Monday, 18 December 2017

Ellery Queen

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Novels
The Devil to Pay
The Door Between
Face to Face
The Finishing Stroke
The Four of Hearts
Halfway House
The Murderer is a Fox
The Scarlet Letters
There Was an Old Woman


 

Novels

When every last one of the Ohippi power plants are destroyed by flood, Rhys Jardin is one of many who loses everything. Somehow Jardin’s longtime partner, finance magnate Solly Spaeth, manages to come out of it wealthier than before. Spaeth has more than enough money to rebuild the plants, but why should he, with the law on his side? The only problem is that Spaeth’s son Walter is in love with Jardin’s daughter. When he pleads for his father’s mercy, he finds himself disinherited from the will. Walter enlists the help of Ellery Queen, in town to try his hand at screenwriting, to secretly buy back the auctioned Jardin family belongings on their behalf. But before Queen can walk away, Solly Spaeth turns up dead. Now embroiled in a real-life mystery, Queen must figure out a way to weed through the suspects, all the while proving himself a player in Hollywood.
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When Karen Leith, a reclusive novelist, is found on the floor behind her desk, surrounded by blood, it looks like foul play. But the only possible suspect is Leith’s future daughter-in-law, Eva, who has recently become engaged. Eva swears by her innocence, even though she was the last to hear Leith alive and the first to find her dead. Eva was waiting outside Leith’s office to share the happy news and maintains that no one entered through that door, while the room’s other possible exit was locked. The only one who can help her clear her name is mystery writer Ellery Queen, an acquaintance of the victim through New York’s literary circles. Queen intends to unravel the locked-room mystery, but with no murder weapon and many incriminating fingerprints, this case just might be one even he can’t solve.
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When a popular singer goes from retired to dead the day before New Year’s Eve, Ellery Queen is certain it’s murder. Luckily, just before she died, the victim managed to scribble out a single mysterious word: F A C E. Unfortunately, no one knows what it means. With the help of a new acquaintance, Inspector Harry Burke from Scotland, Queen uncovers even more baffling clues written in invisible ink. Enter the beautiful, discarded conquests of the dead singer’s playboy husband, who prove a dangerous distraction for both Queen and Burke. Will erotic temptation derail the investigation? If it does, hearts will be broken, and what’s worse — someone will get away with murder.
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At the tail end of the Roaring Twenties, a birthday bash for publishing heir John Sebastian, Jr., perfectly coincides with the twelve days of Christmas. Among the twelve invited guests is Ellery Queen, a newly published mystery writer planning to enjoy every last minute. But when an uninvited Santa Claus shows up on Christmas Eve and then mysteriously goes missing, the party takes a disturbing turn. Threatening clues masked as gifts begin to appear under the tree, and Queen – a novice crime fighter on his first solo case – must try to solve the killer’s puzzle before someone gets murdered. After a dead body turns up, Queen is no closer to stopping the killer. If he can’t anticipate the next clue before it shows up, John Sebastian’s birthday will end up his funeral.
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To put his career on the fast track, Lew Bascom plans to pen a film about Hollywood’s longest-running theatrical feud — Blythe Stewart and her daughter Bonnie’s rivalry with Jack Royale and his son Ty. The twist? Bascom wants the four actors to play themselves. The film’s producer insists on bringing Ellery Queen, a successful New York writer, out to Hollywood to help close the deal. Only problem is that Bascom isn’t interested in outside help. So beautiful gossip columnist Paula Paris offers Queen an in by explaining the specifics of the feud. Meanwhile, the deepening hatred of their adult children has become the latest tabloid fodder. But when Blythe Steward and Jack Royale turn up dead, Queen must go from screenwriter to detective before more Hollywood stars become Hollywood casualties.
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Called to an urgent meeting at a mysterious shack in the middle of nowhere, attorney Bill Angell finds his brother-in-law, traveling salesman Joe Wilson, stabbed. With Joe’s dying breath, he manages to convey that his murderer was a veiled woman. Was it the wild-eyed woman who had sped past Bill on his way up the dark road to the shack? To help him unravel the mystery, Bill calls on his old friend Ellery Queen. But first Queen will have to unravel the victim’s double life – starting with the shack where he’s been found dead, smack dab between two very different worlds.
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World War II hero Davy Fox has returned to his New England hometown of Wrightsville a changed man. When his wife Linda wakes up to find Davy’s hands around her neck, it takes all her strength to get away. But Davy is more than shellshocked from the war. He’s haunted by events of his past, when his mother was murdered by his father, Bayard, who has always insisted he was not the one who killed his wife. Linda hopes that if Davy’s father could be proved innocent, it might clear the conscience of her husband, saving her marriage and herself. She suggests to Davy that they seek out Ellery Queen, a New York writer whom successfully solved a previous Wrightsville mystery. Determined to get to the truth of the matter, Queen returns to the house where the murder took place, a house preserved down to the smallest detail precisely as it had been when the tragedy struck. And here he finds the clues that blast the case wide open.
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Beautiful actress Martha Lawrence has a problem. Her once loving husband, Dirk, has become violent and controlling, and she doesn’t know why. When she reaches out to their friend, mystery-solver Ellery Queen for help, Dirk interrupts their meeting in a drunken rage. He is convinced that the two are having an affair. Martha needs Ellery’s help to convince Dirk that she’s never cheated and never will. But from the clues he uncovers, it looks as if Martha might be two-timing after all. If Dirk is a cuckold, is his anger justifiable? And who is responsible if it results in murder? Ellery must figure out who is responsible for crippling a marriage before someone gets killed in the name of love.
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At the 37th libel suit Thurlow Potts has brought to court to protect the family name, the family’s beleaguered lawyer Charlie Paxton loses the case. Thurlow seems driven beyond reason to protect the million dollar shoe business of his mother, Cornelia Potts. But some people in the courtroom think Thurlow should be taken seriously, including Ellery Queen, who is looking on while waiting with his father, Inspector Queen of the New York Police Department, for another case. Afraid Thurlow will make good on his threats, Paxton begs Queen for help. Paxton’s fiancee is Thurlow’s sister, and she secures Queen an invitation to dinner, where Queen meets the unusual Potts family. But before the meal ends, Thurlow challenges his younger brother to a duel, and not one, but two murders ensue. For the twin victims, and for Queen who must now solve the crimes, the fairytale is over.
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