Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1940

Publishing: DETECTIVE WEEKLY folds leaving Blake with just the SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY ... which raises its price by a halfpenny and reduces output from 48 books per year to 34. Out of these, twelve of this year's stories are reprints. This is Sexton Blake's leanest period since the turn of the century.

Blake artist Arthur Jones dies. In all, he painted 566 SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY covers, starting with the first in 1915 to issue 184 in 1929 (he designed every single cover for the first series and the first 184 of the second).

SEXTON BLAKE ANNUAL 1940 · 1940 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown

Other content: Sexton Blake — The Detective and the Man; Mrs Bardell at Home; Tricks of My Trade — The 'Sole' Clue; Glamour Girl Crook; Facts About Finger-prints; Sexton Blake — Scientist; Following the Scent; Documentary Evidence; Facts About Firearms; Tinker Tells Us...; Behind the Scenes in Baker Street; The Notorious George Marsden Plummer; The Victim of the Farm; Men of Mystery.

Trivia: The iconic cover illustration is by Eric Parker and is a revised version of the cover of Detective Weekly issue 1 which, in turn, was a reworking of the cover of PENNY PICTORIAL issue 429 (which wasn't by Parker).

Containing:
THE ONE WHO KNEW
by Anon. (Unknown)

Illustrator: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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ZENITH THE ALBINO
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Notes: This is an abridged version of ZENITH THE ALBINO! from DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 323 (1939).

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THE TARTAN BOX
by G. H. Teed

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Notes: Story features Mlle. Yvonne Cartier. This is an abridged version of THE AFFAIR OF THE TARTAN BOX from UNION JACK issue 1,109 (1925).

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THE FALCON OF FAMBRIDGE
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Notes: An eccentric individual who claims to be the Earl of Fambridge visits Sexton Blake to ask for protection. A ghostly falcon — the legendary curse of the Fambridges — has been attacking him. Blake and Tinker travel to Fambridge Castle only to discover that it's in a ruinous state. The Earl and his family live in a bungalow nearby with their servant, who turns out to be Zenith the Albino's old sidekick, Frau Gratz. Also resident in the locality is a mad monk named Simon Grot. He is distantly related to the Earl and challenges his right to the title. Within hours of the detective's arrival, the falcon attacks. Blake believes that the strange events are connected with Fambridge's interest in chemistry and deduces that there must be a secret laboratory somewhere in the vicinity. That night, a Frenchman and a German vie for Fambridge's attention. Blake realises that the Earl has made a discovery, which he's attempting to auction off to the highest bidder. He's right; the Earl has invented a substance he calls D77 that causes anything it touches to instantly decay ... and he uses it on Grot, who turns out to be the owner of the falcon. Frau Krantz, who's working for the German contingent, offers the Earl a great deal of money, which he accepts, not caring that the D77 will go to England's enemy. Sexton Blake discovers the secret laboratory and confronts the inventor who tries to kill him. During the struggle, the Earl falls into a vat of the chemical and is instantly dissolved. Blake destroys all traces of the formula and makes sure that the existing batch of D77 is very well buried. However, before this happens it takes one final victim: the falcon of Fambridge.

Trivia: This is an abridged version of THE FALCON OF FAMBRIDGE from DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 5 (1933). The review is based on a reading of the original story.

Rating: ★★★★☆

THE AFFAIR OF DINGLEY DELL
by Anon. (Unknown)

Illustrator: J. H. Valda

Notes: None at present.

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THE MAN I KILLED
by Rex Hardinge

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Notes: This is an abridged version of THE MAN I KILLED from DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 20 (1933). That story was anthologised in SEXTON BLAKE WINS (1986).

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SEXTON BLAKE — DETECTIVE
by Harold Blyth (Hal Meredeth)

Illustrator: Unknown

Notes: When Harry Armytage returns home after two years at sea, he discovers that his uncle, Fenton Joyce, has died and the man's daughter, who is Harry's fiancee, has vanished. Harry consults Sexton Blake who discovers that Joyce's grave is empty. It seems that he isn't dead after all. Further investigations reveal that Joyce and his daughter are in the power of the villainous Gaspard Sellars. Blake exposes the criminal's scheme to extort money from Joyce, Sellars plunges to his death, and Harry and his fiancee are reunited.

