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The Egyptian Cross Mystery (1932)

On Christmas Eve, an eccentric schoolmaster in the little town of Arroyo, W. Va., was brutally murdered. He was found with his head cut off, crucified on a signpost at a crossroads near his house. In the course of the next year, three other men, in various places, were found with their heads cut off, crucified likewise in the form of a T. Everyone working on the case, including Ellery Queen, was completely baffled. But Ellery had the feeling that there was one clue he didn't possess which would suddenly bring the whole tangled and eerie puzzle into line and give him the solution. That clue came to him with the fourth murder.

This novel has justly been called "Ellery Queen's weirdest adventure." A good many fans have gone further; they consider it his very best story.

The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Pocket Books 227, 1943The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Readers League of AmericaThe Egyptian Cross Mystery - 1960The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Signet, 1969The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Signet
The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover edition Triangle 1940The Egyptian Cross Mystery - dustcover Grosset & Dunlap, 1932, price unclipped 75 centsThe Egyptian Cross Mystery - Hard cover Triangle Books and Grosset & Dunlap, 1932The Egyptian Cross Mystery - dustcover Gollancz, 2nd printing first edition, 1933The Egyptian Cross Mystery - dustcover Gollancz

Another masterfully constructed series of clues, although here one or two ideas that have been used since by lesser writers will be familiar and possibly guessed by the astute reader.
Some resemblances to Carr's Three Coffins since both involve three brothers of Eastern European background who committed a crime many years ago, fled their country, and took up other identities -- and are now facing revenge from a past enemy with a grudge. (Grobius Shortling)
Proof of the commercialized brain of the nephews: a publication of the story in the Spring of 1934 in Mystery Novels Magazine.A mass murderer who is truly insane and fiendishly clever. Beheads his victims (it turns out, for a very good reason). This contains nearly all the classic elements of an Ellery Queen novel, without the  presence of Inspector Queen or Djuna. One of the 'national whatsis' series, which EQ gave up to go to Hollywood. It was only later that he got back into really bizarre situations, without an excess of whimsy--and those were sometimes ghostwritten by Avram Davidson (And on the Eighth Day is mind-blowing, and in a way complements this book).A conclusion not that far fetched as it becomes more and more clear that religious elements are more than abundant in all the great Ellery Queen classics. Still difficult to choose between this one and the Greek Coffin. It may come second ... but it great second it is!

Again with a challenge to the reader...

The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Albatross Modern Continental Library, Hamburg, Paris, Bologna. Copyright 1933, Volume 73. This edition was not to be introduced into the British Empire or the U.S.A. It is written in EnglishThe Egyptian Cross Mystery - coverThe Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Penguin Books Nr 1842. Priced 3/6, 1962The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover eBook edition MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, February 5, 2013The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Richard Waterhouse, October 1. 2013


Het Egyptische Kruis - dustcover Dutch edition, Servire, Den Haag, 1936Het Egyptische Kruis - cover Dutch edition, Servire, Den Haag, 1936Het Egyptisch Teken - cover Dutch/Flemish edition PrismaHet Egyptische Kruis - cover Dutch/Flemish edition de ArbeiderspersThe Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover French edition, La Nouvelle Revue Critique in the collection L'empreinte Nr 40, 1934Le mystère égyptien - cover French edition, le Limier Nr17, 1949Le mystère égyptien - cover French edition J'ai Lu Nr 1514, 1983
Le mystère égyptien - cover French edition J'ai LuLe mystère égyptien - cover French Edition Libr.des Champs-Elysees Nr 2456, translation Perrine Vernay, sept 2001Das geheimnis des Ägyptischen Kreuzes - German edition Die MitternachtsbucherDas Ratsel des Agyptischen Kreuzes - German cover  Amsel-Kriro 2, 1953Das Ägyptische Kreuz - cover german edition Ullstein, 1974Das Ägyptische Kreuz - cover German edition Ullstein KrimiDas Ägyptische Kreuz - cover Dumont's Kriminal-Bibliothek 1997

The Egyptian Cross Mystery Translations: 
Chinese: 埃及十字架的秘密  
Czech: Egyptský kříž
 
Danish: Det ægyptiske kors  
Dutch/Flemish: Het Egyptische Teken  (aka Het Egyptische Kruis) 
French: Le mystère égyptien  
(aka Le Mystère des trois croix) 
German: Das Ägyptische Kreuz  (aka Das Rätsel des Ägyptischen Kreuzes) 
(aka Das geheimnis des Ägyptischen Kreuzes) 
Greek: Το μυστήριο του Αιγυπτιακού σταυρού 
Hungarian: Az egyiptomi kereszt titka  
Indonesian: Rahasia Salib Mesir Kuno 
Italian: Il mistero delle croci egizie  
Japanese: エジプト十字架の謎 (ejiputojyuujikanonazo)  
Korean: 이집트 십자가 미스터리  
Portuguese: O Mistério da Cruz Egípcia  
Romanian: Misterul Crucii Egiptene  
Russian: Тайна египетского креста  
Spanish: El misterio de la cruz egipcia  (aka La Cruz Egipcia)  
Swedish: Det egyptiska korsmysteriet  
Thai:
ปริศนากางเขนอียิปต  

