Mysteries For Children
In addition to the "Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators" series for older children, Mr. Hitchcock edited these nine books for the same group. These books are large volumes, 7"x10". Shipping on the hardback books: Email us for shipping charges. (Paperback versions: email us for charges). For shipping savings books on this page may be combined with any other books on www.AlfredsPlace.com. (Please be sure to use the red 4 or 5 digit code when ordering).
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Alfred Hitchcock's Daring Detectives C1 Edited by Alfred Hitchcock. Eleven Exciting Stories of Great Feats of Detection. Random House New York. @ 1969. 208 pages. Illustrations by Arthur Shilstone. Quote Mr. H from the Introduction; "This is a collection of some of my favorite detective stories. In it we shall peer over the shoulders of many of fiction's finest detectives, to track down the malefactor and set wrong to right. We will pick up clues, solve tantalizing mysteries and unravel riddles that seem impenetrable. I believe you will find this group of stories as exciting, as engrossing, as any I have brought you." Included are "The Day the Children Vanished" by Hugh Pentecost, "Through a Dead Man's Eye" by Cornell Woolrich, "The Disappearance of Mrs. Davenheim" by Agatha Christie, "Green Ice" by Stuart Palmer, "The Grave Grass Quivers" by MacKinlay Kanton, "The Case of the Irate Witness" by Erle Stanley Gardner, "Adventure of the Grice-Paterson Curse" by August Derleth, "The Headmaster" by Michael Gilbert, "The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats" by Ellery Queen, "The Wicked Cousin" by Leslie Charteris, "The Footprint in the Sky" by John Dickson Carr.
Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery C3 Edited by Alfred Hitchcock. Eleven Spooky Stories for Young People. Illustrated by Fred Banbery. Random House New York. @ 1962. 206 pages. Quoting Mr. Hitchcock from the Introduction; "A ghost's life is not as happy and carefree as you would think. They must live in dark, damp places. They are usually denied human companionship. How often have you deliberately avoided some secluded spot simply because you knew a ghost was haunting the place? For shame! Think how lonely he must have been.--And this is precisely why they are mischievous. They are simply trying to attract attention. I'm sure you have done the same thing.--When you were much younger, of course. But now it is time for you to browse through my gallery. This is not a one-man show. The gallery is featuring nine of the very best ghost writers. Pick out a story and read it. That will make you one-tenth of a ghost. The proceed with the others. I know you will enjoy yourselves, and the next time you see my friendly apparition rising from inside your television tube, I trust you will feel a new friendship toward a fellow spirit." Featured Hauntings include "Miss Emmeline Takes Off" by Walter Brooks, "The Valley of the Beasts" by Algernon Blackwood, "The Haunted Trailer" by Robert Arthur, "The Upper Berth" by F. Marion Crawford, "The Wonderful Day" by Robert Arthur, "The Truth About Pyecraft" by H. G. Wells, "Housing Problem" by Henry Kuttner, "In a Dim Room" by Lord Dunsany, "Obstinate Uncle Otis" by Robert Arthur, "The Waxwork" by A. M. Burrage, "The Isle of Voices" by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful C2 Edited by Alfred Hitchcock. Nine "COOL" stories about Haunted Houses and Ghosts for Boys and Girls. Illustrated by Fred Banbery. Random House New York. @ 1961. 208 pages. Quote Mr. Hitchcock in the Introduction: "First, find a room where you can be alone. Comfortable? Uh-uh! Take that transistor radio out of your ear. We want absolute quiet. Next, turn the light down low. I know; plenty of light is better for your eyes. However, it is death to ghosts and we should always think of others. Now, concentrate on the printed page... --What's that? You hear a strange noise? I'm sure it's just a shutter banging in the wind. --You don't have shutters? Good! You attitude indicates you have completed your reading readiness and are all set. You may begin wandering through our little tract of haunted houses. --No, I'm not coming with you. this is as far as I go." Writers contributing to this haunting include "Let's Haunt A House" by Manly Wade Wellman, "The Wastwych Secret" by Constance Savery, "Jimmy Takes Vanishing Lessons" by Walter R. Brooks, "The Mystery Of Rabbit Run" by Jack Bechdolt, "The Forgotten Island" by Elizabeth Coatsworth, "The Water Ghost Of Harrowby Hall" by John Kendrick Bangs, "The Red-Headed League" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Treasure In The Cave" by Mark Twain, "The Mystery In Four-And-A-Half Street" by Donald & Louise Peattie,
Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum C4 Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur. Twelve Shuddery Stories for Daring Young Readers. Illustrated by Earl E. Mayan. Random House New York. @ 1965. 207 pages. From Mr. Hitchcock's Introduction; "As one who has known and been fond of many fine monsters of the motion-picture variety, I find today's crop of monsters lacking in variety or imagination. After all, a monster does not have to be a beast so large he wipes out a suburb every time he lashes his tail. Nor does he have to be in a roughly human-shaped creature with his head bolted to his neck. Indeed, no! I contend that a monster can be only a shadow on the wall - but what a shadow! Or a giant only inches tall? Or a gentleman with a tail like a cat? As you read on, just keep firmly in mind that these are stories, and you will be fine. So, onward, young friends. The monsters are coming!" Featured monster-osities are "The Day Of The Dragon" by Guy Endore, "The King Of The Cats" by Stephen Vincent Benet, "Slime" by Joseph Payne Brennan, "The Man Who Sold Rope To The Gnoles" by Idris Seabright, "Henry Martindale, Great Dane" by Miriam Allen deFord, "The Microscopic Giants" by Paul Ernst, "The Young One" by Jerome Bixby, "Doomsday Deferred" by Will F. Jenkins, "Shadow, Shadow On The Wall" by Theodore Sturgeon, "The Desrick On Yandro" by Manly Wade Wellman, "The Wheelbarrow Boy" by Richard Paker, "Homecoming" by Ray Bradbury.
BUY IT C4SC2 Softcover. Former library copy, usual library markings - Good condition. $5.
Alfred Hitchcock's Sinister Spies C5 Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur. Eleven Stories of Espionage and Daring Intrigue for Young People. Illustrated by Paul Spina. Random House New York. @ 1966. 206 pages. Mister Hitchcock from the Introduction; "Ssssh! Don't look now, but you're being spied on. You don't know it, but you are. Who's doing it? It's not a who, it's a what. See that big, dark eye in the corner staring at you? See How it seems to watch your movements without ever blinking, no matter where you are in the room? That's what's spying on you. Oh, it's just your television set? Well, maybe... Did it ever occur to you that when you're not looking at it, it's looking at you? Though the work of spies is deadly serious, their adventures can be suspenseful entertainment. I hope you will enjoy these tales of excitement and adventure." Included are "The Strange Drug of Dr. Caber" by Lord Dunsany, "The Army of the Shadows" by Eric Ambler, "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" by Arthur Conan Doyle, "Somewhere in France" by Richard Harding Davis, "The Traitor" by W. Somerset Maugham, "Code No. 2" by Edgar Wallace, "The Problem Solver and the Spy" by Christopher Anvil, "The Uninvited" by Michael Gilbert, "QL696.C9" by Anthony Boucher, "Legacy of Danger" by Patricia McGerr, "Citizen in Space" by Robert Sheckley.
BUY IT C5SC1 Softcover, former library copy, usual library markings. Fair to good condition. $6.
Alfred Hitchcock's Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries C6 by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur. Five exciting cases to test the wits of young detectives -- with solutions, by the master of suspense, at the end of each story. Illustrated by Fred Banbery. Random House New York. @ 1963. 206 pages. From the foreword by Mr. Hitchcock; "Good evening, and welcome to Alfred Hitchcock's Bureau of Investigation. We are now offering a special feature to the public - a book full of new, exciting stories of suspense and mystery on the self-service, solve-it-yourself plan for those who like to test their detective ability against some good, meaty clues. On the other hand, for those of you who like to race after the evildoer with a "tallyho!" and a "there he goes!" we will handle all arrangements. You can enjoy the excitement of the chase and leave the clues to us. We will gather them up after you and arrange them all neatly in place. This is a wonderful form of togetherness if you care to try it. But one thing I do beg of you. Adhere to the stern code of the mystery reader. Don't reveal the answers to anyone when you have read the stories. Make your friends learn the solutions the hard way. See that they read the stories too!" The mysteries include "The Mystery of the Five Sinister Thefts", "The Mystery of the Seven Wrong Clocks", "The Mystery of the Three Blind Mice", "The Mystery of the Man Who Evaporated", "The Mystery of the Four Quarters".
