ACE Mystery Series - ACE Singles

Although there is a reference for the ACE Doubles Mystery genre, there is not much information about the ACE Mystery Singles. Many of these are reprints (or concurrent printings with the ACE Mystery Doubles) and often use the same cover art as the ACE Doubles. In the reference Hardboiled America, The Lurid Years of Paperbacks by Geoffrey O'Brien there are a few examples of the ACE Mystery Singles.

This is an area that I have little coverage. Please snoop through your collections and send me what you find. I have consolidated all of the mystery singles from the ACE POTPOURRI section (except for those I still am not certain about - for example, the E. R. Burroughs "Mucker" and other series). Lastly, I have recognized that there is a large subgenre of the ACE Gothic novel that is considered either "mystery" or "suspense" - generally with a heavy gothic romance overtone. I have placed these stories in the appropriate letter-number series of the POTPOURRI section unless I have read them and feel that they also have a strong mystery component.

Have fun!

ACE SINGLES


S-SERIES

S-058  JOACHIM JOESTEN Vice, Inc. (1954; listed as "ACE original")

S-067 ROBERT BLOCH The Will To Kill (cover by Rafael de Soto; 1954; listed as "ACE original")

S-067 (back cover)

S-083 ARNOLD DRAKE The Steel Noose (1954; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete novel")

S-083 (back cover)

S-097 NORMAN HERRIES (aka NORMAN HERSHMAN) Death Has 2 Faces (cover by Harry Barton; 1955; listed as "complete and unabridged")


S-102 GEORGE ALBERT GLAY Oath of Seven (1955; 1st ACE printing and PBO; historical fiction - mystery)

I have also placed this in the POTPOURRI section.

S-107 PETER TWIST (aka C. P. HEWITT) The Gilded Hideaway (1955; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete novel")

S-108 C. S. CODY (aka LESLIE WALLER) Lie Like A Lady (1955; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete and unabridged")

S-119 LAWRENCE EASTON The Driven Flesh (1955; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete and unabridged")

S-122 LEDRU BAKER Jr. The Preying Streets (1955; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete and unabridged")

S-137 RALPH JACKSON Violent Night (cover by Fay; 1955; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete and unabridged")

S-142 GLENN M. BARNS Masquerade In Blue (1956; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete novel")

S-151 ROBERT NOVAK Climb A Broken Ladder (1956; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete novel")

S-159 JOHN FARR (aka JACK WEBB) She Shark (1956; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete novel")

This is not the JACK WEBB who was the popular character of Joe Friday in the television series Dragnet. JOHN ALFRED (Jack) WEBB is a mystery writer whose books often featured the detective team of Sammy Golden and Father Shanley.

S-198 WILLIAM BENDER Jr. Tokyo Intrigue (1956; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete and unabridged")

S-198 (back cover)


D- SERIES

D-181 ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE and JOHN DICKSON CARR The "New" Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (cover by Verne Tossey; 1956; listed as "complete and unabridged")


D-202 LEONARD KAUFMAN The Color of Green (1957; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-232 WILLARD MANUS The Fixers (1957; listed as "complete and unabridged," 1st ACE printing and PBO)

A college basketball crime mystery. I have also placed this in the POTPOURRI section.


D-312 HARLAN ELLISON The Deadly Streets (1958; listed as "complete and unabridged")

The wunderkin of science fiction and fantasy - amazing what he wrote!

D-336 SAMUEL A. KRASNEY Morals Squad ( cover by Robert Maguire; 1959; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-363 SAMUEL A. KRASNEY The Rapist (1959; 1st ACE printing and PBO; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-370 ERNEST JASON FREDERICKS (aka PAUL ERNST) Cry Flood! (1959; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-383 BUD CLIFTON (aka DAVID STACTON) The Murder Specialist (1959; listed as "first book publication")


D-429 CHARLES RUNYON The Anatomy Of Violence (1960; listed as "first book publication")

Full name was Charles W. Runyon.

D-446 EDWARD MOORE Flight 685 Is Overdue (1960; listed as "first book publication")

D-458 MARK DERBY (aka HARRY WILCOX) Womanhunt (1960; 1st ACE printing; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-472 HARRY WHITTINGTON A Night for Screaming (1960; listed as "first book publication")

D-481 JOSEPH F. DINNEEN The Biggest Holdup (original title: The Alternate Case; 1960; listed as "complete and unabridged")

The Brinks Bank robbery

D-486 EDWARD De ROO The Little Caesars (1961; listed as "first book publication"; juvenile delinquents)

D-493 ELLERY QUEEN (ed.; joint pseudonym of FREDERIC DANNAY and MANFRED B. LEE) The Queen's Awards, Fifth Series (cover by Robert Maguire; 1961; 1st thus)

This volume is listed as a "Double Size Book." Short story mystery collection drawn from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Contributions include John D. MacDonald's "The Homesick Buick" and others by Margery Allingham, Craig Rice, John Dickson Carr, Stuart Palmer, Q. Patrick, John D. MacDonald, Stanley Ellin, and Philip MacDonald.

