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Q.B.I.: Covers added since April 2015: 3 better and 21 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.

June 7. 2015 - April 18. 1999

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
HERE TO READ MORE
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
February 16. 2015

Open Road Media is not only responsible for the epublication last August of 8 Ellery Queen books in the Spanish language.
Earlier in 2013 it provided us with a epub collection of Ellery Queen Classics. It was Otto Penzler, critic, publisher, anthologist, editor, and owner of the Mysterious Press and Mysterious Bookshop as the man behind the initiative and we were overjoyed with the release of twelve ebooks by the great Ellery Queen.
Now were are glad to see a more obscure or even disregarded section of Queen's work reappear in ePub format: The Ellery Queen Jr. series.
Described on the Open Road Media website as :"Ellery Queen is one of the world’s finest detectives, but his adventures are nothing compared to these vintage Ellery Queen Jr. Mystery Stories, written between 1942 and 1966. The first nine books in the series, starting with The Black Dog Mystery, star Djuna, Ellery’s young employee, who teams up The Black Dog Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE ...with his scrappy terrier, Champ, to catch bank robbers, smugglers, and the worst his small town’s underworld has to offer. The last two books in the series, The Mystery of the Merry Magician and The Mystery of the Vanished Victim, star Ellery’s cheeky nephew, Gully, whose adventures take him to the darkest corners of Manhattan."
The Ellery Queen Jr. series was written by... read more


The Golden Eagle Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE ...The Green Turtle Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE ...The Green Turtle Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE ...The Brown Fox Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE ...The White Elephant Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE ...
The Yellow Cat Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE ...The Blue Herring Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE ...The Purple Bird Mystery - CLICK TO READ MORE ...The Mystery of the Merry Magician - CLICK TO READ MORE ...The Mystery of The Vanished Victim - CLICK TO READ MORE ...
January 24. 2015

Photo announcing 'Romance' with Kaye BrinkerA massive addition to the 'List of Suspects' section. I've added several actresses on the Nikki Porter page. Specifically Barbara Terrell, Gertrude Warner, Charlotte Keane and Kaye Brinker were added to the list.
If the photo of the actress has a shadow and when pointing your mouse at the photo itself you see a 'CLICK FOR MORE...' appearing, click on the picture and you'll be able to read a biography. Internet Explorer users can hear an audiofragment of the actress at work... Some of biographies are the result of years of painstakingly compiling every small bit of information. So I'm especially proud of having been able to add Kaye Brinker's bio. Kaye played Nikki Porter in the radio series but her importance to the story provide on this website goes beyond that. She was also married to Manfred B. Lee, and as such she had a lot of influence over many characters appearing in the Queen canon. And ofcourse I was especially thrilled to have the assistance of Kaye and Manfred's son Rand B. Lee. Rand helped to fill in the details after 1954...  Read more
December 31. 2014

Just before Christmas Dale C. Andrews had breakfast in St. Louis with Francis (Mike) Nevins. Afterwards Dale wrote to me to pass on some information he had received from Mike concerning the recent passing of Rose Dannay, Fred Dannay's widow. The information was confirmed by her daughter Dale Koppel. 
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.
Rose Dannay (around 1988)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.’...
"
Just as Rose provided Fred with a wonderful life, he, in turn, provided her with experiences she had never had before. After he died, she was still revered by the Japanese EQ Fans (who often referred to her as "Mrs. Queen") and she was the guest of honor at the wedding of the daughter of Fred's Japanese publisher. In 2014 Rose Dannay celebrated her 100th birthday throughout the month of September. At that time Fred's Japanese publicist paid her a visit, which reportedly pleased her greatly.
Rose lived in her NYC apartment for 61 years and above her favorite chair in the living room hung a beautiful portrait of Fred that she painted.
Mrs. Dannay passed away December 6. 2014. She was 100 years, 3 months, 2 days old.
December 13. 2014

In Calamity Town (1942) the New England town of Wrightsville is introduced, the place where many of Ellery's novel-length and short story adventures of the next three decades take place. Being the writing duo they were, it was only a matter of time before Manfred influence in the Wrightsville saga was unearthed.
Last June we introduced Arthur Vidro to the West 87th Street Irregulars. With his introduction he provided us with the essay Claremont the real Wrightsville.
The information it gives on the origins of Wrightsville is now incorporated in the Wrightsville page.

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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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