At a New Year's Eve party where Guy Lombardo (as himself, albeit about 30 years older than he would have been at the time), Inspector Queen finds blood on a drawing-room floor outside a phone booth, and a knife wedged in the phone booth's door. When Inspector Queen pulls the knife out and opens the door, a body tumbles out. Inspector Queen then finds the phone itself dangling, picks it up and hears a bewildered stranger on the other end. The dead man, a wealthy industrialist, had telephoned the stranger but couldn't talk because the knife had severed his vocal cords. The industrialist had been unable to crawl out of the booth because the knife jammed it shut. There are a plethora of suspects whom the industrialist had insulted just before his death.
Did You Know?
Kitty's address is given as 124 West End Avenue. No such address exists, but it would put her apartment somewhere in the mid-60s, near what later would be Lincoln Center. See more
The girl photographer is using blue flashbulbs which weren't manufactured until the 1950s. See more
Lady Daisy Frawley
Well, I never!
Oh, but you have, my dear - often!