Trivia: This is an abridged version of SEXTON BLAKE — DETECTIVE from UNION JACK first series issue 2 (1894). The erroneous claim is made that it is a reprint of the first ever Blake story. The review is based on a reading of the original story.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

THE MAN FROM SCOTLAND YARD
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

Illustrator: Unknown

Notes: George Marsden Plummer, a detective at Scotland Yard, is the rightful heir to the title of Earl of Sevenoaks and the fortune that goes with it ... or, at least, he would be had an accident of birth not placed two others in line before him. Covering his movements with a series of masterful disguises, Plummer visits the first of the men, who having no idea that he is in line to a fortune, works as a coastguard. Plummer informs him that he belongs to an aristocratic family before, under the cover of a thick fog, pushing him over the edge of a cliff. However, unknown to the villain, his victim drops into the sea not far from a boat occupied by Sexton Blake, Tinker and Pedro. They rescue the stricken man and nurse him to health. Meanwhile, Plummer has visited the current Earl of Sevenoaks and murdered him. The police are called and put one of their best officers on the case ... Detective-Sergeant Plummer! With Blake now involved, Plummer is forced to pretend an alliance with him while actually attempting to throw him off the scent at every opportunity. Soon, though, the Baker Street detective realises the truth and a battle of wits and disguises commences. Blake gets battered over the head and shut in a burning house, while Tinker is drugged and nearly drowned, but, ultimately, Sexton Blake wins the day and Plummer is thrown into prison, vowing to escape at the first opportunity.

Trivia: This is an abridged version of THE MAN FROM SCOTLAND YARD from UNION JACK issue 222 (1908). It is the story that introduced George Marsden Plummer.

Rating: ★★★★★


THE ADVENTURE OF THE STOLEN PROMOTER
by Anon. (Stanley Hooper)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 359 · 6/1/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; Grey Shadow by Geo E. Rochester; The Round Table (ed.)

Notes: This is believed to be a revised version of an older story (as yet unidentified).

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THE COUNCIL OF ELEVEN
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 360 · 13/1/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; Grey Shadow by Geo E. Rochester.

Notes: The Council of Eleven — made up of powerful, well-organised criminals — pulls off an amazing bank heist which leaves the police baffled. The bank manager calls in Sexton Blake who, after discovering that the criminals burrowed into the vault from an adjoining antiques shop, finds a ring inscribed with a crest designed from the letters of the French word for 'eleven'. After an attempt is made on his life, Blake again encounters the number eleven among the clues. Good solid investigative work leads to the Baron de Beauremon, a man who frequents one of Blake's high society clubs. De Beauremon has as his base a chateau in France. Blake follows the trail to Paris where, again, the Council tries to murder him. Believing that they have successfully done away with the detective, the villians begin to move their stolen bullion. But Blake intercepts the shipment and, with Tinker's help, makes off with it. He returns the fortune to the bank.

Trivia: This is a revised version of UNION JACK issue 555 THE COUNCIL OF ELEVEN (1914).

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE MAN IN BLACK
by Anon. (Edward Holmes)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 361 · 20/1/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Grey Shadow by Geo E. Rochester.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE SECRET COURIER
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 362 · 27/1/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; The Round Table (ed.); Grey Shadow by Geo E. Rochester.

Notes: Story features Mademoiselle Yvonne. This is revised version of an older story (as yet unidentified).

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THE CLUE OF THE CRIMSON NEEDLE
by Anon. (Andrew Murray)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 363 · 3/2/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; The Round Table (ed.); Grey Shadow by Geo E. Rochester.

Notes: Story features Professor Kew and is believed to be a revised version of an older story (as yet unidentified).

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THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 364 · 10/2/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; The Round Table (ed.); Grey Shadow by Geo E. Rochester.

