There was an old woman: a novel

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HarperPerennial, 1943 - Fiction - 321 pages
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Hunting a masterful murderer poses a starker challenge than supersleuth Ellery Queen realized. "One of the very best of the Ellery Queen mysteries".--New York Times.

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User Review  - JeffreyMarks - LibraryThing

A hodge-podge of earlier characters and themes, it's still an interesting read in terms of the Queen character and the interests of the authors. Read full review

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User Review  - tgraettinger - LibraryThing

Turned out to be a better story than expected, based on the first few chapters. Rekindled some fond memories of the TV show from the '70s. Read full review


Who Lived in a Shoe
She Had So Many Children
She Didnt Know What to Do

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About the author (1943)

An unsuccessful entry in a mystery story contest turned into a career for Frederic Dannay and his cousin Manfred Lee. The story was picked up for publication in 1929, and the career of Ellery Queen, the pseudonym that Dannay and Lee chose, was off and running. The two wrote countless novels and short stories about Ellery Queen, a young detective who used reason to solve complex puzzles. Their emphasis was always on the intellectual rather than the emotional or intuitive capacities of the detective. In their successful series of novels, Ellery Queen is not only the name of the author, but also the detective-hero of the stories. Dannay and Lee founded Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1941, and it proved to be important in keeping the genre vital. Ellery Queen has won numerous awards, including the Grand Master Award in 1960 from the Mystery Writers of America. More than 150 million Ellery Queen books are in print, and there have been Ellery Queen radio and television shows, as well as movies.

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