Nudists Die Naked

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Shell Scott didn’t mind the killers or con-men. What bothered him was that fantastic nudist camp

One of the greatest titles ever. This looks like Robert Maguire’s work, but I can’t be certain. [Update: Lynn Maguire confirmed it is his work]

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Way Of A Wanton (1964)

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“There was a fire in her eyes that was scorching me — me, Shell Scott, the private eye who couldn’t tell whether a dame wanted to kiss me, or kill me!”

From the back:

No matter how you look at it, 36-22-35 are magic numbers. They have a real message for me. I’m Shell Scott, the private eye, and I’m very good at figures. You might say I follow them very carefully. I’ve been following this one figure for several days and learned her name is Sherry. She looks as though she were designed by a sex fiend, and I hated to think she was mixed up in murder. It almost made me crawl back into my Shell. But somebody was planning to send me to my friendly neighborhood mortician and I had to find out who — or die trying.

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Strip For Murder

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Shell Scott grinned: “I want the facts, ma’am. Just the bare facts.”

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Over Her Dear Body


Shell Scott was being hounded to death — by bombs, bullets and blondes!

“This book is dedicated to: HUDSON’S BAY SCOTCH, KENT CIGARETTES, and YUBAN COFFEE without which it might never have been written.”


Darling, It’s Death (McGinnis)


Baryé Phillips also did three different covers for this book


Dig That Crazy Grave (1971)

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Man, she had a shape to make corpses kick open caskets — and she was dead set on giving me rigor mortis

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Dig That Crazy Grave (1961)


Man, she had a shape to make corpses kick open caskets — and she was dead set on giving me rigor mortis


Find This Woman (1951)

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She was elusive as a jungle animal and bloody kills marked her trail

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Always Leave ‘Em Dying (1954)


Gals, guns, guys go round and round as Shell Scott spins the wheel
Shell Scott tangles with a cult of evil

Baryé Phillips’ 1959 cover for this book is here


The Wailing Frail

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Get out your guns and lock up your gals — Here comes Shell Scott
She was a siren, all right, and I’m Shell Scott… answering her call

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Take A Murder, Darling (McGinnis)

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