Ellery Queen

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.

The works of Ellery Queen proved to be timeless classics that persist in their relevance and elegance to this day. Multiple Ellery Queen novels have been personally selected by editor, critic, and publisher Otto Penzler for republication as part of the American Mystery Classics series, which reissues new editions of the most enduring classic American mysteries.

As Penzler himself said: “As an anthologist, Ellery Queen is without peer, his taste unequalled. As a bibliographer and a collector of the detective short story, Queen is, again, a historical personage. Indeed, Ellery Queen clearly is, after Poe, the most important American in mystery fiction.”

Ellery Queen is represented by JABberwocky on behalf of the Manfred B. Lee Family Literary Property Trust & the Frederic Dannay Literary Property Trust.

Bibliography

  • American Mystery Classics
    The Chinese Orange Mystery (#1)
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  • American Mystery Classics
    The Dutch Shoe Mystery (#2)
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  • American Mystery Classics
    The Siamese Twin Mystery (#3)
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  • American Mystery Classics
    The Egyptian Cross Mystery (#4)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    The Roman Hat Mystery (#5)
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    The French Powder Mystery (#6)
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    The Greek Coffin Mystery (#7)
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    The American Gun Mystery (#8)
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    The Spanish Cape Mystery (#9)
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    Halfway House (#10)
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    The Door Between (#11)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    The Devil to Pay (#12)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    The Four of Hearts (#13)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    The Dragon’s Teeth (#14)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    Calamity Town (#15)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    There Was an Old Woman (#16)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    The Murderer is a Fox (#17)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    Ten Days’ Wonder (#18)
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    Cat of Many Tails (#19)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    Double Double (#20)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    The Origin of Evil (#21)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    The King is Dead (#22)
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    The Scarlet Letters (#23)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    Inspector Queen’s Own Case (#24)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    The Finishing Stroke (#25)
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    The Player on the Other Side (#26)
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    And on the Eighth Day (#27)
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    The Fourth Side of the Triangle (#28)
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    Face to Face (#29)
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    The House of Brass (#30)
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    The Last Woman in His Life (#31)
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    A Fine and Private Place (#32)
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    A Study in Terror (#33)
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  • Ellery Queen Main Sequence
    The Tragedy of Errors (#34)
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  • Standalone
    The Killer Touch
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  • Standalone
    A Room to Die In
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  • Standalone
    Beware the Young Stranger
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  • Standalone
    Death Spins the Platter
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    Cop Out
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    Kiss and Kill
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    The Devil’s Cook
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  • Standalone
    Guess Who’s Coming to Kill You
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    Losers, Weepers
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    The Madman Theory
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    Shoot the Scene
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    Wife or Death
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    The Copper Frame
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    The Four Johns
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    Blow Hot, Blow Cold
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    The Golden Goose
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    The Last Score
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    Kill as Directed
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    Murder with a Past
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    Dead Man’s Tale
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  • Standalone
    The Glass Village
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  • Collections
    QED: Queen’s Experiments in Detection
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  • Collections
    Queens Full
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  • Collections
    QBI: Queen’s Bureau of Investigation
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  • Collections
    The New Adventures of Ellery Queen
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  • Collections
    Calendar of Crime
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  • Collections
    The Adventures of Ellery Queen
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  • Mike McCall Sequence
    The Campus Murders (#1)
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  • Mike McCall Sequence
    The Black Hearts Murder (#2)
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  • Mike McCall Sequence
    The Blue Movie Murders (#3)
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  • Tim Corrigan Sequence
    Where is Bianca? (#1)
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  • Tim Corrigan Sequence
    Why So Dead? (#2)
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  • Tim Corrigan Sequence
    Which Way to Die? (#3)
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  • Tim Corrigan Sequence
    Who Spies, Who Kills? (#4)
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  • Tim Corrigan Sequence
    How Goes the Murder? (#5)
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  • Tim Corrigan Sequence
    What’s in the Dark? (#6)
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  • Drury Lane Mysteries
    The Tragedy of X (#1)
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  • Drury Lane Mysteries
    The Tragedy of Y (#2)
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  • Drury Lane Mysteries
    The Tragedy of Z (#3)
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  • Drury Lane Mysteries
    Drury Lane’s Last Case (#4)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Black Dog Mystery (#1)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Golden Eagle Mystery (#2)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Green Turtle Mystery (#3)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Red Chipmunk Mystery (#4)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Brown Fox Mystery (#5)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The White Elephant Mystery (#6)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Yellow Cat Mystery (#7)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Blue Herring Mystery (#8)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Purple Bird Mystery (#9)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Mystery of the Merry Magician (#10)
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  • Ellery Queen Junior
    The Mystery of the Vanished Victim (#11)
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Reviews

American Mystery Classics

The Chinese Orange Mystery (#1)
“If this creates a new audience for a genre giant, Penzler, editor of the American Mystery Classics series, will have done yet another service for whodunit lovers.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“After all these years, the unbridled ingenuity of its central puzzle has never been surpassed.”

Kirkus

“It would be extremely difficult to devise a more puzzling problem than the one that Ellery Queen solves in this story.”

