he Black Dog Mystery (1942)
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.!
and deftly knit…There is danger enough and plenty of clues to pique the
New York Times, 1941
Pulp fiction writer Frank Belknap Long (1901-1994) 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 know Samuel (Duff) McCoy (1882-1964) had a contract with the Lee/Dannay for each of the first eight juveniles from The Black Dog Mystery until The Blue Herring Mystery. But he didn't write them...
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.
Illustrated with beautiful drawings by William Sanderson.
The Black Dog Mystery Translations:
b a c k t o Q B I
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