• QED

  • Queen’s Experiments in Detection
  • By: Ellery Queen
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Let Ellery Queen clue you in on his special brand of high tension, brain-teasing mystery! This collection consists of novelettes and short stories from Queen's many escapades. Stories include:

  • "Mum Is the Word"
  • "Object Lesson"
  • "No Parking"
  • "No Place to Live"
  • "Miracles Do Happen"
  • "The Lonely Bride"
  • "Mystery at the Library of Congress"
  • "Dead Ringer"
  • "The Broken T"
  • "Half a Clue"
  • "Eve of the Wedding"
  • "Last Man to Die"
  • "Payoff"
  • "The Little Spy"
  • "The President Regrets"
  • "Abraham Lincoln's Clue"

©1970 Ellery Queen (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A great series of short stories

Classic Ellery deducing clues from a series of mysteries based on the months of the year. This series exemplifies what makes the Queen stories so enjoyable -- readable, intelligent, without using the same canned deductive techniques. It is great fun to match wits with Ellery Queen!

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Fun stories, irritating narration

Always fun in plot twists, but the narration suffers from poor pronunciations, awkwardly choppy cadences, and a nasal quality to the narrator's voice that grows tiresome at best and deeply irritating at worst.

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Fairly lame

Possibly dozens or even a couple of hundred short stories, books, magazines. etc out of this brand, and the quality shows. Definitely pulp, and not even the best pulp.

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The Art of Decorous Deduction

Even in novel form, Ellery Queen tends to decorum, to detection as a sort of mental parlor game. And it's just so in these stories; when passions arise, they serve as the motivation for a crime rather than a subject for extended analysis or a means of mitigating guilt. But don't assume the decorum mitigates the enjoyment; if anything, unburdened by psychological complexities and higher literary pretensions, we revel in the unalloyed pleasure of straight-ahead whodunnits.

From full-length shorts to 10-to-12-minute teasers, the stories in this collection present us with criminals who aren’t anti-heroes, and a protagonist who hates being called a detective, and whose wide reading and rational mind—the quod erat demonstrandum of the title—catches them unerringly. It’s all a great deal of fun, made even more so by Traber Burns' faultless performance.

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okay

The Ellery Queen stories I liked
The character voices were good, some very good
But the narrator’s own reading voice is rather stentorian (like Ted Baxter reading the news) - I found it too difficult to get past this and just enter into the story.

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Quick Hits of Queen

Collection of 1950s-60s mystery shorts. Nothing superb, as they hinge on a little thi g here or there, and a few rather poor (the tobacconist is a groaner), but still quite fun

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Pretty good stories

This is a collection of short stories. Most are pretty good. A couple bored me, so I moved to the next one.