HISTORY OF THE MYSTERY 1929
|THE ROMAN HAT MYSTERY - Mystery Reviews|
American detective fiction reached its peak in the 1930s and 40s with the popularity of Ellery Queen, a pseudonym used by two American cousins, Manfred B. Lee and Frederic Dannay. Their first novel, "The Roman Hat Mystery," was published in 1929. The main character was an amateur detective named Ellery, who solved mysteries with the help of his father, Richard Queen.
The characters were so popular that the two authors penned 33 novels over 40 years featuring the father and son team. They later created another popular character, Drury Lane, introduced in 1932.