Excerpt from Ellery Queen’s Cat of Many Tails

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

In case you missed it, Don’t Forget Steven is now out! And while my Goodreads Giveaway for Diversion has wrapped up, it is on Kindle freebie for the rest of the day. (I’m going to have to remember if doing another concurrent giveaway that Goodreads Giveaways complete at 12:01 a.m. of the date that you pick, whereas Kindle freebies run until 11:59 p.m., so to make them end at approximately the same time, pick one day later for Goodreads!)

I am currently reading Cat of Many Tails by Ellery Queen. In case you don’t know—I didn’t—Ellery Queen is both the pen name of the two author team, and the name of the main character. I am quite enjoying this serial murder mystery, and hope to wrap it up today, since my library loan expires today!

“Sometimes a case comes along,” said the Mayor, one eye on his Police Commissioner, “that’s so off the trail, so eccentric, it licks even the finest cop. I think this Cat business needs the kind of special talents you’ve demonstrated so brilliantly in the past. A fresh and unorthodox approach.”

Ellery Queen, Cat of Many Tails


New York City is terrorized by a serial killer, and only Ellery Queen can stop the panic
In the dog days of August, it is no surprise to see New Yorkers perspire. But this summer, a killer called the Cat gives the city a new reason to sweat. He selects his victims seemingly at random and strangles them, then escapes without leaving a clue. As the death toll climbs, and the press whips the public into horrified frenzy, Gotham teeters on the edge of anarchy.
Ellery Queen, the brilliant amateur sleuth, has gone into retirement when the Cat begins to kill. As his father, a seasoned homicide detective, leads the investigation into the murder, Ellery tries to avoid getting involved. But as the body count rises, he can no longer resist the urge to hunt. The Queens are known for their curiosity—and everyone knows how curiosity can affect a cat.


  1. I like the sound of this and the teaser is a good one. Thanks for visiting my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/teaser-tuesday-september-30/

  2. Intriguing teaser. Sounds like a good read. I love a good mystery. Thanks for stopping by my TT http://cynthiastacey.com/2014/09/30/teaser-tuesday-sept-30/

  3. What is this “kind of special talent”? Now I’m curious. Great teaser 😀

  4. I’ve actually never read an Ellery Queen novel, but it’s clear that I need to! This one sounds terrific.
    Here’s the link to my Tuesday post: SUMMERTIME.

  5. Although I’ve heard of Ellery Queen forever, I don’t think I’ve read any of their novels. I guess I thought they only wrote short stories. (That’s what I get for thinking, lol, because I love series mysteries. Mine this week is God Bless John Wayne (Kinky Friedman #8) at http://wp.me/pZnGI-eg

  6. I just finished reading a crime story and thoroughly loved it! It was my first in years! I like the sound of this one too; thanks for sharing 🙂

    Son of No One | Sherrilyn Kenyon

  7. I love characters that have a ‘fresh unorthodox approach,’ they are usually the most fun to read. I hope you’re enjoying it!
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