Also known as Charlotte Armstrong Lewi (05/02/1905-07/07/1969). She also published under the name Jo Valentine. The Trouble in Thor was originally published under Jo Valentine.

Book List in Order:35 titles

  • The Queen of Suspense! Charlotte Armstrong (1905-1969) introduced suspense into the commonplace, the everyday, by writing short stories and novels in which one simple action sets a series of events spiraling into motion, pulling readers along, breath...


  • What, was a respectable old widow like Mrs. Moffat doing with that bearded young stranger in her house? He told her he was Simon Warren, that he had lived next door when he was a child and had been friends with her grandson--who had vanished myste...


  • in A Moment on the Edge

    "“An absolutely first-rate anthology. . . a thoughtful and intelligent paean to crime fiction.” — New York Sun#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George serves up a century''s worth of superb crime fiction penne...


  • Lorna Hayes had seen lots of people come and go in the big city--the worldlings, the "in" people, the ones who could take without giving. She accepted it; she knew that everyone wore two faces. But Susan Miller was different... There was so...


  • J. Middleton Little never intended to listen to the conversation between his hospital roommate and his mysterious visitor. Actually he didn't understand what they were talking about anyway. But they didn't know that. From the moment he was released f...


  • in Canine Crimes II

    Thirteen timeless classics of mystery -- all featuring unforgettable dog heroes -- are together for the very first time in Canine Crimes II. Culled from the pages of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, these often...


  • Charlotte Armstrong's previous novel of suspense, Lemon in the Basket, was singled out by the New York Times as one of the year's outstanding thrillers. Now, with this harrowing story of an innocent young woman who falls victim to the savage conseque...


  • Until that fateful moment when the stranger appeared at her counter at the airport gift shop and slipped some-thing into one of the toy banks, Jean Cunliffe's young life was remarkably uneventful. That same stranger was later found stabbed to deat...


  • Everything and everyone is so normal. And then slowly, relentlessly, the evil and the violence begin to take over. To all appearances the wealthy and talented Tylers are a fulfilled, happy family. No one would have guessed the streak of unsuspected m...






  • A nameless woman arrives in L.A., only to fall into a coma and be positively identified as three completely different people, in this twist-filled thriller. She arrived at Peggy Cuneen’s Los Angeles boarding house with no ID. She asked for a roo...


  • Nine stories of revenge, compassion, love, and loathing in a collection “to be cherished” from an Edgar Award–winning author (Dorothy B. Hughes). A child is unwittingly introduced to the very meaning of terror. A teenage girl eyes her mother’...


  • They said he was an insane killer. But young Edie Thompson did not believe them. She was certain he was innocent, that his strangeness was only a mask for his terror. Was she right to hide him from the police? Was she saving a harmless youth...or set...


  • David Crown, a robust, practical man in his fifties, had finally achieved everything he ever wanted in life: the presidency of a large corporation, a luxurious mansion in Pasadena, and marriage to the lovely, sensitive Abby -- all made possible by th...


  • When Betty Follett took a position in the Kilburn household, she thought she had found Paradise---until she learned that murder lurked in someone's heart......The spry old lady who read murder mysteries? The handsome widower who could always be found...


  • Her husband was missing, presumed dead -- yet she knew he was alive! Anabel O'Shea had little more than blind faith to go on. It had all happened so suddenly one day she was a normal, happily faculty wife, and the next she was a distraught woma...


  • "Something old, something new, Something borrowed, SOMETHING BLUE!" SOMETHING OLD a story of murder and punishment and changed identities -- dead, buried and forgotten, until... SOMETHING NEW when romance came to an innocent young girl who, without k...


  • It had taken Maggie Dyer two years to rebuild her sanity after senseless violence had destroyed it, and now whe wanted her children back. But it was Joss Bringgold, with power at her command, who had the children---and intended to keep them.........H...


  • Diana Parr's boyfriend was preoccupied...with an anonymous blonde who spent her evenings curled up in HIS easy chair, and who always disappeared before he returned home. But what began as a funny joke turned into a terrifying nightmare, as Diana's pr...


  • WEB OF TERROR Alice Page was very young, very pretty... and very much a bride. And because she was so much in love she did not find it strange that she had first met her husband only two weeks before. Then on their honeymoon she stumbled on a...


  • A middle-aged widow makes a new life in a strange apartment house Nona Henry's husband is dead, and with him the life they spent years building in New York City. Unable to bear the Manhattan winter without him, Nona goes west to Pasadena, Californ...


  • THE INTRUDER Tom and Esther Gardner were snugly settled in their hotel room when a drunken stranger stepped in. Tom grappled violently with him, and a blow sent the intruder to the floor. When that intruder died, the Gardners froze with guilt -...


  • THE INTRUDER Tom and Esther Gardner were snugly settled in their hotel room when a drunken stranger stepped in. Tom grappled violently with him, and a blow sent the intruder to the floor. When that intruder died, the Gardners froze with guilt -...


  • Patrick Lawrence and Jane Medwick were engaged to be married. They were a happy couple, thinking only of the good life that lay ahead of them. Then, one sunny afternoon, an anonymous note tossed into a car seemed to shatter their future. All becau...


  • A longtime bachelor finally loves -- only to suffer corrosive jealousy For five decades, Kenneth Gibson lives quietly, now teaching poetry to undergrads. His life is comfortable and dull, until he meets and marries helpless Rosemary 32. Cared for,...


  • An unscrupulous actress is perpetrating a supernatural hoax that has stunned the country. She's the Dream Walker - a mysterious apparition who shows up in two different cities at the same time, then disappears, untraceable. Olivia Hudson, an acting t...


  • Sarah Shepherd, Professor David Wakely's new summer-research assistant, is a shy, bookish blonde with an overprotective family. In fact, it was at their insistence that he work in the cottage on their seaside estate so that Sarah could be close to ho...


  • THE TROUBLE IN THOR is one of Charlotte Armstrong’s most suspenseful novels. Set in a remote Michigan mining town, it strips bare, layer by layer, the innermost souls of a group of fascinating people, enclosed in the secretive, rigid social structu...


  • When their long-lost cousin Laila turns up just in time to claim the inheritance that might have been theirs, Dee and Clive have a hard time deciding if they should help Laila when she accidentally ingests poison...


  • Sam Lynch had been a spectator all his life, an observer, only moderately detached, on the seamy edges of New York crime. When by chance he stumbled onto a kidnapping plot, with a twisted revenge as the major motive, it would have been in character f...






  • When Jed Towers looked across the hotel court and saw the girl beckoning to him. She was an attractive teenager babysitting for a relative, Tower's mind refused to grasp what his eyes had seen.Had she dropped the child out of the eighth-floor window,...


  • Investigating her mysterious birth leads a bright young artist into peril For a few hours after her birth, Amanda Garth had two fathers. One was John, the kind, forthright man who would raise her. The other was Tobias Garrison, a well-known Californ...


  • Luther Grandison, famous stage and motion picture director, is admired by thousands and loved by many. He is also a killer--a bold, evil, merciless killer. His quiet charm coils about those near him with silent, deadly power.....Above all, Grandison ...


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    A Child’s Garden of Murder “LOOK LIKE THE INNOCENT FLOWER, BUT BE THE SERPENT UNDER ‘T.” The next-to-youngest of the six lovely Moriarity children was “The Rose of the World” to the famous detective MacDougal Duff. But in the Moriar...


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    Agreeing to a brief visit with his young fiance's eccentric sisters--blind Gertrude, deaf Maude, and one-armed Isabel--graying millionaire Innes Whitlock becomes the victim of a series of bizarre accidents. Millionaire Innes Whitlock and his g...