Saturday, June 15, 2013

Paperback 661: The Cinnamon Murder / Frances Crane (Bantam 130)

Paperback 661: Bantam 130 (1st ptg, 1947)

Title: The Cinnamon Murder
Author: Frances Crane
Cover artist: Gillen

Yours for: $12


Best things about this cover:
  • Nooo! Not Cinnamon! She was our best pole dancer!
  • The space priestess kneeled to anoint the body—as The Hat commanded.
  • Warren Beatty in "Dick Tracy" called ... yeah, he's gonna need his jacket back.
  • Seriously, unless she's going to be hiding among taxis later, that dress is a bit much.


Best things about this back cover:
  • HA ha. The hat! — at least I think that's what that drawing by the "M" depicts; unless it's a very knobby hand holding a very stout wine glass. 
  • "The Pat Abbotts" sounds like a '50s folk music outfit.
  • "Her best John Frederics' hat"! O man, the hat is a character. There's a niche market: hat crime. It's like hate crime, only with a short 'a'.
  • I haven't read this, but I'm imagining a very low-rent Nick & Nora. And instead of Asta—a hat.

Page 123~

Mr. Couch's blue eyes rested on me and then, looking back at Patrick he said, "I'm afraid I'm being pretty frank."

Oh, sweet, sweet 'frank.' I've missed you.


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DemetriosX said...

Seems that Frances Crane was pretty big. She was a prominent New Yorker columnist and the Abbott novels spawned a radio series. Based on the covers in the Wikipedia article on her, it looks like these books are right up your alley. The woman on the cover of the Popular Library edition of The Pink Umbrella Murder has double fear hands and is either very cold or very aroused by what's going on.

You've been so distracted by the color of her dress and her outrageous hat, that you've missed both the hideous pattern on the chair and the purple thing at her throat. The two of them also appear to be coming out of a closet.

Tulse said...

"Oh, Pat, I have someone I'd like to introduce to you...Pat Abbotts, meet Penthouse Killer -- Penthouse Killer, this is Pat Abbots."

Random White Guy said...

Jean - I'm assuming the Rosalind Russell look-alike is Jean - has a grotesquely long right thigh. Standing up she must walk quite lopsided.