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November 4. 2018
- April 18. 1999
Actor Ken Swofford died Thursday, his grandson Brandon Swofford announced. The red-headed Swofford portrayed the determined reporter Frank Flannigan on the admired but short-lived 1975-76 NBC series Ellery Queen, starring Jim Hutton, and he recurred as Lt. Catalano on several episodes of another sleuthing series, Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote. Swofford frequently played lawmen of various stripes, doing so on other shows. He was 85.
Only last December 2017 we lost actor Tom Reese after a brief illness. Tom played Sergeant Velie in the same Ellery Queen series.
November 2. 2018
Information Please (NBC Red) ran from 1938 to 1946, in this series of quiz programs listeners could submit questions to a panel of experts. Money was paid to those whose questions were used, and more prizes were awarded to listeners whose questions stumped the panel. On September 18. 1942 the panelists were series regulars John Kieran and Franklin Pierce Adams and guests Christopher Morley and Orson Welles. After announcer Milton Cross explained the rules, the panelists answered questions on topics that included history, popular and classic literature, silent movies, and geography. Some of the questions dealt with Welles's radio and theater career. Mystery writer "Ellery Queen" submitted a question about fictional detectives and stumped the panel for which he was awarded a war bond and a set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Read more here.
October 13. 2018
When Josh Pachter began work on Misadventures (2017) he re-read The Tragedy of Errors and got inspired when he found three cases for something Ellery Queen called "The Puzzle Club".
The central concept of the five-story EQ miniseries — which Isaac Asimov later co-opted for his much longer run of Black Widowers stories — was that six friends gathered at irregular intervals for a gourmet dinner, but before sitting down to eat one member of the group was ensconced in what was called “The Puzzle Chair,” and the other five presented an invented mystery for the evening’s designated solver to tackle.
His idea for a brief puzzle story seemed well suited for the Puzzle Club, so he wrote it up, titled it “A Study in Scarlett!” and submitted it to EQMM. Janet Hutchings liked it, got approval by the Dannay and Lee heirs and it should be appearing in the magazine in 2019.
Enjoying the experience Josh set out to write four more Puzzle Club pastiches, and then after they’d all been published in EQMM, intends collecting the original five and his new five in a single volume: The Puzzle Club, by Ellery Queen and Josh Pachter. Read more here
October 1. 2018
Darlene Cypser is an attorney, author, and historian living in Colorado. She's more well-known among Sherlockians than Queenians, though she has confessed several times that Ellery Queen was her first love. .
She thinks what Ellery Queen needs for a revival is not a new movie or television show, or even necessarily new books. She thinks it is the same thing that has kept the Sherlock Holmes community so vibrant for so long:
1) Gatherings of fellow devotees, and
2) The Game.
She's convinced introducing both could go a long way towards the goals for Ellery Queen mentioned on this website.
After re-reading her collection of Ellery Queen books she once gain found herself facing a nagging question, a story that had to be told.
"My method of fleshing out a Canonical world is different from writing a pastiche. ... For my current work I decided that I only needed to determine the chronology of the first nine books, which constitute what Francis Nevins called the first period."
Subsequently she offered that piece of work to this site. So you're able to enjoy it by clicking here or on her picture below.
(Photo courtesy Darlene Cypser)
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September 17. 2018
Defining pastiches is open for discussion. One possible definition would be that it exaggerates the reality. Surely one of the definitions. If so then caricatures also fall into this category. Sort of...
Much to our surprise we found a caricature of the nephews "Manning Lee" (sic) and "Fred Dannay" drawn by Thor Fredric (Tor Fredriksson, 1913-1961) who did cartoons for the Swedish language press in Finland during the 1930s and through WWII. After the war he founded a sports magazine and spent less time drawing. His wartime efforts show that he could've had an interesting career in that direction, too. Because of the Finnish/Swedish language barrier, Thor Fredric's cartoon work has been all but forgotten, until some samples of it were rediscovered in a book about WWII cartoons in 2014.
Picture Courtesy Jyrki Vainio. We also added the caricature to the pastiche pages here...
September 1. 2018
Duesenberg cars were made for success. During
the decade of the twenties, his automobiles won
the Indianapolis 500 in 1924, 1925, and 1927,
while finishing second or third in four of the
other seven Indianapolis events.
August 3. 2018
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. Click here for more...
July 1. 2018
Smith played Richard Queen in some 10 episodes
of the Ellery Queen
radio series. He is the last actor to get his
"in-depth" biography here ... not without good
|A challenge to the reader: if you think you could add additional information (even corrections) please do so... You can reach us by clicking the "Uncle Sam" icon (right). We've always appreciate corrections and additional information, however small the detail may be...|
June 2. 2018
month's mystery podcast
offered on the
Mystery Magazine website is Dale Andrews'
Ellery Queen pastiche, "Literally
which the author himself recorded for
EQMM during the recent Malice Domestic
convention in Bethesda, Maryland. Click and
|Ellery Queen really came in all different "shapes and sizes". One more successful than the other. Bill Owen is most famous as "King of Trivia" but also portrayed Ellery in the nationally syndicated radio series Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries (1965-67). It ran for many years on radio stations. ... (click on picture for more)|
May 17. 2018
Mystery book maven Otto
Penzler has started another new initiative,
Penzler Publishers. The new house will release
its first six books this fall under the American
Mystery Classics imprint.
May 10. 2018
Dannay once recalled there was talk of an EQ newspaper comic
strip it is said nothing came of it.
April 22. 2018
Anniversaries/birthdays ... always a mix of emotions. On the one hand a year of set backs and even a loss of friends to look back to and on the other hand accomplishments and things to look forward to.
Even considering it's the 19th birthday of this site, Ellery Queen-wise, we still have something to look forward to. Let me take you through a string of thoughts: Jeffrey Marks' biography on Ellery Queen makes good progress and could hit the shelves this year... Jeffrey also stood at the helm at Crippen & Landru publication of The Zanzibar Shirt and others Stories by James Holding (see below). An, as usual at C&L, very fine edition, features amongst others "The Norwegian Apple Mystery" the very same story also included in The Misadventures of Ellery Queen co-edited by Josh Pachter & Dale C. Andrews.
Josh informed us that perhaps thanks to the enthusiastic review in the new Spring issue of MYSTERY SCENE and the backcover ad on the new May/June issue of EQMM, the Kindle edition of Dale Andrews' and my MISADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN has climbed up to #68 in its category on Amazon. Dale proudly refers to the review available at the site of Larque... Josh wonders, as a challenge to the reader, if they can make it into the Top 50 or even the Top 10?
We hope so, it would make an already good year for fans of Ellery Queen even better, no small feat for an author who almost 90 years ago wrote his first story...