The first in the Ellery Queen Junior Mystery Stories for boys and girls. Two boys, a girl, and one small dog, as a detective gang, make this a jolly and exciting mystery yarn for boys and girls. When there's a bank robbery in the country village where Djuna lives, and one of his dog's best friends gets shot in the escape, the boy makes up his mind he'll find out who did it. His chum and his dog Champ are in on the hunt and two heads and a keen nose are better than one. The boys remember something queer they noticed about a truck with a covered load that passed them on the road when they were going fishing. Clue follows clue, and when the Scottie gets himself all smeared with fresh paint, and Clarabelle spoils a picture, Djuna emerges as a regular Ellery Queen! Every boy and girl who likes dogs or mysteries will enjoy every page of this story, and fathers and mothers who follow the great Ellery Queen will enjoy starting their children right on Ellery Queen, Jr.!
|“Intelligent and deftly knit…There is danger enough and plenty of clues to pique the curiosity.” New York Times, 1941|
|Above from top left to bottom right: Dust and hardcover Stokes edition (1941); dust and 2 hardcovers Grosset & Dunlap (1941), unknown hardcover, dust and 2 hardcovers Collins (1945), Collins dustcover (1946) (Click on the covers to see the differences) *|
Pulp fiction writer Frank Belknap Long (1901-1944) has admitted writing at least two, unfortunately, without mentioning the titles. Mike Nevins, and in his wake half the internet, identified them as The Golden Eagle Mystery and The Green Turtle Mystery.
We do know Samuel (Duff) McCoy (1882-1964) had a contract with Lee/Dannay for each of the first eight juveniles from The Black Dog Mystery until The Blue Herring Mystery but he didn't actually write the stories ...
researching his new book on
Ellery Queen, Jeffrey Marks found a
first edition of The Red
Chipmunk Mystery with the following
inscription "Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Aug. 31/48 For Karen Rose from
the only real ghost who had
anything to do with this book -
He looked into this and found
proof in correspondence between
McCoy and Montanye that all final six books before
with The Green Turtle
Mystery were written by Montanye.
Which throws a different light on the Frank Belknap Long admission to writing two or three in a letter to August Derleth. The identification of these two books was based on Nevins' identification. Long's two remaining volumes can only be the two remaining first volumes: The Black Dog Mystery and The Golden Eagle Mystery.
There was even talk about the existence of a third volume called The Mystery of the Golden Butterfly which was apparently never published. (Without reference to EQ jr this "elusive" volume is mentioned as Long's on the rear panel of The Horror from the Hills, 1963 and on the rear flap of The Rim of the Unknown, 1972). (More on the authorship can be read here...)
|Above: Illustrated with beautiful drawings by William Sanderson.|
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