The Roman Hat Mystery

The Roman Hat Mystery Despite the dismal Broadway season Gunplay continues to draw crowds A gangland spectacle it s packed to the gills with action explosions and gunfire In fact Gunplay is so loud that no one notices

  • Title: The Roman Hat Mystery
  • Author: Ellery Queen Robert Fass
  • ISBN: 9781624603297
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Despite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds A gangland spectacle, it s packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field In a sold out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats The police hold the crowd and call for theDespite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds A gangland spectacle, it s packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field In a sold out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder Inspector Richard Queen With the help of his son Ellery, a bibliophile and novelist whose imagination can solve any crime, the Inspector attacks this seemingly impenetrable mystery Anyone in the theater could have killed the unscrupulous lawyer, and several had the motive Only Ellery Queen, in his debut novel, can decipher the clue of the dead man s missing top hat.

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    1. Ellery Queen Robert Fass

      aka Barnaby Ross Ellery Queen was a pen name created and shared by two cousins, Frederic Dannay 1905 1982 and Manfred B Lee 1905 1971 , as well as the name of their most famous detective Born in Brooklyn, they spent forty two years writing, editing, and anthologizing under the name, gaining a reputation as the foremost American authors of the Golden Age fair play mystery.Although eventually famous on television and radio, Queen s first appearance came in 1928 when the cousins won a mystery writing contest with the book that would eventually be published as The Roman Hat Mystery Their character was an amateur detective who used his spare time to assist his police inspector father in solving baffling crimes Besides writing the Queen novels, Dannay and Lee cofounded Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine, one of the most influential crime publications of all time Although Dannay outlived his cousin by nine years, he retired Queen upon Lee s death.Several of the later Ellery Queen books were written by other authors, including Jack Vance, Avram Davidson, and Theodore Sturgeon.


    1. A man is found dead in a theatre during a play and the police are called in. Inspector Richard Queen shows up with his son Ellery, and thus begins the story of the first Ellery Queen novel. The plot starkly brings out its setting in the 1920s since the mystery basically hinges around a missing top hat. The victim's hat is missing and no one went out of the theatre with two hats. Where is the missing hat and what is its significance? The plot is well-constructed and hangs together remarkably well [...]

    2. My goodness the a lot of people reviewing this know very little about the golden age of detective fiction or indeed, history. Firstly, no chit there is a lot about a hat in it. For that young lady who did not understand why they focused on it so much - everyone wore hats in that era, a missing hat would be as incongruous then as a missing wallet would be to us today. Secondly, educated people in America in the late 1920s spoke and behaved like that, rating a book low because of it speaks volumes [...]

    3. This is one of those books that are so firmly set in the time of their publication that it is difficult to rate them now on their own merits independent of their placement in the development of their genre. Ellery Queen, detective novel writer and son of Inspector Richard Queen, is the co-protagonist at the center of the early Ellery Queen books. The character of Ellery is clearly inspired by S. S. Van Dine's Philo Vance. The prejudices and attitudes of the time of its initial publication (1929) [...]

    4. Read for book club bingo, book by two authors. Oh, Ellery Queen. I started with the introduction, and so I read about how much Manny and Danny, I think the authors colloquially called each other, enjoyed creating plots and puzzles, and how much they loved golden age detective fiction. For that enthusiasm and zeal, I'd like to give this book 4 stars. "A" for effort. But as a novel, it's lacking a lot in the things that make a story readable. The plot is solid. The clues are precise. The dialog is [...]

    5. I am not huge on making reviews, but I have to say I believe this book gets a bad rap so many 2 stars? crazy I thoroughly enjoyed it! I enjoyed how the book was written, and the crime being solved by deductive reasoning. The step into the past, and the feel for the time period. Even though there wasn't a bunch of "action", my interest was kept. I listened to this book on my audible, and to me it was a wonderful "who-done-it" logic puzzle. I plan on reading the next in the series!

    6. Wow. Truly a product of its time. Unlike Dashiell Hammett, Sinclair Lewis, Agatha Christie or Rex Stout -- very little of Ellery Queen's (Frederic Dannay and James Yaffe) writing holds up a century later.

