Sunday, June 30, 2013

Always On Sunday by Glen Chase

Cherry Delight #20


Cherry Delight is called to Greece to defend democracy, a task she livens up with the help of flashing eyed Demetrio Starka, freedom fighter. But nothing ever goes smoothly for Cherry. In this case she is set upon by a couple of Greek colonels who are monsters, dope friends, and sexnits. Any other girl might be dismayed, but Cherry just takes them as they come.
  
Printing History
written by Gardner F Fox (1911-1986)

Cherry Delight #20
Nordon Publications, Inc
Leisure Books
LB253ZK (March 1975)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Minx Manx by Larry Kent

"I Hate Crime"


Printing History

Cleveland Publishing Co Pty Ltd
# 597
1965

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter L...Part Three

Part 3 of the Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013 Letter L

Carter Brown: L is for The Lover

Signet Editions
  The bearded Prophet might be a phoney but the nude corpse on his alter was very real

Horwitz Edition 1st Edition
 
Horwitz 2nd Edition
 
The Prophet wore a loincloth and a deep tan. He was the pet of the society set who flipped over his doctrines of sun worship, fertility rites and sacrifices. The religious kick netted him a pretty profit until one of his sun loving followers left an offering on his alter. A very beautiful, very nude and very dead blonde. The corpse sends free wheeling California police Lieutenant Al Wheeler on a whirlwind chase, A chase that brings him into close contact with a torrid blonde, a sizzling brunette, and a cold killer.
  
Cover by Martelmans
The Prophet was the guy in the loincloth who was assisted by.....Eloise, the brunette who sent the shrine donations rolling in even faster for........Ralph Bennett, who was the Prophet's business manager. he figured he owed something to.....Charlie Elliot, the lush whose whole world was centered in the nearest unopened bottle and turned up at the party given by........... Stella Gibb, the blonde who loved men. All men except her husband.......Cornelius Gibb, the only sun worshiper who thought the Prophet was a screwball, not like......Edgar Romair, the retired Broadway actor, who could not find an audience in......Peter Pines, the poet whose talents were chained to a faucet sending....Al Wheeler to Candy Logan, the gorgeous brunette widow. She was having trouble with.....Harry Weisman, the sharp man, too sharp for his world.
 
Horwitz/Signet Double Edition
 Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

English Language Editions
Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #72 December 1958
International Edition #3 1960
International Edition #60 1969
Double Edition #6a 1980

New American Library
Signet Books
 #1620 January 1959
  #1620 (Canada) February 1959
#2742 1964
Double Edition E9121 March 1980

New English Library
Four Square Books
#790 1963
#1843 1967
Cover by Martelmans

Other Various Covers
Note: 
There are over 20 different covers from 15 different country for this title 

  Brazil
n/d

 Denmark 
Winther
 1963
 

 Middernacht-Serie 
Netherlands
n/d
 

 Estonia
Katariina
1992
 

Gallimard  
Paris
1959,1970,1976
 

 Die Mitternachtsbucher
Germany and Switzerland
1966

Mexico
Diana
1961

Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book  
Tokyo Japan
1960
 



Monday, June 24, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter L...Part Two

Part 2 of the Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013 Letter L

Carter Brown: L is for The Lady Is Transparent

Meet the only beauty who won't succumb to Al Wheeler's charms:
Delia- a wanton witch who must be about her business....of murder

   


Even Al Wheeler can't make this gorgeous ghost forget that her pleasure is murder   
Robert McGinnis Covers

A gabled mansion on Bald Mountain. A deserted room with its windows boarded, its door locked from the inside. And in the room the corpse of an unsuccessful suitor, his throat savagely and efficiently torn out. California cop Al Wheeler come to Bald Mountain to investigate the murder and finds himself the unwelcome guest of the Harvey Family.

   


Ellis
 His two luscious dark-haired daughters, Justine and Martha. 
Well traveled, money seeking Uncle Ben
 and the family ghost Delia, a passionate wanton who is a Spectre of Death.


