At a book signing Ellery is introduced to Colonel Alec Nivin who is signing his recent publication "Memoirs of a Spy" on the book's first day of sale. The book is a character assassination of various British, French, and Russian operatives who are now living in the United States after WWII. Later that evening when one of the exposed operatives kills Nivin, Ellery and Inspector Queen must sort through Nivin's files to find the killer. As the list of suspects keeps growing, it isn't till Ellery realizes that the killer could only have bought Nivin's book on the day of the murder at the Gotham Book Store since Ellery was there and he bought the last copy of the book. Written by
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Jenny, I've been waiting at Alexander's for about an hour. Now, didn't we have a lunch date?
Oh, yes! But that was yesterday. And *I* waited an hour.
[realizes she's right
... was Tuesday.
And today is Wednesday, and tomorrow's Thursday, and anyway, I've already eaten.
References The Egg and I