Oct 032014
We leave Cairo on our journey to Travel The Globe. 
The next stop will be the City of Light, or better known as Paris

Night Train To Paris
by Manning Coles

After the assassins had strangled and thrown Logan under the wheels of a train, they were stunned when he showed up in Paris. That's when Tommy Hambledon got involved.

Murder Paris Fashion
by Carter Brown

The Paris Kill-Ground
by Joseph R Rosenberger

A lethal covert crew that are mastercraftsmen in the fine art of death and destruction...
 Posted by at 7:30 am
Sep 222014
She can show you plenty
If you can keep her alive....

Johnny Storm is a private eye from NYC. He is sent to England to investigate the disappearance of one Miss Estelle Vaughan. Estelle has been missing for over a monthwhen she was to visit a Mr Corvo.  Her car was found a hundred yards from the house and Scotland Yard had ther first crack on the case a month earlier, but never found traces of her. It looks as if she vanished off the face of the earth. Mr Corvo shows Storm a crystal ball and sees a very beautiful blonde girl coming forward to take his hand. Corvo tells our hero a story of a murder that happened over 60 years ago of a Vicompte Guy de Falais. The prevouis night Guy de Falais had challenged Sir Jeremy Trent to a duel over accusations of Trent's wife getting around around so to speak. Estelle's father, Sir Howard Vaughan in 1893, he has a wife and three kids: Ruth, James, Polly, and Estelle. A few years passed by and a Frenchman, de Falais, appears and has an interest in Polly. Polly was engaged to Trent at the time. Fast forward to the present time,  1955 in this case. Mr Corvo uses magic to transport Storm back to 1894 as an American cousin by the name of Jonathan Storm. Mr Storm is to follow Estelle back in time to clear her name. Find the answer would not be easy. Did the original Estelle murder Vicompte or not. In the end, he can not get back. In 1907, Jonathan is referenced as a distance cousin residing in America.

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc

Novel Series
July 1955

Second Collectors' Series
Volume 1 #4
w/Honey, Here's Your Hearse 
July 1957

as Two-Timing Blonde
Reprint By Demand Series
August 1960

 Bonus Cover


This title was originally posted on January 13, 2011
The Two-Timing Blonde
 Posted by at 1:33 pm
Sep 122014
An Al Wheeler Mystery

 Police Lieutenant Al Wheeler is assigned to a case involving a murder of a guy strangled by a nylon girdle in a safe. Maybe the murderer wanted him there for safekeeping? Commissioner Lavers needs an unorthodox cop to solve this loony case. The idea was to assign the case to Wheeler to solve it, but three murders later Al would like to call the cops but he would look silly doing that. The only thing that made sense were the dames all over the place, at Al's place, at their place. But who wants to talk to a beautiful blonde, brunette, or redhead?
Cover by Moria Bertram
Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1922-1985)

Horwitz Publications, Inc

Numbered Series #22
August 1956

Second Collector's Series
Volume 1 #25
May 1959
w/ Meet Miss Mayhem

This title was originally posted on November 29, 2010
Delilah Was Deadly by Carter Brown 
 Posted by at 1:44 pm
Sep 042014
Enter The High-Strung Rock Scene
Where The Music Could Kill Ya!

How do you spell rock n roll?
Danny spelled it m-u-r-d-e-r!

Sexy rock superstar Cuddles wanted private eye Danny Boyd to find out who was sending her threatening letters, and why. Danny leaped into the wild backstage rock scene, and picked and pried around some of Cuddles' sexy groupies, until some very bad vibes started playing with his life. What had started out as a pretty routine case, soon turned into a very complicated murder.

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

Horwitz Publications, Inc
ISBN 7255 0876

Tower Publication inc
Tower Books
ISBN 505 51572

as Smert v stile rock

 Posted by at 12:46 am
Aug 262014
She was Hollywood
She was Sex
She was gone, really gone

 Why would a movie queen do a disappearing act when she could make a killing at home? 
Robert McGinnis Cover
The nasty old millionaire had a nasty yen. He owned a print of every one of Leola's movies and he slavered over them night after night. But that was not enough for a man who could afford everything. So when the sex queen of Hollywood disappeared, private eye Rick Holman looked for the millionaire and found him, and Leola, on a Riviera yacht. Watching movies. The distracted husband screamed white slavery. But Rick figured the setup was whitewash, for something much more deadly. And that was when someone decided that Holman was just too smart to live....!


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

Horwitz Publications
Numbered Series #138 (1967)

New American Library
Signet Books
D3190 (July 1967)
Y6684 (1975)

 Bonus Covers




This title was originally published in September 2011
 Posted by at 1:28 pm
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

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

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. 


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)

This title was revised as The Ever-Loving Blues in 1961 for the USA market
 Posted by at 1:15 pm