The Mystery of the Yellow Room
The Mystery of the Yellow Room (in French Le mystère de la chambre jaune) by Gaston Leroux, is one of the first locked-room mystery crime fiction novels. It was first published in France in the periodical L'Illustration from September 1907 to November 1907, then in its own right in 1908.
It is the first novel starring fictional reporter Joseph Rouletabille and concerns a complex, and seemingly impossible, crime in which the criminal appears to disappear from a locked room. Leroux provides the reader with detailed, precise diagrams and floorplans illustrating the crime scene. The emphasis of the story is firmly on the intellectual challenge to the reader, who will almost certainly be hard pressed to unravel every detail of the situation.
The novel finds its continuation in The Perfume of the Lady in Black, wherein a number of the characters familiar from this story reappear.
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- THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW ROOM
- CHAPTER I. In Which We Begin Not to Understand
- CHAPTER II. In Which Joseph Roultabille Appears for the First Time
- CHAPTER III. "A Man Has Passed Like a Shadow Through the Blinds"
- CHAPTER IV. "In the Bosom of Wild Nature"
- CHAPTER V. In Which Joseph Rouletabille Makes a Remark to Monsieur Robert Darzac Which Produces Its Little Effect
- CHAPTER VI. In the Heart of the Oak Grove
- CHAPTER VII. In Which Rouletabille Sets Out on an Expedition Under the Bed
- CHAPTER VIII. The Examining Magistrate Questions Mademoiselle Stangerson
- CHAPTER IX. Reporter and Detective
- CHAPTER X. "We Shall Have to Eat Red Meat—Now"
- CHAPTER XI. In Which Frederic Larsan Explains How the Murderer Was Able to Get Out of The Yellow Room
- CHAPTER XII. Frederic Larsan's Cane
- CHAPTER XIII. "The Presbytery Has Lost Nothing of Its Charm, Nor the Garden Its Brightness"
- CHAPTER XIV. "I Expect the Assassin This Evening"
- CHAPTER XV. The Trap
- CHAPTER XVI. Strange Phenomenon of the Dissociation of Matter
- CHAPTER XVII. The Inexplicable Gallery
- CHAPTER XVIII. Rouletabille Has Drawn a Circle Between the Two Bumps on His Forehead
- CHAPTER XIX. Rouletabille Invites Me to Breakfast at the Donjon Inn
- CHAPTER XX. An Act of Mademoiselle Stangerson
- CHAPTER XXI. On the Watch
- CHAPTER XXII. The Incredible Body
- CHAPTER XXIII. The Double Scent
- CHAPTER XXIV. Rouletabille Knows the Two Halves of the Murderer
- CHAPTER XXV. Rouletabille Goes on a Journey
- CHAPTER XXVI. In Which Joseph Rouletabille Is Awaited with Impatience
- CHAPTER XXVII. In Which Joseph Rouletabille Appears in All His Glory
- CHAPTER XXVIII. In Which It Is Proved That One Does Not Always Think of Everything
- CHAPTER XXIX. The Mystery of Mademoiselle Stangerson
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