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Calendar of Crime

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The inner circle --
The President's half disme --
The ides of Michael Magoon --
The Emperor's dice --
The Gettysburg bugle --
The medical finger --
The fallen angel --
The needle's eye --
The three r's --
The dead cat --
The telltale bottle --
The dauphin's doll.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 30th 1972 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1952)
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Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, a few short stories are in fact clever and surprising, but the rest are just...dull...
Gary Sundell
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed bag like most anthologies. These are middle era Queen mysteries dating from the early 1950s.
Gone is the Queen's houseboy.
Ellery now has a secretary, Nikki Porter. A story for each month 9f the year.
Cameron Trost
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
A calendar of crime; this is what every mystery fan needs. I followed the rules by reading each story during the month assigned to it and am glad I did. These stories are what short mysteries ought to be. They're puzzles to be solved. The reader just needs to get into the spirit, follow the clues, and use a bit of imagination. The only thing holding the collection back from a five-star rating from me is that the solutions to a couple of the mysteries were a little too far-fetched or not made ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I would say 2.5/5 for some were better than others - 12 months in a year and almost as many mystery murders, but also a hoax, some were not convincing at all - on top of it, i didn't like the writing, a lot of american slang, it felt like watching a television series
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure Queen

There stars for me means a book is precisely what it is supposed to be - no more, no less. These lighted-hearted stories are Queen in an ironic, often self-mocking form, and they are soothing entertainment. Don't ask too much and you won't be disappointed. Chuckle lightly.
Cathy Houston
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cathy by:
12 stories with several clever puzzles in the batch; good read
Martina Sartor
Dodici mesi con Ellery Queen. Dodici brillanti racconti gialli.
Jay Rothermel
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not a fan of the EQ novels I've read (too obviously whimsical) but the ss are effortlessnand brilliant. Nikki Porter leavens the S.S. Van Dine "sophication."
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
For my full review click on the link below:
Stephen Osborne
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, a pretty good collection of short stories with more hits than misses. Each story is set during a different month, beginning with January, and several of them deal with holidays. Traber Burns is pretty good at narrating Queen.
Red Heaven
So-so stories with nothing really remarkable on offer. I lost interest well before the year was out.
Jeff Hobbs
Read so far:

The adventure of the inner circle --
The adventure of the president's half disme --
The adventure of the ides of Michael Magoon --
The adventure of the emperor's dice --
The adventure of the Gettysburg bugle --
The adventure of the medical finger --
The adventure of the fallen angel --
The adventure of the needle's eye --
The adventure of the three R's --
The adventure of the dead cat --
The adventure of the telltale bottle --
The adventure of the dauphin's doll --
David Williams
A mixed Bag

The writing duo known as Ellery Queen were one of the ,it's prolific in the great age of pulp fiction. This collection of twelve stories takes place in different months. One story for each month of the calendar. Many of them are based around holidays. The stories vary in quality. Some are quite good others are below par. The collection is fun and was worth the $.99 I paid when it was on sale.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
read SOMETIME in 2002
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Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Raccolta di dodici racconti, purtroppo secondo me abbastanza scarsi. Sto saltellando tra i vari libri senza molto riguardo per la data di pubblicazione e anche se non avessi letto della straordinaria idea di marketing degli autori non avrei proprio riconosciuto in questo Ellery quello dei primi libri. Direi che c'è troppo segretaria e troppo poco investigatore.
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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.