Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1934

Publishing: George E. Rochester makes his Blake debut. Born in 1898, 'Geo' Rochester served in the Royal Flying Corps during the war and was shot down over Germany where he was made a P.O.W. He began writing during the post-war years and had his first story published in 1926. The following year, his career blossomed with a series of tales of aerial adventures. He produced a number of Sexton Blake stories for DETECTIVE WEEKLY and THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY before, in the 1950s, concentrating on writing for the woman's market. He died in 1966.

The Sexton Blake saga shows obvious signs of ill-health this year with the normal quota of 48 SEXTON BLAKE NOVELS reduced to 37, with 11 of them being reprinted Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer) stories. The policy of reprinting old novels would continue for the remainder of the decade. Former editor H. W. Twyman identified issue 50 of DETECTIVE WEEKLY as the nadir of the Sexton Blake saga.

With the super-crooks gradually disappearing from the scene, DETECTIVE WEEKLY feels increasingly irrelevant. However, over in THE SEXON BLAKE LIBRARY, there are the glimmerings of the "kitchen sink dramas" that would come to dominate the next fifteen years or so.

THE AFFAIR OF THE MISSING FINANCIER
by G. H. Teed

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 46 · 6/1/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); The Mystery Escaper of Sing Sing (article); Arsene Lupin the Elusive by Maurice Leblanc; Tinker's Notebook

Notes: Story features Mlle. Roxane.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MOLTEN BELL
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 47 · 13/1/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Lang

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Crazy Crimes That Gave the World a Laugh (article); Arsene Lupin the Elusive by Maurice Leblanc; Tinker's Notebook

Notes: None at present.

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FROM INFORMATION RECEIVED
by Edwy Searles Brooks

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 48 · 20/1/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; The Pants Presser Prince (article); Arsene Lupin the Elusive by Maurice LeBlanc.

Notes: Story features Waldo the Wonder-Man.

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THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAINS
by Gerald Bowman

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 49 · 27/1/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Is Your Name Drake? (article); Arsene Lupin the Elusive by Maurice LeBlanc

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERIOUS DR. MALDOOM
by George. E. Rochester

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 50 · 3/2/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; The Bamboozling of Benjamin Babbitt (article); Arsene Lupin the Elusive by Maurice LeBlanc

Notes: The former editor of the UNION JACK, H. W. Twyman, stated that this issue marked the nadir in the Sexton Blake saga: "It couldn't go on! By now too many Blake lovers had given up in despair, and the almost-level line was nose-diving to death. It hit bottom with issue No. 50."

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THE HOUSE OF THE HANGING SWORD
by Gwyn Evans

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 51 · 10/2/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Lang

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; The Mystery Man From Mexico (article); Five Years For France by W. J. Blackledge

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

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THE STUDIO MURDER MYSTERY
by Reid Whitley (R. C. Armour)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 52 · 17/2/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; The Man Who Improved on Murder (article); Five Years For France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE SHUTTERED ROOM
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 53 · 24/2/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; The King of Convict Jester's (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

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THE RIDDLE OF THE FIVE STRANGE GUESTS
by Edwy Searles Brooks

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 54 · 3/3/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Where Do Stolen Pictures Go? (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: Story features Waldo the Wonder-Man.

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THE CLUE OF THE EXTRA ACE
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 55 · 10/3/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; When Bullets Betray (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: Story features Gilbert and Eileen Hale.

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THE MAN WITH THE RUBBER FACE
by John G. Brandon

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 56 · 17/3/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: A. Jones (cover), unknown (internal)

