BIBLIOGRAPHY 1955

1954
Master List
1956
PUBLISHING

In November, W. Howard Baker takes over editorship of The Sexton Blake Library.

ISSUES
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 827 · 01/01/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE WITCH OF CRENNAN
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 828 · 08/01/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE GHOST EXPRESS
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 829 · 15/01/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE UNKNOWN LISTENER
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 830 · 22/01/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE ROBBERY BY ICE
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 831 · 29/01/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE PRISON-BREAKER
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 832 · 05/02/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE CLUE IN ACID
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 833 · 12/02/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE STRONG-ROOM KEY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 834 · 19/02/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE INVISIBLE RAIDER
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 835 · 26/02/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE SHOP AT SIX CORNERS
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: A head clerk of a London gold firm, a man named George Dixon, has gone missing and Sexton Blake has failed to find a single clue. He is visited by Dixon's daughter who announces that she has received a birthday card from her father. Blake notes that the top corners have been snipped off the envelope and that it is stained with food and grease. The detective pulls out a map and identifies a place where six roads meet as the likely spot where Dixon is being held captive. Driving there, he and Tinker go to the rear of a working man's café where a woman, responding to the detective's questions, tells him that she posted the envelope after finding it between two plates. For the next couple of hours Blake watches customers come and go from the eatery until he spots a known crook taking away a covered tray of food. He shadows the man to a warehouse where he finds Dixon held prisoner. The crook is held at bay by Pedro while Blake calls Dixon's daughter. He explains to her that her father was being forced to reveal the gold firm's secrets but had found away to reveal his location by giving the envelope six corners.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 836 · 05/03/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE SHUFFLING SHOES
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 837 · 12/03/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE MILLIONAIRE THIEF
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 838 · 19/03/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE STOLEN GOLD CUP
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are watching a football final on television, their interest prompted by the fact that an attempt has already been made to steal the gold cup. The match is interrupted when Benson, captain of the Rovers, is called to the telephone to be informed that his father is seriously ill. If his team wins, he will accept the cup before being rushed to his father's side. Blake realises that something is up and he and Tinker drive furiously to the football ground. The detective takes the place of the man assigned to take Benson to the hospital. The Rovers win and Benson, with the cup in his possession, gets into the car. On the way to the hospital, the footballer insists that Blake should drive onto the common and park. There he attacks Blake, who realises that his opponent is not Benson but a lookalike. Tinker pops up from the back seat of the car and helps his guv'nor to overpower the crook. They return the cup to the football ground where the real Benson has been found tied up.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 839 · 26/03/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE SHATTERED WINDSCREEN
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 840 · 02/04/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE EYE OF ISKRA
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 841 · 09/04/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE LADDER GANG
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Unknown)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 842 · 16/04/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE SECRET AGENT
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 843 · 23/04/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF MYSTO THE MIND READER
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 844 · 30/04/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE TELESCOPE TRICK
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 845 · 07/05/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE WITCHES WELL
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 846 · 14/05/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE PEELED APPLE
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 847 · 21/05/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE BLUE FEATHER
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 848 · 28/05/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE MONKEY'S FIST!
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 849 · 04/06/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE HIDDEN EYE
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 850 · 11/06/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE FIRE RAISER
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 851 · 18/06/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE MUSEUM MONKEYS!
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 852 · 25/06/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE TRAIN BANDITS
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 853 · 02/07/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE YELLOW CAP CLUE
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 854 · 09/07/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE SECRET ALLOY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 855 · 16/07/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE DISSOLVING DIAMOND
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 856 · 23/07/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE TINKLING BELL
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 857 · 30/07/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE MISSED TRAIN
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 858 · 06/08/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE PRIZE LUPINS
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 859 · 13/08/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE TALKING CAMERA
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 860 · 20/08/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE LOCH MONSTER
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 861 · 27/08/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE MYSTERY MAN
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 862 · 03/09/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE VANISHING PATIENT
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 863 · 10/09/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE FLYING JELLYFISH
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 864 · 17/09/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE ROMAN MUSEUM
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 865 · 24/09/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE X-RAY GANG
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 866 · 01/10/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE SPEEDBIRD'S ENEMY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 867 · 08/10/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE SECRET FUEL X!
