Books by Ellery Queen

THE SIAMESE TWIN MYSTERY by Ellery Queen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2020

"A pioneering, preposterously far-fetched, but still impressive example of the locked-in-a-cabin whodunit."
Chased up isolated Arrow Mountain by a forest fire that's made the roads downhill impassable, Ellery Queen and his father, New York's Inspector Richard Queen, find that what awaits them at Arrow Lodge, atop the mountain, is even more murderous. Read full book review >
THE DUTCH SHOE MYSTERY by Ellery Queen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2019

"As for the solution that follows Queen's signature 'Challenge to the Reader,' it's one of Ellery's brainiest, built on a slender foundation but expounded at such exhaustive length that only the most churlish readers would think of resisting it."
Ratiocination king Queen's third case, originally published in 1931, finds him fortuitously on the scene minutes after strangling makes the scheduled surgery on a high-profile hospital patient unnecessary. Read full book review >
THE CHINESE ORANGE MYSTERY by Ellery Queen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"It's easy to see why Queen's exercise in deduction has dated badly: Everything about it is creaky and artificial, from the incredible logistics of the murder to the alleged passions of the characters. After all these years, though, the unbridled ingenuity of its central puzzle has never been surpassed."
Imperishable anthologist Otto Penzler kicks off his newest publishing venture, a reprint series of American Mystery Classics, with this 1934 brainteaser involving perhaps the strangest crime scene in all fiction. Read full book review >
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"All 14 entries have a pleasantly retro patina, and even the slightest of them will give your brain a workout."
A gathering of 14 radio plays, each complete with a Challenge to the Listener, celebrates the centennial of the birth of the two cousins who wrote under the Queen byline. Read full book review >
THE TRAGEDY OF ERRORS by Ellery Queen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 1999

paper 1-885941-46-6 Ever since Manfred B. Lee, half of the writing team known pseudonymously as Ellery Queen, died in 1971, there's been only one new story about the most durable American detective of the Golden Age—a brief puzzle-tale ghostwritten in 1975 by Edward D. Hoch. With the death in 1982 of Lee's cousin and collaborator Frederic Dannay, it seemed likely that Queen's silence would be permanent. But now a thorough vacuuming of the Queen vaults has disclosed not only six stories—ranging from "Terror Town," a non-series whydunit adapted for Alfred Hitchcock Presents back in the —50s but omitted from Queen's own collections, to the Hoch entry, "The Reindeer Clue," included for the sake of completeness—but a prize of sorts, a sketch for an unwritten final novel, The Tragedy of Errors. The 40-page scene-by-scene outline by Dannay sketches a story whose central situation—the murder of an aging Hollywood star, presumably by the dry-eyed husband who expected to inherit her fortune—hovers between Sunset Boulevard and Queen's own Face to Face (1967). Though far from top-drawer Queen, it offers a fascinating look into the cousins' workshop, revealing just how much pleasure there is in the exuberant trickiness of their mystery-mongering An added collection of 22 tributes from fellow-authors and -editors is more notable for warmth than insight. But Queen fans will want this posthumous collection regardless. Read full book review >