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Um misterioso crime intriga um jovem repórter. A vítima de uma tentativa de assassinato fora encontrada trancada em um quarto e não havia saídas possíveis para o criminoso. Um clássico policial em que o clima de suspense é mantido até os momentos finais....

Title : O mistério do quarto amarelo
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Number of Pages : 228 Pages
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O mistério do quarto amarelo Reviews

  • Pramod Nair
    2018-09-26 16:35

    The Mystery of the Yellow Room, by Gaston Leroux, originally written in French as ‘Le Mystère de la Chambre Jaune’, in 1908 is the first book featuring the fictional reporter and amateur sleuth, Joseph Rouletabille. With The Mystery of the Yellow Room, Gaston Leroux – who is best known for his novel The Phantom of the Opera - popularized an entire subgenre of detective fiction named as ‘locked room mystery’ and this work is often regarded as one of the finest in this genre.The book literally transport the reader into a world of mystery where a perfect crime has just happened - a crime, which is maddeningly complex and bordering on the realms of being simply impossible to commit- and Joseph Rouletabille has to use every ounce of his skills and his bravery to find how the crime was committed inside a hermetically sealed room. The way in which Leroux narrates this story of intrigue, with a level of great detail – about the events, the crime scene, and even the surroundings and layout of Château du Glandier, where the mystery unfolds - keeps the reader fully absorbed. The influence of Gaston Leroux on The Locked Room mystery detective fictionThe subgenre of detective or mystery fiction in which a crime is committed in an apparently impossible scenario – usually with an airtight crime scene that is not accessible by outside entities; like a locked room – is often referred to as ‘Locked Room Mysteries’. In Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", of 1841, we can trace the earliest elements associated with this subgenre of the mystery/ crime/ detective fiction. When Gaston Leroux wrote The Mystery of the Yellow Room, it paved the way to a flurry of similar stories; as the ‘Golden Age of detective fiction’ was just around the corner and many of the master writers of that period were either impressed or influenced by Leroux’s work.When Edward Dentinger Hoch - the American detective fiction writer with a prolific contribution of more than nine hundred short stories and who wrote many locked room mysteries himself – edited a collection of mystery stories named ‘All But Impossible!’, in 1981, he compiled a list of top ranking detective fictions featuring impossible or hard to solve crime scenarios. In this list compiled after taking votes from well-known authors and reviewers, ‘The Mystery of the Yellow Room’ was chosen as the third ‘best locked room mystery’ story. John Dickson Carr, who wrote ‘The Hollow Man’ of 1935 – which topped this list – himself named ‘The Mystery of the Yellow Room’ as the greatest and his personal favorite work in the genre.The Mystery of the Yellow RoomThe story is set in Château du Glandier owned by Professor Joseph Stangerson, who is a renowned scientist and revolves around the baffling mystery surrounding a crime committed against ‘Mathilde Stangerson’, the daughter of the Professor. When Mathilde Stangerson was found unconscious inside her chamber – named the Yellow Room – after getting attacked by an unknown entity, the room was locked from inside and her assailant had vanished into thin air leaving only some signs of violence, which baffles everyone. Mathilde Stangerson, remembers nothing about the attacker. Soon Joseph Rouletabille and his lawyer friend Sainclair – the story is narrated through Sainclair – gets involved in unraveling the mysterious affairs at Château du Glandier and it’s Yellow room. With Joseph Rouletabille, investigating the crime, the story gets more intense with lots of suspicious characters, strange happenings and even a murder at the castle premises, and he painstakingly unfolds layer after layer of secrets adding to the delight of the reader. The friendly rivalry that he has with the police detective Frédéric Larsan who is officially investigating the case adds to the enjoyment of the story.This is one of those detective fiction, which will encourage the reader to take up the clues left by the author and analyze them to unravel the mystery themselves. As a reader if you have a taste for fiction from the early 1900s then this age-old original classic, which is largely forgotten these days, is well worth reading. Like all crime/ detective fiction from such a different time period, second-guessing each phases of the story with modern day police procedures and forensic investigation methodologies will totally ruin the reading experience.

  • Bev
    2018-10-19 20:40

    The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux is hailed as one of the first locked room crime novels. It has been named by some as the third best locked room mystery of all time. John Dickson Carr, master of the locked room and impossible crime himself, has sung its praises. And it is credited with inspiring Agatha Christie to try her hand at her very first mystery. So--what do I, a mere book-blogger, have to say about it? Well, it's a decent mystery. It's got some interesting elements. But I can't say that it knocked my socks off--it may have done so a hundred years ago. But I've read too many more recent novels for that.I see other detectives and stories in it. There is the shadow of Holmes--the intelligent, rational amateur taking on the established detective. There is the scrambling of the Holmes-like detective all over the scene of the crime--making patterns of footprints. There is the insistence (of Larsan) that the assailant was not wounded in the hand, but was bleeding from the nose (reminiscent of A Study in Scarlet). There is the echo of Lord Peter Wimsey--rushing into the court room at the eleventh hour to save an innocent man (Clouds of Witness, anyone?). And, yes, I suppose I should say that Wimsey reminds me of Rouletabille and not the other way 'round. But, you see, I read Sayers first. And, truth be told, I find Lord Peter to be a much more engaging character than Joseph Rouletabille.The book starts out strong. Leroux sets up everything very nicely--explaining how our narrator and Rouletabille become involved in the mystery. The descriptions of the attack on Mlle. Stangerson, the mystery of the locked room and the investigations immediately following are wonderful. In fact, everything perks along quite nicely until Leroux abandons Sinclair as our narrator for a time and presents certain events through the lens of Rouletabille's journal entries. Rouletabille's voice does not ring true in those entries and the switch in narrative voice was a bit jarring. And when our familiar narrator picks up again, the rhythm never quite gets back on track.One last quibble--although the explanation given for the locked room does work--it seems a bit contrived. As if Leroux had painted himself into a corner and he couldn't provide a more clever explanation. I don't think John Dickson Carr would have resorted to such a convenient solution.Over all, a quite decent mystery from the time period. I would have liked to have liked the characters more...that would have pushed this three star outing into the four star range.Favorite Quote:Coincidences are the worst enemies to truth. (Rouletabille, p. 87){This review is mine and was first posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting any portion. Thanks.}

