I thought that I would start the New Year by adding (to the Cozy Mystery Site) three mystery authors who have been recommended by site readers. All three wrote their mysteries many years ago. The three authors of whom I am speaking are (as the title says) Ellery Queen, John Creasy, and Leslie Charteris.
While many people recognize the name Ellery Queen, many people are also familiar with John Creasy and Leslie Charteris, possibly without knowing it. The reason for this is that Leslie Charteris writes (“wrote”>>> but I try to do all of my postings in present tense!) The Saint Mystery Series. Some of you may remember The Saint television series from many years ago. The Saint (aka Simon Templar) is a rather dashing/debonair millionaire, who not only is a sleuth, but also a thief!
As for John Creasy, he has many pseudonyms and even more mystery (and spy) series. The pseudonyms that I am posting on the site include: J. J. Marric, M. E. Cooke, Robert Caine Frazer, Anthony Morton, Gordon Ashe, Rodney Mattheson, Patrick Gill, Brian Hope, Colin Hughes, Anthony Morton, Charles Hogarth, Richard Martin, Kyle Hunt, & Abel Mann.
As I said, a lot of people are familiar with Ellery Queen. Something I wasn’t aware of though is that Ellery Queen is a pseudonym for two cousins who write (actually “wrote”) the books and stories together. Years ago, I would get confused wondering if Ellery Queen was the author or the character of the particular series. And then there is the magazine by that same name! (Ellery Queen is the name of the main character of the mystery series written by the cousins using the pseudonym Ellery Queen… which a lot of times appears in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine!)