D-495 SAMUEL A. KRASNEY A Mania For Blondes (cover by Paul Rader; 1961; listed as "first book publication")

Another of the covers that really depict the ACE artist stable.


D-503 FAN NICHOLS (aka FRANCES NICHOLS HANNA) The Girl In The Death Seat (original title: Be Silent, Love; 1961; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-518 WADE MILLER (aka BILL MILLER and ROBERT WADE) Nightmare Cruise (1961; listed as "first book publication")

A recent article on the novels of Wade Miller (aka Bill Miller and Robert Wade) can be found in "The Novels of Wade Miller" by Fred Cropper (2005), Paperback Parade, volume 63, pp. 50-62. Includes an "Interview with Robert Wade" conducted by Fred Cropper. The only ACE appearance by this duo is Nightmare Cruise. Robert Wade has two novels under his own name and a number under his pseudonym of Whit Materson.

D-520 WILENE SHAW (aka VIRGINIA M. HARRISON) One Foot In Hell (1961; listed as "first book publication")

D-522 HAL ELLSON A Nest Of Fear (1961; 1st ACE printing and PBO; juvenile delinquents)


F-SERIES

F-151 NEDRA TYRE Reformatory Girls (original title: Hall of Death; cover by Johnson; 1962; listed as "complete and unabridged")

I am not certain if this volume should be here, so I have also listed it in the ACE POTPOURRI section. If any AIL users know whether this artist is Bill Johnson or Ray Johnson, please let me know.

F-175 EVELYN BERCKMAN Lament For Four Brides (1962; ACE Gothic mystery)

F-198 GEORGES SIMENON The Short Cases of Inspector Maigret (1963; 1st ACE printing; listed as "complete and unabridged")

Anthology of Inspector Maigret stories that includes: Maigret's Christmas, Journey Backward Into Time, Stan The Killer, Old Lady of Bayeux, and Most Obstinate Man In Paris.


F-202 EVELYN BERCKMAN The Hovering Darkness (1963; listed as "complete and unabridged")


G-SERIES

G-510 CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG (aka CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG LEWIS) The Case Of The Weird Sisters (1963; listed as "complete and unabridged")

CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG (1905-1969; aka Charlotte Armstrong Lewis) was an advertising writer, fashion reporter and was one of the few authentic spell-casting witches of modern time, whose quick rise to popularity was due in part to her bestseller Mischief (1950 by Coward-McCann and 1951 PBO Pocket Books) and becoming the basis for the movie Don't Bother to Knock, which debuted a young Marilyn Monroe as a mentally unbalanced baby-sitter.

G-514 CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG (aka CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG LEWIS) Something Blue (1962; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

G-536 HELEN REILLY The Day She Died (1963; 1st ACE printing; originally published by Random House in 1962; listed as "complete and unabridged," also listed as "first paperback edition of her last great mystery")

G-536 (back cover)

This is the last of the Inspector Christopher McKee stories that are found in the ACE Double G-series tales of Helen Reilly.

G-540 CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG (aka CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG LEWIS) A Little Less Than Kind (1963; listed as "first time in a paperback edition," listed as "complete and unabridged," ACE Gothic/Suspense Novel)

G-540 (back cover)

Original cover art for A Little Less Than Kind. Gouache and tempera on board. 20" x 13.75." Masking tape (lower left corner) with printing set-up notations (39% matte pos.).

G-541 JEAN POTTS The Evil Wish (1964; listed as "complete and unabridged," ACE Gothic/Mystery Novel)

Original cover art for The Evil Wish. Gouache on board, 19" x 13.5." Close-up detail. There is some minor markings and discoloration to the extreme edges of the white background. Publisher notations as well as ACE number and title on verso. This is a cross-over novel so I have also placed it on the ACE POTPOURRI site.

G-542 MARTHA ALBRAND (aka HEIDI HUBERTA FREYBE LOEWENGARD) Meet Me Tonight (c.1960; 1964; 1st thus; ACE Gothic mystery)

G-544 RUTH FENISONG The Wench Is Dead (c. 1953; 1965; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

The Wench Is Dead was first published in the US in 1953 by Doubleday and is one of a series of novels based on the character of Grindley Nelson.

G-545 DANA LYON (aka MABEL DANA LYON) The Trusting Victim (1964; 1st thus; ACE Gothic/Suspense/Mystery Novel)

G-545 (back cover)

G-546 HELEN REILLY Compartment K (original title: Murder Rides the Express; 1964; listed as "complete and unabridged")

This is one of the Inspector Christopher McKee stories that is a companion to those found in the ACE Double G-series tales of Helen Reilly.

Original cover art for Compartment K (artist unknown). Gouache on board.  18.25" x 12."

G-548 ROHAN O'GRADY Let's Kill Uncle (frontspiece illustration by Jack Gaughan; 1964; 1st ACE printing; listed as "complete and unabridged"; mystery/horror)

This novel is the basis for a film, but do not know the title at this time (or whether it made it out of production). This is a cross-over novel so I have also placed it on the ACE POTPOURRI site.

