Ellery Queen Detective Series
11 Books

Ellery Queen

1920s - 1930s

The king of whodunits with puzzles on offer.

Ellery Queen Detective Series

Whole websites can be (and are) dedicated to Ellery Queen, the pseudonym of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee. Throughout their reign, books, magazines, TV shows, episodic radio and many other formats were created, all centred around mysteries of a Sherlock Holmes variety and improvising with their own innovations to the genre.

As with the radio clips, where readers are asked a question in a short 'minute mystery', the Ellery Queen Detective series created over 30 books (in this particular series). The early books (the ones listed) each contain a mystery for readers to solve, despite being longer form novels. As wikipedia notes:

"What became the best known part of the early Ellery Queen books was the "Challenge to the Reader." This was a single page near the end of the book declaring that the reader had seen all the same clues Ellery had, and that only one solution was possible. According to the novelist and critic Julian Symons, "The rare distinction of the books is that this claim is accurate. There are problems in deduction that do really permit of only one answer, and there are few crime stories indeed of which this can be said."

The latter books, which mostly lacked these 'challenges' are not listed.

Books in this series
1
The Roman Hat Mystery
Ellery Queen
1929

A fine silk custom top-hat is missing from a crooked lawyer who was poisoned by lead alcohol in the Roman theater at the close of the second act, 9:55 pm. Inspector Richard Q, sneezing snuff; a thin, multi-faced, small "Old Man"; and the Inspector's large writer son Ellery, puffing cigarettes, investigate.

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
239 pages
ISBN 9780451084705
2
The French Powder Mystery
Ellery Queen
1930

French's department store was famous for the rare merchandise it offered its elite clientele. But no one there could be proud of its latest exclusive window display: the bloodstained corpse of the owner's wife. Ellery Queen and his father would soon discover a viper's nest of fear and hatred.

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
316 pages
ISBN 9781883402907
3
The Dutch Shoe Mystery
Ellery Queen
1931

Queen visits an operating theater to witness a surgery, but finds a murder instead.

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
216 pages
ISBN 9780451120748
4
The Greek Coffin Mystery
Ellery Queen
1930

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 failure. After his funeral, his attorney found that the will was missing and immediately called in the district attorney.

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
288 pages
ISBN 9780451121363
5
The Egyptian Cross Mystery
Ellery Queen
1932

A new series of classic facsimile reprints selected and introduced by the internationally renowned editor and mystery expert Otto Penzler. - The Egyptian Cross Mystery has justly been called Ellery Queens weirdest adventure. On Christmas Eve, an eccentric schoolmaster in the little town of Arroyo, West Virginia was brutally murdered.

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
268 pages
ISBN 9780451122407
6
The American Gun Mystery
Ellery Queen
1933

In the arena of a vast New York sports palace, a man lay dead, murdered during the opening scene of a spectacular rodeo.

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★★★★★
274 pages
ISBN 9780899661520
7
The Siamese Twin Mystery
Ellery Queen
1933

THE SIAMESE TWIN MYSTERY finds Ellery and his father, the irascible Inspector Queen, trapped in a mountain retreat by a raging forest fire. The members of the household are a strange lot, and the mysterious murder of the retreat's host indicates to the Queens that not only are they isolated with an odd assortment of characters, but a dangerous killer as well!

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
325 pages
ISBN 9781883402112
8
The Chinese Orange Mystery
Ellery Queen
1934

An unknown dead man is found in the office of a prosperous publisher. His clothes are on backward, and all of the furniture in the room has been reversed. Ellery Queen continues to uncover "backward" clues--leading him to the identity of this puzzling victim.

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
192 pages
ISBN 9780451087591
9
The Spanish Cape Mystery
Ellery Queen
1935

THE SPANISH CAPE MYSTERY is a study in jealousy, revenge and mistaken identity. The setting is a brooding headland called the Spanish Cape. The cast contains the monstrous Captain Kidd, the ill-fated David Cumer and his beautiful niece Rosa, and Rosa's suitors. Into this scene drives Ellery Queen, intent on a holiday. Instead he must solve a baffling kidnap-murder!

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
475 pages
ISBN 9780893405236
11
Halfway House
Ellery Queen
1936

The victim had lived two lives, but a single knife-thrust ended both of them. The trail of suspicion led into the guilt-edged world of the beautiful people--and climaxed in a vicious courtroom battle that ended with a shattering verdict. It seemed that for the first time Ellery had met his match--until the sleuth blended his usual impeccable logic with a most unusual fling at love to bait a trap to tempt the bizarre tastes of an extraordinary murderer

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
224 pages
ISBN 9780451088956