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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gaston Leroux Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781400177998
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The Mystery of the Yellow Room is Gaston Leroux’s masterpiece, and it turned out to be his most successful book during his lifetime. It is one of the classics of early-twentieth-century detective fiction.

At the heart of the novel is this enigma: how could a murder take place inside a locked room that shows no sign of being entered? The novel is also about the rivalry between the detective Frederick Larson and a young investigative journalist, Rouletabille, to solve the case. Larson finds a suspect who is put on trial, only to have him cleared by Rouletabille, who reveals in the most dramatic fashion the identity of the real murderer.

This atmospheric thriller is still a favorite of whodunit fans everywhere.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/27/2014

    " I really liked this book. It gives you a puzzle and then dares you to figure it out. How did someone nearly get killed inside of this little yellow room with one entrance/exit. I found it to be fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzi Crystal | 1/19/2014

    " A great mystery by the genius who wrote Phantom of the Opera. The mystery was well thought out and very intriguing. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys good mysteries in the vein of Agatha Christie (only I liked this one better). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/3/2014

    " One of the most famous locked room mysteries, this book has the reader completely baffled for practically the entire time. The case is solved by Joseph Rouletabille, a reporter with a keen mind and proven detective skills. You cannot guess the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myriam | 10/15/2013

    " I read this book a few years ago in French but I was told that the English translation is pretty bad which would explain why it didn't get many great reviews on this site. It is truly one of those mystery books that get under your skin and haunt you when you are not reading anymore. Inspector Rouletabille is nothing short of a genius and the ending that the reader awaits to find out how an attack took place inside an impenetrable room and how the attacker escaped, doesn't disappoint. It is an incredible book and anyone who fails to see how mind-blowing the story is was probably too spooked out or too lazy to keep track of all the details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra Butcher | 9/16/2013

    " Read this a few times. Although in some places it gets a little confusing the "reveal" moment is surprising, even after the first time. The formatting is a bit weird in the kindle version but both paperback and kindle versions are good if you like mystery/crime fiction of the later 19th Century "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Johnson | 8/11/2013

    " This was a locked room mystery that really seemed impossible to solve. I love that it was not easy to figure out who committed the crime and allowed you to have multiple suspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Jacobs | 3/14/2013

    " The first in a series of detective stories of a young reporter. A true locked room mystery which kept me guessing until the denouement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prospero | 2/25/2013

    " Una inchiesta complessa, una scrittura scorrevole e molto gradevole, un mistero che si infittisce ad ogni riga una arguzia infinita nella risoluzione dell'enigma. Un classico da leggere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thirteenth Peer | 11/3/2012

    " A locked room mystery. I found it engaging enough. The mysteries were quite perplexing and the solutions pretty reasonable for the most part. On the other hand I did find the writing style to be a little cheesy. I enjoyed it less than Wilkie Collins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 5/29/2012

    " Not much of a fan of "locked room" mysteries, but this was one of the earliest of such "murder" mysteries and the best I have read thus far. Especially annoying, and the reason I write "murder" in quotations, is though the English translation throughout refers to a murder, the victim never dies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Plantgrrl | 5/22/2012

    " A clever turn of the century "locked room" mystery. One can't but wonder if the character of Joseph Rouletabille was inspired by SACD's Sherlock Holmes. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 7/31/2011

    " Um, I'm reading the "en Francais facile" version, so this puts me in the second grade en France. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chune | 5/3/2011

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read. I am into detective stories and Leroux is like the master of the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 4/9/2011

    " I loved this book. I read it in two days. Couldn't stop reading it. I love a good mystery and Leroux, as usual, comes through with a head-scratching mystery. I thought I had most of it figured out but then at the end I was completely surprised. A great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mari | 2/2/2011

    " Leroux went took to long describing situations that I don't think readers would care to know about. It was difficult to understand as well. The mystery's solution was unexpected, at least for me, so that was the only plus. I would not recommend this :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/24/2011

    " Overwrought, but scattered with great lines: "Coincidence is the enemy of truth." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drgonnzo | 12/22/2010

    " Usually don't like detective stories as genre but this one was excellent:-) like his more famous book Phantom of the Opera which was also very good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prospero | 11/14/2010

    " Una inchiesta complessa, una scrittura scorrevole e molto gradevole, un mistero che si infittisce ad ogni riga una arguzia infinita nella risoluzione dell'enigma. Un classico da leggere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/25/2010

    " A classic of the genre and one of the first "locked room mysteries;" I found myself losing enthusiasm during the plodding middle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 5/20/2010

    " I-tunes libervox Pod-cast 5/20/2010
    Published 1907
    Gaston Leroux 1868-1927 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 3/18/2010

    " Agatha Christie praises this book in her autobiography. It's clear to see that it influenced her own writing style. I enjoyed reading it, but I prefer Christie, Marsh, or Sayers any day. "

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About the Author
Author Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux (1868–1927), French novelist, was born in Paris. He earned a law degree in 1889 but turned to journalism in his mid twenties and later sailed the world as a correspondent, reporting on the Russian Revolution of 1905. In the early 1900s, he began writing novels and became best known for The Phantom of the Opera (1910). His novel The Mystery in the Yellow Room sparked the development of detective fiction as a genre.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.