  • Αλίκη
    2018-09-30 20:34

    Η ιστορία μας διαδραματίζεται στη γαλλική εξοχή, και σε έναν πύργο όπου η νεαρή κόρη του επιστήμονα Στάγκερσον πέφτει θύμα επίθεσης μέσα στο δωμάτιό της, που όμως είναι κλειδωμένο από μέσα και τα παράθυρα είναι σφαλιστά κι αυτά από μέσα. Πρόκειται για ένα από τα πρώτα μυθιστορήματα κλειδωμένου δωματίου και αποτελεί ορόσημο της κλασικής αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας που διαβάζεται και αγαπιέται από τους αναγνώστες μέχρι σήμερα. Ο ερευνητής της υπόθεσης, ο 18άχρονος δημοσιογράφος Ζοζέφ Ρουλεταμπίλ, θυμίζει κάτι από Τεντέν, καθώς είναι ιδιοφυής και πολυμήχανος, παρά το νεαρό της ηλικίας του.Η ανάγνωση του βιβλίου δεν με κούρασε στιγμή, ενώ στοιχεία για τη λύση του υπήρχαν σε όλη τη διάρκεια, αν και δυσκολεύτηκα αρκετά να τα εντοπίσω εγκαίρως (ακόμα και μετά τα τόσα αστυνομικά που έχω διαβάσει!). Μόλις πήγαινα να κάνω μια εικασία, προέκυπταν νέα στοιχεία που την απέκλειαν, ενώ ο Ρουλεταμπίλ απαντούσε σε όλες τις απορίες μου, ακόμα κι αυτές που κάθονταν ακόμα στο πίσω πίσω μέρος του μυαλού μου κι εν τέλει δεν άφησε τίποτα αναπάντητο. Μου άρεσε και το ταξίδι σε αυτό τον φοβερό πύργο που συνέβαιναν τόσα παράξενα κι εκτίμησα τον νεαρό δημοσιογράφο, που αν και στην αρχή δεν με έπειθε όσον αφορά το νεαρό της ηλικίας του για τις ικανότητές του, τελικά συμπάθησα και θα ήθελα να διαβάσω ακόμη περισσότερα βιβλία όπου πρωταγωνιστεί.Διαβάστε περισσότερα εδώ.

  • Helga
    2018-10-17 16:24

    1.5I thought this book would never finish!It was one of those stories in which there are no clues for the reader and the reader feels stupid and confused and the other characters in the book also are dense and don’t see what’s in front of them and ask stupid questions when the brilliant detective/journalist sheds light on something. Let’s say the detective says “the culprit went this way!”. His companion asks “how do you know that?” Dude, you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to see there are muddy footprints right in front of you!!!Anyway, the very brilliant detective/journalist solves the mystery in the end. In fact from almost the beginning he knows who is the culprit and how he got out of the locked room, but for some reason he doesn’t divulge the solution, which by the way has not a hint of logic to it and makes us read all the rantings and technicalities over and over again.Maybe it had been an interesting read at the time, I don’t know, but for me it was pure torture.

  • Kim
    2018-10-18 21:38

    A locked room mystery which does not involve a murder, this 1907 French novel was written by the writer who gave The Phantom of the Opera to the world. It contains red herrings aplenty and a rather annoying detective: a smart-alecky 18 year old pipe-smoking genius who works as a journalist. The narrator is Dr Watson to his Sherlock Holmes - a stand-in for the reader who is there to have plot points explained in a way that the most obtuse can understand. There is little to no character development and the identity of the perpetrator comes out of left field. Sure, the clues are there, as the detective painstakingly points out to the narrator after the big reveal and I daresay a smart reader could work out the solution. However, I didn't work it out, which made for a more enjoyable reading experience.I read this in French, which means that I read it more slowly than otherwise would have been the case. This is because when I read in French I feel the need to look up every unfamiliar word in the dictionary. I don't do this when I listen to a French audiobook. Rather, I work out the meaning of words I don't know from the context and manage just fine. I only wish I could leave the dictionary alone when I read! One advantage of reading in French is that it reacquaints me with the wonders of French verb tenses. I particularly love the literary simple past tense, which is not generally used in speech. Indeed, reading all those lovely verbs took me back to school, where my favourite reference book was L'Art de Conjuguer. This is a competent example of the locked room mystery genre. It's not something I'll want to read again, but I'm glad to have read it once, particularly in the company of my friend Jemidar.

