A newspaper receives a letter from a man claiming to have been murdered — it's impossible but the truth is not so simple; five strangers who share the same initials are invited to spend the night in a luxury hotel but one of them is a murderer.
The 12 stories in this book will lead you through dramatic twists and unexpected turns. The legendary Ellery Queen selected these stories by award-winning Japanese authors from among many thousands published in postwar Japan. Each story features an unusual crime and a complex set of clues investigated by a diverse and colorful cast of characters that includes a calculating inspector, a tenacious journalist, and a determined scientist.
The stories include:
When a washed up Hollywood cowboy-turned-circus rodeo actor is shot dead in the midst of his performance at a New York sports-palace, in front of thousands of onlookers, it seems obvious that someone would have seen the perpetrator of the crime--or at the very least, recovered the gun. But when the ensuing investigation fails to turn up any evidence, even after the newsreels made in the moment are reviewed, the net of suspicion widens across the troupe of performers and the circus staff. Who among them is cunning enough to have constructed such a baffling murder scene?
Unluckily for the murderer, genius sleuth Ellery Queen is among the thousands that witnessed the crime, and he won't be satisfied until he cuts through the confusion to discover the truth of the execution. By the time he uncovers all the necessary clues and delivers his patented "Challenge to the Reader," Queen (and his most careful readers) will be able to expose both the killer and the hiding place of the weapon--the titular American Gun that fired the fatal bullet.
Reissued for the first time in over thirty years, The American Gun Mystery is among the most beloved of the early Ellery Queen novels, renowned to this day as exemplary works of the American Golden Age mystery. The central puzzle is a "fair play" story in which the reader has all the necessary clues needed to solve the crime.
?Crucifixion on Christmas Day.? That's what the newspapers report when a small-town schoolteacher is discovered dead, beheaded, and tied to a T-shaped cross on December 25th. It's a murder bizarre enough to pique Ellery Queen's interest ? and intriguing enough to lure him to the West Virginia village where it occurred to take a closer look. But when he arrives, Queen is met with too few clues and too little evidence to produce a satisfactory verdict, even for a master sleuth such as himself, and so returns home to New York defeated.
The yuletide gore is a distant memory when the next such murder occurs, identical in every way, but now the location has moved to Long Island. When Ellery Queen learns that the sun-worshipping nudist cult he encountered down south has made the same relocation, it becomes clear that the group and the killings must be intertwined. But then several more crucifixion murders follow, drawing Queen deeper into a tangled and eerie puzzle unlike anything he's encountered before. It will take all of his powers of deduction to uncover the killer.
Reissued for the first time in decades, The Egyptian Cross Mystery is a ?fair play? puzzle in which the readers have all the clues necessary to solve the mystery themselves. It is the fifth of Ellery Queen's cases, which may be enjoyed in any order.
The editors of The Misadventures of Ellery Queen return with a new volume of Queen pastiches, parodies, and tributes by a stellar lineup of writers—including one by Ellery himself! Here are...
THE ADVENTURE OF THE LOGICAL SUCCESSOR, by J. Randolph CoxONCE UPON A CRIME, by Maxwell E. SiegelChapter 11 from MURDER IN PASTICHE, by Marion MainwaringTHE CIRCLE OF INK, by Edward D. HochTHE JAPANESE ARMOR MYSTERY, by Mǎ TiānTHE MAD HATTER’S RIDDLE, by Dale C. AndrewsCHANGE OF SCENE, by Janet HutchingsTHE INDIAN DIAMOND MYSTERY, by Arthur PorgesTHE LITHUANIAN ERASER MYSTERY, by Jon L. BreenTHE LITTLE SISTER IN CRIME, by Theodore B. Hertel, Jr.THE GERMAN COLOGNE MYSTERY, by Jon L. Breen and Josh PachterTHE POLISH CHICKEN MYSTERY, by Rand B. LeeE.Q. GRIFFEN’S SECOND CASE, by Josh PachterTHE MISTAKE ON THE COVER OF EQMM #1, by Arthur VidroTHE PINK PIG MYSTERY, by Jeffrey MarksTHE MISADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN, by Ellery Queen
When Ellery Queen and his father encounter a raging forest fire during a mountain drive, the only direction to go is up — up a winding dirt road that leads to an isolated hillside manor, inhabited by a secretive surgeon and his diverse cast of guests. Trapped by the fire, the Queens settle into the uneasy atmosphere of their surroundings. Things become even more tense the following morning when the doctor is discovered dead, apparently shot down while playing solitaire the night before.
The only clue is a torn six of spades. The suspects include a society beauty, a suspicious valet, and a pair of conjoined twins. When another murder follows, the killer inside the house becomes as threatening as the mortal flames outside its walls. Faced with a complex set of alibis, motives, and evidence, Ellery Queen must rely on his powers of deduction and logic to uncover the murderer's identity — but can he solve this whodunnit before the fire devours its subjects?
Featuring bizarre circumstances, eerie atmosphere, and a dazzling solution, The Siamese Twin Mystery is a fair play mystery in which the reader has all the necessary information needed to solve the puzzle. The seventh Ellery Queen novel (which can be read in any order), it finds the legendary sleuth facing one of the most memorable cases of his career.
Lew Bascom is an idea man, and he has quite an idea. To put his career on the fast track, Bascom plans to pen a film about Hollywood's longest-running theatrical feud—Blythe Stewart and her daughter Bonnie's rivalry with Jack Royale and his son Ty. The twist? Bascom wants the four actors to play themselves in the film.
The film's producer insists on bringing Ellery Queen, a successful New York writer, out to Hollywood to help close the deal. Only problem is that Bascom—a notorious procrastinator—isn't interested in outside help. So beautiful gossip columnist Paula Paris offers Queen an in by explaining the specifics of the feud ranging back to when Blythe and Jack were in a hot and heavy romance, throughout their unexpected separation, and into their subsequent marriages to other people. Meanwhile, the deepening hatred of their adult children has become the latest tabloid fodder.
But when Blythe Steward and Jack Royale turn up dead, Queen must go from screenwriter to mystery solver before more Hollywood superstars become Hollywood casualties.
Raised in Japan by American expatriates, Karen Leith now lives a reclusive life in New York, known chiefly for her highly regarded novels, of which the latest has won a major American literary award. When she is found on the floor behind her desk, surrounded by blood, it looks like foul play. But the only possible suspect is Leith’s future daughter-in-law, Eva, who has recently become engaged. Eva swears by her innocence, even though she was the last to hear Leith alive and the first to find her dead.
Eva was waiting outside Leith’s office to share the happy news and maintains that no one entered through that door, while the room's other possible exit was locked. The only one who can help her clear her name is mystery writer Ellery Queen, an acquaintance of the victim through New York’s literary circles. Queen intends to unravel the locked-room mystery, but with no murder weapon and too many incriminating fingerprints, this case just might be one even he can’t solve.
Called to an urgent meeting at a mysterious shack in the middle of nowhere, attorney Bill Angell finds his brother-in-law, traveling salesman Joe Wilson, stabbed. With Joe's dying breath, he manages to convey that his murderer was a veiled woman. Was it the wild-eyed woman who had sped past Bill on his way up the dark road to the shack?
To help him unravel the mystery, Bill calls on his old friend Ellery Queen. But first Queen will have to unravel the victim's double life - starting with the shack where he's been found dead, smack dab between two very different worlds.
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