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Re: American Mystery Classics: ELLERY QUEEN

Last week, I read FACE TO FACE. It was my first Ellery Queen book and I enjoyed it very much. Although I was able to guess the murderer early on, the story was very entertaining and held my interest to the end. I do look forward to reading more Ellery Queen books in the near future.
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JeanHarrington wrote:
Becke, You have an encyclopedia here on Ellery Queen. Thanks for all the detailed information. Love it!

I'm still working my way through all these links. Some of them have an amazing amount of information!

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eadieburke wrote:
Last week, I read FACE TO FACE. It was my first Ellery Queen book and I enjoyed it very much. Although I was able to guess the murderer early on, the story was very entertaining and held my interest to the end. I do look forward to reading more Ellery Queen books in the near future.

I think the first one I read was the Roman Hat Mystery.

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Apparently some of those books I posted aren't true Ellery Queen novels:

 

http://www.elleryqueen.us/writings.html


Faux Ellery Queen Jr Novels


These short novels for children are published as by ‘Ellery Queen Jr’. Ellery does make at least a cameo appearance in a few of them. Listings include the identities of the ghost-writers. Reportedly Mr Holding farmed out at least one of his assignments to a lower-tier ghost, infuriating Manfred Lee.


The Black Dog Mystery
1942 (Samuel Duff McCoy)
Two boys, a girl, and one small dog, as a detective gang, make this a jolly and exciting mystery yarn for boys and girls. When there's a bank robbery in the country village where Djuna lives, and one of his dog's best friends gets shot in the escape, the boy makes up his mind he'll find out who did it. His chum and his dog Champ are in on the hunt and two heads and a keen nose are better than one. The boys remember something queer they noticed about a truck with a covered load that passed them on the road when they were going fishing. Clue follows clue, and when the Scottie gets himself all smeared with fresh paint, and Clarabelle spoils a picture, Djuna emerges as a regular Ellery Queen! Every boy and girl who likes dogs or mysteries will enjoy every page of this story, and fathers and mothers who follow the great Ellery Queen will enjoy starting their children right on Ellery Queen Jr!

The Golden Eagle Mystery
1942 (Frank Belknap Long)
What happened to the stone egg in the carved claw? What was the meaning of the faded ink message, ‘I have put the nest-egg where it be?’ Why should anyone steal and wreck the lobster boat named Patagonia? How did a carved cane get into the eagle's nest? That young ‘G-man’ with the odd name—Djuna—and his pal, Billy Reckless, piece together the clues to a 150-year-old mystery. Only quick thinking enables them to outsmart crooks following the same clues to a pot of—well, that would be giving away another exciting Ellery Queen Jr. mystery story. Djuna and his dog Champ go to Stony Harbor to spend what he thinks will be a quiet and uneventful holiday in a seaside village. But little does Djuna know what is in store! First he meets Billy Reckless and his ‘dog’ Alberto. (And we are sure you can't fail to be amused by Alberto!) Then there is the mystery which enshrouds Djuna's Aunt Patty. Things begin to happen! Djuna has a grand time with his new-found friend, lobstering, sailing and exploring, till Aunt Patty's motor boat the Patagonia mysteriously disappears. Ellery Queen Junior has created a likable character in Djuna the Junior Sleuth, not forgetting, of course, hjs black Scotty, Champ.

The Green Turtle Mystery
1944 (Frank Belknap Long)
Djuna and Ben weren’t sure they believed in ghosts. The little girl who opened the door of the haunted house didn’t look like a ghost, yet she vanished into thin air! They had to find out what happened to her. And they had to rescue Waterbury, the time-telling turtle who walked into the deserted house—and didn’t walk out. Djuna found clues—the man with the green feather, and the strange parrot that spoke Spanish—and he added them all up to solve a case the Secret Service couldn’t crack!

The Red Chipmunk Mystery
1946 (Samuel Duff McCoy)
Wonderful adventure story of boy Djuna, who uses his eyes and his head and his little Scottie dog (terrier), Champ, who uses his nose. There is also Mr. Scissors, the traveling knife grinder, driving though the country in a wonderful caravan with his young granddaughter, Joan, and also two wicked men who are cruel to Mr. Scissors, plus a reporter named Socker Furlong and Miss Annie Ellery who plays a surprising part at the end. ‘...Mr.Furlong, a newspaper reporter, was a friend of both the boys'. They admired him, because he was a really good reporter, but he liked to pretend that he was lazy. Waterbury looked alarmed at seeing so many people around and hastily pulled his head back inside his shell....’

The Brown Fox Mystery
1948 (Samuel Duff McCoy)
When those two enthusiastic fishermen, Djuna and his friend Tommy, are offered a chance to spend the summer at fish-filled Silver Lake, as the guests of Miss Annie Ellery, they are overjoyed. But great as the fishing proves to be, there is more in store: Silver Lake holds a mystery and the boys find themselves swept up in a series of exciting and dangerous adventures, involving an abandoned ice-house and two fires, as they help to solve it.

The White Elephant Mystery
1950 (Samuel Duff McCoy)
Free passes to the circus seemed pretty exiting to Djuna and his friend Tommy Williams, and things promised to be even more exiting when they met their old friends Socker and Cannonball at the entrance gate. But they were only the start of a hair-raising experience. The boys soon learned that the newspaper reporter and the state trooper were trying to uncover a pack of ‘grifters’, tricksters who were cheating the circus audiences; and as one strange and frightening event follows another, Djuna and Tommy are caught up in the glittering, upside-down world of the circus, and find themselves in the middle of one of the most weird and dangerous mysteries they have ever encountered!

