Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1936

THE STUNT CLUB
by Walter Edwards

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · 2nd Series · Issue 515 · Feb. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was originally published as a serial in THE BOYS' REALM issues 46 to 57. Sexton Blake only makes a fleeting 'guest appearance' in this story and, for that reason, I haven't included the serial in this bibliography (when I learn which instalment he appears in, I shall add that issue).

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SEXTON BLAKE SOLVES IT
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD · 23/11/1936 · Beaverbrook Newspapers · Price unknown

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

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: This is a reworking of THE UNION JACK story THE CLAYTON MOAT MYSTERY from issue 1,103 (1924), which in turn was based on The SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY novel THE MYSTERY BOX (series 1, issue 151, 1920) from which this review derives. It was later republished as THE CASE OF THE BISMARK MEMOIRS and was anthologised in SEXTON BLAKE WINS (1986).

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CASE OF THE NIGHT CLUB QUEEN
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 509 · Jan. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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MURDER ON THE BOAT EXPRESS
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 510 · Jan. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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BLIND MAN'S SECRET
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 511 · Jan. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE ALBANIAN AVENGER
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 512 · Jan. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Crime in the Desert (article)

Notes: Story features Granite Grant and Mlle. Julie. This is a reprint of THE ADVENTURE OF THE ALBANIAN AVENGER in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 18 (1925).

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THE CASE OF THE MURDERED WEDDING GUEST
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 513 · Feb. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Crime at No. 7 (puzzle); Shadowing a Suspect (article)

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE GREEK EXILE
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 514 · Feb. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Death of a Miser (article); Consulting Room Chat (ed.)

Notes: None at present.

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THE TERROR OF THUNDER CREEK
by Stanton Hope

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 515 · Feb. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: At the Sixth Attempt (article); Consulting Room Chat (ed.)

Notes: None at present.

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

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 516 · Feb. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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DEAD MAN'S EVIDENCE
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 517 · Mar. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE AFRICAN MINE
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 518 · Mar. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Trouble Trail (article)

Notes: Story features Mark Judson, ex-Secret Service man.

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THE VICTIM OF THE GIRL SPY
by Maurice B. Dix

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 519 · Mar. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Girl Spy of Warsaw (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE TONG
by Hylton Gregory (Alfred Edgar)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 520 · Mar. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE SIGN IN THE SKY; OR, THE SECRET OF THE TONG which appeared in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 254 (1922).

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MURDER ON THE FOURTH FLOOR
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 521 · Apr. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Bogus Charities (article)

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

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

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 522 · Apr. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Italian Trunk Mystery (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE LOST EXPEDITION
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 523 · Apr. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Blackmailer's Victims (article)

Notes: Story features Granite Grant and Mlle. Julie. This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 303 (1923).

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THE CRIME AT THE CROWN INN
by Martin Frazer

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 524 · Apr. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MURDER AT THE HERMIT'S COTTAGE
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 525 · May 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Death in the Flames (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE BALKAN HEIRESS
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 526 · May 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Clue of the Shoes (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE OLD BAILEY MYSTERY
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 527 · May 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Gentlemen of the Jury (article); Consulting Room Chat (ed.)

Notes: None at present.

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THE BARBER'S SHOP CRIME
by Walter Edwards (Walter Shute)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 528 · May 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Practical Jokers (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MURDERED BLONDE
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 529 · Jun. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Societies of Death (article)

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

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THE SEASIDE CRIME
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 530 · Jun. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE BRASS-BOUND TRUNK
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 531 · Jun. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE ETHIOPIAN'S SECRET
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 532 · Jun. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); A Killer With Bad Nerves (article)

Notes: Story features Granite Grant and Mlle. Julie. This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 45 (1926).

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THE EX-SERVICEMAN'S SECRET
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 533 · Jul. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Murderer Who Beat the Law (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CRIME OF GUNGA DASS
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 534 · Jul. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Indian Village Crime (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 535 · Jul. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Fatal Knowledge (article)

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

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THE ISLAND OF THE GUILTY
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 536 · Jul. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Ports of Crime (article)

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 41 (1926).

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THE SECRET OF THE SALE ROOM
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 537 · Aug. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MAN WITH THE GLARING EYES
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 538 · Aug. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Killer Forgot His Glove (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE STAGE DOOR CRIME
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 539 · Aug. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE £100,000 INSURANCE SWINDLE
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 540 · Aug. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Insurance Scandals (article); Consulting Room Chat (ed.)

Notes: None at present.

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THE TRAIL OF THE DOPE CHIEF
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 541 · Sep. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE THREE ABSCONDING SWINDLERS
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 542 · Sep. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Silk Shawl Clue (article).

Notes: None at present.

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THE SEASIDE CAFE CRIME
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 543 · Sep. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE IDENTIFICATION PARADE
by Walter Edwards (Walter Shute)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 542 · Sep. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Murders Solved in Sleep (article).

