteries as short stories and full-length mystery novels require different sets of talents.Ellery Queen did not disappoint, however. In this, his 8th full-length mystery, re-printed recently in an e-book version by Mysterious Press and Open Road Media, Ellery investigates the death of an unknown man [...]

    10. The Chinese Orange Mystery (1934) is by “Ellery Queen,“ (Manfred Lee and Frederic Dannay). Ellery Queen, then, is the nominal author and the main sleuth, and he’s a famous mystery writer in his books, and writes about his own cases, but always writes about himself in the third person. This is a classic “locked room” mystery in the John Dickson Carr mold. I tried to follow it, and I did in fact have a vague idea of who the killer probably was, but the whole thing is rather improbable. T [...]

    11. It's almost a sacrilege that as a confirmed mystery reader, I have never before read an Ellery Queen title. This little gem from 1934, the eighth of the EQ mysteries, is considered by many to be one of the best locked room mysteries of all time. It has all the hallmarks of the classic puzzle mystery with the ends all neatly tied up, even very arcane clues explained. The unique feature of a "Queen" mystery is that close to the end, Ellery "breaks the fourth wall" by interjecting a challenge to re [...]

    12. Over the summer while Sean was taking his swim lessons I read through three Ellery Queen mysteries: The Penthouse Mystery, The Chinese Orange Mystery and The Dutch Shoe Mystery.Both The Penthouse Mystery and The Chinese Orange Mystery cover the clashes and misunderstandings between American and Chinese cultures. Although the overall set up of The Chinese Orange Mystery (1934) is more challenging than The Penthouse Mystery (1941), Ellery Queen is far more ignorant of Chinese culture than he is in [...]

    13. As a book in the contemporary market, it really rates a 2, but it was probably well received back in the day. It reminds me of 30's films like "Murder on a Honeymoon"-- actually I think Edward Gleason would have played Inspector Queen. In many of those films I'm convinced that the script writers invented weird slang on the spot to make their "noir" investigators sound tough. That's how the dialogue in this novel sounded too. Queen the elder throws around many "damns" along with "cripes" & ot [...]

    14. I read lots of Ellery Queen books years ago, and this month I ended up without any other audiobook, so I listened to this one from my personal collection. I like the Ellery Queen books. There comes a point where you really have to pay attention as he unravels the clues and tells us how the murder was done, and eventually, who did it. With all the possible suspects sitting there in the same room, this makes for some drama, and lots of fun!This book is about a stamp collector and his friends in NY [...]

    15. Here we have a dead body found in a room and everything seems to be backwards. The clothes are on the body wrong way around. The furniture in the room is turned around, the carpet is flipped over, and even the lamps are set lampshade side down. Killers do this sort of thing all the time in real life, right? The solution is convoluted and will leave you going Huh? but the reason for the backwardness of the crime should have been obvious to me, but I didn't catch it. If someone turned in this 1935 [...]

    16. This mystery was pretty cool. It had a solve-it-yourself part in the middle, which was rubbish because I know nada about Catholic clergymen's attire. So that was frustrating. I was particularly disgusted by the play on words and the fact that the Chinese orange had /nothing whatsoever/ to do with the mystery. I mean, the Chinese Orange (the stamp) did, but . . . *frustrated but entirely satisfied sigh* Still, I would recommend this book. It's a murder, so if you're exceedingly squeamish I won't [...]

    17. Ellery Queen, the master of the Golden Age mystery, is one of the most important and influential contributors to the mystery genre. The Chinese Orange Mystery is a prime example of the cleverness of the two geniuses behind the pseudonymous Ellery Queen: Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee. Written in 1934, this classic fair-play mystery examines the curious murder of a man in an elegant New York publishing house. In the bizarre murder scene, everything is backwards–the victim’s clothes are on [...]

