Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Travelling The Globe Day #1

Welcome to October and Traveling The Globe.
All through the month of October we will go on a journey to new and exciting places.
The premier stop on this adventure will Brazil's second largest city of Rio de Janeiro.

Today will are featuring three titles with Rio in the title

Checkmate In Rio
by Valerie Moolman

Award Books
May 1964
Charter Books
August 1979

The Rio Casino Intrigue
by F Van Wyck Mason

Reynal & Hitchcock

Rampage In Rio
by  Lionel Derrick

Pinnacle Books
September 1981

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

USA Fiction Challenge: Missouri

We are making our way across the USA Fiction Challenge. 
Today our stop is the Show Me State of Missouri.

The Shepherd Of the Hills
by Harold Bell Wright

The story depicts the lives of mountain people living in the Ozarks.
 The main story surrounds the relationship between Grant Matthews Senior and Dad Howitt Howitt is elderly, learned man who has escaped the buzzing restlessness of the city to live in the backwoods neighborhood of Mutton Hollow. Howitt spends his time alone, acting as a mediator and friend to the mountain people, and trying to recover from his tragic past, which includes the deaths of his wife and children, and the later presumed madness and subsequent suicide of his only surviving child, his artist son (Mad Howard). Howitt's reclusiveness has earned him the moniker "The Shepherd of The Hills" But he befriends the Matthews clan who come to love and trust him.

Printing History
Written by Harold Bell Wright (1872 –1944)

Book Supply Company

The Film

John Wayne
Betty Field
Harry Carey

 Directed by
 Henry Hathaway

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Loosely based on the real-life exploits of the Molly Maguires 
and Pinkerton agent James McParland.

Sherlock Holmes decodes a cipher warning from Moriarty's organization for Douglas in Birlstone, but a corpse is already in place. When Mr. Douglas blows the head off his American assassin, he dresses the body as himself and hides to throw off the chase for good. Holmes guesses the missing dumbbell weighted down the killer's clothes in the moat. The calling card left, VV341, is the Vermissa Valley Lodge 341. Decades ago a Pinkerton, he went months undercover, first with Freemen in Chicago, then west to desolate mountain coal mine area, to take down corrupt murderers who ran the Valley Freemen Lodge, but criminals had pursued. Holmes warns Douglas, when acquitted, to flee England. But Moriarty prevails. Two months later, Mrs. Douglas telegrams from South Africa. Her husband was lost en route overboard in a gale. Holmes had warned them to flee England, and blames Moriarty.

Printing History
Written by Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Strand Magazine 
September 1914 to May 1915

George H. Doran Company 
February 1915

The Films

Starring H.A. Saintsbury and Booth Conway

  as The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes
Starring Arthur Wontner as Holmes and Ian Fleming as Watson

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saucy Movie Tales (Sept 1936)

Saucy Movie Tales - September 1936
Written by Ernest Manning
Illustrated by Norman Saunders

Girls to the Guillotine


Friday, September 26, 2014

USA Fiction Challenge: State Of Montana

The State of Montana is the next stop in the 20114 USA Fiction Challenge

In Open Space
by Russell Rowland

The story of the Arbuckle brothers
Set in the vast and unforgiving prairie of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946

A rising baseball star who mysteriously drowns in the river
A World War I veteran who abandons his family only to return to reclaim the family ranch
The youngest brother, whose marriage to Helen creates a fault line between him and the rest of his family
A shrewd, observant man burdened with growing suspicions of Jack's role in his brother's death

Printing History
 Written by Russell Rowland

Harper Perennial
June 2002

HarperCollins Ebook
June 2010

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Neo-noir film directed by Robert Altman and based on Raymond Chandler's 1953 novel

PI Philip Marlowe is visited by his close friend Terry Lennox one night and Terry asks for a lift from Los Angeles to Tijuana. Returning home, Marlowe is met by two police detectives, who accuse Lennox of murdered his rich wife, Sylvia. Marlowe refuses to give them any information and is arrested. After three days in jail, the police release him, because Lennox committed suicide in Mexico. Philip Marlowe is hired by Eileen Wade, the trophy wife of Roger Wade. Wade is an alcoholic novelist with writer's block She asks that Marlowe find her husband, who, despite regular alcoholic binges and days-long disappearances from their Malibu home is missing. In the course of investigating Mrs. Wade's missing-husband case, Marlowe visits the private detoxification clinics for rich alcoholics and drug addicts. He locates and recovers Roger Wade, and learns that the Wades knew the Lennoxes socially. He becomes increasingly convinced that there is more to Terry's suicide and the murder of Sylvia.

Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe
Nina van Pallandt as Eileen Wade
Sterling Hayden as Roger Wade
Mark Rydell as Marty Augustine
Henry Gibson as Dr. Verringer
David Arkin as Harry
Jim Bouton as Terry Lennox
Warren Berlinger as Morgan
Directed by Robert Altman
Screenplay by Leigh Brackett
Story by Raymond Chandler 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

A story of a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, which was inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Mark Twain lived.


An imaginative and mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid, After playing hooky from school on Friday and dirtying his clothes in a fight, Tom is made to whitewash the fence as punishment on Saturday. Tom is disappointed by having to forfeit his day off. but he soon persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work. He trades these treasures for tickets given out in Sunday school for memorizing Bible verses and uses the tickets to claim a Bible as a prize. Tom falls in love with Becky Thatcher, a new girl in town, and persuades her to get engaged. Their romance collapses when she learns that Tom has been engaged before to a girl named Amy Lawrence. Shortly after being shunned by Becky, Tom accompanies Huckleberry Finn to the graveyard at night to try out a cure for warts. At the graveyard, they witness the murder of young Dr. Robinson by the Native-American Injun Joe. Scared, Tom and Huck run away and swear a blood oath not to tell anyone what they have seen. Injun Joe blames his companion, Muff Potter for the crime. Potter is wrongfully arrested, and Tom’s anxiety and guilt begin to grow. Tom, Huck, and Tom’s friend Joe Harper run away to an island to become pirates. While having fun and enjoying their newfound freedom, the boys become aware that the community is sounding the river for their bodies. And the real adventure begins.

Printing History
Written by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)

American Publishing Company

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hang Dead Hawaiian Style by Patrick Morgan

A free-form secret agent does his own thing
And the spy game makes a whole new scene

Operation Hang Ten

With a simple purchase of a microdot filled with Red Chinese weapon technology, the true identity of the troublemaker is not known. It could be the Chinese, the Soviets, or a simple robbery. Bill Cartwright is sent to Hawaii to get the microdot. When an innocent girl is killed, it turns very personal.

Printing History
Written by George Snyder

Macfadden-Bartell Corp

Monday, September 22, 2014

Coming in October: Traveling The Globe

Coming in October. Traveling the Globe

I will highlight titles from exciting places around the world. 
The name of the place must be in the title and must be a real place. 
From Albania to Zanzibar. 
Come check them out in October

The Two-Timing Blonde (II) by Carter Brown

She can show you plenty
If you can keep her alive....

Johnny Storm is a private eye from NYC. He is sent to England to investigate the disappearance of one Miss Estelle Vaughan. Estelle has been missing for over a monthwhen she was to visit a Mr Corvo.  Her car was found a hundred yards from the house and Scotland Yard had ther first crack on the case a month earlier, but never found traces of her. It looks as if she vanished off the face of the earth. Mr Corvo shows Storm a crystal ball and sees a very beautiful blonde girl coming forward to take his hand. Corvo tells our hero a story of a murder that happened over 60 years ago of a Vicompte Guy de Falais. The prevouis night Guy de Falais had challenged Sir Jeremy Trent to a duel over accusations of Trent's wife getting around around so to speak. Estelle's father, Sir Howard Vaughan in 1893, he has a wife and three kids: Ruth, James, Polly, and Estelle. A few years passed by and a Frenchman, de Falais, appears and has an interest in Polly. Polly was engaged to Trent at the time. Fast forward to the present time,  1955 in this case. Mr Corvo uses magic to transport Storm back to 1894 as an American cousin by the name of Jonathan Storm. Mr Storm is to follow Estelle back in time to clear her name. Find the answer would not be easy. Did the original Estelle murder Vicompte or not. In the end, he can not get back. In 1907, Jonathan is referenced as a distance cousin residing in America.

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc

Novel Series
July 1955

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 #4
w/Honey, Here's Your Hearse 
July 1957

as Two-Timing Blonde
Reprint By Demand Series
August 1960

 Bonus Cover


This title was originally posted on January 13, 2011
The Two-Timing Blonde