New York Times

“Probably Ellery Queen’s most dazzling case.”

Washington Post

“As an anthologist, Ellery Queen is without peer, his taste unequalled. As a bibliographer and a collector of the detective short story, Queen is, again, a historical personage. Indeed, Ellery Queen clearly is, after Poe, the most important American in mystery fiction.”

Otto Penzler, Publisher of The Mysterious Press

The Dutch Shoe Mystery (#2)
“First published in 1931, this exceptional entry in the American Mystery Classics series from MWA Grand Master Queen (the pen name of Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee) offers a scrupulously fair puzzle. After well-to-do Abigail Doorn collapses into a diabetic coma, she’s taken to Manhattan’s Dutch Memorial Hospital, where she revives, but later falls down a flight of stairs and ruptures her gall bladder. But when she’s brought into the operating room, she’s found to have been garroted to death, possibly by someone impersonating a surgeon. Her wealth leaves no shortage of suspects for Ellery Queen and his father, NYPD Insp. Richard Queen. Ellery, who epitomizes the infuriatingly brilliant detective, announces at one point that he has learned practically everything about the criminal, except the person’s identity. An interlude in which Ellery and Richard discuss their theories is printed with extra-wide margins for note-taking. Appearing before the final reveal is a challenge that asserts the reader now has all the relevant evidence to deduce Doorn’s murderer. This is a genuine treat for those who love to match wits with fictional detectives.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“It’s one of Ellery’s brainiest […] only the most churlish readers would think of resisting it.”

Kirkus

“When a wealthy woman is strangled in a hospital full of witnesses, an early-twentieth-century New York City man-about-town turns sleuth to unmask her murderer. Ellery Queen was the pen name of Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee as well as the name used for their protagonist; the series eventually became a franchise popular on radio and television. The first few novels, of which this is the third (1931), were largely formulated in the style of the upper-class Philo Vance mysteries by S. S. Van Dine, and some modern-day crime fiction fans might find the idea of the sleuth as top-hatted dandy a bit strange. But Queen, while something of a prig, is always amusing, and he mellows out over time. Promise. Resurrected by Otto Penzler for his American Mystery Classics series, this book is a textbook Golden Age “fair play” mystery. Readers accumulate clues and usually solve the crime simultaneously with the detective. Perfect for a discussion group exploring the history and variety of the mystery genre.”

Booklist

“As an anthologist, Ellery Queen is without peer, his taste unequalled. As a bibliographer and a collector of the detective short story, Queen is, again, a historical personage. Indeed, Ellery Queen clearly is, after Poe, the most important American in mystery fiction.”

Otto Penzler, Publisher of The Mysterious Press

The Siamese Twin Mystery (#3)
“Queen [...] at his best, expertly combining plot and setting to heighten suspense en route to the satisfying solution [...] This rivals Christianna Brand’s Green for Danger as a classic of brilliant deduction under extreme circumstances.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A pioneering […] impressive example of the locked-in-a-cabin whodunit.”

Kirkus

“As an anthologist, Ellery Queen is without peer, his taste unequalled. As a bibliographer and a collector of the detective short story, Queen is, again, a historical personage. Indeed, Ellery Queen clearly is, after Poe, the most important American in mystery fiction.”

Otto Penzler, Publisher of The Mysterious Press

The Egyptian Cross Mystery (#4)
"This brilliant fair play puzzle exemplifies the mission of the American Mystery Classics series."

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“As an anthologist, Ellery Queen is without peer, his taste unequalled. As a bibliographer and a collector of the detective short story, Queen is, again, a historical personage. Indeed, Ellery Queen clearly is, after Poe, the most important American in mystery fiction.”

Otto Penzler, Publisher of the Mysterious Press

Ellery Queen Main Sequence

The Roman Hat Mystery (#5)
“By the time Inspector Richard Queen and his bookish son Ellery arrive at Manhattan’s Roman theater to examine the dead body of crooked lawyer Monte Field, I was registering a distinct sense of well-being and contentment. Here was a classic Golden Age puzzle.”

The Washington Post

Standalone

Collections

Mike McCall Sequence

Tim Corrigan Sequence

Drury Lane Mysteries

Ellery Queen Junior

The Black Dog Mystery (#1)
“Good keying of clues, and fair to reader. Upper level mystery, as compared with usual youthful fare.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

The Golden Eagle Mystery (#2)
“Nine to twelve is not too young for the craving for mystery stories to show itself, so start them with worthwhile ones. The ""Ellery Queen, Jr."" mysteries fill this bill [...] A sure choice for a fast seller. Good item for school and public libraries.”

Kirkus

The Brown Fox Mystery (#5)
“A pleasant, relaxed whodunit for the ice cream cone crowd, having to do with the mysterious doings in an abandoned ice house. Two boys, Tommy and the familiar Djuna, bring the two villains and one dope to justice. There are interesting digressions on fishing, motor-boating and other matters of juvenile importance. The plot manages to achieve a mild state of tension guaranteed harmless (but surely popular with this age).”

Kirkus