The Roman Hat Mystery

Ellery Queen





PART ONE Chapter 1 In Which Are Introduced a Theatre Audience and a Corpse Chapter 2 In Which One Queen Works and Another Queen Watches Chapter 3 In Which a ‘Parson’ Came to Grief Chapter 4 In Which Many Are Called and Two Are Chosen Chapter 5 In Which Inspector Queen Conducts Some Legal Conversations Chapter 6 In Which the District Attorney Turns Biographer Chapter 7 The Queens Take Stock PART TWO Chapter 8 In Which the Queens Meet Mr. Field’s Very Best Friend Chapter 9 In Which the Mysterious Mr. Michaels Appears ……
A murder in a crowded theater leaves a pack of suspects, but only one clueDespite 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.