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Q.B.I.: Covers added since April 2019: 0 better and 0 new covers. The latter corresponding with the red numerals in the list.
Latest additions made on Mar 22. 2019:

Το μυστήριο των σιαμαίων - cover Greek edition, Νέα Σύνορα, Athens, 1988Το μυστήριο του Αιγυπτιακού Σταυρού - cover Greek edition, Viper, 1972Ερωτηματικά δέκα ημερών - cover Greek edition, Viper N°684, 1976Τά δόντια τοῦ δράκοντα - cover Greek edition, Viper, 1977Τό μάτι τοῦ Σατανά - cover Greek edition, Viper, 1975Το ρουμπίνι του Αβδούλ Ρατζ - cover Greek edition, Viper, 1974Φόνος στό θέατρο - cover Greek edition, Viper, 1977اتل روباه است - cover Persian edition 1988 or 2004,  افق (Horizon)

April 2018 - April 2019: 124 better and 93 new covers
April 2017 - April 2018: 51 better and 106 new covers
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
May 18. 2019 - April 18.1999

West 87th Irregular Josh Pachter started a new series. Kind of.

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 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 it appeared in EQMM’s May/June 2019 issue.

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.

Since the first Puzzle Club story’s title is a Sherlock Holmes pun (on A Study in Scarlet), he
thought it might be fun to use Holmesian puns for the subsequent stories in the series — and, since the first one puns on a Holmes title that involves a color, I thought it might be extra fun to continue in that vein.

So his second Puzzle Club story, which Janet has already purchased for, hopefully, the
January/February 2020 issue ofEQMM, is called “The Adventure of the Red Circles” (punning on “The Adventure of the Red Circle”), and the third, which will also appear in EQMM is called “The Adventure of the Black-and-Blue Carbuncle” (from “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”).
Read more here

April 18. 2019

Small celebration! 20 years online. 20 years of Ellery Queen, a website on deduction! But don't thank me, it's me who should be thanking everyone who has been writing us. Every contact, e-mail or discussion has made this a better website or at least contributed to my motivation to keep updating it ... In this context I'd like to add a special word of thanks to the West 87th Irregulars and EQ family members. I'm sure they've raised a few eyebrows when asked about the smallest of details on everything Ellery Queen.
And last and, most certainly proverbially, not least a shout out to one West 87th Irregular in particular: Dale C. Andrews. What started out as a discussion on a Queen book in a forum (How fitting this anniversary falls just days short of Easter!) ended up in a friendship, several collaborations on this website and elsewhere and me visiting the other side of the pond... I wish to everyone who visits here friendship and much enjoyment!

Three "West 78th Street Irregulars" caught in one frame! From Left to Right: Dale C. Andrews, Mike Nevins and Josh Pachter. (Picture courtesy Josh Pachter)
Above: Three "West 78th Street Irregulars" caught in one frame! From Left to Right: Dale C. Andrews, Mike Nevins and Josh Pachter. (Picture courtesy Josh Pachter)


For this anniversary we are publishing an important discovery on the ghostwritership for the Ellery Queen Jr. novels
. In the 60s a pause in the series occurred when James Holding was contracted to continue the series as  Ellery Queen, Jr. The first two of his EQ jr. book featured Gulliver Queen, described as the nephew of famous detective, in the leading role and were issued by Golden Press with their distinctive blue-diamond spine. But as it turns out, both of these mysteries were not in fact Holding's work. The son of Joseph Lawrence Greene (1914-1990) stated that his father, who also wrote the Dig Allen series (1959-1962) for Golden Press, was, in fact, the author of one of the Golden Press books (1961-1962) We did find a copyright entry for The Mystery of the Merry Magician by Joseph Greene and one for The Mystery of the Vanishing Victim by Paul Newman Read more here

March 1. 2019

Richard Derr  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Sometimes the smallest splinter of information can provide a surprise! That was the case when I unearthed a small article. It simply said that for  the TV-episode "Confidential Agent" (8-27-52) of The Adventures of Ellery Queen Richard Derr would be a one time replacement for Lee Bowman who was on vacation. This means we have another US actor to include who, very briefly, graced the screen as Ellery Queen! Richard Derr's preferred habitat was the theater but his main body of work can be found in television, movies and theater. ... (click on picture for more)

