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The Queens are intrigued when a grisly murder mars a small town’s Christmas

It’s Christmas in Chicago, and Inspector Richard Queen is enjoying a busman’s holiday at a conference on gangland violence—but his son, amateur sleuth Ellery, isbored 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. When the Queens arrive in Arroyo, they learn that the victim was an eccentric atheist, but not the sort to make enemies. What initially looks to be the work of a sadistic cult turns out to be something far more sinister. In the months ahead, more victims will turn up all over the world—all killed in the same horrifying manner. It will take several bodies before Queen divines the clue that unlocks the mystery of the Christmas crucifixion.

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ABOUT Ellery Queen

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Ellery Queen was a pen name created and shared by two cousins, Frederic Dannay (1905–1982) and Manfred B. Lee (1905–1971), as well as the name of their most famous detective. Born in Brooklyn, they spent forty-two years writing, editing, and anthologizing under the name, gaining a reputation as the foremost American authors of the Golden Age "fair play" mystery.

    Although eventually famous on television and radio, Queen's first appearance came in 1928 when the cousins won a mystery-writing contest with the book that would eventually be published as The Roman Hat Mystery. Their character was an amateur detective who uses his spare time to assist his police inspector father in solving baffling crimes. Besides writing the Queen novels, Dannay and Lee cofounded Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, one of the most influential crime publications of all time. Although Dannay outlived his cousin by nine years, he retired Queen upon Lee's death.

    Ellery Queen es un nombre de ficción por partida doble. Es tanto el pseudónimo literario de dos primos que escribían a cuatro manos, como el del detective que protagonizó sus elegantes misterios y les superó en fama. Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) y Manfred B. Lee (1905-1971) nacieron en Brooklyn y pasaron 42 años escribiendo y editando bajo este nombre. También fundaron la revista Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, una de las más prestigiosas de la edad de oro de la literatura de detectives. No faltaba un ejemplar de ella en ningún hogar donde hubiese alguien con ganas de entretenimiento de calidad. Aunque Dannay sobrevivió a su primo Lee, Ellery Queen dejó de existir en 1971, coincidiendo con la muerte del primo que daba vida con palabras a las intrigas imaginadas por el otro.