Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mayhem In B Flat by Elliot Paul

A Sizzling, Rip-Roaring Murder Mystery 

Set in Paris of the 1930s, thriller featuring Homer Evans involving him, his friend Miriam, and a stolen Guarnerius violin

Vacationing in Normandy, suave sleuth Homer Evans and his stylish, pistol-packing friend Miriam Leonard catch sight of a familiar member of the notorious gang, the St. Julian Rollers. As Homer and Miriam depart for Paris, that gang member called the Singe is also at the Rouen train station and covertly signals to their compartment as the train pulls from the station.

Printing History
Written by Elliot Paul (1891-1958)

Random House Edition: May 1940
World Edition: 1st Printing April 1943 2nd May 1943
Bantam Edition: November 1950

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hell To Eternity by Edward S Aarons

The powerful story of the slum bred kid whose raw courage in the caves 
of Saipan will live forever as one of the glories of the U.S. Marine Corps

Cover by Barye Phillips
In love and war..... 
These were the quiet hours, the last uneasy clam before the storm of battle. These were the final hours, when a man could forget his fear and a woman her inhibitions.
Printing History
Written by Edward S Aarons (1916-1975)

Fawcett Gold Medal
#1023, k1455
August 1960

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Housekeeper's Daughter by Donald Henderson Clarke

She was curvy and careless
And lived down the hall

He Wanted To Earn A College Degree
But She Wanted Passionate Love!
Although Hilda's noteworthy curves helped decide Robert Randall that where she stayed was where he wanted to be, his main thought was to use his spare time writing a paper for a college degree. So he rented the home of the Reverend Mr Maxon, where the housekeeper and her luscious daughter, Hilda, lived also. The Reverend went on vacation, Robert ,moved in, and Hilda promptly fell in love with him. Robert settled down to work on his writing, of course. Hilda settled down to business too, working on Robert. Because of Hilda, several of Robert's friends, and an assignment he got to report on the murder of a nude lady in New Jersey, Robert did not accomplish much towards earning his degree. But what he and the others did accomplish in the outraged Reverend's house will keep a chuckle in one's throat and a glint in one's eye through the end!

Printing History
Written by Donald Henderson Clarke (1887-1958)

Printing History
The Vanguard Press, Inc
September 1938

Avon Publishing Co, Inc
Avon Books


The Film
Directed and Produced by Hal Roach

Joan Bennett
Adolphe Menjou
John Hubbard


Monday, October 8, 2018

The Black Door by Cleve F Adams

A Hard-Boiled Detective Novel
The third time he saw her she was dead, which set his head spinning. And it didn't stop until he'd run head-on into the Mob, a nympho, and a girl who had more tricks than the original Eve. 

Hard To Handle
Getting the goods on Myrna Spain was the kind of job to handle with asbestos gloves. The first time big Jim Flagg saw her she was dressed in brief shorts and the tightest sweater in Los Angeles. She made a play for him but Jim was not buying. The last time Flagg saw Myrna she was dead. That set the big wheel spinning, and it did not stop until he had run head on into Pete the Greek's mob and a girl named Eve who had more tricks than the one who led Adam straight to Hell!

Printing History
Cleve Franklin Adams (1895-1949)

E. P. Dutton 
November 1941

Popular Library
1st Printing May 1952
2nd Printing November 1952
3rd Printing December 1952 (Canada)
4th Printing June 1953

Friday, October 5, 2018

La Rubia (The Blonde) by Carter Brown

La Rubia

Spanish title of The Blonde

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

Caimen Collection
Editorial Diana (Mexico)
1st Edition October 1960
2nd Edition July 1961
3rd Edition December 1963

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

One Endless Hour by Dan J Marlowe

"The Man With Nobody's Face"

Drake had a new face, a new name, and he had buried the past. Most of it, anyways. In unmarked graves. They had all been double crossed bastards. Now he needed a new deal, something he could handle alone. Like a nice, quiet town. But somebody had other plans for Drake. Suddenly it was too late to back out, and too early to die..........

Printing History
Written by Dan J Marlowe (1914-1986)

Fawcett Publications, Inc
Fawcett Gold Medal Books

March 1969

January 1973

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Madam You're Mayhem (II) by Carter Brown

Fix me a getaway...
I'll need a fast car and faster women....
If the cops don't get me...
The curves will.....

