I include THE VANISHING CORPSE (1968) because though it was not written by ELLERY QUEEN, it was based on a radio play based on their earlier THE DOOR BETWEEN. It was published also as ELLERY QUEEN MASTER DETECTIVE, and ends with the charming scene of Ellery asking Nikki to become…his secretary.

I include THE VANISHING CORPSE (1968) because though it was not written by ELLERY QUEEN, it was based on a radio play based on their earlier THE DOOR BETWEEN. It was published also as ELLERY QUEEN MASTER DETECTIVE, and ends with the charming scene of Ellery asking Nikki to become…his secretary.

Q.E.D.—Queen’s Experiments in Deduction (1968): Great collection with another president short story, this time Abraham Lincoln. The copy I read as a kid was missing the cover but I later found a hardcover edition. Here’s the Signet cover I probably would have seen in my day.

Q.E.D.—Queen’s Experiments in Deduction (1968): Great collection with another president short story, this time Abraham Lincoln. The copy I read as a kid was missing the cover but I later found a hardcover edition. Here’s the Signet cover I probably would have seen in my day.

QUEENS FULL (1966) contained a couple of Ellery Queen short stories and a Wrightsville novella.

QUEENS FULL (1966) contained a couple of Ellery Queen short stories and a Wrightsville novella.

Q.B.I.—QUEEN’S BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (1955) contained several quick and dirty short-short stories from different areas of crimes such as kidnapping, embezzling, etc. In other words, not just murder.

Q.B.I.—QUEEN’S BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (1955) contained several quick and dirty short-short stories from different areas of crimes such as kidnapping, embezzling, etc. In other words, not just murder.

Loved THE CALENDAR OF CRIME (1952), which had Ellery solving a case for a [American] holiday in every month of the year. I should probably put holiday in quotes. The March mystery is about income taxes. When the book was published, Americans paid their annual federal taxes on March 15; this was later changed to April 15. A personal favorite of mine was the George Washington mystery, in February.

Loved THE CALENDAR OF CRIME (1952), which had Ellery solving a case for a [American] holiday in every month of the year. I should probably put holiday in quotes. The March mystery is about income taxes. When the book was published, Americans paid their annual federal taxes on March 15; this was later changed to April 15. A personal favorite of mine was the George Washington mystery, in February.

Very rare: THE CASEBOOK OF ELLERY QUEEN (1945). Would love to read this…

Very rare: THE CASEBOOK OF ELLERY QUEEN (1945). Would love to read this…

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN (1940) contains the novella “Lamp of God,” which was publish separately. This is the cover of the Signet/NAL edition that I enjoyed as a kid.

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN (1940) contains the novella “Lamp of God,” which was publish separately. This is the cover of the Signet/NAL edition that I enjoyed as a kid.

Signet used this cover on THE ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN before dreaming up the framed-photo design that it used throughout the rest of the 1970s. There are 11 stories in this collection. The best is probably “The Mad Tea Party,” which was dramatized during the 1970s series starring Jim Hutton.

Signet used this cover on THE ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN before dreaming up the framed-photo design that it used throughout the rest of the 1970s. There are 11 stories in this collection. The best is probably “The Mad Tea Party,” which was dramatized during the 1970s series starring Jim Hutton.

The 35th and last Ellery Queen novel, A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE, was published in 1971. There would be other novels under the Queen name, but none written by the cousins or with their input.

The 35th and last Ellery Queen novel, A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE, was published in 1971. There would be other novels under the Queen name, but none written by the cousins or with their input.