G-549 URSULA CURTISS The Iron Cobweb (1964; 1st ACE printing)

G-550 THEODORA du BOIS The Listener (c.1962; 1964; listed as "complete and unabridged," ACE Gothic/Mystery Novel)

G-552 THEODORA du BOIS Shannon Terror (1964; ACE Gothic/Mystery Novel)

Both of the Theodora du Bois titles are probably cross-over Gothic/Mystery novels, so I have also placed them on the ACE POTPOURRI site.

G-555 URSULA CURTISS The Wasp (cover by Bob Schneilla; 1965)

G-557 URSULA CURTISS Out of the Dark (alternate title: Child's Play; c.1963; 1964; 1965; 1st thus; listed as "complete and unabridged")

Original cover art by Bob Schinella for Out of the Dark. Gouache and watercolor on board, 30" x 13.25" and signed lower left.

G-559 MARTHA ALBRAND (aka HEIDI HUBERTA FREYBE LOEWENGARD) After Midnight (c.1950; 1965; 1st thus; listed as "complete and unabridged")

G-561 URSULA CURTISS Widow's Web (1965; 1st ACE printing)

G-562 HELEN McCLOY The Long Body (1965; 1st thus; listed as "complete and unabridged," ACE Suspense/Mystery)

G-562 (back cover)

Original cover art for The Long Body. Gouache and watercolor on board, 18.5" x 12" (image area), no signature.

G-563 MARTHA ALBRAND (aka HEIDI HUBERTA FREYBE LOEWENGARD) A Day In Monte Carlo (1965; 1st thus)

G-565 URSULA CURTISS The Deadly Climate (c.1954; 1965; ACE Gothic/Mystery Novel)

Original cover art for the ACE Gothic / Mystery novel The Deadly Climate by Ursula Curtis. Detail of woman. Gouache on board with an image size of 18.5" x 12.5." This is a cross-over novel so I have also placed it on the ACE POTPOURRI site.

G-568 MELBA MARLETT Escape While I Can (c.1944; 1965; 1st ACE printing; listed as "complete and unabridged," ACE Gothic/Mystery Novel)

This is a cross-over novel so I have also placed it on the ACE POTPOURRI site.

G-594 CHARLES RUNYON The Bloody Jungle (cover by Gerald McConnell; c. 1966; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

A novel of the Green Berets in Vietnam.. Vietnam locale for a mystery - war fiction novel. I have also placed this in the ACE POTPOURRI section.


G-604 JESS SHELTON Daktari (1966; first thus)

Another cross-over TV series paperback edition with16 pages of photos from the television series. This is a mystery and why I have included it in this section as well as the ACE POTPOURRI section. A very good reference (well-indexed and written) on TV Tie-In volumes such as Daktari is by Kurt Peers (1999, 2nd edition) TV Tie-Ins: A bibliography of American TV tie-in paperbacks. TV Books, NY, 364 pp.

G-604 (back cover)

G-608 JEAN POTTS The Only Good Secretary (c.1965; 1966; 1st ACE printing; listed as "complete and unabridged")

G-662 ELISABETH KYLE (aka AGNES MARY ROBERTSON DUNLOP) The Second Mally Lee (1967)

G-676 NANCY BUCKINGHAM (aka JOHN SAWYER and NANCY BUCKINGHAM SAWYER) Storm in the Mountains (alternate title: Heart of Marble; cover by Bob Schinella; 1967; listed as "first book publication," ACE Gothic Mystery)

Although this is listed as a Gothic novel, it is also a mystery and I am cross-listing it here.

G-699 CORNELL WOOLRICH The Bride Wore Black (original title: Beware the Lady; c.1940; 1968)


G-751 MILDRED DAVIS The Dark Place (cover by Jerome Podwil; c.1965; 1968; ACE Gothic Mystery)

Originally published in ACE Double G-543 (1965) bound with They Buried A Man

Original cover art for The Dark Place by Jerome Podwil. Signed lower right.

Note that this volume is listed as "first in gothics" on the headline banner and has a stylized woman in a full moon graphic symbol.


H-SERIES

H-053 LESLIE H. WHITTEN Progeny of the Adder (interior illustration by Jack Gaughan; c.1965, 1968; first thus; listed as "complete and unabridged")

This is an odd story - a detective mystery with a bit of supernatural overtones - interesting and quite readable. I have placed it in the ACE POTPOURRI section also as I am uncertain as how to classify this volume. I have seen some situations where it was listed under Horror as well as Gothic.

H-057 CORNELL WOOLRICH Rendezvous in Black (1967)

Original cover art for Rendezvous in Black. Gouache on board. 20" x 15."

H-063 MIRIAM ALLEN deFORD The Real Bonnie & Clyde (1968; non-fiction)

This book features 12 pages of B&W photos including Bonnie & Clyde's bodies after being gunned down

H-066 CORNELL WOOLRICH The Black Path of Fear (1968)

There is a good CORNELL WOOLRICH site which documents all of his works.

