| llery Queen Master
aka anishing Corpse (1941)
Halfway across the room, Nikki stopped abruptly. From behind the desk
protruded a leg. She stepped forward in mounting terror. Then she saw it all - the hand,
the blood. Blood spilled all over the hand, the dressing gown, the carpet, the throat! She
was trapped in a locked room with a dead man. Where was the key that would let her out of
this house of terror?
The police believed pretty Nikki Porter had murdered John Braun, but Ellery set out to
prove that she was innocent. Working alone, he matched his wits against a brilliantly
clever criminal who twice stole the body of the murdered man from under the very nose of
Loosely based on 'The Door Between', later re-issued as 'The Vanishing Corpse'.(After
'Ellery Queen, Master Detective').
Ellery wears a wristwatch, smokes a pipe, wears a hat and drives a fast Cadillac! He just
finished a book and some allusions are made on 'The New Adventures of
He even signs a copy for Sergeant Velie. There are also references to 'The Halfway House' in Trenton. His publisher is Jerry Ryan
which has to take some criticism. He has silver-gray eyes, a clean-shaven American face,
brown hair, broad shoulders and nice teeth. Some allusion are made on pince-nez. He
introduces himself as 'private investigator, code number 666'.
He still keeps a lead pipe as a souvenir to a solved murder case. We get to know Richard Queen
telephone number: SP 7-3100.
The Queens housekeeper since 6 months is Annie, and
a smoking Dr.Samuel Prouty, married with
children, still performs his duties.
NYPD: Flint and Ellery's dear friend Velie.
The story takes place on the Hudson, Gun Hill Avenue (in
the East, upstream), in Spuyten Duyvil. John Braun
is struck down with a knife.
The story starts on July 23., has no floor plan nor a challenge to the reader.
One of the 'first' encounters with the character of Nikki Porter. Some
lookalike EQ books are mentioned 'The Persian Tapestry Mystery' (the National series
continued) and the Mystery of the Feathered Hat (trials at authorship by Nikki Porter).
Ellery is so smitten with Nikki that he makes a daring proposal to her at the fade out:
"Will you be my...secretary?"!
An Ellery Queen story but no real
Queen, which shows in details great and small.
"The true author of Ellery Queen, Master
Detective was Laurence Dwight Smith (1895-1952), a long-forgotten hack
who also wrote mysteries (some for adults, some for kids) and nonfiction
books under his own name. Whether he wrote the other EQ novelizations
remains unknown." (Francis