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.
Did You Know?
Handsome Hubert, one of the wrestlers Ellery and Inspector Queen are watching when Velie tells them about the murder, is based on Gorgeous George, a flamboyant professional wrestler from the 1940s and 50s. Ironically, his last match before retirement was against a masked wrestler, as Hubert's match in this episode is. 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
Inspector Richard Queen
A major breakthrough! The butler didn't do it!