The Complete Ellery Queen Jr. Mysteries Two brave young sleuths connected to one of the greatest detectives of all time tackle their own cases in these eleven whodunits.
For mystery fans, the name Ellery Queen brings to mind the sophisticated amateur sleuth who helped solve some of New York City’s most confounding cases. But he wasn’t the only one in his household with an eye for crime solving.
Here are eleven puzzling mysteries, nine solved by Djuna, the Queen family’s quick-witted assistant, with the help of his trusty Scottie, Champ; and two solved by Gulliver Queen—the chip-off-the-old-block nephew to the legendary detective himself.
Djuna solves The Black Dog Mystery, The Golden Eagle Mystery, The Green Turtle Mystery, The Red Chipmunk Mystery, The Brown Fox Mystery, The White Elephant Mystery, The Yellow Cat Mystery, The Blue Herring Mystery, and The Purple Bird Mystery.
Gulliver solves The Mystery of the Merry Magician and The Mystery of the Vanished Victim.
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, editing, and anthologizing under the name, gaining a reputation as the foremost American authors of the Golden Age “fair play” mystery.
Although eventually famous on television and radio, Queen’s first appearance came in 1928, when the cousins won a mystery-writing contest with the book that would eventually be published as The Roman Hat Mystery. Their character was an amateur detective who uses his spare time to assist his police inspector uncle in solving baffling crimes. Besides writing the Queen novels, Dannay and Lee cofounded 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 Queen upon Lee’s death.