Alfred Hitchcock: Rope (#262)
Dashiel Hammett: Nightmare Town (#379)
Lange Lewis: Meat for Murder (Dell #135)
Helen Reilly: Mourned on Sunday (Dell #63)
Dashiell Hammett: A Man Called Spade (Dell #90)
Bonus link: Slate delves into the mystery of Agatha Christie’s rabbit’s warren of author’s notebooks:
Her less-than-refined writerly day began with finding her notebook, which surely she’d left right there. Then, having found a notebook (not the one she’d used yesterday), and staring in stunned amazement at the illegible chicken scratchings therein, she would finally settle down to jab at elusive characters and oil creaky plots. Most astonishing, Curran discovers that for all her assured skewering of human character in a finished novel, sometimes when Christie started her books, even she didn’t know who the murderer was. Ah! It makes sense—a brilliant mystery writer must first experience the mystery! Or does it?
Miss Marple, she ain’t.