Ellery Queen was a pen name created and shared by two cousins, Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred B. Lee (1905-1971), as well as the name of their most famous detective. Born in Brooklyn, they spent forty-two years writing, editing, and anthologizing under the name, gaining a reputation as the foremost American authors of the Golden Age "fair play" mystery. Besides writing the Queen novels, Dannay and Lee cofounded Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, one of the most influential crime publications of all time. although Dannay outlived his cousin by nine years, he retired Queen upon Lee's death in 1971.

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  • Ellery Queen was both fictional detective and literary pseudonym, created in 1929 by cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee. Ellery Queen starred in over 30 novels and short story collections, along with a popular radio show, several television adap...


  • ''Let's face it, Alex: you were the KGB's top assassin, and they paid you off. Just as we might. A cushy lieutenant-colonelcy in Tokyo, riding pour le sport, a yacht, your pick of Eurasian dolls Like? We can do you better in the USA, Alex - come on o...


  • From cons to kidnapping to murder, eighteen ingenious stories showcase the talents of “the prince of American detective fiction” (Kirkus Reviews).   The agents of the FBI are fierce, brilliant, and brave—but nothing in their files can compare ...


  • The legendary detective investigates the death of a chrysanthemum king, as well as fourteen other mysteries in this short story collection. When Godfrey Mumford retired to focus on his chrysanthemums, he was worth a little over $5 million. A decade l...


  • Joe Maddox was one of moviedom's most successful producers. But could he produce $200,000 in time to save his wife, his scriptwriter, and his leading lady? They didn't know, all three were held at gunpoint in a deserted California beach house, but th...


  • Some men retire on a hundred grand or buy their wives mink coats with days of the week sewn in the lining ... or fly to Rio for a good cup of coffee -- but not Jim Morgan.Jim had a hundred thousand all right -- neatly packed in stacks of fifties -- o...


  • Madman or murderer? That was the question and it was Police Inspector Omar Collins who had come up with the answer. All he had to go on was: the victim -- Earl Genneman, wealthy president of Genneman Labs; the scene -- right in the middle of a busy s...


  • The nice mild man named Edward Tollman had a problem. His lovely wife was missing, and he wanted her back fast. So he went to a fellow whose specialty was solving problems like that a very private detective called Barney Burgess. Burgess' methods wer...






  • Tim Corrigan is up to his eye-patch in scandal, intrigue, and wide-open murder. The banners waved, the crowd cheered, the reporters rushed toward the candidate as he made his way to the speaker's platform. And then a shot rang out, the candidate ...


  • Blue film and blood-red murder! All Hollywood producer Ben Sloane had wanted was to find Sol Dahlman, the mysterious film genius who had made The Wild Nymph - and now Sloane is dead. ''Go up to Rockview,'' the governor tells Mike McCall, ''and ge...


  • The co-ed missing from Tisquanto State is the daughter of Governor Sam Holland's rival for reelection - and best friend. But she is more than that. She is Laura Thornton, a human being - somehow the pawn and victim of angry student upheavals not even...


  • From the masterly Ellery Queen comes "The Black Hearts Murder," the thrilling second installment in the Mike McCall series. Where is Harlan James? He is the indicted, bail-jumping leader of Banbury's militant Black Hearts who has gone undergrou...


  • Ellery Queen and Sherlock Holmes match wits to reveal the identity of history's most infamous killer. Uniquely imaginative, "A Study in Terror" is a masterpiece of mystery and suspense. Ellery Queen and Sherlock Holmes are the undisputed masters o...


  • New York's crime-solving genius is adrift in Tinseltown until a series of fatal finales revives him. With ambitious starlets, idols, and majordomos, The Hollywood Murders offers witty proof that the nature of evil is a bit gaudier on the West Coast. ...


  • “ELLERY QUEEN IS THE AMERICAN DETECTIVE STORY” So wrote the great critic Anthony Boucher about the contributions of Ellery Queen to the mystery story. Queen appeared in novels and short stories, in the movies and on television, on the radio an...


  • At the tail end of the Roaring Twenties, a birthday bash for publishing heir John Sebastian, Jr., perfectly coincides with the twelve days of Christmas. Among the twelve invited guests is Ellery Queen, a newly published mystery writer planning to enj...




  • AKA 'The Quick and the Dead'....


  • 1994, trade paperback edition (of a title first published in 1938), Harper Perennial, NY. 250 pages. Ellery Queen was a pen name for two cousins who, in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, along with Rex Stout, led the way re. American mystery writers. Most of t...





