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Q.B.I.: Covers added since April 2014: 0 better and 4 new covers. The latter corresponding with the red numerals in the list.

July 6. 2014 - April 18. 1999

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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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.

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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

Q.B.I.: no better nor new covers. The latter corresponding with the red numerals in the list


April 26.2014
Breaking News! After years of lamenting the lack of re-printed Ellery Queen works in the English language... We are happy to announce that Penguin Books USA (!) has stepped up to the plate with a genuine new hard cover edition. So The Greek Coffin Mystery becomes once again available for purchase and showcasing in your book case!
The title is featured in the Penguin Drop Caps series which from A to Z, collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by Jessica Hische. Buy here.

"It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet. In a design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley. The Penguin Drop Caps series debuted with an ‘A’ for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a ‘B’ for Charlotte Brönte’s Jane Eyre, and a ‘C’ for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. It continues with more perennial classics, perfect to give as elegant gifts or to showcase on your own shelves."

Q is for Queen! More than ever!

Q.B.I.: 0 better and 1 new cover.

April 18.2014

"I don't know" - That would have been my answer fifteen years ago to the following question: Would you imagine your site will still be up, running and growing in 15 years? In retrospect it is even more beyond belief now than then when I look at how far we have come. The contacts, friendships and shared knowledge about Ellery Queen have provided years of sheer fun and have even stimulated new accomplishments in the field I call 'Ellery Queen'. I won't (again) recite all of these, but I like to think the website has contributed substantively in keeping the memory of the writing duo that was Ellery Queen alive. Here's to the future!
February 9. 2014

Dale Andrews, my friend from across the Atlantic, is well known to followers of this website. He has authored three Ellery Queen pastiches (the first, The Book Case, co-authored with yours truly), contributed articles here in the past and regularly writes articles for SleuthSayers, the mystery short story writers' blog. Every once in a while Dale's SleuthSayers posts delve into some of the mysteries underlying the Queen library. One of these articles, which I worked with Dale in writing, is both a further discussion of the theories of Remi Schulz, already the subject of several articles here, and the presentation of an alternative theory to one of Remi's. For readers who missed the article on SleuthSayers, it is set forth here.

Special thanks to Joe Goodrich, that other West 87nd Street Irregular for providing me the text of The Four of Hearts Mystery, a dramatization by William Rand.

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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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