Notes: George Marsden Plummer boards a boat bound for Southampton. One of the passengers is an elderly Chinese Mandarin — a bitter enemy of all things British — together with his secretary Sin Fung. When the Mandarin dies, Sin Fung inherits his wealth. Plummer, who spies upon the deathbed scene, immediately kills the secretary and, using the art of disguise, takes his place. He mutilates the face of the corpse and sets it adrift on The Jilt. A few days after, the boat is found and Plummer is reported dead by the British press. Six months pass, and a series of mysterious disappearances has Sexton Blake baffled. A politician's secretary and a millionaire businessman have vanished without a trace. Then Japanese detective Hashira reports to Blake that embassador General Tai has also disappeared, along with valuable papers he had in his possession. The detective learns that the General was last seen in conversation with Sin Fung and that a yellow button was left on the spot. This has upon it the insignia of an unknown secret organisation. Two government officials visit the detective and inform him that a number of sensitive documents have been stolen and apparently sold to Germany. But the copies handed over to the foreign power are copies containing fake information. If this continues, it could lead to war. Blake realises that the villain responsible is prone to vanity and so publishes a statement in the press in which he brags about his ability. This is calculated to draw his opponent into the open. The ruse works; that evening two large boxes are delivered to Baker Street — they contain the tied and gagged forms of the missing secretary and businessman! Blake visits General Tai's daughter, Chrysantheme, and arranges for her to seduce Sin Fung into revealing himself. As he leaves, he encounters Sin Fung arriving and recognises his glance of terror and fury as belonging to Plummer. The master villain, meanwhile, after visiting Chrysantheme, faces a visit from three elders of the secret Society of the Yellow Button. They pierce his disguise but before they can harm him, Plummer sends them falling through a trap door into a cell. Tinker, who has gained entry to Plummer's hideout, witnesses this but is then captured himself. Sexton Blake infiltrates his enemy's base and discovers General Tai locked in a cage and Tinker bound to a post. He frees them both. Next, he recovers the stolen documents. Plummer lures Chrysantheme back to his hideout intending to abduct her. Blake, Tinker and the General, who are waiting in ambush, capture him, and place him in the custody of the police. A few days later, Plummer escapes.

Trivia: Plummer was raised in Melbourne by a Chinese nurse. Sexton Blake owns a property in Bedford Street, off the Strand, which he often uses when he needs to perform a quick change. This story is a revised version of UNION JACK issue 334 (1910). This review is taken from that original story.

Rating: ★★★★★


THE CASE OF THE CONISTON DIAMONDS
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 365 · 17/2/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: From Information Received; The Round Table (ed.); Grey Shadow by Geo E. Rochester.

Notes: To celebrate the coming of age of his eldest son — who is away fighting on the Front — Lord Coniston is planning a lavish party at the family estate in Devon. On the occasion, the Coniston diamonds — a priceless necklace — will be worn by Lady Conniston. What the family don't know is that The Council of Eleven intend to use the occasion to steal the jewels. Sexton Blake is among the invited but, during his journey to Devon, he is inexplicably attacked by a stranger on the train. The man escapes. Shrugging it off as the act of a lunatic, the detective arrives at Coniston Hall and meets his fellow guests who are helping to prepare the banquet. Among them is a Mr Gordon who is wheelchair-bound. There is also a beautiful young woman named Miss Farquhar, who seems strangely familiar to Blake. Later, while strolling in the woods, the detective is nearly hit by a bullet fired from a rifle. Once again, his mystery assailant gets away. That night, the banquet is held and during its course the lights go out and the diamond necklace is stolen. While investigating, another shot narrowly misses Blake. The rifleman flees but leaves behind a knife which was taken from the room in which Gordon is staying. This raises Blake's suspicions and he suddenly pierces the disguises and realises that Gordon is Duke Paul Servitch and Miss Farquhar is Madame Rénée Montara of the Council of Eleven. He sends for Tinker and Pedro but his cablegram is intercepted and his assistant is captured en route. Pedro escapes and, later that night, finds Blake and leads him to the house where the boy is being held captive. There, Blake engages in a terrific fight with Baron Robert de Beauremon. The detective triumphs and takes the Baron and other members of the Council prisoner. He rescues Tinker and recovers the diamonds but, at the last moment, all the Council members escape thanks to a bungling police officer.

Trivia: Blake uses his pseudonym of John Carter. This is a reprint of UNION JACK issue 594 THE CONNISTON DIAMONDS (1915). This review is from a reading of that original story.

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE VENGEANCE OF YVONNE
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 366 · 24/2/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Grey Shadow by Geo E. Rochester.

Notes: When Dr. Huxton Rymer tries to join forces with Mademoiselle Yvonne Cartier in the tropical country of Salvarita, he gets his wish but on her terms, not his. Together they plot to steal two million in bullion from the country's President — a man named Pearson, who is one of the men responsible for the downfall of Yvonne's family. They succeed in this endeavour and also kidnap Pearson, so that he is blamed for the disappearance of the funds. Sexton Blake is commissioned to investigate and sends Tinker on ahead to Salvarita. However, the detectives are being watched and, out at sea, Tinker is attacked and thrown overboard. Blake is loaned a yacht and travels to the tropical country which he enters disguised as a sailor. He too, though, is being observed and is followed and stabbed in the back. Ten days later he regains consciousness to find himself in the care of a Spanish woman. The crew of his yacht, with help from Pedro, track him down and the group sets sail on the trail of Yvonne, whom Blake has identified as Pearson's kidnapper. Meanwhile, Tinker, who after many hours at sea was rescued by a passing ship, makes his way back to London and then on to Hong Kong to rendezvous with Blake. After they are reunited, Tinker sneaks aboard Yvonne's yacht, the Fleur-de-Lys, but is captured. Blake disguises himself as the vessel's Chinese cook and joins the crew. Days later, as they approach an island near Fiji, he doses the food with a sleeping draft and thus gains the upper hand. Blake releases President Pearson and hands over the yacht and prisoners to him. Some considerable time later, back at Baker Street, the detective learns that Pearson has been assassinated by a disgruntled soldier and Yvonne and her crew have escaped. Yvonne severs her alliance with Dr. Huxton Rymer.

