Sunday, March 20, 2016


During my teen years in 1980s and early adulthood, James Hadley Chase was my favorite writer. Here is a list of all his books. I have all of them except the short stories. The current generation of youth in India  have not even heard of this author; No one I know in Canada have ever heard of James Hadley Chase...except Indians in Canada. For some reason, Chase was a beloved author in India of the 70s and 80s but virtually unknown in USA, where most of his novels are set.

I wonder if Chase was so well known in India because his were the only books available and other authors were not so accessible in the private circulating libraries in Indian cities? Or is it because his books were more interesting and less complex than the other crime fiction books available in Indian libraries at the time? I found Chase books much easier to read and fast paced compared to the other books available at the time in India. The plots were more or less linear and not too complex, compared to say...Alistair Maclean and other writers.

Chase books were out of print and unavailable for a while except a few books on ebay and amazon. But now,  as recently as 2000, his books have been reprinted by various publishers like The murder room, Stark house press, House of Stratus, Bruin books, etc. his books are also available in Kindle, Audible audio, hardcover and softcover.

I enjoy some of his books so much that I reread them almost every year when the mood comes. But some are so sad or the characters put me off so much  that I don't ever read them again but like a true hoarder, I have bought all of his books, even those which I am unlikely to read!

The books I love include Miss Shumway waves a wand, Double shuffle, the Mark Girland series, the Mission to Venice and mission to Sienna, and more.

The list below is from Wikepedia.

James Hadley Chase

(1)1939No Orchids for Miss Blandish
also The Villain and the Virgin

(2)1941The Dead Stay Dumb

(3)1941Twelve Chinks and a Woman
also Twelve Chinamen and a Woman
also The Doll's Bad News


(4)1941Miss Callaghan Comes to Grief

(5)1942Get a Load of This (short story collection)

(6)1944Miss Shumway Waves a Wand


(8)1946I'll Get You for This

(9)1947Last Page (play)

(10)1948The Flesh of the Orchid

(11)1949You Never Know with Women

(12)1949You're Lonely When You're Dead

(13)1950Figure It Out for Yourself
also The Marijuana Mob


(14)1950Lay Her Among the Lillies

(15)1951Strictly for Cash

(16)1952The Fast Buck

(17)1952Double Shuffle

(18)1953I'll Bury My Dead
(19)1953This Way for a Shroud
(20)1954Tiger By the Tail
(21)1954Safer Dead
(22)1955You've Got It Coming
(23)1956There's Always A Price Tag
(24)1957The Guilty Are Afraid

(25)1958Not Safe to Be Free
also The Case of the Strangled Starlet


(26)1959Shock Treatment
(27)1959The World in My Pocket
(28)1960What's Better Than Money
(29)1960Come Easy – Go Easy
(30)1961A Lotus for Miss Quon
(31)1961Just Another Sucker
(32)1962I Would Rather Stay Poor
(33)1962A Coffin from Hong Kong
(34)1963One Bright Summer Morning
(35)1963Tell It to the Birds
(36)1964The Soft Centre
(37)1965This Is for Real
(38)1965The Way the Cookie Crumbles
(39)1966You Have Yourself a Deal
(41)1967Have This One on Me
(42)1967Well Now – My Pretty
(43)1968An Ear to the Ground
(44)1968Believed Violent
(45)1969The Whiff of Money
(46)1969The Vulture Is a Patient Bird
(47)1970Like a Hole in the Head
(48)1970There's a Hippie on the Highway
(49)1971Want to Stay Alive?
(50)1971An Ace Up My Sleeve
(51)1972Just a Matter of Time

(52)1972You're Dead Without Money
(53)1973Have a Change of Scene
(54)1973Knock, Knock! Who's There?
(55)1974So What Happens To Me?
(56)1974Goldfish Have No Hiding Place
(57)1975Believe This – You'll Believe Anything
(58)1975The Joker in the Pack
(59)1976Do Me a Favour, Drop Dead
(60)1977My Laugh Comes Last
(61)1977I Hold the Four Aces
(62)1978Consider Yourself Dead
(63)1979You Must Be Kidding
(64)1979A Can of Worms
(65)1980You Can Say That Again
(66)1980Try This One for Size
(67)1981Hand Me a Fig Leaf
(68)1982Have a Nice Night
(69)1982We'll Share a Double Funeral
(70)1983Not My Thing
(71)1984Hit Them Where It Hurts

James L. Docherty

(72)1941He Wont Need It Now

Raymond Marshall

(73)1940Lady, Here's Your Wreath
(74)1944Just The Way It Is
(75)1945Blonde's Requiem
(76)1947Make The Corpse Walk
(77)1947No Business of Mine
(78)1948Trusted Like the Fox
also Ruthless

(79)1949The Paw in the Bottle
(81)1951But A Short Time To Live
also The Pick-up

(82)1951Why Pick on Me?
(83)1951In A Vain Shadow
(84)1952The Wary Transgressor
(85)1953The Things Men Do
(86)1954The Sucker Punch
(87)1954Mission To Venice
(88)1955Mission To Siena
(89)1956You Find Him, I'll Fix Him
(90)1958Hit And Run

R. Raymond

(91)1946Slipstream: A Royal Air Force Anthology

Ambrose Grant

(92)1947More Deadly Than The Male

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