RARA-AVIS: Helen Nielsen (no relation to Juanita)

From: Rene Ribic ( rribic@optusnet.com.au)
Date: 13 Jul 2002

> My copy is part of a Detective Book Club three-for-one
> omnibus, which also contains Helen Nielsen's _Sing Me A
> Murder_, a beautifully constructed novel that I had never
> read, and _Murder After A Fashion_, by one Spencer Dean (I
> haven't read it). Nielsen deserves attention. I am going to
> pick up more of her stuff.

I suggest you try DETOUR (aka DETOUR TO DEATH in the 1950's Dell paperback). It was reissued in the original Black Lizard line, along with SING ME A MURDER. I preferred DETOUR (no relation to the classic film noir of the same title) but I can't remember why. She seems to have been a prolific short story writer - a lot of her shorts turned up in Manhunt & Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (I assume the latter to be the case - she's always in those Hitchcock anthologies that Dell used to put out).


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