  • Christine Goudroupi
    2018-09-30 19:37

    Δεν είχα διαβάσει κανένα μυστήριο κλειδωμένου δωματίου πριν από αυτό. Γραμμένο στις αρχές του 20ού αιώνα, το μυθιστόρημα του Leroux αποτελεί ένα εξαιρετικό παράδειγμα του είδους, και του αστυνομικού γενικότερα, με την κλασική έννοια. Η πλοκή είναι δομημένη, η γραφή απλή αλλά όχι απλοϊκή και κυρίως, το ενδιαφέρον προκαλείται στον αναγνώστη αυθόρμητα και απόλυτα, χωρίς καν να υπάρχει φόνος. O κεντρικός ήρωας είναι όσο πρέπει εξυπνάκιας, αλλά οι υπόλοιποι χαρακτήρες είναι κάπως φλατ και ελάχιστα γίνονται συμπαθείς ή αντιπαθείς -πράγμα που συμβάλλει ωστόσο στο μυστήριο.Για όσους ψυχαναγκάζονται να βρουν το δολοφόνο πριν αποκαλυφθεί, αυτό το βιβλίο είναι σαν τον κύβο του Ρούμπικ: Ξέρεις ότι η λύση είναι εκεί, μπορείς να τη βρεις, αλλά δεν την βρίσκεις. Για τους υπόλοιπους που απλώς απολαμβάνουν ένα καλογραμμένο μυστήριο εποχής, το βιβλίο αυτό είναι 300 σελίδες καθαρής διασκέδασης.

  • FrancoSantos
    2018-10-03 22:23

    El Misterio del Cuarto Amarillo es un libro del cual me esperaba mucho más. Me resultó harto pesado: se me hizo muy difícil navegar por páginas pletóricas de narrativa enrevesada. El final no me lo esperaba, eso sí tengo que conceder; no obstante, fue demasiado confuso y, en mi opinión, algo inverosímil.

  • Thanos
    2018-10-16 14:28

    Για να πω την αλήθεια περίμενα περισσότερα από αυτό το βιβλίο έχοντας ακούσει τόσα πολλά. Αυτό βέβαια δεν σημαίνει πως δεν είναι καλό. Και φυσικά αν συνυπολογίσουμε το γεγονός ότι έχει γραφτεί πριν από 100 χρόνια μπορούμε εύκολα να καταλάβουμε γιατί έχει τέτοια θέση τόσο στη Γαλλική όσο και στην παγκόσμια λογοτεχνία.Πολύ έξυπνη ιστορία αλλά δεν μου άρεσε πολύ η γραφή του Leroux. Είχε κάτι που με ξένισε και δεν με προδιάθετε να διαβάσω. Οπότε δεν νομίζω ότι θα διαβάσω κάτι άλλο δικό του.Βέβαια, για να καταλάβει κανείς που βασίστηκαν πολλά αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα από το 1900 και μετά, ας δώσει μία ευκαιρία στο Μυστήριο του κίτρινου δωματίου και στον δημοσιογράφο/ντετέκτιβ Ζοζέφ Ρουλεταμπίλ.

  • Anastasia
    2018-09-30 17:43

    Amazing story! Dense, but ingenious. I really enjoyed it!

  • Martin
    2018-10-20 19:32

    Finally I brought myself to finish the lauded short novel 'The Mystery of the Yellow Room' by Gaston Leroux. It is hailed as one of the most original works of mystery fiction written and has been named as one of the pioneers of the locked room genre. We are introduced to the young journalist Joseph Rouletabille who throws himself into the investigation of a mysterious murder at Chateau du Glandier. A murder that takes place in a room that has been locked from the inside with no possible means of escape. Right away we are introduced to one of the many plot holes in the novel. There is no murder. Miss Stangerson who is the target of the attack and who is discovered with a bump on her head in the room after she screams murder, isn't actually killed. In fact she is assaulted no less than three times in various forms and by the end of the novel she has gone quite insane but is still alive. Not once in the novel is poor Miss Stangerson properly interviewed and asked what happened. Furthermore she seems to never actually say anything anywhere in the novel. As the most prominent piece of evidence she is blatantly ignored, something even the most mysoginistic Victorian didn't do.The Mystery of the Yellow Room was first published as a novel in 1908, 40 years after Wilkie Collins published his mystery: The Moontone. I'm comparing Leroux's work to that of Collins because even though Collins was clearly experimenting with the genre, he had a much firmer grasp than Leroux ever did. Leroux breaks one of the most important rules in the mystery business: you have to give the reader all the information that is available to the detective before the reveal. In the case of the Yellow Room we are given everything we need to know, which is a large amount of information, after the explanation of the plot. Even though the mechanism by which the 'murder' is committed appears to be very mature and innovating, it relies on so many assumptions and improbable events that it loses much of it's entertainment value when it is finally revealed.It took me three weeks to finish this book. Most of that was spent trying to figure out who all the characters in the novel are and where they are at various times (the novel includes maps and diagrams that don't help). For someone who wrote the very human The Phantom of the Opera, the Yellow Room one has very few real people in it. Not only does the over enthusiastic detective not feel very human, he's not even remotely likable. Unlike Sherlock Holmes who was quite the unpleasant character who fascinates readers to this day.

