Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1930

Publishing: Following the UNION JACK's lead, from issue 241 THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY starts to display its authors' names.

Blake stalwart William Murray Graydon retires from writing after having authored at least 260 Sexton Blake tales.

Gangster-themed stories, which began to appear a couple of years ago, now become more frequent.

Blake: Mademoiselle Roxane Harfield arrives on the scene in an updated replay of the old Mademoiselle Yvonne Cartier stories.

THE SILENT JURY
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 221 · Jan. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Twelve Men (article)

Notes: 'The end of the murder trial has come... public and counsel await the return of the Jury. Whilst in the waiting-room at the back of the court twelve silent figures loll grotesquely round the big table. What is the astounding mystery behind the dead Jury?' Story features Splash Page.

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THE MASKED DANCER
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 222 · Jan. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Dancing Crooks (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE THRONE OF PERIL
by Anon. (C. M. Hincks)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 223 · Jan. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Risks Royalties Run! (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CROOK OF MARSDEN MANOR
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 224 · Jan. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Swell Swindlers (article)

Notes: 'George Marsden Plummer --- master crook and international adventurer! This is the dynamic influence behind the colossal swindles that are amazing London and Paris. The action of this sensational novel moves swiftly between the two capitals. Robbery and murder lead to Sexton Blake's entry upon a case that is enthralling in its vivid description of Apache villainy and the scheming of a super crook.'

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THE RIDDLE OF THE THREE MARKED MEN
by Anon. (George N. Philips)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 225 · Feb. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Murder of Arnold Grange by Anon.; Doubles in Crime (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE FATAL CAR
by Anon. (Rex Hardinge)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 226 · Feb. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Silver Horseshoe by Anon.; Fatal Cars! (article)

Notes: Story features Detective-Inspector Coutts.

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THE SECRET OF THE VAULT
by Anon. (Donald Stuart)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 227 · Feb. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crook Collectors (article)

Notes: None at present.

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Plus:
THE CLUE OF THE MUSIC-SHEET
by Anon. (Unknown)

Notes: None at present

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THE DESERT OF DOOM
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 228 · Feb. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Nefarious Nest-Eggs (article)

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE MYSTERY OF OLDHAM
by Anon. (Lester Bidston)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 229 · Mar. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE VICTIM OF THE GANG
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 230 · Mar. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Gang Victims (article)

Notes: 'In the doorway of Dutch Pete's dive, the broken-down English exile met his death by a murderer's knife. What was the secret he carried with him? — the fatal secret that had made him a victim of the terrible gang run by the Pirate of the Timor Sea? There is little law save that of gun and knife in the islands of Malay, but Sexton Blake is determined to see justice done. His fight against the notorious pirate makes a breathlessly exciting narrative with the Far East for colourful background.'

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Plus:
A FIGHT TO THE DEATH
by Anon. (Unknown)

Notes: This is a reprint of THE LAST OF THE RED TRIANGLE from PENNY PICTORIAL issue 442 (1907).

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THE WAREHOUSE MURDER
by Anon. (Edward C. Davies)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 231 · Mar. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: A Fight for Revenge by A Popular Author; Mass Murder (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MASKED RAIDERS
by Anon. (R. C. Armour)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 232 · Mar. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Masked Crooks (article)

Notes: Story features Dr. Ferraro.

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Plus:
THE ARSON MYSTERY!
by Anon. (Unknown)

Notes: None at present.

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THE GANGSTER'S REVENGE
by Anon. (George N. Philips)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 233 · Apr. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Gang Wars (article); The Vanished Horse by Anon.

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

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WHO KILLED TRAINER LINCOLN?
by Anon. (Arthur Steffens)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 234 · Apr. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Sports Crooks (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MASKED MARAUDER
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 235 · Apr. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CROOK OF CANADA
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 236 · Apr. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.

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THE CRIME OF FOUR
by Anon. (Donald Stuart)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 237 · May 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE 'TALKIE' MURDER MYSTERY
by Anon. (Walter Shute)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 238 · May 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Tragic Hollywood (article)

Notes: None at present.

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CASSIDY THE CON. MAN
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 239 · May 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Con. Man (article)

Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer and Vali Mata-Vali.

