Mickey Mouse Volume 4: House of the Seven Haunts


Vintage Comic Strips
TBR #108 (65e, 43p)
Date Finished: September 29, 2019

Another outstanding volume in these reprints of Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse comic strips. Although I’d read most of these before in other formats, it is always fun to revisit them and this volume’s reproduction quality is great.


George Harmon Coxe – The Last Commandment (1960)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: When — Timing of crime is crucial
TBR #107 (65e, 42p)
Date Finished: September 29, 2019

When Kent Murdock’s freelance photographer friend is killed after shooting a family party event as a substitute for Murdock, the photos sent to Murdock reveal another earlier murder, despite the lack of a body. That murder involved the patriarch of the family, who has caused most of his family to have a motive for his death. One motive relates to an inheritance and some timing of deaths so that certain parties will or will not inherit.

I struggled along with this one, trying to keep all of the family members straight. The writing seemed clunkier than usual and the mystery revelation was somewhat lacking in excitement. Disappointing.

Just the Facts Silver 2019-09-29

Georges Simenon – The Train (1961)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: When — Set during WWII
Date Finished: September 19, 2019

A man and his family flee the oncoming German blitzkrieg during the Battle of France, riding the train further south in France from their small town near the Belgian border, but when they become separated, the man finds life and experiences in other ways.

Not a mystery by an means, it is a stretch to count it towards the challenge, but some online call it a noir thriller. I wouldn’t even call it that, as it is more of a character study during a time of upheaval, than it is any sort of suspenseful story. Others call it Simenon’s masterpiece, but I think it falls short there, too. We’ll give it a shot and see if Bev counts it, or if I can find another WWII story.

Just the Facts Silver 2019-09-19

Brett Halliday – Mike Shayne’s 50th Case (1964)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: What — Number in the title
TBR #106 (65e, 41p)
Date Finished: September 14
, 2019

A man returns home early from a convention in Miami to find his wife entertaining a visitor in her bedroom late at night. He takes off, but when his wife is fund strangled in bed, Tim Rourke stops off at the small town and begins investigating.

A strange story for the 50th case, as Mike Shayne doesn’t appear much until 100 pages in. The mystery itself is rather obvious, with it only hidden by omitting parts of the story early on. It all would have been a find stand-alone story, but seems shoehorned into the Shayne series. Odd.

Just the Facts Silver 2019-09-14

Robert Colby – Run for the Money (1960)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
TBR #105 (65e, 40p)
Date Finished: September 14
, 2019

After an armored car robbery in Florida, a man finds a suitcase with about a third of the missing money, more than $300,000. Naturally he hits the road and starts a new life in California. Unfortunately he has not covered his tracks well and the crooks come after him with various schemes, including threats to his new girlfriend.

An exciting, on-the-run story with questions of trust as the man has to come to terms with what is more important to him, love or money.

William Campbell Gault – Fair Prey (1956)


Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: When — During a special event
TBR #104 (64e, 40p)
Date Finished: September 11
, 2019

A likable young golfer, employed at a moderately ritzy California country club, finds the dead body of a disliked young member. As the police are not making much progress, and under suspicion himself, he pokes around various members and motives, all the while preparing for and playing in the San Diego Open tournament.

Gault writes sports very well and does his bit for golf here. The mystery is not really a fair play one, as the final resolution revolves around a hidden memory of our young golfer, but this is still a fun story.

Just the Facts Golden 2019-09-11

Carter Brown – The Invisible Flamini (1971)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: How — Death by shooting
TBR #103 (63e, 40p)
Date Finished: September 9
, 2019

Anna Flamini, movie star, disappears rather than be traded from one movie producer to another. Rick Holman, Hollywood troubleshooter, is called in to find her, but mostly finds trouble, including murder.

A standard Carter Brown with creepy, powerful men and beautiful women. The mystery is by the numbers and nothing is very memorable.

Just the Facts Silver 2019-09-09