Barney Blaine was heading to Mexico, land of the sombrero, manana, and Carmen Esteros! Carmen was wearing a bikini, or she Barney would say, two and a half spangles. She'd do anything for a man who would drive in the the Carrera Panamericana, and that meant him! Only Barney was co-driver for Julie Adams, the dizziest blonde who ever tried to accelerate coming into a right angled bend at 120 miles per hour. But that was only his cover for a red hot assignment. If one would ever go to Mexico you would find the people very friendly, like the guys who stake one out over an ant hill with a trail of honey leading into one's open mouth. But Barney couldn't keep his big mouth shut, and that is how he came to be a length behind the Gordini with the speedo showing 150. The curve was looming nearer and nearer, in another five seconds it would be too late for either of them....

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

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series 

w/ Larceny Was Lovely
Second Collector’s Series V2 #2
October 1959 

Cover by Moira Bertram

Friday, September 14, 2018

8th Anniversary

My 8th Anniversary 

This blog was started 8 years ago today.

My quest for this year is to read all of the Al Wheeler mysteries in order. From The Wench Is Wicked (1956) to Stab In The Dark (1984). Twenty eight years of Al Wheeler, the unorthodox cop.

The Crimes So Far

Al Wheeler #1-3

Al Wheeler #4-6

Al Wheeler #7

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Raw Lust by Hi Holborn

His inhibited acts reaped a whirlwind of aroused passions as 
he probed the hidden animal cravings of desire maddened women!!

They were tortured by lustful cravings!
He instilled a fiery longing for his manliness among the restless women who crossed his path. Ever alert for an opportunity he took advantage to their every erotic desire, lustful thought and carnal wish to satisfy his frenzied drive toward quenching his burning need!!

Printing History
Written by Hi Holborn

Tuxedo Books
January 1962

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Kiss The Boys And Make Them Die by James Yardley

Introducing Kiss Darling, 
the super girl with the wow IQ, 
a dynamite body, 
and a wild weakness for danger

"A bird? A superbomb? No, it's Supergirl!

To her womanizing boss, Kiss Darling is a budding young beauty ripe for the picking. To her army of hopeful seducers, she's a promise of sexual paradise worth any entry fee. To all men everywhere, she's an erotic dream come true.

Little do these male chauvinists suspect that beneath that luscious exterior lie nerves of steel, a mind quicker than a thousand computers, and the ability to do anything--well, almost anything--a man can do, and better.

When Kiss Darling swings into red-hot action and uninhibited adventure, she puts the boys to shame...

 Printing History
Written by James Yardley

Micheal Josephs  
April 1970

New American Library
Signet Books
October 1970

Pan Books

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Brotherhood of Lust by Don Holliday

Their Campus Games Were An Orgy Of Sin!

Passion Diploma........
was what you earned if you were part of the inner group on this campus. For here the big quiz was how many orgies you attended and how many twisted hungers you could satisfy before the semester ran out. There was plenty of babes, plenty of booze, and plenty of passion hungry guys to fill any exam sheet with shocking examples of sin life on the textbook front. And pity the poor freshman who didn't fall into line and sign up for a course in fleshpot psychology, on campus of.........
.......Sinners Cum Laude!

Printing History
written by David Case

Greenleaf Classics
Midnight Reader
October 1962

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

My Baby Was Blasted by Marc Brody

My Baby Was Blasted
by Marc Brody

What happened to Jimmy Delmar after that wild Hollywood party? Vicki Carver told Marc Brody, "I killed him...but I didn't kill him!" Vicky invited Marc to her dressing room to tell him more. "Tomorrow might be too late," she said. And tomorrow was too late for Vicky, there would never be anymore tomorrows for her. But was it an accident, suicide, or murder? Someone rang Brody and said, "I know who set Vicky up for the kill." But a killer with an ice pick had a start on him. Guy Stapleton died in Marc's arms. And there were more suspects than hairs on a bearded lady. Ravenne Polvani, the beautiful drug addict. Nina Carver, who wasn't Vicky's sister after all. Alvaro Darcel, who had his own peculiar talent for certain tasks. Ageing playboy Chris Lavery, Marc didn't know till he met Cicely Trivago, the beautiful uninhibited redhead. But then it was too late.....

