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The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1933-34)

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.

  • ...The African Traveler (original story)
  • ...The Hanging Acrobat    (Mystery, 5/34 as "The Girl on the Trapeze")
  • ...The One Penny Black (Great Detective Stories, 4/33)
  • ...The Bearded Lady (Mystery, 8/34 as "The Sinister Beard")
  • ...The Three Lame Men (Mystery, 4/34)
  • ...The Invisible Lover (Mystery, 9/34 as "Four Men Loved a Woman")
  • ...The Teakwood Case
                                   (Mystery, 5/33 as "The Affair of the Gallant Bachelor")
  • ...The Two-Headed Dog (Mystery, 6/34)
  • ...The Glass-Domed Clock (Mystery League,10/33)
  • ...The Seven Black Cats  (Mystery, 10/34 as "The Black Cats Vanished")
  • ...The Mad Tea-Party (Redbook, 10/34)

All titles begin with "The Adventure of...." Short stories originally appeared in Redbook, Mystery, Great Detective Stories, and Mystery League

The Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Pocket BookThe Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Tower Books, march 1947The Adventures of Ellery Queen - kaft
The Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Penguin Books 1963The Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Pocket Book, #99, 1947The Adventures of Ellery Queen - coverMore Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover edition of reprint of the Adventures of Ellery Queen, 1940

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 Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Black-Red hardback, Grosset & Dunlap,1934.The Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Black-Red hardback, Grosset & Dunlap,reprint.The Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Frederick A. Stokes, New York, 1934.The Adventures of Ellery Queen - Dustcover Triangle BooksThe Adventures of Ellery Queen - hardcover Triangle Books
The Adventures of Ellery Queen - hardcover Triangle BooksThe Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Grosset & Dunlap, 1934The Adventures of Ellery Queen - hardcoverThe Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover eBook edition MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, February 5, 2013The Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Traber Burns, November 1. 2015

"The Teakwood Case" (1933) is a quintessential early EQ, investigate a situation in-depth puzzler. It adopts the same approach as such novels as The French Powder Mystery (1930). Ellery learns more, then deduces some more, then gets deeper in Cover Triangle Books investigation, 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  "The Adventure of 'The Two-Headed Dog'" was collected in the 1934 volume The Adventures of Ellery Queen. The story is read by Mark Lagasse.  To hear the podcast click here...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.
"The Hanging Acrobat" (1934) is poor, aside from some vaudeville lore; it reads as if EQ were trying to add some spice to his tales to increase their saleability, an experiment he did not repeat, although he came close with the perversity of "The Bleeding Portrait" (1937). Some of the best tales in the collection are the last. In March 2014 EQMM's Podcast page featured 'The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats' by Ellery Queen, reprinted in EQMM's January 2016 issue, and originally published in the 1934 short-story collection The Adventures of Ellery Queen. This ingenious whodunit by one of the bestselling mystery writers of all time is read for us by Mark Lagasse. EQMM editor and West 87th Street Irregular Janet Hutchings provides an introduction to the podcast!. To hear the podcast click here..."The Seven Black Cats" (1934) is very clever. "The Mad Tea Party" (1934) is a classic of misdirection. EQ picked it as his best short story; after Agatha Christie's "The Affair at the Bungalow", it is the subtlest and most deceptive of all detective short stories. It was made into a superb and faithful TV show, as an episode of the 1975 Jim Hutton Ellery Queen TV series." (Michael E.Grost)


De Avonturen van EQ - coverDe Avonturen van Ellery Queen - coverLes aventures d'Ellery Queen - cover French edition Editions de la Nouvelle Revue Critique, Collection l'Empreinte N°124, august 1937Les aventures d'Ellery Queen - cover French edition Nouvelles Editions Oswald, 1983Il Cane Con Due Teste - cover Italian edition , Garzanti, Collana Amena N°56, 1949.Il Signor Queen L'eretico avventuroso - dustcover Italian edition, Feltrinelli, 1963
Il Signor Queen L'eretico avventuroso - hardcover Italian edition, Feltrinelli, 1963Le avventure di Ellery Queen - cover Italian edition, series  'I racconti di', N°1, 1984Delitti Sotto L'Albero - Cover Italian edition SuperGiallo Mondadori, N°28 Nov 2004 (The Adventures and The New Adventures of ...)As Aventuras de Ellery Queen - cover Brasilian edition, Coleccao-XISAventuras de Ellery Queen - cover Argentinian edition editada por Libreria Hachette, november 1944. Serie naranja nº 93Las aventuras de Ellery Queen - Cover Spanish edition, Ediciones Picazo, 1974

The Adventures of Ellery Queen Translations:  
Chinese: 昆恩探案系列  
Danish: Hvem dræbte  
Dutch/Flemish: De avonturen van Ellery Queen  
French: Les aventures d'Ellery Queen  
Indonesian: Tiga Tjerita Detective  
Italian: Le avventure di Ellery Queen  
aka Il Cane Con Due Teste  
aka Delitti Sotto L'Albero
  
aka Il Signor Queen L'eretico avventuroso)  
Japanese: エラリイ・クイーンの冒険 (erari-kui-nnobouken)  
 双頭の犬 (Two Headed Dog)  
なぞのゆうれいイヌ (Two Headed Dog)  
七匹の黒猫 (The Seven Black Cats)  
ハッター家の秘密 (The Mad Tea Party)  
Portuguese: As Aventuras de Ellery Queen  
Spanish: Las aventuras de Ellery Queen  
Russian:  
Thai:
หมาสองหัว และประพฤติการณ์ตอนอื่นๆ  
aka สุภาพสตรีมีเครา และประพฤติการณ์ตอนอื่นๆ
  

Las aventuras de Ellery Queen - Cover Spanish edition Ciudad de Libros (eBook)สุภาพสตรีมีเครา และประพฤติการณ์ตอนอื่นๆ - Cover Thai edition "The Adventure of the Bearded Lady", April 2008Cover Russian edition 1993Cover Russian edition, 2006 (also includes House of Brass)Tiga Tjerita Detective - cover Indonesian edition, short-story collection containing 3 stories ("The Bearded Lady", "The Hollow Dragon" and "The Treasure Hunt"), Editions Bitan Saka Widya, Djakara, 1965
双頭の犬 - Cover Japanese edition of The Adventure of the Double-Headed Dog and The Adventure of the Penny Black, educational publication, Nov 1959The Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, July 7. 1961ハッター家の秘密 (The Mad Tea Party) - cover Japanese edition, educational publication, May 1961双頭の犬 - Cover Japanese edition of The Adventure of the Double-Headed Dog, educational publication Sep 1967七匹の黒猫 (The Seven Black Cats) - cover Japanese edition, eductional edition Oct 1968
The Two-Headed Dog/The Seven Black Cats - cover Japanese edition containing three stories (The Siamese Twin Mystery being the third), published by Tsuru Shobo SeikoSha  なぞのゆうれいイヌ - Cover Japanese edition of The Adventure of the Double-Headed Dog, educational publication Jan 1974The Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha - Somoto Reasoning PaperThe Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Taiwanese edition, January 20. 1997The Adventures of Ellery Queen - cover Taiwanese edition, Face Press, July 2005

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