Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine is an American digest size fiction magazine specializing in crime fiction, particularly detective fiction, and mystery fiction. Launched in fall 1941 by Mercury Press, EQMM is named after the fictitious author Ellery Queen, who wrote novels and short stories about a fictional detective named Ellery Queen. From 1993, EQMM changed its cover title to be Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (without the 's), but the table of contents still retains the full name.[1]

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
ElleryQ1955
Nicholas Solovioff painted this cover for a 1955 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. The popularity of the Ellery Queen radio and TV series increased interest in the magazine.
Categoriesdetective fiction, mystery fiction
FrequencyBi-Monthly
Year founded1941
CompanyDell Magazines
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Websitehttp://www.themysteryplace.com/eqmm/
ISSN0013-6328
OCLC number1567799

Background

Ellery Queen was the pseudonym of the team of Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee, who had been writing under the name since 1929. EQMM was created to provide a market for mystery fiction above the common run of pulp crime magazines of the day. Dannay served as the magazine's editor-in-chief (although still under the name Ellery Queen) from its creation until his death in 1982, when managing editor Eleanor Sullivan succeeded to the post. Following her death in 1991, Janet Hutchings became editor of EQMM.

In Bloody Murder, Julian Symons offered this description of the publication:

It is... a compendium of every possible kind of crime story. Some of the kinds are more important than others, not all of the stories are masterpieces, and some will madden anybody who has a fixed idea of what the crime short story should be like. Yet the value of the magazine far transcends any criticisms that may be made of it. No doubt short stories would have been written if EQMM had never existed, but they would have been much less various in style and interest, and almost certainly much poorer in quality.[2]

History

Mystery League and pre-EQMM era (1933-1934)

Around 4 years after Ellery Queen’s successful debut, The Roman Hat Mystery, Dannay and Lee decided to produce a magazine that would publish only quality mystery fiction.[3][4] Their first attempt, Mystery League, a monthly magazine for mystery fiction, debuted in October 1933, with Dannay and Lee as its only employees.[4] What was unusual about Mystery League was that when most of the mystery magazines at the time were digests that would cut long novels into pieces before publishing them, Mystery League published only complete short novels,[5] which helped to maintain the quality of the stories it published while leading to a higher selling price of 25¢. When America was still recovering from Great Depression, it was too high a price for most people to purchase a magazine. Therefore, the magazine ceased publication after only four issues,[3] but its basic principle of publishing complete short mystery novels of high quality is inherited by Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.[5]

Creation (1941)

In the fall of 1941, Dannay and Lee gave their attempt to create a magazine for short mystery fictions a second try by creating the Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine under the ownership of Lawrence E. Spivak of The Mercury Press. With little involvement of Lee, Dannay assumed primary editorial responsibility for the magazine, serving as its editor-in-chief from 1941 until his death in 1982.The magazine debuted as quarterly, and thanks to its popularity, it went bimonthly in the following year and finally went monthly in 1946.[6]

Just like'" Mystery League, the first issue of EQMM contained 7 complete mystery stories from Dashiell Hammett, Margery Ellingham, T.S. Stribling, Anthony Abbot, Cornell Woolrich, Fredrick Hazlitt Brennan and Ellery Queen himself.[7][8] Dannay admitted in his message to readers that “This first issue is frankly experimental. Our belief that a large public exists which impatiently awaits such publication can only be confirmed by that public.” In sharp contrary to Mystery League’s failure, the first issue is enthusiastically welcomed by the public, selling more than 90,000 copies,[6] which is far beyond Dannay and the publisher’s expectation. Since then, EQMM has become the Amwtican leading magazine of the genre and is credited with setting the standard for the modern crime and mystery short stories[9] and keeping short stories of the genre alive and flourish.[10]

Frederic Dannay’s editorship (1941-1982)

Frederic Dannay served as editor-in-chief for EQMM for more than 40 years.[11] As an editor, Dannay set his goal to establish a more respectful reputation for mysteries and keep the genre strong.[6][12][4] Dannay explained his manifesto for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine as being to "raise the sights of mystery writers generally to a genuine literary form," to "encourage good writing among our colleagues by offering a practical market not otherwise available," and to "develop new writers seeking expression in the genre."[6][4]

