Ellery Queen was not only a productive and intriguing author of novels, but also he wrote numerous short stories, which appeared in various magazines throughout the years. As I obtain information about short story appearances which predate the appearances in the collection, I will include that information.
|The Adventures of Ellery Queen|
First Appearance: November 1, 1934; Frederick Stokes|
First Paperback Appearance: February 1, 1940; Mercury Bestseller B1
Trade Paperback: March, 1941; Pocket Books 99
"THE LOGICAL SUCCESSOR TO SHERLOCK HOLMES..."
That is what Ellery Queen has been called, and from tens of thousands of Queen fans, readers, and radio listeners, comes a roar of approval. Here are eleven of the slick, tricky young investigator's most amazing adventures, each one an appetizing snack for the gourmet at the table of thrills, action, deduction.
All titles begin with "The Adventure of...." Short stories originally appeared in Redbook, Mystery, Great Detective Stories, and Mystery League.
|The New Adventures of Ellery Queen|
First Appearance: November, 1939; Frederick Stokes|
First Paperback Appearance: December, 1941; Pocket Books 134
NINE COMPLETE STORIES!!
NINE NEW Adventures of Ellery Queen! A complete novel and eight more short stories! The Lamp of God, the novel, is one of the weirdest stories about a disappearing house that can only be matched by Poe.
...A most ingenious tale about a curious treasure hunt, hidden gold, a house of horror, and murder.
Four sports mysteries featuring baseball, horse racing, pugilism and football full of the sporting world vernacular, will delight the fans.
Titles starting with ... begin with "The Adventure of...." Short stories originally appeared in other magazines as indicated above. "The Adventure of the Treasure Hunt" was reprinted in the first issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
The ones from Blue Book were deemed to be "a sports detective series".
American Cavalcade was published by Pocket Books and only began in May, 1937.
|The Case Book of Ellery Queen|
|First Appearance: Mercury Bestseller B59; January, 1945|
The five Mercury paperback series normally contained "cut" or "abridged" versions of popular novels, including several of EQ's. It was no coincidence that the American Mercury was also the publisher of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. The abridged format fit better with short story collections, however, for the stories themselves could remain intact. The Adventures of Ellery Queen (Mercury Bestseller B1) and More Adventures of Ellery Queen (Mercury Bestseller B3) were the first two collections to be published as Mercury editions, but these were eventually followed by The Case Book of Ellery Queen -- the only such collection to feature "new" material -- even if the works were "new" only in a technical sense. Five of the eight stories had appeared already as part of previously published collections, but the remaining three items were previously unpublished radio scripts (which had been used in the "Advs. of EQ" radio series, of course). Since the radio scripts were written by Dannay and Lee, this paperback collection is of interest to EQ collectors. Like all of the Mercury editions, though, it is difficult to find.
|Calendar of Crime|
First Appearance: January, 1952; Little, Brown & Co.|
First Paperback Appearance: August, 1953; Pocket Books 960
In the merry month of May, Ellery Queen made a trek to Gettysburg to witness an annual celebration--and
an annual murder. February found the ingenious Ellery locked in a furious battle of wits with a dead US
President. These are but two of the 12 appointments with crime that make up Queen's baffling calendar of
conundrums. Each elegant enigma ticks off all the surprise and excitement that have made Queen the
dean of American detective fiction.|
All of the above titles begin with "The Adventure of..." and were published first in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine before being collected into this compilation volume.
First Appearance: January, 1955; Little, Brown & Co.|
First Paperback Appearance: July, 1956; Pocket Books 1118
To: The Reader|
From: The Queen's Bureau of Investigation
In the closely guarded record room of the Q.B.I. is a top-secret file marked Special. This file contains the most unusual cases I have ever worked on- cases that are memorable because of an unusual clue, a unique criminal, a surprising situation or a shocking crime.
From these special cases of murder, blackmail, kidnaping and narcotics, I have chosen eighteen that posed the most mystifying problems I have ever encountered.
All short stories are © 1949 to 1954. All are copyright to the United Newspaper Magazine Corporation, but "GI Story" is from EQMM.
|The Woman in the Case|
|First Paperback Appearance: April, 1966; Bantam F-3160|
FROM THE FILES OF ELLERY QUEEN
Here is a hair-raising collection of stories about women who killed...who killed for money...who killed out of jealousy...who killed for the sheer love of killing. Mothers. Daughters. Wives. Girl friends. Schoolgirls. Hardened gun molls. MURDERERS ALL!
Read about: The mother who murdered her son's wife. The beautiful pistol-packing hillbilly who made Dillinger look like Casper Milquetoast. The schoolgirl killers who even went Leopold and Loeb one better. And dozens of other horrifying tales.
These stories were all published originally in The American Weekly during 1958 and 1959. The first installment appeared in the February 16, 1958, issue.
|Ellery Queen's International Case Book|
First Appearance: 1964?; |
First Paperback Appearance: March, 1964; Dell 2260
BUENOS AIRES: A dismembered body with no identification.
