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Q.B.I.: Covers added since April 2017: 18 better and 76 new covers. The latter corresponding with the red numerals in the list.
Latest additions made on July 15.:

Blut im Schuh - cover German edition, e-book DuMonts Digitale Kriminal-Bibliothek, March 27. 2014The Dragon's Teeth - cover Audiobook Chivers Audio Books, read by Blain Fairman9 er tallet - Cover Danish editionBortført - Cover Danish editionMessing huset - cover Danish edition, 1970El misterio del ataúd griego - cover Spanish edition, 1970, translated by Gonzalo F de Códoba y ParrellaEl Misterio De La Naranja China - cover Spanish edition printed in Chili, Coleccion "La Linterna", Zig-Zag, 1945El Misterio del Ataud Griego - cover Spanish edition printed in Argentina, Biblioteca de bolsillo, Serie naranja (Novelas Policiales) Nº 78 Buenos Aires lib. Hachette, 1945

April 2016 - April 2017: 131 better and 436 new covers
April 2015 - April 2016:  10 better and 185 new covers

April 2014 - April 2015:  18 better and 103 new covers
 
July 1. 2017 - April 18. 1999

The in-depth pages on many of the actors who played a part in Ellery Queen media are somewhat 'archeological' in nature. The information has been gathered over a long period of time through newspaper clippings, articles,... Cross reference with the few online sources reveals that at time some of the basic facts, dates just aren't correct. That wasn't really the next installment in this series: Lee Philips. What was astonishing was how little information is available on an actor who once was very popular ...
Lee Philips starred opposite Lana Turner in the film adaptation of Peyton Place. Past the halfway point of The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen series (1958), he took over as Ellery Queen, who Philips portrayed as a man of awareness and compassion.  ... (click on picture for more) Lee Philips -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
June 21. 2017

The Finishing Stroke - The Finishing Stroke - cover eBook edition,JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, February15. 2017JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc has for some years now the privilege of representing the complete works of Ellery Queen. As of this year they also publish nine eBook editions of the Ellery Queen novels (see covers). These downloads are available through the usual channels listed on their own page here.

The Devil to Pay - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 16. 2017The Door Between - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017Face to Face - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 16. 2017The Four of Hearts - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017The Murderer is a Fox - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017The Scarlet Letters - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017Halfway House - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 16. 2017There was an Old Woman - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017
 
June 17. 2017

We are proud to announce the next inductee into the West 87th Street Irregulars -- noted author of many mystery stories, including Ellery Queen pastiches and all-around Ellery Queen scholar Josh Pachter

The West 87th Street Irregulars in the Ellery Queen canon originated with Richard Queen's starring role in Inspector Queen’s Own Case. There Ellery’s august father recruits a band of experts to help him unravel the mystery at hand. On this website the 87th Street Irregulars are a band of established EQ experts and fans who collectively have committed themselves to the preservation and revival of Ellery Queen. As such, each inductee has an established interest in the works of Ellery Queen and a recognized contribution to the Queen canon. Collectively the Irregulars share the goal of making Ellery Queen once again a vibrant and recognized name in detective fiction, especially in the United States.
Josh has clearly demonstrated all of the requisites for admission, as is evident from the introduction and indeed his own article provided here. So without further ado, herewith is more about Josh, together with an article he has included for publication on this website. (click on the picture for more...) Josh Pachter  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
June 16. 2017
We just found out that on May 13. Charlotte Pehrson aka Charlotte Keane passed away in New York. She was 97.

Charlotte played Nikki Porter in the 7th radio season of Ellery Queen (1946-1947). A role she reprised both, in '48, when Ford Theatre re-ran a first season (one hour long) episode "Bad Boy", and again in the 1954-56 television series. ... (click on picture for more).
Charlotte Keane  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
 

TIP:
Interested 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 standard.
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 on the San Marino stamp.
(From the 'Whodunit' section)
 
May 27. 2017

Again another addition to the biographies in the Ellery Queen section of the 'List of Suspects', this time of the actor Eddie Quillan.

