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The Purple Bird Mystery (1966)

What is the connection of Fowl Relief and an English golf-playing king? Does the nickname of Jimmy Douglas's great-great-grandfather have any significance? Tie these answers with the other clues and the mystery of the purple bird is solved, but not until Djuna, the brilliant young sleuth, and his pal Jimmy go through an ordeal that almost takes their lives. The boys tangle with an antique dealer and a tiger skin diary - just to name a few of the events - in their struggle to solve the mystery. In Ellery Queen, Jr., the young mystery reader finds a master at sleuthing as well as storytelling.

Djuna finds lost valuables in a sort of pun-it-who-dun-it technique.                                                         Kirkus Reviews 

The Purple Bird Mystery - cover G.P.Putnam's Son 1965 Illustrated by David HodgesThe Purple Bird Mystery - hardcover G.P.Putnam's Son 1965The Purple Bird Mystery - cover eBook publication, Open Road Media Teen & Tween, March 10, 2015The Purple Bird Mystery - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Traber Burns, November 1. 2015

In  the 60s James Holding (James Clark Carlisle, Jr.) took  over as Ellery Queen, Jr. The author of these 3 juveniles aroused the ire of Lee by farming out the writing of at least one book to a "sub-ghost". Which has made establishing authorship even worse.
Chronologically the final Junior book, but since it featured Djuna, it belongs in the Djuna series.


Cover Hayakawa's Mystery Magazine 2008/ 2 No.624 containing the start of The Purple Bird Mystery (1/3)Cover Hayakawa's Mystery Magazine 2008/ 3 No.625 containing the second part of The Purple Bird Mystery (2/3)Cover Hayakawa's Mystery Magazine 2008/ 4 No.626 containing the second part of The Purple Bird Mystery (3/3)The Purple Bird Mystery - cover Chinese edition, Relay Press,  Jieli Publishing House, August 1.2016

The Purple Bird Translations: 
Chinese: 俱乐部紫鸟谜案 
Japanese: 紫の鳥の秘密 (murasakiiro no tori no himitsu) 

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