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Ellery Queen Junior (1942 - 1966)

Since all of the juveniles were ghostwritten, for a long time authorship remained a close-kept secret. We do know Lee edited the books. Pulp fiction writer Frank Belknap Long (1901-1994) has admitted writing at least two unfortunately without mentioning the titles. Mike Nevins identified them as The Golden Eagle Mystery and The Green Turtle Mystery.

Samuel (Duff) McCoy (1882-1964) wrote six juveniles: The Black Dog Mystery, The Red Chipmunk Mystery, The Brown Fox Mystery, The White Elephant Mystery, The Yellow Cat Mystery and The Blue Herring Mystery.
Sub ghosts may exist since a first edition of The Red Chipmunk Mystery is known to exist with the following inscription " Rhinebeck, NY Aug. 31/48 For Karen Rose from the only real ghost who had anything to do with this book- Harold Montanye". (Thank you Jeffrey Marks)

Nine mysteries have Djuna as main character and can be called the 'Djuna-series'. In  the 60s a pauze in the series was introduced when James Holding was contracted as Ellery Queen, Jr. The first two book 'alliterations' featured Gulliver Queen, nephew of famous detective, in the leading role and were issued by Golden Press with their distinctive blue-diamond spine. The Djuna series was reprised by Holding in 1966 with The Purple Bird Mystery. The interruption in the series between 1954 and 1966 probably explains why the ninth (and last) title is harder to find. James aroused the ire of Lee by farming out the writing of at least one book to a 'sub-ghost'. Which has made establishing authorship even worse.

''Ellery Queen is one of the world’s finest detectives, but his adventures are nothing compared to the Ellery Queen Jr. Mystery Stories. Join Queen’s apprentice, Djuna, and his trusty Scottie, Champ, on adventures filled with danger, suspense, and thrills.''

Djuna serie:
The Black Dog Mystery
(1942)
The Golden Eagle Mystery (1942)
The Green Turtle Mystery (1944)
The Red Chipmunk Mystery (1946)
The Brown Fox Mystery (1948)
The White Elephant Mystery (1950)
The Yellow Cat Mystery (1952)
The Blue Herring Mystery (1954)

                  Gulliver serie:
                  The Mystery of the Merry Magician (1961)
                  The Mystery of the Vanished Victim (1962)

The Purple Bird Mystery (1966)

The Mystery of the Merry Magician - Q.B.I. The Mystery of the Vanished Victim - Q.B.I. The Purple Bird Mystery - Q.B.I.

Uncollected Short Stories (1956- 1971)

Radio script adaptations

Since the publication of The Tragedy of Errors (1999), which featured some uncollected stories, the only short stories which were never compiled are these radio script adaptations.

  • Adventure of the Frightened Star (radio) (EQMM, Spring/42)
  • Adventure of the Mark of Cain (radio) (The Pocket Mystery Reader, Pocket Books 172, 1942)
  • Adventure of the Meanest Man in the World (radio) (EQMM, 7/42)
  • Adventure of the Mouse's Blood (radio) (EQMM, 9/42)
  • Adventure of the Good Samaritan (radio) (EQMM, 11/42)
  • Adventure of the Fire-Bug (radio) (EQMM, 3/43)
  • Adventure of the Man Who Could Double the Size of Diamonds (radio) (EQMM, 5/43)
  • Adventure of the Murdered Ship (script from EQMM, 7/43)
  • Adventure of the Blind Bullet (radio) (EQMM, 9/43)
  • Adventure of the One-Legged Man (radio) (EQMM, 11/43)
  • Adventure of the Wounded Lieutenant (radio) (EQMM, 7/44)
  • The Disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore (radio) (from The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1944)
  • Ellery Queen, Swindler (radio) (Rogue's Gallery, 1945)

American Weekly insert

Said to have been more Manfred's doing. Over the years several 'true crimes" were published in American Weekly, an insert in several journals.  Written especially for The American Weekly. Initially they started with elaborate descriptions from the "Case Book Of True Mysteries" soon to be followed by series of more 'fictionilized' reports of true events.
Several distinct series are to be recognized. "The Big City Police Files" (done by several authors) is one of the first soon followed by 'Ellery Queen's International Crime File' . This series had cases which '... have been drawn both from official archives and confidential sources.'  Mr. Queen usually conceals key identities under fictitious names but in this article, because the case is a well-know and recent one, he has not done so." The best of them were compiled into International Casebook (1954-55). As of November 4th 1956 'Crimes of Passion'  started to be followed by another series called 'The Woman in the Case' (February 16. 1958) which also had it's 'best of' collected in The Woman in the Case (1958-59). The last series wasn't collected as such, published under the header 'Masterpieces of Crime Detection' some stories were included in the previous collection.

