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Q.B.I.: Covers added since April 2017: no better and no new covers. The latter corresponding with the red numerals in the list.
Latest additions:

더블, 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. 2015The Egyptian Cross Mystery - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, 2016The Greek Coffin Mystery - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, 2017드루리 레인 X의 비극 (The Tragedy of X) -  cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, The Ellery Queen Collection, 2013드루리 레인 Y의 비극(The Tragedy of Y) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, The Ellery Queen Collection, 2013드루리 레인 Z의 비극 (The Tragedy of Z) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, The Ellery Queen Collection, June 14. 2013최후의 비극(Drury Lane's Last Case) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, The Ellery Queen Collection, 2013

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
 
April 23. 2017 - April 18. 1999

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-Donald Cook  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- 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...
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.
 
September 26. 2016 - December 23. 2016


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

The EQMM 75th Anniversary Exhibition was on view from September 26 to December 23 in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor East. Included were some of founding editor Frederic Dannay’s corres-pondence 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 correspondence of EQMM’s second editor, Eleanor Sullivan. (A full report here)

 

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.

 
December 23. 2016

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 is also the case for the next installment in this series ...

Sydney Smith -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...In the 4th radio season (1943-1944) Sydney Smith stepped in as Ellery Queen, a role he continued to play until 1947. He already had some success as Abie Levy in 'Abie's Irish Rose' (1942) before assuming the role of the famous detective.
His place of birth is often mentioned as being in Quebec, Canada. The truth is that Sydney was born in Nebraska and as it turns out he had a very talented family! (Click on the picture for more)

December 7. 2016

Following my visit to the NYC Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine 75th Anniversary Symposium in September, Janet Hutchings, editor of EQMM, asked if I'd like to contribute an article to the EQMM blog Something is About to Happen. It was easy to answer that question with a "yes!"

As was the case following the Ellery Queen
Centenary Symposium back in 2005, this article was written in collaboration with Dale C. Andrews. And this time the subject of the article is this website. It's always hard to figure out how to write about yourself, particularly when there are two of you. Somewhat Caesarian or even JJMcC-ian, if you like, the article is written in the third person even though it is about us. But, after all, that is what Ellery Queen (the author) did when writing about Ellery Queen (the detective).

The article was posted on
Something is about to Happen as of Wednesday, November 30. Today it's available here. We also offer you one convenient page where you can enjoy all speakers of EQMM's 75th Anniversary symposium with a few of the photo's I took myself. The page can also be reached via the main page (X marks the spot! click it)

We can also report that in Vietnam the complete Drury Lane works have now (2016) been published by Văn học editions. See the above section for the covers. 

November 23. 2016

Tom Reese  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...We can report that another in-depth page on an actor has now been added in the List of Suspects section. There you will now find a page devoted to Tom Reese, who gave us one of the best-known, and probably the finest portrayal of Sergeant Velie in the 1975 NBC Ellery Queen series. Sadly, he is also one of the only actors who has portrayed one of the major Ellery Queen characters who is still alive. (Click on the picture 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.

 

November 9. 2016

EQMM made available the different parts of EQMM’s 75th-Anniversary Symposium, recorded at the symposium itself on September 30, 2016.

Part 2 of EQMM’s 75th-Anniversary Symposium, recorded at Columbia University’s Butler Library on September 30, 2016. Panel: A Brush With Death: Crime Fiction Cover Art and Illustration from the Pulps to the Present. Featuring Janet Salter Rosenberg, Laurie Harden, Tom Roberts, and Jonathan Santlofer (moderator). 
(Audio and video by Ché Ryback).

Part 2 of EQMM’s 75th-Anniversary Symposium, recorded at Columbia University’s Butler Library on September 30, 2016. Panel: A Brush With Death: Crime Fiction Cover Art and Illustration from the Pulps to the Present. Featuring Janet Salter Rosenberg, Laurie Harden, Tom Roberts, and Jonathan Santlofer (moderator).

October 19. 2016

I attended the EQMM 75th Anniversary Symposium, which was held on September 30 in New York City's Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 203. And yes, this event was everything it was every thing that an Ellery Queen fan could hope for. I always enjoy my time in the United States, and that enjoyment is only heightened when I also get the chance to visit with fellow EQ(MM) fans. Where else can you find yourself in a room with four (count them, four)West 87th Street Irregulars! Crossing the Atlantic is never an easy event, but nothing would have kept me from joining everyone in Room 203. Nearly a full house of friends, and enthusiastic EQMM fans.

Needless to say, I returned to Europe invigorated with ideas that I want to convey on this site. But I need to take the time do this well. So here's what you can expect in the following weeks:

- The promised article on the 75th Anniversary symposium and
  EQMM Exhibition... (Expect something similar to what we did
  in 2005 commemorating the Ellery Queen centennial)
- An expansion of the EQMM page in the Whodunit section of
  this site
- 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!)

And of course I'll continue to add new covers as I acquire them. Beginning a few weeks ago these additions are included in a separate section at the top of this page...
September 11. 2016

One of the thing I'm looking forward to this month is the EQMM 75th anniversary symposium in the Columbia University's Butler Library... September 30. Not just because of the symposium itself, but also because I'll be seeing many of the Ellery Queen fans and scholars whom I've been in correspondence with over the years. A lot of them I'm already proud to call friends.
One of them, Dale C. Andrews, I've visited with most recently only last month when by chance we could connect in London. Dale then went on from London to tour Scotland. In 2014 Dale and I wrote this article, which originally appeared on the SleuthSayers website and which explores the occurrence of the name 'Andrews' and its derivations in the Queen canon. During his Scotland trip Dale found out there is yet another such occurrence that we missed when we wrote that article!

 Recommended

  • 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

  • This month at Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine's iPod page...
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