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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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Mar 012015
 
Death's Bait Was Beauty

Cover by Barye Phillips
Many a man have been led to heaven by a woman, or trapped into hell. Ben Sherman as one of these men. Phoebe Dunham was one of these women. Whether Phoebe was bait or beauty Ben had to know. With crooks and grafters as his throat, he risked his life for the right answer.

Printing History
Written by Edward S. Aarons (1916-1975)

Gold Medal
#194
1954
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Murderer’s Maze by John Marsh

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Feb 282015
 
A Ray Fenton Adventure





Ray Felton did not want to go back to work but he could not let a woman be set upon by two guys and when he heard why she was attacked, he was determined to see it through. How often is a man given a chance to bring down a crime kingpin and former traitor.

Printing History
Written by John Marsh (1907-1997)

John Gifford
1957 
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The Eye Of Shiva by Lee Grimes

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Feb 272015
 
Four multi-millionaires believe that with a human sacrifice to Shiva, the Lord of Destruction, they can gain the gift of longer life. Chandra Smith is hoping to stop their trail of death.
 
 
Chandra Smith, secret agent, matches wits with rich men greedy enough for life to buy it on the bloody alter of Shiva.

Printing History
Lee Grimes (1920-2009)

Warner Paperback Library
76 645
1974

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Deadly To Bed by Don Tracy

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Feb 262015
 
While to some the murdered wife of an Army captain was the perfect spouse, but to others she was the next Mata Hari. Giff Speer is told to find out who she really was and why someone needed her dead.
 
 
The nymphomaniac wife of an army officer is found murdered in her own bed. Three months later, the case remains unsolved and all the leads seemed to have dried up.  Sergeant Giff Spear of the Military Police is called in to solve the deadly dilemma of the beautiful war bride who was more dangerous dead than she was alive. 
 
Printing History
Written by Donald Fiske Tracy (1905-1976)
 
Perma Books
M4176
1960
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Feb 232015
 
After a short hiatus the USA Fiction Challenge is back. 
This time around we will be visiting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


The Philadelphia Murder Story
by Leslie Ford 


Murder in a wealthy Philadelphia family with secrets to hide.


 Printing History
Written by Zenith Jones Brown (1898-1983)

Popular Library
1945
 
Dell Books
#354
1949 
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Capture The Saint by Bert Barer

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Feb 222015
 
The Last Saint Adventure


Simon Templar finds himself up to his halo in murder, mayhem, and intrigue in Seattle, Washington. It is, in some ways, a sequel to The Saint in New York, as the little girl whom he rescued in that story reappears here as an adult enlisting his aid to stop a predatory pedophile preying on Seattle's homeless street kids. He is also approached to find the Treasure of Dolores Costello, a treasure about which the Saint is already well informed. The Saint is back full throttle with old friends making surprise appearances.

Printing History
Written by Bert Barer (1947- )

The Saint Club
1997
 
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Feb 212015
 
The Saint uncovers a Nazi Spy Ring operating out of Florida.


One of Patricia Holm's friends sends an invitation for Patricia and her friend, Simon Templar to visit Miami. Upon arrival, however, The Saint and Patricia discover Pat's friend and her husband are nowhere to be found. They take up residence in the friend's house. A few days later, a tanker explodes off the Florida coast and Simon discovers the dead body of a sailor washed up on shore. Attached to the wrist of the body is a lifebelt from the British submarine H.M.S. Triton. Simon suspects a link between the disappearance of Patricia's friends, the explosion, and a millionaire yachtsman named Randolph March. March's yacht is moored not far from the explosion, and Templar launch the investigation by climbing aboard the yacht, leaving the sailor's corpse in a stateroom for the police to find, and challenging March to give up his secrets.


Printing History
Written by Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993)

  Hodder and Stoughton
1941
 
Doubleday's The Crime Club
1940
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