Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

A Corpse For Christmas
by Carter Brown

Police Lt Al Wheeler comes down the chimney and finds hot tempers, hot chicks, and one warm corpse.

Robert McGinnis Cover
  He was the death of the party. Right in the middle of the fun and games, Dean Carroll turns up dead under the bed. None of the guests really minded as he was an expert at spoiling things and the parties were the least of it. Almost anyone at the party could have killed him. About everyone wanted to and somebody did. It might have been: Toni, his beautiful wife, she hated him and would profit greatly by his death. Iris, the single blonde and his playmate until the game got too rough. And finally Janice, his fat and frowsy ex-mistress burning up at his brush off. It might have been any one of them who decided to play Santa Claus to give all of them a Christmas present of a lifetime...Dean Carroll's corpse.

Christmas stockings? Filled with goodies?
Depends on what kind. Al Wheeler doesn't need the holiday bit to wish for the well-filled stocking. He's in favor of lovely legs, and there on up, nicely stacked, at any month of the twelve month year. (Thirteen if you count Leap Year). "Excelsior!" says Al, which is not the only stuff they pack around the Christmas crockery. Al rises to that battle cry when he meets Maggie, the gal with the wild grey streak in her hair, the wild black and white disappearing dress, the wild recklessness of propriety, held together by only a drawstring.
Published in Mexico 1967
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United States


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

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #126 (1965)
Titled A Corpse For Xmas

New American Library
Signet Books
D2683 (May 1965)
Q6153 (1974)
New English Library
Four Square Books
#1673 (December 1966)

This title was originally posted on December 24th 2010.


  1. Scott - All the best to you, too. And I really like the variety of covers here!

  2. What a perfect series of covers for a Christmas mystery.

  3. Those covers would distract even Santa. Merry Christmas!

  4. And a Happy Christmas to you as well