H-080 JAN ROFFMAN (aka MARGARET SUMMERTON) With Murder in Mind (1968; 1st thus; ACE Mystery/Gothic Mystery)

I have cross-listed this title in both the ACE Singles Mystery and ACE POTPOURRI sections. These are somewhat difficult to classify.

H-093 DELANO AMES The Man In The Tricorn Hat (1960; 1st ACE printing and PBO; ACE Star edition)


H-104 CORNELL WOOLRICH The Black Curtain (1968; 1st ACE printing)


K-SERIES

K-116 ELLIOT WEST Man Running (c.1959; listed as "complete and unabridged"; ACE Star edition)

K-116 (back cover)

The front and back covers assert that Man Running will be released as an "All-Star Film Version...... by Columbia Picture." Guess I missed this one.

K-142 BRANT HOUSE (ed.; aka DONALD WOLLHEIM) Crimes That Shocked America (1961; 1st ACE printing; ACE Star edition; non-fiction)

 Introduction by Anthony Boucher.  This title is cross-listed on the ACE POTPOURRI K letter-number format page.


K-270 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) The Silver Ladies (1967, 1st ACE printing; ACE STAR edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)

An "Inspector Finch Gothic #1" mystery. This is also cross-listed in the ACE POTPOURRI section.

K-281 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) No. 9 Belmont Square (alternate title: The House in Belmont Square; 1967; 1st thus: ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)

This is listed as "An Inspector Finch Gothic #2." This is also cross-listed in the ACE POTPOURRI section.

Original cover art for No. 9 Belmont Square. Gouache on board (21.5" x 13") and not signed.

K-287 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) Old Mrs.Ommanney is Dead (1967; 1st ACE printing; ACE Gothic Mystery)

Original cover art for K-287. Gouache on board. Image size is 21" x 15". Publisher notations as well as ACE number and title on verso.

An "Inspector Finch Gothic #3" mystery. This story was also released under the titles "The Dead Don't Speak" and "Fatal Relations."This is also cross-listed in the ACE POTPOURRI section.

K-294 JOAN AIKEN Beware of the Bouquet (cover by Charles McVicker; 1967; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)

This story was also released under the title The Trouble With Product X. This story is difficult to classify and has been cross-listed under the ACE POTPOURRI K letter-number series page.

K-295 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) The Woman at Belguardo (1967; ACE Star edition; 1st thus; ACE Gothic Mystery)

The Woman at Belguardo is that curious blend of gothic and straight mystery with Inspector Finch (listed as "An Inspector Finch Gothic Mystery #4"). Because of its cross-genre approach, I have also listed these in the ACE POTPOURRI section.


K-304 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) The Family at Tammerton (alternate title: Take a Dark Journey; c.1965; 1968; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic mystery)

Listed as "An Inspector Finch Gothic Mystery #5. This is also cross-listed in the ACE POTPOURRI section.


FIVE DIGIT NUMERICAL SERIES

01350-3 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: Alias The Saint (graphic and photo mixed media cover; c.1931; 1980; ACE Charter edition)

Two stories in one volume.  Includes The National Debt and The Man Who Could Not Die.

LESLIE CHARTERIS (1907-1993) was born Leslie Charles Bowyer Yin in Singapore, to a Chinese father and an English mother. He attended private school and then went to Cambridge University. In 1926 he dropped his studies and changed his name to Leslie Charteris because of his success as an author. In 1932 he moved to the USA, worked in Hollywood as a scriptwriter and became an American citizen in 1942.

02272 PHILIP LORAINE (aka ROBIN ESTRIDGE) And to My Beloved Husband (original title: White Lie The Dead; c.1952; nd)

02273 LOUIS CHARBONNEAU And Hope To Die (1970; 1st ACE printing)

02276 PHILIP LORAINE (aka ROBIN ESTRIDGE) The Angel of Death (1961; 1st ACE printing)

03125 E. V. CUNNINGHAM The Assassin Who Gave Up His Gun (cover by Adams and interior illustration by Jack Gaughan; c.1969; first thus)

03655-4 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Avenging Saint (original title: Knight Templar; graphic and photo mixed media cover; nd; ACE Charter edition)

05901-5 ANNE WORBOYS The Bhunda Jewels (1981; 1st thus)

06147 BRUCE CASSIDAY The Girl in the Trunk (1973; 1st ACE printing)

06505-8 CORNELL WOOLRICH The Black Angel (c.1943; nd; 1st ACE printing)

Postscript by Michael Avallone dated October 27, 1968. Thus, the printing date is probably 1968.

06550 CORNELL WOOLRICH The Black Curtain (c. 1941; 1968; nd; 2nd ACE printing)

The Black Curtain was originally published as ACE H-104 (1968).

06640 CORNELL WOOLRICH The Black Path of Fear (c.1944; 1968; nd; 2nd ACE printing)

The Black Path of Fear was originally published as ACE H-066 (1968).

06983-5 KIN PLATT The Body Beautiful Murder (1981; 1st thus)

A new Max Roper mystery.