    7. Guter geradliniger Krimi, in dem man irgendwie während des Lesens so gar keine Ahnung hat wer der Mörder denn sein könnte. ;-)Daher fällt die Auflösung dann doch sehr umfangreich und irgendwie kompliziert aus, so dass man sich stark konzentrieren muss.

    8. This first Ellery Queen novel is widely regarded as mediocre at best and significantly worse than many later books. This is the first EQ I've read and had I known beforehand what the general opinion was, i would likely have skipped it and picked up a later mystery. The Roman Hat Mystery is the first of several "national" novels by the cousins writing as Ellery Queen. (The first few novels have a country as part of the title: The Egyptian Cross Mystery, the Dutch Show Mystery, etc.) The Roman of [...]

    9. Re-reading Ellery Queen after decades! And I enjoying it thoroughly.I find that my perspective has changed over 35-40 years, from the time I first read this novel as a student. The mystery is far less confounding (even though I had completely forgotten the plot and the solution), but it isn't fair to judge pioneering authors with decades and decades of hindsight.I also find myself taking exception to snuff taking even if the character is one of the two protagonists. I don't remember finding it d [...]

    10. What fun!!!! This is the first of the Ellery Queen series and is nothing like the ones to follow. This book was written in 1929 and is reflective of the timesohibition, walking sticks, spats, and racial epithets/beliefs not acceptable to the modern audience. But it must be read in the context of society of that time. Ellery is a somewhat mannered twit but not as bad as his counterpart from that time, Philo Vance. Regardless, this is a good little book with a ridiculously intricate plot that sets [...]

    11. The first, 1929, Ellery Queen whodunnit, jointly authored as a competition entry.Interesting set-up, with New York Inspector Richard Queen, abetted by his non-cop son Ellery, in investigating the theatre murder of a crooked lawyer. Almost like a couple of private investigators with detectives to do the hard yards. But where has the man's top hat gone ?Rather uneven. 4* is a little generous. An interesting solution to the hat mystery, and a splendid denouement that rather emphasises the plodding [...]

    12. The very first Ellery Queen mystery and well done. I kind of like the "breaking of the fourth wall" where the reader is informed that they now have all of the clues and should be able to solve the mystery. Richard Queen seems more prominent than his son, Ellery, but he gives Ellery credit for solving the case. Interesting puzzle.

    13. The story was a little boring, and the motive was kind of shocking. I had to remind myself that this was published in 1929. I suppose it's representative of it's time.

    14. I struggled to finish “The Roman Hat Mystery”! Being as tactful as I can, given how much I hated this novel, I am going to allow myself to uncensored frankness explaining why. I was eager to acquaint pioneers of the detective crime branch of the mystery genre. Crime-based adventures and most of all, police crime are my least favourite but still, I thought it would be like loving Chuck Berry, as a legend preceding my decade's favourites. I liked a parent and son team. Richard deferred to Elle [...]

    15. In searching for a book written by multiple authors I chanced upon Ellery Queen. This mystery series was in fact written by two cousins: Lee and Dannay. I chose the very first in the series: The Roman Hat Mystery. Written in 1929, it was originally an entry for a writing competition. It won, but the brothers never got the prize money since the magazine that ran the competition was sold. Nevertheless, it became the first in a successful series of detective novels. Monte Field has been murdered as [...]

    16. I would not bother with any more of these. While Ellery Queen was a name I'd heard and known for a long time, I'd never read any of their work. This one, published in 1929, has not aged well at all. I don't understand why these authors gained any reputation with this debut novel. It's clunky and hard to follow - and not in the way you want a mystery to mystify you, but in the way a bad plot can mystify you. Much of the action, deduction, and sleuthing take place off to the side, and the reader h [...]

    17. This is the first Ellery Queen novel, written in 1929. One must keep the date in mind as the setting is crucial to understanding the extreme politically incorrect prose. Also, in 1929, people attending the theater dressed to the nines. In this book a lawyer of questionable reputation is murdered in the theatre while the packed house is watching a play called "Gunplay". How could a room full of patrons see or hear nothing? Ellery's father is a high ranking police investigator and he brings Ellery [...]