February 9. 2019

Barnaby Ross was in many ways a sidekick invented by two clever marketing men. Considered to be among EQ's finest work and true classics of the genre, it starred Drury Lane in four novels of 1932 - 1933. With the fourth contribution to the series the cousins stopped publishing Ross books simply because, whilst taking them as long to write, the sales weren't as good. For the same reason the Drury Lane series was republished under Ellery Queen's own name..

Reprints under the name Barnaby Ross don't happen. Not even in many Eastern countries where the series is regularly reprinted. So we thought...
To our amazement last year Forgotten Books republished The Tragedy of Y under it's original moniker Barnaby Ross! Both in paperback and hardcover without even the slightest of shout outs to the much more known alias.
This deserves some extra attention!

The Tragedy of Y - cover paperback edition, Classic Reprint Series, Forgotten Books, 2018 (Blue)The Tragedy of Y - cover paperback edition, Classic Reprint Series, Forgotten Books, 2018 (Brown)The Tragedy of Y - cover hard cover edition, Classic Reprint Series, Forgotten Books, 2018

Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings.
Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the quality of the aged text.

 
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 when you move the cursor over a picture.
 
January 26. 2019

In 1930 Fred Dannay married Mary Beck, they stayed together until her death, July 4. 1945 (aged 37). After she died he left Great Neck, Long Island, and moved into that two-family house in Brooklyn with Mary's sister Shirley and husband Murray, and their daughter Joan (b.1939). Fred had purchased the house. Two years later Fred remarried Hilda Wiesenthal (a relative of Simon Wiesenthal), who was the widow of a doctor, Isadore Silverman, who died in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The newlywed Dannays then bought and moved to a small home in the quiet Larchmont on 29 Byron Lane.

Reproduced here is an article called
"2 Mrs. Ellery Queens Figure In Famed Detective's Life" by Madelaine Wilson for The Herald Statesman, Yonkers, New York, published on June 6. 1959.
It provides a different insight into the successful partnership that was Ellery Queen... through the eyes of Hilda "Bill" Dannay.   It's offered on this site as part of "Extra Extra" in the
Whodunit section... Click on the hyperlinks to read more ...

January 1. 2019

Happy New Year to everything Ellery Queen!
Hoping for yet another year of new initiatives both known and unknown ... .

                   Aya Fukushima (Boon Fukushima) is a Japanese freelance illustrator and textile designer who surprised us with this rendition of famous photograph of Manfred B. Lee and Fred Dannay (Picture courtesy of Aya Fukishima). We've given it a fitting place in our "museum", it'll show up in the "Pastiche section" of this site.

Aya Fukushima (Boon Fukushima) is a Japanese freelance illustrator and textile designer who surprised us with this rendition of famous photograph of Manfred B. Lee and Fred Dannay (Picture courtesy of Aya Fukishima). We've given it a fitting place in our "museum", it'll show up in the "Pastiche section" of this site. Click here ...

December 15. 2018

On June 15. 1981 Fred Dannay and his wife Rose attended the third Crime Writers' International Congress which was held in Stockholm. The international jury, with Fred in it, chose the unknown Frank Sisk, a 65 year old American journalist, as winner in the short-story competition with "A visit with Montezuma".  Which not only resulted in a publication but also a Saab Turbo. Many detective writers attended.

At the congress they were also given a day trip by ship to Åland on Saturday June 20, 1981.
To read more and see several pictures (!) click here ...

December 1. 2018

Next March will see the publication of Frederic Dannay, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and the Art of the Detective Short Story by Laird R. Blackwell.