07890 PHILIP LORAINE (aka ROBIN ESTRIDGE) The Break in the Circle (original title: Outside the Law; cover by Gil Cohen; nd)

Original cover art by Gil Cohen for The Break in the Circle. Oil on board (28" x 18") and signed (initalled) in lower right corner.

07920 CORNELL WOOLRICH The Bride Wore Black (original title: Beware the Lady; c.1940; 1968; nd)

07921 CORNELL WOOLRICH The Bride Wore Black (original title: Beware the Lady; c.1940; 1968; nd)

The Bride Wore Black was originally published as ACE G-699 (1968). There is a good CORNELL WOOLRICH site which documents all of his works.

09223 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) A Case With Three Husbands (nd; ACE Gothic Mystery)

A Case With Three Husbands is that curious blend of gothic and straight mystery with Inspector Finch (listed as "An Inspector Finch Gothic Mystery #7"). Because of its cross-genre approach, I have also listed these in the ACE POTPOURRI section.


10435 MICHAEL MOORCOCK The Chinese Agent (cover by JL; 1971; 1st ACE printing)

10435 (back cover)

The first "Jerry Cornell" novel.

MICHAEL MOORCOCK is more noted for his various science fiction and fantasy stories - this is the first mystery I have found by him. I have also found a note (but not authenticated yet) that suggests this story is a revision of "Somewhere in the Night" by Bill Barclay - anyone have a copy?

10445-2 NANCY BLUE WYNNE An Agatha Christie Chronology (1976; 1st thus; Books and Reference)

An Agatha Christie reference. Contains a listing of all published novels, short stories, and collections (up to 1975). Includes plot outlines of "Murder on the Oriental Express" as well as "all major and lesser known works." I have also included this on the ACE POTPOURRI five-digit page.

11736 JAMES HENDERSON Copperhead (c.1971; nd; 1st ACE printing; ACE Suspense/Mystery)

1st edition was by Knopf (hardcover) in 1971.

12200 MARK McSHANE Crimson Madness of Little Doom (nd)

13570 RICHARD NEELY The Damned Innocents (nd)

The Damned Innocents was later (~1976) made into a movie titled "Dirty Hands" and starring Rod Steiger and Romy Schneider.

13800 MILDRED DAVIS The Dark Place (c.1955; 1965; 1968; nd)

Originally published in ACE Double G-543 (1965) bound with They Buried A Man. Also published as ACE Single G-751 (1968). This is probably the 3rd ACE printing.

13928 DORIS MILES DISNEY The Day Miss Bessie Lewis Disappeared (c.1971; 1976; listed as "First Time In Paperback")

14110-2 RAYMOND OBSTFELD Dead Heat (1981; 1st thus; ACE Charter edition)

14150-1 JAMES HADLEY CHASE (aka RENE BARBAZON RAYMOND) Dead Ringer (orginal title: Safer Dead; nd; listed as "complete and unabridged")

14153 WILLIAM IRISH (aka CORNELL WOOLRICH) Deadline at Dawn (nd)

14153 (back cover)

14155 PETER DICKINSON The Old English Peep Show (original title: A Pride of Heroes; nd)

14155 (back cover)

The first of this series and introduces Scotland Yard Superindendant Jimmie Pibble.

14165 JOHN HOLBROOK VANCE (aka JACK VANCE) The Deadly Isles (cover by Adams; c.1969; 1971)

Jack Vance had a substantial set of mystery novels in addition to his science fiction production.

14186 ROBERT L. FISH Death Cuts the Deck (original title: Rub-A-Dub-Dub; cover by JL; 1971; 1st ACE printing)

14186 (back cover)

14204-4 STUART KAMINSKY Death of a Dissident (1981; 1st ACE printing; ACE Charter edition)

This story was also released (s'posedly) under the title "Rostnikov's Corpse." Interesting that the author name on the front is missing his middle initial (M) which is used on all the hardcover editions. If any AIL users know what publisher or edition from which this was retitled I would like to know (I have a complete hardcopy set of Kaminsky's Rostnikov Russian police procedurals and have not seen this title for this story). Thank you.

14225 CHARLES COLLINGWOOD The Defector (1970; spy thriller mystery)

16690-3 DAOMA WINSTON The Dream Killers (July 1976; 1st ACE printing)

16690-3 (back cover)

16831-6 WALTER OLEKSY Up From Nowhere (1982; 1st thus; ACE Charter edition)

Up From Nowhere is the first story in a series called Tom Delos & The Guardians. It appears to be aimed at the "Young Adult" crowd and is a mixture of mystery, 'coming of age' and gang affiliation (hmmmm - reminds me of the 'juvenile delinquent' stories in the late 1950's to early 1960's). I am not certain it should be here but have to see what the other volumes are like in this series - more on this later.


22416-4 BARBARA D'AMATO The Eyes on Utopia Murders (December 1981; 1st ACE printing)

22680 RICHARD L. HERSHATTER Fallout For a Spy (1970; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

This appears to be both a spy- and mystery-story. I have cross-listed this with the ACE Potpourri singles.

