[PW] searching for Father-Son mystery series

Todd Mason foxbrick at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 21 18:06:59 PDT 2015

The WIKIPEDIA article is wrong to this extent...Manfred B. Lee never took much if any interest in ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, nor the earlier magazine Frederic Dannay started and edited briefly beforehand. Dannay was the editorial mind of the pair...and kept a hand in after Lee's death...

Todd Mason

 Wednesday, October 21, 2015 9:00 PM, Sue Kamm <suekamm at mindspring.com> wrote:
Two comments:

The Ellery Queen novels began in the late 1920s.  According to Wikipedia:

"In a successful series of novels and short stories that covered 42 years, 
"Ellery Queen" served as a joint pseudonym for the cousins Dannay and Lee, 
as well as the name of the primary detective-hero they created. During the 
1930s and much of the 1940s, that detective-hero was possibly the best known 
American fictional detective.[4] Movies, radio shows, and television shows 
were based on Dannay and Lee's works.

"The two writers, particularly Dannay, were also responsible for co-founding 
and directing Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, generally considered one of 
the most influential English-language crime fiction magazines of the last 
sixty-five years. They were also prominent historians in the field, editing 
numerous collections and anthologies of short stories such as The 
Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes. Their 994-page anthology for The Modern 
Library, 101 Years' Entertainment: The Great Detective Stories, 1841–1941, 
was a landmark work that remained in print for many years. Under their 
collective pseudonym, the cousins were given the Grand Master Award for 
achievements in the field of the mystery story by the Mystery Writers of 
America in 1961."

As for the Elliott Roosevelt series, he pictures his mother as a detective 
through at least FDR's third term  Other people, including those associated 
with the New Deal, appear throughout, as do other celebrities of the period, 
including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of 
Windsor, Jack Benny and Mary Livingston, Senator and Mrs. Harry S Truman and 
their daughter Margaret, Huey Long, and a young John F. Kennedy.

My main criticism of Roosevelt's books is the deference various celebrities 
show Mrs. Roosevelt.  I don't think they'd be as much in awe of her, 
although I'm sure they'd be polite and cordial.

Your friendly neighborhood CyberGoddess,
Sue Kamm
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Dodgers Truest of the Blue, 2000
"It's time for Dodger baseball!" -- Vin Scully
Email: suekamm [AT] mindspring [DOT] com

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