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200,000 Visitors

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Apr 192015
 
Today was a milestone.

200,000th visitor

Now something to entertain

My Darling Is Deadpan

A practical jokers invitation to murder
But when he’s the corpse
One dame could die laughing

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


Bonus Cover
 


Printing History
   Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #15 (1956)
 Reprint By Demand Series #3 (1958)

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The Black Hole (1979)

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Mar 292015
 
A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.
 Nearing the end of a long mission exploring deep space, the spacecraft USS Palomino is returning to Earth. The crew discovers a black hole in space with a spaceship nearby, somehow defying the hole’s massive gravitational pull. The ship is identified as the long-lost USS Cygnus, the ship hat a scientists’ father served aboard when it went missing. Deciding to investigate, the Palomino encounters a mysterious null gravity field surrounding the Cygnus. The Palomino becomes damaged when it drifts away from the Cygnus and into the black hole’s intense gravity field, but the ship manages to move back to the Cygnus and finds itself able to dock to what initially appears to be an abandoned vessel.
Cast
 Maximilian Schell
Anthony Perkins
Robert Forster
Joseph Bottoms
Yvette Mimieux
Ernest Borgnine
Roddy McDowall
Slim Pickens
Directed by
Gary Nelson
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More Double Trouble

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Mar 252015
 
More Double Trouble
Passion Playmate 
by Hank Janson
Cover by Robert Maguire
Printing History
Written by Stephen D Francis (1917-1989)
Gold Star Books IL7-18
February 1964
The Sad-Eyed Seductress
by Carter Brown
Cover by Robert McGinnis
  Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985) 

New American Library
Signet Books
S2023
November 1961
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No Law Against Angels by Carter Brown

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Mar 242015
 
Meet the dames who’ll go arm in arm with a snake.
All the way to murder.
And their corpses die in bed.

 The morgue before breakfast is not Al Wheeler’s idea of living it up, but that is what comes from being an unorthodox cop! This was strictly business, too many beautiful dolls tattooed with snake sings had been found with their throats slit.

No Law Against Angels was revised as The Body with the introduction of Carter Brown in the United States in July 1958.

There was only one way a call girl could quit the business, as a corpse. 
And the corpses are piling up.
Barye Phillips Cover
 Killers are his business.
Dames as his pleasure.
In this case he tangles with both.

When hard drinking, quick thinking, California cop Al Wheeler goes gunning for the murderer of two call girls, he tangles with a luscious blonde, a big time racketeer, and a well stacked redhead who works in a fashionable mortuary. 
Grant Roberts Cover
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
 
Horwitz Publications 
Numbered Series #43 (1957)

as The Body 
Horwitz Publications, Inc
Long Story Magazine #18 January 1961
International Edition #1 January 1961

International Edition #59 June 1969

New American Library
Signet Books (USA)
1st (1527) July 1958
2nd (G2488) May 1964
3rd (T4550) March 1971

Bonus Covers

USA

Australia

 

Brazil

Netherlands

Finland

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A Hole In The Ground by Andrew Garve

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Mar 232015
 
 A leftwing MP man who fought being a coward by performing difficult physical feats then one day he invites one of his young constituents to explore a deep underground cave near his home. The consequences of this expedition were literally life and death, as this exploration leads to tragedy, which the MP tries to cover up.

Lawrence Quilter, a man in a position of power, finds some interesting records amongst his great grandfather’s papers. This leads him to uncover a labyrinth of secret underground caves that have been hidden for decades. Julie, his wife, knows that her husband is an obsessive man with a quirky personality but she stands by him all the same. That is until her husband’s behavior becomes increasingly worrying and she is forces to reconsider the man she has married. One moment brings about a tragic chain of events which affects both Lawrence and his wife.
Printing History
Written by Paul Winterton (1908-2001)
Harper Collins
1952
Pan Books
#343
June 1955
Dell
D275
1959
Bonus Covers
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Double Trouble

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Mar 182015
 
Two mystery titles with the same title by different authors
The Mistress
by H.C. Branner
Cover  by Robert Maguire
  A day in the life of three people.  A beautiful woman and the two men who are rivals for her affections. They’re forced to face the truth of their relationships with one another as well as with a man for whose death each feels responsible. Suzanne cannot forget her love for the dead riding master whose tragic, fatal accident she witnessed. Clement, the gentle doctor who worships her, has his own guilty memories about the dead man, whom he betrayed. Herman, the new owner of the riding academy, so desires Suzanne that in a frenzied moment alone with her he reveals his secret hatred of the dead riding master that has poisoned his life
Printing History
Written by H. C. Banner

New American Library
Signet Books
1056 (1953)
The Mistress
by Carter Brown 

She’s a stripper stacked for love at a gambling joint where the odds are stacked for murder
It was a plush Las Vegas gambling joint with dice tables at the rear and a well stacked stripper out front. The stripper’s name was Gabrielle and she played taps for three corpses. When Al Wheeler came to the scene he figured he hit it lucky. Because there was nothing he enjoyed more than a murder case that gave him a chance to get down to facts. Bare facts that is. Free wheeling Al Wheeler, the unorthodox cop. matched wits with a stripper and the syndicate. The stakes are high as he bets his life that he can beat a killer at the game of murder.
 Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
Horwitz Editions
Numbered Series #73 1958
Long Story Magazine #1 July 1959
International Edition #4 1961
International Edition #61 1969
Signet Editions
US and Canada
1st (1594) February 1959
2nd (1594) March 1959 Canada
3rd (D2996) 1966
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1967 Book Signup

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Mar 102015
 

Rich Westwood has a meme over at his blog called Past Offences. Every month on Past Offences a year is chosen and crime fiction reviews are collected from that year. This month the year is 1967.