Robert McGinnis Cover

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

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #101 1962
International Edition Series #52 1967

New American Library
Signet Books
S2148 July 1962
S2148 Canada
D3251 September 1967
D3251 September 1967 (Canada)
P4344 1970

Other Various Covers

Middernacht-Serie #53
Netherlands
n/d
 
  
Wennerberg 
Stockholm Sweden
1962
  

Valpas-Mainos 
Finland
1965


Gallimard  
Paris
1963,1978


Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book  
Tokyo Japan
1963

Die Mitternachtsbucher
Germany and Switzerland
1964, 1976 

Russia
n/d

Note
This title was originally posted in a slightly different form in April 2011 and February 2012
The Lady Is Transparent

The Lady Is Transparent Dutch Edition

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter L...Part One

We are chugging, like a fast moving train, along in the Crime Fiction Alphabet for 2013 meme. This week we are up to the letter L. Kerry's Blog is kind enough to sponsor this community meme each and every week. The rules are very simple:  The posts 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. This week I had a difficult time deciding which title to showcase. So I decided to do a three part Letter L. For the next three days I will highlight a different Carter Brown title.

First up this week

Carter Brown: L is for The Lady Is/Not Available
 
She was the most talented pro in the whole art colony.
Her sex appeal was sheer genius and pure murder!



Bella made friends at the drop of a bikini. She was a beautiful Bohemian who wore the scantiest of bathing suits when she painted, and less when she entertained. Her uninhibited hospitality made it hard for Lieutenant Al Wheeler to keep business before pleasure. But he was a cop and he was there to ask questions about a murder. 
  


An artist dies violently and Al Wheeler begins a deadly and dangerous case. A case that leads from an artist's studio to a tycoon's plush penthouse office. From a lovely wanton to a strait-laced society wife. From a mysterious picture to multiple death. 

Robert McGinnis Cover
  Who painted the lady without her clothes? When an oil tycoon commissions a young artist to do his wife's portrait, he hardly expected to see the finished product, perfect, pink-fleshed...and nude. It was too late for explanations. The artist lay dead beneath the easel, the picture was slashed with a cross of blood and the hysterical wife insisted she never took off her clothes. 

Robert McGinnis Cover
 
Robert McGinnis Cover

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

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Sydney Australia
Numbered Series #105 1962,1963
International Edition Series #56 1968

Bolinda Publishing
Victoria Australia
Large Print Edition August 1999

New American Library
Signet Books
#2244 January 1963
D3410 March 1968
D3410 March 1968 (Canada)

Male Publishing Corp
Volume 13 No 5
May 1963
 The Naked Wanton
Condensed from The Lady Is Available
Art by Samson Pollen 

New English Library
Four Square Books
1st Edition 1964
#2127 April 1968

Other Publishers
 
ADA
 Russia
1993

 Die Mitternachtsbucher #264
Copyright 1965
Printed in German
Translated by Georg Ackerman

Middernacht-Serie
Netherlands
n/d

Valpas-Mainos 
Finland
1965
 

Gallimard  
Paris
1964,1977

Wennerberg 
Stockholm Sweden
1963
 

Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book  
Tokyo Japan
1963

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Crossfire Red by Jack Canon

The Killmaster steals a beautiful spy from the KGB

George Gross Cover
Crossfire Red
Dasha Peshkova is a disillusioned Soviet intelligence officer. And the only thing more appealing than this statuesque Russian beauty is vital information she's been passing on to the West. But Dasha's career as a double agent is about to end. Her CIA contact has been caught, and in hours the KGB will have completed a very thorough investigation. Agent N3's assignment is to enter the USSR and smuggle Dasha out in one lovely piece....

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Charter Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 441 57290
January 1987

Friday, June 21, 2013

Prime Time For Murder by Valerie Frankel

 A Date To Die for!
  
