Experiments in Detection (1968)
A Menu to Delight
For something light
and piquant, we recommend No Parking, with its bewitching heroine and her three
These are but four of sixteen great tales designed to please the most sophisticated palate -- all prepared and elegantly served by the master chef of mystery, the one and only Ellery Queen.
Let Ellery Queen clue you in his special brand of high tension, brain-teasing mystery!
All stories originally published in This Week, Argosy, Cavalier, Signature - The Diner's Club magazine, MD, and EQMM between 1949 and 1966.
|Above left to right: dust cover New American Library (1968); dust cover Gollancz edition (1968); cover Signet (1970); MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (2015) *|
And for an unforgettable pièce de résistance, we have Abraham Lincoln's Clue,
a classic that Anthony Boucher called "perhaps the greatest of all Queen
A historical story similar to "The President's Half Disme" (1946), is about another US President, "Abraham Lincoln's Clue" (1965). In this story Howard Haycraft is paid a charming tribute. The collectors who show up in these stories remind one of those in "The One Penny Black" and "The Glass-Domed Clock". Although W.W.II is not mentioned in the story, it reflects the atmosphere of wartime patriotism prevalent then. Arnold Schoenberg would pay a similar tribute to George Washington in his Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte. The tale is set in a lonely farmhouse in Pennsylvania. The solution of the puzzle involves mathematics, as did such earlier EQ tales as "The Glass-Domed Clock" (1933) ,"The Hollow Dragon" (1936) and "The Gamblers' Club" (1951). The use of mathematics seems related to EQ's deep commitment to logic and reasoning. (Michael E.Grost)
|Above: Illustration for "Mystery in Neon Red" in This Week, July 28. 1963. The caption read: "The blindfold slipped once while they were slamming me around.. I saw the sign flashing on and off in the dark."|
Mum is the Word. The Chrysanthemum Mystery - with a "dying message" that is the "last word" in bizarre and baffling clues.
Object Lesson. The third of Ellery's battles with contemporary problems: the lack of schoolrooms- and how overcrowded classes may contribute to juvenile delinquency... One of the most important cases in Ellery's career.
Terror in A Penthouse. Three men desperately wanted to marry the lovely actress. Now, which two suitors had she turned down - and which one had tried to kill her?
No Place To Live the second of Ellery's conflict with modern problems - this one, the lack of living quarters.
Mystery in Neon Red. The two hoods who kidnaped Angie left no clues behind. Yet Ellery Queen trapped them by a single brilliant deduction. If you're a good detective, you can make it too!
Last Man to Die. Suspicious of butlers? Here's a story with two of them. It's a mystery that Ellery Queen was able to unravel. Can you?
Crime Syndicate Payoff. Whodunnit? Who is the head of the plush-lined mob whose high-level nastiness makes the Cosa Nostra look like a penny-ante operation? That's what Inspector Queen and Sergeant Velie want to know. All the clues are here - so match wits with the master Ellery Queen, and try to solve this caper.
The Little Spy
They meet in an apartment on
Park Avenue, there is an English butler and a cook named Charlot.
|Above: Illustration for "Last Man to Die" in This Week, Nov 3. 1963. The caption read "Her measurements were 38-23-34, she had eyes of blue and red hair, too -- and if one snarling old man outlived the other she would have a fortune."|
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