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Fingertip Clues (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: Having finished one of his periodic trips as a crew member aboard a trading ship, The Honourable Ronald Sturges Vereker Purvale arrives back in England and is at once involved in a fight with thugs who work for a crime lord known as Tiger Bronx — a villain whose true identity is kept hidden behind a rubber face mask. R.S.V.P. is aided by an American brawler named 'Shrimpy' Dorgan and another sailor who turns out to be a disguised Sexton Blake. Shortly afterward, the trio witnesses a girl being kidnapped by more of the Tiger's men. She turns out to be Purvale's cousin, Alicia Goring. While Purvale's valet, 'Flash' George Wibley, tries to find out what's going on via the criminal 'grapevine', Blake and R.S.V.P. visit Alicia's home. There, her husband, Sir Keith Goring, reveals that he's been receiving letters from the Tiger in which it is threatened that, unless he hands over a large sum of money, Alicia's younger sister, Dorrie, will be kidnapped and tortured. Purvale and Dorgan set out to find Alicia but are captured by the Tiger's men, who seem to know their every move in advance. Tinker and Flash Wibley are also taken prisoner. Blake, who has formed an idea of the Tiger's true identity, raids the criminals' headquarters, assisted by Detective-Inspector Coutts. R.S.V.P. breaks free and rips the mask from the Tiger's face, revealing the shocking truth about his identity. The band of heroes clean up the villains and Alicia is rescued.

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE MYSTERY OF MONK'S ISLAND
by George. E. Rochester

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 57 · 24/3/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Lang

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Labelled for Life (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: None at present.

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THE FOUR FROM DEVIL'S ISLAND
by Roland Howard (W. L. Catchpole)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 58 · 31/3/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Sizing up the Underworld! (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE SPANISH CABINET
by A. S. Hardy (Arthur Steffens)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 59 · 7/4/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Science Sees Through— (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: None at present.

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THE SIGN OF THE SILHOUETTE
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 60 · 14/4/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Lang

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Hunting Murderers with a Microscope (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE RED BARN
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 61 · 21/4/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Mechanical Manhunt (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE WHISPERING WHARF
by Gerald Bowman

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 62 · 28/4/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Arthur Jones

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; The Worst Prison in the World (article); Five Years for France by W. J. Blackledge

Notes: None at present.

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MURDER BY MAGIC!
by Louis Brittany (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 63 · 5/5/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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SINISTER VILLA
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 64 · 12/5/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Lang

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Coffee for One (article); The Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Justice Amok! (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE AFFAIR OF THE SECRET TREATY
by John G. Brandon

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 65 · 19/5/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Story features R.S.V. Purvale.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MISER LANDLORD
by Edwy Searles Brooks

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 66 · 26/5/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE RIDDLE OF THE DEMON DWARF
by Bruce Chaverton (Fred Gordon Cook)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 67 · 2/6/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: J. H. Valda

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Derby Crimes (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook

Notes: None at present.

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THE TENEMENT MURDER MYSTERY
by Mark Osborne (John W. Bobin)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 68 · 9/6/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Gil

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Crooks of Credit (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque

Notes: None at present.

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THE SKY BANDITS
by George. E. Rochester

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 69 · 16/6/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Crash Out (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE MUTTERING DRUM
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 70 · 23/6/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Patience and Prussic Acid (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CLUE OF THE CORSICAN COLLAR
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 71 · 30/6/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Lang

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); The Man Who Slipped the Tombs (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque ("Chips"); Tinker's Notebook

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

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

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 72 · 7/7/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); A Modern Monte Cristo (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE PANIC LINER PLOT
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 73 · 14/7/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Crook's French Leave (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: Story features Leon Kestrel.

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THE KING CROOK'S ULTIMATUM
by Gwyn Evans

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 74 · 21/7/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); The Art of Escaping (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook, Don't Be Had by a Piece of String (article)

Notes: Story features Splash Page.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MASTER POTTER
by Gerald Bowman

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 75 · 28/7/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Defeating the Dips (article); Black Magic of 1934 (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CROSSWORD MURDER PUZZLE
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 76 · 4/8/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Lang

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); They Believe in Witchcraft (article); Black Magic of 1934 (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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DEATH AT DERELICT RANCH!
by George. E. Rochester

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 77 · 11/8/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Ju-Ju Justice! (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle! by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Round the Libraries (article); The Worst "Bad" Man (article).

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW ENVELOPES
by Gwyn Evans

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 78 · 18/8/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Arthur Jones

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Chinese Pirates (article); Europe's Master Spies (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle! by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook; Tinker's Notebook

Notes: None at present.

