Trapped on a burning mountain, the Queens take refuge with a killer.
Dashing detective Ellery Queen and his father are driving over the pothole-scarred Arrow Mountain Road when they come face to face with a wall of flame. They tear back in the other direction, fire at their fenders, and finally find safety in a clearing, at the home of Dr. Xavier, a renowned surgeon. He is a genial man, but his distracted, mysterious smile conceals dark secrets. Passing through one of the drafty hallways, Ellery's father is startled by a pair of eyes burning in the darkness - the eyes of a monster. Could they be trapped on some kind of mountain of Dr. Moreau? Dr. Xavier introduces them to the rest of his household, including his wife, brother, and medical assistant. Everyone's welcoming, but they also seem anxious and cagey. When the good doctor is found shot to death in his study, Queen realizes that he and his father have more to fear than a pair of sinister eyes. The Queens might have escaped the forest fire, but they have leapt into a situation that's every bit as hot.
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"Classic Ellery Queen"
This is my third time through the Siamese Twin Mystery. It seems to keep getting better with each read/listen as I see the plot and solution from new perspectives.
I really like the menagerie of characters portrayed and the Dr. Moreau feel to the entire story.
Fred Sullivan does a great job with Ellery Queen, Detective Queen and the rest of the cast.
"A murder during a forest fire..."
Ellery and his father are trapped at the summit of Arrow Mountain, as a fire rages below them. There's only one house where they can seek refuge, a mansion owned by the very strange Dr. Xavier. The staff and guests are equally strange. And, of course, one of them gets murdered. Ellery races to solve the mystery...although, as the fire creeps nearer and nearer, he has to wonder if it's really worth the trouble. An interesting case, with plenty of the Queen tricks (false solution, dying clues, etc)...one of Ellery's theories is so laughable it's hard to believe he seriously considered it. Still not a fan of Sullivan's narration, although he's less whiny here than previously.
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