A Mess of March ... I'm moving all the NGAIO MARSH titles to the front of the queue (literally, Roger Daltrey sang the word "queue" as I typed it just now ... freaky coincidence) because one of my readers seems to have a thing for her :)
Book 8: Singing in the Shrouds (Berkley, 1960)
Cover artist: photo?
- A book that takes on the collapsing telecommunications system, apparently
- Her miniskirt has its own miniarm.
- Finally, someone has tamed the wild, native, animalistic mystery novel and made it "civilized literature." Where's my houseboy with the tea!?
Book 9: Death of a Peer (Pocket 475, 1947)
Cover artist: Aargh, uncredited
- This lady's got Fear Hand (TM). In fact, she appears to have a double case of it.
- Ouch. Skeleton key to the eye. That's gotta hurt.
- Well if it's WEALTHY, of course we care...
Book 10: Death of a Fool (Avon T-254, late '50s)
Cover artist: Uncredited
- Fear Hand! (TM)
- Jenny recoils in horror as she sees that her gardener has failed to blow all the leaves off her front lawn. And squirrels on her bird-feeders!? Oh, the humanity.
- Inspector Alleyn arrives to cut through the heathen nonsense of the simple souls. Civilization! God save the Queen, wot!
Book 11: Swing, Brother, Swing (Pocket 762, 1951)
Cover artist: Lew Keller
- "Swing, Brother, Swing ... for Hepcats only, man!"
- Secret ingredient to all good mystery cover copy — just add "... with DEATH!"
- I'm sorry, I started laughing at "accordion" and haven't stopped yet
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