Trivia: This an abridged version of WHEN GREEK MEETS GREEK which appeared in UNION JACK issue 488 (1913).

Rating: ★★★★★


THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BEETLE
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 367 · 2/3/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

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

Notes: Three Englishmen have learned that a secret Chinese society named The Brotherhood of the Golden Beetle intends to bring Europe under the heel of the Orient. Two of these men return to Britain before the Brotherhood is aware of their knowledge. The third, Sir George Halliday, is hunted but appears to get away. The leader of the Yellow Beetle, Wu Ling, calls a meeting at which he announces his attention to travel to London to kill the three men and begin a campaign of terror. But unknown to him, Sir George is not only still in China but is spying on that very meeting! Weeks later, in London, Godfrey Carslake, who is engaged to Halliday's daughter, summons Sexton Blake after finding Sir George dead in his study. At the scene, Pedro goes wild and chases a yellow beetle from the room. Even though Halliday's death seems to be from heart failure, Blake thinks otherwise and begins researching rare poisonous beetles. Soon he has a close encounter with one of the insects which is placed in his bedchamber by one of the Brotherhood. He is saved from death by Pedro. Tinker, meanwhile, surprises Wu Ling when the Chinaman enters the Baker Street house on some nefarious mission. The villain escapes but Tinker follows him to the house next door to Halliday's. There he is captured and taken to another premises where he is condemned to the 'Room of Glass'. Halliday's daughter is also kidnapped, to be held until all her father's papers, which may contain details of the Brotherhood, are handed over. Sexton Blake follows with the police in tow. He wins a fist-fight against Wu Ling and rescues Tinker and the girl, narrowly avoiding a swarm of deadly yellow beetles. Most of the oriental gang are rounded up but Wu Ling escapes and manages to destroy Halliday's papers, leaving Blake unaware of the Brotherhood's purpose.

Trivia: This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK issue 507 THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE YELLOW BEETLE (1913).

Rating: ★★★★★


THE RIDDLE OF ROOM 11
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 368 · 9/3/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Ned Kelly Rider of the Plains by Anon.

Notes: This is believed to be a revised version of an older story (as yet unidentified).

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THE MYSTERY MILLIONAIRE
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 369 · 16/3/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; The Round Table (ed.); Ned Kelly Rider of the Plains by Anon.

Notes: This is believed to be a revised version of an older story (as yet unidentified).

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MURDER BY PROXY
by Anon. (Andrew Murray)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 370 · 23/3/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; The Round Table (ed.); Ned Kelly Rider of the Plains by Anon.

Notes: This is believed to be a revised version of an older story (as yet unidentified).

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A RIDDLE IN RED LEATHER
by Anon. (G. H. Teed)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 371 · 30/3/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.)

Notes: This is believed to be a revised version of an older story (as yet unidentified).

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Plus:
A CASE FOR SEXTON BLAKE
(part 1)
by Edward Holmes

Illustrator: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE GREY ENVELOPE
by Anon. (George N. Philips)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 372 · 6/4/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.)

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino. This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK issue 1,276 THE CASE OF THE GREY ENVELOPE (1928).

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Plus:
A CASE FOR SEXTON BLAKE
(part 2)
by Edward Holmes

Illustrator: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MAN WHO MADE GOLD
by Anon. (R. C. Armour)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 373 · 13/4/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Round Table (ed.)

Notes: This is a reprint of UNION JACK issue 1,242 THE MYSTERY OF THE DYED RATS (1927).

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Plus:
A CASE FOR SEXTON BLAKE
(part 3)
by Edward Holmes

Illustrator: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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MYSTERY WEARS A WIG
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 374 · 20/4/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

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

Notes: None at present.

