Collier Front Page Mysteries checklist
The Collier Front Page Mystery series was published in two uniform bindings over the years:
- A red binding with a man inside a spiderweb embossed on the front cover, ran from the 1920's to 1931.
- There was a hiatus from 1932-1941.
- A black binding with various weapons embossed on the cover, ran from 1942-1947.
Beginning with the 2nd series, a "series number" appears on the title page. Many years had five titles in each "series". They were likely sold as sets, explaining why they tend to appear on the used market in sets of five titles.
Those titles which show the year I have in my collecton. Cells in yellow are my speculations. Titles with a blank year I have seen offered on the used market, but I do not have a copy.
The following list is likely incomplete. If you are aware of additional titles, please let me know.
Red binding, man in spiderweb embossed on front cover (33 titles)
Author Title Series Date Comment Berkeley, Anthony The Silk Stocking Murders 1 1928 Brock, Lynn Murder on the Bridge 3 1930 Buck, Neville Marked Men 2 1929 Campbell, Alice Juggernaut 1 1928 Carr, John Dickson It Walks by Night 3 1930 Carr, John Dickson The Lost Gallows 3 1931 Christie, Agatha The Seven Dials Mystery 2 1929 Clevely, Hugh Call the Yard! 4 1931 Dalton, Moray The Body in the Road 3 1930 pseu. of Katherine M. Renoir Dutton, Charles Streaked with Crimson 2 1929 Ferguson, John The Man in the Dark 2 1928 Fletcher, J. S. The Diamond Murders 2 1929 Footner, Hulbert The Mystery of the Folded Paper 3 1930 Footner, Hulbert The Under Dogs 1 1925 Freeman, R. Austin The Eye of Osiris 2 Gluck, Sinclair The Shadow in the House 2 1929 Hart, Frances Noyes The Bellamy Trial 1 1927 Holden, Raymond The Penthouse Murders 4 1931 Hughes, Rupert The Ladies' Man 3 1930 King, Rufus Murder in the Willett Family 4 1931 Loban, Ethyl The Calloused Eye 4 1931 MacDonald, Philip The Crime Conductor 4 1931 Martin, Stuart The Trial of Scotland Yard 3 1930 Morris, W. F. "G.B." 2 1929 Packard, Frank The Adventures of Jimmy Dale 2 1929 Packard, Frank The Big Shot 2 1929 Plum, Mary The Killing of Judge MacFarlane 3 1930 Propper, Milton The Boudoir Murder 3 1931 Propper, Milton The Ticker-Tape Murders 3 1930 Rhode, John The Murder at Bratton Grange 2 1929 Rinehart, Mary Roberts The Man in Lower Ten 1 1909 1909 is the original copyright date, not printing date Wallace, Edgar The Girl from Scotland Yard 2 1929 Wells, Carolyn Deep Lake Mystery 1 1928
Yellow cells are my speculations. It appears the first series was not so marked.
Black binding, weapons embossed on front cover (19 titles)
Author Title Series Date Comment Blau, Ernest Queen's Falcon 9 1947 likely the final title Eberhart, Mignon Wings of Fear 7 1946 Ford, Leslie Murder in the OPM 6 1942 Ford, Leslie Siren in the Night 6 1943 Gardner, Erle Stanley Case of the Drowning Duck 5 1942 Hughes, Dorothy The Delicate Ape 7 1944 Hughes, Dorothy Ride the Pink Horse 8 1946 Irish, William Phantom Lady 5 1942 Lockridge, Frances & Richard Death on the Aisle 5 1942 Lockridge, Frances & Richard Killing the Goose 7 1944 Lockridge, Frances & Richard Murder Within Murder 8 1946 McCloy, Helen The Goblin Market 7 1943 Reilly, Helen Murder on Angler's Island 7 1945 Saunders, Clare Design for Treachery 8 1947 Starrett, Vincent Murder in Peking 8 1946 Stout, Rex Black Orchids 5 1942 Treat, Lawrence H as in Hunted 8 1946 Walling, R.A.J. The Corpse with the Eerie Eye 5 1942 Walling, R.A.J. A Corpse by Any Other Name 6 1943