Ellery Queen, Master Detective
Also published as: The Vanishing Corpse
Source: screenplay for Ellery Queen, Master Detective
(a bastardized version of The Door Between
).The Victim Vanishes... Nikki Porter found the body—and found herself in hot water as well, suspected of murder! Ellery Queen had a deadline for solving the crime—and no clues to go on! And the victim himself added to the confusion by vanishing on the way to the morgue! Here is one of Ellery Queen’s most bizarre mysteries—now for the first time in a paperback edition!
The Penthouse Mystery
Source: screenplay for Ellery Queen’s Penthouse Mystery
(based on the radio play The Three Scratches
).The body in the trunk, the vanishing jade necklace, the ventriloquist, the magician, and the card sharp—a murderous mix of clues and characters that gives detection’s most expert amateur, Ellery Queen, one of his trickiest cases—a fast-paced puzzler which will be new to EQ’s vast paperback audience!
The Perfect Crime
Source: screenplay for Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime
(based on The Devil to Pay
).With $250,000—of somebody else’s money—in his pocket, Ellery had the time of his life buying the famous Garten book collection as it was auctioned off. But the fun didn’t last long, for before evening John Mathews, who had been responsible for Garten’s ruin, was found murdered. And neither the book collector, nor the dead man’s nephew, Walter, who was engaged to Garten’s daughter, had any kind of an alibi. To complicate things still further exactly when had Rhodes, the crooked lawyer, left the Mathews’ house that day—and exactly what was Carlotta Emerson, Walter’s aunt, hiding?
Two following two entries are EQ radio scripts made into novels (so the plots are probably authentic even if the writing isn't); they also appeared as Better Little Books
in 1942. Neither of the cousins had a hand in these:
The Last Man Club
Source: radio play The Adventure of the Last Man Club
.Big motive—$100,000, payable to the final survivor of the strange Last Man Club. It was a wonder they didn’t start killing each other off...and then they did—plunging Ellery Queen and Nikki Porter into a challenging chase after an invulnerable killer!
The Murdered Millionaire
Source: radio play The Adventure of the Murdered Millionaire
.No motive—Nobody had any reason to want Peter Jordan dead—yet the ailing millionaire sent Ellery a desperate call for help...and Ellery and Nikki found him murdered! Not motive...no clues...for once Ellery Queen was bogged down—until he found a very important wad of chewing gum!
The Four of Hearts Mystery
1942 (William Rand, aka William Roos)
Source: novel The Four of Hearts The EQ novel dramatized as a theatrical play.