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Remembering Enid Schantz
1938-2011

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Alarums & Excursions
By Virginia Perdue

Gasoline is in short supply as World War II wages on in Europe and the Far East. Ultimate victory requires a reliable source of gasoline. Nick Matheny’s oil company just might have the answer in nicoline, a cheap synthetic fuel. The Nazis would love to get their hands on it while rival oil companies fear it could destroy their industry and bankrupt their companies. On the eve of his flight to Washington with the secret formula, Matheny is attacked, suffering a severe brain injury that leaves him with partial memory loss. When he comes to in a sanitarium where his wife has committed him, he has only a vague idea of who he is and how he got there. As his memory returns in spurts, Matheny relives the events of that night and realizes that he must defy his doctor and escape from the hospital in order to catch both a killer and a saboteur and possibly help win the war.

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The Cinnamon Murder
By Frances Crane

Pat and Jean Abbott are in New York City, enjoying the nightclubs but anxious to return home to San Francisco, when they fall into the dangerous orbit of an ash blonde with cinnamon-colored fingernails. First published in 1946.

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The Wrong Murder
By Craig Rice

Jake Justus and Helene Brand are about to tie the knot but, as usual, things don't go smoothly. It all starts when Jake, filled with nonchalance and not a small amount of liquor, makes a bet with a wedding guest that she can't commit a murder he can't solve. She thinks doing so would be a great way to get her picture in the paper. In the meantime, Helene, en route to the airport, treats Chicago streets as if they were part of the Indianapolis Speedway and lands in the jug where she spends the night playing checkers with the constabulary instead of cuddling with her one and only. When a corpse does turn up, Jake thinks it's part of the bet and enlists the help of lawyer John J. Malone.

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The Death Angel
By Clyde B. Clason

Prof. Theocritus Lucius Westborough makes his second appearance in this title first published in 1936. Westborough is invited to the Wisconsin estate of an old friend only to be doped with paraldehyde, finally waking from his sleep by a revolver shot to discover that is host was missing. It's the "amazing story of a man twice murdered, and a killer who was successful when the odds were 1542 to 1 against him."

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The Shocking Pink Hat
By Frances Crane

Pat and Jean Abbott are back home in San Francisco when through the fog they witness an automobile accident in which a murdered man is discovered slumped over the steering wheel. What's more the dead man is the estranged husband of a very good friend of the Abbotts, Nancy Leland, who immediately is suspected by the police of having done in her husband. Pat and Jean think otherwise, but before they nab the killer, two more people will die. First published in 1946.

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