Steve Allen Books In Order

Publication Order of Steve Allen Mystery Books

The Talk Show Murders (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Hollywood (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on the Glitter Box (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Manhattan (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Vegas (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murder Game (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on the Atlantic (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wake Up To Murder (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Die Laughing (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder In Hawaii (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Fourteen for Tonight (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Public Hating (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wry on the Rocks (poems) (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girls On the 10th Floor and Other Stories (1958) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Turned Back the Clock (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tasting The Fruit (poems) (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

American Television personality and accomplished author, Steve Allen is widely known for hosting the tonight show. He has also been featured on the Benny Goodman show and was also an accomplished actor, musician, and composer. Steve Valentine William Allen was born on the 26th of December 1921 in New York City. During the 1950’s he hosted a program which was later on known as the Tonight show, thus making him the first ever host the show. Allen remained very active during the 1970’s and 1980’s on Television. He, later on, passed away, due to a heart attack on the 30th October 2000.

Early Life and Career

Steve Allen was born in New York to parents Carroll Alber and Isabella Allen in Vaudeville. Steve is widely known for being an accomplished actor, musician, author and composer, with over 50 books in his name. After his father had passed away, in the year 1947, Steve began hosting a CBS radio talk show and also made very frequent T.V appearances. The frequent radio appearances assisted Steve to make a name for himself in the growing television industry. In the year 1953, Steve Allen created the Tonight show for the local New York television station. The format of the show was a blend of variety show and a talk show. However, the show was not so successful, that the T.V station was forced to take it down.

Author Life

Steve was a comedy writer with more than 50 books in his name. Most of his works included several autobiographies, a number of mystery novels, children’s books and several volumes of opinions and essays. More than twenty of his books revolved around religion and also his views on religion. Perhaps, some of his books influenced his son’s decision to be involved with a religious cult and also become an outspoken critic of various organized religions.

Among Allen’s widely known nonfiction works is Dumbth, an interpretation of the American educational system and also Steve Allen on Religion, Bible, and morality. Allen also authored a number of long-running mystery series in the 80’s and 90’s which featured him and his wife Jayne Meadows as amateur sleuths. The mystery series were later on revealed to be written by Robert Westbrook and Walter J. Sheldon.

Following a minor accident, which occurred on the 20th October 2002, where Allen’s vehicle collided with a sports utility vehicle, Steve drove to his son’s home in California, where he took a nap after he noticed he was not feeling too well. Not long after he fell asleep, the author experienced a fatal heart attack. Steve was 78 years old when he passed away.

The Talk Show Murders

The Talk Show Murders is the first book in the Steve Allen mystery series. In the Talk Show Murders, we are introduced to one Elmo Finstetter, a rock guru who apparently is not dead. Elmo Finstetter was presumably murdered in front of his millions of rock fans on national television. The hostess of the show, Toni Tennille was totally horrified when the incidence occurred. However, no one expected that this was just a beginning for a series of murders which would eventually shock the entire Hollywood for the months that followed. The question which lingered in everyone’s mind was why all these murders being executed on talk shows.

Another question which lingered on everyone’s mind was why all the murder victims ranged from highly accomplished celebrities to the regulars in the studio’s audience. What kind of psychopath would want his hideous crimes broadcasted on live television and to millions of viewers across the nation? Steve Allen certainly did not have the answers and neither did all the other talk show hosts such as Merv Griffin, Jonny Carlson, Dina Shore and Dick Cavett. However, after the murders were committed for some time, the talk show hosts decided that enough was enough and took matters into their very own hands.

With that said, Steve Allen delivers this first book with a warmth intelligence and sparkling wit that we all expect from him. Indeed, Steve has managed to create an intensely entertaining masterpiece filled with suspense. Certainly, the Talk Show Murders is unquestionably a star-studded novel by one of the greatest all-stars of all times. The Talk Show Murders is not only another feather in Steve Allen’s cap but also establishes him as one of the greats of all times.

Murder on the Atlantic

The Maiden Voyage happens to be one of the most expensive ocean liners ever constructed. It provides a glitzy backdrop for Steve Allen’s fourth wisecracking whodunit which features Steve and his wife. Also aboard the maiden voyage are a number of droppable names and a cast of celebrities who have been disguised thinly as fictional characters. The Atlantis is a property of a business tycoon Wilmington. Unknown to him, his entire business is about to collapse, after he tries to restore the old-fashioned sea travel. Throughout the entire journey, Steve manages to have the hard pressed travelers on the ocean liner laughing while at the same time solving the murder mysteries.

The plot in the Murder on the Atlantic is intricate. Most of the clues are in plain sight, though they can also be easy to miss. Steve gives the reader a fair chance to construe the evidence and plot points. All the characters in this book are very complex, while the story itself is suspenseful and witty. All in all, Steve Allen is an exceedingly kind man, funny and very intelligent. All these traits are all evident in the storyline. This book is undoubtedly an excellent read. It is a humorous and lighthearted book which makes it a wonderful read.


The Steve Allen Murder Mystery series has a total of 10 books. In all these books, Steve Allen is the main character together with his wife, Meadow. They are all excellent reads which feature a number of intertwined suspects and several murders, all set up in such a manner that both Steve and his wife are in direct danger. In all these books, Steve does an excellent job in leading the readers astray, but eventually manages to pull a remarkable grand finale.

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