  • Having escaped New York with the hopes of finishing his latest mystery novel in peace in Los Angeles, Ellery Queen is shocked when a knock on his door lands him right in the middle of yet another mystery. Leander Hill, a prominent Hollywood jeweler, ...


  • Looking for trouble, Ellery Queen descends on a small townAt the tail end of the long summer of 1940, there is nowhere in the country more charming than Wrightsville. The Depression has abated, and for the first time in years the city is booming. The...




  • Such authors as Patricia Highsmith, Julian Symons, Isaac Asimov, Hugh Pentecost, and Hal Ellson are featured in a collection of tales which includes the best mystery stories from the years 1963 through 1977...
















  • A collection of seven stories and one novelette originally published in the "Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine," this anthology features the works of such authors as Isaac Asimov, Lawrence Treat, Edward Hoch, and Joyce Porter...



  • Inspector Thumm enlists the help of an actor to track down a stolen Shakespearean manuscript and solve a baffling murder in this classic mystery. Inspector Thumm has never seen such a marvelous beard. It is massive and pointed, a rainbow composed of ...


  • Patience Thumm, the adventurous daughter of an NYPD inspector, teams up with actor Drury Lane to solve the mystery of a senator’s murder. Patience Thumm has just traveled the world. She turned heads in London, sipped absinthe in Tunis, and deba...





  • A Shakespearean actor-turned-sleuth wonders if a suicide’s been staged—and suspects the members of an eccentric New York family . . .   A ramshackle trawler, the Lavinia D rumbles into New York harbor with empty nets. ...



  • Ellery Queen and his father discover a baffling murder on a private island Ellery Queen and his father are meandering through breakfast when their apartment is invaded. Without making a sound, 2 men appear in the Queens’ living room, guns drawn...






  • A retired Shakespearean actor plays his new role—amateur sleuth—after a murder in a New York streetcar. Born during intermission in a seedy New Orleans playhouse, Drury Lane has spent the better part of his life in the theater. A majesti...


  • A blackout leaves New York in chaos as cop Tim Corrigan searches for a shadowy killer in this classic mystery from the legendary author. High above the sidewalks of Manhattan, Miss Graves is closing up the offices of the Burns Accounting Company when...




  • An exciting mystery by the masterly Ellery QueenPolice captain Bartholdi sometimes indulged himself in a harmless fantasy. His thoughts, he would imagine, were irresponsible imps that wriggled out of his head and scampered around with an abandon that...



  • Detective Richard Queen is determined to find the killer of a young fashion designer, even if he has to enlist the help of his father. A murder takes place in a Park Avenue penthouse and there's bound to be a suspect or three...The McKell family are ...



  • While stranded in the desert, Ellery Queen stumbles across a religious cult It's 1943, the war is raging, and sleuthing scribe Ellery Queen wants to do his bit. After a tortuous cross-country drive, he takes a job writing scripts for a Hollywood ...


  • An anthology of mystery tales, never before published in America, includes "The Holly Wreath," a short novel by Patricia Moyes, as well as stories by Joan Aiken, Christiana Brand, Edward D. Hoch, and other favorite authors...


  • The Queens are intrigued when a grisly murder mars a small town's Christmas It's Christmas in Chicago, and Inspector Richard Queen is enjoying a busman's holiday at a conference on gangland violencebut his son, amateur sleuth Ellery, is bored s...



  • A series of cryptic notes announce a death in a bizarre wealthy family York Square is a tidy private garden surrounded by 4 matching castles, each inhabited by a different branch of the York family. There's Robert, commanding and icy; Myra, gentle...





  • An orphan encounters greed, deception, and murder when she goes to live with a new family Despite her name, Princess O’Shea is not a spoiled brat. When her father’s death leaves her an orphan, she goes to live with her old uncle, Slater, ...


  • Ellery Queen pais a visit to Wrightsville, a small New England town he had known from boyhood holidays. His nostalgia for the place was awakened and shaken when he recieved anonymously some cuttings from the Wrightsville Record, a comparison of whi...



  • For years Inspector Richard Queen had been outshone by his writer-detective son. Now, with Ellery away, Dick Queen, freshly retired from the NYPD, had a case all his own -- or did he? The verdict had been accidental death, and only the victim's nu...


  • [Library Edition Audiobook CD in Vinyl case.] [Read by Scott Harrison] The second novel in the popular detective series featuring Ellery Queen. French's department store was famous for the rare merchandise it offered its elite clientele. But no one t...



  • Signet Double Mysteries: A Fine And Private Place; The Madman Theory. A Fine And Private Place: Killers had challenged the master crime solver before, but none so cleverly. The 9-word clue was one of 9 cryptic notes that had been sent to taunt Inspe...


