Mystery Book Magazine was a bid to cash in on the post-war mystery boom. Each issue featured a full-length mystery novel written by a top-notch mystery writer. It made its debut in 1945, but due to poor sales, it changed from monthly to bi-monthly and in 1947 to quarterly. In 1950, in an effort to boost sales, it changed its name fo Giant Detective. Two issues later, it ceased publication. During its 34-issue, 6-year run, it presented some top rated mysteries for its pulp readers, from the best writers in the field, including four original Michael Shayne mysteries by Brett Halliday. Mystery Book Magazine returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
A Complete Novel
The Restless Hands
by Bruno Fischer
Rebecca Sprague was a beautiful girl, but that very beauty brought death and terror! Beneath the serenity of Hessian Valley lurked a mysterious strangler with eager fingers — who wanted to kill again!
A Complete Novelet
by John D. MacDonald
Lovely night-club thrush Laura Lynn hired a man with a ready gun, so that her name might not appear in the papers under — obituary!
Design In Red — Short Story
by Barry Perowne
Alonzo Bede, profound student of crime, finally gets in too deep
The Play’s The Thing — Short Story
by Frank Perkins
Whoever would believe that a slow chess game could lead to this?
The Liquid Bullet — Short Story
by Sam Merwin, Jr.
A blond witness remembers a schoolgirl trick, and makes use of it
Behind The Windows — Short Story
by Bernard Louis Jacot
When resentment and suspicion stalk, grim murder soon follows them
Lady Killer — Short Story
by John W. Clifford
Nicky and a waitress named “Red” went out — but only one came back
Murder And Matilda — Short Story
by Fredric Brown
Maybe woman’s place is in the home — and then again, maybe it isn’t
Return To Murder — Short Story
by Norman A. Daniels
Bob Vance gets a death welcome when he returns to clear his name
Good Crimes Are Coming — Feature
by The Editor
Death In A Hansom Cab — A True Story
by Leo Marr
The Wrong Murder — Feature
by Jackson Hite
Too Many Patients Died — Feature
by Stacy Kent
A Bargain In Crime — Feature
by Sam Sleuth