Sunday, August 11, 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: The Letter S

The Crime Fiction Alphabet keeps rolling along. We are currently in week 19 with the letter S. 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: S is for The Savage Salome

Danny Boyd tries for an encore with a sizzling soprano while the chorus auditions for murder

Cover By Grant Roberts
 Murder Goes To The Dogs
Finding a pet Pekinese's killer is not Danny Boyd's usual style. But when the owner is a gorgeous blonde opera star the romantic private eye gladly changes his tune. What starts out as a dog of a case soon turns into a three ring circus.


A midget manager trying to tame a six foot redhead

A muscle bound baritone doing somersaults for a wildcat soprano

And Danny Boyd juggling the triple-threat combo of danger, dames, and death.

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #91 March 1961
Long Story Magazine #20 March 1961
International Edition Series #26 December 1962
Double Edition Series #9a 1981

New American Library
Signet Books
copyright 1960
S1896 January 1961
T4423 November 1969
E9776 May 1981
Other Various Covers
Ullstein Bucher  
1968, 1978

Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Series  

United States
Signet Books
Robert McGinnis Cover
Horwitz Publications

United States
Signet Books


 This title was originally published as Murder Is My Mistress
With a different lead character (Jillian Cross)


Horwitz Publications, Inc
Associated General Publications December 1954
Numbered Series #8 1955
 Reprint By Demand Series #19 1960

 Read More Here From January 2011
Murder Is My Mistress

And Here From February 2012
Long Story Magazine

Still More Here From December 2012
Selvaggia Salome


  1. Scott - Somehow that Netherlands cover captures the whole 'Salome' thing (of course, so does the Australia cover), but I think I like the last one (the Horwitz) for the 'opera' theme.

  2. What a variety of covers. I like them all. And the story obviously went over very well, with all those editions.