Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Case of the Straw Man by Doris Miles Disney

First published in 1951; cover shown is the 1958 first UK edition by W. Foulsham & Co.
Cover artist unknown.
192p. Mystery fiction.

First sentence: At five minutes to five Lucy Graham closed her typewriter and cleared her desk.


Gavin L. O'Keefe said...

This is an amazing cover! I'm not familiar with this book or Disney as an author, but I am mightily impressed with the jacket. (Was this a recent score in the ACT?) Thanks for sharing the image.

Chocolate Cobwebs said...

Glad you liked the cover, Gavin... it's a favouite of mine, too. And yes, it's a Canberra find - $7 in a used book store.

I'm not very familiar with Disney either. I'd heard of her, but never read any of her work or actually even seen any of her books. I think she was big in the US, but not so much in the rest of the world. Hopefully 'The Straw Man' turns out to be as good a read as the cover!

Gavin L. O'Keefe said...

:-) CC, that was indeed a nice find for $7 - worth it for the jacket alone, and a true bargain if the book is a good read. (I'll look forward to a review at some future stage...!)

Xavier said...

A great cover for a great book. I'm a great fan of Disney, and this one is among her best.

The French cover if you're interested:

I fail to see what Charlton Heston had to do with this book, but I guess the publisher had his reasons.