Printing History
Written by William Henry (W. H.) Williams

Horwitz Publications, Inc

Monday, August 20, 2018

Operation: Lust by M. E. Knerr

Gorgeous models were sacrificed to greedy depravity by filthy flesh peddlers
...who stopped at nothing!

had driven lovely model Betty Gilbert to suicide. In Eric Malloy's book it was spelled MURDER. Eric had been a rugged combat pilot. But when he set out to smash the blood sucking hoodlums who preyed on beautiful girls, he ran into more than flak and tracers! Starting at a shabby dance hall, where the slogan was DEATH FOR A DIME, the big Irishman followed a torrid trail of murdered dolls from bedroom to bedroom. Battered by gang fists and blasted at by gang guns, he bulled ahead to the
Passionate Payoff

Printing History
 Written by Michael E Knerr (1936-1999)

Art Enterprises, Inc
Epic Books

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Grip Of Lust by Guy Corbett

The Grip Of Lust

HERE is the inside story of what goes on between men and women---


The Greek Girl: Who could turn the back seat of an old car into the most comfortable couch in the world

Mrs. Wickert: Who hated her daughter's moral code, and taunted her for protecting her virginity!

Rebecca: Faithful wife, mother of six children, who discovered the thrill of sex with a stranger in the park!

Yolanda: Who held onto her virginity.....until her tenth year!

Guy Corbett reports the story Kinsey missed. He tells it with skill and power...candidly depicting the art of the seducer, the violence of the rapist, the guilt of the adulterer, the shame of the homosexual, the love of the harlot and the plight of the frigid woman!

Printing History
Written by Guy Corbett

Newstand Library Books 
February 1960

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Stag Magazine May 1958

Stag Magazine May 1958

The Sailor Who Broke Out Of Camp Horror
by James Christopher 
When the Japanese bombed Manila, he was AWOL in a native girl's shack. It was the start of the strangest survival epic of World War II

Printing History
Atlas Magazines, Inc 

Volume 9 No 5
May 1958

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Stag Magazine September 1958

Stag Magazine
Mort Kunstler Cover

The Cowards At Goldwater Creek
by George Mandel (1920 - )
The Rapper gang had taken over the gutless town.  And Cottrell didn't give a damn.

The Blonde Captive of Venezuela's Jungle Empire
by Emile C. Schurmacher ( - 1976)
As Venezuela's man of mystery, he ruled the trackless forests of Gran Sabana

Printing History
Atlas Magazines, Inc
Volume 9 No 9
September 1958

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Save Her For Loving by William Johnston

Then The Trouble Started......
Cover by Harry Barton

 Tony Lajte was a driller until wealthy Maggie Low, blues headliner at the Village Nest, made him her hang around man. All he had to do to earn his keep was to be around when she "wanted" him, and she wanted him most of the time. He was really cooling it until he spotted luscious Janet Sill, Nest owner Jack Kip's mistress, and decided he'd rather be her hang around man. But Janet's abundant charms could only be had for a price. Tony's only source for scratch was Maggie, and she wasn't giving. The real trouble started when Maggie learned about Janet. And that's when Tony found himself between a knife wielding Maggie, who threatened to carve him up if he cut loose from her, a hip tossing Janet, who refused to play house without a bundle of loot, and a sadistically jealous Kip, who promised to fix Tony's clock for good.

Printing History
Written by William Johnston (1924-2010)

Monarch Books
September 1962

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Man's Conquest Magazine January 1957

For The Hounds From Hell

Printing History
 Volume 2 #5
Hanro Corp 
January 1957

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Man-Killer by Talmage Powell

They Branded Her

She was a bit of class in a rough mountain village, 
but when her husband was murdered they came running for her blood.

Big Hominy was bigoted when Vicky Hustin met trouble. 
Her husband was found brutally murdered. 
And then all the prejudices of the little village bloke over her.

Printing History
Written by Talmage Powell (1920-2000)


Horwitz Publications

Prologue Books
December 2011

Monday, July 30, 2018

Lust, Be A Lady Tonight by Rod Gray

Being Tailed By The World's Sexiest Spy Can Be A Deadly Pleasure

Her name is Eve Drum, the Lady From L.U.S.T. (League Of Underground Spies and Terrorists). Her code name is oh on Sex, and well she deserves it. Her not so secret weapon is her body. Eve dangles the bait men can't resist, but to tangle with her is a deadly pleasure. She's a killer, and lays her enemy low one way or another. Follow the misadventures of Eve Drum as she swings her voluptuous body into action against a super villain who wants to wreck N.A.T.O and heat up the Cold War to the flash point. He soon learns how Eve can apply her own kind of heat.

