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Terror Town finds a small town New England librarian wondering what happened to a bright farm boy who frequented the library. The teenager turns up dead under mysterious circumstances and he’s the only the first to die as the town is gripped by panic as the body count rises.
Originally released in 1956 and re-released as a standalone Novella, Terror Town is a very good time capsule. It captures the feeling and mood of its era. The idea of a peaceful town suddenly beset by homicides with no great detective around to sort things out, but rather local police doing the best they can, is different for the era.
Yet, at the end of the day, the story only goes so deep. The librarian’s unrequited love for the town deputy who can’t seem to get it in his head that the girl next door has grown into a woman to be taken seriously takes up too much energy and isn’t really resolved. The solution is decent, but a little bit predictable.
It’s an okay audiobook, but not the best example of Ellery Queen’s work.
Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0
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An elderly woman asks Blackie to steal an ugly family heirloom from her safe and give the money to charity. Once Blackie is convinced it’s not an insurance fraud, he agrees. After he and Mary steal the necklace, she reports the theft to the police and fingers Blackie.