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Q.B.I.: Covers added since April 2017: 21 better and 88 new covers. The latter corresponding with the red numerals in the list.
Latest additions made on September 8.:

Il mistero delle croci egizie - cover Italian edition, Periodici Mondadori, 1936Il Gatto Dalle Molte Code - cover Italian edition, Oscar Gialli, 29 nov 2016Il delitto alla Rovescia - cover Italian edition, Oscar Giallia, Mondadori, Nov 29 2016Il mistero delle croci egizie - cover Italian edition, Oscar Giallia, Mondadori, Nov 29 2016Il mistero di Capo Spagna - cover Italian edition, Oscar Giallia, Mondadori, Nov 29 2016Przeklęte miasto - Softcover Polish edition, Zysk i S-ka, 31 maart 2014Το μυστήριο των Σιαμαίων διδύμων - cover Greek edition, editions Viper, ΒΙΠΕΡ Νο 422, 1973Οι διπλοπρόσωποι - cover Greek edition, editions Viper ΒΙΠΕΡ, 1976

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
 
September 16. 2017 - April 18. 1999

There is no logical basis to do so but somehow all characters in the radio plays were played by actors who physically resembled them. This is very much so for
Sergeant Thomas Velie. George Mathews, a stocky man with a heavy brow, pug nose and distinctively protruding lower lip, played toughs from a variety of eras.
On radio's The Adventures of Ellery Queen George played Sergeant Velie for two episodes in June 1947.  George was heared two weeks on the episodes "The Green Gorillas" and "The Sky Pirates" before Ed Latimer reclaimed the role. ... (click on picture for more) George Matthews  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
September 1. 2017

Sergeant Thomas Velie made his entrance in the Queen-saga with
the words 'What's up, Doyle?' in The Roman Hat Mystery where he is introduced to us as a tall man in plain clothes. He is addressed by Inspector Queen in a rather fatherly way as 'Thomas'. Whilst the faithful sergeant addresses Ellery as 'maestro'.
Velie aka
" the tall one with the sledgehammer hands and the rumbling voice.." still has (largely through the Hutton TV-series) somewhat of a cult following.
The first actor to portray the Sergeant in the hour long first radio series (1939) was Howard Smith. As a balding, heavy-set American character actor, he relocated to Hollywood in 1946 and specialized in judges, police officers, corporate bigwigs and assorted choleric authoritarians ... (click on the picture for more...) Howard Smith  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ... 
August 17. 2017

It gives us great pleasure to be able to announce that Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's website is now updated. The new site has kept enough of the feel of the previous site to make you feel right at home.

For us this is the signal to launch our updated "Whodunit" section. Our extended 15 page section now contains not 1 but 3 pages on EQMM. One page on the magazine's history, one with more background on several editors in chief, publishers,... and finally an extensive view of it's international appeal. This also includes a wonderful overview of ALL international editions of "The World's leading Mystery Magazine".
The pages on pastiches, homage's,... also have been revised... . In short enough to keep you pleasantly occupied for hours!!
August 6. 2017

In assembling the detailed biography pages
of most of the actors who played Ellery Queen in various shows I often go about this as would a person working out a jigsaw puzzle. The end result is assembled piece by piece. The reason for this is that that
background information isn't always readily available and at often it has not previously been attempted for the actor at issue.
This isn't so for actor Peter Lawford. There are plenty of resources concerning Lawford's life and career.
So my modus operandi here has to be compared to that of a sculptor. I start with a big block of rock and from that I can carve back to the end result. Peter Lawford certainly played a remarkable part in American film history.
His contribution to the Queen canon came late in his career when Universal Pictures prepared a 2 hour pilot Ellery Queen, Don't Look Behind You in 1971, with a new EQ series in mind. Lawford played Ellery Queen as an over-aged, mod "Swinging London" hipster. The Inspector, played by Harry Morgan, was in fact so close to Lawford's age that he became Peter's uncle in the pilot. Perhaps all for the best, this series was never to be (click on the picture for more...) Peter Lawford -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
 

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 on the San Marino stamp.
(From the 'Whodunit' section)
 
July 1. 2017

The in-depth pages on many of the actors who played a part in Ellery Queen media are somewhat 'archeological' in nature. The information has been gathered over a long period of time through newspaper clippings, articles,... Cross reference with the few online sources reveals that at time some of the basic facts, dates just aren't correct. That wasn't really the next installment in this series: Lee Philips. What was astonishing was how little information is available on an actor who once was very popular ...
Lee Philips starred opposite Lana Turner in the film adaptation of Peyton Place. Past the halfway point of The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen series (1958), he took over as Ellery Queen, who Philips portrayed as a man of awareness and compassion.  ... (click on the picture for more...) Lee Philips -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
June 21. 2017

The Finishing Stroke - The Finishing Stroke - cover eBook edition,JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, February15. 2017JABberwocky 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 (see covers). These downloads are available through the usual channels listed on their own page here.

