Stephanie Kendrick, a wealthy fountain pen heiress, is found dead on the front lawn of her mansion. Prior to her death she was reading Ellery's book "The Adventure of the Lover's Leap" and it seems that she acted out a passage in the book which leads to her to jump from her bedroom balcony. Inspector Queen thinks her death is suicide, but Ellery seems to have other thoughts when a technical print man finds a small shard of glass on the balcony. Later, during the questioning of suspects, Simon Brimmer arrives at the Kendrick mansion and, in his typical pompous fashion, offers his help to Inspector Queen solve what he concludes to be a murder. Ultimately, Brimmer brings the cast together at the conclusion to disclose the guilty party, but Ellery finds the exact time to speak up and reveal the killer's identity. Written by
Did You Know?
The piece that Simon plays on Stephanie Kendrick's piano is Franz Liszt's third and final "Liebestraum". See more
When Inspector Queen is questioning Nurse Chandler she has the top button of her uniform buttoned, but later in the same scene when Ellery Queen asks her a question the top button of her uniform is unbuttoned. See more
I've got it; how do you have it figured? Was it the husband? The stepdaughter? The lawyer, the doctor, or the nurse, or somebody else. Now, I know you don't think it was Simon Brimmer - or do you? Anyway, there's a hint: the body was moved to make room for something, and time is of the essence.