The Yellow Cat Mystery
1952 (Samuel Duff McCoy)
Djuna visits his friend Tommy in Florida. His yellow cat has a sore tooth and they set of to see the dentist. The dentist is new to the town and doesn't seem to be able to help them. They do however notice two persons who came from a mysterious black-lacquered ship at sea... A normal beginning to a unusual adventure...

The Blue Herring Mystery
1954 (Samuel Duff McCoy)
Mysteries have a way of finding Djuna, and this time a missing page from an old ship's log and the dead captain's haunted house start the ball rolling. Djuna has learned that Captain Beekman brought a treasure from his whaling trips. Who can have an interest to let the boy get lost? Was he close to the answer of the mystery?

The Mystery of the Merry Magician
1961 (James Holding)
Gulliver Queen, nephew of the famous detective Ellery Queen, doesn’t want to be a detective. But when Gully and his new friend, Fisty Jones, investigate the strange underwater noises in the Hudson River, they suddenly find themselves deep in a mystery that Gulliver couldn’t resist tackling. The menacing tattooed man, the weird one-eyed figure in the abandoned building, the strange but merry Magnus Merlin, magician extraordinary—all add up to an exciting tale of danger and suspense on—and under—the waterfront of New York.

The Mystery of the Vanished Victim
1961 (James Holding)
’Katal!’ THe black bird repeated the two syllables again and again. ‘Katal! Katal!’ As Gulliver Queen seeks out the meaning of the strange word, he is drawn into the world of international diplomacy—and dangerous espionage! As he follows the trail of clues, Gully acquires two friends from India who aid him in the search for a missing embassy guard. Treachery and intrigue meet the young sleuths at every turn, and flying bullets lead to flying spies as Gully and his friends uncover a fantastic plot that threatens the very future of the United Nations!

The Purple Bird Mystery
1966 (James Holding)
What is the connection of Fowl Relief and an English golf-playing king? Does the nickname of Jimmy Douglas's great-great-grandfather have any significance? Tie these answers with the other clues and the mystery of the purple bird is solved, but not until Djuna, the brilliant young sleuth, and his pal Jimmy go through an ordeal that almost takes their lives. The boys tangle with an antique dealer and a tigerskin diary—just to name a few of the events—in their struggle to solve the mystery. In Ellery Queen Jr the young mystery reader finds a master at sleuthing as well as storytelling.
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I have read many of Ellery Queen's books including The Roman Hat Mystery. I've also subscribed off and on to the magazine and love the Christmas issue as it's doubly packed with good short mysteries. I think Ellery Queen has been around qiute a number of years and there was a TV show also.

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maxcat wrote:

I have read many of Ellery Queen's books including The Roman Hat Mystery. I've also subscribed off and on to the magazine and love the Christmas issue as it's doubly packed with good short mysteries. I think Ellery Queen has been around qiute a number of years and there was a TV show also.


I've subscribed to the magazine, like you, on and off for years.

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I have two books by Ellery Queen, but each of them is a "two-fer".  I found this one with two novels at my mother's house when I was helping her clear out some of my father's books:

 

 

And Becke sent me this one, which includes two volumes of short stories:

 

 

I've read the two novels, and the first group of short stories.  I had hoped to read all of them, but I need to get on to some other reading 'assignments' for some August discussions now, so I'll have to get back to them at some future date.  I enjoyed them a lot; Ellery is a fun character.  I did post a bit about the novels in another thread here.  I'll try to post some more here later.

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dulcinea3 wrote:

I have two books by Ellery Queen, but each of them is a "two-fer".  I found this one with two novels at my mother's house when I was helping her clear out some of my father's books:

 

 

And Becke sent me this one, which includes two volumes of short stories:

 

 

I've read the two novels, and the first group of short stories.  I had hoped to read all of them, but I need to get on to some other reading 'assignments' for some August discussions now, so I'll have to get back to them at some future date.  I enjoyed them a lot; Ellery is a fun character.  I did post a bit about the novels in another thread here.  I'll try to post some more here later.


I think I liked the short stories better than the novels. I'll have to reread some of the short story collections.

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I agree with Jean Harrington, that becke has put on quite an encyclopedic reference of Ellery Queen for us here on this thread.

The copy becke sent me is titled Cat of Many Tails. I couldn't get a visual image from Barnes and Noble, so went to Wikipedia for an image of the cover:

 

Cat of Many Tails  

CatOfManyTails.jpgMy copy has a different cover, and does not have the warning that is seen on the above cover, i.e. "When the Cat Stalks, Men Die" Mine has an image of a man holding a white cat, and they are in the oval of a golden Q.

At the bottom of the cover is a quotation by Anthony Boucher, " Ellery Queen is the American Detective story."

I have to admit I don't really remember plot lines of any Ellery Queen books. I think I was more into the Ellery Queen magazine and short stories that were found in mystery anthologies.

Of course, the TV show of Ellery Queen, with Jim Hutton as Ellery, and David Wayne as Inspector Queen, his father, was a favorite of mine.

I'm also thinking of a quote from an episode of "Are You Being Served?" when the workers at Grace Brothers are faced with the fact that there's been some theft going on in their department, ("petty pilfering")and they decide to bring in a detective, and someone(Mr. Lucas?) says they need an Ellery Queen and Mr. Humphries says, "That would be the best kind of Ellery to call!" Heh, heh.

 

" A murder mystery is the normal recreation of the noble mind."--Sister Carol Anne O' Marie
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If any of you are looking for old copies, check BN.com. There are a lot of titles listed, but a lot of them don't show the cover image.

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I stopped into a used bookstore in Chicago yesterday - they had a lot of old, OLD Ellery Queen books. I was tempted to buy some just for the covers, but with our move coming up, I restrained myself.