23350 AVON CURRY The Fetish Murders (1973; 1st ACE printing)

23350 (back cover)

24975 JOHN HOLBROOK VANCE (aka JACK VANCE) The Fox Valley Murders (c. 1968; nd; 1st thus)

Written under his true name, John Holbrook Vance. This mystery is one of the two Sheriff Joe Bain novels.

25312-1 JOHN WEITZ Friends in High Places (c.1982; 1983; 1st ACE Charter edition; War Fiction/Mystery)

28920 MARK McSHANE The Girl Nobody Knows (c.1965; nd)

MARK McSHANE also writes as MARC LOVELL.

28960 PETER DICKINSON The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest (1968; 1st ACE printing)

Winner of the Golden Dagger Award for "Crime Novel of the Year."


31725 SHIRLEY JACKSON Hangsaman (nd)

32270 DORIS MILES DISNEY Heavy Heavy Hangs (nd; listed as "First Time In Paperback")

34249 JOHN AUSTIN Hollywood's Unsolved Mysteries (1st ACE printing; non-fiction)

This is more "true crime and mystery" than fiction, so not exactly sure if it is correctly placed in this section, I have also listed it under the ACE POTPOURRI Singles.

34372-4 JOHN DICKSON CARR The House at Satan's Elbow (nd; ACE Charter edition)

A Dr. Gideon Fell Mystery.

36300 RON GOULART If Dying Was All: A John Easy Mystey #1 ( cover by Elaine Duillo - signed as Elaine; 1971; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

First of the 'John Easy' mysteries, a Hollywood private eye by RON GOULART.

For more insight into the four (4) John Easy mysteries, a recent discussion can be found in Jon D. Swartz The "John Easy" Mysteries of Ron Goulart (Paperback Parade, issue 71, December 2008, pp. 86-91). Includes a short biography of Ron Goulart and a discussion of the mystery and hybrid SF/mystery stories that he has written.

36500 MARK McSHANE Ill Met By A Fish Shop On George Street (cover by Meltzer; 1970; 1st ACE printing)

A tale of murder and blackmail in Australia - pretty interesting.

37475 ROBERT L. FISH Isle of the Snakes (c.1963; 1st thus)

37598 GIL BREWER It Takes A Thief #1: The Devil In Davos (1969: 1st ACE printing; photo cover)

37599 GIL BREWER It Takes A Thief #2: Mediterranean Caper (1969; 1st ACE printing; photo cover)

37600 GIL BREWER It Takes A Thief #3: Appointment in Cairo: (1970; 1st ACE printing; photo cover)

Still yet another TV spin-off series. Novels based on the Universal-ABC television series IT TAKES A THIEF starring Robert Wagner. Only three volumes in this series. A very good reference (well-indexed and written) on TV Tie-In volumes such as It Takes A Thief is by Kurt Peers (1999, 2nd edition) TV Tie-Ins: A bibliography of American TV tie-in paperbacks. TV Books, NY, 364 pp.


40590 RON GOULART Too Sweet To Die: A John Easy Mystey #2 (cover by Elaine Duillo - signed as Elaine; 1972; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

Second of 'John Easy' mysteries, a Hollywood private eye by RON GOULART

Original cover art for Too Sweet To Die by Elaine Duillo. Watercolor on board (20" x 12" imge on 23.5" x 15" board). Signed lower left.

40591 RON GOULART One Grave Too Many: A John Easy Mystey #4 (cover by Tom Adams; December 1974; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

Fourth of 'John Easy' mysteries, a Hollywood private eye by RON GOULART. Note that the third volume of this series is ACE 75945 (1973).

47055 GEORGE SIMS The Last Best Friend (1967; 1st ACE printing)

48335-6 MICHAEL T. HINKEMEYER Lilac Night (1982; 1st ACE printing)

48990 DORIS MILE DISNEY Look Back On Murder (c.1951; October 1976; 1st ACE printing)

48990 (back cover)


51200 MIRIAM ALLEN deFORD The Real Ma Barker (nd; 1st ACE printing; non-fiction)

Contains 16 pages of photographs.

This true crime history and biography is not exactly what this page is about. So, I have also listed it under the ACE POTPOURRI Singles.

53401-5 HAROLD ADAMS The Missing Moon (January 1973; 1st ACE printing and PBO;  Charter imprint)

53401-5 (back cover)

54000 LESLIE H. WHITTEN Moon of the Wolf (original title: Death of a Nurse; 1968; ACE Mystery)

Although I had originally thought that this novel might also fit into the genre of the ACE Nurse Romance/Mystery with a Gothic overtone (primarily from the original title), it appears that it is more a modern detective novel with supernatural elements . A thoughtful AIL user indicates that it might be "one of the first mystery novels in which the idea of a werewolf is treated as a psychological illness…until the very last page." As I had mentioned, I have seen it also listed under Horror.

The other ACE volume by this author is Progeny of the Adder (ACE H-053).