Il mistero delle croci egizie - cover Italian edition, Periodici Mondadori, Libri Gialli 143, 1936Il mistero delle croci egizie - cover Italian edition, 1968Il mistero delle croci egizie - cover Italian edition, 1985Il mistero delle croci egizie - cover Italian edition, Ed. Mondadori, I Classici del Giallo, Nr.768 - 1996Il mistero delle croci egizie - cover Italian edition, 2004Il mistero delle croci egizie - cover Italian edition, Oscar Giallia, Mondadori, Nov 29 2016El misterio de la cruz egipcia - Cover Spanish edition, Buenos Aires. Libr. Hachette, 1944
El misterio de la cruz egipcia - Cover Spanish edition, Buenos Aires. 1946. Libr. HachetteEl misterio de la cruz egipcia - Cover Spanish edition, 1973El misterio de la cruz egipcia - Cover Spanish editionEl Misterio de la Cruz Egipcia - softcover Spanish edition , Barcelona 1955, Coleccion el Buho, Nr 39 (una seleccion de Crime Club)El Misterio de la Cruz Egipcia - cover Spanish edition, Misterio coleccion Naranja. Nr 1, BrugueraEl misterio de la cruz egipcia - Cover Spanish edition, El BuhoLa Cruz Egipcia - Cover Argentinian edition 2009
O Misterio da Cruz Egípcia - Brazilian editon Editora MM, 1973O Mistério da Cruz Egípcia - cover Brazilian edition Livros do Brasil, Vampiro Nr.27O Mistério da Cruz Egípcia - cover Brazilian editionDet egyptiska korsmysteriet - cover Swedish edition, 1968Misterul Crucii Egiptene - Cover Romanian edition, editura Enigma, 1994Egyptský kříž - Cover Czech edition, Jan Naňka, 1935Egyptský kříž - Cover Czech edition, Jan Naňka, 1935
Az egyiptomi kereszt titka - Cover Hungarian editionТайна египетского креста - Cover Russian edition, 2004 (together with the Chinese Orange Mystery)Rahasia Salib Mesir Kuno - Cover Indonesian edition of The Egyptian Cross Mystery, Editions Penerbit Pradnjaparamita II, Djakarta, 1962.ปริศนากางเขนอียิปต - cover Thai edition of "The Egyptian Cross Mystery", March 2009ปริศนากางเขนอียิปต - cover Thai edition of "The Egyptian Cross Mystery"The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book, April 1956The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Somatosha, Nr.5
The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanse editionThe Egyptian Mystery - cover Japanse edition, Tokyo Sogensha, 1999 (Ishikawa Pocket, 1993)The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanse edition, Tokyo SogenshaThe Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanse edition, Tokyo SogenshaThe Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanse edition, Poplar, 1989. Aimed at young girlsThe Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanse edition,  Akane Shobo, 1992, text and comic combined
The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanse edition, Shincho, Feb 1988The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanse edition, Kadokawa Bunko, August 1978 (re-issue June 19. 2011)The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Aug 25. 2013,  illustration by Takenaka. Lincoln!? on the 2014 edition of The Egyptian Cross Mystery. Which appears to be professor Yardley, one of Ellery's former profs (Ancient history) The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, 2016The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Chinese edition, Star Press, March 1995/February 2000The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Chinese edition, Adventure Press, July 1. 2002
The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Chinese (Mongolia) edition, Inner Mongolia People's Publishing House, January 1. 2010The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, 2016이집트 십자가의 비밀(The Egyptian Cross Mystery) - cover Korean edition, 시그마 북스 (Sigma Books), Sep 1. 1994이집트 십자가의 비밀(The Egyptian Cross Mystery) - cover Korean edition, 해문출판사(Haemun Publishing),  Oct 25. 2001이집트 십자가 미스터리(The Egyptian Cross Mystery) - cover South-Korean edition, Dongsuh Mystery Books, 검은숲, Jan 1. 2003이집트 십자가의 비밀(The Egyptian Cross Mystery) - cover Korean edition,  해문출판사(Haemun Publishing), Oct 25. 2003이집트 십자가 미스터리(The Egyptian Cross Mystery) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Mar 16. 2012
 

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