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Past additions to the site:
April 2021 - April 2022: 284 better and 324 new covers
April 2020 - April 2021: 132 better and 33 new covers
November 12. 2022 - April 18. 1999
Author Dan Andriacco, a former
journalist and reviewer of mystery books, has not only written much and spoken widely
Sherlock Holmes, but this Baker Street Irregular (BSI) also produced
at least one new mystery novel a year since 2011. His main mystery series features Sebastian McCabe, Jeff & Lynda
Cody, and the small town of Erin on the banks of the Ohio River. Last
September the latest McCabe and Cody book was published under the name
The English Garden Mystery.
Read more on authors Ellery Queen influenced here...
|October 22. 2022|
Out now! A collection more than half a century in
In addition to the ten Puzzle Club stories are four that introduce the
Griffen family and E.Q. Griffen, who solves problems as confusing as
those presented to his namesake. These stories were written by West 87th
Street Irregular Josh Pachter and
introduced by Frederic Dannay, one of the two cousins who made up the EQ
Available in paperback, e-formats, and in a beautiful hardcover edition signed by Richard Dannay, Rand B. Lee, and Josh himself. With introductions by Martin Edwards, Joseph Goodrich, Dale C. Andrews, Kurt Sercu, Janet Hutchings, Jon L. Breen, Mike Nevins, Arthur Vidro, Jeffrey Marks and Richard Dannay.
More on Josh's Puzzle Club stories can be read in our pastiche section here...
|September 25. 2022|
Production men would have been the term at the time.
It is true that there were almost no women in production.
As previously announced, these were also given their own page in which profiles will also be added.
We start with the profile of George Zachary a prolific radio and TV director producer who originated in 1939 the radio series of Ellery Queen, he would later made the transition to TV work. He was married for a while to Nikki Porter actress Marion Shockley ...
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|September 7. 2022|
The biographies on this site offer a nice glimpse into
some lives in the 20th century. It is true that these are more or less
public figures, but nevertheless several important evolutions in the
American media, politics and everyday life are documented from the
viewpoint of the people who lived in that era.
The biography of William Gargan has been available for some time. He played Ellery Queen in three Columbia films released in 1942.We went through it again and the page on this courageous actor was updated.
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Virginia Gregg played opposite Larry Dobkin in The Adventures of Ellery Queen (CBS). We had limited access to her biography Uncredited: The Life and Career of Virginia Gregg by Lona Bailey (June 30. 2022). Some details were added to her biography...
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|August 12. 2022|
We're very proud and honored to announce a new (ninth!) member to the
West 87th Street Irregulars!
Steve Steinbock has written articles, interviews, and mystery reviews for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, The Armchair Detective, ... The Strand, and Mystery Scene. He wrote several non-fiction articles (and one short story) for EQMM, and since 2011, he has reviewed crime fiction for EQMM's "Jury Box" column. He has translated numerous Japanese mystery stories into English (click on the picture for his article "Japanese Scholarship: Logic, Formalism, and Ellery Queen")
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|July 8. 2022|
In Memoriam: Douglas Dannay, 07/3/1933 – 06/17/2022
"On June 17, 2022, Douglas Dannay died in
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Born July 3, 1933, Doug was the eldest son of
Frederic Dannay, who, together with his cousin Manfred B. Lee, wrote the
Ellery Queen novels and stories and
founded EQMM. I did not know Doug at all well, as he lived, until his
retirement, in Merrick, Long Island, not in New York City where the
magazine was based, and he was often unable to attend EQMM events.
However, the limited contact I had with Doug left me with two strong
impressions: that he was very intelligent and that he was extremely
modest. ... "
Above: Douglas Dannay (L) and Ted Hertel (R) signing copies of Ellery Queen's "The Tragedy of Errors"
Below: The signed EQ book has a prominent place in my book case. After all those years it still holds a "permanent" bookmarker to find the page.
|June 26. 2022|
Throughout the years fans of the Ellery Queen novels and
short stories have had a recurring mystery to ponder: What, exactly, did
Ellery Queen look like? Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee
provided only the skimpiest of clues. In the early novels we knew that
Ellery wore pince nez glasses, and he has always been described as tall and
slender with silver grey eyes. But that was about it. For many fans of the
1975 NBC series Ellery may always be Jim Hutton, but way back, at the very
beginning, there was a time when Ellery Queen -- the
author(s) -- were also imagined as Ellery Queen, the
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|May 6. 2022|
A house party turns a millionaire’s hacienda hideaway into a crime scene in
this classic whodunnit from an Edgar Award–winning Grand Master.
