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added since April 2021:
8 better and 14 new covers.
The latter corresponding with
the red numerals in the
Latest additions made on May 8. 2021:
Past additions to the site:
April 2020 - April 2021: 132 better and 33 new covers
April 2019 - April 2020: 16 better and 14 new covers
May 1. 2021
- April 18. 1999
Come October the next installments in Otto Penzler's "American Mystery Classics" will include Ellery Queen's The American Gun Mystery. The wonderful series (not restricted to Ellery Queen works) has excellent artwork on its covers and could rapidly becoming a collector's item...
To celebrate this announcement we've added some information to the
in-depth page concerning
the book, including a 1933 review
that was originally published in Washington D.C.'s Evening Star.
The review noted: "Ellery Queen
again offers a problem in deduction which might, so far as its personnel
and its action is concerned, have propounded itself for a solution back in
the pioneer days of Texas or Wyoming, but which actually projected
itself into the present day in no less wild and woolly west a location
than New York City.
Continue to read
April 18. 2021
On our 22nd Anniversary online we offer some extra information on the French incarnations of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine:
Mystère Magazine or
Mystère Magazine for short was the title by which the
magazine was sold in the French Language. Hence prices for France, Switzerland and
Belgium were included on the covers. It published 343 issues between 1948 and
Oct 1976 by Editions OPTA, Paris which also published Alfred Hitchcock
magazine from 1961 until 1975.
|Read more on other Foreign EQMM editions here...|
March 3. 2021
We now have the following to look forward to after last month's disappointment when the newly re-discovered TV-episodes vanished from YouTube after only being available for 3-4 weeks.
part of EQMM's
celebration this year (2021),
they offer a seasonally
mystery by the multitalented
writing team of Ellery
Queen: "The President's
Half Disme," originally
published in EQMM in
February 7. 2021
Producers Norman and Irving Pincus were instrumental in bringing the first versions of The Adventures of Ellery Queen to television. The very first series, on the long-gone Dumont network was broadcast over two seasons in 1950 en 1951 and was allegedly broadcast live. However the ABC network also made recordings of the shows, and it now appears that at least 5 episodes survived...
The 1954 The Adventures of
Ellery Queen was next produced under their
Norwin moniker. It was then renamed Mystery is My Business when
it reran in 1956. In total 32 episodes were produced. It had long been
thought that none of these episodes survived... until recently!
And for the first time we also now have episodes from 1954-1956 series,
with Hugh Marlowe as Ellery and again Florenz Ames as Richard. These
include the following episodes:
Update Feb 15. the links to the episodes have been removed :-( The upside still being digital versions exist!
readers should know most of the pictures used on
the website have long descriptions with
background information sometimes not included in
the text on the same page. Microsoft's Internet Explorer
used to have this feature activated as a
Firefox users wanting this can install an add-on called 'Popup ALT Attribute'. Makes a big difference, believe us.
When installed pointing at a picture results in details or additional information. The above example shows the additional information provided when you move the cursor over a picture.
January 13. 2021
We gladly echo the following exciting announcement!
When Ellery Queen, described by the London Times as “the
logical successor to Sherlock Holmes,” is invited by his friend, a
doctor, to witness an operation, he accepts the offer in hopes of
furthering his capabilities as an amateur detective, but soon ends up
testing those same skills. The patient who is about to undergo the
delicate procedure is Abagail Doorn, the richest and most famous woman
in America; the doctor who will perform it is her protégé, one of the
leading surgeons on the East Coast. It will all take place in the main
operating theater of the vast hospital that she founded.
Joining us for the conversation will be special guest Richard Dannay, the son of Ellery Queen co-creator Frederic Dannay!
December 25. 2020
Brad Friedman, a Drama, Film studies and English teacher in a Northern California high school is clearly a passionate fan of Ellery Queen books.
On his blog ahsweetmysteryblog his wrote an excellent piece on the second Misadventures collection called "Fun with Celery: The Further Misadventures of Ellery Queen"
"This would make a great holiday gift for the Queen fan in your life! "
Read the article here...
