pastiche in EQMM called "Literally Dead" and it involved a return to that New England town who's town square was in fact round... There we find Ellery investigating the mysterious death of a well known author. Wrightsville, a locked room and a dying message! What more could we ask for!
(To hear Dale Andrews reading his story “Literally Dead,” click on the EQMM podcast icon ....)
|In honor of the 75th anniversary (2015-2016) of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Rand B. Lee posted a very enjoyable pastiche on Facebook "The Polish Chicken Mystery". In Which Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, and Ellery Queen Attempt to Solve the Baffling Mystery, "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?"|
Barnard draws our attention to a
from 2009 to 2016. The main
character's name was Richard
Castle. Burt points out this was
a mystery writer who teamed up
with a New York City police
detective to solve crimes.
A castle is synonymous with a rook, which, like the queen (relevant for our purposes), is also a chess piece. The central character was also a mystery writer and, like Ellery, he solved crimes with a police officer relative. This time it was a woman police officer, who later became his wife.
I did have a quick look at the Wikipedia page, which states that Richard Castle in the series is looking for a new main character for his new book series: "Nikki Heat." Our Nikki Porter would likely be appreciative!
When Josh Pachter
began work on Misadventures
(2017), he re-read The
Tragedy of Errors and got inspired when he found
three cases for something Ellery Queen
called "The Puzzle Club".
There were five Puzzle Club stories in all. The three collected in Tragedy of Errors were first published in 1971, “The Three Students” and “The Odd Man” in Playboy and “The Honest Swindler” in The Saturday Evening Post. (The other two were older, first published in 1965 — “The Little Spy” in Cavalier and “The President Regrets” in Diners’ Club Magazine — and reprinted in 1968 in Q.E.D.: Queen’s Experiments in Detection.)
His idea for a brief puzzle story seemed well suited for the Puzzle Club, so he wrote it up, titled it “A Study in Scarlett!” and submitted it to EQMM. Janet Hutchings liked it, got approval by the Dannay and Lee heirs and it appeared in EQMM’s May/June 2019 issue.
Enjoying the experience Josh set out to write four more Puzzle Club pastiches, and then after they’d all been published in EQMM, collected the original five and his new five in a single volume: The Puzzle Club, by Ellery Queen and Josh Pachter. Janet liked the idea in principle, and Richard Dannay, who represents the heirs, was enthusiastic.
Above right : In October 2022 Crippen and Landru published these stories in combination with Ellery Queen's original Puzzle Club stories. Click on the cover to read more in the Q.B.I section ...
Since the first Puzzle Club story’s title is a Sherlock Holmes pun (on A Study in Scarlet), he thought it might be fun to use Holmesian puns for the subsequent stories in the series — and, since the first one puns on a Holmes title that involves a color, I thought it might be extra fun to continue in that vein.
His second Puzzle Club story, in the January/February 2020 issue of EQMM, is called “The Adventure of the Red Circles” (punning on “The Adventure of the Red Circle”), and the third, “The Adventure of the Black-and-Blue Carbuncle” (from “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”)appeared in November/December 2020 issue .
Unsure what to call the fourth one, several other Sherlockian color titles came to mind (“The Five Orange Pips,” “The Adventure of the Yellow Face,” and “The Adventure of Black Peter.”) Josh finally settled on "The Five Orange Pipes" (EQMM Jan/Feb 2021). For the fifth, he is going to use one more Sherlock Holmes pun, but this time without a color. In 1917, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a Holmes story called “His Last Bow,” and Josh plans to call this Puzzle Club story “Their Last Bow.”
|September 2019 Dale C. Andrews received a contract from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine for his fourth short story, titled "Four Words," this Ellery Queen pastiche appeared in the September/October 2020 issue. J.J. Mc Cue appears as a main character.|
who points out the BBC series
(2023), to him is a sort of an updated version of the EQ series from '75
. Marco says that he immediately felt a strong EQ flavour watching the
very first episode. He sets out his arguments as follows:
"First of all, it's a whodunit - a classic one, I should say, with a light comedy touch - but it's true that there are other shows of this kind around today (it seems that the whodunit is experiencing a small renaissance on TV and streaming).
But the true ingredient that struck me and made me jump in my armchair while watching the show (and my wife as well) is Kris Marshall, who plays DI Humphrey Goodman: this very tall man, his poses, gestures, gazes, his whole acting, brightly reminded me of Jim Hutton as Ellery.
I could also add, for the Queen-verse sake, that the small imaginary town of Shipton Abbot (set in real Looe, South Cornwall) where the stories take place could resemble Wrightsville, but this would be going too far.
I don't know if the creators or writers of the show did this on purpose, but I'm quite sure that this flavor exists - and can be smelt.
No inspector, no challenge to the watcher, but anyway, Kris Marshall alone is more than enough to cause this sort of déjà vu effect - a pleasant one, indeed."
Marco goes on:; "Beyond Paradise is actually a spin-off of Death in Paradise, a similar whodunit series set in a fictional Caribbean island running for nearly 12 years now. DI Humphrey Goodman - the Elleryan protagonist of Beyond Paradise played by Kris Marshall - appears in seasons 3-6 (2014-17), 30 episodes which are mostly about "impossible" crimes or bizarre ones.
In my opinion, even if in Beyond Paradise the Queen flavour is stronger, I find it's already there."
Queen is probably the only author who
"The Norwegian Apple Mystery",
In the first Robert
Arthur's "The 51st Sealed Room" (EQMM October 1951)
begins at an MWA meeting in New York, with a number of inside-jokes and
comments of special interest to mystery authors and goes on to murder.
