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Publication Order of Drury Lane Books

as Barnaby Ross
The Tragedy of X (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tragedy of Y (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tragedy of Z (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Drury Lane's Last Case (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ellery Queen Books

The Roman Hat Mystery (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The French Powder Mystery (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dutch Shoe Mystery (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Greek Coffin Mystery (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Egyptian Cross Mystery (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The American Gun Mystery / Death at the Rodeo (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Siamese Twin Mystery (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chinese Orange Mystery (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lamp of God (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halfway House (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Door Between (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Four of Hearts (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil to Pay (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dragon's Teeth / The Virgin Heiresses (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Penthouse Mystery (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calamity Town (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Perfect Crime (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There Was an Old Woman / The Quick and the Dead (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murderer is a Fox (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ten Days' Wonder (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cat of Many Tails (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double, Double / The Case of the Seven Murders (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Origin of Evil (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King is Dead (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Player On Other Side (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Summer (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scarlet Letters (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Glass Village (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Queen's Own Case (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Finishing Stroke (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Queens Full (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Man's Tale (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Spins the Platter (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill as Directed (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder with a Past (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And on the Eighth Day (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Four Men Called John (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Lethal Black Book (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fourth Side of the Triangle (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Study in Terror (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Losers, weepers (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shoot The Scene (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Madman Theory (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Face to Face (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Q.E.D. Queen's Experiments in Detection (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
House of Brass (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil's Cook (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cop Out (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Woman in His Life (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Poetic Justice (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fine and Private Place (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blow Hot Blow Cold (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House of Brass (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen, Master Detective (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ellery Queen Jr. Mystery Books

The Black Dog Mystery (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Dog Mystery (By: Ellery Queen Jr.) (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Turtle Mystery (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Chipmunk Mystery (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brown Fox Mystery (By: Ellery Queen Jr.) (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Eagle Mystery (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brown Fox Mystery (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Elephant Mystery (By: Ellery Queen Jr.) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Elephant Mystery (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yellow Cat Mystery (By: Ellery Queen Jr.) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yellow Cat Mystery (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Vanished Victim (By: Ellery Queen Jr.) (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Merry Magician (By: Ellery Queen Jr.) (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blue Herring Mystery (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Merry Magician (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Vanished Victim (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Purple Bird Mystery (By: Ellery Queen Jr.) (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Purple Bird Mystery (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tim Corrigan Books

Where Is Bianca? (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Goes the Murder? (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Spies, Who Kills? (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why So Dead? (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Which Way to Die? (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guess Who's Coming to Kill You? (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in the Dark? (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mike McCall Books

The Campus Murders (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Hearts Murder (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blue Movie Murders (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Masterpieces of Mystery Books

Masterpieces of Mystery (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Wife or Death (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killer Touch (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beware the Young Stranger (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Copper Frame (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Room To Die In (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Player on the Other Side (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Penthouse Mystery, The (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Most Wanted Man In The World (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Fell The Night (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Door Between (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eyes of Mystery (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
House of Darkness (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Adventures of Ellery Queen (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calendar of Crime (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
QBI: Queen's Bureau of Investigation (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
QED: Queen's Experiments in Detection (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kindly Dig Your Grave and Other Wicked Stories (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tragedy of Errors and Others (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventure of the Murdered Moths and Other Radio Mysteries (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventures of the Murdered Moths (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventures of the Puzzle Club (With: Josh Pachter) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Annual Books

