|he Adventures of Ellery Queen
That is what Ellery Queen has been called, and from tens of thousands of Queen fans, readers, and radio listeners, comes a roar of approval. Here are eleven of the slick, tricky young investigator's most amazing adventures, each one an appetizing snack for the gourmet at the table of thrills, action, deduction.
All titles begin with "The Adventure of...." Short stories originally appeared in Redbook, Mystery, Great Detective Stories, and Mystery League.
Although a series of short-stories still an intro by JJMcC is provided. "EQ's early short stories (1933 - 1935) are notable for the substance and complexity of their plots. EQ's first short story, "The One Penny Black" (1933) and "The Glass Domed Clock" (1933), share some common features. Both deal with dealers in precious objects (stamps and gems, respectively), and form a portrait of the world of collectors, anticipating The Chinese Orange Mystery. Both have an ethnic character, the first from Germany, the second from Czarist Russia. Both have a plot two levels deep, where Ellery unearths first a main plot, and then another behind it. The first story is weaker; the second is a gem that starts EQ's interest in dying messages. The early stories shows signs of influence from Morley's The Haunted Bookshop (1919) and Doyle's "The Blue Carbuncle".
"The Teakwood Case"
(1933) is a quintessential early EQ, investigate a situation
puzzler. It adopts the same approach as such novels as
The French Powder Mystery
Ellery learns more, then deduces some more, then gets deeper in
precipitating more things happening, followed by more deductions... The chain of
deductions ultimately becomes very satisfying. The story also shows
EQ's interest in
symmetric patterns. "The
Two-Headed Dog" (1934)
is a combination puzzle plot and
'Nancy Drew type' adventure story (ghost and treasure at sinister cabin). The mystery
solution is unveiled at the end, Agatha
Christie style, without the sort of intermediate deductions of "The Teakwood
Case". This story is quite entertaining, with good New England atmosphere, and its
solution is fairly clever.
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