Ellery Queen

38 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,333 ratings

The Roman Hat Mystery Publisher's Summary

Despite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds. A gangland spectacle, it's packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire. In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field. In a sold-out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats. The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder: Inspector Richard Queen. With the help of his son Ellery, a bibliophile and novelist whose imagination can solve any crime, the Inspector attacks this seemingly impenetrable mystery. Anyone in the theater could have killed the unscrupulous lawyer, and several had the motive. Only Ellery Queen, in his debut novel, can decipher the clue of the dead man's missing top hat.

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  • Book 1

    • The Roman Hat Mystery

    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 495
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 444
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 444

    Despite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds. A gangland spectacle, it's packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire. In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field. In a sold-out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats. The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder: Inspector Richard Queen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful "logic puzzle"--great listen, great fun!

    • By Kathi on 02-24-14

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 2

    • The French Powder Mystery

    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    French's department store was famous for the rare merchandise it offered its elite clientele. But no one there could be proud of its latest exclusive window display: the bloodstained corpse of the owner's wife. Ellery Queen and his father, Inspector Richard Queen, soon discover that this palace of commerce is a viper's nest of fear, jealousy, suspicion, and hatred, where love is cheap and the price of honor marked down. But worst of all is the mysterious mocking mastermind who is out to turn the glittering store into a bargain basement of murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery from the era of the classics

    • By Kathi on 03-29-14

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  • Book 3

    • The Dutch Shoe Mystery

    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    When Abigail Doorn was wheeled into the operation room at the Dutch Memorial Hospital, her face was strangely blue and bloated. A wire had been tightly wound around her neck. The strongest suspect, because he stood to benefit by the death of this wealthy old woman, was her protégé, the famous Dr. Janney. Just before her death he received a strange caller - one whose name he would not divulge. Ellery Queen, having come to the hospital to visit his old friend Dr. Minchen, had been present during the time of the murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, but not my favorite in series, so far

    • By Kathi on 05-04-14

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  • Book 4

    • The Greek Coffin Mystery

    • The Ellery Queen Mysteries
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    In one of his earliest cases, Ellery Queen confronts a murder in blue blood. From the very beginning, the Khalkis case struck a somber note. It began, as was peculiarly harmonious in the light of what was to come, with the death of an old man. Georg Khalkis, internationally famous art dealer and collector, died of heart failure. After his funeral, his attorney found that the will was missing and immediately called in the district attorney. When Inspector Queen and his son, Ellery, are brought in to solve the mystery, Ellery mentions the one place they have not searched for the will: the coffin.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Muddled Mess Poorly Written...

    • By William Bleuel on 05-07-15

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  • Book 5

    • The Egyptian Cross Mystery

    • An Ellery Queen Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Richard Waterhouse
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    The Queens are intrigued when a grisly murder mars a small town's Christmas. It's Christmas in Chicago, and Detective Richard Queen is enjoying a busman's holiday at a conference on gangland violence - but his son, amateur sleuth Ellery, is bored silly. Until, that is, Ellery reads of an unusual killing in rural Arroyo, West Virginia. A schoolmaster has been found beheaded and crucified. Ellery hustles his father into his roadster and heads east, since there is nothing he'd like better for Christmas than a juicy, gruesome puzzle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • how come this says optional, if required?

    • By ka&freddy on 01-21-17

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  • Book 6

    • The American Gun Mystery

    • The Ellery Queen Mysteries
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Dan Butler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    When a Western star is gunned down at a rodeo, Ellery Queen saddles up to solve the mystery.

    Buck Horne has roped thousands of cattle, slugged his way out of dozens of saloons, and shot plenty of men dead in the street - but always on the back lot. He's a celluloid cowboy, and his career is nearly kaput. The real box-office draw is his daughter, Kit, a brawling beauty who can out shoot any rascal the studio has to offer. Desperate for a comeback, Buck joins Wild Bill Grant's traveling rodeo for a show in New York, hoping to land one last movie contract.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • At least it was cheap

    • By Tog on 08-03-14

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  • Book 7

    • The Siamese Twin Mystery

    • The Ellery Queen Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Fred Sullivan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Trapped on a burning mountain, the Queens take refuge with a killer. Dashing detective Ellery Queen and his father are driving over the pothole-scarred Arrow Mountain Road when they come face to face with a wall of flame. They tear back in the other direction, fire at their fenders, and finally find safety in a clearing, at the home of Dr. Xavier, a renowned surgeon. He is a genial man, but his distracted, mysterious smile conceals dark secrets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Ellery Queen

    • By Henry Maicki II on 06-08-15

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  • Book 8

    • The Chinese Orange Mystery

    • The Ellery Queen Mysteries 1934
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Richard Waterhouse
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    A puzzling publishing murder attracts the eye of Ellery Queen. Mandarin Press is a premier publishing house for foreign literature, but to those at the top of this enterprise, there is little more beautiful than a rare stamp. As Donald Kirk, publisher and philatelist, prepares his office for a banquet, an unfamiliar man comes to call. No one recognizes him, but Kirk’s staff is used to strange characters visiting their boss, so Kirk’s secretary asks him to wait in the anteroom.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Classic detective series, awful narrator

