Queen's Bureau of Investigation: the Casebook

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The House of Brass (1968)

The House of Brass - Q.B.I.Why did the last survivor of a wealthy family bring together six people whom he didn't know and had never seen? Why did he decide to make these perfect strangers his heirs? And where was old Hendrik's fortune hidden? Ellery's latest adventure is a satirical murder-comedy of the turned-on sixties which combines hilarity with the deadly macabre, and, of course, the full Queen-quota of fair-and-square deduction and endless surprise.

A direct sequel to IQ's Own Case. Not that much plot, but there's a neat double twist and EQ has to come up with the real answer. Dad ties the knot with Jessie Sherwood. Whilst Avram Davidson did complete a manuscript for this book, however the cousins rejected it and subsequently completed the outline themselves. (Click on the cover to read more...)

Queen's Experiments in Detection (1968)

Q.E.D. - Q.B.I.For something light and piquant, we recommend No Parking, with its bewitching heroine and her three desperate suitors. For a main course you can really sink your teeth into, there's Mum Is the Word, in which the "dying message" offers the ultimate in hidden clues. And for an unforgettable piece de resistance, we have Abraham Lincoln's Clue, a classic that Anthony Boucher called "perhaps the greatest of all Queen mysteries."

EQ's short stories are hard not to like, and there are some good ones here. The Abraham Lincoln story is the best of this collection but hardly the "greatest of all EQ mysteries." (Click on the cover to read more...)

Cop Out (1969)

Cop Out - Q.B.I.Who are you, Malone? Just a little while ago you were a cop. That was before the two punks and their girl hit town. That was before they boosted a payroll and shot down a man and took your 9-year-old daughter as insurance to cover their getaway. Now you're just a man. Scared. Not for yourself--that would be easy. But for your child, the only thing in the world you love enough to make you play ball with the kind of scum you've hated all your life.

A hard-boiled crime story, not a mystery in any sense. Lee insisted it was not ghostwritten. Dannay himself confirmed this in person... (Click on the cover to read more...)

The Last Woman in his life (1970)

The Last Woman in his Life - Q.B.I.John Lovering Benedict had more than most men, most of all more women--including 3 ex-wives with little in common but their extraordinary physiques. For Ellery the question was which one of them had bashed in Benedict's skull with a hunk of iron statuary? The clues were many, but puzzling. All had been planted at the scene of the crime, but by whom, and for what purpose? And who was the last woman in John Benedict's life?

Another dying clue, another plot that seems stretched out for its length, with the final solution not quite as surprising as it should be. Too much penny-ante psychology, not enough story. Wrightsville revisited. (Click on the cover to read more...) 

A Fine and Private Place (1971)

A Fine and Private Place - Q.B.I.The 9-word clue was one of 9 cryptic notes that had been sent to taunt Inspector Queen and Ellery 9 days after the murder. Nino Importuna had been obsessed with the number. He had lived by it. Now the killer who brought a trio of gory deaths to Nino's 9th-floor penthouse at No. 99 East was camouflaging his identity in a jungle of 9s. And daring Ellery to find him. The case was destined to be a dazzling contest of wits--to the 9th degree!

The last EQ novel is OK but not too much more. EQ's first solution is so patently wrong as to be worthless as a red herring, and the "right" solution is not that hard to figure out either. (Click on the cover to read more...) 

The Tragedy of Errors:
      the Lost Stories of Ellery Queen

The Tragedy of Errors - Q.B.I.A lengthy and detailed outline for the final, but never published EQ novel, containing all the hallmarks of the greatest Queen stories - the dying message, the succession of false solutions before the astonishing truth is revealed, and scrupulous  fairplay to the reader.  And the theme is one that Queen had been developing for years: the manipulation of events in a world going mad by someone who aspires to the power of gods.

Contains the six hitherto uncollected Ellery Queen short stories, and a section of essays, tributes, and reminisces of Ellery Queen, written by family members, friends, and some of the finest mystery writers. (Click on the cover to read more...) 

The Adventure of the Murdered Moths
                             and Other Radio Mysteries (2005)

The Adventure of the Murdered Moths - Q.B.I. ...The best stories from the classic radio show featuring EQ as detective. Contains: The Last Man Club, Napoleon's Razor, The Bad Boy, The March of Death, The Haunted Cave, The Lost Child, The Black Secret, The Dying Scarecrow (1 hour version), Woman in Black, Forgotten Men, The Man Who Could Double the Size of Diamonds, The Dark Cloud, Mr. Short and Mr. Long, The Murdered Moths.

The limited collector's edition will have an additional script in a separate chapbook -- one of the mini (10-minute) scripts EQ did for the Kate Smith Hour. (Click on the cover to read more...) 

The Adventures of the Puzzle Club
                                       and Other Stories (2022)

The Adventures of the Puzzle Club - Q.B.I.The discerning reader will recall that the two cousins who wrote as Ellery Queen published five short stories about the Puzzle Club and its newest member, Ellery Queen himself, in the 1960s and '70s. Fifty years later, Josh Pachter picked up the gauntlet and gave us five more tales of the Puzzle Club, each as baffling as the original five, each with an introduction by a family member, friend, or aficionado of Mr. Queen.

The chapbook that accompanies the signed and numbered clothbound edition includes Pachter's story "S.O.S.," which was edited by Dannay and published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1972. (Click on the cover to read more...) 

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