Moon of the Wolf was made into a movie in the 1972 with David Jannsen and Barbara Rush. (see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068967/ for details).

54560 JANET CAIRD Murder Scholastic (1969; photo cover)

54710-9 ROBERT L. FISH The Murder League (c.1968; nd)

57570 MARK McSHANE Night's Evil (nd; 1st ACE printing)

58000 PHILIP LORAINE (aka ROBIN ESTRIDGE) Nightmare in Dublin (original title: The Dublin Nightmare; c.1952; nd; ACE Star edition)


60563 EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS The Oakdale Affair (cover by Frank Frazetta; 1974; listed as "First Time in Paperback")

Introduction by ERB fan writer/editor Kevin Hancer.

60564-8 EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS The Oakdale Affair (cover by Frank Frazetta; 1974; nd)

The Oakdale Affair is another of the ERB stories that I have trouble placing within the ACE IMAGE LIBRARY pages. I have chosen to place this mystery (at least to me) in both this section and the five-digit ACE POTPOURRI section.

62201-9 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) Old Mrs. Ommanney Is Dead (c. 1955; 1967; nd; 2nd ACE printing; ACE Gothic Mystery)

An "Inspector Finch" gothic mystery novel. Originally published as ACE K-287 (1967). This story was also released under the titles "The Dead Don't Speak" and "Fatal Relations." Because of the genres, this is also listed in the ACE SINGLES MYSTERY section.

62936-9 CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG (aka CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG LEWIS) The One-Faced Girl (original title: Who's Been Sitting in My Chair?; c. 1963, 1965; nd)

62937-8 CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG (aka CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG LEWIS) The One-Faced Girl (c. 1963; 1965; nd)

62937-8 (back cover)

The One-Faced Girl was originally published in the ACE Double G-533 (1965) bound with The Black-Eyed Stranger.

CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG (1905-1969; aka Charlotte Armstrong Lewis) was an advertising writer, fashion reporter and was one of the few authentic spell-casting witches of modern time, whose quick rise to popularity was due in part to her bestseller Mischief (1950 by Coward-McCann and 1951 PBO Pocket Books) becoming the basis for the movie Don't Bother to Knock, which debuted a young Marilyn Monroe as a mentally unbalanced baby-sitter.

65203-4 CLIFTON ADAMS A Partnership With Death (1971; 1st thus)

65225 AVELINE CLAUDE Passenger on the U (c.1968; nd)

65895 JAN ROFFMAN (aka MARGARET SUMMERTON) Mask of Words (original title: A Penny For The Guy; 1965; 1st ACE printing; ACE Mystery/Gothic Mystery)

I have cross-listed this title in both the ACE Singles Mystery and ACE POTPOURRI sections. These are somewhat difficult to classify.

66050 CORNELL WOOLRICH Phantom Lady (1968; 1st thus)

Phantom Lady was also released under the pseudonym William Irish.

66650 JOHN REESE Pity Us All (1971)

Original cover art for Pity Us All. Watercolor and mixed media on masonite, image size approximately 20.5" x 15". Not signed. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

67095 RICHARD NEELY The Plastic Nightmare (cover by Uldis Klavins, 1969, 1st ACE printing)

Original cover art for The Plastic Nightmare.  Gouache on board. 30" x 20." This 1969 Ace Books by Richard Neely was made into the movie "Shattered."

I am not certain if this would be classified as ACE Gothic Mystery or a straight psychological mystery. So, I am also including this title in the ACE Mystery Singles pages.

67110 JOHN HOLBROOK VANCE (aka JACK VANCE) The Pleasant Grove Murder (c.1967; first thus)

Second of the 'Sheriff Joe Bain' mystery stories.

67110 (back cover)

67421-6 FRANK NORWOOD The Pope Must Die (1985; 1st ACE Charter printing and PBO)

This novel is a mystery suspense thriller and this is my reasoning for placing it in the ACE Mystery Singles.

67495  LAURA CARTER and CATHY STEVENS The Porno Girls (1974; 1st ACE printing)

67714-2 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: Prelude for War (1982; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

Also released under the title The Saint Plays With Fire.

69293 CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG (aka CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG LEWIS) The One-Faced Girl (original title: Who's Been Sitting in My Chair; c.1965; nd)

Who's Been Sitting in My Chair was originally published in ACE Double G-511 (1965) bound with The Chocolate Cobweb.

69885-9 ANTONIA FRASER Quiet As A Nun (c.1977; 1978)


71220-7 MAX EHRLICH Reincarnation in Venice (original title: The Bond; 1982)

71360 CORNELL WOOLRICH Rendezvous in Black (c.1967; nd; 2nd ACE printing)

Rendezvous in Black was originally published as ACE H-057 (1967).

74875-9 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: Angels of Doom (1982; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

This story was released under the titles "The Saint Meets His Match" and "She Was A Lady."

74886-4 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Saint in Europe (1981; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

74888-0 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Saint Errant (February 1981; ACE Charter edition; graphic and photo mixed media cover)

74894-5 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Saint In New York (1981; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

74895-3 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Saint Overboard (1981; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

74895-3 (back cover)

74899-6 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Saint in Action (1980; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

Also released under the title The ACE of Knaves.