To achieve his goal, Dannay worked hard to explore and represent every aspect of mysteries, expanding the variety of materials of EQMM to a great extent,[5][13] while he believed his efforts also served to cater to the widest possible range of tastes and attract more audience.[5][14] One of his major efforts was to find and publish stories written by big names with elements of crime or mystery, and as a result, more than forty Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, including William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, have works published in EQMM. Dannay also set a global orientation for EQMM, publishing works from writers all over the worlds, from works by English writers like Agatha Christie to first English translation of the work of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.[6] Besides, with his bravery and vision, Dannay pushed those boundaries followed by other magazines that days, publishing the first black detective story("Corollary" by Hughes Allison) in EQMM in 1948.[5][15]

The first EQMM short story contest was held in 1946. William Faulkner, the future Noble Prize winner, wrote a new story for the contest and won second prize, while the first prize went to Manly Wade Wellman.[5][11][16] Faulkner was furious about his loss, and in a letter to his agent, he described the contest as "a manufactured mystery story contest".[17] Many today admit that the story Faulkner written for the contest, "An Error in Chemistry", is not one of Faulkner best stories,[5] and Dannay continued to publish works from Faulkner in EQMM, which in fact has helped Faulkner to gain in popularity among the general public.[17][18]

After the first few years of Dannay reprinted stories he had gathered for his own personal collection of mysteries while slowly adding previously unpublished stories by both famous and unknown authors,[4] EQMM began accepting novels from the general public in 1948.[11] As another effort to expand the variety of materials of the magazines, during Dannay’s editorship, Department of First Stories was established in 1949,[11] which aims at publishing works from new writers and fostering new talent.[6] Dannay himself published more than 500 first stories by first-time writers,[10] and many of them, including Stanley Ellin and David Morrell, grew to became famous writers.[6] In 1953, EQMM bought Black Mask Magazine, and turned it into a special department which “features harder-edged works of crime, noir, and private-eye writers.” [11][19](Black Mask ceased to exist in EQMM in the 1970s but was reinstated in 2008 and continues to run today.[6] )

Several Spin-offs of the magazine came into being and died during this period. Overseas editions for US troops appeared in May 1945 and ceased publication in June 1946 after the end of World War II and the return of US troops. They were almost identical to the normal US edition of EQMM, with the only difference of a title "Special Edition for the Armed Forces Overseas" or "Overseas Edition for the Armed Services" printed on the cover. Since advertisements were not allowed in this kind of publication for the US army, the opening 3 pages of this edition, where the ads would typically be, were replaced with an additional story. Otherwise, an additional puzzle would be added at the end as a make-up.[11][20][21] An Australian reprint edition started from July 1947 and ceased publication in November 1964, and a UK reprint edition was available between February 1953 and September 1964. Spin-offs that translated the magazine into other languages like Japanese, French, Italian, German were all once available, but all ceased publication eventually.[21]

Eleanor Sullivan’s editorship (1982-1991)

After Frederic Dannay passed away in 1982,[22] Eleanor Sullivan succeeded his place and began to serve as editor of EQMM. She was the managing editor of the magazine from 1970 to 1982,[23] hand-picked by Frederic Dannay after an interview,[24] and she has written many articles under a pen name for newspapers, magazines and books.[23]

During Eleanor Sullivan’s editorship, in 1985, The EQMM Readers Award began:[11] it is an annual award selected by readers of EQMM of their favorite stories. Since then, it has become one of the most important awards of its genre.[25] The first EQMM Readers Award went to Clark Howard.[11]

Eleanor Sullivan also served as editor-in-chief of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine from 1975 to 1981,[23] which helped to establish a closer relationship between EQMM and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. After Eleanor Sullivan became editor of EQMM and Cathleen Jordan became the editor of AHMM in 1982,[26] they worked together to keep both magazines prosperous, and they often passed stories to each other to find a more suitable place for them.[27]

Janet Hutchings’s editorship (1991- )

