There Was an Old Woman by Ellery Queen

By Ellery Queen

Cornelia Potts is a depraved lady with millio ns of bucks, a henpecked husband, and 6 depressing childr en. each lifestyles she touches turns to sheer hell. Then, one after the other, the population of the large, ugly Potts mansion a re visited by means of loss of life. '

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Take a look. That fella who had his camera broken. " Ellery frowned. " Ellery sighted along the Inspector's arm to a window high in the face of the courthouse. There, various powerful camera eyes glittered in the sun, behind them human eyes intent on Thurlow Potts and Charley Paxton on the sidewalk before the courthouse. " "They caught it all from that window," exclaimed Ellery softly. " "My son," said the Inspector dryly, "you've got the makings of a detective. Come on, let's go back upstairs and see if Mr.

They were in the foyer again. Charley led the way towards a panel of tall French doors set in a rear wall. "House is built in a U," he explained. "Within the U are a patio and an inner court, and more grounds, and Horatio's dream house and so on. I've had architects here who've gone screaming into the night ... Ooops. " They were two crimson-cheeked elderly men, seemingly quite sane. They were seated in a small library directly off the rear of the foyer, a checkerboard between them. The rear wall of the library was a continuation of the French doors, looking out upon a flagged, roofed terrace which apparently ran the width of the house.

When he lumbered back, the Sergeant looked black. "The Clerk says," growled Sergeant Velie, "that Mr. " "Irritation," frowned Mr. , a description, I understand, which fits Mr. " The Sergeant looked puzzled, but Inspector Queen muttered through his ragged mustache: "Two hours! I'd like to irrigate him. " And the old gentleman marched out of Room 331, followed by Sergeant Velie and—meekly—Ellery Queen; and so barged into the fantastic hull of the Potts case. For a little way down the corridor, before the door of Room 335, Trial Term Part Vu, they came upon Charley Paxton, pacing.

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