Notes: Floyd Caslon, Managing-Director of Giant Supply Stores, calls in Detective-Inspector Coutts after a series of robberies. Coutts, in turn, sends for Sexton Blake when the company's secretary, Konstandt, is found dead. Meanwhile, down-and-out Martin Slade is hitch-hiking to Brighton. A lorry driver named Buck Shrap and his mate, Trigger Johns, gives him a lift and, after dropping him off, they drive on to Marlingdene Grange where they unload stolen goods for their eccentric boss, Magnus Rennell. Watching from a hiding place are two hired hitmen. After the lorry has departed they break into the Grange and kill Rennell. The housekeeper Mrs. Brill, witnesses their departure. Later, one of them runs into Martin Slade and tricks him into joining a police identity parade. Mrs. Brill points him out due to his resemblance to the other gunman. Slade is arrested on a charge of murder. Blake has learned enough to suspect that Marlingdene Grange may be the base of operations for the thieves who've been stealing from the Giant Supply Stores. To his astonishment, though, he discovers that the property actually belongs to Floyd Caslon and the millionaire businessman soon moves into it. Blake, heavily disguised, gets a job as a gardener. One night, lorries arrive. Blake spies upon the proceedings as Caslon's secretary, Mr. Creed, organises the removal men. But he is spotted and Caslon, realising that his gardener is Sexton Blake, orders Trigger Johns to kill him. The following day Detective-Inspector Welland informs Caslon that his gardener has been murdered. Trigger Johns, having shot at Blake from a distance, visits the mortuary to check that the detective is, indeed dead. When the 'corpse' sits up and grabs him by the throat, Johns dies of fright. Next day, when Inspector Welland confronts Caslon, he is shot in the knee and held prisoner in the Grange's vaults. Blake and Coutts are invited to dinner at Marlingdene and indulge in verbal jousting with their host. Later, Blake sneaks back to search the house and ends up a prisoner with Welland, who has been tortured by Creed and chained in a cell. The detective escapes, shooting Creed dead, just as Coutts leads a raid on the house. The criminals are rounded up and each pays the ultimate price for their crimes.

Rating: ★★★★☆ An unusually brutal story and one that never lets up.


THE BELLS OF DOOM
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 545 · Oct. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 546 · Oct. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MOTOR SHOW MYSTERY
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 547 · Oct. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE DICTATOR'S SECRET
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 548 · Oct. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Coffin Clue (article)

Notes: None at present.

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CROOK CARGO
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 549 · Nov. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Crooked financier Danby Clayton pays vagrant Jim Hawkins to masquerade as him. Hawkins is given no explanation for why it might be necessary but agrees and moves into Malverton Manor. Meanwhile, a woman named Peggy Valentine asks Sexton Blake to locate her unscrupulous brother, Harry, who's been missing for six months. Elsewhere, Captain Dack is hired to ship Clayton and a cargo of packing crates to an as yet undisclosed destination. Suspicious, he decides to investigate. Both he and Tinker, independent of one another, end up watching the last man Harry Valentine was seen with, a crook named Sarsen, who has already identified Hawkins as Valentine and has accepted a bribe to remain silent about it. Dack meets with Sarsen and, sensing that a deep game is being played, proposes a profitable alliance. Sarsen refuses. Tinker, after eavesdropping on them, begins to get a sense of the plot that's unfolding. Danby Clayton is, in the meantime, approached by one of his three business partners, Verner, who's realised that Clayton is about to bail out of their ailing company, taking its securities with him. Clayton kills him, places the body in an airtight packing case, and has it delivered to Dack's vessel, the Mary Ann Trinder. Another of the financiers, Haylan, works out was has happened, seeks evidence by creeping aboard the ship, and is caught with Verner's corpse by Dack. The captain imprisons Haylan in the hold then disposes of Verner's body. The next morning, packing cases are delivered to the wharf and are taken aboard. Clayton then arrives and instructs Dack to set course for the United States. In the mouth of the Thames, however, the Mary Ann Trinder is hijacked by Sarsen and his gang and is redirected toward Scotland. In Paris, Sexton Blake reads a report that Danby Clayton has died in a fire at Malverton Manor. He races back to Baker Street, where there's no sign of Tinker. Next, he interviews Clayton's remaining partners, Farquhar and Gresier, and so unnerves them that Gresier commits suicide. The following day, Farquhar is arrested and the collapse of the company hits the headlines. Dack decides to hide on his own ship to make Sarsen think he's somehow escaped in a lifeboat. When he squeezes into a small space at the prow of the vessel, he finds Tinker there. They team up and discover that Clayton's crates are filled with valuable antiques, which he illegally acquired with his company's funds and intends to sell at a vast profit. They then take control of the bridge and set a course for Sunderland. A gunfight breaks out between his crew and Sarsen's gang. Clayton tries to flee in a lifeboat but Sarsen shoots him and he falls overboard and drowns. The fight is at stalemate when a flying boat arrives, lands, and demonstrates its superior firepower. Sexton Blake emerges from it. Sarsen surrenders. Dack sets Haylan free and later receives a reward for returning the treasure.

Trivia: This is Captain Dack's debut story.

Sexton Blake is mostly offstage working another case. His client is the Treasury and his presence is required in France. He doesn't fully engage with "Crook Cargo" until chapter sixteen, and is then absent again until the final chapter.

Rating: ★★★★★


THE TRAIL OF THE WHITE TURBAN
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 550 · Nov. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE VICTIM OF THE THIEVES' DEN
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 551 · Nov. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Faked Clues (article)

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

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THE DOCKYARD MYSTERY
by Stanton Hope

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 552 · Nov. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE LONG-FIRM FRAUDS
by Mark Osborne (John W. Bobin)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 553 · Dec. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 30 (1926).

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THE TAXIMAN'S QUEST
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 554 · Dec. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Creeps in the Crypt (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE PRIEST'S SECRET
by Allan Maxwell (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 555 · Dec. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Mystery Confessions (article)

Notes: This is a rewrite of William Murray Graydon's story of the same title, which appeared in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 27 (1925).

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

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 556 · Dec. 1936 · Amalgamated Press · 4d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Tale of a Timepiece (article)

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