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

 Posted by at 4:31 am
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


 Posted by at 4:06 am
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

 Posted by at 12:47 am
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
 Posted by at 12:16 am
Feb 142015
 
Who would want to murder a mad starlet?


 She was blonde, beautiful, and begging for Rick Holman's help. Amanda Waring, sexy starlet turned madwoman, was fighting hard for the sanity and success that were only one film away So when the evilly suggestive phone calls and threats started, Amanda yelled for Rick as loud as she could, and he suddenly found himself surrounded by luscious ladies, a sex crazed producer, a gunslinging, maniacal actor, and a secretive shrink. When the fists and knives started flying, and the voices began to hound him, Rick began to wonder if the gorgeous girls and a big paycheck were worth the guns that were pointed at his head....

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

New American Library
Signet Books
ISBN 451-Q5940
June 1974
 Posted by at 2:27 am
Feb 042015
 
 Though she was a playwright's daughter,
her body had lines no man could master...
no blackmailer could murder!
  
Grant Roberts Cover

The Cast
Antonia: Tall and elegant, looking like an Egyptian Pharaoh's dream of bliss after a hard day at the pyramids. "Any friend of Pop is a friend of mine. If you don't like his plays, lets discuss them in bed. I'm sure I can change your mind!"

Sandy: Blond, bountiful in body, a pretty face, and a private eye to boot. "Twenty-three years old and just one small birthmark strategically located.You've seen the rest already."

Jackie: Mistress of the moment to anyone with the time. "Nobody says you have to get involved. Just research a little and we'll both know if anything zings between us!"

Helen: Graying, middle aged and wearing a bullet hole over her left eye. she  could have said a lot, but kept silent. Supported by a variety of males, some scared, some stupid, some stoned, and all trouble.
 
Robert McGinnis Cover
 The Star
Rick Holman: The most important man to know in Hollywood, especially when you're being blackmailed.

The critics said "Great!" but the coroner said "Murder."
The Time: The present
The Place: Bel Air, California

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)
 
Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #131 (1966)
International Edition #77 (1972)

New American Library
Signet Books
D2906 May 1966
T5013 1972

Bonus Covers

Germany
Die Mitternachtbucher
#319
1967

Denmark
Winther
1981

Finland
Valpas-Mainos
1968
 Posted by at 4:57 am
Jan 112015
 
Kiss Life Goodbye
1952


Collectors' Series #3
 December 1954


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
December 1954
w/ Alias A Lady & Your Alibi Is Showing

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 No 27
July 1959
  w/ Darling You're Doomed

Cover Moira Bartram
 Posted by at 2:09 am
Jan 042015
 
Accused of two killings, Danny Boyd has two alibis.
Both sexy, both nude, and both liars
Robert McGinnis Cover
Sex & Sabotage
Add money, and the mixture of instant death when private eye Danny Boyd s hired to investigate a millionaire's murder, before the murder takes place. The suspects are identified by the victim on a mysterious tape recording that soon disappears, leaving Danny trapped between a strawberry blonde spy who doesn't like bras and a sadistic cop who doesn't like private eyes.

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)


Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered Series #150

1970
ISBN 7255 0077

New American Library
Signet Books
ISBN 451 P4105
 December 1969
ISBN 451 Y7655
1977

Bonus Covers
 Australia



Germany
 

Ullstein #1343
1970
Frankfurt Germany
 
 Posted by at 9:09 pm
Dec 282014
 
Twins

Two covers by Robert McGinnis


Germany Edition 
None But The Lethal Heart 
by Carter Brown
Ullstein Bucher
#1152
1967 Frankfurt Germany
1968 West Berlin Germany
ISBN 354 801152



Modesty Blaise
by Peter O'Donnell

Fawcett Crest Books
1965
R899
 Posted by at 8:50 pm
Dec 212014
 
Girls With Guns Holiday Edition

Day #1

Presenting 

Carter Brown Collectors' Series #8

Cover by Gene Lett
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

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

copyright
1955
 Posted by at 9:26 pm