BUY IT C6SC1 Softcover, former library copy, usual library stamps - excellent condition. $9. C6SC2 Softcover, former library copy, usual library stamps - fair condition. $5. C6HC1 Hardcover, like new inside, no markings, matt laminated cover very minor wear on edges. $13. C6HC2 Hardcover, very good inside, no markings, gloss laminated cover minor bumping & minor cracking. $10. C6HC4 Hardcover, excellent inside, gloss laminated cover excellent, dj good. $12.
Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbinders in Suspense C7 Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Robert Arthur. Thirteen Stories of Mystery and Excitement selected by the Master of Suspense. Illustrated by Harold Isen. Random House New York. @ 1967. 206 pages. A word from our sponsor; "These are mystery-suspense stories. Some will keep you on the edge of your chair with excitement. Others are calculated to draw you along irresistibly to see how the puzzle works out. I have even included a sample or two of stories that are humorous, to show you that humor and mystery can also add up to suspense. So here you are, with best wishes for hours of good reading." Featured Spellbinders include "The Chinese Puzzle Box" by Agatha Christie, "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier, "Puzzle For Poppy" by Patrick Quentin, "Eyewitness" by Robert Arthur, "Man From The South" by Roald Dahl, "Black Magic" by Sax Rohmer, "Treasure Trove" by F. Tennyson Jesse, "Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper" by Robert Bloch, "The Treasure Hunt" by Edgar Wallace, "The Man Who Knew How" by Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Dilemma of Grampa DuBois" by Clayre and Michel Lipman, "P. Moran, Diamond-Hunter" by Percival Wilde.
Alfred Hitchcock's Supernatural Tales Of Terror and Suspense C8 Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Henri Veit. Eleven Tales of Terror & Suspense. Illustrated by Robert Shore. Random House New York. @ 1973. 172 pages. The Master from the Introduction; "In these stories you will discover astonishing things about the long dead, the recent dead, and the un-dead. If you are bold enough to read these eleven stories all the way through, I'll wager that you will see some familiar things in quite a new light. Happy reading! Or should I say happy shuddering?" Contributions include "The Triumph of Death" by H. Russell Wakefield, "The Strange Valley" by T. V. Olsen, "The Christmas Spirit" by Dorothy B. Bennett, "The Bronze Door" by Raymond Chandler, "Slip Stream" by Sheila Hodgson, "The Quest For 'Blank Claveringi'" by Patricia Highsmith, "Miss Pinkerton's Apocalypse" by Muriel Spark, "The Reunion After Three Hundred Years" by Alexis Tolstoy, "The Attic Express" by Alex Hamilton, "The Pram" by A. W. Bennett, "Mr. Ash's Studio" by H. Russell Wakefield.
BUY IT C8HC1 Hardcover, Near new condition, laminated cover, no dj, Excellent. $15.
Alfred Hitchcock's Witch's Brew C9 Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, with Henry Veit. Eleven eerie Stories About Magic, Witchcraft, and the Supernatural. Illustrated by Stephen Marchesi. Random House New York. @ 1977. 171 pages. From the foreword by Master Hitchcock; "You have caught me at my newest hobby -- cooking. As you will soon see, I have been preparing nothing so ordinary as a mixture of eye of newt and wing of bat with a lizard's egg thrown in for good measure. My cauldron contains a heady brew of occult tales by eleven master storytellers. I venture to say that you will find all of them spellbinding. I could go on, but I'm sure you're eager to proceed to the feast. So if you are not too timid to try a taste of something new, something beyond everyday experience, turn the page and commence reading." Tales thrown into the cauldron include "The Wishing Well" by E. F. Benson, "That Hell-Bound Train" by Robert Bloch, "As Gay As Cheese" by Joan Aiken, "Madame Mim" by T. H. White, "Blood Money" by M. Timothy O'Keefe, "His Coat So Gay" by Sterling Lanier, "They'll Never Find You Now" by Doreen Dugdale, "The Widow Flynn's Apple Tree" by Lord Dunsany, "In The Cards" by John Collier, "Strangers In Town" by Shirley Jackson, "The Proof" by John Moore.
BUY IT C9SC1 Softcover, excellent condition. $9. C9SC1 Softcover, no markings, very good condition. $7. C9PB1 Paperback, excellent. $5. C9PB2 Paperback, excellent. $5. C9PB3 Paperback, no markings, good $3.
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