Aug 162014
 
Louis's making his dough from the clip joints 
and owing the redhead and me plenty.
I can't figure a way to collect until.................



Printing History
Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Transport Publishing Company
for and on behalf of Horwitz Publications, Inc
 
 Novelette Series 1954

First Collectors' Series Volume 13 (1955)
w/Perfumed Poison and Sin-Sation Sadie 


Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 #23 (1959)
w/Strictly For Felony



 Posted by at 5:42 pm
Aug 072014
 
This doll put paid to a ghost that cried murder


It looked like being a quiet weekend in the country. Mike Deval had a blonde for company on the way down, a blonde hostess to greet him when he arrived, and a couple of brunettes as house guests. There was even a redhead maid who was about as inhibited as Salvador Dali. So then the weekend looked interesting rather than quiet. But a corpse had to happen, straight in front of the eyes. But this was not an ordinary corpse, this one was six hours dead at the time it died. Mike could not figure it out either. The housekeeper, who must have been closely related to Dracula, on the vampire's side, figured it was the ghost. The cops began to figure it was Mike. Mike figured he would rather be with the champagne drinking blonde who lived in Maida Vale. All Mike had to do get there was to get a confession from the murder, but that didn't pan out. According to the script, the gun was in the wrong hand!


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

Horwitz Publications, Inc.
for and on behalf of Transport Publishing Company
Sydney Australia
Numbered Series #14 (May 1956)
Reprinted By Demand Series #1 (November 1958)

Bonus Covers

Denmark 1974

Finland 1963

 Posted by at 3:53 pm
Aug 062014
 
Is there a private eye in the house who'll volunteer for a case of watchdog in the.......


Nick Knight is given an assignment for a Prince al-Zaman to guard his Harem. International intrigue and murder are on the menu.

Cover by Bernard Blackburn

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

Transport Publishing Company
for and on behalf of Horwitz Publications, Inc

Novelette Series
"Lovely" Mystery
 1954


First Collectors' Series Volume 12 (1955)
w/Good Knife Sweetheart and Poison Ivy


Vintage Series Vol 2
w/Felon Angel
copyright 1965
February 1966

Bonus Cover


 Posted by at 4:09 pm
Jul 292014
 
1956 Horwitz Edition

Joe Carslake is in the town of Linmouth to visit a pal of his named Godfrey for a quiet weekend in the country. All is going well except the two murders and the ulcer. His weekend started with the girl at the gas station in the bikini. It further developed into a double cross with his buddy Godfrey, whose idea of fun was to twist Joe's arm and break it. The weekend further developed with a girl named Lucille who did not know the finer things in life and thought Joe was the guy to put the love into her, but her father disagreed. The weekend really could have been happening if the frustrated brunette by the name of Jennifer made sure it did not happen. Joe did not mind the corpses, up until the police lieutenant thought he was responsible for them. And Joe did not mind the gangsters until they started minding him. It all started with a real estate deal. It was real alright, but the only estate he was likely to wind up in was a six foot plot. 

Cover by Moira Bertram

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered  Series #34 1956
Collector's Series Vol 1 No 27 July 1959

Bonus Cover
 Finland 1969


Note
This title was originally published on Feb 12, 2011
 Posted by at 3:42 pm
Jul 182014
 
Today we are almost done with the Day of the Dolls. All this week I have been showcasing a mystery title or two with Doll in the title. Why do you ask? Dolls. All through the late forties to the early sixties a doll would be associated with a hardboiled or noir title. Today is a special treat. Not one but two Dolls with the same title. 

Presenting

Death of a Doll
by Hilda Lawrence


Miss Small and Miss Brady do everything to make their boarders feel safe and secure: Hope House is one of the few places in new York City where a young working woman could enjoy a homey atmosphere at very little cost. When Ruth Miller moves in, however, the atmosphere seems to change, and when her body is found in the courtyard, the miasma engulfing Hope House becomes stifling. suddenly no one in Hope House is quite what she seems, and no one is above suspicion . . .

Printing History
Written by Hildegarde Kronmiller (1906-1976)

Simon & Schuster
April 1947
Death of a Doll
by Carter Brown

A private eye accepts a movie mogul's bid to track down a wandering wanton star in Florida. Her name was Gloria Van Raven and she preferred to party on a yacht of Edward Woolrich II. Until the party got too wild with a dixieland horn player sounding a lament in a polka dotted bikini lying dead at his feet.

 This title was originally posted in December 2010 in a slightly different form
Death of a Doll

And Featured during the 2013 Crime Fiction Alphabet
 The Letter E

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
 Numbered Series #11 1956
Second Collectors' Series  Vol 1 #20 October 1958
Reprint By Demand Series #22 July 1960
Long Story Magazine #21 April 1961
International Edition November 1962 (IE21) 1971 (IE70)

Note
This title was revised as The Ever-Loving Blues in 1961 for the USA market
 Posted by at 1:15 pm
Jul 162014
 
Today we are at the half way point of the Day of the Dolls. All this week I will be showcasing a mystery title or two with Doll in the title. Why do you ask? Dolls. All through the late forties to the early sixties a doll would be associated with a hardboiled or noir title.

Presenting

Doll For The Big House
by Carter Brown

She was a living doll.....
It was going to take
a grand a day
to keep her that way.
A grand, and a Grand Jury!


A routine Missing Persons case, the captain snarled as he flung the brief in Al Wheeler's face. Sure it was routine, just several dolls making like a harem in some guy's big house. And we that guy turned out to be some king of the racketeers. And Al got flung out of the force on a sex maniac charge, that was routine too. Like a Jane Mansfield Marilyn Monroe hip wiggling contest. And so they decided to convene a Grand Jury, but whose fault was it that the chief witness turned up as a corpse in Wheeler's apartment. Al could see the pellets dropping into the tank and the gas vapors rising, but that's routine, it happens everyday in Sing Sing.

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #46
August 1957

Note
Revised as

 Posted by at 3:21 pm
Jul 132014
 
Today kicks off the Day of the Dolls. All this week I will be showcasing a mystery title or two with Doll in the title. Why do you ask? Dolls. All through the late forties to the early sixties a doll would be associated with a hardboiled or noir title.

Introducing

Day of the Dolls

Dead Dolls Don't Cry (1953)
by Carter Brown



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

Transport Publishing Company
for and on behalf of Horwitz Publications, Inc

Novelette Series
"Lovely" Mystery
1953

First Collectors' Series
w/Widow Is Willing & Blackmail For A Brunette 
No.9
1955

Death House Doll (1953)
by Day Keene



Printing History
Written by Gunnar Hjerstedt, (1904-1969)

Ace
D-41 
w/Mourning After by Thomas B Dewey
January 1953 

Prologue Books
November 2012
 Posted by at 7:55 pm