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Plus:
A CASE FOR SEXTON BLAKE
(part 4)
by Edward Holmes

Illustrator: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE SEVEN BLUE BOMBERS
by Anon. (Stanley Hooper)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 375 · 27/4/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Ned Kelly Rider of the Plains by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE PIT OF DOOM
by Anon. (Unknown)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 376 · 4/5/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: W. McCail

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); From Information Received (ed.); Ned Kelly, Sleuth of the Open Spaces (Anon.)

Notes: This is believed to be a revised version of an older story (as yet unidentified).

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THE CASE OF THE CATALEPTIC
by Anon. (Jack Lewis)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 377 · 11/5/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Secret Weapon by Gerald Verner.

Notes: A young army medical officer, Norman Grant, consults Sexton Blake after his wealthy uncle is strangled to death. The evening before the murder, Grant had quarrelled with his relative — Ezra Grant — about the man's young ward, Elma Travers, who Norman wants to marry. Because of this, Detective Harker of Scotland Yard suspects him of the crime. Blake travels to Ezra Grant's home and examines the body and the evidence surrounding it. He quickly concludes that someone is actively trying to frame Norman for the murder. Furthermore, the criminal is still in the vicinity, as is proven when someone shoots at the detective when he's walking in the woods. Later that night, Blake encounters a group of shadowy figures gathered around a car in the woods. They capture him and, binding weights to his ankles, throw him into a nearby pond. Norman comes to his rescue and the mysterious men flee. Next morning, at the inquest into Ezra Grant's death, it is discovered that the body has gone missing. Amid the confusion, a figure steps into the room — it is Ezra Grant! The old man explains that he is a cataleptic and had a seizure when he was attacked in his study. Lapsing into unconsciousness, his state was so death-like that his assailant, as well as everybody else, was fooled into thinking him deceased. He makes it clear that Norman was the attacker in question but refuses to prosecute. A few days later, Blake receives a letter from Norman in which the young man explains that his uncle, unable to bear the fact that his nephew tried to murder him, has taken his own life; Norman saw his body in the pond. Blake reveals that he has cracked the case: a criminal gang, working with Ezra Grant's valet, had killed the old man. When the detective had arrived on the scene, they'd tried to throw him off the scent by removing the body. The head of the gang, an incredibly talented actor and master of disguise named Leon Kestrel had entered the house in the guise of the supposedly dead man. The aim of the crime was to have one of Ezra's less reputable relative's inherit the estate; thus the subsequent 'suicide' (it is the real Ezra Grant in the pond). Blake uses this to draw Kestrel into a trap at Ezra's lawyer's office. It works, to an extent ... the detective catches the gang and proves Norman Grant's innocence. Leon Kestrel, however, eludes him.

Trivia: This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK issue 620 (1915), the story that marked Leon Kestrel's debut. The review is based on a reading of that issue.

Rating: ★★★★★


THE LEOPARD OF DROON
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 378 · 18/5/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Secret Weapon by Gerald Verner.

Notes: Story features Waldo the Wonder-Man. This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK issue 1,104 THE LEOPARD OF DROONE (1924).

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THE SECRET OF THE LOCH
by Anon. (Stanley Hooper)

DETECTIVE WEEKLY · Issue 379 · 25/5/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: From Information Received; Secret Weapon by Gerald Verner.

Notes: A mysterious creature seems to be lurking in a Scottish loch. The inn on the shoreline has been losing business these past weeks and Lorn, the landlord, seems frightened. His daughter, Lucy, and the potman, Tom, are getting worried, especially as there are currently just two guests, Mr Jamieson and Mr Gordon. Then, one day, a car crashes nearby and its two uninjured occupants book rooms. They are Sexton Blake and Tinker. Late in the evening Tom tells them that there is a man-eating monster in the lake. They are doubtful until, looking out of the window, they see a body floating near the shore and something large and black briefly breaking the surface. When they return to report that the man has died a violent death, Tom is found in the cellar, hanging by the neck: murdered! The killer, hiding behind wine barrels, shoots out the lights and makes a run for it. He makes it down to the edge of the lake before Blake and Tinker spot him and give chase. Just after the fleeing figure plunges into a clump of trees, a black form rises from the lake and seems to lurch ashore beside him. A scream rents the air and the creature sinks from view. The murderer has vanished, seemingly eaten. Suddenly a roar of water is heard. A mountain resevoir has broken and a tidal wave is sweeping along the loch. Blake and Tinker take cover inside the inn. Cut off, the inhabitants decide to turn in for the night. But no sooner has the detective gone to his room than a dark figure shoots at him and vanishes. Blake is unable to identify his would-be assassin and his fellow guests were all together at the time. Then Gordon is stabbed to death and, once again, everyone has a clear alibi. Blake gathers them all into the lounge. When he hears the stairs creak, he rushes out to see who's there. The stairs are empty but, behind him, the room is plunged into darkness and Lorn is shot dead. Accusations follow and, amid the confusion, Jamieson is stabbed to death. Blake and Tinker pursue the unknown killer through the building and into a secret passge which runs from the cellar to an underground cavern. There, the secret of the loch is docked. The murder is exposed and killed and a Nazi plot defeated.

