BIBLIOGRAPHY 1929

1928
Master List
1930
PUBLISHING

Author Andrew Murray dies aged 49 after suffering a severe mental illness that caused almost complete paralysis. He wrote his last Sexton Blake story in 1924.

ISSUES
No cover as yet THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 181 · Mar. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE ROVERS
by Anon. (C. M. Hincks) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This is an abridged reprint of a serial that appeared in THE BOYS' REALM OF SPORT AND ADVENTURE from issue 18 to 29.
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The Case of the Crook M. P. THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 173 · Jan. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE CROOK M. P.
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Swindling Officials (article)
Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Story features Zenith the Albino.
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Down and Out THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 174 · Jan. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
DOWN AND OUT
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Guilty—But Innocent! (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Man from Rio THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 175 · Jan. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF THE MAN FROM RIO
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Boy Cowpuncher by Anon.; Buying a Pup (article)
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 176 · Jan. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE AFFAIR OF THE ATLANTIC AIR ROBBERY
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Dr. Ferraro.
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The Secret of the Cask THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 177 · Feb. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE CASK
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Animal Fakes (article)
Notes: Story features Dr. Ferraro.
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The Gunmen! THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 178 · Feb. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE GUNMEN!
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
THE AGONY COLUMN MYSTERY
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: None
Other content: The Rival Gangs of New York (article)
Notes: Main story features George Marsden Plummer and Vali Mata-Vali.
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The Black Maria Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 179 · Feb. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE 'BLACK MARIA' MYSTERY
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Prison-Van Escapes (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 180 · Feb. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE VANISHING DEATH
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Unknown
Notes: My copy is missing its cover.
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The Sixth Victim THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 181 · Mar. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SIXTH VICTIM
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: A Thief to Catch a Thief (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Man Who Came Back THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 182 · Mar. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MAN WHO CAME BACK
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Crooks and Aircraft (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Secret of the President's Daughter THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 183 · Mar. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Howling Wolf's Secret by Anon.; Women Crooks (article)
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer and Mary Trent.
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The Mystery of the Uninvited Guest THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 184 · Mar. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF THE UNINVITED GUEST
by Anon. (Walter Shute) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Trail of the Traitor THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 185 · Apr. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE TRAIL OF THE TRAITOR
by Anon. (Alfred Edgar) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Straight Crooks (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Secret of the Vampire Actress THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 186 · Apr. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE VAMPIRE ACTRESS
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Human Vampires (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Covent Garden Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 187 · Apr. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE COVENT GARDEN MYSTERY
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Rogues of the Market (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Man Who Squealed THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 188 · Apr. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MAN WHO SQUEALED
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The Air Pirate by Anon.; Squealers (article)
Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.
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The Secret of the White Thug THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 189 · May 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE WHITE THUG
by Anon. (Rev. Reginald F. Foster) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Coloured Crooks (article)
Notes: What was behind the strangling of a British Secret Service man in a London motel bedroom? Sexton Blake, the world's most famous detective, tackles the problem and finds himself opposed to the Thugs of India — the vast sinister organisation that strangles its victims. How he penetrates their secret stronghold in disguise, and staking all, becomes a Thug himself, is vividly told in no. 189 of the Sexton Blake Library.
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The Ballot Box Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 190 · May 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE BALLOT BOX MYSTERY
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Election Crimes (article)
Notes: Story features Gilbert and Eileen Hale.
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The Great Tote Fraud THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 191 · May 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE GREAT 'TOTE' FRAUD
by Anon. (John W. Bobin) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The Totalisator (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 192 · May 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF MERLYN MANSIONS
by Anon. (Walter Shute) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: My copy lacks a cover.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 193 · Jun. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE DEATH OF DUBOYNE
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 194 · Jun. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE BOGUS TOURIST AGENCY
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Basil Wicketshaw.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 195 · Jun. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SILENT SLAYER
by Anon. (Donald Stuart) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Cranky Crooks (article)
Notes: My copy is missing its cover. A dark night — a man with fear in his heart waiting upon a lonely heath! From a closed car a masked figure emerges. No sound is heard, but the young man drops dead and the silent slayer fades back into the car. Who is this terrible masked avenger? How Sexton Blake solves this sensational and baffling problem is told in "The Silent Slayer."
