Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1931

Publishing: The first of the reprinted Criminals' Confederation stories is issued ... the first sign, perhaps, that the UNION JACK is beginning to (if you'll pardon the pun) flag.

Blake: This is the peak year of the "Gangster issues."

THE RADIO CROOK
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 269 · Jan. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted under the same title in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 269 (1938).

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THE MYSTERY GANGSTER
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. C. Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 270 · Jan. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE DEATH SIGN
by Gwyn Evans

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 271 · Jan. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Blackmailed Crooks (article)

Notes: This story was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 335 as THE CASE OF THE BORGIA'S VENGEANCE (1939). It also formed the basis for a non-Blake tale entitled THE KING CROOK which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 717 (1940).

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THE STOLEN TREATY
by Anon. (Unknown)

Notes: None at present

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THE CRIME ON GALLOWS HILL
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 272 · Jan. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: When Crooks Break New Ground (article); The Man Who Lost His Nerve by Anon.

Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer and Mary Trent. This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 333 as THE GALLOWS HILL MYSTERY (1939).

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THE LEGACY OF FEAR
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 273 · Feb. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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GANG'S PRISONERS
by Lester Bidston

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 274 · Feb. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE KIDNAPPED WITNESS
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 275 · Feb. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE VICTIM OF THE RED MASK
by Stanton Hope
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 276 · Feb. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE YELLOW SKULL
by G. H. Teed
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 277 · Mar. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE HOODED RAIDER
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 278 · Mar. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Nature's Death-Dealers (article); The Football Plotter by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE SANITORIUM
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 279 · Mar. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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MURDER ON THE MARSHES
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. C. Gibbons)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 280 · Mar. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE VAULT OF DOOM
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 281 · Apr. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

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THE RIDDLE OF THE TURKISH BATHS
by Gwyn Evans

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 282 · Apr. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Sinister Sea Crimes (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE AMBUSH
by Walter Edwards (Walter Shute)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 283 · Apr. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE GREAT TUNNEL MYSTERY
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 284 · Apr. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CRIME OF THE CATACOMBS
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 285 · May 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Financier's Double by Anon.; Smuggled Fortunes (article)

Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer and Vali Mata Vali. This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 315 as THE WOLF OF PARIS (1939).

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THE NEXT VICTIM
by Donald Stuart
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 286 · May 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE DEATH HOUSE
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 287 · May 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE GREAT SHIPYARD MYSTERY
by John Ascott (John W. Bobin)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 288 · May 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Island of Convicts (article)

Notes: A very late appearance for Aubrey Dexter, who was introduced back in 1914.

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THE ABANDONED CAR CRIME
by Gwyn Evans

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 289 · Jun. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Car Mysteries (article); The Getaway by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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EXHUMED!
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 290 · Jun. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE DEATH OF FOUR
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 291 · Jun. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

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THE CROOK FROM CHICAGO
by Stephen Hood (Jack Lewis)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 292 · Jun. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Cleaning Up Crime (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE HOUSE OF CURTAINS
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 293 · Jul. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crooks' Codes (article); Crooks' Cunning by Anon.

Notes: This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 308 as THE ISLAND OF LOST MEN (1939).

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DR. DUVENE'S CRIME
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. C. Gibbons)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 294 · Jul. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: 'A mystery millionaire's house surrounded by police --- a beautiful adventuress creeping silently upon the butler as he is about to open the door -- a down-and-out from a seat on the Thames Embankment whirled into the most baffling adventure of his life. In this brilliant detective novel, wherein a sinister doctor's machinations create a thrilling mystery, Sexton Blake tackles one of the most sensational crime riddles he has ever had to unravel.'

