1964-1965 ELLERY QUEEN
Hot, Blow Cold ( 1964)
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...?
With cast of characters at the beginning. Ghostwritten by Fletcher Flora.
The four of them had only two things in common - their name and a love for the ladies. John Boce was a no-account accountant John Thompson was a secretive librarian who liked his books and his women well-stacked. John Viviano was a fashion photographer with a great feel for a body - any body! And John Pilgrim was a poetic bum who had the girls hanging on his every stanza. All of them wanted the same woman, but which one wanted her enough to kill...?
Cast of characters included, ghostwritten by Jack Vance
Golden Goose (1964)
aka ho Killed the Golden Goose?
Old Slater O'Shea, the golden goose, was ruler of a peculiar roost. A gaggle of free-loading O'Sheas were lazing around the mansion, letting Slater foor the bills, while they waited for him to die and leave them his money. But someone got tired of waiting. It was up to Cibola City's finest to find out who'd cooked Uncle Slater's goose, before the charming O'Sheas could play any more gruesome games in their battle for the goose's gold.
Cast of characters included.Written by Fletcher Flora.
Leslie Gibson was a wealthy, beautiful, 17-year-old brat - out for kicks at any price! And Leslie had decided that Reid Rance, adventurer extraordinaire, was just the man to show her the hot spots of Mexico. But touring led to trouble with a capital T, and Reid was soon minus one debutante, but plus several unwanted corpses, and desperately wanted by the Mexican and American police as well as the Mexican underground.
Cast of characters included. Ghostwritten by Charles W. Runyon
How could a man have been murdered in a room locked from the inside? It had to be suicide the police thought. Wasn't there a letter proofing the victim was being blackmailed for several months? Still his daughter found some unanswered questions. Before she got some answers, two people were found strangled, one of them in her own apartment. And ...the murderer was out to silence her too.
Ghostwritten by Jack Vance
eware the Young Stranger (1965)
John Vallancourt, the cool, calm diplomat, was worried stiff. A dear friend was dead and his daughter Nancy was missing. John feared the worst and the worst was Nancy's sweetheart Keith Rollins. Keith was the prime suspect in the case and he was running scared, dragging Nancy into danger with him. If Keith was a murderer, John was certain of one thing. He had to catch Keith before the cops did, or he might find himself with one very dead daughter...!
Cast of characters included.Written by Talmage Powell
He opened the strongbox and glanced at the fortune. He began stuffing the diamonds into his pocket. Suddenly he sensed movement and someone lunged at him. The gun boomed, and the bullet ripped through his assailant's arm as he ran outside and leaped head first off the ledge. The lean body knifed the water three feet beyond the rocks and came up swimming. A power cruiser was lying at anchor, a hundred yards out.
Ghostwritten by Charles W. Runyon
Larry Cutter was going to take no chances at all when he moved in to take over Iroquois. He wasn't willing to settle for a police chief who could be hoodwinked into cooperating with a puppet mayor. Chief Saxon had been murdered, his son framed, and now Arts Marks was being lured out of a job that could be his permanently by the offer of a better one. Who could be the only man over whom Cutter could possibly have perfect control? - The man who had murdered Andy Saxon!
Ghost-written by Richard Deming