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The Adventures of Ellery Queen: Stories



By: Ellery Queen(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

Publisher: Mysterious Press (1 Jun. 2014)

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The original title of the book: The Adventures of Ellery Queen: Stories

In eleven ripping stories, the mystery genre's greatest sleuth shows his chops

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 these pages, he tangles with a violent book thief, an assassin who targets acrobats, and New York's only cleanly shaven bearded lady. Criminals everywhere fear him, whether they work in mansions or back alleys. No mystery is too difficult for the man with the golden brain.

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  • By NJ on 20 January 2015

    Why would an old woman who hates cats buy an identical feline every week for six weeks? How does the absence of a clock’s reflection indicate that a crime has occurred? No doubt about it, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee exploited the ‘two heads are better than one’ adage when it came to bafflingly ingenious hooks for their Ellery Queen stories, and it’s a shame that so many pedestrian murders dominate this collection when they were clearly capable of wonderful twists on what was – even in the 1930s – becoming a moderately well-worn groove.The best tales collected here – 'The Seven Black Cats', 'The Teakwood Case', 'The Mad Tea-Party' – are effectively Queen novels in miniature, rife with clever misdirection, beautiful puzzles-within-puzzles and the adorably gratuitous smugness of our hero. There’s also a streak of surprisingly atypical reluctance of the Great Detective to get involved (always overturned by Ellery’s ex cathedra assumption of responsibility once something amiss occurs, of course) which adds a certain veneer of genuine depth to a character who could easily smarm himself out of readers’ sympathy if mishandled. For a normally disposable form of the detective story, it’s evident some care has gone in here.However, not necessarily in every aspect. For a brand that prides itself on rigorous ratiocination, The Invisible Lover is something of a solecism and sticks out like a sore thumb for failing in its own internal logic. 'The Glass-Domed Clock' does the whole dying message thing a little too glibly to really be sympathetic (though there is, of course, a wickedly smart idea staring you in the face that you’ll probably miss) and 'The Hanging Acrobat' feels like a story published at its beginning stages before Dannay was given the chance to roll his sleeves up and really go to town.An unusual collection, then, one that is distempered by the more successful stories and rounded out by some perfectly fine attempts that are entertaining without ever being especially memorable or noteworthy ('The Bearded Lady', 'The African Traveller', 'The Two-Headed Dog'). Queen set him(them?)self such high standards that even the moderate failures put most other writers in the shade, and that alone makes it hard to not advocate your reading this. It’s the only collection of Ellery Queen short stories currently available, too, so snap it up while you can – and maybe more will follow...

  • By C. Harvey on 5 December 2014

    "After Poe, I think it's true that Ellery Queen was the most significant and important writer of mystery fiction in America." - Otto Penzler, Mysterious Press.Brilliant collection of very clever, ingenious and utterly engrossing "Fair Play"* puzzle murder mysteries, penned in the 1930s by "Ellery Queen"... or rather by cousins, Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred B. Lee (1905-1971). Ellery Queen was not only the cousins' nom de plume, but their main detective character in the books."What on earth could possibly be going on here?!" I asked every time, as the often bizarre and seemingly 'impossible' mysteries played out, and the clues were revealed... but all those quirky pieces of the puzzle came together nicely every time in the final denouement. Sometimes I kicked myself for missing it; other times I held up my hands and conceded "Genius - I'd never had thought that!". Yes, of course in places the writing style of the 1930s seems "dated" and there are so called "politically incorrect" (who cares?) moments, but that adds to the overall charm of these stories.Every single one of these short "Fair Play"* mysteries is an absolute gem - a joy to read, excellent, satisfying - and very addictive! When I finished one I just had to start on the next right away! Great fun!After this short story collection, I'm hungry to read more of the Ellery Queen novels; and thanks to Kindle Unlimited, I already have a half dozen downloaded on my device and ready and raring to go! Next...!*Fair Play Mystery: a mystery in which all of the clues are presented in the stories, so that the reader has every single clue and every single piece of information necessary to solve the murder.

  • By S Fairweather on 9 March 2013

    Inventive, entertaining and "unputdownable"! Queen is Holmesian in his brilliant deductive reasoning.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.

  • By A Humphrey on 15 August 2015

    Its alright. I did read them quickly so they obviously held my attention. Some solutions were obscure, some were less so. some were very dated - no one is going to be caught nowadays over the way they button their collar!

  • By G. Elliott on 3 February 2017

    Classic detective stories. Tightly structured but still each of them is a complete story in its own right. Timeless writing.

  • By S. Pillay on 12 July 2009

    The book I purchased was delivered on time and in good condition as stated. I was happy with the service.

  • By J. H. Blackhurst on 23 September 2015

    Not bad but not the best thing I have ever read

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