A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
8/15/1929 Roman hat trick
August 15, 1929. This date saw the beginning of one of the longest and most distinguished careers in mystery fiction. It saw the publication of The Roman Hat Mystery, the first mystery written by Ellery Queen, featuring, of course, the detective Ellery Queen.
Cousins Manfred Lee and Frederic Dannay wrote the book for a contest and won, but the sponsoring organization promptly went out of business. Fortunately Frederick Stokes published it and the Queen career was on its way.