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The Fatal Number THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 196 · Jun. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE FATAL NUMBER
by Anon. (Walter Shute) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Sweepstake Swindles (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Riddle of Dead Man's Pit THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 197 · Jul. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF DEAD MAN'S PIT
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Fatal Pits (article)
Notes: Story features Dr. Ferraro.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 198 · Jul. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE FATAL MANUSCRIPT
by Anon. (Donald Stuart) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Murdered for reading a play. This is the strange motive behind the series of baffling murders Sexton Blake is called in to solve. The author of the play, a wealthy recluse, is the first victim. Then follows the murder of the typist to whom the play is sent, and finally London is shocked by the discovery of a well-known theatrical producer found stabbed in his office. He also read the ill-fated play, but the manuscript has disappeared. The mystery deepens and Sexton Blake finds himself up against a big problem. The story of his triumph and the amazing revelations he discloses, involving a famous actress, makes one of the most thrilling dramas featuring the famous detective.
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The Mint Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 199 · Jul. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MINT MYSTERY
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Spurious Money (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Victim of the Waterway THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 200 · Jul. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE VICTIM OF THE WATERWAY
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Hidden Victims (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Blackpool Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 201 · Aug. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE BLACKPOOL MYSTERY
by Anon. (Lester Bidston) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Seaside Swindles (article)
Notes: None at present.
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Prisoners of the Desert THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 202 · Aug. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
PRISONERS OF THE DESERT
by Anon. (Stacey Blake) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Desert Crooks (article)
Notes: When the young typist told Sexton Blake of the robbery of a piece of parchment containing a concession for an oil well, he little knew of the dramatic events that were to follow. It was only when, utterly worn out, he and his assistant stumbled under a blistering sun over the African desert, that he realised the terrible nature of the case he had undertaken. To the perils of hunger and thirst were added those of native bandits and English crooks.
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The Riddle of the Great Art Exhibition THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 203 · Aug. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE GREAT ART EXHIBITION
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Faked Pictures (article); The River Gang by Anon.
Notes: None at present.
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The Cabaret Crime THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 204 · Aug. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CABARET CRIME
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Redskin Terror by Anon.;The Informer (article)
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.
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The Secret of the Flames THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 205 · Sep. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE FLAMES
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Fire-Bugs (article)
Notes: In the South of England, hidden away in the wooded depths of its spacious grounds, stood an old-world mansion holding a strange and terrible secret. The brutal murder, in a South-Coast express, of a well-known local resident brought Sexton Blake upon the scene. He realised that he could know no rest until he had solved the baffling mystery. From the start he was faced with an impenetrable wall of mystery — mystery terrible and dangerous, for death stalked the countryside. But grimly Blake stuck to the trail, till at the end the grisly solution of a terrible secret came to light.
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The Radium Profiteer THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 206 · Sep. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RADIUM PROFITEER
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Riddle of Radium (article)
Notes: 'A famous West-End doctor, house-surgeon at one of London's largest hospitals is involved in a dramatic mystery surrounding the illicit trading in radium. Here is a vivid story of an unscrupulous crook, setting an intricate problem for Sexton Blake. The duel between the two provides a succession of thrills and excitement as the detective relentlessly brings to light all the details of an astounding plot!' Story features Zenith the Albino.
