Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day 2018

Veterans Day 2018

Honoring the men and women of our armed forces as well as past members 

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Homicidal Virgin by Brett Halliday

A desperate want ad draws Mike Shayne into a tangled murder plot

Robert McGinnis Cover
Lost Innocence
It started with a post in the classifieds. A woman calls for a red-blooded American, a soldier-of-fortune type willing to do anything if the price is right...even commit murder. This catches the eye of Tim Rourke, hotshot reporter, who passes it on to Mike Shayne, the legendary Miami detective. Rourke believes the ad was placed by a lonely housewife hoping to pay someone to knock off her husband, and he thinks the story could be front-page news. He just needs someone willing to answer the call.....and Shayne has the reddest blood in Miami.

Shayne responds to the ad, and finds the situation far stranger than anything he and Rourke could have dreamed up. His new employer is sweet, young, and scared for her life. Plus, there’s $50,000 at stake—and a life on the line.

Printing History
 Davis Dresser (1904-1977)

Dell Publishing Company


November 1967
May 1972 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mayhem In B Flat by Elliot Paul

A Sizzling, Rip-Roaring Murder Mystery 

Set in Paris of the 1930s, thriller featuring Homer Evans involving him, his friend Miriam, and a stolen Guarnerius violin

Vacationing in Normandy, suave sleuth Homer Evans and his stylish, pistol-packing friend Miriam Leonard catch sight of a familiar member of the notorious gang, the St. Julian Rollers. As Homer and Miriam depart for Paris, that gang member called the Singe is also at the Rouen train station and covertly signals to their compartment as the train pulls from the station.

Printing History
Written by Elliot Paul (1891-1958)

Random House Edition: May 1940
World Edition: 1st Printing April 1943 2nd May 1943
Bantam Edition: November 1950

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hell To Eternity by Edward S Aarons

The powerful story of the slum bred kid whose raw courage in the caves 
of Saipan will live forever as one of the glories of the U.S. Marine Corps

Cover by Barye Phillips
In love and war..... 
These were the quiet hours, the last uneasy clam before the storm of battle. These were the final hours, when a man could forget his fear and a woman her inhibitions.
Printing History
Written by Edward S Aarons (1916-1975)

Fawcett Gold Medal
#1023, k1455
August 1960

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Housekeeper's Daughter by Donald Henderson Clarke

She was curvy and careless
And lived down the hall

He Wanted To Earn A College Degree
But She Wanted Passionate Love!
Although Hilda's noteworthy curves helped decide Robert Randall that where she stayed was where he wanted to be, his main thought was to use his spare time writing a paper for a college degree. So he rented the home of the Reverend Mr Maxon, where the housekeeper and her luscious daughter, Hilda, lived also. The Reverend went on vacation, Robert ,moved in, and Hilda promptly fell in love with him. Robert settled down to work on his writing, of course. Hilda settled down to business too, working on Robert. Because of Hilda, several of Robert's friends, and an assignment he got to report on the murder of a nude lady in New Jersey, Robert did not accomplish much towards earning his degree. But what he and the others did accomplish in the outraged Reverend's house will keep a chuckle in one's throat and a glint in one's eye through the end!

Printing History
Written by Donald Henderson Clarke (1887-1958)

Printing History
The Vanguard Press, Inc
September 1938

Avon Publishing Co, Inc
Avon Books


The Film
Directed and Produced by Hal Roach

Joan Bennett
Adolphe Menjou
John Hubbard


Monday, October 8, 2018

The Black Door by Cleve F Adams

A Hard-Boiled Detective Novel
The third time he saw her she was dead, which set his head spinning. And it didn't stop until he'd run head-on into the Mob, a nympho, and a girl who had more tricks than the original Eve. 

Hard To Handle
Getting the goods on Myrna Spain was the kind of job to handle with asbestos gloves. The first time big Jim Flagg saw her she was dressed in brief shorts and the tightest sweater in Los Angeles. She made a play for him but Jim was not buying. The last time Flagg saw Myrna she was dead. That set the big wheel spinning, and it did not stop until he had run head on into Pete the Greek's mob and a girl named Eve who had more tricks than the one who led Adam straight to Hell!

Printing History
Cleve Franklin Adams (1895-1949)

E. P. Dutton 
November 1941

Popular Library
1st Printing May 1952
2nd Printing November 1952
3rd Printing December 1952 (Canada)
4th Printing June 1953

Friday, October 5, 2018

La Rubia (The Blonde) by Carter Brown

La Rubia

Spanish title of The Blonde

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

Caimen Collection
Editorial Diana (Mexico)
1st Edition October 1960
2nd Edition July 1961
3rd Edition December 1963

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

One Endless Hour by Dan J Marlowe

"The Man With Nobody's Face"

Drake had a new face, a new name, and he had buried the past. Most of it, anyways. In unmarked graves. They had all been double crossed bastards. Now he needed a new deal, something he could handle alone. Like a nice, quiet town. But somebody had other plans for Drake. Suddenly it was too late to back out, and too early to die..........

Printing History
Written by Dan J Marlowe (1914-1986)

Fawcett Publications, Inc
Fawcett Gold Medal Books

March 1969

January 1973

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Madam You're Mayhem (II) by Carter Brown

Fix me a getaway...
I'll need a fast car and faster women....
If the cops don't get me...
The curves will.....

Barney Blaine was heading to Mexico, land of the sombrero, manana, and Carmen Esteros! Carmen was wearing a bikini, or she Barney would say, two and a half spangles. She'd do anything for a man who would drive in the the Carrera Panamericana, and that meant him! Only Barney was co-driver for Julie Adams, the dizziest blonde who ever tried to accelerate coming into a right angled bend at 120 miles per hour. But that was only his cover for a red hot assignment. If one would ever go to Mexico you would find the people very friendly, like the guys who stake one out over an ant hill with a trail of honey leading into one's open mouth. But Barney couldn't keep his big mouth shut, and that is how he came to be a length behind the Gordini with the speedo showing 150. The curve was looming nearer and nearer, in another five seconds it would be too late for either of them....

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

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series 

w/ Larceny Was Lovely
Second Collector’s Series V2 #2
October 1959 

Cover by Moira Bertram

Friday, September 14, 2018

8th Anniversary

My 8th Anniversary 

This blog was started 8 years ago today.

My quest for this year is to read all of the Al Wheeler mysteries in order. From The Wench Is Wicked (1956) to Stab In The Dark (1984). Twenty eight years of Al Wheeler, the unorthodox cop.

The Crimes So Far

Al Wheeler #1-3

Al Wheeler #4-6

Al Wheeler #7