  • Piyangie
    2018-10-05 16:29

    The Mystery of the Yellow Room is a "locked room mystery" novels written by Gaston Leroux. Having read only his famous Phantom of the Opera, I was surprised to learn that he has authored books in "mystery" genre. However, knowing the Leroux's capacity to create so dark and villainous characters, I was very much inclined to read this work which is the first novel introducing the reporter/detective Joseph Rouletabille. A murder was attempted in a closed room and the perpetrator has fled leaving few traces and evidence. An inquiry is set immediately, but the nature of the circumstantial evidence leads it nowhere. In join the young reporter with his genius mind and slowly and steadily he works his way up to unravel the baffling mystery and to unmask the murderer. The story was quite intriguing and it captured and held my attention from the first chapter. The author has laid the plot so well that it was impossible to guess who the perpetrator was; at least that was the case for me, although I did entertain certain notion of my own as to who would it be. But I was in for a big surprise when the truth was finally revealed. I was awestruck with the genius mind of the author to create such an amazing plot so as to give clues as to who the perpetrator is, and at the same time conceal from us who he is until the final show down, where Rouletabille dramatically summarizes the evidence which unravels the mystery of the yellow room. It was an incredible read. I can honestly say that it is one of the finest classical mysteries that I had the privilege to read. For that, I'm immensely grateful for Gaston Leroux.

  • Nancy Oakes
    2018-10-02 18:28

    First written in 1908, The Mystery of the Yellow Room is considered one of the classics of the "locked-room"/impossible crime genre. Believe me, by the time you finish reading about the crime (never mind the rest of the book), you'll be scratching your head saying "how on earth did this just happen?" It seems that one Mathilde Stangerson goes off to her room (called The Yellow Room) in a pavilion where she and her father work at scientific experiments. The door is locked -- then she is heard to scream, followed by 2 gun shots. As her father and one of the servants rush to the door, they break it open and find only Mathilde, with fresh strangulation marks, a lump on the head and bloody handprints on the walls. But that's it. There's no one else there, and there's no way in the world whoever did this could have possibly escaped. Thus begins a very strange mystery. I can't say any more about it because I will totally wreck it if anyone's interested in reading it.The characters are rather interesting, especially the main character, young (18) journalist with the paper "L'Epoque" -- a journalist with a detective bent. He shares his information with a M. Sinclair, the narrator of the story. Mathilde Stangerson is a woman with many secrets, and nothing is revealed until the end, keeping you hanging on. There are several suspects, many red herrings and multiple clues, so if you are okay with a somewhat rambling narrative (I think it can be excused given the date the book was written), you'll probably find this one to be quite well done. It's likely that modern readers may find this one a bit tedious since we often like to get to the point quickly. In this book, the who, how and why are not divulged until the last minute.Overall, it's a bit rambly, but it's still a fine mystery and you're really just dying by the end to find out everything. Recommended for people who enjoy classic mysteries and locked-room mysteries.

  • Dagny
    2018-10-15 19:34

    This classic locked room mystery is by the author of The Phantom of the Opera. The Mystery of the Yellow Room is the first in Leroux's eight book Joseph Rouletabille series. Young Joseph is a journalist (as was Leroux before he was able to support himself as an author). Joseph is quite an entertaining lad.I had a problem keeping all of the characters straight, but still found it an enjoyable read, although a bit too complicated for my taste.Read it at or listen at

  • Obsidian
    2018-10-05 22:32

    Even though this was not a long book, I took my time with it. I love locked room mystery novels and I had notes and highlights all through the version of the Kindle book that I own. Written in 1908, "The Mystery of the Yellow Room" is one of the first locked room mystery crime novels. The same man who wrote this, also wrote "Phantom of the Opera". He would go back and write a sequel to "The Mystery of the Yellow Room", "The Perfume of the Lady in Black (Joseph Rouletabille #2) that was published in 1909. This story is narrator by a man named Sainclair who is a lawyer living in France. The story beings recounting how many people did not know the truth of "The Mystery of the Yellow Room" but for unknown reasons Sainclair is now free to tell it in its entirety. Sainclair has befriended a young man named Joseph Rouletabille who is a reporter. Along with being a reporter, Rouletabille is also one of the smartest men that Sainclair has known who has solved mysteries that have baffled others. Rouletabille goes off to investigate a case at the Château du Glandier and Sainclair goes along. The facts are these: A 35 year old woman named Mathilde Stangerson is found assaulted in a locked room that was her bed chamber when she and her scientist father were working. The only way into the room is through a laboratory that her father (Professor Joseph Stangerson) and his servant Daddy Jacques were working.The yellow room has a window that is barred. The door locks from the inside. There is not any hidden nooks and crannies a person could be secreted besides under the bed. Somehow when Mathilde calls out for help her father and Daddy Jacques try to enter the room and are unable. When they are finally able to gain entry they find no one there. However, it is impossible someone was able to slip past them without seeing him. So the question remains, how was entry gained and how was the person hidden.Besides Sainclair and Rouletabille we also have Mathidle Stangerson's fiancee Robert Darzac. We also have a wily police detective named Frédéric Larsan and two concierges who work at the castle. Everyone in this book was so well drawn. I didn't know what was going on with a lot of characters and everything is explained in the end and I had a couple of of course moments (doesn't everyone when the story is finished?)I loved every aspect of this mystery. I thought of several ways a person could have done it and then decided on the guilty party (yeah I was totally wrong about everything, I actually love it when that happens) and found out I was totally off base. If you solved this before the end, my hat is off to you. The writing started off very slow, but I got why though. Gaston Leroux did a great job of setting up the entire surrounding of the nearby area, the castle that the Stangersons lived, the village, woods, etc. You even get a few diagrams in this book too so you can see how things are set up and what rooms are in the home. There were some words that I was not familiar with that I had to look up via my dictionary on my Kindle. Also these people ate a lot of omelettes and cider. I don't know why that tickled me, but it did. It also made me hungry. The flow was a bit slow to start. Things definitely picked up though and by the end I was reading so fast and then doubling back a few times. The setting of the book takes place in France which was new to me since most of the locked room mysteries I have read were written by Agatha Christie, and I don't think any Poirot or Miss Marple books took place in that country.

