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Q.B.I.: Covers added since April 2015: 6 better and 43 new covers. The latter corresponding with the red numerals in the list. (April 2014 - April 2015: 18 better and 103 new covers).

We're glad to announce the world premiere of Ellery Queen's Calamity Town adapted for the stage by, West 87th Street Irregular, Joseph Goodrich. The play, a part of the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series, will be at Vertigo co-directed by Hall and Pronyshyn.

January 23 to February 21, 2016
Vertigo theatre Calgary, Canada

It’s 1940, and there is nowhere in the country seemingly more charming than Wrightsville. The Depression has abated, and the New England town is booming once again. There is hope in Wrightsville, but Ellery Queen has come looking for death. The mystery author is hoping for fodder for a novel, and he senses the corruption that lurks beneath the apple-pie façade. A jinxed house, poisonings and murder are all on the menu, as Queen sits back, waiting for crime to come to him.

January 1. 2016 - April 18. 1999

Happy New Year!

What a year we have to look forward to! This month if you are lucky enough to be in the area of Calgary, Canada you can enjoy Joe Goodrich's adaptation of Calamity Town in Calgary (see above). And we're also expecting at least two new publications on Ellery Queen...

     The Tragedy of X - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (July 28, 2015) CLICK TO READ MORE...The Tragedy of Y - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (July 28, 2015) CLICK TO READ MORE...The Tragedy of Z - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (July 28, 2015) CLICK TO READ MORE...Drury Lane's Last Case - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (July 28, 2015) CLICK TO READ MORE...

We'll also be updating all in-depth book pages since Open Road Media has now re-published all Ellery Queen books. This should end our previous lamentations that the Queen library was no longer available in the U.S.!

We've also added a factoid to the site concerning the tv series 'The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen'. Actor George Nader won the role after a coast-to-coast talent search that included sidewalk surveys of average people to get their views on what the sophisticated detecive should look like...

       Ulykkesbyen - cover Danish edition Calamity Town. CLICK TO READ MORE...
Døden i hvidt - cover Danish edition The Dutch Shoe Mystery. CLICK TO READ MORE...Mord? - Cover Danish edition The Murderer is a Fox. CLICK TO READ MORE...Modstander bag maske - Cover Danish edition The Player On The Other Side  CLICK TO READ MORE...
December 6. 2015

Dale C. Andrews published another EQ article at SleuthSayers. It's title "Ellery Queen in the Village of Good and Evil" refers to "Calamity Town" Wrightsville. Introduced in 1942, this New England town of Wrightsville is the place where many of Ellery's novel-length and short story adventures of the next three decades take place.
Dale reminds us as does the add above, this winter is a great occasion to re-visit Calamity Town, Joe Goodrich is the author of the new theatrical version of Calamity Town. The play had a public reading in New York in 2013, was first produced in 2014 in preview in Claremont, New Hampshire (a town that in all likelihood provided the model for Wrightsville) under the staging hand of Arthur Vidro.

It will now have its official world premiere this coming January 23 through February 21 at the Vertigo Theatre in Calgary, Canada. If you are anywhere near Calgary, try to catch it. I only wish I could!
November 3. 2015

On October 10. 1905 Fred Dannay was born in Brooklyn, New York. 110 years later we can look back on his life and work. Together with Manfred B. Lee (who was also born 110 years ago January 11. 1905) he made his living by bringing Ellery Queen to life in various ways.
Continued interest in Ellery today is varied, and could be described as somewhat restricted to a niche of mystery connoisseurs. But we have through the years seen a resurgence of Kungen ar dod - Cover Swedish edition, CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...interest that has resulted in a growing availability of EQ related works: the  DVD-series of the 1975-76 NBC television series with Jim Hutton, the publication of Ellery Queen radio scripts, repeated live performances of  radio scripts in Italy and Japan, a stage version of Calamity Town by Joe Goodrich (see advertisement above),...
And those living in the US are no longer relegated to the secondhand book market in order to find Ellery Queen stories since the digital market has made most of the Queen library fully available.

