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The Red Chipmunk Mystery (1946)

Wonderful adventure story of boy Djuna, who uses his eyes and his head and his little Scottie dog (terrier), Champ who uses his nose. There is also Mr. Scissors, the traveling knife grinder, driving though the country in a wonderful caravan (see cover) with his young granddaughter, Joan and also two wicked men who are cruel to Mr. Scissors plus a reporter named Socker Furlong and Miss Annie Ellery who plays a surprising part at the end.

"...Mr.Furlong, a newspaper reporter, was a friend of both the boys'. They admired him, because he was a really good reporter, but he liked to pretend that he was lazy. Waterbury looked alarmed at seeing so many people around and hastily pulled his head back inside his shell. ..."

A new Ellery Queen, Jr. book is an event which is joyously hailed by all boys and girls who love a good mystery story.
Once more Djuna, the boy with a flair for detection and hero of previous Ellery Queen, Jr. books, is at grips with a mystery -- this time it's a "stolen jewels" mystery, in which, but for his dog, Champ, he might never have been involved.
When Champ runs away at an intermediate station on their way home from holiday so that they miss the train, then adventure begins. No sooner has Djuna resolved to hitch-hike the rest of the way than one curious event follows another with such rapidity that he needs all his wits to solve a mystery which has baffled even the police.

Samuel McCoy (1882-1964) wrote The Red Chipmunk Mystery as well as 5 other Djuna stories.  Although this book may have been written by Harold Montanye. Jeffrey Marks found a first edition of the book in existence which has the following inscription "Rhinebeck, NY Aug. 31/48 For Karen Rose from the only real ghost who had anything to do with this book- Harold Montanye".  The Princeton University Library still has correspondence, notes, and selected manuscripts of McCoy (Class of 1905), ranging from his writings as an investigative reporter in the early 1900s to his later works as novelist, biographer, and children's author under the name of Ellery Queen, Jr. As investigative journalist McCoy won the Pulitzer Prize for the New York World in 1922 with his investigation of the Florida penal system.

The Red Chipmunk Mystery - dustcover Collins, London, 1948. Drawings by E.A.Watson.The Red Chipmunk Mystery - cover Collins, London, 1948.The Red Chipmunk Mystery - cover J. P. Lippincott Co, 1946The Red Chipmunk Mystery - hardcover J. P. Lippincott Co, 1946The Red Chipmunk Mystery - hardcover J.P.Lippencott, 1946 drawings E.A.Watson
The Red Chipmunk Mystery - cover J. B. Lippencott Co, 1946 (third printing)The Red Chipmunk Mystery - coverThe Red Chipmunk Mystery - coverThe Red Chipmunk Mystery -  cover eBook publication, Open Road Media Teen & Tween (March 10, 2015)The Red Chipmunk Mystery - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Traber Burns, August 1. 2015

 


Milo und der Scherenschleifer - cover German edition Jr .Albert Müller-Verlag, Rüschlikon, 1963.
Omnibus: Milo und die Gelbe Katze/Milo un der Scherenschleifer - kaft Duitse uitgave, Bertelsmann club, 1983Il Mistero Dello Scoiattolo Rosso - cover Italian edition, Nr.11, 1957Duffy och det försvunna arvet - cover Swedish edition B.Wahlströms UngdomsböckerThe Red Chipmunk Mystery - cover Japanese edition, March 1961The Red Chipmunk Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa PublishingThe Red Chipmunk Mystery - cover Chinese edition, Jieli Publishing House, June 2015 

The Red Chipmunk Mystery  Translations
Chinese: 紅栗鼠之謎 
German: Milo und der Scherenschleifer 
Italian: Il Mistero Dello Scoiattolo Rosso 
Japanese: 赤いりすの秘密 (akai risu no himitsu) 
Swedish: Duffy och det försvunna arvet 


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