Janet Hutchings began her career as editor and publisher at the Doubleday Book Clubs, where she was given opportunities to read for the Mystery Guild, to which almost every mystery or crime novel waiting to be published in America would be submitted for possible inclusion. This experience greatly enhanced Hutchings’ passion for mysteries, and later she became Mystery Editor for Walker & Company and published a series of anthologies of stories from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. The connection gave her the opportunity of meeting Eleanor Sullivan at the EQMM 50th Anniversary Party in 1991 and later being interviewed as a possible successor to the magazine's editor.[24] After Eleanor Sullivan died in 1991, she succeeded as editor of EQMM and has held the position since then.[28]

Hutchings inherited Dannay’s principle of the magazines, making quality the only standard while trying to maintain a great variety of the genre mysteries and a global focus. She described in an interview that her aim has always been to try to “make EQMM’s umbrella as wide as that of the genre”, and publish stories from the broadest possible range of mysteries. In 2003, Hutchings established the Passport to Crime department, which would translate works from other languages on a regular basis. Hutchings explained the change with Passport to Crime as the magazine scouting more actively for stories in other languages instead of just waiting for submission from foreign writers.[14][11]

During Janet’s editorship, EQMM embraced the trend of digitalization. In the early 1990s, EQMM converted to desktop publishing,[14] and in 2011 Hutchings admitted that she now read submissions entirely on a Kindle.[12] In 2009, EQMM’s podcast series began,[11] which offered audience audio rendition of stories chosen from the magazine's archives.[29] In the very same year, EQMM’s first major digital editions became available in addition to the traditional print format.[11]Something Is Going to Happen, the EQMM editor’s blog, was launched in 2012,[11] building a community where readers can discuss mystery and crime fiction actively and where EQMM editors, writers and readers can communicate more directly.[30] Besides, the official website of EQMM offered information about the magazines to both subscribers and writers. In January 2018, EQMM launched its first web-only columns, "Stranger Than Fiction", on its official website. Written by Dean Jobb and scheduled to be updated monthly for free, the new column studies and presents true crime cases, a topic that EQMM used to lack.[31]

Reputation

Because of its high editorial standards, EQMM was one of a relative handful of fiction magazines to survive the decline in American short-fiction publications from the 1950s to the 1970s. It is now the longest-running mystery fiction magazine in existence. Throughout its history it has actively encouraged new writers, and today, when most major publications will only accept submissions through literary agents, EQMM still accepts submissions over the transom (that is, unsolicited submissions through the mail). Unsolicited online submissions are now also accepted through an online submission manager as long as they follow the writers' guidelines. The magazine's "Department of First Stories" has introduced hundreds of new writers, many of whom became regular contributors.

Characteristics

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine has several distinguishing hallmarks, most of which were established during the days of Frederic Dannay’s editorship and have been maintained and strengthened since then. It is believed that these characteristics have helped EQMM to survive and flourish for more than 75 years while retaining its reputation as the leading periodical in the genre.[5][6][13]

Quality

From the creation of EQMM, Dannay was determined to make the magazine “a quality publication devoted exclusively to the printing of the best detective-crime short-story literature,"[4] making quality the sole criterion for inclusion in the magazine, and his principle is inherited by succeeded editors.[6][13] Apart from the love of readers, the high quality of stories the magazine is proved by numerous awards won by stories first published on EQMM, and awards won by the magazine itself. EQMM has been nominated more than 370 times and has won over 110 awards, including awards from those most eminent mystery organisations in the world, for instance Agatha Awards, Anthony Awards, Arthur Ellis Awards, Barry Awards, Derringer Awards, Edgar Awards, International Thriller Awards, Macavity Awards, Robert L. Fish Awards, Shamus Awards, Spur Awards, and The Ellery Queen Award.[32]

Variety

EQMM has always striven to explore the broadest possible range of mystery, trying to present every aspect of the genre, which result in a great variety of stories, including hard-boiled stories, classic English mysteries, noirs, suspense, cozy mysteries and the work of literary writers, all available in the magazine.[13] With publishing the best as its principle, EQMM has also helped to break down the barrier between supposedly “high” and “low” literary forms while blurring the boundaries of genres. As a result, EQMM contributes a great deal to American fiction since writers are therefore encouraged and allowed to write more freely, trying and combining different genres in their writing.[13][33]

