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Stuart Palmer

Reprint Information | Bibliography & Rights Information | Mike Grost on Palmer

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY & RIGHTS INFORMATION

Stand-Alone Novels
Ace of Jades (1931)
The Green Ace (At One Fell Swoop: UK) (1950)
Nipped in the Bud (1941)
Unhappy Hooligan (Death in Grease-paint: UK) (1956)
Rook Takes Knight (1968)

  • Audio rights (all) to Audible
  • Italian rights for THE GREEN ACE, NIPPED IN THE BUD to Mondadori

Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
#1 The Penguin Pool Murder (1931)
#2 Murder on the Blackboard (1932)
#3 Murder on Wheels (1932)
#4 The Puzzle of the Pepper Tree (1931)
#5 The Puzzle of the Silver Persian (1934)
#6 The Puzzle of the Red Stallion (The Puzzle of the Briar Pope: UK) (1936)
#7 The Puzzle of the Blue Banderilla (1937)
#8 Omit Flowers (No Flowers by Request: UK) (1937)
#9 The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (1941)
#10 Miss Withers Regrets
(1947)
#11 Four Lost Ladies (1949)
#12 Cold Poison (Exit Laughing: UK) (1954)

  • Audio rights (all) to Audible
  • Italian rights (# 2, 5, 6, 7, 8,11, 12) to Monadori
  • French rights (#5, 9, 11, 12) to Univers Poche in France***
  • Chinese rights (#1-3) to Beijing Jiban
  • Italian rights for (#1) to Marco Polillo/I Bassotti y
  • German rights (#9) to Heyne

Hildegarde Withers Short Fiction
Where Angels Fear to Tread (1951)

  • Italian rights to Mondadori

Collections
The Riddles of Hildegarde Withers (1947)
The Monkey Murder, and Other Hildegarde Withers Stories (1950)
People vs. Withers and Malone (with Craig Rice) (1963)

Completed Posthumously by Fletcher Flora
Hildegarde Withers Makes the Scene (1969)

Written as Jay Stewart
Before It’s Too Late (1950)

Almost all titles were published simultaneously in the US and UK. Alternate British titles are given where appropriate.

REVIEWS

For The HILDEGARDE WITHERS MYSTERIES

For The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan

“Hildegarde Withers once more on the hunt, as a vacation in California lands her a movie job and two dealers to clear up. Her own death brings Inspector Piper to the scene, and her resurrection cuts through Hollywood red tape as she becomes a target for the killer. Entertaining, original.”

Kirkus

“Stuart Palmer’s books remain wonderfully readable, in no small part because they are quite genuinely funny, and Hildegarde Withers and Inspector Piper make a first-rate odd couple of detectives. I do recommend THE PUZZLE OF THE HAPPY HOOLIGAN as one of Palmer’s best.”

Classic Mysteries

“The puzzle aspect of this book is well achieved, with plenty of information for the readers to grapple with.”

Cross-Examining Crimes

“The writing and characters were up to (Palmer’s) usual standards and made for a fun, fast-pasted read.”

Moonlight detective

REPRINT INFORMATION

Rights Sold

  • German rights (#9) to Heyne
  • Ebook rights (#1-12) to Open road

Reprint

  • THE UNCOLLECTED RIDDLES, Crippen & Landru (2003)

2000s: Rue Morgue Press

  • THE PUZZLE OF THE BLUE BANDERILLA
  • NIPPED IN THE BUD
  • MISS WITHERS REGRETS
  • THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER
  • PUZZLE OF THE PEPPER TREE

Early 1990s: International Polygonics

  • MURDER ON WHEELS
  • MURDER ON THE BLACKBOARD
  • THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER
  • PEOPLE VS. WITHERS AND MALONE

Mid-1980s: Bantam Books

  • MURDER ON THE BLACKBOARD
  • UNHAPPY HOOLIGAN
  • THE PUZZLE OF THE RED STALLION
  • THE PUZZLE OF THE SILVER PERSIAN
  • THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER

In addition to an enduring book series, Hildegarde Withers has had an active life in Hollywood. RKO produced their first Hildegarde Withers film, THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER, in 1932, starring Edna May Oliver as Hildegarde. In the years that followed, RKO brought out five more Withers films (MURDER ON A BLACKBOARD, 1934; MURDER ON A HONEYMOON; 1935, MURDER ON A BRIDLE PATH, 1936; THE PLOT THICKENS, 1936; and FOUR NAUGHTY GIRLS, 1937). In 1972, Hildegarde returned to the screen, this time played by Eve Arden in a TV movie entitled A VERY MISSING PERSON.
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***Three asterisks (***) placed after the record of a foreign territory sale indicate that those rights have expired and are available for purchase in that market for that title(s).***