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postsu71The last Ellery Queen short story, published in the ubiquitous Saturday Evening Post, complete with a cover illustrated by Norman Rockwell.

The Puzzle Club meets for the last time, to figure out a financial scam perpetuated by a penniless gold digger. Literally, an old time prospector uses investment income to get ahead in the world, somehow leaving everyone scratching their heads in puzzlement.

And that was it for the short stories of cousins Manfred Lee and Frederic Dannay, seventy-seven in all. They were published in obscure mystery pulps and well-known popular magazines, from Better Living to Playboy, from Red Book to Blue Book, from Calvacade to Cavalier. The earlier ones were certainly much better than the ones they churned out later on, but the later ones still are not too horrible to bear with.

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