ollowing a discussion in March 2002 in a
readers forum regarding the novel
on the Eighth Day
Dale Andrews tried his hand at writing a "new" form of
pastiche. It provides an epilogue to the existing story. Dale has been so
kind allowing me to put it here. It comes, of course, with a spoiler warning so
... if you haven't read
the original story look away now!
Maxwell E. Siegel's "Once Upon a Crime" was written in 1951 but was publicized much later in 2007 (Old-time Detection Issue N°16 ) it had all Ellery Queen characters (including JJMcC) reappearing and it had Ellery deciding to have, next to his own name, three "non-existent names" on his plate glass of his office at 545 Fifth Avenue: Frederic Dannay, Manfred B. Lee and Barnaby Ross". Nikki reverted to being called Sheila Brent and Mrs. Ellery Queen appears to be Paula Paris! Lee wrote to Mr. Siegel that despite the story's merits: "... this is the one kind of story we simply may not consider. For the editor to glorify himself in his own publication is unthinkable, not to say poor business."
In the September/October 2009 edition of EQMM we find a prequel to "The Book Case" by Dale C. Andrews, entitled "The Mad Hatter's Riddle." Set in 1975, Ellery is called to Hollywood to serve as an advisor on the NBC Ellery Queen series for the filming of "The Mad Tea Party" episode, which fans will remember was the only episode in the series based on an authentic Ellery Queen story. Unfortunately (no surprise!) things go very wrong on the set ...
"And you, El, are also looking fit. Still
writing those convoluted whodunits?
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine also put up a teaser on this page...where the story was excerpted.
Leverage is an American
television drama series on TNT that premiered in
December 2008. Leverage follows a five-person team of
professional thieves, computer experts and con artists,
headed up by former insurance investigator, Nathan Ford,
who use their skills to right corporate and governmental
injustices inflicted on common citizens.
is played by Timothy
Hutton, to us of course the son of the late Jim Hutton.
Leverage ran for 5 seasons, on July 7.
2011 in the second episode
"The 10 Li'l Grifters Job" a Murder Mystery
the opportunity for a tribute to EQ or the character Jim
portrayed him in the 70s.
Timothy has been mentioned here and in several other fora as being "perfect" for the lead for a new Ellery Queen series... so it seems natural for him to dress up in his fathers EQ costume (or close enough) as "Ellery Queen: World's Greatest Detective". Sadly other than the appearance of Timothy Hutton dressed up as EQ no other references are made to the work of Dannay/Lee.
David Marcum had a JJMcC moment when he wrote the introduction to The Papers of Sherlock Holmes (2011) in it he describes how he found Watson's notebook containing original untold Sherlock Holmes cases in his aunt's house! David told us he tried to write in Watson's traditional voice. Ellery is mentioned in a very small way at the end of the book, in one of those Untold Tales that Watson refers to but never actually writes. In this case, it is in reference to an investigation in which Ellery and the Inspector, along with several other of the Great Detectives, helped Holmes and Watson during a time they were in New York.
December 2013 welcomed another Dale C. Andrews 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?"
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.)
The central concept of the five-story EQ miniseries — which Isaac Asimov later co-opted for his much longer run of Black Widowers stories — was that six friends gathered at irregular intervals for a gourmet dinner, but before sitting down to eat one member of the group was ensconced in what was called “the Puzzle Chair,” and the other five presented an invented mystery for the evening’s designated solver to tackle.
The group consisted of Syres (a wealthy oilman, whose Park Avenue penthouse was the setting for the club’s meetings), Darnell (a criminal attorney, known as “the rich man’s Clarence Darrow”), Dr. Vreeland (a noted psychiatrist), Emmy Wandermere (the Pulitzer Prize winning poet), Dr. Arkavy (the Nobel-winning biochemist) … and, of course, Ellery Queen (the famous novelist and sleuth). The five stories share several common elements: Dr. Arkavy is always absent (off lecturing at an assortment of international conferences and symposia), it’s always Ellery’s turn to sit in the Puzzle Chair, and each story is interrupted by the classic Queen “Challenge to the Reader,” in which we mere mortals are given the opportunity to match our wits with Ellery’s.
