Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Paperback 789: Having Wonderful Crime / Craig Rice (Pocket Books 289)

Paperback 789: Pocket Books 289 (1st ptg, 1945)

Title: Having Wonderful Crime
Author: Craig Rice
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $7


Best things about this cover:

  • Bubbles! Wait, why are the martinis bubbling? Please don't say "that's champagne" because those are not champagne glasses.
  • Also, stars! Because … because!
  • I feel like Nick and Nora Charles are *just* out of frame.


Best things about this back cover:

  • Wait, does that say "decapitated bride"? That's pretty gruesome for a 1940s crime comedy.
  • Ha ha scare-quote *burn* on "free" verse.
  • This book actually sounds kind of awesome.

Page 123~

"Yes, but the thing is," the medical examiner said again, "where is the other body, and where is the other head?"

My favorite part of that quotation is "again."


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Chip said...

Sorry to burst your bubble (so to speak) but those are indeed champagne glasses. They're called "coupes."

Rex Parker said...

Is that a fancy word for "repurposed martini glass"?

Bram said...

As good as the flying martinis are without their attractive drinkers, that lettering is AWESOME.

BeauW said...

If it's anything like her other books - screwball comedy and a heavy dose of alcoholism.