Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: A Red Object
Date Finished: January 13, 2016
I suppose I should do some of these Silver Age books, too.
It amazes me that the Ellery Queen twins were so careless as to allow so many ghostwritten stories to be published under their name in the 1960s. At least Halliday and Charteris had them write their characters, but these Queens are a crazy mixed bag and I don’t know how anyone bought that they were all by one man. But how did we all survive before we could look these things up on the internet anyway.
This one is really by Fletcher Flora, who was a decent enough writer. Sure, this one was republished multiple times because of the Queen name. Otherwise it would have met a one-time fate, like most of his own. Here we find a suburban hotbed of deceit, adultery, murder, suicide, beautiful wives, etc. This is more The early 60s’ idea of what suburbia is than any reality I’ve ever known. A wife is found dead, and then her husband, too, and one of their immediate neighbors is responsible, but which one? A wife snoops, a sad-sack detective investigates. Not too bad, but not Ellery Queen.