74902-X LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Saint Steps In (1980; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

74903-8 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Saint To The Rescue (1980; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

This volume reprints six (6) "Saint" short stories originally collected in a hardcover edition.

74911-9 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Saint and Mr. Teal (1981; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

Also released under the title Once More The Saint.

75352-3 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: The Saint in Miami (1981; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

75724-3 RALPH McINERNY Second Vespers (c.1980; 1981; 1st thus; ACE Charter edition)

75945 RON GOULART The Same Lie Twice: A John Easy Mystey #3 (cover by Elaine Duillo - signed as Elaine; January 1973; 1st ACE printing and PBO)

Third of the 'John Easy' mysteries, a Hollywood private eye by RON GOULART.

76631-1 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) The Silver Ladies (c. 1966; 1969; 2nd ACE printing; ACE Gothic Mystery)

Original cover painting for ACE Gothic / Mystery novel entitled The Silver Ladies. This was mostly likely painted in c. 1969 - based on the #76631 noted on the verso. Gouache on board with an image size of 16.5" x 11.5".

The Silver Ladies was originally published as ACE K-270 (1966) and is an "Inspector Finch Gothic mystery". This is also cross-listed in the ACE POTPOURRI section.

76721-4 PETER DICKINSON The Sinful Stones (original title: The Seals; 1970)

76785 MARK McSHANE The Singular Case of the Multiple Dead (nd)

MARK McSHANE also writes as MARC LOVELL.

77050 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) Sleep No More (cover by Robert Maguire; c.1958; nd; ACE Star edition; ACE Gothic Mystery)

77050 (back cover)

77051-1 MARGARET ERSKINE (aka MARGARET WETHERBY WILLIAMS) Sleep No More (cover by Robert Maguire; c.1958; nd; ACE Gothic Mystery)

Original cover art by Robert Maguire for Sleep No More. Acrylic on board (20" x 13") and unsigned.

An "Inspector Finch Gothic #6" mystery. This is also cross-listed in the ACE POTPOURRI section.

77480 CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG (aka CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG LEWIS) Something Blue (c.1962; nd; 2nd ACE printing; ACE Mystery/Suspense)

77480 (back cover)

Something Blue was originally published as ACE Single G-514 (1962). This volume uses the same cover art.

77855 RICHARD L. HERSHATTER The Spy Who Hated Fudge (c.1970; nd)

79132-8 GRAHAM MASTERTON The Sweetman Curve (1979; 1st ACE printing)

79540-4 G. C. EDMONDSON and C. M. KOTLAN The Takeover (1984; 1st ACE printing)

G. C. EDMONDSON is the pseudonym of JOSE MARIO GARY ORDONEZ EDMONDSON. This is the first mystery I have found written by Edmondson who is better known for his ACE Doubles science fiction story The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream and the sequel To Sail The Century Sea (ACE 81787-4; 1981)


80493-4 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: Thanks to the Saint (1982; 1st thus; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

80790 DORIS MILES DISNEY Three's A Crowd (1975; listed as "first time in paperback")

82419-6 TERI WHITE Triangle (1982; 1st ACE printing; ACE Charter edition)

Author's first book. Edgar Award winner (Best PBO) 1983.

83370 DORIS MILES DISNEY Two Little Children and How They Grew (nd)

85903-8 LEE HOFFMAN The Valdez Horses (nd)

86038-8 FLETCHER KNEBEL Vanished (1986; 1st ACE Charter printing )

86038-9 FLETCHER KNEBEL Vanished (c.1986; ACE Charter edition)

86105 LESLIE CHARTERIS The Saint: Vendetta For The Saint (nd; graphic and photo mixed media cover; ACE Charter edition)

87015 PHILIP LORAINE (aka ROBIN ESTRIDGE) W. I. L. One to Curtis (c.1967; nd)

87125-9 MILDRED DAVIS Walk Into Yesterday (original title: Nightmare of Murder; c.1967; 1973)

87351 URSULA CURTISS The Wasp (c.1963; 1965; nd; 2nd ACE printing)

The Wasp was originally published as ACE Single G-555 (1965).

87718-4  HARLAN ELLISON Web of the City (cover by Barclay Shaw; February 1983; 1st ACE printing)

This edition (which in hardcover was entitled Rumble) reprints his JD classic Rumble. In 1954, Harlan gave himself a pseudonym and joined a Brooklyn street gang called the Barons. 

88590 DORIS MILES DISNEY Who Rides A Tiger (original title: Sow The Wind; c.1946; 1967; nd; 2nd ACE printing)

Who Rides A Tiger was originally published as ACE Single K-197 (1967).


90001-0 JAN ROFFMAN (aka MARGARET SUMMERTON) With Murder in Mind (c.1968; nd; 2nd ACE printing; ACE Mystery/Gothic Mystery) 

Originally published as ACE Single H-80 (1968).  

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