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  • 4th Quarter 2010 Vol. 59, No. 4 Whole No. 229

    Philatelic Literature Review Journal of the American Philatelic Research Library

    Philatelic Fiction

  • Philatelic Literature Review

    Journal of the American Philatelic Research Library

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    Philatelic Literature Review (USPS 928-660, ISSN-0270-1707) is published quarterly by the American Philatelic Research Library, Inc. (APRL). Telephone: 814-933-3803, ext 247; Fax: 814-933-6128; E-mail: plr@stamps. org; Website: Postmaster: send address changes to the APRL, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823. Periodicals postage paid at Bellefonte, PA 16823, and additional entry offices. Annual subscription rates: $18, regular members; $30, sustaining members; and $50, contributing members. Libraries and institutions, $30. Single copy price, $3.75.

    Features President’s Message — Roger Brody 291

    From the Librarian’s Desk — Tara Murray 298

    Colophon — David L. Straight 301

    Library News — Larry T. Nix 313

    What’s on Your Bookshelf — Kathy Johnson 316

    Keeping Up with the Latest News Online — Tara Murray 317

    Philatelic Decoupage — Bonny Farmer 318

    A Peek Inside the APRL Archives: The Clipping Files — Tara Murray 323

    Philatelic Fiction: A Bibliography, Part I — Gerald Strauss, Paul Albright and Michael Meadowcroft 327

    2011 Postal History Symposium 334

    Philatelic Exhibits Available from the APRL Part II: Italy–Viet Nam 335

    Departments APRL New Acquisitions 354 APRL Want List 326 Book Reviews 367 Index of Advertisers 365 Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse 381 Philatelic Literature Contributors 312

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    Philatelic Fiction: A Bibliography, Part I by Gerald Strauss, Paul Albright, and Michael Meadowcroft

    A collaborative effort by three philatelists who also are avid readers of crime fiction, this bibliography has benefitted from the suggestions of other whodunit fans, whom we thank. Fictional stamps, like other jewels, seem to gravitate to the world of theft, murder and mayhem, so it is not surprising that the majority of titles incorporating philately into their plot line are detective sto- ries; however, there are a number of regular fiction items as well.

    Like all bibliographers we strived to be comprehensive, but can- not claim to have attained that goal and recognize that we are pre- senting a work in progress. Therefore, suggested additions are wel- come and should be sent to Gerald Strauss at The degree of philatelic interest in the entries varies considerably; in some it is central, but in many it is peripheral. A second install- ment will cover short stories, plays, films, and juvenile and young adult fiction.

    Items available in the holdings of the APRL are marked with an asterisk. Most are on the open shelves, some (as indicated) are fragile and are held in the Closed Stacks for in-library use only. Donations of missing titles would be welcomed.

    NOVELS *Ackerman, Morris. Multiplex Man

    and the One Penny Orange Mystery (Chevy Chase, MD: Chevy Chase Publishing Co., 1997).

    Ashbrook, Harriette. A Most Immoral Murder (New York: Coward-McCann, 1935).

    Aveline, Claude. The Passenger on the U., trans. Mervyn Savill (London: Dobson, 1968).

    *Beasley, David. The Jenny: A New York Library Detective Novel (Simcoe, ON, Canada/Buffalo, NY: Davus, 1994).

    *de Beauregard, G., and H. de Grosse. The Stamp King, trans. Edith C. Phillips (London: Stanley Gibbons, 2010, 1905,

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    1899. [Originally published in French as Le Roi de Timbre- Poste (Paris: Hachette et cie., 1898), and by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd. (London, 1899). Published serially, in 27 chapters in Gibbons Stamp Weekly (Vol. I, No. 5, February 4, 1904 to Vol. II, No. 25, December 16, 1905); the 1899 edition and a spiral-bound copy of the installment series also is in the APRL.]

    Befeler, Mike. Retirement Homes Are Murder (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2007).

    *Benedictus, David. The Stamp Collector (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1994).

    Benson, Ben. Stamped for Murder (New York: Detective Book Club, 1952).

    Bestor, George Clinton. The Postage Stamp Murder (New York: Dial, 1935).