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THE SILENT SYNDICATE
by Lester Bidston
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 295 · Jul. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE DEATH SHIP
by Stanton Hope
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 296 · Jul. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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GANG WAR
by G. H. Teed
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 297 · Aug. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE NIGHT CLUB CRIME
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 298 · Aug. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE MURDER OF MUNSDEN
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 299 · Aug. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE FORTNIGHT OF FEAR
by Sidney Drew (E. J. Murray)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 300 · Aug. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Living in Fear (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE BOARDING HOUSE MYSTERY
by Mark Osborne (John W. Bobin)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 301 · Sep. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: When corrupt millionaire Rodney Quayne goes missing, the trail leads Sexton Blake to Folkestone. While there, he also looks into the disappearance of Jane Wetherby, who is engaged to one of Blake's friends, Bill Dufrayer, and who was supposed to have booked herself into a boarding house for a holiday break. When he discovers that the two cases are connected, the detective masquerades as Dufrayer and rents a room. He finds that the house is joined to the one next door by a short corridor and in this he sees two criminals — 'Thug' Sugden and Slim Colville — who are resident in the neighbouring house. The suspicious behaviour of another guest, Nina Lawton, convinces the detective that Jane is, for some reason, being held prisoner somewhere on the premises. After two attempts are made on his life, Sexton Blake confronts Nina. She will tell him nothing but admits that she wants to get away from the criminals with whom she has associated. Worried that she might be in danger, Blake sets Tinker to watch her. That night, she is removed from the boarding house at gunpoint by a shadowy figure and driven away. Tinker follows on a motorcycle and witnesses the driver leap from the car after steering it over a precipice. Nina is badly injured and is taken unconscious to hospital. Tinker, meanwhile, falls into a trap and is captured. The next day, Blake receives a note warning him off with a threat to his assistant's life. Later, he overhears one of the guests discussing Jane Wetherby and the missing millionaire. Blake now knows who is behind the plot but the villain, realising he has been exposed, responds by ordering Tinker's execution. The detective rushes to the rescue and rounds up the criminal's henchmen. Then, with aid from Detective-Inspector Martin and a number of constables, he raids the boarding house, discovers a secret cellar, liberates Jane and Quayne (who isn't all he seems) and reveals the real — and rather surprising — identity of the head villain.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


THE TERROR OF LONELY TOR
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 302 · Sep. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Silent Witness by Anon.; Fatal Inheritances (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE DEATH GANG
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 303 · Sep. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Death Gangs (article)

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE CROOK OF NEWMARKET
by Arthur Steffens

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 304 · Sep. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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GUN RULE
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 305 · Oct. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CROSS-CHANNEL CRIME
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 306 · Oct. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Channel Crooks (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE FATAL WAGER
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 307 · Oct. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MISSION OF VENGEANCE
by Rex Hardinge
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 308 · Oct. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE NAMELESS FIVE
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 309 · Nov. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Mystery Murders (article)

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE CROOK OF COSTA BLANCA
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 310 · Nov. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MANSION HOUSE MYSTERY
by E. J. Murray
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 311 · Nov. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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STEEL FACE
by Gwyn Evans

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 312 · Nov. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Radium Rogues by Anon.; Night-Riders (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CRYSTAL CELL
by Gwyn Evans

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 313 · Dec. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Affair of the Russian Doctor by Anon.; Christmas Crimes (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE GARDEN CITY CRIME
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 314 · Dec. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Kidnapped Heir by Anon.; The Clue of the Two Cards (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE 13TH CHEST
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)
No cover image at present

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 315 · Dec. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 280 as THE RIDDLE OF THE ROYAL OAK (1938).

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THE FATAL ILIBI
by Lester Bidston

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 316 · Dec. 1931 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Artful Alibis (article)

Notes: None at present.

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NIGHT BIRDS
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,420 · 3/1/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Lingle Mystery (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell.

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

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VOODOO VENGEANCE
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,421 · 10/1/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: "That's That!" Said Zuta's Murder-Squad (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell

Notes: Story features Marie Galante.

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MR. MIDNIGHT
by Donald Stuart

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,422 · 17/1/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

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

Notes: This is a novelisation of the 1930 stage play. Blake was portrayed by the British actor Arthur Wontner, whose photograph adorns the cover of this edition. The story's theatrical origins are very apparent, with the tale divided into four acts, each occurring in a single interior set. When reading the adventure, it's fun to imagine how the play was performed: Act one begins outside the murder victim's house. After some scene setting, the curtains whisk shut, the 'exterior' is carried off by the stage hands, then the curtains slide apart to reveal a bedroom with a body stretched out on the bed, a knife sticking out of its back. We now get to meet all the main players as the detective makes his initial investigations. They include a butler called Creek; the victim's secretary, Mr Cairns; Detective Inspector Coutts; and a bright young reporter, Leslie Waring. The evasive Mr Cairns immediately rises to the top of the suspect list. Act two begins in Blake's study and sees Mr Midnight setting a deadly booby trap while the detective, in turn, lays out bait for the master criminal. Even though the drama is increasing, there's still room for Mrs Bardell to give a nice turn. Her malapropisms must have been fun for the actress who played her: "There's a young lady, Sir, what wants to insult you proficiently!" Tension builds with the audience knowing that Blake is in great danger while he remains oblivious to the fact. The curtain comes down just as he trips the booby trap, setting off some carefully laid pyrotechnics that must have caused members of the audience to leap out of their seats! Act three is set in an empty house. The Midnight gang have gathered. Their leader, his face hidden by the cloak, hat and scarf, arrives dragging the tied and gagged heroine behind him. Tinker also gets captured but Blake, disguised as one of Midnight's henchmen, comes to the rescue. With the gang broken up and in custody, the final act, again set in Blake's study, brings the two main protagonists together for a last duel. Blake unknowingly swallows poison and the villain makes his getaway while the detective lies writhing on the floor. He's saved by Tinker and they set off in pursuit of Midnight who races away in a car. He tries to escape across a rail track and meets a nasty end.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ As far as the plot goes, this is fairly standard Sexton Blake. But if you visualise it in its original form, performed live on stage in a West End theatre, you'll come to the conclusion that MR MIDNIGHT must have been an absolute blast.