My entry is 
Target For Their Dark Desire
by Carter Brown

She was the hottest sexpot on the market until she ran into murder.
And then she was a very cold dish indeed.

Grant Roberts Cover
She had blonde hair and black sheets and everything.
All that a good girl should have. But someone decided she was getting too big for her lace unmentionables and put her out of business. Police Lt Al Wheeler investigates the sudden departure of a lovely sinner and is nearly dispatched himself. By a riotous joker with a very funny fetish for murder.

The Review
Elinor liked her work very much. And she never figured to end up dead in her own bed. But she was nonetheless very dead and Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler was asked to find her murderer and a not so clever little black book to a racket running in Pine City The typical Carter Brown tale with a corpse and multiple suspects. Some bedding of the female suspects and another murder and things heat up nicely. Until all the facts come together. A best fiend is not what she is supposed to be and some handwriting forgery and the mark on the forehead leads the funny facts. Forensics at its best, just like the TV show Quincy.

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

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Numbered Series #134
July 1967
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The Sleeper by Holly Roth

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Mar 072015
 
He alone knew the secret 
And he had to die to reveal it
Cover by Rudy Nappi
Set in New York during the Cold War, at a time when there was heightened concern with the possible threats posed by Communism and the advent of nuclear weapons. It was to facilitate the spread of Communism that a young American teenager named Francis Burton Hollister was willing to sacrifice everything he might have been.
Cover by Lou Machetti
Printing History
Written by Holly Roth (1916-1964)
Simon and Schuster
1955
Lion Books
LB 171
1957
Pyramid Books
G338
1959
 Bonus Cover
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Murder And The Married Virgin by Brett Halliday

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Mar 042015
 
A Michael Shayne Mystery
Shayne is hired by the fiancé of a dead girl to find out what happened in her apparent suicide attempt.  They were supposed to be married the very next day, but she supposedly went into her room, turned on the gas grate in the fireplace, and drifted off into the final sleep with a smile upon her lips.  She worked as a maid at the home of the Lomax family, the very same house where upon the night of her death an emerald necklace insured for $125,000 was stolen.  As it so happens (very conveniently so) the insurance company that issued the policy also hires Shayne to recover the necklace, and off he goes to rattle cages, stir the pot, and generally stick his nose where it doesn’t belong.  It quickly becomes obvious that both cases are related (duh) and that everyone involved knows more than they’re letting on (double-duh).  Shayne continues to bang his head against the wall until he finally breaks through to the truth, gathers all the players together, and then explains the mystery and sends the perpetrators off to the iron bar motel. – See more at: http://www.ireadabookonce.com/2012/01/murder-and-married-virgin-by-brett.html#sthash.vXkLOpPx.dpuf
Mike Shayne is hired by the fiancé of a dead girl to find out what happened in her apparent suicide attempt.  They were supposed to be married the very next day, but she supposedly went into her room, turned on the gas grate in the fireplace, and drifted off into the final sleep with a smile upon her lips.  She worked as a maid at the home of the Lomax family, the very same house where upon the night of her death an emerald necklace insured for $125,000 was stolen.  As it so happens the insurance company that issued the policy also hires Shayne to recover the necklace, and off he goes to rattle cages, stir the pot, and generally stick his nose where it doesn’t belong.  It quickly becomes obvious that both cases are related and that everyone involved knows more than they’re letting on.  Shayne continues to bang his head against the wall until he finally breaks through to the truth, gathers all the players together, and then explains the mystery and sends the perpetrators off to the iron bar motel.
 

 
Printing History
Written by Davis Dresser (1904-1977)
Dell Publishing Company
1944
Davis Dresser
Davis Dresser
Davis Dresser
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Headed For A Hearse by Jonathan Latimer

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Mar 032015
 
A Bill Crane Mystery

With six days remaining until he goes to the electric chair for the murder of his wife, wealthy broker Robert Westland needs help, fast. He insists that he has been framed, and Bill Crane, a private detective with a method and manner all his own, must prove his client’s innocence. In a mixture of the humorous and the macabre, Crane’s investigation turns up more than a few nteresting characters, including a tight-lipped valet and a dypsomanic widow, who may or may not know something about who really murdered Mrs Westland.

Printing History
Written by Jonathan Latimer (1906-1983)

copyright 
1950

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