    18. Delightful. Satisfied with my first Ellery Queen mystery.I first learned of Ellery Queen as the detective via a reference in _The Decagon House Murders_. I then re-encountered "Ellery Queen" as a collection of selected short mysteries; Isaac Asimov mentions he entered several of his pieces in _The Tales of the Black Widowers_. Subsequently and naturally, my curiosity piqued, I had to find out more about this EQ.I was amused by how attached Inspector Queen was to his son. I wonder what happened t [...]

    19. La coppia di scrittori che si nasconde sotto questo pseudonimo ha cominciato con questo romanzo la fortunata serie di Ellery Queen. Padre e figlio, rispettivamente ispettore della polizia di New York l'uno e scrittore di polizieschi di successo l'altro, si alleano per risolvere un caso all'apparenza particolarmente intricato. Siamo in teatro e viene assassinato un malvivente fino ad allora oggetto di indagine per vari sospetti, dalla truffa al falso, purtroppo senza alcuna prova. Con una accurat [...]

    20. I really enjoyed the book, but i couldn't appreciate very much the fair play deduction experience that it offers because i couldn't read it all at once because of time issues. So, any time that i came back to the reading i was a bit lost in the flow of events. Also I think the Kindle Edition is a bit uncomfortable because you can't go back as quickly as in a paper edition, to the start to read the names and description of the characters and also to look the map, that in this version it is too sm [...]

    21. The first Ellery Queen mystery, written in the 1920s, is a classic impossible whodunit. As a clever puzzle, the mystery still holds up fairly well. The sometimes heavy -handed, clichéd writing and the two -dimensional, stereotype characters made for occasionally difficult reading.The lasting appeal for the EQ books is the Reader Challenge. Just before the concluding chapters the authors stop the action and inform the reader that he or she should now have all the facts necessary to solve the cri [...]

    22. First Ellery Queen ever. How can I call myself a mystery reader. Nicely plotted. I knew who done it and most of how by the 3/4 point or so. (when they came back and interviewed the theater-goers and staff.)This book is dated, like most mysteries written in the 20s. The non-white houseboy is described, over and over as monkey-like. (In other books of the era, not only are all non-whites simian, but all Jews are smelly and greedy.) Sometimes, I can overlook. Other times, I want to barf.

    23. The two protagonists seemed arrogant and irritating. There is a bit amount of police brutality. Dated. A bit sexist and racist.

    24. Good book with difficult ending. I was wrong in the conclusions I made. I will continue with the series!

    25. I really enjoyed this first Ellery Queen novel.I am a big fan of the tv show and felt like I was watching an episode while reading this. Overall a fun read.

    26. A little dated but a fun read - reminds of the days of non-violent murder mysteries that focused on a good plot and amusing characters

    27. Kindle Countdown Deal in February I am forever in search of a mystery writer with a large body of work that I can really get into. My top three are--and have been for years--Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, and Patricia Moyes. Re-reading their books has sustained me for a long time, but it is always RE-reading, as they're all three deceased and so have stopped writing (don't talk to me about Goldsborough's Nero Wolfe novels. Just, no.). Because I have loved Christie so much, and because Moyes also wr [...]

    28. "The Roman Hat Mystery" by Ellery Queen (third person author Frederick Stokes) depends entirely on 1929 USA for setting, motive, method, even opportunity: a fine silk custom top-hat is missing from a crooked lawyer poisoned by lead alcohol in the Roman theatre, at the close of the second act 9:55. Inspector Richard Q, sneezing snuff, thin multi-faced small addressed as the "Old Man", and large writer son Ellery puffing cigarettes investigate, starting with a map (first the theatre pxvii, later t [...]

    29. Charming 1920's murder-mystery tackled by NY Detective Queen and his son Ellery. A man is murdered in a crowded theatre, and the only clue is his top hat has gone missing. Quite an effort of digging, questioning and theorizing before the perp is brought to justice.Liked the period writing style, with exclamations like Ding it! or What the Christmas!, and a few big words like ratiocination. Not as exciting as a Marlowe tale but enjoyable.

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