If you've ever had the feeling that some anthologies credited to ""Ellery Queen"" are really edited by the typists' pool, you'll nod knowingly as this grandiosely arranged international collection gets under way: the first section is ""North America"" (""You start by visiting five cities in the United States""), but the very first story, a theft/libel puzzle by Edward D. Hoch, takes place in London! Ah, well--no matter. As it happens, this is one of the better recent Queen gatherings, and some of the attractions are indeed imported curiosities: an alluring slice of deduction and romantic suspense from Japan's Seicho Matsumoto; the first (very characteristic) short story featuring Janwillem van de Wetering's funny, food-conscious Amsterdam cops; the only short story (written in 1948, but neglected till 1979) about Arthur W. Upfield's half-aborigine detective Napoleon Bonaparte. And there are more British stories than usual for a Queen anthology, all of them winhers: a Ruth Rendell creeper, with a sex-confusion twist (even if you catch on fight away, it's still chilling); a nice mercy-killing vignette by Celia Fremlin; a very derivative but stylishly told swindle-puzzle (involving rare stamps) by Peter Lovesey; and Julian Symons' ""The Boiler,"" the story of a loser who can't even manage to succeed at revenge. As for the Americans, Jack Ritchie and Joyce Harrington are in typical good form, Timothy Childs delivers a grisly black comedy, and Stanley Ellin is channing. So--along with a dozen other lesser efforts (including below-par Simenon and Westlake)--a classier and more varied group than usual . . . whoever may have put it together.