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THE FEUD OF FEAR
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 240 · May 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Victims of Fear (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MISSION OF DOOM
by Gwyn Evans

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 241 · Jun. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Secret of the Opium Den by Anon.

Notes: This is the first issue of the Sexton Blake Library to drop the policy of author anonymity. Henceforth, all issues will carry the author's name or pen-name.

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HORROR HOUSE
by L. C. Douthwaite

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 242 · Jun. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and H. M. Lewis (internal)

Other content: Dungeons of Doom (article)

Notes: 'A grim old house in the country, well hidden from prying eyes --- and in it a sinister gang of crooks. In it, too, a famous professor with a mysterious secret. Here in this gloomy mansion, with its mouldering cellars and secret passages, is staged a drama of thrills and excitement. Stealthily and silently the gang draw the professor into their deadly clutches.'

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THE MURDER OF CONSTABLE CARTWRIGHT
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 243 · Jun. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and H. M. Lewis (internal)

Other content: Duel Identities (article); Broken Bend Gets Bitten by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE PHANTOM BAT
by R. C. Elliott

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 244 · Jun. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE TRAPPER'S VICTIM
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 245 · Jul. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: After Ten Years by Anon.; Traps (article)

Notes: Story features Dr. Ferraro.

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THE CROOK'S ACCOMPLICE
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 246 · Jul. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

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THE MASKED KILLER
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 247 · Jul. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 329 as THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL (1939).

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THE GANGSTER'S DEPUTY
by Sidney Drew (E. J. Murray)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 248 · Jul. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover)

Other content: Women Crooks (article).

Notes: After down-and-out Eric Fanhurst is accidently knocked off his bicycle by John Shonham, the latter offers him a job. There's a remarkable resemblance between the two men and Shonham wants Fanhurst to "be me" for three months. Fanhurst will be able to live Shonham's life of luxury for that time and at the end of it he'll be paid £1,000. It's an offer Fanhurst can't refuse and he soon becomes accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle, moving between Shonham's city chambers and country cottage and passing as his employer with ease. Then, one month into the job, Fanhurst returns to his (or rather to Shonham's) apartment after a day out and finds a dead man slumped over the table. He calls the police and, after they have finished with him, visits Sexton Blake and tells him the whole story. The detective decides to take a look at Shonham's country cottage, so they drive out there only to discover another body slumped in an identical fashion to the first. Once again, the police investigate and find nothing to indicate who might have commited the crime. Later, Tinker and Fanhurst return to the cottage for another look around. They are captured and taken to a nearby camp by Gipsy Logan, an escaped jewel thief and enemy of Shonham. Tinker manages to leave a sign for Blake, indicating that he has been kidnapped. The detective sees this and begins searching for his assistant. Instead, he finds the real Shonham and is held at gunpoint while the villain explains that he and Logan used to be a part of the same gang until he, Shonham, ran away with their loot. The two murdered men are ex-gang members who came looking for him. Shonham makes his getaway by plane, dropping Blake by parachute onto a desolate marsh. Tinker, too, has been abandoned here by the gipsies and is delighted to find himself unexpectedly reunited with 'the guv'nor'. Logan realises that Fanhurst is not Shonham and frees him. He goes in search of the real Shonham while Blake, Tinker and Scotland Yard hunt for both the villains. The story climaxes during a storm over the marsh where all the protagonists gather for a final confrontation.

Trivia: A nice morsel of social history: When a dishevelled Blake attempts to hitch a ride, the suspicious driver asks, "How did you get here and what are you doing without a hat?"

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ A rather dull and uneventful tale which doesn't live up to the promise of its excellent opening chapters. Far too much talking and not enough action.


THE CASE OF THE CROOK BANKER
by Ladbroke Black

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 249 · Aug. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Menace of Money (article); The Bridge Wreckers by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE STRONG ROOM
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 250 · Aug. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Modern Bandits (article); The Clue of the Negative by Anon.

Notes: This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 312 as THE TRAIL OF THE RED SOMBRERO (1939).

