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
Jun 222014
 
My home state of Iowa is next up in the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge

Presenting

The Silken Nightmare
by Carter Brown

Danny Boyd travels to Swinburn Iowa

Grant Roberts Cover
Her name was Midnight.
She was dangerous, delicious, just like a dream.
The kind where you wake up screaming.


"If you can resist me, you are a free man."
Midnight was as deadly as a black widow with the mating urge. Her raven hair danced over her bare white shoulders as her body twisted and taunted in sinuous invitation. Danny Boyd, toughest private eye in the business, nearly lost the dare. A split second before be belted her in the jaw. The reigning queen of the hoods plans a big crime, and in big time. When she takes Danny prisoner.
 
Robert McGinnis Cover
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications Inc
Numbered Series #115 (1963, January 1964)
International Edition Series #47 (May 1965)

New American Library
Signet Books
G2400 (December 1963)
T5277 (1972)

New English Library
1964

Other Covers

Mexico
 1965
 
Estonia
2003

Japan
1964

Germany
1966
 

Finland
1966

Trivia
The Finland cover was recycled from a Matt Helm novel The Silencers from 1962

 


 Posted by at 4:35 pm
Jun 142014
 
When a dame won't talk it means one of two things
She's either dumb or she's.......


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

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

Novelette Series
"Lovely" Mystery
 1952

First Collectors' Series
Volume 3
1954
w/ Kiss Life Goodbye & Your Alibi Is Showing

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 Number 28
1959
w/ Stripper You've Sinned
Cover by Moira Bentram
 Posted by at 5:23 pm
Jun 052014
 
Mavis Siedlitz turns stripper to catch a killer

Grant Roberts Cover
Her disguise was a G-string, and when she belted them out for the boys in the back row, no one would guess Mavis Seidlitz was really a private eye!

Robert McGinnis Cover

The wildest, wackiest female operator in the business take the job to take off her clothes, as she plays bodyguard to a frightened stripper in a madcap whirl of babes, burlesque, and good old fashioned murder. 
 
 
Printing History
 Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #121 (August 1965)

New American Library
Signet Books
G2541 (October 1964)
T5666 (1974)

Note
This title was originally posted on September 18, 2011
The Bump And Grind Murders by Carter Brown
 Posted by at 4:32 pm
May 272014
 
Blackmail was her hobby 
and the specimens she collected
 paid till they yelled, "murder" paid.... 

Bernard Blackburn Cover


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

Novelette Series
"Lovely" Mystery
December 1953

First Collectors' Series
w/Chill On Chili & Honky Tonk Homicide
No. 10
May 1955
 Posted by at 4:13 pm