FLAT FOURTEEN
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,423 · 24/1/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Most Dangerous Man Alive (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell

Notes: None at present.

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AMBUSH!
by Reid Whitley (R. C. Armour)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,424 · 31/1/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Val Reading

Other content: Public Enemy Number One (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell.

Notes: Story features Ah Wo.

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THE RED HOT RACKETEERS
by Edwy Searles Brooks

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,425 · 7/2/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Scarface Took the Rap (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell.

Notes: Story features Waldo the Wonder-Man.

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RED TONGUES
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,426 · 14/2/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: How the Dingbat Died (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MOLE
by Reid Whitley (R. C. Armour)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,427 · 21/2/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Arthur Jones (cover), Fred Bennett (interior)

Other content: Capone Called a Halt to the Killing (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell

Notes: Story features Ah Wo.

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CARMONE COMES ACROSS
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,428 · 28/2/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Capaone Versus Uncle Sam (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell

Notes: None at present.

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LOOT!
by D. Macluire

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,429 · 7/3/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Did This Man Kill Jake Lingle? (article); The Crooked Billet by Draycot M. Dell

Notes: None at present.

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CROOKS' HAVEN
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,430 · 14/3/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: F. Hiscocks

Other content: The Raid on the Rex Hotel (article); The Crooked Billet by D. M. Dell

Notes: None at present.

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THUGS!
by Rex Hardinge

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,431 · 21/3/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: Why Are Gangsters? (article); The Crooked Billet by D. M. Dell

Notes: None at present.

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BLACK SPANIARD CREEK
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,432 · 28/3/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Sharing Out Chicago (article); Chains of Fate by Phyllis Lewis.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane and Marie Galante.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON THE SPOT
by Edwy Searles Brooks

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,433 · 4/4/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Arthur Jones

Other content: Torrio Gets His! (article); Chains of Fate by Phyllis Lewis.

Notes: Story features Waldo the Wonder-Man.

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PHANTOM ISLAND
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,434 · 11/4/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Capone Comes into his Kingdom (article); Chains of Fate by Phyllis Lewis.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE CLEANS UP CHICAGO
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,435 · 18/4/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

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

Other content: The Six Wild Sicilians (article); Chains of Fate by Phyllis Lewis

Notes: None at present.

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UNDER COVER
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,436 · 25/4/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: You Can Get Away With Murder in Chicago (article); Chains of Fate by Phyllis Lewis

Notes: Story features Eileen Hale.

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RIVAL RACKETEERS!
by Rex Hardinge

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,437 · 2/5/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: The Only Man the Scarface Ever Feared (article); Chains of Fate by Phyllis Lewis.

Notes: None at present.

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YELLOW GUILE
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,438 · 9/5/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Capone Survives the Guns (article); The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer and Wu Ling.

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THE NEEDLE MAN
by Norman Taylor (Noel Wood-Smith)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,439 · 16/5/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: E. F. Hiscocks

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard

Notes: This is the first issue to contain the From Information Received feature, which would last throughout the rest of the UNION JACK's life and into that of the DETECTIVE WEEKLY.

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WARNING BY WIRE
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,440 · 23/5/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: None at present.

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SECRETS FOR SALE!
by C. Malcolm Hincks

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,441 · 30/5/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CATSPAW
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,442 · 6/6/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: None at present.

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THE WHISPERER
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,443 · 13/6/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: Story features The Whisperer.

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SEXTON BLAKE SAVES BLACKPOOL
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,444 · 20/6/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

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

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: None at present.

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PEARLS OF PERIL
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,445 · 27/6/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

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THE Q-SHIPS MYSTERY
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,446 · 4/7/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Roy Morgan

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard

Notes: None at present.

