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 to 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 Masked Angel
by Leslie Charteris
When Torpedo Smith goes down for the final count the timekeeper’s bell tolls murder — and the Saint mixes with sudden death in the prize ring!
The Other Man’s Shoes — Complete Novelet
by Kelley Roos
Ray Murray hides out in a small town to write a play — and finds that he has adopted the identity of a man who is marked for grisly murder!
My Best Friend Is Death — Complete Novelet
by Wilbur S. Peacock
The police were on one side, the real killer was on the other, and Bob Cummings was right in the middle in this tense and baffling crime case!
Race For The Morgue — Complete Novelet
by Wyatt Blassingame
For Ray Stuart, the Bayou Teche Handicap was literally a contest with death — and it happened to be his own death which hung in the balance!
The Dark Hour — Short Story
by Edward Ronns
A body lay on the stairs, and evil footsteps moved toward Linda’s door.
I’ll Cut Your Throat Again, Kathleen — Short Story
by Fredric Brown
Johnny Marlin returns after the long months he has spent in an asylum.
Murder In Mind — Short Story
by John D. MacDonald
Gunpowder grains and a man’s mental attitude help solve a strange case.
Hunters And Hunted — Feature
by The Editor
Little Man, What Then? — Feature
by Leo Marr
A Bargain In Crime — Feature
by Sam Sleuth