Well then, these are some thoughts of that book.
I´ll try to hold it spoiler-free, though if you don´t want to get eventually spoiled, better don´t read past that point.
Well then, I just finished the book and honestly… my feelings are mixed.
Agatha Christie and even John Dickson Carr, the most known locked room mystery author said that “The mystery of the yellow room” was one, if not the best detective story ever written.
I´d like to agree with this, but people who know me, also know what in my opinion is the best mystery ever written.
But that´s not what Im trying to say.
Well then. About the book.
The book was a bit difficult to read. I had the feeling it was a rather old way of speaking (obviously duh). It was rather easy to follow, but it got sometimes tiring, because of long sentences.
The narrative felt a bit dry in my opinion, just because there was not much going on till about half trough the book.
I have to say I did not solve the mystery entirely.
I had about 2/3 of the problems solved.
And theres the point.
The mysteries in the book were actually really dazzling and just mindblowing, even for someone who loves and already knows locked room mysteries like me.
Though that´s only what it looks from the outside.
In the narrative itself it was said, that the solution was easier then expected, which is great and that´s also how I got 2/3 of the mystery solved.
I could break the locked room, the mysterious gallery and the stabbed body within few hypothesis.
I had the feeling the mystery was just held up by the pressure of evidence shoved in ones face.
The evidence that was presented, made it look like some insanely hard problem with twists and things like that, however they were actually not that helpful in order to solve the mysteries. Even the detective in the story sometimes ignored them.
Though these hints did lead to the culprit.
And theres my second point of criticism.
The culprit. This point of criticism is actually just a problem I created myself with the kind help of my favourite author ryukishi.
And that problem is the conflict between two rules of mystery. Though to be fair, Im not even sure if the mystery of the yellow room was written before or after these rules were created.
Anyways. I did not find the culprit, however I solved the mysteries and that´s why I said i just solved 2/3 of the entire mystery.
I had suspected the true culprit to be the culrpit, but maybe as my last or second to last option, just because I aknowledged the situation to be like it was portrayed.
And that´s what annoyed me a bit. Many things didn´t make sense to me with the true culprit as the culprit at the beginning, but at the end it got it´s solution somehow. Though it might not have been that satisfactory.
It just used means that were not really talked about in the book and just got forgotten.
It was a twist, indeed, but I just had the feeling it was not really a twist you had the chance of finding out like it was just by what was written in the book.
Also theres a really small point of criticism at the end.
It´s more my own opinion though.
I like my stories, just like I like my chocolate: Dark.
And the ending certainly seemed to be like these comical, relieve moments you usually see in media.
I wouldn´t have minded that small poit, no I actually would have liked that. The problem here was that it was parallel to the conclusion and that took the tension out of the moment of conviction.
Maybe Im a bit too hard with the mystery of the yellow room.
No, certainly I am.
One has to mention though that the mystery of the yellow room was one of the first full fledged locked room mysteries and had a huge inpact on this genre. So it might be unfair to compare it to other works.
I just felt, that the conclusion could have been made so much better if the who and the whydunnit was something that the reader could have traced back in the story much more easily.
However i had quite some fun with this mystery and if I had to give it a rating it would propably be around 7-8/10, Usually it would be lower, but I don´t want to give it a lower grade, so there you go.
(Also sorry for my horrible english. Im tired and now I´ll go take a break.)