The Devil to Pay - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 16. 2017The Door Between - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017Face to Face - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 16. 2017The Four of Hearts - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017The Murderer is a Fox - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017The Scarlet Letters - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017Halfway House - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 16. 2017There was an Old Woman - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017
 
June 17. 2017

We are proud to announce the next inductee into the West 87th Street Irregulars -- noted author of many mystery stories, including Ellery Queen pastiches and all-around Ellery Queen scholar Josh Pachter

The West 87th Street Irregulars in the Ellery Queen canon originated with Richard Queen's starring role in Inspector Queen’s Own Case. There Ellery’s august father recruits a band of experts to help him unravel the mystery at hand. On this website the 87th Street Irregulars are a band of established EQ experts and fans who collectively have committed themselves to the preservation and revival of Ellery Queen. As such, each inductee has an established interest in the works of Ellery Queen and a recognized contribution to the Queen canon. Collectively the Irregulars share the goal of making Ellery Queen once again a vibrant and recognized name in detective fiction, especially in the United States.
Josh has clearly demonstrated all of the requisites for admission, as is evident from the introduction and indeed his own article provided here. So without further ado, herewith is more about Josh, together with an article he has included for publication on this website. (click on the picture for more...) Josh Pachter  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
June 16. 2017
We just found out that on May 13. Charlotte Pehrson aka Charlotte Keane passed away in New York. She was 97.

Charlotte played Nikki Porter in the 7th radio season of Ellery Queen (1946-1947). A role she reprised both, in '48, when Ford Theatre re-ran a first season (one hour long) episode "Bad Boy", and again in the 1954-56 television series. ... (click on picture for more).
Charlotte Keane  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
 

A challenge to the reader
: if you think you could add additional
information (even corrections) please do so... You can reach us by What we don't know and you just might...clicking on "Uncle Sam". We've always appreciate corrections and additional information, however small the detail may be.

 
May 27. 2017

Again another addition to the biographies in the Ellery Queen section of the 'List of Suspects', this time of the actor Eddie Quillan.

I've developed a special fondness for vaudevillians. This wonderful, yet harsh profession provided entertainment for the masses around the turn of the Twentieth Century. With its wide scope vaudeville is difficult to categorize, although it's imprints have survived into 21st century entertainment -- one need look no further than circus acts, musical theatre, and stand-up comedy. In the hey-day of vaudeville performers had to rely largely on their own skills to hone their craft and earn a living. Many didn't do so well, particularly as tastes changed and entertainment options expanded with new technologies. But those who did often managed to survive in other forms of entertainment (radio, movies, and television).

Ellery Queen fans have vaudeville to thank for a few of the distinguished character actors who went on to appear in various EQ opuses, such as Charley Grapewin, James Burke and Florenz Ames. No coincidence that all of those actors were born late in the 19th Century and learned their craft during the golden age of vaudeville. As was also the case with Ted De Corsia, Eddie Quillan wasn't. He was born in 1907, and honed his trade in performances in as early as 1914, when vaudeville was closer to its demise. Just before the actual decline of vaudeville Quillan was able to make the jump to silent movies, and from there to the "talkies."
Unfortunately this talented performer was woefully miscast as Ellery Queen in 'The Mandarin Mystery' (1937). One can hardly blame Quillan alone for this, however, since it was Republic that opted to play our favorite detective "for laughs." ... (click on picture for more)  Eddie Quillan  -- CLICK FOR MORE -
May 21. 2017

After my visit last September to EQMM 75th Anniversary Symposium I did provide a report on the event. But I also made two (unfulfilled) promises:
An expansion of the EQMM page in the Whodunit section of this site. But also a new page explaining navigation in throughout site, including ways to access the hidden information embedded throughout Ellery Queen -- A Website on Deduction (This is, after all a site based on mysteries!)
I'm repeating this promise as a note to myself. Keep watching this space.
Meanwhile we did add a new biography to the Ellery Queen section of the 'List of Suspects':
Adding the biography for Howard Culver was special because we had the help of his daughters, Katherine and Patricia Culver...  In April-May 1948 Howard became the last actor to play Ellery Queen in the US radio series. Jokingly he later his told his daughters he 'killed" Ellery Queen. ...
(click on picture for more)
Howard Culver -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
May 1. 2017

It's not often we can report finding interesting new articles on Ellery Queen books online. However this time we did found such an article. On his blog Noach's Archives, Noah Stewart provides us with "Not The Top Ten: Ellery Queen". Be warned though it does contain a few spoilers.

A slightly older post but equally interesting is Robert Latona's The Case of the Two-Headed Author. As good an introduction as you can get...
April 23. 2017

We celebrate our 18th Birthday here at 'Ellery Queen a website on deduction' by adding a biography one the first film actors to portray Ellery Queen. In The Spanish Cape Mystery, a low-budget 1935 mystery Donald Cook plays Ellery Queen in a low-key, poker-faced fashion, which may not be terribly exciting but is actually closer to the original concept than most of the movie Queens. Cook's flirtatious Ellery is unrelated to any Ellery Queen novel.
Donald's biography has now been added to the site. Again with some surprises. Cook appears to have been married twice and had a daughter from his first short marriage. ...
Read more about this actor by clicking on his picture...
Donald Cook  -- CLICK FOR MORE --

 Recommended

  • Columbia University’s Butler Library Presented an Exhibition and Symposium Honoring EQMM’s 75th Anniversary

    The EQMM 75th Anniversary Exhibition was on view from Sep 26 to Dec 23 2016 in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor East. Included were some of founding editor Frederic Dannay's cor- respondence with several of the most important writers of the 20th century, as well as some of his edited manuscripts (from the Frederic Dannay papers, which are housed at the library), as well as original drawings for some of the magazine’s early covers and selections from the correspon- dence of EQMM’s second editor, Eleanor Sullivan.(full report here)

  • Rose Koppel Dannay's re-published 2010 memoir of her years with Fred Dannay. "It is not too much to say that Rose saved Fred's life," as she enabled him to enjoy the status of mystery elder statesman earned by more than forty years of shaping stories that broadened the reach of mystery fiction."
    Perfect Crime Books, Feb 7. 2016

  • 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.

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