Golden age mystery writer, used as both a pen name for two authors and as the eponymous character.For the television series featuring the character, see Ellery Queen.Books by (and/or) featuring Ellery Queen:Novels
The Roman Hat Mystery 1929
The French Powder Mystery 1930
The Dutch Shoe Mystery 1931
The Greek Coffin Mystery 1932
The Egyptian Cross Mystery 1932
The American Gun Mystery 1933
The Siamese Twin Mystery 1933
The Chinese Orange Mystery 1934
The Spanish Cape Mystery 1935
The Lamp of God 1935
Halfway House 1936
The Door Between 1937
The Devil to Pay 1938
The Four of Hearts 1938
The Dragon's Teeth AKA The Virgin Heiresses 1939
Calamity Town 1942
There Was an Old Woman AKA The Quick and the Dead 1943
The Murderer is a Fox 1945
Ten Days' Wonder 1948
Cat of Many Tails 1949
Double, Double 1950
The Origin of Evil 1951
The King is Dead 1952
The Scarlet Letters 1953
The Glass Village 1954 (neither Ellery Queen nor Inspector Queen in book)
Inspector Queen's Own Case 1956 (Inspector Queen only)
The Finishing Stroke 1958
The Player on The Other Side 1963
and on the Eighth Day 1964
The Fourth Side of The Triangle 1965
A Study in Terror AKA Ellery Queen vs Jack The Ripper 1966
Face to Face 1967
The House of Brass 1968 (A sequel to Inspector Queen's Own Case with a minimal appearance by Ellery.)
Cop Out 1969 (neither Ellery Queen nor Inspector Queen appear)
The Last Woman in His Life 1970
A Fine and Private Place 1971
Short Story Collections
The Adventures of Ellery Queen 1934
The New Adventures of Ellery Queen 1940
The Case Book of Ellery Queen 1945
Calendar Of Crime 1952
QBI: Queen's Bureau of Investigation 1955
Queens Full 1966
QED: Queen's Experiments In Detection 1968
The Best Of Ellery Queen 1985 (includes "Wedding Anniversary", otherwise uncollected, and a complete list of Ellery Queen short stories)
The Tragedy Of Errors 1999 (a previously unpublished synopsis written by Dannay, which was to be a Queen novel, plus all the previously uncollected short stories)
The Adventure of the Murdered Moths and Other Radio Mysteries 2005
As Barnaby Ross
The Tragedy Of X 1932
The Tragedy Of Y 1932
The Tragedy Of Z 1933
Drury Lane's Last Case 1933
Tropes used by Ellery Queen:
Asshole Victim: Particularly in the television adaptation, the victims often were involved in underhanded dealings, had some sinister secret or were revealed to treat others by anything other than the Golden Rule.
Canon Immigrant: Ellery's secreatary Nikki Porter was originally created for the radio show, but went on to appear in two of the novels and several short stories.
Character Name Alias: In The Origin of Evil, there is a character who calls himself Alfred Wallace. Recognising the connotations of the name (Wallace was a naturalist and contemporary of Darwin who independently proposed a theory of natural selection) is what starts Ellery down the path to the solution of the mystery.
The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: At one point in The Tragedy of Y, the York family doctor lets amateur detective Drury Lane read the family medical history, specifically all the parts that talk about the positive Wasserman tests. The book never uses the word "syphilis". Not even when Lane gets access to those medical files by proving to the doctor that he already knew the York children had been born with the disease.
Finger-Licking Poison: The Three Widows had a victim being slowly poisoned even though everything she ate and drank was carefully screened beforehand. It turned out the would-be killer was her doctor and the poison was on the thermometer with which he took her temperature each day.
Jury Duty: The radio show had an episode where Ellery and his secretary Nikki both ended up on the same jury, and Ellery ended up solving the case and revealing the true killer who was also in the courtroom.
Lights Off, Somebody Dies: Happens during a game of Murder in the Dark in the short story "The Dead Cat" in Calendar of Crime. The fact that the murderer was able to commit the crime in a pitch black room is what clues Ellery in to the solution.
Literary Agent Hypothesis: In a foreword to The Roman Hat Mystery, the Fictional "J. J. McC." explains that Ellery and Inspector Richard Queen are pseudonyms picked out by the real man who inspired Ellery, and further that the "real" Ellery is married. Subsequent books drop the roman ΰ clef conceit, and Ellery remains a bachelor throughout the series. The reason for the discrepancy is probably that this novel was written for a whodunit contest, and Dannay and Lee rethought some things when they chose to continue the series.
The Chinese Orange Mystery is a locked room mystery with exceedingly weird clues, including the fact that the murder victim is found with his clothes on backwards.
Lost Will And Testament: The Greek Coffin Mystery starts when Ellery and his father Inspector Richard Queen are called in to locate the missing will of a wealthy art collector. Ellery narrows down the possible location of the will to a single location: the dead man's coffin. When it is exhumed, however, it contains no will but the surprising addition of a strangled ex-convict.
Murphy's Bed: Not the murder method, but in The French Powder Mystery the body is hidden in a Murphy Bed that was part of a department store window display. When the demonstrator got to "see how easy this is to open?", the corpse popped out.