"My first thought was to pick up where Dannay and Lee left off and set my own Puzzle Club story in 1972. But at the same time I was working on this story, I was also writing one to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the appearance of my own first contribution to EQMM, in which the protagonist of my first story is now fifty years older and challenged by the memory of a murder he failed to solve fifty years previously.
With that in mind, I decided to set my Puzzle Club story in the present day, too, making the regular characters fifty years older than they were when last we saw them. And I also decided that it was about time Dr. Arkavy put in an appearance."
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, intends collecting 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.
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, which will also appear in EQMM is called “The Adventure of the Black-and-Blue Carbuncle” (from “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”).
Still unsure what to call the fourth one, for which other Sherlockian color titles come to mind (“The Five Orange Pips,” “The Adventure of the Yellow Face,” and “The Adventure of Black Peter.”) 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.”
In this final pastiche, he wants to make it impossible for anyone ever to write another one. "No, I’m not going to kill Ellery — I wouldn’t want to have his death on my conscience, and the heirs and Janet would never let me do it, even if I did want to. But something’s going to happen that will bring the series to a logical and inevitable conclusion." (4)
September 2019 Dale C. Andrews received a contract from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine for his latest short story. The story, titled "Four Words," will be his fourth Ellery Queen pastiche.
Queen is probably the only author who
became the leading
character in a mystery pastiche.
James Holding, who wrote the
juveniles wrote a series of pastiches, estimable mysteries in their own
right. In these series King Danforth and Martin Leroy creators of
the detective "Leroy King" solve crimes on their own during a
round-the-world-tour. The titles of these stories evocated the early
"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 Ashibe wrote Tragedy of Q aka The Adventure of The Two Man with Black Masks (Q no Higeki - Mata wa Futari no Kurofukumen no Boken , published in Mystery League, Tor Books). Professor 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? There are two "Queens" in town since both Lee and Dannay posing as Ellery Queen and Barnaby Ross are present to speak. In true style Ellery Queen 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)
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
murdered, and I
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).
In the spring of 2013
Joe Goodrich had the short
Mr.Queen" published in the MWA anthology The
Mystery Box, edited by Brad Meltzer ...
Joe already made 2012 a special year by editing Blood
Relations: the selected letters of Ellery Queen
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.
On 8/31/16 EQMM's blog, Something is Going to Happen featured Arthur Vidro’s delightful, “The Mistake on the Cover of EQMM #1” In celebration of the magazine’s 75th anniversary, the story included a “Challenge to the Reader,” which EQMM editor Janet Hutchings then turned into a contest. Although several names are used only EQMM as such is a real reference. The story itself had many Easter Eggs, some of which are easy enough but some might surprise you. If you couldn't find them all the blog provided us not only the solution to the story but also with "Easter in the Autumn" by Josh Pachter. Josh waists no time pointing us to the basket full of Easter Eggs.
More and more the name and work of Ellery Queen
has become significant and influential. Which resulted in his name being lend to
William Brittain wrote "The Man who Read Ellery Queen" (EQMM Dec 1965) about Arthur Mindy, an alert 80 year old who is admitted to an old age home with the one treasured possession - his complete collection of the Queen canon. He solves a crime at the home a la EQ by use of pure logic and is rewarded by the compliment of being told: "Thank you, Mr. Queen".
"Death of Mallory Queen" by Lawrence
Block (1984, Like a Lamb to the Slaughter; also 1999, First
Cases 3) is a story about Chip Harrison and his employer Leo Haig.
The set-up is that mystery magazine publisher Mavis Mallory visits Haig and
hires him to solve her upcoming murder. Haig assembles all of the suspects
(one of which is called Lotte Benzler), along with two cops, in his home
office and reveals what the reader can only guess at. Leo models himself on
Nero Wolfe and the the victim's nickname, "The Mallory Queen," is a nod to
an icon of the industry.