James Holding


James Holding’s Leroy King

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Excerpt from the review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Together, Martin Leroy and King Danforth make up the fictitious mystery writer “Leroy King,” the creation of real-life writer James Holding (1907–1997). A concept perfect for its original run of ten stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Their third outing, “The Italian Tile Mystery,” reprinted here, originally saw print in EQMM Sept. 1961.

The mystery is a puzzle, and the writing partners and their wives sleuth out its solution in this enjoyable puzzle procedural. The editor’s notes reveal a forthcoming complete collection of Leroy King stories from Crippen & Landru—The Zanzibar Shirt Mystery.

Alfred Hitchcock Oct. 1972

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Oct. 1972

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 17 No. 10 Oct. 1972
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Reader
Robert Colby “Murder Door to Door”
James Holding “A Homemade Dress”
Mary Linn Roby “Hide-and-Seek”
James McKimmey “Blessed are the Meek”
Charles Boeckman “A Long Crime Ago”
Phil Davis “Murder, Anyone?”
F.C. Register “Once Upon a Pheasant Hunt”
Margaret E. Brown “Side Trip to King’s Post”
Gary Brandner “Target for Hire”
Al Nussbaum “Alma”
Nancy Schachterle “Time Will Tell”
Joseph Payne Brennan “Zombique”
Stephen Wasylyk “A Small Price to Pay”

Publisher: Richard E. Decker
Editorial Director: Gladys Foster Decker
Editor: Ernest M. Hutter
Associate Editors: Pat Hitchcock, Frances E. Gass
Art Director: Marguerite Blair Deacon

James Holding’s Norwegian Apple Mystery

EQMM Nov. 1960 coverThe third section of Josh Pachter and Dale C. Andrews’ anthology, The Misadventures of Ellery Queen, is Potpourri—stories inspired by Queen. First up is “The Norwegian Apple Mystery” by James Holding, originally from EQMM Nov. 1960.

Two mystery-writer partners, vacationing on a cruise ship, are intrigued by the death of one of their fellow passengers, who choked to death on an apple while reading in bed, alone. The event sparks their collective curiosity, and once they begin speculating that it was not an accident, they soon find themselves creating a plausible plot for murder. A highly entertaining lesson in how to create a murder mystery.

EQMM base image from Galactic Central.

This review continues on April 22nd . . .