    *Block, Lawrence. The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1995).

    *Block, Lawrence. Hit List (New York: HarperTorch, 2000).

    *Block, Lawrence. Hit Man (New York: William Morrow, 1998). [Closed Stacks]

    *Block, Lawrence. Hit Parade (New York: William Morrow, 2006).

    *Block, Lawrence. Hit and Run (New York: William Morrow, 2008).

    Bradley, Alan. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (New York: Delacorte Press, 2009).

    Bradley, Alan. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag (New York: Delacorte Press, 2010).

    Bray, Arthur. The Clue of the Postage Stamp (Dublin: Alex Thom, 1913).

    *Brin, David. The Postman (Toronto/New York/London: Bantam Books, 1985).

    *Bukowski, Charles. Post Office (Santa Rosa, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1971).

    *Burroughs, W. Dwight. The Wonderland of Stamps (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1910).

    *Chittenden, Jonathan Brace. Stolen Stamps; A Philatelic Romance [Privately published, having been written for the 1926 International Philatelic Exhibition in New York.] [Closed Stacks]

    *Creasey, John. Death of a Postman (New York: Harper, 1956).

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    Crowley, John. Great Work of Time (New York: Bantam, 1991. [This actually is a 1989 novella, which also has been published in volumes with other short works by Crowley. It won the 1990 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella.]

    *Cunningham, E. V. The Case of the One-Penny Orange (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977).

    Deighton, Len. Spy Line (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989).

    Disney, Doris Miles. Black Mail (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1958).

    Disney, Doris Miles. Mrs. Meeker’s Money (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1961).

    Disney, Doris Miles. Unappointed Rounds (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1956. [United Kingdom: The Post Office Case (London: Foulsham, 1957).]

    Eberhart, Mignon. Postmark Murder (New York: Random House, 1956).

    Esrati, Stephen. Comrades, Avenge Us

    (Shaker Heights, OH: Esrati Books, 1955).

    *Forman, Henry James. The Pony Express: A Romance (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1925).

    Forrest, Richard. Death Under the Lilacs (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985).

    *Gann, Ernest K. The Aviator (New York: Arbor House, 1981).

    Garve, Andrew. Murder Through the Looking Glass (New York: Harper, 1951).

    *Graves, Robert. The Antigua Stamp (New York: Random House, 1937). [United Kingdom: Antigua, Penny, Puce (London: Constable, 1936).]

    *Highland, Frederick. The Mystery Box (Bellingham, WA: Ana Libri Press, 1998).

    “She leaned over just far enough for me to get a whiff of the perfume, French and the kind most saps can’t afford, and dropped the envelop of stamps right in front of me with a click of her crimson nails.” Frederick Highland, The Mystery Box (1998).

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    Hrabal, Boumil. I Served the King of England (London: Vintage, 2009).

    *Imeson, W. E. The Stamp-Fiends’ Raid (in Philatelia’s Cause); A Philatelic Phantasy (London: Horace Cox, 1903). [Closed Stacks]

    *Innes, Hammond. Solomon’s Seal (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980).

    *Jonath, Leslie. Postmark Paris; A Little Album of Memories (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1995)

    Jevons, Marshall. The Fatal Equilibrium (Cumberland, RI: MIT Press, 1985).

    *Kahn, Steve. New York, N.Y. 10022 (New York: Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, 1979).

    Kelland, Clarence Buddington. The Great Mail Robbery (New York: Harper, 1950).

    *King, Gerald M. Alice Through the Pillar-Box and What She Found There; A Philatelic Phantasy (London: Whizzard Press in association with Andre Deutsch, Ltd., 1978).

    Lemarchand, Elizabeth. Step in the Dark (New York: Walker, 1976).

    Lennon, J. Robert. Mailman (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003).

    Loring, Emily. Fair Tomorrow (New York: Bantam, 1968).

    Lovesey, Peter. Bloodhounds (New York: Mysterious Press, 1996).

    *MacDonald, John D. The Scarlet Ruse (New York: Lippincott, 1973).

    Maitland, Barry. The Chalon Heads (London: Orion, 1999)


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