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BOOTLEG ISLAND
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,447 · 11/7/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received (article); The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

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PIRACY!
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,448 · 18/7/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received (article); The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

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BAR GOLD!
by R. L. Hadfield

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,449 · 25/7/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received (article); The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: None at present.

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GANGLAND DECREE
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,450 · 1/8/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

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MENACE OVER MARGATE
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,451 · 8/8/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; The Blue Envelope Mystery by Frank L. Packard.

Notes: None at present.

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LONELY FARM
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,452 · 15/8/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

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THE DEATH SQUAD
by Rex Hardinge

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,453 · 22/8/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: None at present.

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DOOMED TO DEVIL'S ISLAND
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,454 · 29/8/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

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DIAMOND LURE!
by Rex Hardinge

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,455 · 5/9/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: None at present.

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HOT LEAD
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,456 · 12/9/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: Story features The Whisperer.

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THE BLACK BOOMERANG
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,457 · 19/9/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Arthur Jones

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE GANG GIRL
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,458 · 26/9/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer and Muriel Marl.

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THE BISHOP MURDER MYSTERY
by C. M. Hincks

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,459 · 3/10/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE RED SWORDSMAN
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,460 · 10/10/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: rom Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: None at present.

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SPANISH GOLD
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,461 · 17/10/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received (article); Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

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

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THE WHITE BLACK
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,462 · 24/10/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Roy Morgan

Other content: From Information Received (article); Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: None at present.

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CROOKS' HOTEL
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,463 · 31/10/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received (article); Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: Story features The Whisperer.

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THE FIFTH STAIR
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,464 · 7/11/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received (article); Death on the Air by Herman Landon

Notes: None at present.

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DOOMED SHIPS
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,465 · 14/11/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received (article); Death on the Air by Herman Landon

Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.

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THE MAN THEY HANGED
by Stanley Gordon (S. G. Shaw)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,466 · 21/11/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: From Information Received (article); Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE GHOST MOBILE
by Gwyn Evans

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,467 · 28/11/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: Story features Splash Page and Ruff Hanson.

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THE LAND GRABBERS
by Rex Hardinge

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,468 · 5/12/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: None at present.

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A CORNER IN CROOKS
by Robert Murray (Robert Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,469 · 12/12/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); From Information Received (article); Death on the Air by Herman Landon.

Notes: Sexton Blake learns from Detective-Inspector Coutts that criminals in Britain, Europe and America are mysteriously vanishing. Meanwhile, in a shabby lodging house, a recently released criminal dies of old age and a younger man, passing himself off as the nephew, makes off with his clothes to prevent the corpse being identified. Blake, however, establishes that the departed was known as Diamond Joe. The next day Coutts calls Blake to Dalling on the East coast where the body of the 'nephew' has washed up on the beach — shot through the heart. He is wearing a strange uniform with solid gold buttons marked "CC" and has in his possession the Carnby diamonds which Diamond Joe had stolen ten years previously. Also hidden on the corpse is a codeword and an address — which Coutts recognises as that of the Discharged Prisoners Association. A policeman is sent there to investigate and promptly vanishes. When Blake and Coutts follow, they find the house empty and the policeman tied and unconscious in the cellar. They hide in a cupboard when two men arrive — one being a recently released prisoner. The other proves to be Mr Reece, who offers his companion a position in the newly formed Criminals' Confederation, a massive organisation of crooks. Reece is a lieutenant in this Confederation. Blake and Coutts leap out of hiding and hold him at gun point. Blake narrowly avoids a booby-trap and Reece is taken into custody, vowing to be free within a week.

Trivia: Tinker owns a two-seater Cameron sports car which was given to him as a gift from Sexton Blake in recognition of work undertaken during THE RACING CAR MYSTERY (an unrecorded case!).

This is a reprint of UNION JACK issue 806 THE MISSING CROOKS (1919). The review is based on a reading of that issue.

Rating: ★★★★★


THE PHANTOM OF THE PANTOMIME
by William J. Elliott

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,470 · 19/12/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Xmas Round Table (ed.); From Information Received (ed.)

Notes: Gwyn Evans, who by this time was the regular contributor of Sexton Blake Christmas tales, was unavailable this year, so this festive issue was penned by W. J. Elliot (his only contribution to the Blake saga).

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THE PRISONER OF THE HAREM
by G. H. Teed

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,471 · 26/12/1931 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); From Information Received (article); The Lives Between by Phyllis Lewis

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

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