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?
Ellery's very generous! When Ellery's trying to get the cab driver, (Herb Edelman
) to take him to Times Square, he offers him $3 to do so (which, of course, he readily accepts), because that's the 2018 equivalent of $37.00 (and offering a NYC cabbie that much - as an advance tip - STILL pulls a bit of weight, though not nearly as much), and the $5 he offers for a corsage; $62.58 (he should've taken the florist's recommendation; 'pick daisies in 'Central Park'- though it being 31st of December, he'd have to wait a few months). 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!