A Puzzle for Fiends (Classic Crime).
A Puzzle for Fiends (Classic Crime). The earliest Duluth books were all called Puzzle for this, Puzzle for that, and they used as the second term sort of a medieval noun as if from the days of Beowulf-thus "fools" in the Shakesperean sense of "madmen," then "players" where a modern equivalent would be "actors," and so on: "Puzzle for Wantons" anyone? I like this effect of a slightly removed and ironic dialectic in which two time frames are measured against each other, the push and pull of opposing historical forces.
A Puzzle for Fools (Classic Crime). Patrick Quentin of course rivalled Ellery Queen for having the most homoerotics in a 1940s detective novel, but here the two collaborators Wheeler and Webb really go to town; it's as though they decided to write an X-rated scenario and just left out the explicit markers.
He murdered my father. The author has never encountered any people or institutions that remotely resembled those in this hook-although he would very much like to. Contents
He murdered my father. Contents. Chapter 1. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. Chapter 4.
Patrick Quentin’s most popular book is Puzzle for Fools (Peter Duluth Mystery #1).
Books by Patrick Quentin. Showing 30 distinct works. Puzzle for Fools (Peter Duluth Mystery by. Patrick Quentin. The fun of the book is the theatrical milieu and the struggle of theater pros to overcome the roadblocks a mad killer is throwing their way. Black Widow (Library of Crime Classics). Wessler and Mirabelle are stereotypes in a way, larger than life divas, and the play they're trying to bring to life is standard melodrama, but Quentin makes this all perfectly intriguing and one hopes for a success for all concerned. Mirabelle must be modeled on Tallulah Bankhead, perhaps Gertrude Lawrence, while Wessler is sort of like Paul Muni and Walter Huston rolled into one.
A Puzzle for Fools book . I remember reading this book when I was in junior high, a classic whodunit book from the 1920s. Patrick Quentin, Q. Patrick and Jonathan Stagge were pen names under which Hugh Callingham Wheeler (19 March 1912 – 26 July 1987), Richard Wilson Webb (August 1901 – December 1966), Martha Mott Kelley (30 April 1906–2005) and Mary Louise White Aswell (3 June 1902 – 24 December 1984) wrote detective fiction.
Issue Points - Notes. Further Information Patrick Quentin is a pseudonym for Hugh Wheeler and a collaborative name with Richard Wilson Webb to 1952, this collaboration also extended to the other pseudonyms listed. The main series characters are Peter Duluth and Lieutenant Timothy Trant. Stagge had Dr Hugh Westlake who appeared in all the titles under that name. There were numerous short, uncollected, stories under the Q Patrick name and a non-criminous title, The Crippled Muse using the name Hugh Wheeler, which was also used for a series of plays and screenplay.
Patrick Quentin, best known for the Peter Duluth puzzle mysteries, also penned outstanding detective novels from the 1930s through the 1960s under other pseudonyms, including Q. Patrick and Jonathan Stagge. Anthony Boucher wrote: Quentin is particularly noted for the enviable polish and grace which make him one of the leading American fabricants of the murderous comedy of manners; but this surface smoothness conceals intricate and meticulous plot construction as faultless as that of Agatha Christie. Peter Duluth was once an up-and-comer on the Great White Way.
Author Patrick Quentin. Books by Patrick Quentin: Suspicious Circumstances. 10 9. 10. Shadow of Guilt. A Puzzle for Fools. 8, 10. The Man in the Net., 10. Puzzle for Pilgrims. 7, 10. Puzzle for Fiends. Book in the Peter Duluth Mystery Series). Needless to say, I found it pretty engrossing, or at least more than my textbook. A Puzzle for Fools is essentially a country house murder, with the twist being that it's set in a mental hospital.