Printing History
 Written by Gardner F. Fox (1911-1986)
Original Title The Lady From L.U.S.T.
Tower Books
1st Printing 43-804 (1967)
Belmont Books
2nd Printing B95-2020 (June 1970)
Belmont Tower Books
3rd Printing BT 50516 (March 1973)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

60 Years Ago

60 Years Ago

In July of 1958 an Australian author by the name of Carter Brown arrived in the United States. He was the creation of Horwitz Publications, Alan G Yates (1923-1985) was his real name. Yates started writing for them in 1951. He was very successful and Horwitz decided to pitch him to the USA. His first novel was published by Signet imprint of New American Library in July of 1958. Here we have the very first of his books, The Body, which was a rewritten from the earlier title, No Law Against Angels, from 1957.

The Body
July 1958
Signet Books

Monday, July 9, 2018

Frenzied by R. Van Taylor

The Many Desperate Faces Of Passion

Cover by Lou Marchetti
Meet Duke Cannon, fast talking wonder boy of Consolidated Mobile Homes. He was after success and he didn't care how he got it....He drove his wife, Marie, into another man's arms because her demands took too much time....He pushed his secretary, Donna, into bed of a sadistic client to help him close a deal....Then he met Lilly Edmonds, luscious, fast loving boss lady of Consolidated, and he learned that success could be won or lost in the bedrooms of demanding executives.

Printing History
Written by R. Van Taylor

Monarch Books
May 1962

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July or Independence Day

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Murder-Very Dry by Samm Sinclair Baker

Three Little Sisters
Burning Bright.....

Cover by Oliver Brabbins
Pretty Polli was a king size conflagration.
Dolli any man's trial by flame
Molli an irresistible little hotpoint.

And all three were dying to make a killing. But why would Clark Clark Clark stop them ? Wasn't the hundred grand quiz his baby, the only TV riddle show featuring bullet riddled guests? After all, between Clark and the sisters stood only his own lovely wife, some unlovely cops, and a phantom slayer whose motto was...Keep 'Em Dying!

Printing History
Written by Samm Sinclair Baker (1909-1997)

A Graphic Mystery 
January 1956

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Unfinished Crime by Helen McCloy

Unfinished Crime
by Helen McCloy

Web Of Terror
When Sara Dacre comes across a large red pendant at a twenty cent jewellery stall she is tempted to buy it, especially when she bumps into her friend Gerry Hone, who persuades her that it will brighten up her old grey taffeta. But soon she finds herself at the center of some strange events. On leaving the shop she and Gerry witness the scene of an accident, but nobody can agree what happened. And when Gerry takes her out for coffee he goes to the counter to order, and never comes back . . . 

Printing History
Written by Helen Worrell Clarkson McCloy (1904-1994)

A Graphic Mystery

Monday, June 25, 2018

Carter Brown Double Feature

Two Classic Al Wheeler Thrillers

Delilah Was Deadly/No Harp For My Angel
Cover by Xou Creative
Delilah Was Deadly
"Someone's throwing corpse around so fast I'd call a cop, only I'd look sort of silly if I did!"

Unorthodox L.A. cop Lieutenant Al Wheeler has just been promoted to the head of Homicide following his success cracking his last case. This time around, a social editor of a fashion magazine is discovered dead inside a safe, strangled with a pink nylon girdle, wearing his silk pajamas. It looks like this might be the work of Satanists but before long the bodies start to pile up when one of Al's colleagues gets killed.......

No Harp For My Angel
"She was sitting on a stool at the bar with an old-fashioned in front of her. It was the only old-fashioned thing about her!"

Al Wheeler is vacationing in Florida when he hits on a redhead named Julie Adams, and thus meets crime boss Johnny Lynch. Lynch has Al beat up and framed for a car theft, but fortunately the local chief of police is an old friend of Al's. He tells Al that a lot of pretty young girls have gone missing in the area, and that he thinks Lynch is involved. Wheeler is talked into going undercover to get tot eh bottom of it....