Trivia: This is the last ever issue of Detective Weekly. The story should not be cofused with THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY second series issue 400, which has the same title but is an entirely different tale.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

THE KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 45 · 06/01/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

THE KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 46 · 13/01/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

THE KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 47 · 20/01/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

THE KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 48 · 27/01/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

THE KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 49 · 03/02/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

THE KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 50 · 10/02/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

THE KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 51 · 17/02/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

THE KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 52 · 24/02/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 53 · 02/03/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Trivia: KNOCK-OUT drops 'THE' from its title.

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SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 54 · 09/03/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 55 · 16/03/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 56 · 23/03/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 57 · 30/03/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 58 · 06/04/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 59 · 13/04/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 60 · 20/04/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 61 · 27/04/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 62 · 04/05/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 63 · 11/05/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 64 · 18/05/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 65 · 25/05/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 66 · 01/06/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 67 · 08/06/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 68 · 15/06/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Trivia: KNOCK-OUT incorporates THE MAGNET.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 69 · 22/06/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 70 · 29/06/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 71 · 06/07/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 72 · 13/07/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 73 · 28/07/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 74 · 27/07/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 75 · 03/08/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 76 · 10/08/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 77 · 17/08/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 78 · 24/08/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 79 · 31/08/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 80 · 07/09/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 81 · 14/09/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 82 · 21/09/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 83 · 28/09/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 84 · 05/10/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 85 · 11/10/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 86 · 18/10/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 87 · 25/10/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 88 · 02/11/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 89 · 09/11/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 90 · 16/11/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 91 · 23/11/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 92 · 30/11/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 93 · 07/12/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 94 · 14/12/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 95 · 21/12/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE ON SPECIAL SERVICE
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)

KNOCK-OUT COMIC AND MAGNET · Issue 96 · 28/12/1940 · Amalgamated Press · 2d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MYSTERY MILITIAMAN
by Ladbroke Black

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 701 · Jan. 1940 · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Third Accomplice (article).

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE GREAT STORES MYSTERY
by Walter Edwards (Walter Shute)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 702 · Jan. 1940 · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed); Missing Millions (article).

Notes: This was the last Blake story by Walter Shute. Ultimately, the author dropped out of writing and became a taxi driver.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE SHOT P.C.
by Anthony Skene (George N. Philips)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 703 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Closed Shop (article)

Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino. This is a reprint of THE MYSTERY OF THE SHOT P. C. which appeared in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 155 (1928).

Unrated


THE SECRET OF THE SACRED RUBY
by Hylton Gregory (H. Egbert Hill)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 704 · Jan. 1940 · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

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

Notes: Story features Leon Kestrel. This is a reprint of THE RED HEART OF THE INCAS, SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 86 (1919).

Unrated


THE TERROR OF THE PACIFIC
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 705 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE RIDDLE OF THE GAS METER
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 706 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Broken Bend Gets Bitten by Anon.; Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Fatal Inheritances (article)

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MYSTERY OF GOLD DIGGER CREEK
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 707 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE TERROR OF GOLD-DIGGER CREEK in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 158 (1928).

Unrated


THE SECRET OF THE HULK
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 708 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a rewrite of SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 63 THE SECRET OF THE HULK (1918), which was written by Andrew Murray.