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GANG'S ORDERS
by Michael Poole (Reginald H. Poole)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 251 · Aug. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Gang Bosses (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MONUMENT
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 252 · Aug. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover)

Other content: Buildings of Doom (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE HOUSE OF SILENCE
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 253 · Sep. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Not Guilty by Anon.; Crooks' Inventions (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE GREEN ROOM CRIME
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 254 · Sep. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Stage Crimes (article)

Notes: Story features Gilbert and Eileen Hale.

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THE DEATH CARD
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 255 · Sep. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CROOK OF CRANFORD COURT
by Lewis Essex (Levi Isaacs)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 256 · Sep. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Gipsy Lawbreakers (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CITY OF CROOKS
by Stacey Blake

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 257 · Oct. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Crook Neighbourhoods (article); The Clue of the Six Aces by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MISSION OF MENACE
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 258 · Oct. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Justice of the Wilds by Anon.; Criminals Queer H.Q. (article)

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE INFORMER
by Ladbroke Black

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 259 · Oct. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CRIME OF CONVICT 13
by William Murray Graydon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 260 · Oct. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Prison Breakers (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE DEATH TRAP
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 261 · Nov. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CROOK OF PARIS
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 262 · Nov. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Paris Underworld (article); A Rogue of the Ring by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE GANG'S DESERTER
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 263 · Nov. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE LAW COURTS MYSTERY
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 264 · Nov. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Shady Lawyers (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE THIEVES' KITCHEN
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 265 · Dec. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Bank Swindles (article)

Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer and Marie Galante. This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 298 as THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEARL PIRATES (1938)

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THE FENCE'S VICTIM
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 266 · Dec. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Lightweight's Lesson by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE NIGHT RAIDERS
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 267 · Dec. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Arthur Jones

Other content: Coping with Crime (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE LOMBARD STREET MYSTERY
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 268 · Dec. 1930 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Arthur Jones

Other content: Money Wanglers (article)

Notes: None at present.

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MIDNIGHT GOLD!
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE THRILLER (SUPPLEMENT) · Issue 1,181 · 15/2/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

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THE TWILIGHT FEATHER CASE
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,368 · 4/1/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: R. Wenban

Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.

Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer and Mary Trent.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE WAILING WALL
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,369 · 11/1/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.

Notes: Story features The Shadow Club, Ruff Hanson and Splash Page.

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THE SIX GREEN ARABS
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,370 · 18/1/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Tinker's Notebook; America's Bandit Extraordinary by Anon.

Notes: Story features The Shadow Club, Ruff Hanson and Splash Page.

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BURDEN OF PROOF
by R. L. Hadfield

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,371 · 25/1/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and Unknown (interior)

Other content: Tinker's Notebook; America's Bandit Extraordinairy by Anon.

Notes: While playing golf, Sexton Blake miss-hits a ball and watches in horror as it strikes the head of a man who is apparently sleeping at the foot of a tree. Upon reaching the prone figure, the detective discovers that he is dead. A man named Charles Bedisloe appears and claims to have shouted a warning to Blake before he took his swing but the detective cannot recall hearing anyone shout. A police investigation reveals that the victiom was named Henry Slater. At the inquest that follows, Blake faces a hostile judge and jury. Thanks to Bedisloe's skewed statement, a verdict of manslaughter is pronounced and Blake is arrested. Given bail, he has just three weeks to prove himself innocent. Returning to the golf course, he and Tinker find clues that suggest Slater was already dead when the ball struck him. Blake probes into the dead man's past and discovers that he had stayed in a hotel owned by an ex-con named Tripp. Blake knows Tripp and upon questioning him discovers that Slater had been mixing with a gang of diamond smugglers. The gang, aware that Blake is investigating them, sets a trap for him. Knocked unconscious, he awakens in a warehouse, tied and bound. Tripp comes to his rescue and he escapes but not before learning that Bedisloe is a member of the gang. Detective-Inspector Coutts later confirms that Bedisloe has 'done time' for receiving stolen gems. Blake disguises himself as a well-known American gangster and takes a room at Tripp's hotel. He lets it be known that he's interested in selling stolen diamonds, hoping that the gang's leader will contact him. Sure enough, a meeting is arranged through Bedisloe and Blake is taken to meet the 'Boss'. This proves to be a man named John Venner. A 'deal' is struck and Blake departs. Coutts informs the detective that Venner is known to the Dutch police, so Blake sends Tinker to Amsterdam to gather information while he returns to the golf course for further investigations. There, he is attacked and once again knocked out. When he recovers his wits, he is hundreds of miles from home and his trial is the next day! A former client helps him to reach the court in good time. His appearance shocks the gang, which has gathered to watch the trial. It goes badly for Blake until, halfway through the proceedings, Tinker arrives with an affdavit from the Dutch police. This helps Blake to make his case. He proves himself innocent and identifies the men who murdered Slater. Verner, Bedisloe and their cohorts are arrested.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