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The Pearls of Doom THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 207 · Sep. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE PEARLS OF DOOM
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Treasure Yacht by Anon.; Fatal Jewels (article)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Case of the Discharged P.C. THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 208 · Sep. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE DISCHARGED P. C.
by Anon. (Walter Shute) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Lost Hoard by Anon.; Retired Policemen (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Motor Show Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 209 · Oct. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MOTOR SHOW MYSTERY
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Car Swindles (article)
Notes: 'The huge glass-domed building of Olympia is packed with a seething crowd of car-lovers, the band blares forth a popular air, the brilliant arc-lamps shine down upon the laughing, chattering throng — and then comes tragedy. On one of the stands a man in murdered and his body is found in a demonstration car — yet the killer had left his victim in the little office where the crime had taken place! Who moved the dead man? Why? Who was the real murderer? There are a hundred baffling questions for Sexton Blake to answer in this sensational novel of detective adventure in London and the south of England.' Story features Gilbert and Eileen Hale.
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The Secret of the Surgery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 210 · Oct. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE SURGERY
by Anon. (John W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Medical Mysteries (article)
Notes: None at present.
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Dead Man's Sands THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 211 · Oct. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
DEAD MAN'S SANDS
by Anon. (W. E. Stanton Hope) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Up-To-Date Smuggling (article)
Notes: Little did the young naval officer dream of the tragic events in store, when on a wild winter night of wind and storm he took shelter in a desolate old house on a bleak stretch of the coast. In a passage lay the body of a man, the finding of which proved the start of a mystery sinister and astounding. Sexton Blake, flung accidentally into the strange case, faces desperate peril before at last he unravels the tangled skeins of a most amazing plot.
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The Case of the Murdered Mahout THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 212 · Oct. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE MURDERED MAHOUT
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Sacred Animals (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Prisoner of the Chateau THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 213 · Nov. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE PRISONER OF THE CHATEAU
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Stranger's Secret by Anon.; Houses of Horror (article)
Notes: None at present.
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Crooks Ltd. THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 214 · Nov. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
CROOKS LTD.
by Anon. (Lester Bidston) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Schools For Crooks (article)
Notes: On the scene within ten seconds of the murder! That was the boast Professor Larsen made about his crook-catching device — and it came true! In a deserted mill a man lay dead and the police arrived in time to arrest a young man as he was leaving. What connection had this murder with the strange house where the professor ran a school for engineers? This was the secret Sexton Blake set himself to probe.
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The Masked Forgers THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 215 · Nov. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MASKED FORGERS
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Forged Fortunes (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 216 · Nov. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DOCKS
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Black Skull THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 217 · Dec. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE BLACK SKULL
by Anon. (Donald Stuart) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Black Magic (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Midnight Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 218 · Dec. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MIDNIGHT MYSTERY
by Anon. (Rex Hardinge) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Graveyard Crimes (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Bootlegger's Victim THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 219 · Dec. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE BOOTLEGGER'S VICTIM
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Blackmailer's Secret by Anon.; Rum-Runners' Risks (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Flaming Belt THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 220 · Dec. 1929 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE FLAMING BELT
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Swindling Secret Societies (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Gold Gang of Bear's Creek UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,316 · 5/1/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE GOLD GANG OF BEAR'S CREEK
by Anon. (Arthur Paterson) · Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and Unknown (interior)
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: Story features Krock Kelk.
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The Croucher's come-Back UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,317 · 12/1/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CROUCHER'S COME-BACK
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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Presumed Dead UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,318 · 19/1/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
PRESUMED DEAD
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: Story features June Severance.
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The Case of the Ghost Ship UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,319 · 26/1/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE GOLD SHIP
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Shrivelled Man UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,320 · 2/2/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE SHRIVELLED MAN
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: Story features Waldo the Wonder-Man.
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The Broken Melody UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,321 · 9/2/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE BROKEN MELODY
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Red Aces by Edgar Wallace; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: This story is narrated in first-person by Sexton Blake.
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TThe Captive of the Crag UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,322 · 16/1/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CAPTIVE OF THE CRAG
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: Story features Rupert Waldo.
