How could a crime take place in a locked room which shows no sign of being entered? Leroux's landmark tale of foul play and deception remains a blueprint for the detective novel genre.
When the sound of gunshots and screams for help bring Mademoiselle Stangerson's father and a servant to the Yellow Room, they discover her lying in the locked room, alone, with the window barred.
Édition enrichie (Préface, notes, dossier sur l'œuvre, chronologie, bibliographie et filmographie) Un soir d’octobre 1892, au château du Glandier, peu après minuit, tandis que le professeur Stangerson travaille dans son laboratoire en compagnie de son serviteur, il entend, dans la chambre attenante, les appels au secours de sa fille. Tous les deux se précipitent, mais la porte est fermée de l’intérieur, comme les volets de l’unique fenêtre. Lorsqu’ils découvrent finalement la jeune fille qui râle sur le plancher, il ne reste de l’assassin que la marque, sur les murs, d’une main ensanglantée – et le revolver du serviteur : meurtre incompréhensible, dont le reporter Joseph Rouletabille va pourtant percer le mystère. De ce roman paru en feuilleton en 1907, Hercule Poirot, en connaisseur, dira que c’est « un véritable chef-d’œuvre », et peut-être d’abord parce que la fascination pour l’horreur rejoint ici un sens aigu du drame aussi bien que du fantastique. Mais ce qui pour nous, aujourd’hui, fait également la singularité du livre, c’est sa manière de mêler au roman policier les ressources du feuille-ton et le charme du roman d’aventures. Dans cette enquête sur « un crime surnaturel », c’est bien en tout cas le mystère qui domine.
Imaginez-vous devant un coffre fort fermé, ou vous entendriez quelqu'un crier a l'aide , vous ouvrez et, vous ne trouvez que la victime. Par ou l'assassin est-il parti ? C'est le Mystere de la chambre jaune... La plus célebre des aventures de Rouletabille...
The suspenseful sequel to the genre-defining The Mystery of the Yellow Room Set in a medieval castle on the Côte d’Azur, this classic locked room mystery reunites journalist-turned-detective Joseph Rouletabille; Mathilde Stangerson, daughter of a famed French-American scientist; and master of disguise Frédéric Larsan. Stangerson and her sweetheart Robert Darzac have just married and taken up residence in the Square Tower of the Fort of Hercules when Larsan strikes again. The attack leaves Stangerson frightened and confused, not only because she thought her nemesis dead, but also because she cannot figure out how he entered and escaped her room without notice. Only one man is capable of matching wits with Larsan, but when Rouletabille arrives in the South of France to investigate, he finds himself drawn deeper into his own past and his memories of a mysterious woman in black. Best known as the creator of The Phantom of the Opera, author Gaston Leroux takes the locked room mystery to terrifying new heights in The Perfume of the Lady in Black. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Author: Jean-Charles Gaudin, Sibin Slavkovic
Une adaptation fidèle du célèbre roman écrit par Gaston Leroux dans lequel le jeune reporter, Joseph Rouletabille, mène sa première enquête. Un grand classique du roman policier. Le professeur Stangerson et sa fille Mathilde vivent au château du Glandier où ils poursuivent des recherches scientifiques. Une nuit, Mathilde échappe de justesse à une tentative d'assassinat dans sa chambre jaune, pourtant fermée de l'intérieur. Rouletabille et son ami Sainclair se rendent sur les lieux, ils vont, au terme d'une enquête périlleuse, élucider « Le mystère de la chambre jaune »
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The Secret of the Night
Author: Gaston Leroux
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
Ermolai bowed and returned to the garden. The "barinia" left the veranda, where she had come for this conversation with the old servant of General Trebassof, her husband, and returned to the dining-room in the datcha des Iles, where the gay Councilor Ivan Petrovitch was regaling his amused associates with his latest exploit at Cubat's resort. They were a noisy company, and certainly the quietest among them was not the general, who nursed on a sofa the leg which still held him captive after the recent attack, that to his old coachman and his two piebald horses had proved fatal. The story of the always-amiable Ivan Petrovitch (a lively, little, elderly man with his head bald as an egg) was about the evening before. After having, as he said, "recure la bouche" for these gentlemen spoke French like their own language and used it among themselves to keep their servants from understanding—after having wet his whistle with a large glass of sparkling rosy French wine, he cried: "You would have laughed, Feodor Feodorovitch. We had sung songs on the Barque* and then the Bohemians left with their music and we went out onto the river-bank to stretch our legs and cool our faces in the freshness of the dawn, when a company of Cossacks of the Guard came along. I knew the officer in command and invited him to come along with us and drink the Emperor's health at Cubat's place. That officer, Feodor Feodorovitch, is a man who knows vintages and boasts that he has never swallowed a glass of anything so common as Crimean wine. When I named champagne he cried, 'Vive l'Empereur!' A true patriot. So we started, merry as school-children. The entire company followed, then all the diners playing little whistles, and all the servants besides, single file. At Cubat's I hated to leave the companion-officers of my friend at the door, so I invited them in, too. They accepted, naturally. But the subalterns were thirsty as well. I understand discipline. You know, Feodor Feodorovitch, that I am a stickler for discipline. Just because one is gay of a spring morning, discipline should not be forgotten. I invited the officers to drink in a private room, and sent the subalterns into the main hall of the restaurant. Then the soldiers were thirsty, too, and I had drinks served to them out in the courtyard. Then, my word, there was a perplexing business, for now the horses whinnied. The brave horses, Feodor Feodorovitch, who also wished to drink the health of the Emperor. I was bothered about the discipline. Hall, court, all were full. And I could not put the horses in private rooms. Well, I made them carry out champagne in pails and then came the perplexing business I had tried so hard to avoid, a grand mixture of boots and horse-shoes that was certainly the liveliest thing I have ever seen in my life. But the horses were the most joyous, and danced as if a torch was held under their nostrils, and all of them, my word! were ready to throw their riders because the men were not of the same mind with them as to the route to follow! From our window we laughed fit to kill at such a mixture of sprawling boots and dancing hoofs. But the troopers finally got all their horses to barracks, with patience, for the Emperor's cavalry are the best riders in the world, Feodor Feodorovitch. And we certainly had a great laugh!—Your health, Matrena Petrovna."
OÙ L’ON COMMENCE À NE PAS COMPRENDRE Ce n’est pas sans une certaine émotion que je commence à raconter ici les aventures extraordinaires de Joseph Rouletabille. Celui-ci, jusqu’à ce jour, s’y était si formellement opposé que j’avais fini par désespérer de publier jamais l’histoire policière la plus curieuse de ces quinze dernières années. ...
The Big Bow Mystery
Author: Israel Zangwill
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
Gaston Leroux is France's most famous author of detective and mystery fiction. The author of The Phantom of the Opera penned a large amount of excellent short fiction, and 'In Letters of Fire' is one of his best-remembered tales. Many of the earliest ghost stories, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.