Review: The Fourth Side of the Triangle by Ellery Queen

76. The Fourth Side of the Triangle by Ellery Queen
Publication: Random House (1965), Hardcover, 183pp
Genre: Mystery
Read: March 27, 2010
Source: Bought
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Sheila, exotic young international leader of haute couture,is found murdered in her Park Avenue penthouse. Two floors down, the distinguished middle-aged millionaire–Ashton McKell–is hauled off to jail. Next to go, Lutecia, his shy patrician wife. And then–Dane, their handsome, sensitive son. Together, a triangle of murder suspects. Ellery Queen, immobilized, can trick the police into becoming his “legmen” if he discoveres The Fourth Side of the Traingle.


I didn’t realize it when I started reading this book, but I already knew this story. See, I had been watching the Ellery Queen TV show a few months ago and this book formed one of the episode’s plot– so I already knew a lot of the basics. I couldn’t remember the solution, however, and the book has more details in it than the TV show had, so it wasn’t a complete wash out.

The mystery itself is great, with lots of red herrings and twists. It was fun going through each suspect and discarding them as new evidence pops out. However, I absolutely hate the ending, because I (highlight for spoilers) hate it when the narrators turn out to be the murderer. They’re narrators– you’re supposed to read about everything they do in the book, and that includes murdering their girlfriends! So annoying.

I wouldn’t start with this book if you’ve never read an Ellery Queen book before, since Ellery himself takes a backseat. But it’s a decent enough story, and worth checking out if you want a quick read.


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