The Misadventures of Ellery Queen

edited by Josh Pachter and Dale C. Andrews

In 1892, Arthur Conan Doyle published a collection of short stories titled The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. In 1934, the first collection of Ellery Queen stories appeared, titled The Adventures of Ellery Queen. And in 1944, Ellery Queen edited The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of Sherlockian pastiches and parodies.

In the early 1970s, I suggested to Fred Dannay — who with his cousin Manny Lee was Ellery Queen — that perhaps it was time for a collection of EQ pastiches and parodies, to be titled The Misadventures of Ellery Queen. He liked the idea, but didn't think it would be appropriate for him to edit such a book himself and suggested that I ought to do it. I was in my very early twenties, though, and had no idea how to edit a book. A few years later, I moved overseas. Fred Dannay died in 1982, and the idea was forgotten.

Until 2016, when I met Dale Andrews, who had himself published three Queenian pastiches in the pages of EQMM and had also for some years been thinking about trying to put together a Misadventures of Ellery Queen. We decided to edit the book together, and John Betancourt of Wildside Press was eager to publish it. It came out in hardcover and trade paperback and for Kindle apps and readers in March of 2018.

You can order a hard copy here or the e-book here.

Here are excerpts from some of the reviews:

“Ellery Queen lives again in this delightful collection.” (Janet Hutchings, EQMM editor)

“As a huge fan of both Ellery Queen and good anthologies, I am jealous of the editors for producing such a wonderful, long overdue collection of stories devoted to one of the most important detectives (and authors) in the history of detective fiction.” (Otto Penzler, proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop)

“The Maestro of Detection is back in a delightful series of pastiches, parodies, and other works. Long may the Queen reign!” (Jeffrey Marks, EQ biographer)

“If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this book is filled with eloquent tributes to Ellery Queen.” (Douglas Greene, publisher at Crippen & Landru)

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