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Q.B.I.: Covers added since April 2014: 1 better and 24 new covers. The latter corresponding with the red numerals in the list.

September 1. 2014 - April 18. 1999


Helen Lewis  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ..."List of Suspects" focuses on the recurring characters in the Ellery Queen books and the actors who have been known to play them either on radio, theater, television or the movies. You may have noticed that this section is not complete. Indeed some in-depth bio's are still missing. Strange how it may seem this is not due to the fact that the actual information is missing. Just the way the pages are conceived. I basically need four things: the biographical information, a good "large" picture, some smaller pics... and some time. In most cases the lack of a good clear (large) picture is the reason why the actor or actress misses out on his/hers own in-depth page (which can be reached,in the section, by clicking on their picture).
We're glad to announce we've added a new member: Helen Lewis.
This actrice who played Nikki Porter for a short while turned out to be an exception to the rule. There were absolutely no pages or articles on the net who even had a small bio on Helen. Based on several articles in magazines and papers I was able to compile a "biography". Although I'm quiet satisfied with the result, Helen's (basic) personal information is not complete. You could call this a challenge to the reader... I most certainly would. So if you want to help out click on one of the pretty icons above to find my e-mail...

 
                

August 24. 2014

The French Powder Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...The Roman Hat Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...I can safely say that over the years I've seen plenty of the artwork on Ellery Queen covers. Without meaning to sound pretentious I can attribute myself some expertise in that field. Some time ago we announced some splendid Japanese editions of both The Roman Hat Mystery and The French Powder Mystery with covers by the Japanese artist Takenaka (See right).
In fact one of the best pieces of artwork I've come across over the years. So we're more than glad to be able to announce that the series is continued (See below)! Not for the first time we see some 'weird' American connotations peeping through... Lincoln!? on the 2014 edition of The Egyptian Cross Mystery. Which appears to be professor Yardley, one of Ellery's former profs (Ancient history)  The fact that the publisher seems to be making his way through Ellery Queen's opus chronologically leaves us optimistic for the (near) future.


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The Dutch Shoe Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...The Greek Coffin Mystery- CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...The Egyptian Cross Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...The American Gun Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...

                                

August 16. 2014

It's rather a strange fact to find out how little Ellery Queen books were ever published in Spain. Don't get me wrong there are plenty of works available in the Spanish language, but they're just not originating from the Iberian peninsula. This is strange given the potential market. So we more than welcome the initiative from Ciudad de Libros. It now offers 8 Ellery Queen books as eBook. We don't condemn progress as we see eBooks as a useful addition to the 'paper production'. If these editions prove popular it will only lead to "full blown" tangible editions worthy of the name 'Ciudad de Libros'.

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The Greek Coffin Mystery - KLIK OP DE KAFT OM MEER TE LEZEN...The Siamese Twin Mystery - KLIK OP DE KAFT OM MEER TE LEZEN...The Adventures of Ellery Queen - KLIK OP DE KAFT OM MEER TE LEZEN...The Spanish Cape Mystery - KLIK OP DE KAFT OM MEER TE LEZEN...
Ten Days' Wonder - KLIK OP DE KAFT OM MEER TE LEZEN...Cat of Many Tails  - KLIK OP DE KAFT OM MEER TE LEZEN...Face to Face - KLIK OP DE KAFT OM MEER TE LEZEN...The Glass Village - KLIK OP DE KAFT OM MEER TE LEZEN...


                


July 6. 2014


How we welcome the days when Ellery Queen books are once again available in freshly printed pages! Launched in 1992 British Orion Books became part of Hachette Livre in 1998. In the same year Hachette acquired the publishing house Cassell & Co, whose imprints included Victor Gollancz Ltd. Victor Gollancz we know a 'cheap' publisher of Ellery Queen titles. So it should really come as no big surprise to find out last June Orion Books has republished three Queen works. The three paperbacks can be ordered here.

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 The Origin of Evil - Click to read more...The King Is Dead - Click to read more...The Player On The Other Side - Click to read more...


                                


July 4. 2014


Japanese Kazuo Miyamoto made his writing debut using the pen name Kaoru Kitamura. He is considered a pioneer of the "everyday mystery". Initially, because the unnamed first-person protagonist of his early works was a female college student, and the name Kaoru is gender ambiguous, it was "The Japanese Nickel Mystery" by Kaoru Kitamura, reissue. Publisher: Tokyo Somoto-sha (April 20, 2009)"The Japanese Nickel Mystery" by Kaoru Kitamura, 2005 Tankobon Hardcoverwidely speculated that Kitamura was female. This speculation persisted until he revealed his identity upon accepting the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1991. In itself a tribute to EQ. He didn't leave it at that... in 2005 he published a full fledged pastiche called "The Japanese Nickel Mystery". Ellery Queen visits Japan at the invitation of a publisher and mystery writer, and gets sidetracked by infant killing incidents in Tokyo. The story includes a man who could change a thousand-yen bill into twenty coins of fifty yen and has our detective pointing out a relationship with a previous case.



You can read more on Ellery Queen pastiches here


            

June 7. 2014 


Arthur VidroThis month we welcome our 7th West 87th Street Irregular: Arthur Vidro! Arthur first encountered Ellery Queen back in 1975 when he tuned in to the debut episode of NBC’s Ellery Queen television show. All evidence indicates that it was love at first sight. Arthur quickly began reading all of the Queen library and even discovered (ahh, the magic of coincidence, even in the real world) that his math teacher was Frederic Dannay’s daughter-in-law, who was the wife of Douglas Dannay, through whom Arthur became acquainted with the Dannays and the Lees. As an adult Arthur has embraced the works of Ellery with a fervor. He publishes the thrice yearly detective magazine (Give Me That) Old-Time Detection, several issues of which have been devoted in their entirety to the works of Queen. Arthur was instrumental behind the scenes in the publication of Crippen and Landru's newest Ellery Queen volumes, The Tragedy of Errors and The Adventure of the Murdered Moths. Most recently, in September of 2013 Arthur directed the world premier of Joseph Goodrich’s play Calamity Town, based on the first Wrightsville mystery by Queen. If that were not enough, Arthur also stepped up to the plate and appeared as Wrightsville realtor J.C. Pettigrew in the production. .... Continu reading here


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  • 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.
  • The Crippen and Landru EQ-books Tragedy & Moths
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