Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mourned On Sunday by Helen Reilly

 Mystery For Each Day Of The Week

Printing History
Written by Helen Reilly (1891-1962)

Random House

Dell Books #63

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Beautiful Frame by William Pearson

This is the story of a corpse, 
two dames and a sucker. 
The sucker's name is Vance Westfall 

Cover by James Meese
Printing History
Written by William Pearson
 Pocket Books #1039

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blueprint For Murder by Roger Bax

Wealthy industrialist Charles Collison is found bludgeoned to death shortly after his son, Geoffrey, and nephew, Arthur Cross, return from World War II. As the principal beneficiaries of Charles' will, both men are suspects. Inspector James is called in to investigate and thinks he knows which of them is guilty.

Arthur Cross, who survives a concentration camp which leaves him conscienceless, returns to England to share, with his cousin, in an uncle's benevolence and affection and the promise of a substantial inheritance. Wanting his share now, rather than later, Cross plans ingeniously and infallibly his uncle's murder, waits many months before be can effect it with an alibi which the police cannot perforate much as they dislike him. But a chance witness, a girl of easy virtue, follows him down after the case is closed, causes him to kill again spontaneously and less successfully, eventually leads to his desperate undoing. Accomplished.
Printing History
Written by Paul Winterton (1908-2001)

July 1948

Also published as The Trouble With Murder 

Pocket Books


Sunday, April 19, 2015

200,000 Visitors

Today was a milestone.

200,000th visitor

Now something to entertain

My Darling Is Deadpan

A practical jokers invitation to murder
But when he's the corpse
One dame could die laughing

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

Bonus Cover

Printing History
   Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #15 (1956)
 Reprint By Demand Series #3 (1958)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Black Hole (1979)

A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.

 Nearing the end of a long mission exploring deep space, the spacecraft USS Palomino is returning to Earth. The crew discovers a black hole in space with a spaceship nearby, somehow defying the hole's massive gravitational pull. The ship is identified as the long-lost USS Cygnus, the ship hat a scientists' father served aboard when it went missing. Deciding to investigate, the Palomino encounters a mysterious null gravity field surrounding the Cygnus. The Palomino becomes damaged when it drifts away from the Cygnus and into the black hole's intense gravity field, but the ship manages to move back to the Cygnus and finds itself able to dock to what initially appears to be an abandoned vessel.

 Maximilian Schell
Anthony Perkins
Robert Forster
Joseph Bottoms
Yvette Mimieux
Ernest Borgnine
Roddy McDowall
Slim Pickens

Directed by
Gary Nelson

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

More Double Trouble

More Double Trouble

Passion Playmate 
by Hank Janson

Cover by Robert Maguire
Printing History
Written by Stephen D Francis (1917-1989)

Gold Star Books IL7-18
February 1964

The Sad-Eyed Seductress
by Carter Brown

Cover by Robert McGinnis
  Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985) 

New American Library
Signet Books
November 1961

Monday, March 23, 2015

No Law Against Angels by Carter Brown

Meet the dames who'll go arm in arm with a snake.
All the way to murder.
And their corpses die in bed.

 The morgue before breakfast is not Al Wheeler's idea of living it up, but that is what comes from being an unorthodox cop! This was strictly business, too many beautiful dolls tattooed with snake sings had been found with their throats slit.

No Law Against Angels was revised as The Body with the introduction of Carter Brown in the United States in July 1958.

There was only one way a call girl could quit the business, as a corpse. 
And the corpses are piling up.

Barye Phillips Cover
 Killers are his business.
Dames as his pleasure.
In this case he tangles with both.

When hard drinking, quick thinking, California cop Al Wheeler goes gunning for the murderer of two call girls, he tangles with a luscious blonde, a big time racketeer, and a well stacked redhead who works in a fashionable mortuary. 

