• The Dutch Shoe Mystery

  • By: Ellery Queen
  • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (332 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Abigail Doorn was wheeled into the operation room at the Dutch Memorial Hospital, her face was strangely blue and bloated. A wire had been tightly wound around her neck. The strongest suspect, because he stood to benefit by the death of this wealthy old woman, was her protégé, the famous Dr. Janney. Just before her death he received a strange caller - one whose name he would not divulge.

Ellery Queen, having come to the hospital to visit his old friend Dr. Minchen, had been present during the time of the murder. He immediately took over the case. Besides the problem of Dr. Janney and his caller, Ellery found himself confronted with still another - why had Abby Doorn and her housekeeper quarreled continuously for twenty years? The housekeeper admitted she hated the old woman, and with a religious fanaticism declared she was an evil old woman who had received only what she deserved.

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Could be better

I was so disappointed with the narrator's ambiguous characterization of Ellery Queen. Was Ellery supposed to be American? British? Gay? He made Ellery sound way too pompous and effete. Also, his rendition of Insp. Queen was too James Cagney. Surely it was possible to make Richard sound like a native New Yorker without making him sound like a thug as well. The story was great though.

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Fun Historic who done it

Light intrigue that was easy to listen to while going about every day chores. This was my first Queen mystery and when I cam looking for something light but not silly and a mystery that makes me think a little without consuming my mind I will will look for another Queen. I tend to enjoy the older mysteries sometimes just to see how the author used the knowledge and resources of the day to solve the crime. Not a cliff hanger but very enjoyable.

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Frustrating Can’t recommend this one 😕

Narrator has nuances of Elliot Gould. Makes Ellery sound like an idiot. Not my Ellery Queen.

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Good, but not my favorite in series, so far

Abby Doorn, a wealthy old woman who has endowed the local hospital, seems rmuch beloved to most people there. However, she is in a diabetic coma after taking a fall, and they are preparing her for surgery. Alas, they discover she is already dead--by murder, rather than Nature, and so the mystery begins.

This is a good (enough) Ellery and Richard Queen story. But it is not up to the quality of the first two. To begin with, too many coincidences. For example, Ellery Queen, no kind of medical person whatsoever, just happens to have been invited to observe the surgery that would have taken place, thus is right there when murder is discovered. Also, even though the EQ series does typically employ rather two-dimensional characters in it's setup, some of these were too unbelievable and wooden. Finally, for some reason, I didn't quite think the narration of this one measured up to the quality of the first two.

Don't get me wrong. I really like this series. I am old, but somehow am only now getting around to enjoying them. But there seemed a stiffness (no pun intended in a murder mystery) about this one that was a trifle off-putting. I still recommend it, think other readers will enjoy. Especially when taking into consideration that the books are about 80ish years old.

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Standard Queen. Substandard Narration.

There’s that emphasis on means before motive, an almost antiseptic sense of murder as a parlor game—accentuated by the fact that this story takes place in a hospital. Cold deduction keeps human passions (and even detective intuitions) at arms-length. And, besides a weird interlude involving the Queen’s man-of-all-work Djuna and a theatrical makeup kit, it all makes air-tight sense.

Yes, this is early, classic Ellery Queen, and I enjoy it immensely. What’s new is the narration. My first time around the block with Mark Peckham left me missing Robert Fass and Traber Burns. Characters are poorly differentiated; the touch of self-deprecating humor Fass and Burns manage to inject into Ellery’s obiter dicta is missing; he sounds here like an over-educated prig. A measure of the quality of this story is the fact that I kept listening.

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Another convoluted mystery.

I liked the narrator and storyline. Ellery Queen is a great mystery writer. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Good story but....

It was a good story, fun to follow along with. The main problem is the narrator. He doesn't seem to possess a large assortment of voices as the majority of the characters sound like a stereotype of New York mobsters.

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oldie but goodie

although and old publication it is still a good read. I hope that some verbiage will be forgiven and consider the era that the book was written

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Enjoyable occasionally pedantic

Weird elevators are lifts gurneys are wheeltables surgical masks are gags...these are quotes but a good fun read

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slow slow slow

not enough action, story moved too slowly, too much review of details of crime in 8 hours of audio. Although I love classic mysteries by Chandler, Hammett, etc, I shall read no more Ellery Queen.

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  • Eric Marshall
  • 02-14-15

classic golden age mystery

this is a classic. very well read. 2nd time I've listened to it. Ellery is somewhat prissy but he grows on you. there are others on site. that's my next listen sorted.

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  • Casbar
  • 04-05-22

complicated crime story

lots of twists and turns. Many red herrings along the way. Reasonable story and well narrated but some of the voices overlapped. Once again the reveal was tediously long .

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  • Mr Kenneth Bradley
  • 09-24-21

mixed

not up to usual standard. what could have been a good story is marred by by silly imature posturing by Queen and also portrayal of impolite or even brutal police attitudes