In other news Josh Pachters' fourth Puzzle Club pastiche ("The Five Orange Pipes") is in the new January/February 2021 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine...
November 15. 2020
JJMcC , stockbroker was a close friend to the Queens and although he had only recently moved to Italy he had met the Queens several times in totally different circumstances. How long ago it now seems since El asked him to write the foreword for his first "opi". JJMcC has been forgotten by most of the Queen followers. In several translations he was totally discarded as just another writer who wrote a 'upbeat' intro to a detective story. At first his labored articulation as oracle to the Ellery Queen novels discouraged neither Ellery's publisher nor the omnipotent gentleman himself. Thanks to JJMcC Ellery's fictionalized memoirs were published! He carried the burden of keeping the Queen's secret with some difficulty. Queen père and fils were major cogs in the wheel of N.Y. City's police machinery during the 20s and 30s. The secret of their real names was one secret they demanded to be kept. A secret never revealed... .
Read more on JJMcC here...
September 25. 2020
The Further Misadventures of Ellery Queen edited
by two West 87th Irregulars
Josh Pachter & Dale C.
Andrews features another volume of classic pastiches,
parodies and homages.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE LOGICAL SUCCESSOR, by J. Randolph Cox
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September 12. 2020
American Mystery Classics dedicated to reissuing classic American mystery fiction in new hardcover and paperback editions adds another Ellery Queen reissue to its lists of classics!
Each book has been personally selected by Otto Penzler, whose more than forty years of experience as an editor, critic, publisher, and bookseller brings an unparalleled expertise to the line.
November 3. the series will feature a fourth Ellery Queen story: The Egyptian Cross Mystery.
on Christmas Day.” That’s what the newspapers report when a small-town
schoolteacher is discovered dead, beheaded, and tied to a T-shaped cross
on December 25th. It’s a murder bizarre enough to pique Ellery
Queen’s interest ― and intriguing enough to lure him to the
West Virginia village where it occurred to take a closer look. But when
he arrives, Queen is met with too few clues and too little evidence to
produce a satisfactory verdict, even for a master sleuth such as
himself, and so returns home to New York defeated.
August 6. 2020
Years pass one at
a time. But they do accumulate!
How vividly I remember making my
first trip across the pond back
in 2005, fifteen years ago. Upon
entering the Columbia University
campus I remember feeling a bit
like Tom Hanks' character in "The
Terminal" undertaking a
long trip for a seemingly
trivial hobby or interest... One
of the best on-the-fly decisions
I ever made!
July 23. 2020
Books released a great new book in June. Unusual Suspects Selected
was written by N.Y. author, acclaimed dramatist and one of the
West 87th Street Irregulars
Joseph Goodrich. Joe is also the author of
Blood Relations: The Selected
Letters of Ellery Queen 1947-1950.
A KIND OF
is a brief piece about Blood Relations,
Joe's collection of letters exchanged between Ellery Queen creators
Manfred B. Lee and Frederic Dannay. (Both this discussion
and the previous one concerning the Hutton series originally appeared on
May 21. 2020
Many actors played a part in Ellery Queen shows. The first crossover success however came in the form of a radio play. There Nikki Porter got the full attention she so rightly deserved. Seen from a radio making viewpoint a female lead-actress seems practical (due to the "color" of a female voice) and, to me, this must have been equally as important as the romantic possibilities it offered.
The first actress to play Nikki Porter was Marion Shockley. Now all but forgotten. I remember well when I set out searching for information on her career and only found snippets of incoherent information. Slowly working my way to IMHO an interesting profile on this actor ... Especially if you mix in some of the personal information you'll find Marion's career somewhat typical for a female radio star... "Born Marion Metier Shockley in Kansas City, Missouri to Percy Ambrose Shockley, a lawyer, and Lottie Laura Metier. As graduate of Northeast High School she started majoring in history at the University... " (Continued here ...)