  • Moonlight Reader
    2018-10-23 14:24

    "The moon was shining brightly and I saw clearly that no one had touched the window. Not only were the bars that protect it intact, but the blinds inside of them were drawn, as I had myself drawn them early in the evening, as I did every day, though Mademoiselle, knowing that I was tired from the heavy work I had been doing, had begged me not to trouble myself, but leave her to do it; and they were just as I had left them, fastened with an iron catch on the inside. The assassin, therefore, could not have passed either in or out that way; but neither could I get in."I read this for my "locked room mystery" square and I really liked it. I spent most of the time coming up with, and subsequently discarding, solutions for the impossible crime, as did most of the characters! The "hero" of the piece of Rouletabille, who is a journalist, and whom the narrator describes as a bit of a wunderkind. He is the only one who manages to figure out what was really going on with the murder and murderer.While this is a short book, it does take some time to read. It's a translation, and was originally published in 1908, so it's not an easy read. Focus is required to keep track of the characters and the events. I didn't figure out the solution at all - I thought I had it figured out, and then it turned out I was entirely wrong about everything. Which means that it was a success!

  • Πάνος Τουρλής
    2018-10-11 15:18

    Ο Γκαστόν Λερού (1868-1927) ήταν Γάλλος δημοσιογράφος και συγγραφέας, γνωστός για το έργο «Το φάντασμα της όπερας» που δημοσιεύτηκε το 1910. Μετά από σημαντικά ρεπορτάζ σε γαλλικές εφημερίδες της εποχής στράφηκε στη συγγραφή μυθιστορημάτων και στην παραγωγή κινηματογραφικών ταινιών. Εκτός από το «Φάντασμα της όπερας», ο Λερού δημοσίευσε αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα με τον ήρωα Ζοζέφ Ρουλεταμπίλ, κάτι αντίστοιχο του Σέρλοκ Χολμς που είχε γράψει ο Σερ Άρθουρ Κόναν Ντόιλ. Έτσι λοιπόν, σχεδόν 100 χρόνια μετά, οι εκδόσεις Διόπτρα μας χαρίζουν την πρώτη εμφάνιση του πανέξυπνου έφηβου δημοσιογράφου Ρουλεταμπίλ, που καλείται να αντιμετωπίσει τη μυστηριώδη εξαφάνιση ενός επίδοξου δολοφόνου από ένα δωμάτιο κλειδωμένο και αμπαρωμένο από μέσα. Φυσικά και δεν υπάρχει περίπτωση να ασκήσω κριτική αρνητική ή θετική για ένα κείμενο που δημοσιεύτηκε πάνω από έναν αιώνα πριν, ένα κείμενο που αγκαλιάστηκε θερμά από τους αναγνώστες της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας και θεωρήθηκε ένα από τα 100 καλύτερα παγκοσμίως, σύμφωνα με τον Τζον Ντίκσον Καρ, όπως αναφέρεται και στο οπισθόφυλλο του βιβλίου. Είναι πολύ δύσκολο να γράφεις εντυπώσεις για κάτι που γράφτηκε υπό άλλες συνθήκες, σε άλλες εποχές και απευθυνόταν σε κοινό που είχε άλλη λογοτεχνική εμπειρία. Θα γράψω όμως τι μου άρεσε: η αγωνία για το ποιος είναι ο δολοφόνος, ο χαρακτήρας του Ρουλεταμπίλ, η κλιμάκωση, που το κείμενο ειχε και σχεδιαγράμματα (αν και ποτέ μου δεν κατάλαβα σε τι χρησιμεύουν, αφού αν η λογοτεχνική πένα είναι άρτια, την εικόνα τη φτιάχνω μόνος μου ή σε άλλες περιπτώσεις δε με νοιάζει τι έκανε και πού περπάτησε, πες μου ποιος είναι!). Ευτυχώς, η λύση του μυστηρίου δεν ήταν υπερφυσική, γιατί όταν άρχισε να μιλάει για διάσπαση της ύλης, ότι ο δολοφόνος είναι εκεί και δεν είναι εκεί, αλλού πήγε το μυαλό μου αλλά ευτυχώς όλα καλά στο τέλος!Αγωνία, ανατροπές και η κλασική γραφή της εποχής, με περιγραφές τοπίων, σπιτιών, χαρακτήρων, καλά κρυμμένα μυστικά, κλιμακώσεις κλπ. Οι φανατικοί του είδους δε θα απογοητευτούν!

  • El
    2018-10-08 15:36

    Seems everyone knows that Gaston Leroux wrote The Phantom of the Opera; even those who haven't heard the author's name recognizes the title of the book thanks to the growing popularity over the years, the constant stage presence, etc. Unfortunately Andrew Lloyd Weber didn't adapt Leroux's detective fiction into a musical so they're not as common.The first of his mysteries was this one published serially in 1907. Arthur Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes - Gaston Leroux had Joseph Rouletabille. Rouletabille was an 18-year-old journalist who had a knack for logic and reasoning. The Mystery of the Yellow Room involves a "locked room" mystery in that the circumstances surrounding the crime appear to be impossible. He was part of a trend with that whole thing, and authors like Agatha Christie were apparently inspired by him.This was a fun read, but it didn't knock my socks off. Then again, neither did Phantom of the Opera. But I've always sort of been a fan of Leroux's, for no good reason since prior to this book I had only read that other one, the popular one. He's one of those authors I don't know much about but he totally intrigues me. I stumbled (almost quite literally) upon his grave in Nice in 2006, and ever since then I've wanted to read his other work. I feel I know him a little better having read his first detective novel, and I'm currently reading the second one, The Perfume of the Lady in Black. We'll see where I go from there.