Grant Roberts Cover
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
Horwitz Publications 
Numbered Series #43 (1957)

as The Body 
Horwitz Publications, Inc
Long Story Magazine #18 January 1961
International Edition #1 January 1961
International Edition #59 June 1969

New American Library
Signet Books (USA)
1st (1527) July 1958
2nd (G2488) May 1964
3rd (T4550) March 1971
Bonus Covers






Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Hole In The Ground by Andrew Garve

 A leftwing MP man who fought being a coward by performing difficult physical feats then one day he invites one of his young constituents to explore a deep underground cave near his home. The consequences of this expedition were literally life and death, as this exploration leads to tragedy, which the MP tries to cover up.

Lawrence Quilter, a man in a position of power, finds some interesting records amongst his great grandfather's papers. This leads him to uncover a labyrinth of secret underground caves that have been hidden for decades. Julie, his wife, knows that her husband is an obsessive man with a quirky personality but she stands by him all the same. That is until her husband's behavior becomes increasingly worrying and she is forces to reconsider the man she has married. One moment brings about a tragic chain of events which affects both Lawrence and his wife.

Printing History
Written by Paul Winterton (1908-2001)

Harper Collins

Pan Books
June 1955


Bonus Covers

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Double Trouble

Two mystery titles with the same title by different authors

The Mistress
by H.C. Branner

Cover  by Robert Maguire
  A day in the life of three people.  A beautiful woman and the two men who are rivals for her affections. They're forced to face the truth of their relationships with one another as well as with a man for whose death each feels responsible. Suzanne cannot forget her love for the dead riding master whose tragic, fatal accident she witnessed. Clement, the gentle doctor who worships her, has his own guilty memories about the dead man, whom he betrayed. Herman, the new owner of the riding academy, so desires Suzanne that in a frenzied moment alone with her he reveals his secret hatred of the dead riding master that has poisoned his life

Printing History
Written by H. C. Banner

New American Library
Signet Books
1056 (1953)

The Mistress
by Carter Brown 

She's a stripper stacked for love at a gambling joint where the odds are stacked for murder

It was a plush Las Vegas gambling joint with dice tables at the rear and a well stacked stripper out front. The stripper's name was Gabrielle and she played taps for three corpses. When Al Wheeler came to the scene he figured he hit it lucky. Because there was nothing he enjoyed more than a murder case that gave him a chance to get down to facts. Bare facts that is. Free wheeling Al Wheeler, the unorthodox cop. matched wits with a stripper and the syndicate. The stakes are high as he bets his life that he can beat a killer at the game of murder.

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

Horwitz Editions
Numbered Series #73 1958
Long Story Magazine #1 July 1959
International Edition #4 1961
International Edition #61 1969

Signet Editions
US and Canada
1st (1594) February 1959
2nd (1594) March 1959 Canada
3rd (D2996) 1966

Monday, March 9, 2015

1967 Book Signup

Rich Westwood has a meme over at his blog called Past Offences. Every month on Past Offences a year is chosen and crime fiction reviews are collected from that year. This month the year is 1967.

My entry is 
Target For Their Dark Desire
by Carter Brown

She was the hottest sexpot on the market until she ran into murder.
And then she was a very cold dish indeed.

Grant Roberts Cover

She had blonde hair and black sheets and everything.
All that a good girl should have. But someone decided she was getting too big for her lace unmentionables and put her out of business. Police Lt Al Wheeler investigates the sudden departure of a lovely sinner and is nearly dispatched himself. By a riotous joker with a very funny fetish for murder.

The Review
Elinor liked her work very much. And she never figured to end up dead in her own bed. But she was nonetheless very dead and Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler was asked to find her murderer and a not so clever little black book to a racket running in Pine City The typical Carter Brown tale with a corpse and multiple suspects. Some bedding of the female suspects and another murder and things heat up nicely. Until all the facts come together. A best fiend is not what she is supposed to be and some handwriting forgery and the mark on the forehead leads the funny facts. Forensics at its best, just like the TV show Quincy.

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

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #134
July 1967