I've developed a special fondness for vaudevillians. This wonderful, yet harsh profession provided entertainment for the masses around the turn of the Twentieth Century. With its wide scope vaudeville is difficult to categorize, although it's imprints have survived into 21st century entertainment -- one need look no further than circus acts, musical theatre, and stand-up comedy. In the hey-day of vaudeville performers had to rely largely on their own skills to hone their craft and earn a living. Many didn't do so well, particularly as tastes changed and entertainment options expanded with new technologies. But those who did often managed to survive in other forms of entertainment (radio, movies, and television).

Ellery Queen fans have vaudeville to thank for a few of the distinguished character actors who went on to appear in various EQ opuses, such as Charley Grapewin, James Burke and Florenz Ames. No coincidence that all of those actors were born late in the 19th Century and learned their craft during the golden age of vaudeville. As was also the case with Ted De Corsia, Eddie Quillan wasn't. He was born in 1907, and honed his trade in performances in as early as 1914, when vaudeville was closer to its demise. Just before the actual decline of vaudeville Quillan was able to make the jump to silent movies, and from there to the "talkies."
Unfortunately this talented performer was woefully miscast as Ellery Queen in 'The Mandarin Mystery' (1937). One can hardly blame Quillan alone for this, however, since it was Republic that opted to play our favorite detective "for laughs." ... (click on picture for more)  Eddie Quillan  -- CLICK FOR MORE -
May 21. 2017

After my visit last September to EQMM 75th Anniversary Symposium I did provide a report on the event. But I also made two (unfulfilled) promises:

An expansion of the EQMM page in the Whodunit section of this site. But also a new page explaining navigation in throughout site, including ways to access the hidden information embedded throughout Ellery Queen -- A Website on Deduction (This is, after all a site based on mysteries!)
I'm repeating this promise as a note to myself. Keep watching this space.

Meanwhile we did add a new biography to the Ellery Queen section of the 'List of Suspects':
Adding the biography for Howard Culver was special because we had the help of his daughters, Katherine and Patricia Culver...  In April-May 1948 Howard became the last actor to play Ellery Queen in the US radio series. Jokingly he later his told his daughters he 'killed" Ellery Queen. ...
(click on picture for more)
Howard Culver -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
May 1. 2017

It's not often we can report finding interesting new articles on Ellery Queen books online. However this time we did found such an article. On his blog Noach's Archives, Noah Stewart provides us with "Not The Top Ten: Ellery Queen". Be warned though it does contain a few spoilers.

A slightly older post but equally interesting is Robert Latona's The Case of the Two-Headed Author. As good an introduction as you can get...
April 23. 2017

We celebrate our 18th Birthday here at 'Ellery Queen a website on deduction' by adding a biography one the first film actors to portray Ellery Queen. In The Spanish Cape Mystery, a low-budget 1935 mystery Donald Cook plays Ellery Queen in a low-key, poker-faced fashion, which may not be terribly exciting but is actually closer to the original concept than most of the movie Queens. Cook's flirtatious Ellery is unrelated to any Ellery Queen novel.
Donald's biography has now been added to the site. Again with some surprises. Cook appears to have been married twice and had a daughter from his first short marriage. ...
Read more about this actor by clicking on his picture...
Donald Cook  -- CLICK FOR MORE --
 

A challenge to the reader
: if you think you could add additional
information (even corrections) please do so... You can reach us by What we don't know and you just might...clicking on "Uncle Sam". We've always appreciate corrections and additional information, however small the detail may be.

 
March 19. 2017

T
he figure 'Nikki' appears several times in some or other form. Throughout the years the female co-star in the books had, more or less, Nikki qualities... As any Queen-addict will tell you this wasn't by far Ellery's only real love interest. Under pressure of the buying public Ellery had to get more and more romantically involved. This seemed especially important since they wanted to make it in Tinseltown.
In 1945 Lee and Boucher thought Barbara Terrell was excellent as a girl who could do anything a radio script demanded. They even included more Nikki-Ellery interaction.  ... (click on picture for more) Barbara Terrell  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
March 11. 2017

Korean editions have been added to the in-depth pages. Special mention for a terrific series of re-editions by 검은숲 (Black Forest Publishing).




