The young lady had just retired to her room when sounds of a struggle ensue, and cries of “Murder!” and revolver shots ring out. When her locked door is finally broken down by her father and a servant, they find the woman on the floor, badly hurt and bleeding. No one else is in the room. There is no other exit except through a barred window. How did the attacker escape? (from Goodreads)
When I bought this book I thought it would be more dark and gritty, but it wasn’t like that at all, it was pretty entertaining and quite funny at times, despite the tragic events that the characters were living.
The main characters are:
Joseph Rouletabille – the young journalist and amateur detective, protagonist
Jean Sainclair – Rouletabille’s friend and lawyer, the narrator
Frédéric Larsan – the police detective
Professor Stangerson – a scientist, owner of “Chateau du Glandier”
Mlle. Mathilde Stangerson – his daughter, the victim
Robert Darzac – Mathilde’s fiancé
Robert Darzac ends up being the main suspect, according to Larsan’s reasonings, but Rouletabille is not convinced and believes in his innocence. He follows a logic that escapes completely our understanding and it’s not until the very end when the name of the attacker is revealed, and it’s totally unexpected!
This book is the first in a series, and I have already read the second! Rouletabille is not like any other detective I’ve read before, and it’s a nice change.
Another nice thing about my edition is that it has images, and I love when that happens!