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Elizabeth Linington / Dell Shannon Books In Order

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Publication Order of Ivor Maddox Books

Greenmask! (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Evil Angel (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Date With Death (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something Wrong (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Policeman's Lot (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Practice to deceive (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime by Chance (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perchance of Death (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Villain Need Be (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Consequence of Crime (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skeletons in the Closet (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Felony Report (As: Dell Shannon) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strange Felony (As: Dell Shannon) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Jesse Falkenstein Books

as Lesley Egan
A Case for Appeal (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Against the Evidence (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Name Is Death (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some Avenger, Rise! (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
A serious investigation, (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Death of a Man (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paper Chase (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blind Search (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Look Back On Death (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Motive in Shadow (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Miser (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Boy Lost (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wine of Life (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lieutenant Luis Mendoza Books

as Dell Shannon
Case Pending (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ace Of Spades (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knave of Hearts (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Extra Kill (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Of A Busybody (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Bluff (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mark of Murder (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Root Of All Evil (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Death-Bringers (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death by Inches (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
With a Vengeance (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chance to Kill (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coffin Corner (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rain with Violence (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill with Kindness (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime on Their Hands (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Schooled To Kill (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unexpected Death (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whim to Kill (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ringer (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder With Love (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Intent to Kill (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Holiday for Crime (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spring Of Violence (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime File (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deuces Wild (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Streets of Death (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Appearances of Death (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold Trail (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Felony At Random (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Felony File (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Most Strange (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Motive On Record (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exploit of Death (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destiny of Death (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chaos of Crime (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Count (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Vic Varallo Mystery Books

as Lesley Egan
The Borrowed Alibi (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Run to Evil (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Detective's Due (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nameless Ones (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wine of Violence (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malicious Mischief (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scenes Of Crime (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dream Apart (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hunters and the Hunted (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Choice of Crimes (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Random Death (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime for Christmas (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chain of Violence (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Nightmare (As: Anne Blaisdell) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scalpel and the Sword (As:Dell Shannon) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alter ego (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dispossessed (As:Dell Shannon) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Manson Curse (As:Dell Shannon) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sorrow to the Grave (As:Dell Shannon) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Tales of Unease(1966)Description / Buy at Amazon

Author Barbara “Elizabeth” Linington was born on March 11, 1921 in Aurora, Illinois. She was regarded as the Queen of Procedurals (to Ed McBain’s King of Procedurals) for being one of the first female authors to pen procedurals. She died at the age of 67 on April 5, 1988 in Arroyo Grande, California.

Linington wrote under a few pen names, some of which include: Egan O’Neill Lesley Egan, Dell Shannon, and Anne Blaisdell, she wrote under her own as well.

Besides crime, Linington was also interested in things like: the occult, archaeology, languages, antique weapons, and gemstones. She was also with the John Birch Society as an active member, and was a conservative political activist.

For her novels “Nightmare” and “Knave of Hearts”, she got runner up scrolls from the Mystery Writers of America after being nominated for Edgar Awards in the Best Novel category.

Linington’s work is from the mystery, thriller, and historical fiction genres. Her debut novel, “Case Pending” (which is the first book in the “Lieutenant Luis Mendoza” series) was published in the year 1960. Her final novel “Sorrow to the Grave” was published in the year 1992, and was the final of four novels that were released posthumously.

Besides writing about Luis Mendoza (who is the star of over thirty novels), she also wrote the “Ivor Maddox” series, the “Jesse Falkenstein” series, and the “Vic Varallo” series, as well as some stand alone novels.

“Case Pending” is the first novel in the “Lieutenant Luis Mendoza” series, which was released in the year 1960. The first book that introduces one of the first Latino police officers to be written about and is an early police procedural novel.

The female’s beaten body was found in an empty lot, somewhere in a Southern California city. Detective Sergeant Hackett did not like Lieutenant Luis Mendoza, he did respect how Mendoza began finding out who the killer was. There were little clues to be found, even after the victim was identified to be Elena Ramirez. She had peroxided hair and was killed going home from the roller-skating rink. Later, there was the doll, a big, expensive doll that vanished it seemed.

What Mendoza does not realize, is there is young Martin Lindstrom, who is big for his age and a good student. He found a blood spot on a sleeve of his jacket. Martin thought miserably, not again. His hard working mother tells him just to be quiet and forget it. Just get on with your homework, she says.

Fans of the novel like the way these straddle the line between a traditional mystery and police procedural storytelling. Some like the way that the series stars a Hispanic male, as it breaks new ground, and the way he is a great guy, yet still flawed. Characters in this are well drawn and the reading goes by quite nicely.

“Ace of Spades” is the second novel in the “Lieutenant Luis Mendoza” series, which was released in the year 1960. Mendoza, the Mexican lieutenant of the Los Angeles Police Department, specializes in homicide. He has wealth, brains, an uncanny flair, Abyssinian cats, and a strong passion for justice.

Mendoza’s newest case comes into homicide through Stolen Property’s back door, in this case the old fashioned jalopy that belongs to Alison Weir the redhead.

The story quickly becomes tangled up with museums, importers, and a mysterious woman known only as Madam K.

A chance piece of paper starts as exciting, detective series of events that quickly leads to some high tension. All while Mendoza figures out that the the woman he loves’ life is now in danger.

Fans of the novel find that this one is just as good this time around as the first time they read it. Some readers cannot recommend these books enough, and enjoy reading about Mendoza and continue rooting for him the entire way through.

“Extra Kill” is the third novel in the “Lieutenant Luis Mendoza” series, which was released in the year 1961. Lieutenant Luis Mendoza is tasked this time with solving a double homicide, one that is shrouded in strange rites.

Acting on one of his famous hunches, he is pulled in, behind all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Into the the Temple of Mystic Truth. It is here that he finds two cultists by the name of Cara and Martin Kingman. They wind up being way less than spiritual.

Fans of the novel find that this author never disappoints her readers, and this one is no exception to that at all. This is another book that will make you root for Luis the entire time he works the case. The threads of this story are drawn together expertly to make for a delightful climax.

“Knave of Hearts” is the fourth novel in the “Lieutenant Luis Mendoza” series, which was released in the year 1962. It was bad enough that Luis’ violent fight with girlfriend Alison Weir, who is the only woman he ever came close to settling down with. He accuses her of trying to tie him down, which causes them to break up. Also on hand is the case of a rapist killer that is currently terrorizing the city of Los Angeles. One of this killer’s crimes had possibly sent an innocent guy off to the gas chamber.

At the same time, Alison is subjected to a parade of suitors (by some friends like Sgt Hackett and his wife) that are well meaning, but pallid fare after a guy like Luis.

One of Mendoza’s famous hunches leads toward a solution for the case, but it points far too close to home. None other than Alison is headed toward disaster with this one.

Fans of the novel found that despite the serious subject matter, there are touches of tenderness and humor showing through in this one. It was interesting for some to see how cases were worked back in the sixties. Some find that it is always great to read these books, either for the first or second time, as they have aged really well.

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