By Patrick Quentin (Richard Webb, 1901-66, and Hugh Wheeler, 1912-87).
First appearance: EQMM, February 1946.
Collected in The Puzzles of Peter Duluth (Crippen & Landru, 2016) (on sale HERE).
Short story (16 pages in the C & L edition).
"In spite of our former prejudices, Poppy disarmed us immediately. She was just a big, bouncing, natural girl unspoiled by wealth."What do Peter and Iris Duluth, a last will bequest, a nervous guardian, and a pregnant St. Bernard have in common? It will take a realization on Iris's part (one very reminiscent of a well-known G. K. Chesterton story) and a lucky shot by a precocious little girl with a charm-ing lisp to expose (and we do mean "expose") a carefully-planned murder plot against an unusual intended victim.
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"Death and the Rising Star."By Patrick Quentin (Hugh Wheeler, 1912-87).
First appearance: Better Living Magazine, June 1955.
Reprinted in EQMM, December 1957.
Collected in The Puzzles of Peter Duluth (Crippen & Landru, 2016) (available HERE).
Short story (21 pages in the C & L edition).
"There's a dead man lying in my apartment. If you don't do something, I'll be arrested."For Peter Duluth (here flying solo without Iris), being a Broadway producer is hard enough, but when the leading lady for what he confidently believes will be a sure-fire hit becomes unavailable and her brilliant replacement gets herself neatly framed for murder, he could be forgiven for feeling that it's just not his day; in order to extricate his rising star, get his play before the public, and avoid the breadline, Peter will have to set a trap for the real killer, without the slightest inkling of who it might be.
|A great cover by Gail Cross|
- Both Wikipedia (HERE) and the GAD Wiki (HERE) have plenty of information about Patrick Quentin; Curt Evans has his own short review of our book (HERE).
- Our previous encounters with Quentin's extremely rare short fiction featuring Peter and Iris are (HERE) and (HERE).
The bottom line: "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
— Julius Henry Marx