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There was an epidemic of death in the town. Lila Connor, neighborhood flirt and sex goddess, lay dead in her home, victim of an ill-placed letter opener. Larry Connor, successful accountant and distraught husband, lay dead in his office, slain by the giant Mickey Finn. And at Shady Acres, Nancy Howell was crazy wondering who killed Lila and Larry. Was a killer even now hidden in Shady Acres, waiting for a chance to slay again...?

Recipe for a backyard cookout: one guest skewered by another

"Lila was shameless," Mae Walters said to Lieutenant Masters. "I'm surprised someone didn't kill her long ago."
"Now, Mae," Stanley Walters said, "you needn't make Lila out to be worse than she was."
"Yes, darling," said Vera Richmond, "you mustn't exaggerate. All Lila did was to give Stanley a meaningless kiss. As a matter of fact, Lieutenant, it started us all off kissing one another immediately."
"Did anything else happen I ought to know about?" asked Masters.
"Nothing at all, Lieutenant," Vera said. "It was just a little backyard cookout. We didn't ask any gangsters."
"Apparently," Masters said, "you asked a murderer."

Blow Hot Blow Cold - cover pocket book edition, Pocket Book N° 45007, June 1964 (1st)Blow Hot Blow Cold - cover pocket book edition, Signet 451-Q5984, August 1974The Four Johns/Blow Hot Blow Cold - cover pocket book edition, Signet Double Mystery, 451 E8221, August 1 1978Blow Hot, Blow Cold - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Rebecca Mitchell, November 1. 2014Blow Hot, Blow Cold - cover Road, August 11, 2015
With cast of characters at the beginning. In his second try behind the Queen byline, according to Nevins, Fletcher Flora turned out the finest and most genuinely Queen-like in the first cycle of fifteen ghosted paperbacks.

According to Anthony Boucher’s glowing review (January 24, 1965) “even has some similarity to hardcover Queen,” also “offers character sketches of four middle-class married couples in suburban Kansas City that are handled just as skillfully as the murder plot. When the bitchy nymphomaniac on the block and her long-suffering husband both die on the same sweltering summer night, Lt. Gus Masters rejects the obvious theory of man-kills-wife-and-then-self and exposes a complex manipulation of evidence with iron logic worthy of the one and only Ellery. Here is a flavorful treat for fans of mainstream fiction and whodunit addicts alike.”

Het Gebeurde op een Zomerdag - cover Dutch pocket book edition, Het Spectrum Prisma-Detective N° 75, 1966 (1st)Het Gebeurde op een Zomerdag - kaft Nederlandstalige pocketboek uitgave, Het Spectrum Prisma-Detective N° 411, 1978 (2de)Chauds les glacons - cover French edition Presses de la cité, 1967Die Gartenparty - cover German edition Ullstein Bucher, 1978Die Gartenparty - cover German edition HeyneMasters non ci vede chiaro - cover Italian edition, Collana dei Gialli Mondadori N° 852, 1965Blow Hot Blow Cold - Cover Czech edition, 1978
Blow Hot Blow Cold - Cover Czech edition, 2013O Mistério do Corta-Papéis - cover Portuguese edition, Livros de Bolso / Serie Clube do Crime, Publicações Europa-América, April 1989Soplo caliente, soplo frio - Cover Spanish edition, Libro de Bolsillo Picazo, nº 12, Ediciones Picazo, Barcelona, 1968. Illustration Antonio Bernal.Soplo caliente, soplo frio - cover Spanish editionBarbacoa Sagrienta - cover Spanish edition, Ediciones Círculo de Lectores, 1983.Soplo caliente, soplo frio - Cover Spanish edition, Picazo, Barcelona, 1980Blow Hot, Blow Cold - cover Japanese edition, Hara Shobo, Jan 2016

Blow Hot, Blow Cold  Translations:
Czech: Horké i Studené 
Dutch/Flemish: Het gebeurde op een zomerdag 
French: Chauds les glaçons 
German: Die Gartenparty 
Italian: Masters non ci vede chiaro 
Japanese: 熱く冷たいアリバイ 
Portuguese: O Mistério do Corta-Papéis 
Spanish: Soplo caliente, soplo frïo 
(aka Barbacoa Sagrienta) 


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