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When those two enthusiastic fishermen, Djuna and his friend Tommy, are offered a chance to spend the summer at fish-filled Silver Lake, as the guests of Miss Annie Ellery, they are overjoyed.
But great as the fishing proves to be, there is more in store: Silver Lake holds a mystery and the boys find themselves swept up in a series of exciting and dangerous adventures, involving an abandoned ice-house and two fires, as they help to solve it.

When Djuna and his best friend, Tommy Williams, set off with Miss Annie Ellery for a holiday on Silver Lake, the thing they look forward to most is fishing.
They acquire brand new fishing rods and tackle, and when they arrive at the lake there is Cap'n Ben, owner of a fine old motor boat, all ready and delighted to show them just where the big ones are.
Almost anybody ought to be satisfied with such a set-up for a pleasant and exciting summer, and there's no question that Djuna and Tommy are. But the real story in this book is what happens after the fishing and the boating begin. A heliograph belonging to Don and Andy McKelvey has something to do with it, and so does an abandoned icehouse, two fires, a couple of mysterious characters and a harrowing search for a missing person.

Everyone who has ready any of the previous stories about Djuna and Miss Annie by Ellery Queen, Jr. , knows there will be first-class entertainment in this one. Anyone who likes a thrilling story about boys who really use their wits when they are enjoying themselves, as well as when they get into jams, will find this one made to order.

The Brown Fox Mystery - dust cover Little, Brown and Co. edition, Boston, September 1948 (Reprinted May 1949 & December 1954)The Brown Fox Mystery - hardcover Little & Brown, Boston (color variation)The Brown Fox Mystery - hardcover Little, Brown and Co. edition, Boston, December 1954 (color variation)The Brown Fox Mystery - cover unknown edition (confirmation needed)
The Brown Fox Mystery - dust cover Grosset & Dunlap edition, New York, 1948 (reprint)The Brown Fox Mystery - cover Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1948The Brown Fox Mystery - dust cover Collins edition, London, 1951 (drawings by Richard Kennedy)The Brown Fox Mystery - dust cover Collins edition, London, 1951.
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Samuel (Duff) McCoy (1882-1964) had a contract with the Queens for the first eight juveniles from The Black Dog Mystery until The Blue Herring Mystery. But he didn't actually write the stories ... Whilst 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 - Harold Montanye". He looked into this and found proof in correspondence between McCoy and Montanye that all final six books before 1954 beginning with The Green Turtle Mystery were written by Montanye.  Harold had some difficulties getting his stake in the half share McCoy had. (More on the authorship can be read here...)
The Brown Fox Mystery - cover pocket book edition, Berkley Highland F1532, 1968.The Brown Fox Mystery - cover eBook publication, Open Road Media Teen & Tween, March 10, 2015The Brown Fox Mystery - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Traber Burns, September 1. 2015

Milo und der Fuchs - Kaft Duitse uitgave, Albert Müller Verlag, Zurich, 1964Milo und der Fuchs - cover German edition, Tosa Verlag, Vienna, 1972. Cover illustration by Franz Josef TrippMilo und der Fuchs - cover German editionIl Mistero Della Volpe Fulva  - cover Italian edition, Nr.13, 1957Duffy på farlig mark - cover Swedish edition, 1955The Brown Fox Mystery - Cover Japanese editionThe Brown Fox Mystery - cover Chinese edition, Jieli Publishing House, June 2015

The Brown Fox Mystery  Translations
Chinese: 棕狐狸之謎 
German: Milo und der Fuchs 
Italian: Il Mistero Della Volpe Fulva 
Japanese: 茶色い狐の秘密 (chairoi kitsune no himitsu)  
Duffy på farlig mark 

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