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THE SPANISH CIRCLE CONSPIRACY
by Geo D. Woodman

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 79 · 25/8/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Europe's Master Spies (article); A Count in the Fo'c'sle! by Count Jean Louis D'Esque; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MILL HOUSE MYSTERY
by C. Malcolm Hincks

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 80 · 1/9/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); C.O.D. (article); Tinker's Notebook; The Three Crows by John Hunter.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MEDIUM MURDER CASE
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 81 · 8/9/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Europe's Master Spies (article); Tinker's Notebook; The Three Crows by John Hunter.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY AT MOAT FARM
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 82 · 15/9/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Sensation-by-Sea (article); Belguim's Nurse Cavell (article); Tinker's Notebook; The Three Crows by John Hunter.

Notes: None at present.

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THE RIDDLE OF THE BOOTLESS MAN
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 83 · 22/9/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: S. D.

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); ); Ten Years of Treachery (article); Tinker's Notebook; The Three Crows by John Hunter.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE WOMAN IN BLACK
by Louis Brittany (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 84 · 29/9/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Reconstructing the Crime (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter; Melodrama Verdicts (article); Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 85 · 6/10/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: A. Jones

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Spy-Craft! (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter; Crime Souvenirs (article); Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE NEWS-REEL ALIBI
by Rex Hardinge

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 86 · 13/10/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: FM

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Detectives of the Lone-Star State (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE BLINDING CLUE
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 87 · 20/10/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Six-Gun Law (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.

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THE MAURITIUS STAMP MYSTERY
by C. Malcom Hincks

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 88 · 27/10/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Spare-a-Copper Crooks (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE FIRE FIENDS
by Roland Howard (W. L. Catchpole)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 89 · 3/11/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE RINGSIDE RACKETEERS
by Stawford Webber (D. W. Pile)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 90 · 10/11/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); It's a Racket (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter; Tinker's Notebook.

Notes: None at present.

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THE PAINTED CLUE
by A. S. Hardy (Arthur Steffens)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 91 · 17/11/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; Who Killed Dolly Parker? (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CLUE ON THE BLOTTER
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 92 · 24/11/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; The Mystery of Room 66 (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter.

Notes: None at present.

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A SECRET FROM THE THAMES
by Edwy Searles Brooks

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 93 · 1/12/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Frank Marston

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); The Tragedy of the Indestructible Man (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter.

Notes: None at present.

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AT THE SIGN OF THE HANGING MAN
by Geo E. Rochester

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 94 · 8/12/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook; The Amazing Mystery of the Wynekoop Mansion (article); The Three Crows by John Hunter

Notes: None at present.

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DUE FOR SENTENCE
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 95 · 15/12/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Xmas Round Table (ed.); Kidnapped at Christmas by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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Plus:
THE CHRISTMAS CAVALIER (play)
by Gwyn Evans

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Notes: It is the evening of the 18th December and, in response to an article by Sexton Blake published in a newspaper, in which he claims that criminals have neither a sense of humour nor sportsmanship, a challenge has been issued. A crook known as the Christmas Cavalier has issued a statement in which he tells Sexton Blake that, this very night, between 10 p.m. and midnight, he will steal the detective's jade tobacco jar from the mantelshelf in the consulting room. If he succeeds, Blake must donate a thousand pounds to a hospital; if the crook fails, he will donate a similar sum to the charity of Blake's choice. Splash Page 'phones and asks if he can send a press photographer named Slade over to take pictures of the jar and the consulting room. Blake allows this. As the press man gets to work, Tinker becomes increasingly jumpy, suspecting that the photographer might be the crook. But Slade simply does his job then departs. Next to arrive is Detective-Inspector Coutts. When he reaches for the jar, Blake pulls a gun on him. With the Christmas Cavalier being a master of disguise, anyone could be the crook! Tinker identifies a tattoo that proves that Coutts is who he says he is. The Yard man storms out indignantly. A few minutes later, a female reporter tries to trick her way into an interview with Blake. She also comes under suspicion and is ejected from the house. Blake, on edge, next accuses Tinker himself of being the Cavalier! Finally, as midnight strikes, the truth is revealed ... and only a cunning turnaround performed by Sexton Blake — who is also a master of disguise — can prevent the crook from winning his challenge! Defeated, the Cavalier happily writes a cheque — which the detective asks him to make out to Mrs Bardell.