  • The final novel by the legendary Ellery Queen, A Fine and Private Place ranks with Queen's incomparable best.The nine-word clue was one of nine cryptic notes that had been sent to taunt Inspector Queen and his son Ellery nine days after the murder. N...




  • A schoolteacher fights to prove that her father’s suicide was actually murder in this classic whodunit from one of the greatest names in mystery fiction. Ann hasn’t seen her mother in three years, and she doesn’t miss her at all. Bu...



  • 1993, mass market paperback reprint edition (of a work first published in 1933), Otto Penzler Books, NY. 325 pages. A group of travelers is stranded on a mountain top. Close by is a forest fire, getting closer. A killer is nearby too. A Golden Age my...


  • The silent rush of footsteps, the muffled shriek, the ever-tightening noose of exotic silk ... the mark of the Cat. The Cat had claimed number nine.The Cat had nine kills, but Ellery Queen found number ten alive and offered the victim temptingly to t...


  • A tough-guy travel agent loses an heiress while on a drug-fueled vacation Reid Rance can’t take his eyes off May Gibson. It’s not her figure or her face that’s got him mesmerized though. It’s the emerald on her finger and the ...


  • [Read by Mark Peckham] With three likely suspects and a pelthora of clues, Ellery Queen must catch a killer. John Lovering Benedict had more than most men - more money, more mansions, more cars, but most of all more women, including three ex-wives wi...


  • When a Western star is gunned down at a rodeo, Ellery Queen saddles up to solve the mystery. Buck Horne has roped thousands of cattle, slugged his way out of dozens of saloons, and shot plenty of men dead in the street--but always on the backlot. He'...


  • A puzzling publishing murder attracts the eye of Ellery Queen. Mandarin Press is a premier publishing house for foreign literature, but to those at the top of this enterprise, there is little more beautiful than a rare stamp. As Donald Kirk, publishe...


  • The operating room was ready; the surgeon called for his patient. A door opened and a long, still form was wheeled in. The doctor lifted the sheet - and found Abby Doorn dead. She'd been murdered only minutes before, almost under their very eyes. ...


  • From the very beginning, the Khalkis case struck a somber note. It began, as was peculiarly harmonious in the light of what was to come, with the death of an old man. Georg Khalkis, internationally famous art dealer and collector, died of heart failu...


  • Ellery Queen is again faced with a seemingly insoluble problem - how Monte Field, a shady and prosperous New York lawyer, was murdered by poison during the second act of a smash hit play in the crowded Roman Theatre. The seats surrounding the victim...


  • A house party turns a millionaire’s hacienda hideaway into a crime scene in this classic detective novel from an Edgar Award–winning Grand Master. The Godfrey family is vacationing among the picturesque rocky cliffs of the North Atlantic ...


  • The Death of Don Juan The amateur theater company of Wrightsville is dying a slow and painful death. Every production is worse than the last, and the backers are about to pull the plug when the director reaches for his ace in the hole: the always-...


  • An American cop stumbles across a drug ring on a tropical island No matter how hard she tries, Tracy can’t seem to kill herself. Her hands shake too much to cut her wrists. Wading into the ocean, her body refuses to be drowned. Even the heroin ...


  • This was cold-blooded murder!The Syndicate--led by gangster Larry Cutter--is trying to take over Iroquois. They want the town, mayor, and police chief in their pocket. So they kill chief Andy Saxon and one of his top men. Then they move in to clean u...


  • [Read by Robert Fass]John Vallancourt, the cool, calm diplomat, is worried stiff. A dear friend is dead and his daughter Nancy is missing. John fears the worst - and the worst is Nancy's sweetheart Keith Rollins. Keith is the prime suspect in the cas...


  • A journalist accused of murdering his unfaithful wife searches for the real killer Angel Denton’s extramarital activities are the worst-kept secret in town. Jim Denton has endured the cuckold’s horns for ages, but by midnight on Halloween...


  • [Read by Mark Peckham]Who killed Cox, the robber? Was it Ruth Tully, who visited Crandall Cox on the night of his death, and who might have decided to quench a torrid past with a spray of bullets? What about Sandra Jean, the knock'emdead beauty, who ...


  • Disc jockey Tutter King thought he had the world dancing to his tune, but suddenly the music stopped and he was dead. No one knew who killed him, but the suspect list didn't skip a beat. Was it dazzling Lola, tired of playing second fiddle? Or wife N...


  • [Read by Mark Peckham] A jealous widow won't rest until she gets back everything that is rightfully hers in this exciting tale by Ellery Queen. hen Barney Street, the fixer, was in Holland in World War II, his life had been saved by a German soldier....


