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ISBN: 0140080813
Author: Patrick Quentin
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books (January 6, 1987)
Pages: 184
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.4
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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.

Comments:

Agamaginn
This is the one where Peter Duluth first meets Iris Pattison, and they're both in the mental hospital. Who knew that these two "fools" would wind up as the hero and heroine of one of America's best loved detective series? Well, in this episode they're still a little crazy, though it's plain from the beginning that Peter at any rate is well on his way to mental health. He had seen his first wife go up in flames literally in front of his eyes, with no way he could save her, so after the funeral he took to the bottle and became a dipsomaniac. Clearly, for the pseudonymous authors who used the name "Patrick Quentin," William Seabrook's "nonfiction novel" ASYLUM was a leading source--it's even name checked in the opening pages of FOOLS. Some readers like Peter and Harriet in the Dorothy Sayers books, but for me, I prefer my Peter with Iris.

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. However after a certain point in time the authors must have felt some diminishing returns coming on, so they got rid of the "Puzzle for" device and just started calling the books regular names like BLACK WIDOW, etc., which must have alienated the faithful. Imagine if Sue Graftoc suddenly stopped the "T is for Teabag" routine and just called the next Kinsey book "Nightmare for Kinsey"!

As usual, Iris is the most beautiful and alluring girl in the world, but there's always an attractive man for Peter to bond with, usually in their underwear or less. Quentin never lets one down in the beefcake department, and here is the magnificent Cary-Elwes-in-PRINCESS-BRIDE British stud Martin Geddes, a narcoleptic, how handy for when you want to run your hands up and down his magnificent body just to see what happens. Dr. Lenz the kindly psychiatrist and head of the clinic, obviously modelled on the grest Freud himself, is godlike and charismatic as always, though with perhaps fewer quirks than he would develop in PUZZLE FOR PLAYERS. All in all, a brilliant conflation of traditional detective story clueing and grand guignol.
Gashakar
If I get a bad grade on my O. chem. midterm I'm blaming this book. It was given to me to read while I was in the middle of studying and it caused some sizable breaks in my attempts to learn what a carboxylic acid is. 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. It has the set group of people who could be suspects, the limited setting and the basic interactions, the doctors take the role of the hosts, the staff of the servants etc., that are typical to that classic genre of mysteries, but the setting itself give a flair of the unusual.
The story is narrated by Peter Duluth, a recovering alcoholic who is among the more sane of the inmates of the asylum. By virtue of his sanity, and the fact that he discovers the bodies, Duluth is taken into the confidence of the authorities and tries to solve the mystery on his own. The murderer starts with a campaign of frightening various inmates and using their neuroses to his advantage. He (and I should mention that I'm using the indefinite pronoun here) then moves on to a particularly gruesome and brutal murder.
To criticize, I would say that the murderer is a bit to miraculous, has too many skills that just happen to be perfect for the job at hand. It's not entirely believable and tends to the melodramatic. The other problem is that it got very confusing at the end, when I was certain that it had been stated that one person was the murderer, but then the very characters that made the statement seemed to ignore and forget it, leaving a welter of confusion that was never cleared up.

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