One of the authors he pays homage to is EQ. There is mention of EQMM's annual contest. Also, someone who has come
up with an idea for locked room story says: "...when Carr and Queen
and the others upstairs read it, they'll wonder why they didn't think of
In 2002 Taku
of Q aka The Adventure of The Two Man with Black Masks
(Q no Higeki - Mata wa Futari no Kurofukumen no Boken
in Mystery League, Tor Books).
Cotswinkel's dead body is found in his research room in the Detroit
Public Library. The last person who spoke with the professor claims he
said he had just met Ellery Queen. But which one?
two "Queens" in town since both Lee and Dannay posing as
Queen and Barnaby Ross
are present to
speak. In true style
and Barnaby Ross, solve the crime live in front of
their captivated public! (Ho-Ling Wong)
In Masatoshi Saito aka Steven Queen 's "Drury" (2012) one of the Queens cousins gets involved in a car accident and is found by Annie, who also happens to be Barnaby Ross's greatest fan (and she hates Ellery Queen). Having found the name card of Barnaby Ross among her patient's possessions (thus finding out that he is Ross), she tells "Ross" that she is not happy with the conclusion of Drury Lane's Last Case and forces him to write a continuation that suits her taste. A really funny story, because it plays perfectly with the confusion that arose from having the two cousins playing both Ellery Queen and Barnaby Ross. The moment Annie begins to think that her patient Ross is actually Queen is both terrifying and hilarious at the same time! The continued stories of Drury Lane are also good for a great laugh. "Drury" is also an effective Misery (Stephen King) parody and does contain heavy spoilers for Drury Lane's Last Case.(Ho-Ling Wong)
Above: (L to R) NYPD’s Inspector Queen gives Zenigata a lift in Lupin III part 6 episode 3
Lupin III (Japanese: ルパン三世,
Hepburn: Rupan Sansei), also written as Lupin the Third, Lupin the
3rd, or Lupin the IIIrd, is a Japanese manga series. It follows the
endeavors of master thief Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of Arsène Lupin,
the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc's series of novels.
In Part 6 Episode 3 titled, “Adventure Along the (Bogus) Transcontinental Railroad,” (Nov. 2021) brought in Inspector Queen from the Ellery Queen series. He even has 'nephews' along in the form of aspiring detective lads named after the real-world cousins who originally created the character.
Lupin and his gang head towards Lord Marquess’ estate to steal a historically significant ticket. The Inspector chaperons his nephews, Manfred and Frederic. The two are cousins but have the same interests of being detectives and being attracted to young women. Manfred and Frederic are roaming around the streets of England when they stumble upon a beautiful woman who enters the Marquess estate. They’re pretty disappointed but soon discover a parade for the President of South Ahud Republic, welcoming him to the railway enthusiasts’ party. This parade is their ticket to get inside the estate and reunite with the gorgeous lady. She is revealed to be Fujiko, and Lupin is disguised as the President and meets Morton, disguised as Marquess. Lupin hurries to save Fujiko and finds her head tied to the railway tracks. The train is shortly going to arrive, slicking off Fujiko’s head. Queen and his nephews find her in time and suggest cutting her hair off since there was no time to waste. Fujiko is saved but has to give up the stolen ticket. Zenigata and Queen arrest Morton, and the nephews are seen with kiss marks on their cheeks...
Above: (L to R) Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee meet their uncle Inspector Queen.
|The English/Japanese voice actors for Inspector Queen, Manfred Lee and Frederic Dannay are Bob Carter/Yutaka Nakano, Matt Shipman/Shuhei Sakaguchi and Tommy Arciniega/Satoshi Nakao) respectively.|
Queen, editor of his mystery magazine wasn't spared.
plays a pivotal role in several short stories concerning stories submitted
to the magazine. The earliest example might be found in
Baynard Kendrick's article on true-crime articles "The Case of the
(EQMM March 1947) which was introduced
by Clayton Rawson in the style of a Dannay the editor, it also included
extremely detailed footnotes questioning Kendrick's style
Alice: George, listen. Clementine was
Alice solves the crime, gets the story into
EQMM and...doesn't divorce George...
the most famous tribute to EQMM came in 2004
when David Koepp's
Window with Johnny Depp
was released. The film was based on the novella "Secret Window, Secret Garden"
by Stephen King, and
can be found in the anthology Four past
Midnight. (we also find Timothy Hutton in the
After having found out his wife was cheating on him, Morton Rainey gets on with his, somewhat depressing, life in a secluded cabin deep in the woods of Upstate New York. One day a stranger comes to his door. This man, John Shooter, claims Rainey has plagiarized his story "Sowing Season" into "Secret Window, Secret Garden" which made it into EQMM. Shooter gives Mort three days to proof that his story existed before the Shooter story. No surprise, given the author, that events take a darker turn from here on...
In case you're wondering: there was no Morton Rainey story in EQMM, but EQMM did at least highlight this tribute with at least one edition (June 2004).
EQMM celebrated the magazine's 75th anniversary in 2016. The August 2016 issue holds Joseph Goodrich's story called "The Ten-Cent Murder" and features Fred Dannay as a sleuth. It is set in the early 1950s when Dashiell Hammett was teaching mystery writing at The Jefferson School of Social Science in Manhattan. Dannay was an occasional guest in Hammett's classroom. In the story there's been a murder at the school and Dannay is asked to solve it...It involves a dying clue, which is right up his alley.
More and more the name and work of Ellery Queen
has become significant and influential. Which resulted in his name being lend to