Sunday, September 22, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter Y

 The Crime Fiction Alphabet keeps rolling along in the home stretch with just two more weeks left. We are currently in week 25 with the letter Y, next week is the big finale. Kerrie over at her blog Mysteries in Paradise is kind enough to host this community meme. The rules a quite simple. By Friday of each week participants write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week. The post must be related to either the first letter of a book's title, the first letter of an author's first name, or the first letter of the author's surname, or even maybe a crime fiction "topic". But above all, it has to be crime fiction. This time around I will be featuring a Carter Brown title for each letter of the alphabet.

Carter Brown: Y is for Yoga Shrouds Yolande

Bernard Blackburn Cover
  Yolande was a dream who had a vision. 
So they told her about the Trance of Death. 
Wake up baby, before..................

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Novelette Series (February 1954)
First Collector's Series Volume 11 (1955)
w/ Felon Angel and Floozie Out of Focus
Second Collector's Series Vol 1 #14 (April 1958)
w/Cutie Cashed His Chips (US title The Million Dollar Babe)
Vintage Series #1 (1965)
w/Poison Ivy

Another Australian Cover

Somewhere between the originally printing and the First Collector's Series the title was slightly changed.


  1. Scott - I like that second Aussie cover the best of these I think. And remind me not to try that Trance...

  2. Interesting illustrations and interesting title change. The alphabet is almost over.

  3. I've never actually read a Carter Brown back - where would you recommend starting?

  4. Col
    I would start with ones in the early to mid 60's. You can follow along witha one of the major characters. Or if you want to read a random character, the ones from the mid to late 50's might be up your alley. Thanks for visiting and the comments.