The variety of magazines is also shown in its variety of contributing writers. As Dannay explained, the magazine “propose to give stories by big-name writers, by lesser-known writers, and by unknown writers. But no matter what their source, they will be superior stories.” While the magazines published works by great literary figures, it also started the Department of First Stories in 1949, which would publish works by new writers. On the other hand, the magazine has long enjoyed contributions from international writers, and its global orientation further expands the variety of the materials published in the magazine.[6][5]

Global orientation

EQMM had a global orientation from the very beginning with Dannay published works from writers from all over the world, introducing many international writers, including the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, to the English literary community for the first time with English translation of works by those writers. Dannay also ran a number of Worldwide Short Story Contests in the early decades of the magazine, bringing in submissions from all around the world. He even successfully published an “All Nations” special issue of EQMM in August 1948, which included stories from every continent but Antarctica. In 2003, current Editor of EQMM Janet Hutchings launched the Passport to Crime department, enabling a regular supply of translations from foreign authors.[5][14][6]

Contents

Authors

EQMM regularly publishes short fiction from established mystery novelists such as Edward D. Hoch, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Gilbert, Peter Lovesey, John Lutz, Ruth Rendell, and Janwillem van de Wetering. It has also published both new and classic stories from authors not generally considered mystery writers, including such diverse names as A. A. Milne, Stephen King, W. Somerset Maugham, P. G. Wodehouse, Joyce Carol Oates, Theodore Sturgeon and Phyllis Diller.

Sections

EQMM regularly publishes two nonfiction sections: The Jury Box contains book reviews by Steve Steinbock and Blog Bytes contains reviews and updates of crime and mystery short fiction blogs by Bill Crider. Twice a year, former Jury Box columnist Jon Breen contributes a guest column.

Artists

Cover artists included George Salter, Nicholas Solovioff and Norman Saunders. In 2007-2008, EQMM republished covers from the golden age of mystery fiction, circa 1940s.

Awards

EQMM sponsors the annual Readers Choice Award, voted upon by readers.

Series

EQMM has always depended heavily on series characters and stories, such as the "Black Widowers" tales of Isaac Asimov, the "Rumpole of the Bailey" stories of John Mortimer, or the "Ganelon" stories of James Powell. Foremost among series authors was the late Edward D. Hoch, who created at least a dozen independent series for EQMM since his first story appeared in 1962. From May 1973 to May 2007, he had at least one original story in every issue of EQMM, a string that reached an unparalleled 34 years; in that same period he also had about 50 stories in EQMM's sister publication, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

Publishing information

Editors

  • 1941–1982, Frederic Dannay
  • 1982–1991, Eleanor Sullivan
  • 1991–present, Janet Hutchings

Publisher

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine is published by Dell Magazines, Penny Publications, New York. Peter Kanter is the publisher. The magazine shares offices with other Dell magazines, including Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

Annual awards

  • EQMM Readers Choice Awards, annual, voted upon by readers
  • Ellery Queen Award, annual, honors writing teams
  • EQMM Contest for short stories, 1946–57, 1962

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External links

A Spot of Folly

A Spot of Folly is a collection of short stories by English writer Ruth Rendell. Subtitled "Ten And A Quarter New Tales Of Murder and Mayhem" the collection was published in 2017, two years after Rendell's death. The stories in the collection had been previously published in crime fiction magazines between 1970 and 2005, most of them Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

Black Widowers

The Black Widowers is a fictional men-only dining club created by Isaac Asimov for a series of sixty-six mystery stories that he started writing in 1971. Most of the stories were first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, though a few first appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and the various book collections into which the stories were eventually gathered.

Asimov wrote "there are few stories I write that I enjoy as much as I enjoy my Black Widowers."

Blood Will Tell (short story)

"Blood Will Tell" is a Nero Wolfe mystery novella by Rex Stout, first published in the December 1963 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. It first appeared in book form in the short-story collection Trio for Blunt Instruments, published by the Viking Press in 1964.

