Friday, April 26, 2013

the price of murder

Speaking of John D. MacDonald (which we kind of were in our last post) tonight's entry is The Price Of Murder. Not a novel featuring Travis McGee, aka his most well known character but, based on the cover art and teaser page, likely featuring many of the hallmarks we've come to expect from his books - danger, dames, dangerous dames etc.

So far I haven't been able to track down a credit for this cover but I did find a somewhat kickier version of the art here.

And in case you're in the mood to click around some more, you can check out a Robert McGinnis cover here and a fantastic Victor Kalin cover here.

Friday, April 19, 2013

warrant for x

Continuing our survey of this stack of thrifted / flea marketed paperbacks, tonight's subject is Warrant For X by Philip MacDonald. (No relation to PFP fave John D. MacDonald.)

Also published under the title The Nursemaid Who Disappeared, this novel is the fifth in the Dell Great Mystery Library series - see the back cover for more on that - as well as the second in this unintentional series of books with the letter x in the title. (In case you were wondering, there won't be a note at the end of this post saying "tune in next week for the third"; it's the second and final. At least for this pile...)

Cover Design by Push-Pin Studios

This cover is perhaps even more sparse than last week's entry. Still, I have to admit I love the simplicity of this design too. Plus the color scheme reminds me of the skirt portion of this vintage maxi dress currently for sale in the Mystery Girl Vintage shop.

While we're still on the subject, interested parties can check out a curiously femme fatale free Robert McGinnis cover here.

Friday, April 12, 2013

the tragedy of x

Next in our survey of this pile of pulp fiction is The Tragedy Of X by Ellery Queen, one of the best know names in the American detective fiction genre but one I must admit I knew pretty much nothing about until I started snooping around in advance of writing this post.

For one thing, I had no idea Ellery Queen was / is both a fictional character and pseudonym of two cousins from Brooklyn, each of whom also employed their own separate pseudonym, Daniel Nathan aka Frederic Dannay and Manford Emanuel Lepofsky aka Manfred Bennington Lee. (Nor did I know the character is a mystery writer and amateur detective who often comes to the aid of his father, a NYC police inspector but that part seems fairly standard.)

Since we've gotten all that out of the way, I suppose I should also point out this Ellery Queen novel isn't an Ellery Queen novel exactly. Technically it is one of four books the fellas wrote using a second (or would that be third?) pseudonym, Barnaby Ross, in which the main character is "a Shakespearean actor who had retired from the stage due to deafness and was consulted as an amateur detective" named Drury Lane.

Based on the tagline on the cover, perhaps this Pocket books edition marks the solving of the mystery of the authors true identity. (Or identities?) If, in fact, it was a mystery at all.

I know this cover isn't quite as jazzy as some but I love the simplicity of the design. For those looking for something a bit more salacious, check out this Avon edition.

Friday, April 5, 2013

the bishop's jaegers

Continuing our survey of this stack of paperbacks, tonight's entry is The Bishop's Jaegers by Thorne Smith. (I'm not really sure I'll be reading this one any time soon but I will be looking for more information on the artist when I have time.)

Illustrated by Herbert Roese

PS: Based on the back cover text jaegers means drawers; aka underwear. Which is a bit confusing, based on the front cover text, as it says the book is "a wickedly gay and irrepressible book about young love and a nudist colony."

PPS: Interested parties can see an alternate version of this cover here.