     "Death of a Don Juan"
       
   American Weekly (September 14, 1952)
          " Many Clues made a famous mystery of the Joseph Elwell Murder Case and
           started a new school of detective fiction
." The Elwell case has been used as the
           basis of many crime novels. Supposedly this case resulted in the formation of
           the writing partnership of Ellery Queen.

    "The Taylor Case" (The Murder Hollywood Can't Forget)
       
   American Weekly (October 26, 1952)
           reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Murder by Richard Glyn Jones as
           "Hollywood's Most Baffling Murder"
          
It was an article on the life and death of William Desmond Taylor, a top
           Paramount film director in early Hollywood who was shot to death on
           February 1, 1922. His unsolved murder was one of Hollywood's major
           scandals. This is the famous killing also involved Mable Normand and Mary
           Miles Minter. Ellery Queen seems to have relied primarily on Sutherland's 1929
           Liberty article.
           With art by Bill Baker.

      

       "The Grammar Case" (a fascinating look at a famous murder)
             American Weekly (September 13, 1953
)
             Murder from "Big City Police Files - Baltimore". This story starts with the
             line:
'As you read this a young man sits in a  small room in an old stone
             building in Baltimore City, thinking...

       "The Lake Palourde Case"
            American Weekly (October 11, 1953
)
            Murder from "Big City Police Files - New Orleans"

        "The Case of Terror in Texas"
            American Weekly (November 8. 1953
)
            From the "Big City Police files - Dallas"  with art by Robert Patterson.

        "The Lethal Lady"
            American Weekly (February 7. 1954
)
            From the "Big City Police files - Los Angeles" the story of 'lethal lady' Louise
            Bosley Peete Judson

           "Mrs. Holmes Solves A Murder"
             American Weekly (March 7, 1954
)
             From the "Big City Police files - St.Louis"  with art by Birney Lettick.

       

           "The Black Swan Murder Case"
            American Weekly (July 25, 1954
)
 
            The case from the year before that involved Anna Maria Moneta Caglio (the
             Black Swan) and the murder of Wilma Montesi. A great short that mixes wild
             parties with police bribery, dope, an ex-Nazi spy, and an amateur detective.

      "The Love Slaves Orissa"
        
 American Weekly (September 19, 1954)
             The Police of India unearth an evil cult...

      "Mystery of the Crambling Road"
         
American Weekly (October  3, 1954)

      "Murderin' Lovers Lane"
         
American Weekly (October  24, 1954)
             with art by Louis Glanzman.

      "The Two-Way Clue"
        
 American Weekly (October 31, 1954)
            
with art by Louis Glanzman.

      "Murder at the Tea Party"
        
 American Weekly (November  7, 1954)
            "Why did four killers break in a house full of chattering women"

            "Dream Cottage Murder"
           American Weekly (November 14, 1954) 
              It involves the murder of  Melvin Clark, alleged wife swapping parties and the
              accusation of Clark's wife, Lorraine Clark, as the killer.

         

         "Crimes of Passion"
         
(#1
The Taxi Dancer and the Homesick Highlander)
             American Weekly (
November 4, 1956)

         "Murder After Forty"
             American Weekly (
November 11, 1956)

      "The Terrible Avenger of Karos Island"
          American Weekly (November 18, 1956)
            
reprinted in Weekend (Feb 6 ,1960)

      "The Persistent Killer"
          American Weekly (November 25, 1956)

      "The Girl Who Went Too Far"
          
 American Weekly (December 2, 1956)

       "The Trail of Broken Hearts"
             American Weekly (December 9, 1956) 

      "Murder over Mt.Torment"
          American Weekly (December 16, 1956)

      "The Wife Who Wouldn't Let Go"
           
 American Weekly (January 6, 1957)
             She promised 'Till dead do us part' - and meant it.
             with art by Robert Moore.

       "4 Short Cuts To Love"
           
American Weekly (January 13, 1957)
            with art by Rocco Lolito.

       "The Body in Trunk"
           
American Weekly (January 20, 1957)

       "Why These Boys Killed Their Father"
           
American Weekly (January 27, 1957)
            with art by John McClelland.

       "The Strange Case Of Napoleon Caproni"
           
American Weekly (February 03, 1957)
            with art by Bob Hilbert.

       "10 Graves for the Pretty Widow"
           
American Weekly (February 10, 1957)
            with art by Robert Moore.

       "The Tennis Racket Murder"
            American Weekly (February 17 1957)
            with art by Bob Hilbert

      "The Diabolical Lover"
            American Weekly (February 24 1957) 

      "The Strange Case of the Mad Sculptor"
            American Weekly (March 10, 1957)

      "The Friendly Killers"
            American Weekly (March 24, 1957)
            with art by Roy Besser.