Dell Magazines

Dell Magazines was a company founded by George T. Delacorte Jr. in 1921 as part of his Dell Publishing Co. Dell is today known for its many puzzle magazines, as well as fiction magazines such as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, and Analog Science Fiction and Fact. It was sold in March 1996 by Dell's successor company to Crosstown Publications, with headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut, under the same ownership as Penny Publications, LLC, which publishes Penny Press puzzle magazines. Though the name "Dell Magazines" is still used on some of its magazines.

The first puzzle magazine Dell published was Dell Crossword Puzzles, in 1931, and since then it has printed magazines containing word searches, math and logic puzzles, and other diversions.

Derringer Award

The Derringer Award was launched in 1998 and is the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s annual award honoring excellence in short mystery fiction of varying lengths. The awards were created in 1997 and named Derringer after the palm-sized pocket handgun, chosen as a metaphor for a short Mystery or Crime story. It honours outstanding published mystery and crime stories up to 20,000 words, as well as those people who have greatly advanced or supported the short story form.

Eeny Meeny Murder Mo

"Eeny Meeny Murder Mo" is a Nero Wolfe mystery novella by Rex Stout, first published in the March 1962 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (#220). It first appeared in book form in the short-story collection Homicide Trinity, published by the Viking Press in 1962.

Isaac Asimov short stories bibliography

This is a list of short stories by Isaac Asimov. Asimov is mainly famous for his science-fiction, but he also wrote mystery and fantasy stories.

This list includes Asimov's Foundation short stories, which were later collected into three novels known as the Foundation Trilogy.

John Lutz (mystery writer)

John Lutz (born September 11, 1939 in Dallas) is an American writer who mainly writes mystery novels. He has received an Edgar Award and the Shamus Award twice, and his novel Single White Female was the basis for the 1992 film starring Bridget Fonda. John Lutz also writes stories for jigsaw puzzles.

Means of Evil

Means of Evil is a collection of short stories by British writer Ruth Rendell. All the stories feature her popular protagonist Inspector Wexford, and fill in important gaps in the chronology of the series, such as Inspector Burden's second marriage. They are not considered part of the novel series, but are certainly necessary for fans. The stories were often published first in places such as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, so the events of stories do not actually fit between the next Wexford novel (Put on by Cunning, 1981) and the previous, (A Sleeping Life, 1979), but before.

Mercury Publications

Mercury Publications (a.k.a. Mercury Press) was a magazine publishing company, owned and operated by Lawrence E. Spivak, which mainly published genre fiction in digest-sized formats. The focus of Spivak's line was on detective and mystery stories and novels, but it also included magazines about humor, fantasy, and true crime. The offices were located at 570 Lexington Avenue in New York, N.Y.

Spivak entered publishing in 1933 as the business manager of The American Mercury, and two years later, he became the magazine's publisher, expanding his operations in the late 1930s with additional titles. His subsidiary companies included Mystery House and Fantasy House. Two Mercury series were Mercury Library and Mercury Books.

Other Mercury imprints and titles included:

Bestseller Mystery Books (a.k.a. Bestseller Library)

Bestsellers magazine (beginning 1945), subtitled "Authorized Book Condensations"

The Book of Wit & Humor, edited by Louis Untermeyer and Charles Angoff

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, edited by Frederic Dannay

Jonathan Press Mystery Books

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, initially edited by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas

Mercury Mystery (a.k.a. Mercury Mystery Book Magazine and Mercury Mystery Magazine), edited by Joseph W. Ferman

True Crime Detective, edited by Edward D. Radin, and then by Boucher and McComasSpivak launched his Bestseller Library series in 1938, with a new title each month. In 1940, he split the Bestseller Library into Mercury Mysteries and Bestseller Mysteries. Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine began in 1941, followed by the Jonathan Press Mysteries imprint in 1942. Mercury Mystery Book Magazine continued the long-run series of full-length and condensed mystery novels published in a digest-sized format, beginning with the title of Mercury Mystery in March 1940. Starting with #210, it ran for 23 issues before merging with Bestseller Mystery Magazine. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction began in 1949 under the title The Magazine of Fantasy. In the fall of 1950, Spivak sold The American Mercury to millionaire investment banker Clendenin J. Ryan, and his editor was William Bradford Huie.

