Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Paperback 80: Kiss and Kill / Ellery Queen (Dell 4567)

Paperback 80: Dell 4567 (PBO, 1969)

Title: Kiss and Kill
Author: Ellery Queen
Cover artist: Robert McGinnis

YOURS FOR: SOLD! (mid-August, 2008)

Best things about this cover:

  • "That's right, Skipper. You got me. I killed Mary Ann. I wanted all you luscious men for myself. Is that so wrong?"
  • She has peach talons.
  • McGinnis women are often quite sexy, but this one - yikes. Icy, bored, mannish, and clownishly bewigged.
  • The saddest thing about this cover is that McGinnis's particular specialty was the, er, lower half of women; alas, that part remains hidden here behind some kind of bedsheet drapery.

Best things about this back cover:

  • Ugh, same picture. Come on! Although here, she appears to be saying "... you talkin' to me?"
  • "Barney Burgess" - that's up there in the "Hilarious Detective Names" pantheon.



Zach M. said...

"His lovely wife was missing, and he wanted her back -- fast."

As opposed to those other husbands, who could wait til next Tuesday or so.

Little Lj said...

she has the world's longest index finger which bends in the world's most unnatural manner...

she's a keeper!

Michael5000 said...

Aw, come on.... She's a redhead! With a gun! And death follows her everywhere she goes!