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 868 · 15/10/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE LIMPING MAN
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 869 · 22/10/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE KIDNAP CLUE
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 870 · 29/10/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE SECRET IN SOUND
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Pianist William Cracknell led a secret life as a safe cracker, amassing a fortune which he never spent. Upon his death, his will instructs that his piano be sent to Inspector Coutts with a note explaining that it holds the clue to the whereabouts of all the stolen money and gems. Puzzled, Coutts calls in Sexton Blake. After listening to the piano's tones, Blake puts through a call to a famous conductor, Sir Arthur Melton. He plays the piano over the phone, hitting every key one by one. Each time Sir Arthur hears a slightly out-of-tune note, Blake jots it down in his notebook. By the end of the call, he has decoded the 'musical message' which reveals the whereabouts of the stolen loot.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 871 · 05/11/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE HOUSE OF CROOKS
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 872 · 12/11/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE RAJAH'S GOLD
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 873 · 19/11/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE "GOLDEN" HAT-BOX
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 874 · 26/11/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE LAUGHING MAN
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 875 · 03/12/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE DREDGER MYSTERY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are at a large sea port where they find a strange-looking ship named The Salvador. Captain Hickman explains that it's a new type of dredger, which he is going to use to clear the notorious Ridge Shoal, upon which the liner Ocean Queen had been stuck a few days previously. Someone, though, is trying to sabotage this mission. Blake visits the Ocean Queen and, some time later, returns and recommends that Hickman sets sail. The dredger moves into position and begins its work. During the operation, an alarm sounds to indicate that something has stuck in the pipes. Blake, who was expecting this, recovers a film canister. The ship returns to shore where Inspector Coutts is waiting, having made two arrests at Blake's instruction. The men in his custody had robbed the States Bank in New York. The detective explains the significance of the film, how it came to be lying on the Ridge Shoal, and how he knew about the two robbers.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 876 · 10/12/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE BANK-NOTE PLOT
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 877 · 17/12/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE ELECTRIC THIEF
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake returns home to find that the safe in his consulting room has been cracked... though nothing appears to have been removed. Thick rubber gloves left at the scene lead him to suspect that the culprit might be a crook known as The Professor, who was known to use an electrical device to open safes. Mrs Bardell finds a visiting card that had been dropped by the unwelcome visitor. Blake and Tinker visit the Professor's house, finding it to be a hi-tech affair with sliding steel doors ... and a trap! They are caught on an electrified floor — one misstep will result in instant death! The Professor tells them that now they are immobilised, he can go ahead and rob the Bank of London. He departs triumphantly. At Blake's suggestion, Tinker puts on the rubber gloves and walks on his hands across the floor to the electric switch and cuts off the current. The detectives rush to the bank and the Professor is caught in the act.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 878 · 24/12/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE £1,000 XMAS TREE
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 879 · 31/12/1955 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE WALKING SNOWMAN
by Anon. (See note, issue 737, 1953) · Illustrator: Anon. (Frank Pashley)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Midnight Mystery KNOCKOUT FUN BOOK 1955 · Undated · Amalgamated Press · 7/-
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE MIDNIGHT MYSTERY
by John Drummond (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Robert MacGillivray
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Trivia: Just the one Sexton Blake text story in this issue but no Blake strips.
Unrated
Murder in the Air THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 327 · Jan. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
MURDER IN THE AIR
by John Hunter · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of the Forbidden Island THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 328 · Jan. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE CASE OF THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Reginald (Heade) Webb
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of the Indian Watcher THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 329 · Feb. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE CASE OF THE INDIAN WATCHER
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Man With Five Enemies THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 330 · Feb. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE MAN WITH FIVE ENEMIES
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The House of Evil THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 331 · Mar. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE HOUSE OF EVIL
by Hugh Clevely · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Riddle of the Green Cylinder THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 332 · Mar. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE RIDDLE OF THE GREEN CYLINDER
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Prisoner in the Hold THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 333 · Apr. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE PRISONER IN THE HOLD
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Teddy-Boy Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 334 · Apr. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE TEDDY-BOY MYSTERY
by John Drummond (J. N. Chance) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Mystery of the Vanished Trainer THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 335 · May 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE MYSTERY OF THE VANISHED TRAINER
by John Hunter · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of the Returned Soldier THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 336 · May 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE CASE OF THE RETURNED SOLDIER
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Secret of the Roman Temple THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 337 · Jun. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE SECRET OF THE ROMAN TEMPLE
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Reginald (Heade) Webb