So is the publication of a printed version of an Ellery Queen novel still big news? I think it is. So it's therefore with great pleasure that we bring to your attention a new Swedish publication by Deckarhyllan. "The King is Dead" (as "Kungen är död"). This is the first new translation of Ellery Queen into Swedish since 1981 (when "The Roman Hat Mystery" was published). One of the people behind this initiative is EQ enthusiast Håkan Andersson who hopes this will be the first of a series!
September 24. 2015

This month a memorial service was held in Boston for Rose Dannay. Only last December we reported on the passing of Picture from the cover of My Life with Ellery Queen, A Love Story by Rose Koppel DannayFred Dannay's widow. She was 100 years, 3 months, 2 days old. 
In 2010 Rose Dannay self-published her autobiography, My Life With a Man of Mystery: The Love Story of Ellery Queen and Me.  An article by Tina Chandler had this to say: "Maybe it’s her life experience, but Dannay knows some of what scientists have been working hard to discover—the secrets to happiness. A self-described naturally happy person, Rose Dannay loved going out with her famous, but rather private, husband. When he received invitations, “He kept saying ‘no,’ and I kept saying ‘yes.’..."

We're glad to report that Rose's autobiography (entitled My Life with Ellery Queen, A Love Story) will be republished soon, with a introduction by Francis (Mike) Nevins. Thanks to Dale C. Andrews for this info, if you are curious how Dale came about this information ... read more in his most recent article on SleuthSayers here ...
August 16. 2015

Exiting news from Crippen & Landru! Their website has announced the upcoming publication of a unnamed collection of stories of "Ellery Queen simulacrum" Leroy King by James Holding.
James who also wrote the juveniles wrote a series of pastiches, estimable mysteries in their own right. In these series King Danforth and Martin Leroy creators of the detective "Leroy King" solve crimes on their own during a round-the-world-tour. The titles of these stories evocated the early Queen-work, The Norwegian Apple Mystery, etc ... (read more here...)
Halfway House - Japanese cover with cover art by Takenaka CLICK ON COVER TO READ MORE ...July 15. 2015

When last May we talked about the publication of the ninth cover by Japanese artist Takanaka on 'The Spanish Cape Mystery' we also expressed the fear, since the National series was covered, publisher Kadokawa Shoten's might be quitting on the series. Glad to announce this is not the case! Coming up next July 25. is the publication of 'Halfway House'. Look at the splendid art work which shows father and son!
Cover Danish 2015 edition The Roman Hat Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE...July 12. 2015

Last June a new Danish edition of The Roman Hat Mystery (Døden på sidste række aka 'Death on The Last Row) was published by Rosenkilde & Bahnhof. Bringing their recent re-issues to six!
June 7. 2015

Over the years I've collected images of covers of Ellery Queen editions from all over the world. After all this time I thought of having at least one example of each country or region where Ellery Queen editions may have been available. With the addition of these newly found Indonesian covers I may have finally achieved just that. However some of these Indonesian titles I couldn't, as yet, attribute to the exact title in the canon. If you want to help out go here.

Intaian Maut - Indonesian translation of an unknown title meaning Espionage Death, ... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...Irama Neraka - Cover Indonesian edition Double, Double ... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...Matinja Don Juan - cover Indonesian edition of The Death of Don Juan... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...Pembunuhan - cover Indonesian edition 'Dutch Shoe Mystery'... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...Sang Radja Telah Mati - Cover Indonesian edition of The King Is Dead... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
Rahasia Salib Mesir Kuno - Cover Indonesian edition of The Egyptian Cross Mystery'... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...Rahasia Tandjung Spanjol 2 - Cover Indonesian edition of The Spanish Cape Mystery... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...Tiga Tjerita Detective - cover unknown Indonesian edition ... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...Rahasia Radjawali Emas - Cover Indonesian edition of  The Golden Eagle Mystery... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
June 5. 2015

Some unearthed covers from Sweden ...