    • By Richard Bruno on 01-23-14

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  • Book 9

    • The Spanish Cape Mystery

    • The Ellery Queen Mysteries
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    On a seaside vacation, Ellery Queen is ensnared in a trio of strange crimes. Spanish Cape is a dramatic promontory, its rocky cliff stopped with a picturesque hacienda. This isolated spot belongs to millionaire Walter Godfrey and it should be a peaceful family getaway - but one summer evening, Rosa Godfrey argues with her uncle David as he tries to convince her not to run away with one of their guests, the roguish John Marco. Suddenly, a one-eyed gunman appears out of the twilight.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun period piece

    • By Leon Miller on 07-23-18

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  • Book 10

    • Halfway House

    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Fred Sullivan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    The victim had lived two lives, but a single knife thrust ended both of them. The trail of suspicion led into the guilt-edged world of the beautiful people - and climaxed in a vicious courtroom battle that ended with a shattering verdict. It seemed that for the first time Ellery had met his match - until the sleuth blended his usual impeccable logic with a most unusual fling.…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it

    • By Jerri on 05-04-16

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  • Book 11

    • The Door Between

    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    When Ellery Queen first meets the award-winning novelist Karen Leith, it is at a party held to celebrate her most recent prize in literature. The next time he hears of her, she is dead - murdered, so the police suspect, by the daughter of her fiancé, the eminent cancer researcher Dr. John MacClure. With no other suspects and only circumstantial evidence at hand, master detective Ellery Queen delves into the reclusive writer's past to uncover the startling method and motive of an intricate crime.

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  • Book 12

    • The Devil to Pay

    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    When Hollywood bigwig Solly Spaeth is murdered, thousands cheer. He is a most popular corpse, for Solly's stock manipulations have ruined many, including his partner. A cut-and-dried case - or so it appears. Enter master detective Ellery Queen, whose embarrassing questions uncover a maze of conflicting alibis and motives, and ultimately reveal a deadly face lurking beneath the glittering mask of Tinseltown.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Read

    • By Henry Maicki II on 01-20-16

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  • Book 13

    • The Four of Hearts

    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    It was a script that could only have come from Hollywood: the wedding of two superstars after a scandal-filled courtship... a wild trip by private plane to a hideaway... a deadly double overdose of drugs... These corpses weren't play-acting. Once again, Ellery was cast in the role of master detective, as he found nothing was quite what it seemed in the never-never land of moviedom - except sudden, violent death...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slightly below average mystery

    • By Darren Miller on 12-31-16

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  • Book 14

    • The Dragon's Teeth

    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Fred Sullivan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Eccentric multimillionaire Cadmus Cole hires Ellery Queen to investigate a case but won't say what it is. When Cole dies mysteriously at sea, Queen and his partner, Beau Rummell, must navigate a thicket of complications that includes a fifty-million-dollar legacy, two beautiful but avaricious women vying for the inheritance, a will with some odd provisions, and even a phony Ellery Queen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • entertaining story

    • By Ray on 06-28-16

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  • Book 15

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  • Book 16

    • There Was an Old Woman

    • The Ellery Queen Mysteries, 1943
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Once upon an evil time, there was a wicked old woman with a mammoth shoe company worth many millions of dollars, a henpecked husband, and six miserable children. Then one day death came visiting the vast Potts mansion - and began claiming its inhabitants one by one. It was then that Ellery Queen was invited to sup on this nightmare brew of diabolical murder and baffling mystery - in a case that made the most horrific crimes in his entire career seem like fairy tales. As he endeavors to solve the case, he tries to make sense of this family that defies rationality.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An adventure of Ellery in Queenland

    • By Stephen W Osborne on 01-26-17

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    • Calamity Town

    • Ellery Queen, Book 16
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Richard Waterhouse
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    At the tail end of the long summer of 1940, there is nowhere in the country more charming than Wrightsville. The Depression has abated, and for the first time in years the city is booming. There is hope in Wrightsville, but Ellery Queen has come looking for death. The mystery author is hoping for fodder for a novel, and he senses the corruption that lurks beneath the apple pie façade. He rents a house owned by the town's first family, whose three daughters star in most of the local gossip.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not your usual Ellery Queen

    • By Suzo on 02-01-18

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  • Book 17

    • The Murderer Is a Fox

    • The Ellery Queen Mysteries, 1945
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Could murder really be hereditary? Davy Fox certainly thinks so. When he was only a boy, his father, Bayard Fox,was convicted of murdering Davy's mother in the small town of Wrightsville. Now that Davy has grown up and returned home from the war, he fears that it is onlya matter of time until he kills his own wife. But could he really do such athing? Desperate to find out the truth, Davy's wife, Linda, calls on Ellery Queen to investigate the twelve-year-old murder of Jessica Fox.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Wrightville visit

    • By Stephen W Osborne on 11-14-16

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  • Book 18

    • Ten Days' Wonder

    • The Ellery Queen Mysteries, 1948
    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Ellery Queen is persuaded to accompany an old friend and sculptor to his ancestral home when the latter arrives at Ellery's house covered in blood and unable to remember anything from the past few weeks. Once there, tensions erupt and foul play results in the murder of one of the household's members. Among the many transgressions Ellery will uncover are adultery, blackmail, and deceit.

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  • Book 19

    • Cat of Many Tails

    • By: Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    The silent rush of footsteps, the muffled shriek, the ever-tightening noose of exotic silk…the mark of the Cat. The Cat had claimed number nine.

    The Cat had nine kills, but Ellery Queen found number ten alive and offered the victim temptingly to the killer. The trap was baited, and Ellery and the police poised for the strike that had to come. But the strangler struck elsewhere - and Queen's heart chilled at the thought of what he would find.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ellery takes on a serial killer

    • By Stephen W Osborne on 07-22-17

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