Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering those people who died while serving in the United States' armed forces.  It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

Some Quotes

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." by George Washington.

"For love of country they accepted death." by James A. Garfield.

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." by John F. Kennedy.
 
"I only regret that i have but one life to lose for my country." by Nathan Hale.
 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Honey West (1965-1966)

Starred Anne Francis as female private detective Honey West and John Ericson as her partner, Sam Bolt. The series was based on a series of noels created by Gloria and Forrest E.Fickling under the pseudonym “G.G. Fickling” in the late 1950s. Honey West was one of the first female private eyes to ever appear on television.was intended to be the American equivalent of the popular characters Emma Peel and Cathy Gale in the British series The Avengers. Anne Francis first played West in the second season episode of Burke’s Law, entitled “Who Killed the Jackpot?”, broadcast on April 21, 1965, this led to this series being commissioned as a spin-off. 


 Cast
Anne Francis (1930-2011) as Honey West
John Ericson (1926- ) as Sam Bolt
Irene Hervey (1909-1998) as Aunt Meg

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Flesh Of The Orchid by James Hadley Chase

Sequel to No Orchids For Miss Blandish


Carol Blandish was the daughter of Miss Blandish and a maniac killer. She was beautiful and was the heir to six million dollar. And she was a prisoner in a mental home. All she had to do to inherit the money was to escape, and stay out for fourteen days.... But a whole lot other people were after the Blandish fortune and that meant after Carol. Once outside the mental home, she found herself mixed up in a deadly hide and seek of violence and sudden death...... There was Roy Larson, who couldn't keep his hands off that beautiful body. And there were the Sullivans, professional killers who'd rather have their hands on the money.....


Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

Jarrolds Publishers Ltd.
1948

Transworld Publishers Limited
Corgi Books
ISBN 552 10858
Reprinted 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982

Monday, February 22, 2016

Nerve by Dick Francis

Nerve
by Dick Francis


Rob Finn was a bit of a misfit, a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians and a man in love with a beautiful woman who wouldn't have him. He suddenly looked like a rider who had lost his nerve. Could it be that the horses were unusually sluggish, and that there was something more sinister attempting to sabotage him...?


Robert Finn watches a fellow steeplechase jockey blow his brains out in the parade ring at Dunstable races, just before a race. As Finn and the other jockeys cope with the stress of their jobs, other incidents lead him to conclude that someone is trying to destroy the lives of jockeys all over England. Finn is not the average jockey. He is the only child of famous virtuoso musicians, and the single family member to not be gifted musically, he followed a different path than that of his family's vocation. He has inherited other skills that will help him as he unravels a sad and warped trail. And he has been remarkably successful jockey for a man with only 2 years experience. Soon, he is the next target. A losing streak that lasts weeks threatens his job until he takes it upon himself to do a little sleuthing and uncovering the identity of the culprit. Now, Finn wants his revenge, and he takes his time setting it up.


Printing History
Written by Richard Stanley Francis (1920-2010)

Michael Joseph Ltd
1964

Friday, February 12, 2016

Miss Called Murder by Carter Brown

Miss Called Murder



Joe Stanton is the sort of refined private eye, all four eyes are, including his hornrims. If he had only stayed sober he would never been mixed up in this thing in the first place. Sober, Joe wouldn't have found the corpse, he wouldn't have had to listen to all that modern poetry that does not rhyme. He wouldn't even have had that Lieutenant not trusting Joe and that racketeer not trusting him either.  Joe would not have had that Bugsy Jones breathing down his back while he rammed his gun into Joe's spine. Joe wouldn't have even met that lush brunette with the figure 8. Has one ever tried to get rid of a corpse? One might be embarrassed a little because it's the second corpse in ones apartment inside of two days? Then, maybe one would like to stand in for Joe......

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Horwitz Publications Inc

Novel Series
 #4
1955

Second Collectors' Series 
Volume 1 #13
1958
 
Reprint by Demand Series
#24
1960

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Dr Phibes Rises Again!