  • A lynch mob threatens to take over a small New England town after a shocking murder Homicide has never had a place in Shinn Corners. This backwater New England hamlet has seen three unlawful deaths in its 250-year history: infanticide in 1739, a poli...


  • [Read by Robert Fass] The New Adventures of Ellery Queen is a classic collection of eight short mysteries and a remarkable short novel. Stories include: The Lamp of God, The Treasure Hunt, The Hollow Dragon, The House of Darkness, The Bleeding Portra...


  • Ellery Queen is persuaded to accompany an old friend and sculptor to his ancestral home when the latter arrives at Ellery''s house covered in blood and unable to remember anything from the past few weeks. Once there, tensions erupt and foul play resu...


  • AKA 'The Virgin Heiresses'. Eccentric multimillionaire Cadmus Cole hires Ellery Queen to investigate a case but won't say what it is. When Cole dies mysteriously at sea, Queen and his partner, Beau Rummell, must navigate a thicket of complicat...


  • A Romance/Murder-Mystery. When Solly Spaeth was murdered, thousands cheered. He was a most popular corpse. Solly's stock manipulations had ruined many, including his partner. Even before Ellery Queen entered the case, there were too many suspects. Th...


  • When Ellery Queen first meets the award-winning novelist Karen Leith, it is at a party held to celebrate her most recent prize in literature. The next time he hears of her, she is dead - murdered, so the police suspect, by the daughter of her fiancé...


  • Called to an urgent meeting at a mysterious shack in the middle of nowhere, attorney Bill Angell finds his brother-in-law, traveling salesman Joe Wilson, stabbed. With Joe''s dying breath, he manages to convey that his murderer was a veiled woman. Wa...


  • For Ellery Queen, there is no puzzle that reason cannot solve. In his time, he has faced down killers, thugs, and thieves, protected only by the might of his brain-and the odd bit of timely intervention by his father, a burly New York police inspecto...



  • Excerpt from the Introduction: For a long time we declined the invitation of Messrs. Biblo and Tannen to reissue The Detective Short Story: A Bibliography. The book originally appeared in 1942, and since then nothing has been changed in the book, no...



  • This book written by Ellery Queen, the famous radio detective story man, is a history of the detective crime short story as revealed bt th 125 most important books published on that subject since 1845....



  • [Read by Mark Peckham] Ellery Queen's latest adventure is a satirical murder-comedy that combines hilarity with the deadly macabre and, of course, the full Queen-quota of fair-and-square deduction and endless surprise. You are invited to a murder. Th...


  • [Library Edition Audiobook CD in Vinyl case.] [Read by Patrick Cullen] When Gloria Guild, the singing ''Glory'' of the thirties and millionairess wife of count Carlos Armando, is murdered, she leaves only one clue: the word ''face'' written in her dy...


  • in Murderous Schemes

    When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.'s including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed,...


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    Like father, like son...killers! Davey Fox returned to his hometown a war hero. But inside he was a shattered man, convinced he was a killer just like his father. The war proved it; his past proved it. All signs pointed to it. His wife would soon die...


  • Ellery Queen finds himself in charge of the young rambunctious lad, Djuna. What better way to spend his time than at the newly opened amusement park called Joyland. But the park’s designer pride and joy is his “House of Darkness”. A haunted hou...


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    There is an epidemic of death in the town. Lila Connor, neighborhood flirt and sex goddess, lay dead in her home, victim of an ill-placed letter opener. Larry Connor, successful accountant and distraught husband, lay dead in his office, slain by the ...


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    Who are you, Malone? Just a little while ago you were a cop. That was before the two punks and their girl hit town. That was before they boosted a payroll and shot down a man and took your nine-year-old daughter as insurance to cover their getaway. N...


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    An exciting mystery by the masterly Ellery QueenThe four of them had only two things in common-their name and a love for the ladies. John Boce was a no-account accountant who lusted after food, drink cars, and women. John Thompson was a secretive lib...


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    A talented but broke doctor finds the only cure for poverty is crime Harry Brown is a good doctor, but he doesn’t know the antidote for the poison that has coursed through him for 2 decades—the poison of envy. Ever since his days in prep school, ...



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    [Read by Traber Burns] Sixteen brilliant and audacious bafflers by the masterly Ellery Queen. Let Ellery Queen clue you in on his special brand of high tension, brain-teasing mystery! This collection consists of novelettes and short stories from Quee...


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    A TOUCH OF RED For once Ellery Queen had a simple case. A few days of discreet snooping, some choice advice, and the inimitable sleuth would blithely restore domestic harmony to the tumultuous marriage couple Dirk and Martha Lawrence. And then ...


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