Trivia: This is a play, rather than a story. In it, the author indicates that Sexton Blake has iron-grey hair! Detective-Inspector Coutts has a red and blue tattoo of a swallow-tailed butterfly on the inside of his forearm with the initials H.A.C. above it. He had it done when he was in Ceylon with Sexton Blake.

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

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CHRISTMAS CARD CRIME
by Donald Stuart

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 96 · 22/12/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); I Was Locked in the Catacombs (article); The Mystery of the Missing Oil King (article); Dear Freind, Unless — (article); Tinker's Notebook

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE S. S. MALVADO
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 97 · 29/12/1934 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: T. Hubbard

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); The Clue from the Skies (article); Murder as the Curtain Falls by Anthony Ford.

Notes: None at present.

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THE BLACK CAP
by Gwyn Evans

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 413 · Jan. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE GREAT ART GALLERY CRIME
by Mark Osborne (John W. Bobin)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 414 · Jan. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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MURDER IN MANCHURIA
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 415 · Jan. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Trail in the Snow (article)

Notes: In this story it is revealed that George Marsden Plummer has a brother, Larry. Plummer's childhood name was Gee.

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DEAD MAN'S DIARY
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 416 · Jan. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Murder by Poison (article)

Notes: Story features Granite Grant and Mlle. Julie. This is a reprint of THE SECRET OF THE FROZEN NORTH, which appeared in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 163 (1921). It was also reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 263 as THE SECRET OF THE LAST SURVIVOR (1938).

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THE MYSTERY OF THE THREE CITIES
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 417 · Feb. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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MISSING MEN
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 418 · Feb. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Unsolved Murders (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE DEPORTEE
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 419 · Feb. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Brick Wall That Hanged a Man (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE WOODS
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 420 · Feb. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CHINK'S VICTIM
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 421 · Mar. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MOTOR BUS MURDER
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 422 · Mar. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MISSING SPY
by Pierre Quirole (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 423 · Mar. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The West End Hotel Crime (article)

Notes: After enquiring for a Madame Defage at a hotel on the French coast — and learning that she is not a guest there — a man named Paul Rudolphe books a room and waits for her. He is followed by Martin Dubois who, during the night, breaks into his room and murders him, taking an envelop from the body. When Rudolphe's corpse is found beside a golf course on the south coast of England, the club manager becomes Inspector Frenton's top suspect. The accused man consults Sexton Blake who, upon examining the body, finds a patch pasted against the sole of one foot. Inscribed upon it are five parallel lines and six black dots. The detective realises that the dead man was dropped from an aeroplane and learns that a plane owned by Dubois made a crash landing in France the same night that the corpse was discovered. Furthermore, he deduces that the dots are musical notes that spell out D-E-F-A-G-E. Blake and Tinker cross the Channel to Boulogne where they discover that Rudolphe — whose description matches that of the corpse on the golf course — vanished after staying in a hotel room next to Dubois. Also now arrived at the hotel is the mysterious Madame Defage. Associating her with the three black dots, Blake meets her only to discover that she is, in fact, Mademoiselle Julie of the French Secret Service. She reveals that Rudolphe had been a courier for the Corps Diplomatique who was on a mission to pass to her top secret information concerning the political situation in Russia. The detective, his assistant and the secret agent drive to Dubois' estate where they confront him and demand the return of the stolen document. He calmly admits to its theft before making a getaway in his biplane. Tinker, though, has stowed away aboard the machine and ends up in Paris, captive of Dubois and his partner, Baron Rodanoff (who first appeared in THE CASE OF THE KING'S SPY, THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 110, 1920). These two have the secret document but not the keyword required to decipher it. So, after making a copy, they come up with a scheme: Rodanoff should contact Julie and sell the document back to her, learning the keyword when she decodes it in his presence. Following this plan, the Baron approaches Julie only to discover that she doesn't know the keyword either. However, Sexton Blake works it out in Rodanoff's presence and the villain makes a quick getaway with the information. Tinker escapes from the villains and makes his way to Madam Julie's house where he reveals Dubois and Rodanoff's plan. The detective, Julie and Tinker race to intercept Rodanoff before he can pass the keyword to Dubois but the latter spots them and runs them off the road. He then tries to escape in his biplane. However, Tinker catches up with it and leaps aboard as it's taking off. He causes it to crash and Dubois is badly injured. The secret document is recovered and Blake and Tinker begin their journey back to Baker Street. As for the Baron, he lives to fight another day.