  • Diane
    2018-10-20 20:31

    I wanted to read this because it's one of the first locked-room mysteries: A woman was found attacked in her room, but the door was locked from the inside and there was no way for the attacker to escape. The investigation takes many twists and turns and the ending is difficult to guess. It was also interesting to see how other crime and mystery writers were influenced by Leroux's work.

  • Eirini Proikaki
    2018-10-01 22:27

    Eιναι ωραιο, δεν καταφερα να το λυσω δυστυχως.Σκεφτηκα ολα τα πιθανα κι απιθανα εκτος απο αυτο που επρεπε.Κραταει το ενδιαφερον αλλα ειναι και λιγο κουραστικο γιατι ειναι ολο αφηγησεις, λεπτομερειες και συμπερασματα.

  • Daoud Hipa
    2018-10-07 14:29

    J aime cette serie <3

  • Dfordoom
    2018-10-05 15:45

    Gaston Leroux is of course best known as the author of Phantom of the Opera but he was actually quite prolific. He write quite a few mysteries, the most famous being The Mystery of the Yellow Room.This is the book that introduces his detective Rouletabille, and an interesting sleuth he is too. He is in fact a newspaper reporter rather than a detective as such but as a crime-solver he is second to none. The most interesting thing about him though is that he is just 18 years old. He’s a boy genius detective. Being so young his biggest problem is natural persuading people to take him seriously. He’s also very much a teenager, with the arrogance and impetuosity of youth, and inclined on occasion to the kinds of errors of judgment you’d expect from someone with limited experience of life. In spite of these minor weaknesses he is the foremost detective of his era, and already has some extraordinary successes behind him.The plot involves the attempted murder of a scientist’s daughter. Mademoiselle Stangerson has spent her entire adult life acting as her father’s assistant and at 35 remains unmarried. For years a fellow scientist has been paying court to her, but although she is fond of M Darzac she steadfastly refuses to marry him.Professor Stangerson and his daughter have been working in a fairly esoteric field of science, researching the dissolution of matter. There seems no obvious motive for the vicious assault upon her, an assault that leaves her close to death. Even more puzzling is the fact that her room, next door to their laboratory, is locked from the inside when her father and the servants finally break down the door after hearing sounds of a struggle and gunshots.This is an early example of the locked-room sub-genre, in which a crime is committed that appears to be impossible but nevertheless it has occurred. Edgar Allan Poe a the inventor of this sub-genre with his story The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Conan Doyle had also tried his hand at it with The Speckled Band. The potential problem with this type of mystery is that the solution to the crime often tends to be even more contrived than the usual run of detective stories.The Mystery of the Yellow Room goes perilously close to being just a little bit too clever for its own good. On the other hand it’s certainly ingenious and it’s lively and entertaining and on the whole it succeeds pretty well. Making allowances for the fact that fictional crimes are always much more convoluted than real-life crimes it has to be admitted that Leroux has come up with a plot of genuine originality and interest.The book was very highly regarded in its day and it’s easy to see why Leroux was so popular. It’s definitely worth picking up, and the Wordsworth paperback edition is appealingly inexpensive as well. It’s also a reminder of the very significant contribution that French authors made to the development of the crime novel.

  • Elena Santangelo
    2018-10-02 21:37

    I wanted to read this because I knew the book had influenced Agatha Christie. I now see why it influenced her--it was a more definite locked room mystery than, say, Poe's Murder in the Rue Morgue. Yet, I can also understand that when Christie said she started writing mysteries because she thought she could do a better job than many of the books she'd read--Yellow Room was likely one of the books she meant. I presume it was written originally as a serial novel, as so many were in the 19th century, and I got the impression that LeRoux dashed off each chapter just as each deadline loomed, without a lot of planning. In the end, the motives were disappointing, and I would have killed the victim myself if I'd had the chance.Part of the problem may be that I listened to it as an audiobook with at least a half dozen different narrators, which was very disorienting. Some were excellent readers, but some had trouble pronouncing English and paused in odd places, while others had trouble pronouncing French (Mon-sewer, for example--and my favorite was the gentleman who always said "Jello Room.")

  • Maria
    2018-10-23 18:42

    Αγαπάω τις αστυνομικές ιστορίες που σε παρασύρουν τόσο ώστε αναλύεις το κάθε στοιχείο αποφασισμένος να ανακαλύψεις το δολοφόνο και να λύσεις το μυστήριο πριν από τον ντεντέκτιβ. Το ξέρεις ότι όλα τα στοιχεία που χρειάζεσαι είναι εκεί και διαμορφώνεις μια θεωρεία και τελικά... διαπιστώνεις ότι είχες άδικο σε όλα. Το βιβλίο δεν ήταν τέλειο από όλες τις απόψεις και υπήρχαν σημεία που με κούρασαν. Όσο αφορά το τέλος... έχω ακόμα απορίες αλλά γι αυτό μπορεί να ευθύνομαι εγώ γιατί συνήθως μ' αυτές τις ιστορίες είμαι αργόστροφη, οπότε δε θα κατηγορήσω τον συγγραφέα.Πάντως αν σας άρεσαν οι ιστορίες του Σέρλοκ Χολμς και τα βιβλία της Agatha Christie, το προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα! <3

  • Jemidar
    2018-10-10 22:30

    There's nothing I like more than a good locked room mystery and this one fit the bill perfectly with a mysterious assassination attempt, intriguing clues and red herrings aplenty to keep the pages turning. The final reveal came as a complete surprise to me even though I had thought I'd worked it all out.Buddy read with Kim :-).

