Sunday, June 10, 2018

Another Carter Brown Triple Play

Stark House Mystery Classics


 Introduction By Rick Ollerman
 Carter Brown was the literary pseudonym of Alan Geoffrey Yates (August 1923-May 1985) He was an English-born Australian writer of detective fiction. Mr Yates wrote more than 300 mysteries during his lifetime. His books, originally published by Horwitz and Signet, were set in the United States and published throughout the world. In its obituary for Yates in 1985, The New York Times noted that he had written "some 30 detective novels with American backgrounds before ever having visited the United States. He said he chose American settings because Australians preferred them."
A rumor spread at the height of his popularity that Yates was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite authors, a rumor which helped propel his sales even further in the North American market. Carter Brown's huge international success saw reportedly 120 million books in print, second only to The Bible in terms of the number of languages into which they were translated. The success of the books also spawned a comic book series, the 'Carter Brown Murder Mystery Hour' on radio, three French films, a Japanese TV series, and a French literary award for 'The most whiskies drunk in a single novel'.

Printing History
Written by Alan Geoffrey Yates (1923-1985)

Stark House Press
ISBN 781944 520441
May 2018

No Harp For My Angel
1956 by Horwitz Publications

Booty For A Babe
1956 by Horwitz Publications
 
Eve, It's Extortion
as Walk Softly, Witch
as The Victim (USA)
1957 by Horwitz Publications
1959 by Horwitz Publications
1959 by Signet Books

Bonus Covers

No Harp For My Angel

Booty For a Babe

 Eve, It's Extortion
Walk Softly, Witch
The Victim



 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Midwood Double Trouble

Midwood Double Trouble


Nymph In Nylons
by Amanda Moore

Diana knew she had not been asked to attend the out of town convention just to take dictation and type letters but she hadn't expected the kind of special services her boss demanded of her.

A Willing Worker
by Leslie Roote

Linda was trying her hardest to lead a respectable life and keep her secretarial job but her past kept returning to haunt her, a past filled with lustful men and back alley sex.

Printing History

A Midwood Book
Midwood Enterprises, Inc
34-648
March 1966

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Campus Jungle by Joan Ellis

Coeds Led To Sin By A Faculty Of Wolves

Paul Rader Cover


Faculty Love Nest Uncovered

Ravenwood College Found To  Be Sin School

Dean's Private Classroom A Sex Trap 

Ravenwood Coeds Seduced By Faculty

Paul Rader Cover
Printing History
Written by Julie Ellis

Tower Publications, Inc
Midwood Books
No 182
1962

32-554
1965

Monday, April 30, 2018

Smashing Detective Stories

Smashing Detective 
Editor Robert W. Lowndes



Contents

The Wrong Killer · William F. Schwartz
Death of a Pampered Pigeon  · Dennis Wiegand
The Squeeze · Matt Christopher
Doublecross Time · Saul Anthony
Death Is Invisible · Jim Harmon
The Big Squawk · Thomas Thursday
The Face of Nemesis · Reuben Jenner

Columbia Publications, Inc
Volume 5 #1
July 1956

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kill Me In Yoshiwara by Earl Norman

Burns Bannion On The Loose In The Vice Corner Of Tokyo
 

Burns Bannion In Yoshiwara
Burns Bannion is back on another assignment: the fleshpots of Yoshiwara, the age old home of prostitution in the middle of Tokyo........The young and voluptuous Hiroko puts Bannion on the tracks of her older sister, who has been savagely beaten to death by Bannion's own weapon.

Karate, the deadly method of Japanese fighting in which the human hand can be as lethal as a knife blade. Before he's finished in Yoshiwara, Bannion has more corpses lying around than one would care to count.

Printing History
Written by Norman Thompson (1915-2000)

Berkley Medallion Books 
February 1961

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nice Fillies Finish Last by Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne, the fastest moving private eye of all, 
bets his life he can beat a murderous mastermind to the finish lane.


Daily Double
The first luscious lady Mike Shayne ran into was a sweet young thing named Win who had the tiniest bikinis, the fewest of inhibitions, and the roughest, toughest of husbands. The second siren who put herself in his path was a blonde beauty named Claire, who had more money than morals, and whose loving husband gave her free rein. The big, red headed detective would have liked to spend more time with both of them, but he was in a race against death, on a track littered with corpses, and a vicious killer held the whip hand.......


Printing History
Written by Robert Tarrell

Dell Publishing Company
#6361
February 1966
 1970
December 1976
Bonus Cover

Robert McGinnis Cover


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Crimson In The Purple by Holly Roth

A Beautiful Victim In A Mansion Of Murder

Cover by Robert Maguire
Fear
The brakes on her cr failed, almost catapulting her to death. Yet two hours later a mechanic could fin nothing wrong with them. The agonies of  "ptomaine" gripped her three times in eight days. Yet the rest of her family was unaffected by the same food. And twice someone had come into her room in the dead of night. They had not attacked, not spoken. They had just stood there, breathing. It could have been  meant that someone wanted to murder her. Or she could have imagined it all.....

But that would mean she was going mad.


Printing History
Written by Holly Roth (1916-1964)

1959 
by Simon and Schuster, Inc

1959
by Pyramid Books
G372

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hell's Angels by Hank Janson

Her life was a paradise of sex and drugs, but she lied one hell of a death

Cover by Robert Maguire

There's really nothing wrong with carrying a lady's suitcase, except when the "lady" is playing one for a sucker and the suitcase is loaded with sweet dreams for ten thousand junkies. But that's exactly what happens when Hank Janson's very chivalrous instincts backfire and a couple of casual dates explode into a deadly international affair.

Printing History
Written by Stephen D Frances (1917-1989)

The New International Library, Inc
Gold Star Books
IL7-16
1964

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Amazing Stories June 1946

Amazing Stories

Arnold Kohn
Contents

Luder Valley
by Richard S Shaver (1907-1975)

Agharti
by Heinrich Hauser (1901-1955)

The Brothers Shenanigan 
by David V. Reed (1914-1994)

To Whom It May Concern
 by Millicent Holmberg

Printing History

June 1946
Volume 20 No 3