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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 the greatest puzzle-mysteries of their time, gaining the duo a reputation as the foremost American authors of the Golden Age “fair play” mystery. Eventually famous on television and radio, Queen’s first appearance came in 1929 when the cousins won a mystery-writing contest with the book that would eventually be published as The Roman Hat Mystery. Besides co-writing the Queen novels, Dannay founded 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 the fictional Queen upon Lee’s death.

Books by Ellery Queen

  • 9781613161067 72

    The Chinese Orange Mystery

    Ellery Queen, Otto Penzler

    Paperback, 2019

    A topsy-turvy crime scene sends a detective on a puzzling quest for the truth.
  • 9781613161272 72

    The Dutch Shoe Mystery: An Ellery Queen Mystery

    Ellery Queen, Otto Penzler

    Paperback, 2019

    After a wealthy woman is strangled in a hospital full of relatives and friends, Ellery Queen searches for her deadly enemy.
  • 9781613161555 72

    The Siamese Twin Mystery

    Ellery Queen, Otto Penzler

    Paperback, 2020

    Ellery Queen takes refuge from a wildfire at a remote mountain house — and arrives just before the owner is murdered...