The Godfrey family is vacationing among the picturesque rocky cliffs of the
North Atlantic seaboard, expecting peace, quiet, and, perhaps, a bit of golf
or tennis. But one dusky evening in an isolated spot on the grounds of
Spanish Cape, Rosa and her uncle David get into an argument about her
secretive romance with one of their guests, the roguish John Marco, a
handsome cad with a yellow roadster and no visible source of income. That’s
when a towering one-eyed man with a .38 revolver emerges from the twilight.
Read more on the book here...
pigtailed tomboy climbing pear trees... going to England to master
upper-class speech patterns and ending up in the supposedly all-English
cast of the 1933 Oscar-winning Cavalcade ... a fairly normal start to a
wonderful career. She played Nikki Porter opposite two Ellery Queens:
Ralph Bellamy and William Gargan.
Margaret was relatively open about her lesbian sexuality within the Hollywood community. Although she was romantically linked to several male stars her close companion was actress Mary McCarty.
Actresses who had romantic involvements with both men and women were advised to continue to pursue relationships with men due to the old adage "You just haven't met the right man." This was a common angle in therapy back in the 1940s and 50s' (also used with gay male actors). Essentially the theory was that a lesbian could purge herself of same-sex desire by having sex with men (and vice versa for gay males). Needless to say, it did not go well for most. Margaret Lindsay thought it quackery and lived her live accordingly.
It's even suggested that, despite her exceptional beauty, Margaret Lindsay could not get parts in big-time movies because she refused "to play the game".
If ever an actress' career deserved its own website...this is the one!
|To read all about Margaret Lindsay click here ...|
on the other hand, didn't have a "usual" start to her career. She
claimed to be the only ingenue in Hollywood's history to walk into a
movie studio with a pass on a sight-seeing tour and come out with a
signed contract. After that she left the East Coast and the film
business, (claiming she didn't like it) for theater and radio on the
West Coast. Described as an almost immediate success on the radio, she
appeared as Nikki Porter in the first Ellery Queen
Marion never had children of her own but ended up raising three kids.
|To read all about Marion Shockley click here ...|
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April 14. 2022
Chances are that you have never heard of an actor who both played Ellery Queen and, in his youth, actually saw Adolf Hitler at work in Munich. And, this actor’s career was extremely short: he died of a heart attack during a broadcast rehearsal at the age of 36. The actor had a handful of theater appearances and as many films to his credit. As far as TV was concerned, he had only just gotten off to what might have been a good start when disaster struck. Still, his biography is worth reading and full of interesting details. Many we have just added, and they enrich the understanding of the actor's life in his era. Richard Hart (the actor whom we have been talking about) also had a relationship with actress Felicia Montealegre at the end of his life. She later married Leonard Bernstein, and thus will likely earn a spot in the yet-to-be-released Netflix biopic about Bernstein’s life.
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about Richard Hart click
March 28. 2022
Every once in a while we
subject this website to a little
maintenance. This was the case
over the past two months.
March 6. 2022
Thorndike Press (From Gale, a Cengage Company) publishes large print editions. Earlier they published two other Ellery Queen works. With The Dutch Shoe Mystery (December 2020) and The Chinese Orange Mystery (January 2019), they provided a reader-friendly format readers of all ages could enjoy. Both titles had the same covers we know from the Otto Penzler's series American Mystery Classics. Last February they again came up with Queen title only this time with it's own distinctive hardcover: The American Gun Mystery!
"When a circus rodeo actor is shot dead in the midst of his performance, it seems obvious that someone would have seen the perpetrator - or at least recovered the gun. When the investigation fails to turn up any evidence, the net of suspicion widens across the troupe of performers and the circus staff. Unluckily for the murderer, Ellery Queen is among the thousands that witnessed the crime, and he won't be satisfied until he discovers the truth. By the time he uncovers the necessary clues, Queen will expose both the killer and the hiding place of the weapon - the titular American Gun that fired the fatal bullet."
Buy it here. Click on the cover to read more on that book...
February 20. 2022
Something for the trivia section or perhaps even the pastiche section this next unusual contribution. Frank Stewart contributed the following Ellery Queen problem in the daily bridge section of many a newspaper in 2004:
surveyed the lifeless body of
West, sprawled under the table
where he's played in a
high-stakes game. He'd been
conked with a pair of fire
"What happened on their last
deal, Dad?" Ellery asked.
"I think if you put the heat
on East, he'll confess," said
"I did it," howled East. "My
partner wouldn't kill the dummy
so I killed him."
I don't play bridge. So let this
be a challenge to our
readers. How well is
this put together? Are there references
in the solution that, at first
glance, are not apparent? You
can reach me by clicking on
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