Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bella Donna Was Poison (Revised) by Carter Brown

Rock Stone set the scene for a TV murder play, 
but his beautiful corpse turned out to be real

Inspector Rock Stone is the hero of a weekly TV show where he puts the cuffs on the murderer in the last 30 seconds, and that is guaranteed by the sponsor. Then some slob has to make with an unsponsored murder right in the middle of the display window plugging the show. And the real inspector, who does not like the TV, puts Rock Stone in a neat frame where a hole in the head will complete the picture. There were lots of beautiful dolls mixed up in it. There was Hannah Vogue, the vague vagrant, for example. And frankly, she was no example. There was Arline, Rock's very own producer. who was female and one could see that when you get near to her, near sighted or not. Stone would have loved them all, if he had the time. Did he mention Messenger John, the guy with a message which was usually wrapped in hot lead or cold steel?

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #39 (May 1957)
Reprint By Demand Series #10 (August 1959)

The original post from November 2010

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