Cat of Many Tails - cover Swedish edition... CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...
Roten till det onda - cover Swedish edition... CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...Kommisarie Queens eget fall - cover Swedish edition... CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...
May 3. 2015

The Spanish Cape Mystery - Japanese cover with cover art by Takenaka... CLICK TO READ MORE...April 25. 2015 we saw the publication of the ninth cover by Japanese artist Takanaka on 'The Spanish Cape Mystery'. This means publisher Kadokawa Shoten's
now has re-published the entire 'National' Series and let's hope they continue!
Not only a wonderful new cover but also, for the first time in this series the depiction of the Duesenberg.
The Duesenberg is only used by Ellery whenever he is not
residing in N.Y. It's an 1924 open two seater with a 'Dickey seat' in the back and a counter which shows 215000 km.The Duesenberg was a symbol of wealth and the luxury dream car of Americans. ... CLICK
May 1. 2015

Cover Thai edition "A Study In Terror" ... CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...It seems hard to believe but I have currently still some 100 covers or more to check and introduce to their respective pages...
Today I'll focus on a new variety of covers. Unusual to say the least since Thailand, thusfar, was unknown to us when it comes to Ellery Queen editions. Given the fact that Thai language uses different lettering would make this a difficult search. Here you get six editions all from this century. Click on the covers to go to the indepth page of each novel...

Thai edition of "The Siamese Twin Mystery" ... CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...Cover Thai edition of "The Egyptian Cross Mystery"... CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...Cover Thai edition of "The Egyptian Cross Mystery"... CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...Cover Thai edition of "The Two-Headed Dog" and 8 other stories ... - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...Cover Thai edition "The Adventure of the Bearded Lady"... - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...
April 18. 2015

A new year added to the site which now celebrates it's 16th birthday!

In the section "unusual mediasubjects" we'd like to mention these somewhat neglected examples of Ellery Queen
content. We're talking about "games": boardgames, puzzles and even video based games. Examples of each category can be found on this page. Only in pc-based or console games is Ellery Queen a forgotten subject.
Board games existed long before Ellery's first game appearance in 1956 which was just before the publication of what was intended as Ellery Queen last appearance in print in "The Finishing Stroke" (1958). As we all know, Ellery came back in the 1960s for a final series of novels, but still his first game appearance came late in the Queen canon.
One Ellery Queen board game eventually inspired Cluedo, one of the most popular boardgames ever!
However, to our taste, the best cross-over came in puzzle form was the one introduced in 1973 and it even included a Challenge to the Reader! - Read More Here
April 10. 2015

We've reset our counter counting the new cover additions to the pages on this site. There is no stopping the constant flow of discoveries and (luckily) new editions added world wide!
To illustrate this a new series of Danish covers of some 2014-2015 new editions of Ellery Queen stories! Both published in paper form and e-Pub

ABC-mordet - Cover Danish edition of The Finishing Stroke,CLICK TO READ MORE...Bortfoert - Danish edition of Cop Out, CLICK TO READ MORE...Mord og mandariner - Danish edition of The Chinese Orange Mystery, CLICK TO READ MORE...9 er tallet - Danish edition of A Fine and Private Place,  CLICK TO READ MORE...Gravens gåde - Danish edition of The Greek Coffin Mystery,  CLICK TO READ MORE...
March 21. 2015

Mexican cover added for "Calamity Town  CLICK TO READ MORE...Argentinian cover added for Calamity Town:  CLICK TO READ MORE...
Spanish cover added for The Tragedy of Z:  CLICK TO READ MORE...Spanish cover added for Death Spins the Platter:  CLICK TO READ MORE...Argentinian cover added for The 4 Johns:  CLICK TO READ MORE...

5 "new" covers... Meaning new to this site. This takes the total of added covers of Ellery Queen editions between now and April last year to 18 better versions and 103 "new" covers.
March 4. 2015

The Chinese Orange Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...Calamity Town - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...It is extremely satisfying when one can rely on a publisher standing up to the challenge and following through. In August last year we were glad to emphasize the fact that in Japan the Ellery Queen series was being published in a, seemingly, chronological way. This has happened before and can be called almost obvious in a country where Ellery Queen is still very well read. But this time we were very enthousiastic given the excellent covers by the Japanese artist Takenaka.
We called them (and still do) the best pieces of artwork we've come across over the years.
In October 2014 publisher Kadokawa Shoten's followed through with the publication of "The Siamese Twin Mystery".
January 24. of this year had the next installment ready "The Chinese Orange Mystery". Preceeded by (December 2014) "Calamity Town" albeith without a Takenaka cover. :-)

The Roman Hat Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...The French Powder Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...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...The Siamese Twin Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...The Chinese Orange Mystery - CLICK ON THE COVER TO READ MORE...

Click on the covers to read more

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


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