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The Book of Death UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,323 · 23/2/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE BOOK OF DEATH
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook
Notes: Diana Temple is a Yorkshire lass from a poverty-stricken background. When a specialist reveals to her that she has just six months to live, it brings a reckless quirk in her character to the surface. Donning a skull mask, she becomes Miss Death, a criminal who has nothing to lose. She approaches a man named Hammerton Grice, a crooked lawyer, with the intention of robbing him. When she draws her weapon, he draws his at the same time. The lights go out, a shot is fired, and Grice is killed. But neither he nor she had fired the shot; a third person, heard running away, is responsible (it later emerges that the murderer was one of Grice's victims — he confesses to the crime in a suicide note then shoots himself). Miss Death leaves with Grice's notebook, which is filled with the secrets of the rich and famous. It soon becomes known as The Book of Death. She establishes her base — The House of Secrets — in Leeds and gathers around her a gang of crooks, including Charlie the Chat (thief), Monty Lane (con man), Egloff the Peterman, the Bishop, the Cosher Kid, Civility Smith, Big Pete, Agronsky (the 'Arson King') and Kid Louis (forger). With the exception of Charlie, these men are all unwilling recruits blackmailed into working for her. Their departure from London for Leeds is noticed by Detective-Inspector Coutts and their crimes soon give reason for Sexton Blake to head north. Miss Death is using the criminals to rob from the rich so that she can give to the poor... but they are a vicious lot and when Tinker falls into their hands he is threatened with torture. Blake comes to the rescue and, after a chase — and despite taking a bullet in the shoulder — manages to round up Cosher Kid, Big Pete and Egloff. In return for his efforts, he receives a warning message from Miss Death ...
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Case of the Hairless Man UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,324 · 2/3/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE HAIRLESS MAN
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: Splash Page travels to Sheffield to see what Sexton Blake is up to. His arrival is noticed by Charlie the Chat and reported to Miss Death. She is concerned about Blake's continued presence in the city and begins to plot against him. Meanwhile, Martin Rutherford, head of the Rutherford Razor empire, receives a visit from a Honduran, Dr Ramon Salvador, who brings with him a native South American named Zapotec. Dr Ramon offers Rutherford an ancient Atzec formula for a depilatory cream — Ica — which is so efficient it could make razors obsolete. His price is five million pounds. Unbeknownst to Rutherford, his visiter is actually Monty Lane, the arch con-man. Rutherford arranges to meet Ramon again that evening along with some other leaders of the razor manufacturing industry. When he learns that Blake, with whom he is acquainted, is in town, he asks the detective to attend. Blake agrees and suggests that he should come along in disguise as 'Professor Browne'. Unfortunately, Miss Death's spies learn of this and her gang of crooks set a trap for the detective. They kidnap him, drug him, and replace him with a disguised villain named Bishop who arrives at the Rutherford meeting pretending to be the detective. There he supports Dr Ramon's assertions about Ica and the razor tycoon is persuaded to invest in the cream's development to a tune of £20,000. However, the scheme starts to go awry when the gang discovers that their captive isn't Sexton Blake at all but a disguised Splash Page. At this point, one of their own men suddenly reveals himself to be an impostor — it's Blake, and he quickly releases Splash in time for the newspaper man to join the subsequent free-for-all. During the fight, Miss Death escapes, though a great many of her gang are rounded up. The tale ends with Sexton Blake receiving a threatening letter from the lady crook.
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Humber Woodyard Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,325 · 9/3/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE HUMBER WOODYARD MYSTERY
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.