  • Ivan
    2018-09-25 15:43

    De lo mejorcito del género, sin lugar a dudas, en la órbita de los mejores de Agatha Christie (se nota, y mucho, que Christie había leído a Leroux, pues le "copia" muchas cosas: el detectivo hiperdeductivo y con un comportamento algo excéntrico; el compañero que no se entera ni de la mitad -trasunto del lector-; la misma manera de alejar el lector de la solución correcta del misterio; la misma dosificación de la información, etc.). Como ocurre en la mayoría de estas novelas, la solución acaba siendo más sencilla de lo que cabría esperar, pero no por ello esperada. Esbocé varias hipótesis en cuanto a la resolución del misterio y todas cayeron en dique seco, así que chapeau para Leroux. En cuanto a la autoría del crimen, de las más logradas que he leído.Sin embargo, y si algo pecan todas estas novelas (me refiero a las de Christie y similares), es que poco más hay detrás del misterio (que no es poco). A veces se descuidan otros aspectos, como los comportamientos algo anormales de algunos de sus personajes para que todo encaje o que no se defina apenas a los personajes más allá de lo meramente estricto para el caso. Pese a ello, muy recomendable.

  • Su
    2018-09-26 16:32

    [3,5 estrelas]Recentemente impus a mim mesma o desafio de ler mais livros não anglófonos e com ambientações mais variadas a nível da época e da cultura em que a história tem lugar. Como sempre gostei de mistérios, quanto tomei conhecimento deste clássico do género, num estilo semelhante ao de Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle e Agatha Christie, fiquei logo com vontade de conhecer a obra do autor (mais conhecido pelo seu famoso Fantasma da Ópera).Relativamente ao crime/enigma, achei o mistério do quarto amarelo muito bem conseguido e bastante bem engendrado. Soube despertar a curiosidade no leitor desde o início, explicar bem o sucedido e até ser surpreendente, o que considero um bónus, pois prefiro uma boa explicação ainda que o efeito de choque seja menor, do que uma revelação muito chocante que deixe a desejar a nível de solidez e coerência. Este livro conseguiu conjugar ambos, o que é algo que considero muito positivo. No entanto, para mim pecou um pouco ao nível da narrativa. Em alguns momentos achei-a enfadonha e por vezes ligeiramente confusa relativamente à disposição dos lugares (exceptuando aqueles com ilustrações, que considerei deveras úteis). Estes dois pontos foram os únicos que refrearam o meu entusiasmo com o mistério, embora admita que o segundo poderá ser defeito meu que tenho dificuldade em imaginar os espaços e não das próprias descrições.Uma coisa que não gosto muito em livros de mistério é quando o detective, ou neste caso o jornalista, resolve tudo com base numa pista que nunca foi dada ao leitor. Isso aqui aconteceu um pouco com alguns pormenores (view spoiler)[a questão da caça furtiva dos porteiros, por exemplo, assim como o momento em o jornalista que confessa que tinha visto Robert Darzac e a Menina Standerson anteriormente e que daí vinha a frase que menciona para conseguir entrar no castelo (hide spoiler)] e temi que fosse ser assim para o mistério principal do quarto amarelo. Felizmente não foi o caso, e embora algumas das razões por trás dos acontecimentos não pudessem ser adivinhadas, o mistério em si estava ao alcance do leitor ainda que eu de nada tenha desconfiado.Algo que não é em si um ponto negativo, mas que pessoalmente pesa talvez um pouco contra esta história é o período histórico e ambiente cultural em que se desenrola, não pelo período em si, que como disse contribuiu até para que escolhesse o livro por ser distinto do que estou habituada a ler, mas porque não me identifiquei muito nem criei qualquer empatia com os personagens. Quando me apercebi deste facto, ao tentar compreender porque não tinha apreciado mais o livro sendo que considerei o mistério interessante, fiz um esforço para procurar a razão. Penso que talvez uma delas seja o facto de escassearam mulheres interessantes, principalmente inteligentes e independentes, que fossem de alguma forma admiráveis. Houve poucas personagens femininas: a própria vítima que demorei a perceber que era uma mulher feita, por ser constantemente denominada de “Menina”, à volta da qual a história revolveu, mas que acabou por ter directamente muito pouco destaque; e duas personagens secundárias fortemente esquecíveis: a mulher do dono da estalagem e a mulher do porteiro, que nem sequer são mostradas com grandes qualidades sociais (view spoiler)[a primeira adultera, a segunda caçadora furtiva às escondidas do patrão (hide spoiler)]. Claro que fui eu que peguei num livro ambientado em França de finais do séc. XIX, e gostei de o fazer, mas sem dúvida identifico este ambiente social muito dominado pelas suas figuras masculinas, como um dos motivos para que não tivesse apreciado mais a história no seu todo no momento de classificar a minha experiência de leitura.Em suma, tinha imposto a mim mesma o objectivo de ler mais livros não anglófonos, este foi um dos escolhidos dentro do género policial e não desiludiu. O mistério foi intrigante e desafiador, no entanto, certas características do ambiente da história não me apelaram particularmente. Considerei uma leitura agradável mas não um favorito.

