Edgar Manning, a mystery writer, wins the annual Blunt Instrument Award for his year's work and goes to pick it up at a party. Ellery, who was Edgar's rival for the award, is sidelined because of a nasty cold. So Edgar gleefully phones Ellery and gives a blow-by-blow description of the award ceremony (including describing the trophy) as he leans back in his easy chair. But the phone call is interrupted by a sickening thud. Ellery calls out to Edgar but gets no response. Cut back to Edgar, who's now face down on his desk. His skull was shattered by ... The Blunt Instrument, the trophy itself.
Did You Know?
For an aficionado people know that the awards dinner seen is supposed to be The Mystery Writers of America. However, it says Crime Writers of America. Fans should know it could also be a nod to the Crime Writers Association based in Great Britain. See more
Ellery Queen walks around the crime scene looking for clues. He is not wearing his hat. He exits the living room and once he enters the other room, he is wearing his hat. See more
Well, you've seen all the clues-have you got it? I think I do. Now, the important things to remember-besides what happened to the door-are the brandy snifter on the carpet and the bruise on Manning's knee. Have you got it now? I hope so.
References She-Wolf of London