GANGSTERS' GOLD
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,372 · 1/2/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes (cover) and Fred Bennett (interior)

Other content: Tinker's Notebook; America's Bandit Extraordinairy by Anon.

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

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THE PLUNDER PLANE
by Rex Hardinge

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,373 · 8/2/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: R. Wentworth

Other content: A Judge of a Good Story (article); Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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FALSE LIGHTS!
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,374 · 15/2/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MELODRAMA MYSTERY
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,375 · 22/2/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Hiscocks

Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features Splash Page.

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CERTIFIED INSANE!
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,376 · 1/3/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features Gilbert and Eileen Hale.

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HIDDEN FANGS
by C. M. Hincks

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,377 · 8/3/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: E.S.

Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THEY SHALL REPAY!
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,378 · 15/3/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: When Mademoiselle Roxane Harfield and her mother are cheated out of the business that had been built by the now dead John Harfield — the twenty-seven thousand acre Harfield Lumber Concession in New Brunswick, Canada — the shock kills Mrs Harfield. Roxane makes a vow of vengeance on the eight men responsible for this. Five years later, one of them — Harold Carruthers — visits Sexton Blake. Carruthers is in London on business but his secretary, Miss Harrison, has disappeared with sixty thousand pounds of his funds. He had then received a written message, purportedly from John Harfield, which acknowledged the receipt of money owed. While Carruthers is in the Consulting Room, Blake takes a telephone call and a female voice advises him not to pursue the case. Upon leaving the Baker Street house, Carruthers is followed by Tinker and both are captured by Roxane. She explains to the crooked businessman that she was Miss Harrison, his secretary — a clever disguise — and that she has planned for five years to revenge herself upon him. Now she reveals that while in his employ, she has slowly ruined him, leaving him with barely any resources. Some time later, while searching for Tinker, Sexton Blake is called to Bow Street Police Station by Detective-Inspector Thomas. There he finds that a ragged and heavily doped man has been brought in — a man who keeps speaking his name — and that man is Carruthers. Puzzled by the deepening mystery, Blake walks into a trap and is captured by Roxane. He finds himself with Tinker aboard her private yacht, La Brise, where he is told the full story. Though he sympathises with Roxane's history, she has, nevertheless, broken the law and Blake insists that she must return the sixty thousand pounds to Carruthers. Unable to accept this, Roxane tells the detective that he and Tinker will be handed over to a Berber tribe on the shore of Morocco. They will 'keep him out of trouble' until Roxane's campaign of vengeance is completed. When Blake attempts an escape, Roxane trips down some stairs and is knocked unconscious. The detective, rather than fleeing, remains and nurses her back to health. She puts him and Tinker ashore at Tangier, handing him the money she had stolen. However, by the time Carruthers receives it, he is deeply in debt and has to hand it over to his creditors. He leaves England a broken man.

Trivia: The Grey Panther is kept in a garage in the lane at the back of Sexton Blake's Baker Street premises.

This was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE GREEN JESTER
by Donald Stuart

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,379 · 22/3/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: 'Sexton Blake on the Stage. The writer of this story, Mr. Donald Stuart, is also the author of the stage-play "Sexton Blake." Announcement has already been made of its presentation in London, and during forthcoming weeks provincial readers should look out for details of bookings in their own or near-by towns. Full information will be given in the first possible issue.'

Trivia: This was anthologised in SEXTON BLAKE WINS (1986).