Joseph W. Ferman was the business manager of Mercury Publications from 1940 to 1950. The Mercury art director from 1938 to 1958 was designer George Salter, who created about 750 covers for Mercury Publications during that time frame. After leaving the art director position, he continued to design covers for Mercury.

Steve Hockensmith

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The Best of Larry Niven

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The Exploits of Chevalier Dupin

The Exploits of Chevalier Dupin is a collection of detective short stories by author Michael Harrison. It was released in 1968 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 1,917 copies. The stories are pastiches of the C. Auguste Dupin stories of Edgar Allan Poe. The stories were first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

There is an expanded UK edition by a different publisher which adds a further five stories This appeared under the title Murder in the Rue Royale and Further Exploits of the Chevalier Dupin, (UK: Tom Stacey, 1972). Both editions contain the introduction by Ellery Queen, and the non-fiction piece on Dupin by Harrison.

The President of the United States, Detective

The President of the United States, Detective is a science fiction/mystery short story by H. F. Heard. It was originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in March 1947, and subsequently republished in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in April 1969 and February 1991, in the 1949 anthology The Queen's Awards, and in the 1975 anthology Ellery Queen's The Golden 13; as well, an extended version, named "The Thaw Plan", was published in Heard's 1948 collection The Lost Cavern and Other Stories of the Fantastic.

The Problem of the Old Gristmill

"The Problem of the Old Gristmill" (1975) is a mystery short story by Edward D. Hoch. It is the second story featuring Dr. Sam Hawthorn, and one of the few that does not contain an impossible murder, although an "impossible crime" does occur.

The Tercentenary Incident

"The Tercentenary Incident" is a science fiction/mystery short story by American writer Isaac Asimov. It was first published in the August 1976 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and reprinted in the collections The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories (1976) and The Complete Robot (1982).

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine editor Frederic Dannay contacted Asimov in the fall of 1975 with a story proposal: the August 1976 issue, which would be on the stands during the United States Bicentennial, would include a contemporary mystery set in 1976 and a historical mystery set in 1876. He wanted a science fiction mystery set in 2076, and Asimov agreed to write one. Asimov's original title for the story was "Death at the Tercentenary", but when the story appeared he decided he liked Dannay's title better.

The concept of a robot taking political office in the guise of a human was also the theme of Asimov's 1946 story, "Evidence".

The Toynbee Convector (short story collection)

The Toynbee Convector is a short story collection by American writer Ray Bradbury. Several of the stories are original to this collection. Others originally appeared in the magazines Playboy, Omni, Gallery, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Woman's Day, and Weird Tales.

The Union Club Mysteries

The Union Club Mysteries is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional mystery solver Griswold. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1983 and in paperback by the Fawcett Crest imprint of Ballantine Books in 1985.

The book collects thirty stories by Asimov, most reprinted from magazines and a few previously unpublished, together with a foreword and afterword by the author. Each story is set at a club known as the Union Club, in which a conversation between three members prompts a fourth member, Griswold, to tell about a mystery he has solved. These are often tall stories, and often based on his time in US intelligence. The format is based on that utilized by P. G. Wodehouse in recounting his golf stories.

According to reviewer John H. Jenkins, these stories are not rated particularly well by Asimov fans, and are less well regarded than his better known Black Widowers mysteries. He does regard a few of them more highly, particularly "No Refuge Could Save" and "Hide and Seek," but feels the brevity and format of the stories allows the author little scope. It is also open to question whether they are supposed to be serious mysteries or tall stories.

Asimov wrote a total of 55 Union Club stories. As well as the 30 in this book, three more were collected in The Best Mysteries of Isaac Asimov (Doubleday, 1986). The other 22 have never been collected in any of Asimov's books. One of these 22, "Getting Even," is also part of Asimov's Azazel series of fantasy stories.

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