The Second Golden Age of Mystery & Crime MEGAPACK ®: Ruth Chessman (Epub/Kindle/pdf)
I first encountered Ruth Chessman's work when browsing back issues of Manhunt magazine--and I was immediately intrigued. Manhunt was a noir/hardboiled digest-sized mystery magazine, and female bylines were uncommon. A quick check showed that she also published stories in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine as well as a 1965 middle-grade novel called "Bound for Freedom," which was adapted as a movie.
She must have instilled her love of crime writing in her family, since her daughter turns out to be none other than mystery writer Jane K. Cleland -- who was kind enough to grant us permission to reprint her late mother's work. (Jane also supplied us with copies of hard-to-find stories.)
Ruth Chessman was a very good, if far too infrequent writer. This collection assembles most of her published short fiction. Included are:
- THE SEARCH FOR A DEAD MAN'S BODY
- MURDER -- EARLY AMERICAN
- POOR SHERM
- THE HARRINGTON FARTHING
- IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?
- THE PERFECT HUSBAND
- SILENTLY, SILENTLY
- THE CRIME THAT DID NOT FOLLOW