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Dead Man's Plunder UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,326 · 16/3/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
DEAD MAN'S PLUNDER
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: Forty-eight hours have passed since the events of THE TRAIL OF THE BANDAGED MAN (UNION JACK 1,251) and Dr. Satira is still on the loose. While driving near the village of Sixstreet, he accidentally runs over and kills a man. Placing the corpse in the coffin he used to escape at the end of the previous story, he leaves it in the middle of the road. A few miles farther on he is stopped by a man named Mitch Emden who claims to have been robbed of twenty thousand pounds and valuable jewels. Satira realises that it was the thief he had killed, so he leaves Emden and turns back to retrieve the treasure, only to discover that the coffin has vanished. Concluding that it must have been taken to the local police station, he goes there with his two henchmen — Cruller and Dingle. Meanwhile, Sexton Blake, Tinker and Detective-Inspector Coutts — who suspect that Satira is in the area — encounter Emden and hear the same story. They take him to the police station and are immediately imprisoned by Cruller, who masquerades as the local constable. The criminal allows Emden to depart, then Satira sets fire to the station and flees in the Grey Panther, later dumping it in favour of a stolen removal van. Eventually arriving in London, he visits a villain named Black Brogan and asks for help in escaping the country. On his behalf, Brogan takes the stolen jewels to a fence named Dieman, who promises to bring payment for them to Satira's hideaway. However, Dieman is, in fact, Mitch Emden, who has a double identity for his less-than-honest dealings. Recognising his own jewels, he decides to tell Sexton Blake where Satira is. Before he can make the call, Blake arrives on his doorstep, having traced him. Later, the disguised detective accompanies Dieman to the doctor's hideout and slaps handcuffs onto the villain. He summons the police but before they arrive Brogan shoots Dieman and activates a trapdoor through which Blake falls into the Thames. The criminals try to escape in a boat but Blake capsizes it. Brogan drowns but Doctor Satira is finally captured and sent to prison where he will be hanged for his crimes.
Trivia Sexton Blake purchased the Grey Panther for nearly three thousand guineas. This story was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 306 as DR. SATIRA TAKES IT ALL (1938).
Rating: ★★★★★★
Are You Paul Cynos? UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,327 · 23/3/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
ARE YOU PAUL CYNOS?
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: Story features Paul Cynos. This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 316 as JUSTICE AT BAY (1939).
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The Foot of Fortune UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,328 · 30/3/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE FOOT OF FORTUNE
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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The Flaming Trail UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,329 · 6/4/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE FLAMING TRAIL
by Anon. (Arthur Paterson) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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The Green Flash UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,330 · 13/4/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE GREEN FLASH
by Anon. (F. W. Young) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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Graved in Silver UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,331 · 20/4/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
GRAVED IN SILVER
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Four Buffalo Bills UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,332 · 27/4/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR BUFFALO BILLS
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Bradford Dragon UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,333 · 4/5/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE BRADFORD DRAGON
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: In Bradford, Lord Fairleigh, a major player in the wool industry, employs villains to rob Jem Stapler of a formula he has developed to aid wool processing. They murder the young inventor by pushing him under a train, then they deliver the formula to Fairleigh. Stapler's fiance travels to London to ask Sexton Blake to investigate the killing. Meanwhile, Miss Death has fallen in with Sir Hector Jarman, an insane surgeon who has a grudge against the wool industry. While Miss Death intends to extort money from Fairleigh to give to the poor, Jarman's motives are altogether more ambitious and deadly. Sexton Blake visits Fairleigh's home only to learn that its owner has departed with Miss Death and 'Blake' — a man impersonating himself. This impostor is Bishop who, with Charlie the Chat and Miss Death, escorts the wool tycoon to Greystoke Towers, home of Jarman. Here they force him to write a cheque for twenty-five thousand pounds. Meanwhile, Lady Fairleigh is terribly injured in a car crash. She is discovered by Jarman's African servant who, recognising her as the woman to whom his master was once engaged, carries her to Greystoke Towers. There, she dies, sending Jarman into a berserk rage. He rampages through the grounds with an axe and sets free his pet; a giant lizard — a Komodo Dragon — named Sohag the Terrible. Blake and Tinker arrive, having been led to the house by Pedro who has followed Mrs Fairleigh's scent from the scene of the car crash. They shoot the lizard dead. Jarman kills Lord Fairleigh then breaks free from the detectives and jumps into a pool of piranha fish which eat him alive. Miss Death and her cohorts escape from the house which, when searched by Blake, offers up a secret: Jem Stapler! The mangled body on the train tracks had never been his; it was placed there by Miss Death's gang to fool Fairleigh into thinking he was guilty of murder. The formula handed to him had also been fake and Stapler had been kept safe and out of the way by the strange villainess.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Mosaic Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,334 · 11/5/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MOSAIC MYSTERY
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Devil's Step UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,335 · 18/5/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE DEVIL'S STEP
by Anon. (Robert L. Hadfield) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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One Hundred Years After UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,336 · 25/5/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AFTER
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: None at present.