Trivia: Tinker seems to be unusually dense in this tale. He doesn't speak French and he acts as if this is his first experience of flying when, in fact, he's been in the air many times by this point in the saga. Blake also seems rather out of sorts. It takes him ages to work out how Rudolphe's body came to be beside the golf course (it's rather obvious to the reader), he reveals a codeword in front of the villain who's after it, and he even forgets that on the continent they drive on the right rather than on the left!

The author's pen-name is spelled incorrectly in this issue (it should be 'Quiroule'). This is a reprint (possibly a rewrite) of THE SECRET OF THE SIX BLACK DOTS from THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 169 (1921). It was reprinted again as THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING AVIATOR in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 589 (1937).

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE BLAZING GARAGE CRIME
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 424 · Mar. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Victim of the Flames (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE GLASS DAGGER
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 425 · Apr. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE RIDERS OF THE SANDS
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 426 · Apr. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Guardians of the Law (article).

Notes: Story features Granite Grant and Mlle. Julie. This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 258 (1922).

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THE BUILDING ESTATE MURDER
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 427 · Apr. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Tragedy of the Farm (article).

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE MAN FROM HOLLAND
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 428 · Apr. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE HARLEY STREET MURDER
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 429 · May 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE VILLAGE OF FEAR
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 430 · May 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Guilty or Insane? (article).

Notes: None at present.

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THE GREAT STORES CRIME
by Lester Bidston

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 431 · May 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Great Stores Crimes (article)

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE MYSTERY BOX
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 432 · May 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Crook Who Stole a Crown (article)

Notes: In 1890, Prince Bismarck's private secretary stores a box filled with his employer's memoirs in the vaults of Goyle's Bank, London. He puts the bank receipt in a flask which he throws into the Thames. He is never seen again. Thirty years later, the flask is found by a river worker who takes it to Sexton Blake. A German agent named Stromburg has a brief tussle with the detective before raiding the bank and stealing the memoirs. By intercepting a letter from Lord Vavasour to Stromburg's employer, Count Dorflisch, Blake learns what the box in the bank vault had contained. Vavasour's letter concerns a forthcoming meeting between him and Dorflisch. When this occurs at Vavasour's home, Mylton Towers, Dorflisch reveals that the memoirs contain damning facts about Vavasour's father. His attempted blackmail is cut short though; Vavasour leaves the room for a moment and when he returns he finds a man dead on the floor and Dorflisch gone. But even worse, he discovers that important government papers pertaining to Persia have been stolen from his desk. A disguised Sexton Blake arrives on the scene to investigate and sees that the dead man is Stromburg. Meanwhile, Sir Vyrmer Fane, head of the Secret Service, sends Granite Grant to find out what has become of the Persian documents. Mademoiselle Julie also appears on the scene. Between them, they identify the real killer, reclaim Vavasour's lost papers and recover the Bismarck memoirs.

Trivia: My copy is missing the cover. This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 151 (1920). The review is from a reading of that issue. It was reprinted again as SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 5th series novel 28 with the title THE CASE OF THE BISMARK MEMOIRS (1966). Story features Mlle. Julie and Granite Grant.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


MURDER ON THE STAGE
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 433 · Jun. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE CROOK IRON-MASTER
by Mark Osborne (John W. Bobin)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 434 · Jun. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Dope Squad (article).

Notes: None at present.

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THE CARAVAN CRIME
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 435 · Jun. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE RED MOUNTAIN
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 436 · Jun. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Story features Granite Grant and Mlle. Julie. This is a reprint of THE SECRET OF THE RED MOUNTAIN from THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 204 (1921).