Ellery Queen's Crime Carousel (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's 16th Mystery Annual (By: Henry Slesar) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Be Read Before Midnight (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen All Stars (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Mystery Parade (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Mini Mysteries (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Mystery Bag (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Best Bets (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Crookbook (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Book Of Mystery Stories (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Murdercade (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Crime Wave (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Giants of Mystery (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Magicians Of Mystery (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
X Marks the Plot (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Crimes and Consequences (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's International Case Book (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Cops And Capers (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Japanese Golden Dozen (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's The Golden 13 (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Crime Cruise Round the World (By: T. M. Adams) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Veils of Mystery (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Doors to Mystery (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Maze Of Mysteries (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Book of First Appearances (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Prime Crimes (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Crimes and Punishments (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Prime Crimes Two (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's a Multitude of Sins (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Circumstantial Evidence (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Champions Of Mystery (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Masks of Mystery (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Crime Cruise Round the World (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's More Lost Ladies and Lost Men (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellerys Queen's Masters of Mystery (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Eyewitnesses (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Screen Favourites (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's More Eyewitnesses (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Edgar Award Winners (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Faces of Mystery (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Other Faces of Mystery (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Windows Of Mystery (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen's Searches and Seizures (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Fifty Famous Detectives of Fiction(1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
20 Great Tales of Murder(1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nero Wolfe Mystery Magazine Volume 1 Number 1, January 1954(1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine July 1958(1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Locked Room Reader: Stories of Impossible Crimes and Escapes(1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daring Detectives(1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American City(1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chapter and Hearse(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Arts(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wickedest Show on Earth(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Handle with Care: Frightening Stories(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Baseball Stories(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales of Crime and Detection(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fifty Best Mysteries(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Century of Great Suspense Stories(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

“Ellery Queen” is a pseudonym that was created by two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee. The fictional detective is popularly known as the American Whodunit celebrity, competing with Nero Wolfe.

Frederic Dannay was born in 1905 and died in 1982, while Manfred was born in 1905 and died in 1971. The cousins are the authors of over 35 detective novels featuring Ellery Queen. The two cousins wrote many books, hundreds of audio scripts and dozens of television movies.

In most books, the author is featured as an amateur sleuth who shares an apartment with his father, Inspector Richard Queen, who is a member of the New York Homicide Squad. In some of the movies and television, Ellery Queen stories did not always capture the original concept of the author.

The Queen novels can be classified as fair-play mystery, especially considering their Golden Age era of the mystery novel. The story is revealed to the reader in a similar way as the detective learns; therefore, the reader is given a fair chance of solving the mystery.

Other mystery writers such as John Dickson Carr referred to the books as “the grandest game in the world.” Early Queen novels mostly feature intricately plotted clues as well as solutions. In The Greek Coffin Mystery, published in 1932, Ellery proposed different solutions that would later become a hallmark of the mystery novels of the Golden Age.

Another major stylistic device used in the books is the listing of the murderer’s attributes. He lists different characteristics, such as the murderer smokes a pipe, the murderer was male, etc. With the use of these attributes, he can analyze different suspects and come up with a single name, often an unlikely one.

In 1938, Ellery Queen joined Hollywood to become a script writer, where he began to change the characters of the novel. In his scripts, he introduced other characters with the theme of romance as well as psychological elements. The novels seemed to move from a mere puzzle to more introspective themes.


There is a clear change of character as the Ellery Queen stories advance. The early novels seem to be more complex, with unexpected yet fairly foreshadowed twists.

During the post-war era, Ellery drastically changed his stories. He sometimes doubted his abilities and at some point, stops the detective work entirely. Some of the early books include:

The Roman Hat Mystery:

The Roman Hat Mystery features a popular play entitled Gunplay. Shortly after act 2, there is a scream as a light is snapped on, and the corpse of a shady lawyer is discovered in the audience. There are several suspects that Ellery Queen and his father must investigate.

The Greek-Coffin Mystery:

This is the fourth mystery novel of the Ellery Queen, published in 1932. The mystery features an elderly and wealthy Greek art dealer, George Khalkis. He dies and after his funeral, it is discovered that his will has gone missing.

Inspector Richard Queen and his amateur sleuth son are brought into investigate. Ellery suggests that the will was buried in the coffin with the dead man. The coffin is opened, only to reveal two dead men and no will.

Movies and television series:

Most Ellery Queen films take some liberties with the classic plot, but the story emerges fairly unscathed. All the films belong to the distributor, who for many years issued them in truncated form to local televisions stations. Mysteries featured in movies include The Mandarin Mystery and The Crime Nobody Saw Mystery. Many of the films are considered B movies, and the casting and scripts were sometimes less than stellar.

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