Book List in Order: 17 titles

  • Miss Ivy and Miss Violet were elderly, liked sherry, cookies--and playing Russian roulette. The game really upset their nephew Richard who managed to substitute blanks for live cartridges. The aunts were also quite wealthy and when they disappeared, ...



  • Agatha Bunson desperately wanted to fire the cook at her boarding house but her father's will made that impossible. Then someone very kindly murdered the cook. Agatha, who was given to sleepwalking, thought she might have done the deed and hid the bo...


  • When Judith took over as the director of nursing at a small country hotel, she hardly expected to find it filled with charcters so eccentric that most of them would be better housed in the looney bin. And that was before a mysterious figure known as ...


  • When his boss assigns Henry the task of bodyguarding his beautiful red-haired daughter, he has no idea that he'll end up at his eccentric aunt's house--she painted it entirely in black--surrounded by bodies. First published in 1950, it's one of 21 sc...


  • With the help of a plastic surgeon and a beautician, Gloria returns home to catch the person who thinks he or she murdered her. A reprint of a 1949 mystery by the queens of the screwball mystery comedy....


  • Aloysius P. Graham and his headstrong daughter move into one wing of his cousins' house without the cousin's knowledge or consent during the past World War II housing shortage. Soon all kinds of people, including a young doctor and a man in a black g...



  • Rue Morgue offers another in their vintage mystery series, The Black Shrouds (1941), by sisters Constance and Gwenyth Little. Aspiring actress Diana Prescott escapes a tyrannical father only to find herself pursuing clues in the murder of two old ...






  • Mirth and murder are both contagious in this hospital murder case. What happened to the woman who sang "John Brown's Body" After visiting hours? What happed to the Axe that definitely didn't belong to Lizzie Bordew. Reprint of a 1942 title....


  • During the waning months of World War II, sharp-tongued Eugenia Gates accepts Mary Fredon's invitation to borrow her apartment for an unexpected two-week vacation. Mary herself is away recuperating from her own unexpected development -- her colorless...


  • When a young girl is mistaken for a dying woman's niece, she's taken into her home where she ends up looking for a murderer as well as a hidden treasure while downing martinis at an alarming rate with two very different suitors. First published in 19...


  • Callie Drake was brought up soft but to earn the title to a friend's roadster this housework-challenged vamp has to pose as a maid. But when murder strikes, our lovable gold-digger turns sleuth. First published in 1941....


  • Even though she was as healthy as a horse, Aunt Isabel liked nothing better than checking herself into a hospital. Her redheaded niece is just glad that the hospital's murderer prefers blondes. First published in 1940....




  • A nurse accused of murder discovers that her new husband may have married her for ulterior motives and locks him out of her bedroom. While her formerly rich father is reduced to taking in her laundry for a living, she snoops for a killer. First publi...