What happened to the stone egg in the carved
claw? What was the meaning of the faded ink message, "I have put the nest-egg where
it be?" Why should anyone steal and wreck the lobster boat named Patagonia? How did a
carved cane get into the eagle's nest?
Djuna and his dog Champ, go to Stony Harbour to spend what he thinks will be a quiet and uneventful holiday in a seaside village. But little does Djuna know what is in store! First he meets Billy Reckless and his "dog" Alberto. (And we are sure you can't fail to be amused by Alberto!) Then there is the mystery which enshrouds Djuna's Aunt Patty. Things begin to happen! Djuna has a grand time with his new-found friend, lobstering, sailing and exploring, till Aunt Patty's motor boat the Patagonia mysteriously disappears. Ellery Queen Junior has created a likeable character in Djuna the Junior Sleuth, not forgetting, of course, his black Scotty, Champ.
|“Djuna does as masterly a piece of deduction
as any small boy can imagine himself doing.”
New York Times
“Nine to twelve is not too young for the craving for mystery stories to show itself, so start them with worthwhile ones. The Ellery Queen Jr. mysteries fill this bill.” Kirkus Reviews
|Above from top left to bottom right: dustcover Lippincott (1942); dust and hardcover Stokes edition (1942); dust and hardcover Grosset & Dunlap (1942); dust and 3 hardcover variations Collins (1943-1946); Collins dust and hardcover (1948); hardcover unknown edition (possibly Library book World Publishing co.). (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.
This second yarn in the junior series offered by famous Ellery Queen mystery-story team (under the signature, Ellery Queen, Jr.) is a first-rate mystery and exciting reading. Djuna with his Scottie, Champ, goes to spend the summer in a coast village.
Above: "Champ is back!"
|Right away, things begin to happen. He makes a new friend who likes the same things he likes and who introduces him to some grand new sports, such as lobstering, sailing, and exploring a deserted island. In the midst of the fun an exciting mystery develops and Djuna follows one clue after another. Though the thing might have baffled a grown-up detective, Djuna uses his head (and his Scottie’s nose) and solves it in the end.|
The Golden Eagle Mystery
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