This critical study presents the first thorough examination of the role Queen played in the flourishing of the detective-crime short story with particular focus on the importance of Frederic Dannay as editor of EQMM and scores of short story anthologies. Many of the authors ("Old Masters," "New Masters," and "tec tyros" alike), detectives, and stories that Queen promoted and championed are listed and described, including authors who won Edgars, EQMM Contests, Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes, famous authors from other genres such as Baum, Borges, Dreiser, Whitman, Wells, and even William Butler Yeats, "lost and forgotten" stories of classic authors, and auspicious debuts of authors and detectives who were to become famous. With over 50 years as author, historian, and editor, Queen was the detective-crime short story's "guardian angel, patron saint, and publisher." Without the influence of Queen, the detective-crime short story may not have survived, for Queen was "the last bastion of short mystery fiction"; he was "the detective-crime short story."

As author of the popular Ellery Queen novels and short stories, as literary historian and critic, and especially as editor of the renowned Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine-- Ellery Queen was the single greatest force in the mid-1900s for the survival and health of the detective-crime short story. Queen's indefatigable and enthusiastic promotion of his favorite form of fiction was vital to its continuing popularity after the passing of Doyle and Chesterton and Christie and Hammett and its other famous authors of the early- and mid-20th Century.  Click on the cover to pre-order!
 
A challenge to the reader: if you think you could add additional information (even corrections) please do so... What we don't know and you just might...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...
 
November 4. 2018

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.
 


  
Darlene Cypser holding The Siamese Twin Mystery (Photo courtesy Darlene Cypser)
  
(Photo courtesy Darlene Cypser)

The Zanzibar Shirt and others Stories. Since time began, authors have been told to write what they know. James Holding (1907-1997) took that advice to heart. After his retirement from advertising, Holding began writing full-time. One of his early ghostwriting gigs was continuing the Ellery Queen Jr novels, which had first appeared in the 1940s. Fred Dannay and Manfred Lee, hired Holding to jumpstart the series after a lengthy hiatus.

 Recommended

  • Buy from Crippen and Landru: The Zanzibar Shirt and others Stories - James Holding (1907-1997) This author write a part of the Ellery Queen Jr novels, and decided to write a series of short stories about fictional sleuths King Danforth and Martin Leroy, two collaborative mystery writers (whose character was named Leroy King) on their own around-the-world cruise with their wives. The cases on the high seas are masterpieces of deductions and logic, following the smallest clues to their logical deductions.

  • The Misadventures of Ellery Queen edited by Josh Pachter &‎ Dale C. Andrews features stories classic pastiches, parodies and homages.

    16 stories by a wide variety of authors, all written (sometimes tongue-in-cheek) as homages to, and parodies and pastiches of, the character -- and writing team -- known as "Ellery Queen".

    INTRODUCTION: Elementary Questions, by Josh Pachter and Dale C. Andrews
    INTRODUCTION: Sorely Missed Adventures, by Richard Dannay
    INTRODUCTION: The Sincerest Form of Flattery, by Rand Lee
    THE MYSTERY OF THE RED BALLOONS, by Thomas Narcejac, translated by the RK Jones
    DYING MESSAGE, by Leyne Requel
    THE GILBERT AND SULLIVAN CLUE, by Jon L. Breen
    OPEN LETTER TO SURVIVORS, by Francis M. Nevins
    THE REINDEER CLUE, by Edward D. Hoch
    THE BOOK CASE, by Dale C. Andrews and Kurt Sercu
    TEN MONTHS' BLUNDER, by J.N. Williamson
    THE ENGLISH VILLAGE MYSTERY, by Arthur Porges
    ELROY QUINN’S LAST CASE, by Dennis M. Dubin
    THE NORWEGIAN APPLE MYSTERY, by James Holding
    THE MAN WHO READ ELLERY QUEEN, by William Brittain
    E.Q. GRIFFEN EARNS HIS NAME, by Josh Pachter
    THE LAST CHECK, by Patricia McGerr
    THE DEATH OF THE MALLORY QUEEN, by Lawrence Block
    THE RANSOM OF EQMM #1, by Arthur Vidro
    THE TEN-CENT MURDER, by Joseph Goodrich

    You can also order your copy by clicking the banner above...


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

  • JABberwocky 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. These downloads are available through the usual channels listed on their own page here.
Visit Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's website...


 
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