Keeper of the Keys
infobox Book |
name = Charlie Chan Carries On
image_caption = First edition cover
Earl Derr Biggers
language = English
genre = Mystery,
publisher = Bobbs-Merrill
release_date = 1932
media_type = Print (Hardback &
Charlie Chan Carries On
Keeper of the Keys (
1932) is the sixth and last mystery in the Charlie Chanseries of Earl Derr Biggers; Biggers was planning on continuing the series, but died in 1933before he could.
Once again, the setting of the novel is rural
California, where Chan has been invited as a houseguest. He meets a world-famous soprano, Ellen Landini, who is murdered not too long after the meeting. Chan does not have far to look for suspects -- the host is her ex-husband, as are three of the other house guests. Her servants, entourage and husbands all come under suspicion. Once again, Chan is expected to solve the murder, which he does by understanding the key clues -- the actions of a little dog named Trouble, two scarves, and two little boxes. When he understands how the murder is committed, he learns the role of elderly house servant Ah Sing -- the keeper of the keys.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
This was the only one of Biggers' Chan novels never to be adapted into a film, while some of the others were used more than once to create films. However, it was adapted into a short-lived Broadway play in 1933, with William Harrigan playing Charlie Chan.
* [http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=11770 Internet Broadway Database entry for Keeper of the Keys]
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