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

Brio Books Pty Ltd
Carter Brown Foundation Pty

May 2018
ISBN 978 1-922057-35-8

Delilah Was Deadly 
1956 by Horwitz Publications

No Harp For My Angel
1956 by Horwitz Publications

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Way We Love by Stuart Friedman

An Unconventional Novel Of Manners And Morals In A Modern Hospital

Cover by Harry Barton

This is a realistic story of human passion and weakness behind the ultramodern facade of a big city hospital the saga of Kurt Severton. A brilliant surgeon who feels duty-bound to prevent a whitewash of a bungled operation by his chief, Dr. Tolliver. 

There's Donna, Tolliver's wife hot, vibrant, and eager to love who thrusts herself wantonly into Severton's life. 

And Marti, his mistress, who gives him everything a woman can give: love, loyalty, passion. 

But above all, there is Severton's guilty conscience. Has he the right to expose a colleagues professional mistake when his own personal life is not above reproach?

Printing History
Written by Stuart Freidman
copyright 1960

Monarch Books
May 1964

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Guilty As Hell by Brett Halliday

Femmes Fatales
Robert McGinnis Cover

Teeny-Bopper Trouble
Deedee was jailbait, but her looks, curves and experience made her a very effective man-trap; and someone had decided to spring her on Mike Shayne.

Shayne had no time for minor problems like Deedee until he discovered she had some major connections with espionage, blackmail and murder. And by that time he had already been hooked...

Printing History 
Written by Robert Terrall

Dell Publishing Company
 November 1967
December 1977

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The City Of Hoke by Shelly Lowenkopf

Cozy Up With Kozy Books

Printing History
Written by  Shelly Lowenkopf

Kozy Books

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Another Carter Brown Triple Play

Stark House Mystery Classics

 Introduction By Rick Ollerman
 Carter Brown was the literary pseudonym of Alan Geoffrey Yates (August 1923-May 1985) He was an English-born Australian writer of detective fiction. Mr Yates wrote more than 300 mysteries during his lifetime. His books, originally published by Horwitz and Signet, were set in the United States and published throughout the world. In its obituary for Yates in 1985, The New York Times noted that he had written "some 30 detective novels with American backgrounds before ever having visited the United States. He said he chose American settings because Australians preferred them."
A rumor spread at the height of his popularity that Yates was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite authors, a rumor which helped propel his sales even further in the North American market. Carter Brown's huge international success saw reportedly 120 million books in print, second only to The Bible in terms of the number of languages into which they were translated. The success of the books also spawned a comic book series, the 'Carter Brown Murder Mystery Hour' on radio, three French films, a Japanese TV series, and a French literary award for 'The most whiskies drunk in a single novel'.

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

Stark House Press
ISBN 781944 520441
May 2018

No Harp For My Angel
1956 by Horwitz Publications

Booty For A Babe
1956 by Horwitz Publications
Eve, It's Extortion
as Walk Softly, Witch
as The Victim (USA)
1957 by Horwitz Publications
1959 by Horwitz Publications
1959 by Signet Books

Bonus Covers

No Harp For My Angel

Booty For a Babe

 Eve, It's Extortion
Walk Softly, Witch
The Victim


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Midwood Double Trouble

Midwood Double Trouble

Nymph In Nylons
by Amanda Moore

Diana knew she had not been asked to attend the out of town convention just to take dictation and type letters but she hadn't expected the kind of special services her boss demanded of her.

A Willing Worker
by Leslie Roote

Linda was trying her hardest to lead a respectable life and keep her secretarial job but her past kept returning to haunt her, a past filled with lustful men and back alley sex.

Printing History

A Midwood Book
Midwood Enterprises, Inc
March 1966

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Campus Jungle by Joan Ellis

Coeds Led To Sin By A Faculty Of Wolves

Paul Rader Cover

Faculty Love Nest Uncovered

Ravenwood College Found To  Be Sin School

Dean's Private Classroom A Sex Trap 

Ravenwood Coeds Seduced By Faculty

Paul Rader Cover
Printing History
Written by Julie Ellis

Tower Publications, Inc
Midwood Books
No 182


Monday, April 30, 2018

Smashing Detective Stories

Smashing Detective 
Editor Robert W. Lowndes


The Wrong Killer · William F. Schwartz
Death of a Pampered Pigeon  · Dennis Wiegand
The Squeeze · Matt Christopher
Doublecross Time · Saul Anthony
Death Is Invisible · Jim Harmon
The Big Squawk · Thomas Thursday
The Face of Nemesis · Reuben Jenner

Columbia Publications, Inc
Volume 5 #1
July 1956