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  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (June 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899661467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899661469
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit that it watched the movie first. They run parallel but as with most movies they are a pail reflection of the well designed book.

Ellery Queen and Judge McClain are on vacation at a seaside cottage near a cape called "Spanish Cape." Little did they know that they were going to be involved in a strange mystery with a mix of victoms and suspects.

We are used to mysteries like "And Then There Were None" where we get introduced to people up front and know one of them is a ringer. This story however has many secretive people and Ellery must extract the truth like pulling teeth.

Part of the fun or maybe a distraction is that Ellery has a habit of quoting various writers contemporary and from antiquity. If you read a lot of 20's mysteries you will be o.k. but if not you will need a dictionary on hand.

We also hear in-depth expiations that may us jump to conclusions and every chapter we suspect a different person. The wonderful part of the Ellery Queen books is that all the clues are there and you are expected to extrapolate the solution to the mystery before Ellery reveals his logic.
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I have to admit that it watched the movie first. They run parallel but as with most movies they are a pail reflection of the well designed book.

Ellery Queen and Judge McClain are on vacation at a seaside cottage near a cape called "Spanish Cape." Little did they know that they were going to be involved in a strange mystery with a mix of victoms and suspects.

We are used to mysteries like "And Then There Were None" where we get introduced to people up front and know one of them is a ringer. This story however has many secretive people and Ellery must extract the truth like pulling teeth.

Part of the fun or maybe a distraction is that Ellery has a habit of quoting various writers contemporary and from antiquity. If you read a lot of 20's mysteries you will be o.k. but if not you will need a dictionary on hand.

We also hear in-depth expiations that may us jump to conclusions and every chapter we suspect a different person. The wonderful part of the Ellery Queen books is that all the clues are there and you are expected to extrapolate the solution to the mystery before Ellery reveals his logic.

I picked the kindle version because of the text to speech. One day they may have whisper sync also.
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The Spanish Cape Mystery - Another Superbly Crafted Story March 31 2003
By Michael Wischmeyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As I write this book review, I am still excited at having solved this mystery, not simply by guessing, but largely through careful deduction. My reasoning was not entirely flawless, nor as systematic and precise and complete as the final explanation by Ellery Queen, but it was sufficiently exacting to warrant some self-praise. I did take the author's suggestion and set the book aside for several hours and wrestled with the conundrum before looking at the final chapter.
The Spanish Cape Mystery is classic Ellery Queen: a superbly crafted mystery with intriguing characters, a rather remarkable setting, and a concluding exercise in impeccable logic. The title refers to both the fictional setting, a small rocky peninsula on the New England coast, and a key element in the mystery, a rather flamboyant item of dress.
Ellery Queen mysteries are entertainingly written, but are not as literate as works by P. D. James or Colin Dexter. However, as his fans have come to expect, Ellery does sprinkle his conversation with literary and poetic quotations. Look for Voltaire, Bacon, Keats, Coleridge, La Rochefoucauld, Germaine de Stael, and William Collins in The Spanish Cape Mystery. We also occasionally meet examples of Ellery's vocabulary excesses like natatorial habits and prestidigitating deductions.
Although The Spanish Cape Mystery was first published in 1935, it has been reprinted many times, and a paperback version is readily available through Amazon.com. Apparently, The Spanish Cape Mystery is also available on audio tape.
If you enjoy trying to unravel a carefully constructed mystery, I highly recommend Ellery Queen`s many excellent stories. The Spanish Cape Mystery would make a good introduction to Ellery Queen for the reader that has yet to have the pleasure of his acquaintance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another Fine EQ Mystery July 8 2012
By Martin D. Gibbs - Published on Amazon.com
Another great Ellery Queen novel. I enjoy the challenge to the reader, because unlike other mystery writers, the EQ team provides everything for you to solve the case. Although I can't ever seem to do it (probably because I just enjoy the ending and "listening" to Ellery explain everything in his reasoned, clinical manner). At least in this one, I had it down to two folks, one of whom was the murderer... oh well.

I wonder how audiences received this in 1935; EQ put some things on the table that I wasn't sure were so openly discussed back then. But then again I could be wrong.

However, it was a little long. I think the authors were trying to fit their standard length and it just went overboard. True, it was a clever way to bury a few clues within details, but it could have been a novella, or a longer story included in a collection.

All in all, a nice one. I enjoyed it, as I do all of the EQ novels in the 1930s. As I mentioned in my review of On the Eighth Day, I do not like that many of the later novels were farmed out to others... I prefered the originals, in their yellowed, musty tomes.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
GOOD BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! June 26 2005
By ZEUS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ellery Queen is the master of the logical whodunit where fairplay and clues are a must. In this novel there are two major flaws. First the book should have been a short story or a novella at the most. The story is dragged and the clues are spaced after the interval of two or three chapters when they could have been given sooner. Second there are only two startling facts about the deductions in the book otherwise it's quite simple nothing complex. Not entirely bad but it could have been better. The killer is easy to guess too.Good as a short story nothing for a full length novel. Still the final explanation is well done. Not amongst his best books but worth a try.
"In the mountains of truth" quoth Nietzche "you never clime in vain" Dec 21 2014
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
I have to admit that it watched the movie first. They run parallel but as with most movies they are a pail reflection of the well designed book.

Ellery Queen and Judge McClain are on vacation at a seaside cottage near a cape called "Spanish Cape." Little did they know that they were going to be involved in a strange mystery with a mix of victoms and suspects.

We are used to mysteries like "And Then There Were None" where we get introduced to people up front and know one of them is a ringer. This story however has many secretive people and Ellery must extract the truth like pulling teeth.

Part of the fun or maybe a distraction is that Ellery has a habit of quoting various writers contemporary and from antiquity. If you read a lot of 20's mysteries you will be o.k. but if not you will need a dictionary on hand.

We also hear in-depth expiations that may us jump to conclusions and every chapter we suspect a different person. The wonderful part of the Ellery Queen books is that all the clues are there and you are expected to extrapolate the solution to the mystery before Ellery reveals his logic.
“In the mountains of truth” quoth Nietzche “you never clime in vain” Jan. 29 2014
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
I have to admit that it watched the movie first. They run parallel but as with most movies they are a pail reflection of the well designed book.

Ellery Queen and Judge McClain are on vacation at a seaside cottage near a cape called “Spanish Cape.” Little did they know that they were going to be involved in a strange mystery with a mix of victoms and suspects.

We are used to mysteries like “And Then There Were None” where we get introduced to people up front and know one of them is a ringer. This story however has many secretive people and Ellery must extract the truth like pulling teeth.

Part of the fun or maybe a distraction is that Ellery has a habit of quoting various writers contemporary and from antiquity. If you read a lot of 20’s mysteries you will be o.k. but if not you will need a dictionary on hand.

We also hear in-depth expiations that may us jump to conclusions and every chapter we suspect a different person. The wonderful part of the Ellery Queen books is that all the clues are there and you are expected to extrapolate the solution to the mystery before Ellery reveals his logic.

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