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43 better and 63 new covers.
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October 16. 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
October 17. 2021 - April 18. 1999
After years of researching Ellery Queen (begun, in fact, long before this website existed!) I still occasionally stumble upon items that don't fall into one of the many categories provided here. Perhaps we need a new section for matters that sometimes are only indirectly connected to Ellery Queen. While tangential to our primary purpose here, such matters still might be interesting to Ellery Queen fans.
Such a story popped up on August 2. 2012 in Florida...
Photo of Verna Jane Janie Browning, center, with two school friends, believed to be taken in the mid-1940s. Gloria Blackburn, 62, purchased a copy of The Devil to Pay, a mystery by Ellery Queen at the Amish Country Store in Largo on July 24. When she opened it, Blackburn found her 85-year-old mother's signature, dated 1941. She sent a photo of the signature to her sister, who lives with her mom. The mom confirmed it was hers and that the book once belonged to her when she was 14. Although she has never traveled to Florida, the book somehow made its way to Florida and into the hands of her daughter -- 71 years later.
October 1. 2021
With the help of Dale C. Andrews, the page on the "writer" of the forewords for the first EQ novels has been extensively revised.
J.J. McC. Identified only by initials he appears in the early mysteries and then disappears for decades, only to re-appear in one of the last Queen books. And like Ellery the biography of J.J. McC is full of contradictions. And it was J.J. himself who contributed some of the early (and eventually contradictory) biographical “facts” concerning Ellery and the Inspector.
Early on we are told that J.J. McC., was a stockbroker and a close friend to the Queens. We are also told that although he had only eventually 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 (and sometimes an afterword) for his first books. In The Roman Hat Mystery, J.J. McC even penned the "Challenge to the Reader".
Despite all of this, J.J. McC. has been largely forgotten by many Queen followers. In several translations his introductions were discarded as those of just another writer who wrote an “upbeat” intro to a detective story. At first his efforts as oracle to the Ellery...
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September 3. 2021
The reviews that Nick Fuller
brings on his blog "The Grandest
Game in the World" come highly
recommended. His reading session
of the Ellery Queen
stories is ongoing and he
sometimes brings a refreshing
view of the stories. His Tintin
avatar caused some confusion but
Nick does live in Canberra, but
went to school in Brussels ...
The links to his reviews will be
added to the detailed book pages
in the QBI
section as they come online.
The novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (June 2. 1840 – January 11. 1928) is considered a determinist, mainly because his protagonists are controlled by the nature of things or by superior forces. In other words, the independence of the human will in Hardy's fiction is difficult to affirm, because man's struggle against the "will" only leads to his future failures. (Fazel Asadi Amjad, Esmaeil Najar Daronkolae - Thomas Hardy and Urbanization: The Role of Determinism in Tess of the D’Urbervilles).
Focusing specifically on the Wrightsville stories, Nick Fuller made a bold statement "Was Ellery Queen a Thomas Hardy fan?" He goes on to make some clear references in both….
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August 13. 2021
87th Street Irregular Dale C.
Andrews not only has a way
pastiches he's also has got
a knack for reading them to you!
Last month Otto Penzler's The Mysterious Bookshop announced the following: "Current view of the recently acquired Ellery Queen books that will soon be showing up on rare lists in our Weekly Update"
Soon after Otto published two YouTube videos describing the collection. In doing so he immediately provided the answer to the observation that the dust jackets for The French Powder Mystery seem to be available... (above left in the picture above). A unique opportunity to hear a true collector on first editions in action...
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the website have extra descriptions/information
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July 4. 2021
Let's start with a recommendation for our Swedish visitors. Håkan Andersson informed us that Deckarhyllan published a second Ellery Queen volume. After The King is Dead in 2015 they now published Mord I Hollywood a translation of The Devil to Pay with the added bonus of a the short-story "Long Shot"(1939) aka "Högoddsaren".
On the subject of radio plays.
"We heard all
about the American radio plays... but is there
anything in the Dutch language?" I
hear my fellow countrymen think...
June 9. 2021
Several important additions to the site!
Broadcasting Network announced the beginning of "The Adventures of
Ellery Queen" as a National broadcast. It was to be heard from 2UE,
4BK-AK and 2KO, 2GZ, and 2NZ beginning Friday, July 16 1954 at 7:30 p.m. In each
production a distinguished visitor is invited by Ellery Queen to anticipate
the solution when all clues have been collected.
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May 13. 2021
When Norman and Irving Pincus first brought The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950-1951) to the little screen on the old Dumont network, Elliott was cast as Sergeant Velie.
Almost no records are found of this fact. Why? First Sergeant Velie didn't appear in that many episodes but also Elliott was going through hard times as an actor ... Sadly he was not the only actor suffering hardship back then. His biography can attest to these dark times in the entertainment industry...
Born in San Antonio, Texas on July 4. 1907 as Eli (Aleck) Solomon. His parents, married in Russia around 1884, were Rabbi Solomon Zalmanovich Solomon from Lithuania and Abigail aka Bessie Budowlia from Belarus. They had at least seven children.
Aleck/Eli went to the A&M College of Texas. He took an interest in acting and ...
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May 1. 2021
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.
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|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...|
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!
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!