        "The Girl Who Had Never Been Kissed"
            American Weekly (March 31, 1957)

      "The Murder in the Underground"
           American Weekly (April 7, 1957) 

      "Sence of Guilt"
            American Weekly (April 14, 1957) 

       "Love at Second Sight"
            American Weekly (April 28, 1957) 

      "The Girl Who Wouldn't Go Steady"
            American Weekly (May 5, 1957) 
            "She was only 16 and too innocent to understand that a mixture of
             puppy love and jealousy can be deadly".

      "Till Death did them Part"
            American Weekly (May 12, 1957) 

      "Who blew up Mr. Smith?"
            American Weekly (May 19, 1957) 
            Supposedly based on a true story which took place in Portland Oregon

        "Death of a Playboy"
            American Weekly (May 26, 1957)

            with art by Bob Hilbert.

      "Love in the Death House"
            American Weekly (June 2, 1957) 
 
           with art by Dick Kohfield.

      "The Clue of the Missing Hands"
           
American Weekly (November 24. 1957)
            with art by Arthur Sarnoff.

           

      "Two Routes to Murder"
           
American Weekly (October 26, 1958)
            Supposedly based on a true happening this shortstory is billed as the first in a
            series of real-life "Masterpieces of Crime Detection" It 's a story  about two
            small town cops who solve the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl.

       "Murder In The Cabbage Patch"
          
 American Weekly (November 2. 1958)

       "The Clue Of The Naughty Word"
           
American Weekly (November 9, 1958)

      "The Body in the Bathtub"
           
American Weekly (November 16. 1958)

      "Double Jeopardy"
           
American Weekly (November 30, 1958)

      "Clue of the Foxtail Grass"
           
American Weekly (December 7, 1958)

      "Clue of the Shattered Watch"
           
American Weekly (December 14, 1958)

       "The Hunt for the Phantom Gunman"
          
American Weekly (January 4, 1959)

       "The Baby-Sitter Murder"
          
American Weekly (January 11, 1959)

       "Murder with 18,000 Suspects"
          
American Weekly (February 8. 1959)

       "Murder by Proxy"
          
American Weekly (March 8, 1959)
           Case which was solved when a stubborn policeman bet his reputation on a
          
hunch which paid off handsomely for Capt. William R. Hanna of the
           Pennsylvania State Police.

       "The Red Herring Murder"
          
American Weekly (March 15, 1959)
           with art by Tran Mawicke.

        "The Firebug Murders"
          
American Weekly (April 5, 1959)

       "The Clue in the Wallet"
          
American Weekly (April 26, 1959)

       "Album of Death"
           
American Weekly (May 17. 1959)

Others...

    "Will the Oakes Murder Ever be Solved?"
         
Family Weekly (November 1. 1959)
          Bahamians claim to know who stole into Sir Harry's bedroom and bludgeoned
          and burned the hated millionaire: if so, why hasn't the island goverment acted?


    "Plunder and Death on the High Seas"
         
Official Detective Stories (October 1960)
          A great six-page story by Ellery Queen : it chronicles a non-fiction case
          investigated by Lt. Rene Raiole of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department
          in Key West, Florida. The case of Captain Boatwright and the stolen cabin
          cruiser Honiara and the hijacked Muriel III and ultimately murder!

     
"The Case of Colorado's Millionaire Brewer Coors"
          Official Detective Stories (February 1961)
          
A disappearance is solved with the discovery of a pile of bones, then a new
          mystery begins. A leading writer of detective stories tells the stranger-than-
          fiction, complete, fact-detective story of a wealthy man's disappearance and
          the tangled trail detectives followed until


   
"The Man Everybody Hated (Who Killed)"
         
Family Weekly (June 11. 1961)
          Serge Rubinstein was a cheat in love and business he used beautiful women
          and brilliant men as pawns - until the night an intruder entered his locked
          mansion and ended a legend in evil.


      
"A Specialist in Skulls"
           
Argosy (March 1963)
            The Master of mystery fiction turns his hand here to a murder that actually
            happened.
About forensic science. . .   Full page color painting by Lou
            Glanzman


         
"Big Dame Hunters" 
      
Man's Magazine, Vol.14, N° 4, April 1966

"Big Dame Hunters"  in Man's Magazine, Vol.14, Nr 4, April 1966

      "The Killer Who Had Body Ardor"
         
Man's Magazine, Vol. 14, No. 7, July 1966,

       "Sweet Assassins’ and the Liberation,"
         
The Blade Sunday Magazine, Feb 14. 1971,
            Syndicated Sunday supplement to Sunday Magazine.
            Detective Ellery Queen takes a look at the depth of women's rage and finds
            women's lib and female killers have some feelings in common
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