Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1966

Publishing: Author George E. Rochester dies aged 68.

CORPSE TO CUBA
by Arthur Kent

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 21 · Jan. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

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EVERY MAN AN ENEMY
by W. Howard Baker

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 22 · Jan. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: None

Other content: None

Notes: This is a reworking of SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 4th series issue 396 WALK IN FEAR (1957).

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THE CASE OF THE MUCKRAKERS
by Wilfred McNeilly

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 23 · Mar. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: None

Other content: None

Notes: This was anthologised as THE MUCKRAKERS in THE NINTH SEXTON BLAKE OMNIBUS (1972).

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MURDER ON THE MONTE
by Ross Richards

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 24 · Mar. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

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THE DEADLIER OF THE SPECIES
by Desmond Reid (Stephen Frances)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 25 · Apr. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: None

Other content: None

Notes: Stephen Frances was better known as Hank Janson.

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FRENZY IN THE FLESH
by Desmond Reid (Wilfred McNeilly)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 26 · May 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: None

Notes: My copy is an American edition. The series was numbered differently in the US; this was no.7.

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SORCERERS OF SET
by Martin Thomas (Thomas Martin)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 27 · Jun. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: None

Notes: Myra Dent is seduced in a hotel by a lothario named Frank Miller. Miller has been hired by the girl's stepfather, Robert Langridge, to 'blacken her name'. Should Miller be successful, the resultant scandal will cut Myra out of her real father's will, leaving her mother — Langridge's wife — to inherit a fortune. Mission accomplished, Miller departs unaware that behind him, in the hotel room, Myra has been stabbed death. As a member of a sect devoted to Set, the Eqyptian god of evil, she knows too much and has been murdered to keep her from betraying the organisation. Miller quickly becomes a victim too. Myra's mother asks Sexton Blake to investigate her daughter's death. He and Detective Chief Inspector Coutts are puzzled by the rapid decomposition of the girl's corpse and by a tattoo on her chest: a heiroglyphic representation of the name 'Cleopatra'. Tinker follows Robert Langridge as he meets another female member of the sect — Nari Sayd — and is led to their Temple. There, he is killed. Tinker, driving through thick fog, is involved in a traffic accident that leaves him in a critical condition after his skull is broken. After reading about this in a newspaper the following day — and having learned that Sexton Blake is on the case — the leader of the sect tries to kill Tinker by influencing his condition via a magic ritual. Blake's assistant is saved by intervention from Gideon Ashley, the detective's friend and an expert in esoteric matters (see BRED TO KILL, 4th series, issue 448). Blake breaks into Nari Sayd's flat and finds evidence of her involvement with the cult of Set. Later, he visits while she is there but is knocked unconscious by another of the cultists. He recovers in the temple, where he is to be sacrificed to Set ... present in the form of a huge crocodile. Escaping, Blake confronts the leader of the cult and exposes the villain's identity. While this is happening, Nari Sayd loses her mind and burns the temple to the ground, losing her life and killing many of her fellow cultists in the process. The worshippers of Set are no more, Tinker is on the road to recovery, and Sexton Blake finishes a case during which many supernatural events have been experienced.

Trivia: Sexton Blake's doorbell plays a Bach fugue.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CASE OF THE BISMARK MEMOIRS
by Pierre Quiroule (W. W. Sayer)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 28 · Jul. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: None

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. 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 reprint of SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 1st series issue 151 THE MYSTERY BOX (1920). The review notes are based on a reading of that issue. The same tale also appeared in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 432 (1934) under the original title. It was published yet again in THE SEVENTH SEXTON BLAKE OMNIBUS (1969) and again in in SEXTON BLAKE WINS (1986)..

Rating: ★★★☆☆


A STARLET FOR A PENNY
by W. A. Ballinger (Unknown, probably W. Howard Baker)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 29 · Aug. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

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DEATH ON A SPIKE
by Desmond Reid (Ross Richards)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 30 · Sep. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: None

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

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MURDER GOES NAP
by Rex Dolphin

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 31 · Oct. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: None

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

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FIRE OVER INDIA
by W. Howard Baker

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 32 · Nov. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: None

Other content: None

Notes: This is a revision of SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 4th series issue 451 THE ANGRY NIGHT (1960). See that issue for further details. The review notes are not reproduced here as I've yet to assess how much it was rewritten for this issue. This version was anthologised in THE EIGHTH SEXTON BLAKE OMNIBUS (1970).

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THE SNOWMAN COMETH
by Desmond Reid (W. Howard Baker and Wilfred McNeilly)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 5th series · Novel 33 · Dec. 1966 · Mayflower-Dell Books · 3/6

Illustrator: None

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

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