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Publication Order of Drury Lane Books

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The Tragedy of X (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tragedy of Y (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tragedy of Z (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drury Lane's Last Case (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ellery Queen Books

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

Publication Order of Ellery Queen Jr. Mystery Books

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

Publication Order of Tim Corrigan Books

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

Publication Order of Mike McCall Books

The Campus Murders (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Hearts Murder (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blue Movie Murders (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Masterpieces of Mystery Books

Masterpieces of Mystery (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Annual Books

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

Publication Order of Anthologies

Fifty Famous Detectives of Fiction(1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
20 Great Tales of Murder(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nero Wolfe Mystery Magazine Volume 1 Number 1, January 1954(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine July 1958(1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Locked Room Reader: Stories of Impossible Crimes and Escapes(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daring Detectives(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
American City(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chapter and Hearse(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Arts(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wickedest Show on Earth(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Handle with Care: Frightening Stories(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Baseball Stories(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Tales of Crime and Detection(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifty Best Mysteries(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century of Great Suspense Stories(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Further Misadventures of Ellery Queen(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

“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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