Long believed dead, Anton Phibes arises from a state of suspended animation, in search of the means to bring his deceased wife back to the land of the living. With the aid of the enigmatic, never-speaking Vulnavia, Phibes follows an Egyptian expedition, seeking out an ancient elixir of life and killing everyone who gets in his way. In the original film, all of the doctor's grisly but ingenious murders were motivated, and all were linked by a Seven Deadly Plagues throughline. In the sequel, Phibes kills whenever he feels like it, and utilizes an impressive array of death-dealing contraptions. This marks one of the only films ever made to wrap with Vincent Price singing "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow".


Cast 
Vincent Price as Dr. Anton Phibes
Robert Quarry as Darius Biederbeck
Valli Kemp as Vulnavia
Peter Jeffrey as Inspecter Trout
Fiona Lewis as Diana Trowbridge
Hugh Griffith as Harry Ambrose
Peter Cushing as Captain
Beryl Reid as Miss Ambrose
Terry-Thomas as Lombardo

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Job Of Murder by Frank Gruber

Blonde Bait Traps A Killer
 

The body behind the barrel
The corpse of a man lay in a corner of the fifth floor of the giant Towner Leather Company factory. Certainly enough to upset the routine in any factory, much less one just invaded by two zany operatives, Johnny Fletcher and Sam Gragg. They signed up for manual labor and were handed murder instead. Fletcher takes command and gives all the suspicious characters the once over, from Boss Harry Towner on down to a particularly tempting phone operator. Then he sets a trap that was sure to catch the killer.

Printing History
Written by Frank Gruber (1904-1969)

Signet Books
#827
1950

Original Title
The Leather Duke
1949 



Saturday, January 30, 2016

The November Man (2014)

Based on the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger

An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. 


 In Lausanne, Switzerland, retired CIA agent Peter Devereaux is visited by his former chief John Hanley who convinces him to extract the agent Natalia Ulanova from Russia. Natalia is the assistant of the Russian candidate for President Arkady Federov and has been collecting evidences of war crimes committed by the candidate during the Chechen War and requested Peter to help her. However, during the operation, CIA chief Perry Weinstein believes that Natalie has been captured by the Russians and orders agent David Mason to kill her. Natalie gives photos and the name Mira Filipova to Peter before dying and the agent informs Hanley. Peter kills the CIA agents, but when he sees Mason, he spares the agent that was trained by him. When Mason meets Weinstein, he learns that Peter and Natalie had a love affair in the past and the agent is assigned to kill him. Peter heads to Belgrade where he saves the social worker Alice Fournier that might know where Mira is from Federov's assassin Alexa and from Mason. Soon Peter learns dirty secrets about Arkady Federov and the CIA and has to flee with Alice to save their lives and expose the crimes to the world. 

Cast
Pierce Brosnan as Peter H. Devereaux ("The November Man")
Luke Bracey as David Mason
Olga Kurylenko as Alice Fournier/Mira Filipova
Eliza Taylor as Sarah
Caterina Scorsone as Celia
Bill Smitrovich as John Hanley
Will Patton as Perry Weinstein
 
The Novel
 
 
Devereaux, the November man, is promoted by the operations chief of R section to an investigation that frightens and activates a KGB sleeper agent within R section itself.
 
Printing History
Written by Bill Granger 
 
Warner Books
ISBN 446 38049
October 1986 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Moonshine Momma by Carter Brown

A Genuine "Lovely" Mystery


Queen of the hooch and honky tonks, she stacked a frame that 
pinned Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler to a chair even though it was under proof

Cover by Virgil Riley

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Novelette Series
1953

First Collectors' Series
#14
w/Slaughter In Satin and Pagan Perilous 
1955

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 #9
w/Fraulein Is Feline and Slaughter In Satin
December 1957

Volume 2 #6
w/A Siren Sounds Off
February 1960

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top 5 Posts Of 2015

The Top Five Posts of 2015
 Presenting the top 5 for the blog for the whole year of 2015
 
#1
From October 18th 
The Pace That Kills by William Fuller


#2
From March 28th
The Black Hole (1979)


#3
From March 9th
1967 Book Signup
   

#4
From March 24th
More Double Trouble
 
 
 

#5 
From January 9th
Bare Trap by Frank Kane 



See you in 2016