Case Book of Ellery Queen (1945)
The five Mercury paperback series normally contained "cut" or
"abridged" versions of popular novels, including several of EQ's. This being the
only collection to feature "new" material -- even if the works were
"new" only in a technical sense. Since the radio scripts were written by Dannay
and Lee, this paperback collection is of interest to EQ collectors.
"The Double Triangle" is by no means a great Queen story but
since it combines many of the earlier Queen-characteristics it proves a
source of fascination in itself. Like all of the
Mercury editions, though, it is difficult to find.
"The House of Darkness" (1935)
shows EQ's skill with elaborate, surrealistic backgrounds for his fiction.
The story is also good mystery puzzle, not too realistic, but imaginative in
Nice intermediate deductions in "The
"Long Shot" returns to the turf of
The American Gun Mystery
(1933), with a tale combining
Western characters, horses, and guns, the same elements of the earlier book. (Michael E.Grost)