    18. This is the first Ellery Queen mystery I have read. I liked the style which was similar to the classic noir writers, but was not as bleak and gritty. Queen (the character) was a bit of a Sherlock Holmes type. This mystery was a locked-room puzzle with a very limited cast of suspects, but most of them had great potential due to their various secrets. Almost at the end Queen (the author) inserts a challenge telling the reader they have all the info now and asking if they can solve the puzzle. I co [...]

    19. This is one of Queen’s more formulaic works. Indeed it could be argued to be an urban, American equivalent of the hoary old “English Country house isolated by bad weather” story. An improbably inter-related group of people are drawn together by secrets. Characters withhold facts and information for apparently no other purpose that to obfuscate things. Ellery Queen, the detective, seems to suffer from a strange form of professional amnesia so that obvious clues are overlooked and obvious si [...]

    20. This "whodunit" did an excellent job of mixing the bread crumbs with the stones (explanation at the bottom). Which I did not solve until Ellery was explaining it (I did get it before he made it clear though). Written in 1934 the language and the people stereotypes maybe a bit dated for some readers (some of the clues were dated too). Which is my excuse for not solving it. Still a great read for mystery lovers.Bread crums and stones taken from hansel and gretal (trail leading back to the killer)B [...]

    21. I listened to this audiobook. This is a classic locked room murder mystery. A man comes to the office of a well known stamp and jewel collector. He is mysterious and will not tell the assistant his name nor his business. He is waiting in a small ante room. But when they go to get the man they find the door to the ante room locked from the inside. When they enter through another doorway the find the man dead with all his clothes on backwards. All the objects in the room are also backwards-bookcas [...]

    22. Dopo aver esaurito tutti i romanzi della Christie con Poirot protagonista, ho deciso di avvicinarmi per la prima volta ad Ellery Queen con questo "Delitto alla rovescia", da molti segnalato come una delle migliori storie di Queen. Sebbene all'inizio i modi spicci e crudi dei Queen -padre e figlio- da poliziotti americani, possano dare un po' fastidio a chi ha sempre avuto a che fare con il garbo, il savoir faire e l'educazione di Poirot, la storia è ottimamente costruita, resa ancora più avvin [...]

    23. A favourite Author of mine, Ellery Queen. I liked this story and the way it was told. Characters real enough to be seen in the minds eye. The details of what brings the characters together. The ending like most of Ellery Queens gives you the chance to decide who dunnit, before he actually reveals not only the who but why and how. My copy of this book is the 8th impression 1949 cheap edition without the dust jacket. But still given it's age a good copy that will stay within my library collection. [...]

    24. Invited to come early to a dinner party, Ellery Queen walks instead into a bizarre crime scene where everything, from the clothes on the victim's back to the book cases in the room, is backward. Not only that, no one involved in the case seems to know who this victim is. It takes some time for Ellery to figure all of this out, as well as why two spears were added to the victims clothes, making it look like he had giant horns.The solution was a bit convoluted and I'm still not sure I understood, [...]

    25. Audiobook version. Needed an audiobook in a hurry for my workout session and downloaded this from the "Always Available" section at my library. Gave up after some 30 minutes on the treadmill with not one but two mysteries. First, the antique text was really annoying with remarks like "pshaw" and "by Jove Queen my old boy." Even given that people once did speak like this, the first mystery was after 30 minutes, no mystery had appeared in the story. The second and bigger mystery was that people on [...]

    26. OK, mystery fans, figure this one out! Why would a killer murder a guy, then take his clothes off and put them n backwards? And not only this, but turn all the furniture he could around backwards?Yup, this is one backward mystery, and those two guys writing under the name, Ellery Queen, have put together one almost unsolvable mystery here.Maybe you will have more luck than I did figuring out the killer – good luck!

    27. I picked this up for a dollar at Brattle Books in Boston, and promptly took it over to Boston Common, plunked down on the grass, and read most of it in one sitting. This was my first Ellery Queen mystery, and it was good fun! No Holmes, but thoroughly entertaining nonetheless. The actual plot doesn't hold up perfectly for modern audiences--many things are obvious to a reader of the 1930s that are not obvious to a reader today--but it didn't hamper my enjoyment by much.

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