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THE CHAMPIONSHIP CRIME
by John G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 437 · Jul. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Riddle of the Three Dead Men (article).

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MURDERED CHEF
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 438 · Jul. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE FATAL MEMOIRS
by Walter Edwards (Walter Shute)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 439 · Jul. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Hunting the Forgers (article).

Notes: A highly successful young broker named Hugh Staveley is informed that the crooked and now imprisoned financier, Raynor Kelton, is the father he never knew. This fact will be revealed in the memoirs Andrew Garron, formerly Lord Dalesford, who had been innocently involved in and ruined by the Kelton scandal. If the memoirs are published, Staveley's reputation will be damaged beyond repair. So he visits Sexton Blake to find out Garron's whereabouts. Blake gives him the address and, as Staveley rushes off, follows him in the Grey Panther. Arriving at Garron's cottage, the detective enters and finds the young man hunched over the ashes of the burned memoirs with the dead body of the former lord beside him. Staveley pleads his innocence and isn't charged, though Detective-Inspector Coutts remains suspicious. Blake then discovers that Raynor Kelton is on the loose, having been replaced in prison by an impersonator. Staveley is kidnapped. Blake spots a heavily disguised Kelton staying at a London hotel and orders Tinker to shadow him. The lad follows the financier to a secret cellar beneath a warehouse where he witnesses Kelton meeting with three villains named Sheer, Rayles and Mannex. They are demanding a share of half a million pounds which Kelton stashed away before going to prison. If he does not cooperate, they will frame Staveley for the murder of Garron. Tinker organises a police raid but by the time the forces reach the warehouse it has been set alight and burns to the ground. Blake traces its owner who is then killed by the gang. But a clue is left which leads the detective to Mannex. Kelton visits Blake and promises to reveal all if his son can be saved. Soon Mannex and the rest of the gang are rounded up, Staveley is rescued, and Kelton receives a free pardon. Unusually, this adventure ends with a teaser for one of the other stories published this month: issue 437.

Trivia: Tinker likes to play golf.

<Rating: ★★☆☆☆ An overlong plot which lacks the variety needed to maintain interest. Good but forgettable.


THE PHANTOM OF THE PACIFIC
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 440 · Jul. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 221 (1922).

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THE MYSTERY OF CELL 13
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 441 · Aug. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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MURDER BY MISTAKE
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 442 · Aug. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE SACRED CITY
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 443 · Aug. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 193 (1921).

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THE CRIME AT THE SEASIDE HOTEL
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 444 · Aug. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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UNDER POLICE PROTECTION
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 445 · Sep. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE BRITISH MUSEUM MYSTERY
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 446 · Sep. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE RIVERSIDE CLUB MURDER
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 447 · Sep. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Farmhouse Crime (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE RED DOMINO
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 448 · Sep. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE CRIMSON DOMINO, which appeared in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 243 (1922).

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THE BLAZING LAUNCH MURDER
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 449 · Oct. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET TEMPLE
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 450 · Oct. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The East River Crime (article)

Notes: Story features Dr. Ferraro.

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THE LIVING SHADOW
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 451 · Oct. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE MYSTERY OF THE LIVING SHADOW, which appeared in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY series one issue 141 (1920).

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THE SALVAGE PIRATES
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 452 · Oct. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Murders of Mystery (article)

Notes: None at present.

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ON THE MIDNIGHT BEAT
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 453 · Nov. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE DOG TRACK MURDERS
by Mark Osborne (John W. Bobin)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 454 · Nov. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Strange Loot (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE OUTLAW OF YUGOSLAVIA
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 455 · Nov. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE OUTLAW OF YUGO-SLAVIA, which appeared in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 287 (1923).

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THE FATAL AMULET
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 456 · Nov. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Man Who Got Away (article).

Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.

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THE CRIME AT THE CROSS ROADS
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 457 · Dec. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE FIVE DUMMY BOOKS
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 458 · Dec. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 300 (1923).

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THE CLOAKROOM MURDER
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 459 · Dec. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE KIDNAPPER'S VICTIM
by Richard Goyne

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 460 · Dec. 1934 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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