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THE MAN FROM DEVIL'S ISLAND
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,380 · 29/3/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: While sailing off the coast of French Guiana in the region of Devil's Island, Mademoiselle Roxane and her crew spot a man swimming far out at sea and bring him aboard the yacht, La Brise. The man, a shattered wreck, explains to Roxane that he had been falsely accused of murdering his own wife and had served ten years on Devil's Island before being transferred to the mainland where he was condemned to a further ten years of forced labour as a 'libre'. After years of hell, he had swum out to sea intending to drown. On the mainland, in the port of St. Laurent, a man named Gaston Dubois is informed that '206' has escaped. 206 is special, for Dubois has received anonymously a large payment together with instructions to work the man to death. Meanwhile, not far away, Sexton Blake is part of a scientific expedition exploring the fauna and flora of the region. Blake is researching exotic poisons for the appendix to a monograph he has written. However, the expedition becomes a crime scene when the libre porters rebel and make off with a chest of medical equipment after killing one of the scientists. With the intention of discovering the cause of the libre unrest, Blake and his associate, Professor Colbert, trek to St. Laurent and there find Roxane's yacht moored in the harbour. The detective is approached by Dubois who begs for help — Roxane had kidnapped him and threatened him with torture and death unless he handed over his fortune of a million Francs. She had then distributed this among the libres, who in consequence were now rampaging out of control. Blake correctly guesses that Dubois is actually Chris Henley, the second of the eight men who had cheated Roxane's family out of their business, causing her mother's death. The Baker Street man attempts to stop Roxane but the crew of La Brise intercede. A fight breaks out between them and men gathered by Dubois. It is broken up by the arrival of a French officer, who separates the forces pending an official investigation. Professor Colbert reveals to Blake that prisoner 206 is his brother, who was framed for murder by a rival suitor. Colbert won't help Blake against Roxane, since to do so might interfere with his brother's escape. When Roxane then uses her feminine charm to delay the authorities taking any action against Dubois or in favour of Blake, the detective finds himself unable to make a move and looks on helplessly as Roxane sails away.

Rating: ★★★★☆


BURIED DEEP
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,381 · 5/4/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SNIPER
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,382 · 12/4/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) & Fred Bennett (internal)

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE BRUTE OF SAIGON
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,383 · 19/4/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

Unrated


QUIVERING STEEL
by Edwy Searles Brooks

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,384 · 26/4/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features Eustace Cavendish.

Unrated


THE BROKEN SPHINX
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,385 · 3/5/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features Splash Page.

Unrated


BURNING WIRE!
by Reid Whitley (R. C. Armour)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,386 · 10/5/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: L. E.

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features Ah Wo.

Unrated


THE STARING STONE
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,387 · 17/5/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: J. H. Valda

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


HUNTED DOWN!
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,388 · 24/5/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

Unrated


THE HEADSMAN
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,389 · 31/5/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and Fred Bennett (interior)

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


JUNGLE JUSTICE
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,390 · 7/6/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

Unrated


FORESTALLED
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,391 · 14/6/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

Unrated


BLACK BROTHERHOOD
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,392 · 21/6/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features The Shadow Club.

Unrated


DRUMS OF HATE
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,393 · 28/6/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans; The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh by Anon.

Notes: Story features The Shadow Club.

Unrated


FRAMED!
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,394 · 5/7/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE UNKNOWN
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,395 · 12/7/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


BLACKMAIL
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,396 · 19/7/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

Unrated


SHANGHAIED
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,397 · 26/7/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crimes That Thrilled the World reviewed by Sexton Blake; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

Unrated


THE GREY PANTHER
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,398 · 2/8/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Jim the Penman by Anon.; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: Story features Splash Page.

Unrated


DISGRACE!
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,399 · 9/8/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Man Who "Bought" Scotland Yard by Anon.; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: Story features Splash Page.

Unrated


FEAR!
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,400 · 16/8/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Case of the Phantom Newspaper (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 288 as THE HOUR OF FEAR (1938).

Unrated


SINISTER MILL
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,401 · 23/8/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Slaughterman of Wagga Wagga (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

Unrated


KILLERS' CREED
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,402 · 30/8/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: L. E.

Other content: The World's Biggest Fraud by Anon.; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

Unrated


ATONEMENT!
by Francis Warwick

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,403 · 6/9/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) & Fred Bennett (interior)

Other content: A Saga of Subterfuge (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: This author usually wrote under the pen-name 'Warwick Jardine'.