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Exposure! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,337 · 1/6/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
EXPOSURE!
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Isle of Strife by Stacey Blake.
Notes: Story features Ruff Hanson and Splash Page.
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I Defy! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,338 · 8/6/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
I DEFY!
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: Story features Paul Cynos.
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The Case of the Fifth Man UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,339 · 15/6/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE FIFTH MAN
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: E. S.
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.
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The Riddle of Ruralong Bay UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,340 · 22/6/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE RIDDLE OF RURALONG BAY
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: None at present.
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The Phantom of the Footplate UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,341 · 29/6/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE PHANTOM OF THE FOOTPLATE
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie
Notes: This issue marks the end of Miss Death. In Doncaster, a new locomotive — The Black Prince — gains an evil reputation after two of its drivers drop dead on the footplate. On both occasions, a young man named Jack Laidlaw was left to drive the train, making him something of a hero in the newspapers. Splash Page is covering the story, as is Abel Zorn, an American journalist from a rival newspaper owned by Hogan Flint, a millionaire. Flint has set up a coach service to rival the railways and is stirring discontent among the railway unions. When Laidlaw sees a skeletal figure at the rail yard one night, he approaches Sexton Blake, who agrees to investigate after surmising that Miss Death might be involved. He's correct; Miss Death and her cohorts, The Bishop and Monty Lane, are out to get Hogan Flint. Tinker shadows Monty to Miss Death's hideaway and overhears their plans to extort money from the evil millionaire. Unfortunately, he then trips over Miss Death's cat and is captured by the criminals. Miss Death visits the rail yard to leave a note warning that Flint has sabotaged the line, intending to wreck the The Black Prince. However, she's interrupted by Blake who arrives on the scene having worked out Flint's plan. Miss Death flees from the detective but her weak heart finally gives out and she dies, just managing to reveal Tinker's whereabouts before succumbing. Hogan Flint, upon hearing that his plans are exposed, commits suicide. The Bishop and Monty Lane are rounded up by Detective-Inspector Coutts.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆ The story is marred by a rather too contrived plot.
Cracking Walls UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,342 · 6/7/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
CRACKING WALLS
by Anon. (John W. Bobin) · Illustrator: H. L.
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie
Notes: None at present.
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Some Persons Unknown UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,343 · 13/7/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
SOME PERSONS UNKNOWN
by Anon. (Robert L. Hadfield) · Illustrator: Fred Bennett
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie
Notes: None at present.
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The Man in the Darkened Room UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,344 · 20/7/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MAN IN THE DARKENED ROOM
by Anon. (Rex Hardinge) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes (cover) and H. M. Lewis (interior)
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: None at present.
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The Great Pyramid Swindle UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,345 · 27/7/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE GREAT PYRAMID SWINDLE
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: None at present.
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The Shadow Man UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,346 · 3/8/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE SHADOW MAN
by Anon. (C. M. Hincks) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: None at present.
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The Jamboree Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,347 · 10/8/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE JAMBOREE MYSTERY
by Anon. (S. G. Shaw) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes (cover) and Fred Bennett (interior)
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: None at present.
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The Adventure of the White Salute UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,348 · 17/8/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE ADVENTURE OF THE WHITE SALUTE
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: None at present.
