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Merryll Manning: The Beachfront Murders By John Howard Reid
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An attractive young woman is found dead in her luxury, beachfront apartment. Unwillingly drawn into the investigation, Sergeant Merryll Manning, late of the Miami Police Department, finds himself on... More > the losing end of an elaborate cover-up. This stunning plot, blended with vivid backgrounds and intensely believable people, classifies "The Beachfront Murders" as both a chilling, disturbingly realistic romance as well as a bizarre, real-life suspense thriller in which mystery quickly develops into terrifying action. Tension and suspense are consistently heightened by both frightening external hazards and deep-rooted character conflicts.< Less
Merryll Manning: The Health Farm Murders By John Howard Reid
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A mystery thriller, set against the spectacular scenic backdrop of an imaginary health farm in the small mountain township of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, west of Sydney,... More > Australia, this is the second suspense novel featuring Sergeant Merryll "Merry" Manning of the Miami Police Department. Sergeant Manning debuted in "Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island" in 2008. Although the characters are entirely fictitious, the plot itself was adapted from several factual incidents that occurred in Mexico, Chile, Peru and other mountainous areas of South America. The geographical details relating to Blackheath and Govett's Leap are accurate in every detail, although the "atmosphere" attributed to the town is purely imaginary. The health ideas touted in the book, however, are based on the advice of several highly respected nutritionists, including Mary C. Hogle and C.E. Clinkard.< Less
Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island By John Howard Reid
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The first of a series of mystery thrillers, featuring Police Sergeant Merryll Manning of the Paradise Police Department. (Paradise is the author's fictional capital city of Florida, and is not based... More > on Miami). The action takes place on an otherwise deserted island in the Florida Keys, where a number of guests assemble in an old Dominican Priory for a "mystery weekend".< Less
Merryll Manning: A Brush with Death By John Howard Reid
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Merryll Manning is asked to guard a special Rembrandt Exhibition at a leading American art gallery. A notorious thief has already given advance notice that he intends to steal one of the priceless... More > paintings.< Less
HOLLYWOOD GOLD: FILMS OF THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES By John Howard Reid
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Hollywood's Golden Era? I'd pick the period from 1939 through 1960. Here are 144 classic movies from this Golden Age of the Cinema, ranging (alphabetically) from "The Admiral Was a Lady" to... More > "You Were Never Lovelier". Other films discussed in comprehensive detail (and with full background and release information) in this book include "The Adventures of Mark Twain", "The Chase", "Daisy Kenyon", "The Ghost of Frankenstein", "Humoresque", "In Old California", "Joan of Paris", "Letter from an Unknown Woman", "Magic Town", "Nightmare Alley", The Paradine Case", "Roughly Speaking", "The Scarlet Claw", "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "You'll Never Get Rich".< Less
YOUR COLOSSAL MAIN FEATURE PLUS FULL SUPPORT PROGRAM By John Howard Reid
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Remember the days when a night at the movies comprised a full three to four hours of varied entertainment? The attraction was not just the colossal main feature, but the supporting program: the... More > newsreel, the cartoon, the shorts and the before-interval picture or “B” feature. Here’s a book where you can re-live those wonderful times. No less than 140 varied features (from Hollywood’s main studios to Poverty Row) are discussed, all with full cast and technical credits plus other background information. And to round the book out, I’ve also included 28 cartoons and 9 shorts!< Less
HOLLYWOOD'S MIRACLES OF ENTERTAINMENT By John Howard Reid
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120 movies are detailed in this 8th book in the "Hollywood Classics" series. The movies range from marvels of special effects like "King Kong" to the first sound-on-disc feature,... More > "Don Juan". Charismatic film stars like Humphrey Bogart, Jeanette MacDonald, Bing Crosby, Deanna Durbin, John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Eddie Cantor, Lana Turner, Alan Ladd, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Kay Francis, John Garfield, Jane Powell and Roy Rogers enlivened many of these classic films.< Less
AMERICA'S BEST, BRITAIN'S FINEST: A Survey of Mixed Movies By John Howard Reid
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What is a mixed movie? A film to which artists of various nationalities contribute. Popular examples are "Land of the Pharaohs", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "Casino... More > Royale" and "The Sundowners". British players like Errol Flynn, Stewart Granger, Rex Harrison and James Mason have always been welcome in Hollywood. Not so well known are the numerous examples of American actors who lent their talents to British films, such as Robert Ayres, Phyllis Kirk, Mona Freeman, Frank Sinatra, Carol Lynley, William Bendix, Russ Tamblyn, William Holden, Raquel Welch, Joan Crawford, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson, Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, Alex Nicol, Zachary Scott, and Wayne Morris, to mention but a few such appearances that are detailed in this book.< Less
MOVIE MYSTERY & SUSPENSE By John Howard Reid
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Famous features such as "Sherlock Holmes Faces Death", "Johnny Allegro", "My Forbidden Past", "His Kind of Woman", "The Big Carnival", and... More > "After the Thin Man" are examined, plus the "Bulldog Drummond" series, and a number of serials including "The Clutching Hand", "Chick Carter, Detective", "Panther Girl of the Congo", "Holt of the Secret Service" and "The Last of the Mohicans". Two bonus features are monographs on Robert Siodmak (of "Cobra Woman", "The Phantom Lady", "The Spiral Staircase", etc.) and Otto Preminger, who made "Laura", "Fallen Angel", "Whirlpool", "Where the Sidewalk Ends", "The 13th Letter" and "Angel Face".< Less
CinemaScope 3: HOLLYWOOD TAKES THE PLUNGE By John Howard Reid
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This third collection of widescreen wonders photographed in CinemaScope, focuses on such popular movies as "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing", "Cleopatra", "Three Coins in the... More > Fountain", "Bus Stop", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "The Seven Year Itch", "Let's Make Love", "Peyton Place", "North to Alaska", "The Longest Day", "The Eddy Duchin Story", "Far from the Madding Crowd", "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit", "The Helen Morgan Story", "A Star Is Born" and "2001: A Space Odyssey".< Less