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The Best of Ellery Queen: Four Decades of Stories from the Mystery Masters

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23 short mysteries
1 Trumpetbird in the Cop Car by Janwillem van de Wetering
2 Boots by Antonia Fraser
3 Old P by H.R.F. Keating
4 Eavesdropping by Ron Goulart
5 Happy Christmas by Robert Barnard
6 Drown Her on Saturday by Celia Fremlin
7 Kill before Publication by Martin Russell
8 The Film Festival Assignment by Edward D. Hoch
9 Have a N
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Hardcover, 238 pages
Published July 1st 1985 by Beaufort Books
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An Odd1
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"The Best of Ellery Queen" editor Ellery Queen are rated low for most of 23 creepy horror short stories, lowest confusing, better for clear action and humor 3 Keating's Old P, 10 Savage's Matchmaking and 21 MacDonald's Blonde. Most of the authors are skilled at building atmosphere; surprises are best.

1 Trumpetbird in the Cop Car by Janwillem van de Wetering
Narrator constable ordered by senior to pull over Dutch pimp for siren; beatup whore offers self.
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Maggie
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellery Queen is a delight. I've been meaning to read these stories for ages, since I first heard the name in a more modern detective story. He lives up to the hype (and I can clearly see why the modern detective was a fan, which is a whole 'nother layer of fun). Some of the stories read almost like an oral telling, which, combined with the realistic and very human details of Ellery's personality, make for less of a mythical figure and more of a rumored man, the height of gossip - which feels tru ...more
Paul
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
BOTTOM-LINE:
A good collection indeed.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
A collection of Ellery Queen stories.
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WHAT I LIKED:
A few of the stories really stand out…Mind Over Matter with the death of a boxer just after a fight; The Inner Circle with a combination investment fund and deadpool; The Dauphin's Doll with the planned theft of a doll collection; and the Three Widows with one of them slowly being poisoned. The Glass-domed Clock and Man Bites Dog are also pretty well-
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Janice
2.5* overall - I didn't care for these (15) mostly short mysteries as much as the last book (THERE WAS AN OLD WOMEN). They were written over a 40 year span with changes in writing style and the personality of the Ellery Queen character. I liked THE MAD TEA-PARTY and THE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY best. It was really worth reading because of the Introduction (4*) which tells how and why the first book was written by 2 cousins who decided to enter a mystery writing novel contest by McClure Magazine to wi ...more
Michael Brown
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Four decades of the development of the characterization of Ellery Queen. He changes from basically a stuck up opinionated loner to a concerned and sociable individual. The stories have him all over the place helping his friends and working with the police. A very enjoyable book although as usual some of the short stories are very weak and almost seem slapped together to meet their deadlines.
Bionic Jean
Ellery Queen's choice of 23 short stories from Baroness Orczy and Lord Dunsany through to Antonia Fraser and Robert Barnard. This includes "Rear Window" by Cornell Woolrich.
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aka Barnaby Ross.

"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.

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