JAPAN: The most astounding bank robbery in the history of crime.
INDIA: Murder by curse.
RUMANIA: The beautiful woman who swindled a whole town...
And 16 more tales of mystery and detection, each of them unique and challenging to the daring imagination.
All short stories were originally published in The American Weekly during 1954 and 1955, beginning with the May 23, 1954, issue. The stories are framed so that Ellery appears to be asking others about "true" situations in their countries as he travels around.
First Appearance: 1965; Random House|
First Paperback Appearance: April, 1966; Signet D 2894
Foster Benedict, aging matinee idol, didn't like playing the sticks. He was
sabotaging the Wrightsville production of The Death of Don Juan, turning
it into a farce. When the curtain rose on the second act,
Benedict was dead. There were plenty of suspects--it seemed Foster Benedict
had upstaged everyone in town. Ellery Queen's job was a little like a
casting director's--there was plenty of talent, but no one was
right for the part of killer!|
|Q.E.D. (Queen's Experiments in Detection)|
First Appearance: 1968; New American Library|
First Paperback Appearance: January, 1970; Signet T4120
LET ELLERY QUEEN CLUE YOU IN ON HIS SPECIAL BRAND OF HIGH TENSION, BRAIN-TEASING MYSTERY!
For something light and piquant, we recommend No Parking, with its bewitching heroine and her three desperate suitors.
For a mouth-watering quick snack, you can try Half a Clue, in which Ellery nabs the murderer almost before the victim has stopped breathing.
For a main course you can really sink your teeth into, there's Mum Is the Word, in which the "dying message" offers the ultimate in hidden clues.
And for an unforgettable pièce de résistance, we have Abraham Lincoln's Clue, a classic that Anthony Boucher called "perhaps the greatest of all Queen mysteries."
These are but four of sixteen great tales designed to please the most sophisticated palate -- all prepared and elegantly served by the master chef of mystery, the one and only Ellery Queen.
|The Tragedy of Errors: the Lost Stories of Ellery Queen|
First Appearance: October, 1999; Crippen & Landru|
First Paperback Appearance: October, 1999; Crippen & Landru
It is well known that when Manfred Lee died in April, 1971, Fred Dannay had
already worked out what was to be the plot to their "next" novel. In Royal
Bloodline Francis Nevins, Jr., records, "Fred Dannay has announced
that he will carry on with Ellery Queen and has told me that most of the
plot outline of Ellery's next case had been worked out prior to Lee's
death. But his own poor health, his full time editorial and anthological
duties, and the death of his own wife in the summer of 1972, have resulted
in a long delay between novels. How much longer only time will tell."|
In 1999, on the 70th anniversary of the release of The Roman Hat Mystery, the plot outline for The Tragedy of Errors was finally released. In addition, the volume also contains various memories and analyses of EQ made by other mystery authors, family and friends, and critics. A section on Ellery Queen in comic books is included for the first time. Finally, the six EQ short stories that had so far been uncollected were gathered together for this volume.
Short Story Contents:
Note: "The Reindeer Clue" was written by Edward D. Hoch, in the style of Ellery Queen and under the direction of Frederic Dannay. It is the only story featuring the Ellery Queen character which was not written by Dannay and/or Lee.
|The Adventure of the Murdered Moths and Other Radio Mysteries|
First Appearance: July, 2005; Crippen & Landru|
First Paperback Appearance: July, 2005; Crippen & Landru
|After succeeding with The Tragedy of
Errors, Crippen & Landru went to work culling through hundreds of
"radio mysteries" from the old EQ show. Production scripts were compared to
the actual performances, and the results were released in this (first?) volume. An
effort was made to reproduce here scripts that were worked on by Dannay and
Lee, and those which fit in with EQ's traditional themes. Most were unreleased
in printed form before this book came out.|
|As of 2008, the only short stories (apart from the first two listed below) which were
never compiled into a corpus are mainly the radio script adaptations and "true crime"
stories. The radio scripts and two straggling stories include:|
American Weekly True Crime Stories
The "true crime" stories first published in American Weekly but never reprinted include
the following. As with the ones published in the two collections (above), these stories
were written especially for the magazine and allegedly were taken from genuine police cases.
Later in 1958, the following stories were written for the collection called Masterpieces of Crime Detection. In order to complete The Woman in the Case, some stories that were part of the "Crime Detection" serial were used in the book.
Other Non-Fiction Stories
As with the stories published in American Weekly, from time to time EQ wrote the occasional story about a real life mystery or about real life detectives.
Family WeeklyAt least two stories ran in Family Weekly magazine.
Official Detective StoriesAt least two stories ran in this magazine, too.
ArgosyArgosy magazine ran several short stories by Ellery Queen. At least one "true crime" story also appeared in that publication.
Man's MagazineAt least three "true crime" stories were published in this magazine and likely never reprinted.
All book liner notes are taken from hardback notes or from paperback notes published by
Pocket Books, Dell, Signet, or another publisher.
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