The Adventures of Ellery Queen (An American Mystery Classic) (Paperback)

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The Adventures of Ellery Queen (An American Mystery Classic) (Paperback)

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Eleven confounding problems in deduction for Golden Age super-sleuth Ellery Queen.


For Ellery Queen, there is no puzzle that reason cannot solve. In his time, he has faced down killers, thugs, and thieves, protected only by the might of his brain—and the odd bit of timely intervention by his father, a burly New York police inspector. But when a university professor asks Queen to teach a class, the detective finds there are people whom reason cannot touch: college students. 


Queen’s adventure on campus is only the first of this incomparable collection of short mysteries. In the tales that follow, he tangles with a violent book thief, an assassin of acrobats, and New York’s only cleanly shaven bearded lady. And the only thing more dazzling than the mysterious murders he confronts are his brilliant solutions at the end.


Ellery Queen was a master of the short mystery, so closely associated with the form that the longest-running magazine for such tales bears his name; the excellent stories in this volume show why he continues to be considered one of the greatest American practitioners of the Golden Age whodunnit.



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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781613164587
ISBN-10: 1613164580
Publisher: American Mystery Classics
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: An American Mystery Classic
Ellery Queen is the American detective story.

— Anthony Boucher

Otto Penzler’s classic reprints are a great contribution to the private libraries of mystery aficionados, and fans of the classic murder puzzle will be very pleased with this edition.
— NY Journal of Books