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The Adventure of the Two Witnesses UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,349 · 24/8/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE ADVENTURE OF THE TWO WITNESSES
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: None at present.
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King's Evidence UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,350 · 31/8/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
KING'S EVIDENCE
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: Story features Paul Cynos. Material from this story was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 326 as GUILTY — BUT INSANE! (1939).
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The Hand of Hungermere UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,351 · 7/9/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE HAND OF HUNGERMERE
by Anon. (Wilfred Tremelin) · Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and H. M. Lewis (interior)
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Flight for the Schneider Trophy; Scissors Cut Paper by Gerard Fairlie.
Notes: None at present.
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The Gas Ring Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,352 · 14/9/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE GAS RING MYSTERY
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and H. M. Lewis (interior)
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: None at present.
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The White Hearse Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,353 · 21/9/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE WHITE HEARSE MYSTERY
by Anon. (Rex Hardinge) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Three Black Cats UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,354 · 28/9/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE THREE BLACK CATS
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: A magistrate, Mr Stanhope, asks Sexton Blake's advice after his black cat, Juno, is poisoned and posted to him. He suspects that the deed was done by a man named Thomas Brand, who he'd convicted some five years ago. Brand, now released from prison, had been accused of being the notorious 'Black Cat' — a cat burglar — though he always maintained his innocence. Clifford Scott K. C. and a judge named Sir Charles Row also receive dead black cats in the post, and they, too, had been involved in the Brand case. The next event is a murder: Sir Howard Denison is found poisoned, dressed in the skintight black suit used by the cat burglar. Detective-Inspector Lennard is at the crime scene and, with Blake, finds a note stuck to the dead man's forehead: Black Cat! You have taken your last prowl! Blake visits Scotland Yard and, upon emerging, finds a dandified young man sitting in the Grey Panther who introduces himself as Eustace Cavendish. Eustace tells the detective that he witnessed a man capturing and poisoning a cat. The man, Eustace later discovered, was Rev. Smiles — a man whose background is obscure. Thanking the amateur detective for his information, Blake visits the scene of Denison's murder and concludes that Lennard is on the wrong track in his pursuit of Brand. Returning to Baker Street, he finds Eustace there. The 'swell' young man reveals that he has been shadowing Smiles and overheard him enquire after a financier named Harland — another character whose history is mysterious. Blake and Eustace break into Smiles' house and they find evidence that he has been maniplating shares on the stock market. Denison's death made him a profit in that respect — and Harland's would do so too. Blake visits the financier the next morning to warn him that he is probably Smiles' next target. He finds himself looking down the barrel of a pistol. It turns out that Harland and Smiles are one and the same man! Blake locks him in his own strong room and summons Lennard. However, when the room is opened, Harland has vanished through a secret second door. Eustace, though, has seen and followed him, and calls Blake to inform him that Harland is currently hiding out in a bungalow in Twickenham. The police surround the premises but are held at bay when Harland starts shooting at them with a machine gun. Blake climbs through a skylight and pounces on the crook but as he does so a police marksman shoots Harland in the chest. As he dies, the criminal confesses that he used to work with the Black Cat — Denison — but had been betrayed by him. He had killed him and tried to frame a petty crook — Brand — for the murder.
Trivia: Sexton Blake dons a bullet-proof chain-mail vest during this case. This item of clothing has been mentioned in other adventures.
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mermaid Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,355 · 5/10/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MERMAID MYSTERY
by Anon. (Stacey Blake) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: None at present.
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Rogues of the Road UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,356 · 12/10/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
ROGUES OF THE ROAD
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: None at present.
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Terror by Night! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,357 · 19/10/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
TERROR BY NIGHT!
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: Story features Eustace Cavendish.
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The Death Snare UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,358 · 26/10/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE DEATH SNARE
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: Story features Waldo the Wonder Man.
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Retribution UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,359 · 2/11/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
RETRIBUTION
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: Story features Paul Cynos. Material from this story was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 326 as GUILTY — BUT INSANE! (1939).