  • Brendan Hodge
    2018-09-29 16:36

    This was recommended by a friend when I was looking for books written and set right before the Great War, so I went into it knowing nothing other than that it was written by the author of Phantom of the Opera (which I haven't read) and that it was a mystery published in 1908 and set in the 1890s. I'm no the hugest mystery reader, but I enjoy them, and this was certainly an interesting specimen.The mystery is of the locked room variety. The basic set up is as follows: A scientist and his attractive 35-year-old daughter live in an isolated chateau where they devote themselves to studying physics and chemistry. During the warm months the daughter sleeps in a small room off the laboratory. One night she goes to bed at midnight while her father is still working. Half an hour later, there is a thud, a shot, and cries of "Murderer!" from inside the room. The scientist and his servant rush to the door, but it is locked. All the windows are locked. At last, they break down the door and find all the signs of a struggle and the daughter badly hurt from a blow to the head, but no murderer. The young reporter/detective Joseph Rouletabille investigates and eventually comes to the highly complex and unexpected solution. Honestly, I would have marked it down for the solution being so intricate as to be unbelievable, but the author ups the ante with the last few sentences with some additional personal drama such that I ended fascinated rather than distanced. There were, apparently, a number of Rouletabille mysteries, though so far as I can tell only the next two have been translated into English. This is too bad, because some of the later Rouletabille mysteries sound fascinating, at least from a historical perspective. I wish I could read Rouletabille à la Guerre from 1914 and Rouletabille chez Krupp from 1917, since those apparently deal with the war.The narrative style of Mystery of the Yellow Room is surprisingly complex. The story is narrated by a lawyer who is a minor character, but he repeatedly breaks off to includes sources written by various other characters from their points of view. The result is complex and entertaining, and, for my purposes, not a bad window into the period either.

  • Jim
    2018-10-03 16:17

    There is something contrived about a locked room mystery. A crime has been committed, but it seems impossible as the criminal could not have escaped. And yet Mlle Stangerson lies bleeding and at the edge of death. Gaston Laroux, who is perhaps better known for The Phantom of the Opera, was a journalist who was well acquainted with criminal cases. In The Mystery Of The Yellow Room, his hero is an eighteen-year-old journalist who goes by the name of Joseph Rouletabille who inserts himself into the case and comes up with some brilliant deductions, not all of which pan out. In the end, however, he discovers the mystery.I could have discovered the mystery much sooner had I been there. Around 1900, no one could imagine putting the screws to a woman who very obviously knows who her assailant was. Everyone tiptoes too delicately around this fact -- and it takes something away from the ingenious final solution that Rouletabille finds to the case.Still and all, it's an interesting read.

  • GreekReaders
    2018-10-08 20:20

    Το μυστήριο του Κίτρινου Δωματίου είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο της κατηγορίας "Locked room mysteries" που διαβάζω και η αλήθεια είναι πως είχα μεγάλες προσδοκίες για αυτό, πόσο μάλλον όταν πρόκειται για έναν τόσο γνωστό συγγραφέα. Οι εντυπώσεις είναι ανάμικτες. Καλό μεν, αλλά...Μου αρέσει ιδιαίτερα η χρονική περίοδος που εξελίσσεται η υπόθεση, θυμίζει έντονα Άρθουρ Κόναν Ντόυλ, χωρίς να με ξενίζει ή να με απωθεί η ομοιότητα. Αντιθέτως θα έλεγα. Αν και έχει μια "δυνατή" αρχή, από κάποιο σημείο και έπειτα το διάβαζα απλά για να μάθω τη λύση. Οι λεπτομέρειες του σπιτιού ήταν απίστευτα κουραστικές, αν και κατανοώ την πρόθεση του συγγραφέα να δώσει μια πλήρη εικόνα του χώρου, κάπου στην πορεία χάθηκε η χρησιμότητα του εγχειρήματος και έμειναν τα σχεδιαγράμματα.Το κείμενο είχε μια ιδιαίτερη γλώσσα, ένα ιδιαίτερο ύφος, το οποίο δεν είμαι σίγουρη εάν οφείλεται στη μετάφραση ή έτσι είναι η γλώσσα του πρωτοτύπου, πάντως έτσι και δεν είσαι συγκεντρωμένος στην ανάγνωση χάνεσαι λιγάκι.Κλείνοντας, η εξήγηση της ιστορίας μου άρεσε, αλλά δεν είναι ικανή να με κάνει να διαβάσω τη Γυναίκα με τα Μαύρα - στο οποίο γίνεται αναφορά στις τελευταίες σελίδες. Με συγχωρείτε κ. Λερού!Μ.

  • Ger
    2018-10-06 17:23

    Unas las primeras historias de misterio del tipo "habitación cerrada", donde un crimen ocurre dentro de un cuarto aparentemene innaccesible. En general me resultó muy entretenida y amena la lectura, siempre me mantuvo enganchado queriendo saber la resolución.En este tipo de historias la resolución tiene un peso muy importante porque ahi es donde se ve la creatividad del autor para resolver este caso que parecía imposible. Como punto a favor se puede decir que el final es inesperado pero (al menos a mi) no me terminó de convencer ni de resultar creíble. En definitiva me gustó más el recorrido que el destino.