Unrated


THE BLACK SWASTIKA
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 709 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF OIL CREEK
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 710 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE, SPECIAL CONSTABLE
by Mark Osborne (John W. Bobin)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 711 · Mar. 1940 · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

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

Notes: When John Langton, the assistant manager of a merchant company, is critically wounded in an accident, his younger brother admits to stealing £100 from the firm and asks Langton to confess to this crime to save him from imprisonment. Langton, believing that he has but hours to live, reluctantly agrees and writes a bogus confession. When Septimus Dempster, the general manager of the company, receives this note, he alters the amount to £10,000 and steals the money for himself, adding it to the huge amount he has already embezzled. When Langton unexpectedly recovers from his injury, he finds that his brother has been killed on the Front and he, John, has been accused of Dempster's crimes. He is committed to a seven year term at Bleakmoor Prison. A year later, he joins forces with Aubrey Dexter, who has been imprisoned for just over nineteen months of a fifteen-year sentence, and they escape. After Langton tells the cracksman his story, the two men part company in London and Langton gives himself up to Sexton Blake. The detective agrees to investigate the case and Langton leaves, escaping from beneath the nose of Detective-Inspector Coutts. Blake tells Tinker to shadow Septimus Dempster. Meanwhile, believing that Dempster is hoarding the stolen money, Dexter pays him a visit at his house. A struggle ensues during which a shot is fired from outside, killing Dempster. This attracts Tinker, who enters the house only to be knocked unconscious by Dexter. Thinking that Sexton Blake is hot on his heels, the crook flees, leaving the money behind. Tinker recovers long enough to summon Blake. He investigates the scene and discovers the hidden loot. Believing that Dexter will return for this, Blake joins the Special Constables who patrol a reservoir behind the house. He is thus able to keep watch and, a few days later, apprehends the ace cracksman as he enters the house. With Dexter captured, Blake investigates further and discovers that the shot that killed Dempster was fired by his disgruntled father-in-law. While he is examining this evidence, Dexter overpowers him and escapes. Dempster's killer is caught, John Langton is declared innocent of all crimes, but Dexter remains at liberty.

Trivia: The governor of Bleakmoor Prison is named Colonel Newlands and he is not on good terms with Sexton Blake. Blake has a private dressing room in Dasset Street off the Strand.

It is stated that Dexter had been convicted after being arrested by Sexton Blake and Detective-Inspector Coutts. In fact, the arrest was made by Blake and Detective-Inspector Martin (see THE MARK OF THE MAIMED HAND, UNION JACK issue 619, 1915).

This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 28 SEXTON BLAKE, SPECIAL CONSTABLE (1917). It may be that in that issue the Detective-Inspector is Martin rather than Coutts (to be confirmed — The review is based on a reading of this issue.).

Rating: ★★★★★


THE MAN FROM THE JUNGLE
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 712 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


IN THE GRIP OF THE GESTAPO
by Stanton Hope

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 713 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MYSTERY OF SHERWOOD TOWERS
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 714 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 152 (1928).

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE DICTATOR'S DOUBLE
by Allan Blair (William J. Bayfield)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 715 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Toll of the Black-Out (article); Consulting Room Chat (ed.)

Notes: This was the final story by the last of the Edwardian Sexton Blake writers: William J. Bayfield.

Unrated


THE RIDDLE OF THE MURDERED FISHERMAN
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 716 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: When Convicts Take French Leave (article); Consulting Room Chat (ed); Cash and Love (article).

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF THE SEIGFRIED LINE
by Maurice B. Dix

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 717 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE EIGHTH MILLIONAIRE
by G. H. Teed

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 718 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The West End Hotel Murder by Anon.; Consulting Room Chat (ed.); The Riddle of the Lonely House (article)

Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer and Vali Mata-Vali. This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 165 (1928).

Unrated


THE MYSTERY OF THE RED TOWER
by Coutts Brisbane (R. C. Armour)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 719 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


CROOK'S CARGO
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 720 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE BLACK-OUT CRIME
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 721 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed); Wrongly Sentenced (article).

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MAN FROM CHINA
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 722 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Carpet Clue (article); Consulting Room Chat (ed); Haunted Royal Homes (article).

Notes: In China, a man is shot by a warlord named Chi-sao-wu. Before he dies, he entrusts a doctor with a small jade tablet and requests that it be delivered to his son. A local businessman, Charles Stenning, agrees to send it but, the very next day, sets sail for England with the tablet in his possession. Four weeks later, a man named David Lorne, the stepson of the dead man, arrives from China and visits Stenning and his business partners, Goulden and Tolputt. He tells their secretary, Jill Baring, that he may have to kill Stenning. When her employer goes missing, she fears the worst. At Stenning's home, a tramp tries to break in but flees after seeing a dead Chinaman laying in front of the open safe. The police are summoned but find no such scene. When the tramp is murdered, Superintendent Venner of Scotland Yard is called in. Sexton Blake arrives having been hired by Tolputt to find Stenning and Goulden, both of whom have vanished. He recognises the dead tramp as Goulden. Stenning is then found, also murdered. Blake realises that David Lorne is the top suspect, so tracks down the man from China. Lorne has the jade tablet, upon which is inscribed directions to a buried fortune worth ten million pounds. It is this that the agents of Chi-sao-wu have been pursuing, in competition with Stenning's partners. The warlord's men act now by kidnapping Jill Baring. Blake & Co. rush to the rescue and the Chinese criminals are defeated. Lorne is proven innocent and marries Jill Baring.