Unrated


THE COFFIN SHIP
by H. H. Clifford Gibbons

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,404 · 13/9/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Daredevilry in a Daze (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE HATE DOCTOR
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,405 · 20/9/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: L.E.

Other content: Double Identity (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MAN WHO SOLD DEATH
by Rex Hardinge

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,406 · 27/9/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Mystery-Man of Welbeck Abbey (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


TWICE DEAD
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,407 · 4/10/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Vidocq — Criminal and Detective (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: An explorer and adventurer — and friend of Sexton Blake — named Mortimer Savage finds a white-haired intruder in his home. The gun-toting stranger is looking for Savage's father, whom he calls Jackson Conlon. However, the senior Savage — whose name was John — has been dead for eight months. The intruder is just about to reveal something about Savage's father when he is shot by someone outside the window. Mortimer calls Sexton Blake but when the detective gets there, his friend has gone, having received written instructions to flee from the house and go to his late father's yacht. The servant has called the police who arrive — led by Inspector Piper — to view the body but, while they are there, it vanishes. Blake discovers that the intruder had been wearing a bullet-proof vest and had merely been knocked unconscious by the gunshot. The detective then receives a letter from a man named Joel Guiler who wants him to discover the whereabouts of Jackson Conlon. Blake recognises the description given as belonging to John Savage. When he then receives a summons from a lawyer who has a letter for him from the late Savage Sr., Blake forgets his appointment with Guiler. He and Detective-Inspector Coutts find the lawyer bound and gagged — the white-haired man got there first and has stolen the letter meant for Blake! The detective returns to Baker Street and learns that Guiler has left the hotel. He also discovers that Guiler has a secretary named Quinlan who fits the description of the white-haired man. Meanwhile, Mortimer arrives at his father's yacht only to find himself once again looking down the barrel of a gun. He is held by two men — Guiler and his chauffeur, Stillman — and Guiler is on the point of exposing something about John Savage's past when a third man enters and a gunfight erupts. Minutes later, Blake and Coutts, acting on an anonymous phone call, arrive at the yacht. Guiler and Stillman are gone, leaving behind them a man dying from a bullet wound. It is John Savage. With his last breath he admits that it was he who had called Blake. He confesses that he faked his own deah to try to escape from the past. In America, he had been a crime lord known as the Crime Minister, real name Jackson Conlon. However, he had gone straight and escaped to England to raise his motherless son. Guiler and Stillman were members of his old gang and were after their share of his fortune. John Savage dies. Blake then discovers Mortimer tied and gagged in a cupboard. He has overheard everything ... but will this knowledge change him?

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE FOURTH MUMMY
by David Macluire

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,408 · 11/10/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: From Galley-Slave to Super-Detective (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


CROOKS CONVENTION
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,409 · 18/10/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: A Sexton Blake of the Underworld (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: Story features The Crime Minister.

Unrated


THE SHUTTERED ROOM
by G.H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,410 · 25/10/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Gang Murder (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

Unrated


LAST OF THE LYNNS
by C. M. Hincks

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,411 · 1/11/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: Twice Doomed (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


GREEN MEN
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,412 · 8/11/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and Unknown (interior)

Other content: The Prisoner of the Tower by Anon.; The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans.

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

Unrated


GANG JUSTICE
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,413 · 15/11/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Mystery of Jessie McPherson (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE — GANGSTER
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,414 · 22/11/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Gang Who Beat the Bank of England (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


MANHUNT
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,415 · 29/11/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Murderous Moneylender (article); The Homicide Club by Gwyn Evans

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SAY IT WITH GUNS
by Rex Hardinge

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,416 · 6/12/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Hubbard

Other content: The Menace of the Gunman (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MAN WHO HATED CHRISTMAS
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,417 · 13/12/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Moth and the Metropolis (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell

Notes: Story features Splash Page.

Unrated


THE MAN FROM CHICAGO
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,418 · 20/12/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Arthur Jones

Other content: Chicago's Big Shot (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


CROOKS' WARNING
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,419 · 27/12/1930 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: L. E.

Other content: Life's Cheap in Chicago! by Anon.; The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell.

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

Unrated