Cover by Tom McKeveny
When sultry Sabrina Delorean, the hotter-than-thou hostess of the popular trash-TV dating game, Party Girls, asks Wanda Mallory, the tough, tart-tongued, Times Square P.I. to be her bodyguard, Wanda can't believe her ears. But her eyes are not lying when she catches the latest live episode of Sabrina's show,  where a sensitive stud wins a date with an angel, and loses his life to a bullet meant for Sabrina. Wanda may be a streetwise sleuth in the city that never sleeps, but she's just a babe in televisionland. Racing to preempt another hit, she grapples with more phonies and flakes that one can click a remote at.

Is the killer..............
  • A two-faced network bigwig? 
  • A one-legged lothario? 
  • A glad-handling studio sycophant? 
  • A pill-pushing shrink who's the mother of all meddlesome moms? 

As Wanda takes to the airwaves to find out, be sure to tune in, turn on, and see who drops dead!

Wanda Mallory Mystery #3

Printing History
Written by Valerie Frankel

Simon & Schuster, Inc
Pocket Books
ISBN 671 79519
January 1994

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Requiem For A Redhead by Larry Kent

I Hate Crime

Tonight I have a date....with death.
This time, like always, it might be my own....


 Printing History

Cleveland Publishing Co Pty Ltd
 # 671
  1968

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Life To Life by Don Pendleton

Ashton Ford #4
Our Cosmic Future Depends On Ashton Ford
And The Birth Of One Child


She was a powerful, stunningly beautiful psychic. She gave spiritual guidance to thousands of troubled souls and was preparing to extend her ministry throughout the world. But when her family and followers began dying in mysterious, horrifying ways, she had to call on Ashton Ford to discover the truth behind their deaths. It wasn't long before Ashton found that the lovely reverend was the center of a centuries old mystical group now threatened by a malevolent and divisive force. And to over come it, Ford had to wage a cosmic battle in a shadowy realm of the unreal and the unearthly, a world that challenges all that we know.

Printing History
Written by Don Pendleton (1927-1995)

Warner Books, Inc
Popular Library
ISBN 445 20256 (USA)
July 1987
ISBN 445 20257 (Canada)
July 1987
 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter K

We are rolling along in the Crime Fiction Alphabet for 2013 meme. This week we are up to the letter K. Kerry's Blog is kind enough to sponsor this community meme each and every week. The rules are very simple:  The posts 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: K is for Kiss Michelle Goodbye

US Edition 1981
 She was the life of the party.
Until she wound up dead!

Horwitz Edition 1984
 Danny Boyd's search for a missing girl began with a messy murder, and it was all uphill from then on. He'd been retained by the murder victim, Zandra Lyn, to find her friend Michelle, who'd mysteriously vanished somewhere in Santo Bahia. Boyd figured there had to be a connection between Zandra's death and Michelle's disappearance, and when the bullets started to fly in his direction, he knew he was right. Danny also knew that a dead detective would not be much good to his dead employer, but it looked like the next victim to be kissed off would be Boyd himself.

Various Covers

Finland 1985

France 1983

Russia n/d
 
Sweden 1981
  Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications
Castle Books (1984)
ISBN 7255 1733
Distributed by Horwitz Grahame Books Pty Ltd.

Tower Publications, Inc.
Tower Books (June 1981)
ISBN 505 51756

Note
This title appeared on August 2011 in a slightly different form.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A More Perfect Union by J. A. Jance

A Detective J.P. Beaumont Mystery

Beaumont discovers that a career in high-rise construction can 
be downwardly mobile.......and deadly!


The front page photo was a gruesome heartstopper, a young woman plunging from a skeletal skyscraper, sheer horror frozen on her beautiful face. An accident? Suicide? Detective J.P. Beaumont didn't think so. Especially when the body count started climbing, eventually leading him to the  headquarters of the ironworkers' local, and the crew of hardhats with nerves of steel and some deadly secrets. Beaumont is determined to make the union pay its dues, but the union has something else in mind.

J.P. Beaumont #6

Printing History
Written by Judith Ann Jance

The Hearst Corporation
Avon Books, Inc
ISBN 380 75413
 November 1988