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE CASE OF THE CRIMSON CONJUROR
by Gwyn Evans

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 723 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Harry 'Headline Hal' Haldane — reporter with the Daily Gazette — lives in a cheap boarding house with various members of the theatre set. When one of these, a man known as Cosmo, the Crimson Conjurer, is found in his locked room dead with a knife in his throat, Detective-Inspector Coutts is quickly on the scene, accompanied by Tinker. They call in Sexton Blake but his behaviour seems rather more eccentric than usual and he's dismissive of Tinker's theory that a man known as Metaxas, a Mexican knife thrower, is the killer. Tinker, however, learns that Metaxas lives in the boarding house to the rear in a room with a window directly opposite to Cosmo's. After an abrupt comment from Blake, he decides to investigate further on his own. The atmosphere between him and his 'guv'nor' steadily worsens — with the detective summarily dismissing Tinker's suggestions — then erupts into a terrible argument. Tinker storms out and declares that their partnership is over. Teaming up with Hal Haldane, he discovers that Metaxas has got a job at a circus and decides to get employment there himself in order to watch the man. Upon arrival he makes friends with a young girl named Lolita and is hired by the manager, Mr Moxer. He also quickly learns that Lolita's mother is terrified of Metaxas. Soon Tinker is joined by Hal who proceeds to ingratiate himself with Metaxas in order to learn more about him. Another addition to the circus arrives the next day in the form of Bert Nixon, one time member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The American cowboy and Mexican knife-thrower form an immediate dislike for one another. One afternoon, after the circus has moved to a new town, Tinker is walking in the nearby countryside when he is knocked unconscious by Metaxas, who leaves him tied and bound in an old barn, intending to do away with him after nightfall. However, it is not the Mexican who returns but a masked man who might, thinks Tinker, be Nixon. This man brags that he is the killer of Cosmos before setting fire to the barn, leaving Tinker there to die. The young detective manages to escape and, realising that his theory has been completely wrong, decides to get in touch with Blake ... only to find that the detective is not at home. After a another violent encounter with Metaxas and a confusing confrontation with Nixon, Tinker wakes the next morning in a complete quandry. Who is the killer and why is Mrs Duval so scared of the Mexican? The answers comes in a sequence of shocking revelations. Sexton Blake, it turns out, has been far closer than Tinker suspected ... and the killer is closer still! Detective-Inspector Coutts swoops in the nick of time, catching the criminal, and Blake and Tinker are reunited, putting their quarrel behind them.

Trivia: Detective-Inspector Coutts has 'rather prominent teeth'. Sexton Blake's handwriting is 'microscopic' and neat. This is a reprint of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 171 (1928).

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE RIDDLE OF THE GREEK FINANCIER
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 724 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Killer (article); Consulting Room Chat (ed.); Rounding up the Racketeers (article)

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MYSTERY OF THE GERMAN PRISONER
by Martin Frazer (Percy A. Clarke)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 725 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Man with a Limp (article)

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CONSULTING ROOM MYSTERY
by Mark Osborne (John W. Bobin)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 726 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of THE CONSULTING ROOM CRIME from THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 327 (1932).

Unrated


ON TICKET OF LEAVE
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 727 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE JACK OF CLUBS
by W. J. Bayfield

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 728 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Police and Crook (article)

Notes: Story features Splash Page. This is a rewrite of THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 164 (1928) which was written by Gwyn Evans.

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING MAJOR
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 729 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Consulting Room Chat (ed.)

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE MYSTERIOUS MR. MAYNARD
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 730 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE EVACUEE
by Paul Urquhart (L. L. Day Black)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 731 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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TWENTY YEARS OF HATE
by Donald Stuart

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 732 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: One of Three (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE OBSERVER CORPS MYSTERY
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 733 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Murder at Monte Carlo (article); The Murdered Miser (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE RIDDLE OF DEAD MAN'S BAY
by J. G. Brandon

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 734 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 4½d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a rewrite of DEAD MAN'S BAY from THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 358 (1932), which was written by Mark Osborne (John W. Bobin).

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