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Mystery of the Outlawed Black THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 338 · Jun. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE MYSTERY OF THE OUTLAWED BLACK
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are in Africa having just completed a rather eventless assignment. They are called, by Commissioner Strickland, to Lobolo's Kraal, where Chief Lobolo's brother, Lobengu, has been found dead. Lobengu had been banished from the village because he coveted his brother's wife and had gone to work in a diamond mine. He'd smuggled a large diamond out in a cut in his thigh then limped back to Lobolo's Kraal to meet somebody. There, though, he had been killed. While Blake investigates, a white rancher named Seymour arrives with his daughter, Jean, and her stepmother, Iris. The latter disappears in mysterious circumstances and a letter is delivered to Blake demanding that he hand over the diamond in return for her life. The transaction is to take place in a nearby swamp. Jean follows a mysterious figure into the mire and is captured by a secret cult of Crocodile Men. Blake, meanwhile, is attacked by an unseen assailant who steals the diamond. While the detective recovers, Tinker and Seymour head into the swamp in pursuit of Jean and Iris. Blake, gaining an insight into the nature of the mystery, follows. They manage to rescue Seymour and his wife but can't find Jean. After they've returned to the village, Iris turns on them, revealing herself to be the brains behind a villainous plot in which Lobengu was involved. Blake realises that the diamond is of little value to her; what she wants is the silk cloth it was wrapped in. He tricks her by handing over a fake, which she then escapes with. The detective, with Tinker, Lobolo and Strickland, chase her into the swamp where they convince her that the game is up. She leads them to the Crocodile Men who are about to sacrifice Jean. Iris is killed but her stepdaughter is successfully rescued. Finally, Blake reveals the secret of the silk and the identity of Lobengu's killer.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Strange Affair of the Shot-Gun Sniper THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 339 · Jul. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF THE SHOT-GUN SNIPER
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: Sexton Blake has been investigating a powerful financier named Jacob Padson and, after discovering a web of deceitful dealing and criminal activities, presents his case to Padson's business associates. They are shocked at the revelations and vow to work diligently to protect the investors who will suffer when Padson is exposed. To this end, they request that Blake allows them three weeks' grace in which to stabilise various business interests. He may then cause Padson's downfall. The detective agrees on the condition that they tell Padson nothing that might make him suspicious. Unfortunately, among their number is Fogwill, an unscrupulous lawyer who immediately warns Padson that a minimum of fifteen years in prison is in the offing. Together they hatch a plan — Padson will swap identities with a dying man named Ransom who resembles him. He will appear to have collapsed under the pressure but will, in fact, escape overseas under his new identity. While they begin to make arrangements, an Australian named Charles Warren moves into a lodging house and befriends Grace Harvey, one of Padson's employees. They soon become romantically entangled; a bond which even survives the revelation that Warren has come to England to kill Padson in revenge for the disgraceful way the financier had treated his mother many years ago in Australia. When he sends a threatening letter to Padson, the villain surprises Sexton Blake by hiring him to investigate. Blake quickly tracks down Warren and prevents him from carrying out the murder. Meanwhile, Tinker has been working with a film company as technical advisor (they are making a detective movie). While filming in the streets of London, the camera records Fogwill and Ransom together. This becomes crucial evidence after Padson swaps identity with Ransom and appears to be critically ill while, in fact, escaping to Paris. However, Fogwill and the real Ransom have double-crossed Padson. Realising this, he returns to England and kills his doppelgänger, placing the blame on Warren. Sexton Blake sees through the deception and exposes the true villain.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Case of the Six O'Clock Scream THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 340 · Jul. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE CASE OF THE SIX O'CLOCK SCREAM
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Trail of the Missing Scientist THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 341 · Aug. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE TRAIL OF THE MISSING SCIENTIST
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Trivia: The cover is the same illustration as used on the cover of the third SEXTON BLAKE ANNUAL (1941).
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Two-Faced Swindler THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 342 · Aug. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE CASE OF THE TWO-FACED SWINDLER
by John Drummond (J. N. Chance) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Mad Millionaires THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 343 · Sep. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE MYSTERY OF THE MAD MILLIONAIRES
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Crooks of Tunis THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 344 · Sep. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE CROOKS OF TUNIS
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Strange Affair of the Widow's Diamonds THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 345 · Oct. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF THE WIDOW'S DIAMONDS
by Hugh Clevely · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Secret of the Man Who Died THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 346 · Oct. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE SECRET OF THE MAN WHO DIED
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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Without Warning THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 347 · Nov. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
WITHOUT WARNING
by W. Howard Baker · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Frightened Man THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 348 · Nov. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE CASE OF THE FRIGHTENED MAN
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Legion Deserter THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 349 · Dec. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE CASE OF THE LEGION DESERTER
by Hugh Clevely · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Man Who Knew Too Much THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 350 · Dec. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
by W. Howard Baker · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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Sexton Blake's Diamond Hunt SUPER-DETECTIVE LIBRARY · Issue 68 · Nov. 1955 · Amalgamated Press · 9d
SEXTON BLAKE'S DIAMOND HUNT
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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