Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The specialty of the house and other stories…

The specialty of the house and other stories : the complete mystery tales,…

by Stanley Ellin

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
1071112,824 (4.03)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

The title story is atypical in gradually cranking up the sense of menace through the story. The rest rely heavily on final-paragraph sensational twists, but no less enjoyable for that. ( )
  js229 | May 17, 2010 |
Ellery Queen, or whoever is writing in his name, does an exceptional job of raising the level of anticipation of a prospective reader in his foreword to this collection of ten Stanley Ellin short stories, and I think that cover by Michael Trevithick also assists. Queen begins by discussing the excitement each member of EQMM's editorial team would feel whenever they learnt that an interesting story sent into their office was the work of an unpublished writer, with the pleasure of reading amplified by the thrill of discovery. It was in such a spirit that they received Stanley Ellin's first story The Specialty of the House in 1946, and while Queen asserts that the story itself was unforgettable, he also notes that he was never given the opportunity to forget it. Readers of his magazine would approach him for years afterwards to mention the story and encourage him to find another in its league. Continued
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
This is the complete mystery tales of Stanley Ellin. It shares a title with an earlier collection, but has different content. Please do not combine.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
20 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.03)
2 1
3 2
3.5 1
4 7
4.5 2
5 4

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,423,133 books! | Top bar: Always visible