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The Men Who Were Dead UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,360 · 9/11/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MEN WHO WERE DEAD
by Gwyn Evans · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: With this issue, the long tradition of author anonymity in the Blake saga comes to an end. From here on in, authors are identified (though often by a pseudonym). This story features Splash Page.
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The House of Eyes UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,361 · 16/11/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE HOUSE OF EYES
by Gwyn Evans · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: None at present.
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The Gnomid UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,362 · 23/11/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE GNOMID
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: An aristocratic family with a curse, a perilous marsh, and a hideous beast bringing death to those unfortunate enough to encounter it. There's a definite touch of Hound of the Baskervilles about this one. But of course, it's Blake not Holmes, so H. H. Clifford Gibbons throws in as many extra ingredients as possible: a thrilling aeroplane chase which ends in a mid-air collision, a lake-bottom hideaway which floods with our heroes trapped inside, a raging inferno and plenty of fist fights. The story begins with Warrender, a hulking great man, observing the comings and goings in a disreputable drinking den. In fact, he is a leading West End actor studying for a role. But things get out of hand and a fight erupts during which he retrieves a roll of canvas. To his amazement, it's a painting by Van Dyke; a portrait of a beautiful girl. He takes the painting to Sexton Blake who immediately recognises it as the recently stolen property of Lord Carham. Blake, Tinker and Warrender set off for the Fens, a large expanse of extremely flat land in the east of England. The author does a great job of creating a still and silent, mist enshrouded landscape. Before they've even had a chance to meet him, Lord Carham is murdered, his chest punctured by huge wide-spread claws. And through the mist, Blake captures a glimpse of a hunched, animal-like figure. It is, the house servant tells them, the gnomid, a legendary creature that has cursed the Carham family for generations. A painting of it hangs on the wall, hidden behind a tapestry. Every time the painting is shown, so the legend goes, something terrible happens. Incidentally, the artwork on the cover of this edition of UNION JACK is a superb rendition of the monstrous beast. Before Blake has time to investigate further, there's another shock. A girl comes crashing through the glass of the patio doors. Fortunately, she is not badly hurt and is able to explain that she was on her way to an appointment with a local landowner when she was chased by the creature. Bizarrely, she bears an uncanny resemblance to the girl in the Van Dyke portrait. How does she relate to the mystery? What is the creature? And who's behind the deadly conspiracy? Of course, Blake gets to the bottom of it (and, simultaneously, to the bottom of a lake). This was reprinted under the same title in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 342 (1939)
Rating: ★★★★★☆ There's plenty of chasing, shooting and fighting in this adventure, with Warrender getting a big slice of the action, proving to be a strong, resourceful and likeable character. Unfortunately, this means that Tinker gets rather pushed into the background. You even forget he's there until he pipes up and says something. Nevertheless, The Gnomid is an excellent and highly entertaining example of Blake at his best.
The Mail-Bag Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,363 · 30/11/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MAIL-BAG MYSTERY
by V. Fremlin (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: None at present.
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The Frozen Man Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,364 · 7/12/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE FROZEN MAN MYSTERY
by E. S. Brooks · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: Story features Eustace Cavendish.
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The Mistletoe-Milk Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,365 · 14/12/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MISTLETOE-MILK MYSTERY
by George Rees (attr. Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: Though this story is attributed to Gwyn Evans in the official records, George Rees informed W.O.G. Lofts that he actually wrote it as a favour when Evans was ill. Story features Splash Page, Ruff Hanson and The Robin Hood League.
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The Masque of Time UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,366 · 21/12/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MASQUE OF TIME
by Gwyn Evans · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: Story features Splash Page, Ruff Hanson and The Robin Hood League.
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The Judgment Men UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,367 · 28/12/1929 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE JUDGMENT MEN
by Reid Whitly (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and H. M. Lewis (interior)
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding.
Notes: R. C. Armour's pen name is spelled incorrectly in this issue (should be Reid Whitley).
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