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By Ellery Queen

 A corpse in a division shop window deals a ugly puzzle for Ellery Queen

The home windows of French’s division shop are considered one of New York’s nice sights. Year-round, their screens blow their own horns the best in style, paintings, and residential décor, and travelers and locals alike make some extent of preventing to work out what’s on supply. One afternoon, because the board debates a merger upstairs, a salesgirl starts an illustration in a single of the home windows, exhibiting off French’s new Murphy mattress. A crowd gathers to monitor the mattress reduce from the wall after a unmarried contact of a button. yet because the mattress opens, humans run screaming. Out tumbles a woman—crumpled, bloody, and dead.
The sufferer used to be Mrs. French, spouse of the corporate president, and discovering her killer will flip this esteemed shop the other way up. just one detective has the delicate contact necessary—debonair highbrow Ellery Queen. As Queen and his police inspector father dig into French’s secrets and techniques, they locate their killer is extra severe than any window shopper.

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No. ” The Inspector frowned. “Well! At any price, pass over French, you probably did the fitting thing—the basically thing—in telling us approximately it. ” “I didn’t wish to,” she stated in a small voice. “But Westley, while I advised him to-day, stated i have to. And so—” “Why didn’t you need to? ” requested Ellery. It was once the 1st time he had spoken due to the fact that Marion had all started her tale. the woman didn't communicate for an extended second. ultimately, with a made up our minds expression, she stated: “I’d really now not resolution that, Mr. Queen,” and rose. The Inspector used to be on his toes immediately. He escorted her to the door in an animate silence. whilst he again, Ellery used to be chuckling. “As obvious as any angel,” he stated. “Don’t frown so, dad. have you ever checked up on our buddy Cyrus French? ” “Oh, that! ” The Inspector seemed unsatisfied. “Yes, I had Johnson engaged on it final evening. bought his record this morning. He was once at Whitney’s in nice Neck, very well. I comprehend he had a moderate assault of indigestion approximately 9 o’clock Monday evening. Retired instantly. ” “Coincidence? ” Ellery grinned. “Eh? ” Queen scowled. “At any price, that money owed for him. ” “Oh, definite? ” Ellery sat down and crossed his lengthy legs. “Purely as an highbrow exercise,” he acknowledged mischievously, “it does not anything of the sort. you notice, previous Cyrus retires at 9. allow us to imagine that he needs to come back to big apple with no the data of his host. without warning. That evening. He slips out of the home and is going trudging down the line. … carry! Did anybody see him depart so early within the morning in Whitney’s automobile? ” The Inspector stared. “The chauffeur, of course—man who drove him into the town. Johnson advised me French left lengthy earlier than anybody else was once up. however the chauffeur! ” Ellery chuckled. “Better and better,” he stated. “Chauffeurs will be hushed. it's been performed. … Our useful anti-vicious rich person, then, slips out of the home; maybe his partner, the chauffeur, even drives him all the way down to the station secretly. There’s a educate approximately that hour. i do know, simply because I took one 3 weeks in the past Monday evening while I back from Boomer’s. And it’s just a 30 minutes or so into Penn Station. In time to slide throughout the freight-door. …” “But he’d need to remain all evening! ” groaned the Inspector. “Granted. yet then there’s a sagacious chauffeur to alibi one. … you spot how basic it's? ” “Oh, tosh! ” exploded the Inspector. “I didn’t say it wasn’t,” stated Ellery, eyes twinkling. “But it’s anything to remember. ” “Fairy-tales! ” growled the Inspector, after which they laughed jointly. “I’ve prepared to get these alibis, incidentally. I known as Zorn from the place of work and informed him to come back down the following. i would like to determine how his tale tests up with Marion French’s. And what he did after ten final evening. ” Ellery misplaced his bantering air. He seemed disillusioned, rubbed his brow wearily. “It should be wise,” he acknowledged, “to get all these alibis transparent, at that. Mightn’t be a nasty notion to get Mrs. Zorn down the following, too. And I’ll emulate the Stoics in the meantime. ” The Inspector made a couple of mobile calls, whereas Djuna went quickly via phone directories, and Ellery slumped into an easy-chair and closed his eyes.

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