Ellery Queen (house name)

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Ellery Queen was the pen name for two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee, who wrote novels and short stories about a fictional detective character named Ellery Queen. At various points in their history, the cousins allowed the name of Ellery Queen to be used as a house name; novels written by other writers were published under that name. The cousins also wrote four novels that were published under the name "Barnaby Ross" -- they later allowed that name to be used as a house name.

Crime novels attributed to Ellery Queen but by other authors[edit]

All ghost writers are identified where known.[1] Post-1961 novels are usually paperback originals. All titles were edited and supervised by Lee except The Blue Movie Murders, which was edited and supervised by Dannay after Lee's death. Unless noted, these novels do not feature Ellery Queen as a character.

  • The Last Man Club (1941) A novelization of the radio play featuring Ellery Queen.
  • Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1941), aka The Vanishing Corpse, Pyramid, (1968) A novelization of the movie featuring Ellery Queen, which was loosely based on the novel The Door Between
  • The Penthouse Mystery (1941) A novelization of the movie (Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery) featuring Ellery Queen.
  • The Adventure of the Murdered Millionaire (1942) A novelization of the radio play featuring Ellery Queen.
  • The Perfect Crime (1942) A novelization of the movie (Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime) featuring Ellery Queen, which in turn was loosely based on The Devil to Pay[2]
  • Dead Man's Tale (1961) by Stephen Marlowe
  • Death Spins The Platter (1962) by Richard Deming
  • Wife Or Death (1963) by Richard Deming
  • Kill As Directed (1963) by Henry Kane
  • Murder With A Past (1963) by Talmage Powell
  • The Four Johns (1964) by John Holbrook Vance (Jack Vance)
  • Blow Hot, Blow Cold (1964) by Fletcher Flora
  • The Last Score (1964) by Charles W. Runyon
  • The Golden Goose (1964) by Fletcher Flora
  • A Room To Die In (1965) by John Holbrook Vance (Jack Vance)
  • The Killer Touch (1965) by Charles W. Runyon
  • Beware the Young Stranger (1965) by Talmage Powell
  • The Copper Frame (1965) by Richard Deming
  • Shoot the Scene (1966) by Richard Deming
  • The Madman Theory (1966) by John Holbrook Vance (Jack Vance)
  • Losers, Weepers (1966) by Richard Deming
  • Where Is Bianca? (1966) a Tim Corrigan novel by Talmage Powell
  • Why So Dead? (1966) a Tim Corrigan novel by Richard Deming
  • The Devil's Cook (1966) by Fletcher Flora
  • Which Way To Die? (1967) a Tim Corrigan novel by Richard Deming
  • Who Spies, Who Kills? (1967) a Tim Corrigan novel by Talmage Powell
  • How Goes The Murder? (1967) a Tim Corrigan novel by Richard Deming
  • Guess Who's Coming To Kill You? (1968) by Walt Sheldon
  • What's In The Dark? (1968) a Tim Corrigan novel by Richard Deming
  • Kiss And Kill (1969) by Charles W. Runyon
  • The Campus Murders (1969) a Mike McCall novel by Gil Brewer
  • The Black Hearts Murder (1970) a Mike McCall novel by Richard Deming
  • The Blue Movie Murders (1972) a Mike McCall novel by Edward Hoch

Juvenile novels attributed to Ellery Queen, Jr.[edit]

These novels were edited by Lee and ghosted by various authors, including Frank Belknap Long (who admitted writing two without mentioning the titles), Samuel Duff McCoy, and James Clark Carlisle, Jr., who "aroused the ire of Lee by farming out the writing of some of the books to a "sub-ghost", which has made establishing authorship even worse".[2] All the "Junior" novels with a colour in their title starred Djuna (see Ellery Queen), the Queens' houseboy. "The Mystery of the Merry Magician" and "The Mystery of the Vanished Victim" starred "Gulliver Queen", Ellery's nephew.

  • The Black Dog Mystery - 1941 (ghosted by Samuel Duff McCoy)
  • The Golden Eagle Mystery - 1942
  • The Green Turtle Mystery - 1944
  • The Red Chipmunk Mystery - 1946 (ghosted by Samuel Duff McCoy)
  • The Brown Fox Mystery - 1948 (ghosted by Samuel Duff McCoy)
  • The White Elephant Mystery - 1950 (ghosted by Samuel Duff McCoy)
  • The Yellow Cat Mystery - 1952 (ghosted by Samuel Duff McCoy)
  • The Blue Herring Mystery - 1954 (ghosted by Samuel Duff McCoy)
  • The Mystery of the Merry Magician - 1954
  • The Mystery of the Vanished Victim - 1954
  • The Purple Bird Mystery - 1966

Historical novels attributed to Barnaby Ross[edit]

(All written by Don Tracy.)

  • Quintin Chivas - 1961
  • The Scrolls of Lysis - 1962
  • The Duke of Chaos - 1962
  • The Cree from Minataree - 1964
  • Strange Kinship - 1965
  • The Passionate Queen - 1966

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crime Fiction, 1749-1980: A Comprehensive Bibliography by Allen J. Hubin, Garland, 1984, ISBN 0-8240-9219-8
  2. ^ a b Ellery Queen, a website on detection