Their re-editions are made with a high sense of care and detail. Each (bi-lingual)title on the cover has some extra artwork included, which provides additional appeal to collectors. Fans of the Wrightsville Murders will have no trouble choosing the right titles either(see covers below)...

킹은 죽었다(The King is Dead) - cover South-Korean edition, Jun 30. 2016퀸 수사국(Queen's Bureau of Investigation) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Jan 25 2016악의 기원(Origin of Evil) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Apr 25 2016열흘간의 불가사의 (Ten Days' Wonder) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Nov 27. 2014꼬리 많은 고양이(Cat of Many Tails) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Jun 10 2016그리스 관 미스터리(The Greek Coffin Mystery) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Jan 25. 2012더블, 더블(Double, Double) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Nov 27. 2014최후의 일격(The Finishing Stroke) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Jun 30. 2015

In other news: Jeffrey Marks found a likely suspect for yet another sub ghostwriter: Harold Montanye. Click here for more
February 12. 2017

It was in the radio plays 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. 
Nikki appeared in films, short stories, and novels, but was created for radio.
It's an 'amazing' fact that each time we meet Nikki she has a different physical appearance and a different personal history. There are numerous 'first' encounters between Nikki and Ellery. One of the main reasons, I feel, is the extra tension this adds to a 'blossoming' relationship between two protagonists. If we hold into account books, radio and movies Nikki first met EQ in four different ways!
Charlotte Keane played Nikki Porter in the 7th radio season of Ellery Queen (1946-1947). A role she reprised both, in '48, when Ford Theatre re-ran a first season (one hour long) episode "Bad Boy", and again in the 1954-56 television series. ... (click on picture for more). Charlotte Keane  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
January 13. 2017

A New Year already with some twists...

At EQMM Janet Hutchings announced:  "We enter 2017 with a new format—six double issues per year—and this change presents both opportunities for innovation and challenges to retaining the character of a magazine that has been prized by its readers for so long. ..."

With the start of a new year we also broke the barrier of 400 'new' covers added to the site since April 2016. 'New' not necessarily meaning covers of new Ellery Queen publications but certainly new to the, already large, collection on this site. Truly phenomenal how the stream of discoveries never seems to end.

 Recommended

  • Columbia University’s Butler Library Presented an Exhibition and Symposium Honoring EQMM’s 75th Anniversary

    The EQMM 75th Anniversary Exhibition was on view from Sep 26 to Dec 23 2016 in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor East. Included were some of founding editor Frederic Dannay's cor- respondence with several of the most important writers of the 20th century, as well as some of his edited manuscripts (from the Frederic Dannay papers, which are housed at the library), as well as original drawings for some of the magazine’s early covers and selections from the correspon- dence of EQMM’s second editor, Eleanor Sullivan.(full report here)

  • Rose Koppel Dannay's re-published 2010 memoir of her years with Fred Dannay. "It is not too much to say that Rose saved Fred's life," as she enabled him to enjoy the status of mystery elder statesman earned by more than forty years of shaping stories that broadened the reach of mystery fiction."
    Perfect Crime Books, Feb 7. 2016

  • Joseph Goodrich has edited and annotated a selection of Dannay and Lee's letters, and it's being published by Perfect Crime Books. It's called BLOOD RELATIONS: THE SELECTED LETTERS OF ELLERY QUEEN, 1947-1950, and covers the writing of Ten Day's Wonder, Cat of Many Tails and The Origin of Evil, as well as offering a vivid picture of the complex and often tortured psychological and artistic relationship existing between Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee.

  • Perfect Crime Books also has, a Francis M. Nevins' Ellery Queen biography available. The work entitled 'The Art of Detection' carries the byline "The story of how two fractious cousins reshaped the modern detective novel". Mike also became one of the West 87th Street Irregulars.

  • This month at Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine's iPod page...The Crippen and Landru EQ-books Tragedy & Moths

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