Stuart Palmer

Stuart Palmer (1905–1968) was an American author of mysteries. Born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Palmer worked a number of odd jobs—including apple picking, journalism, and copywriting—before publishing his first novel, the crime drama Ace of Jades, in 1931. It was with his second novel, however, that he established his writing career: The Penguin Pool Murder introduced Hildegarde Withers, a schoolmarm who, on a field trip to the New York Aquarium, discovers a dead body in the pool. Withers was an immensely popular character, and went on to star in thirteen more novels, including Miss Withers Regrets (1947) and Nipped in the Bud (1951), as well as a series of movies based on the books.

Bibliography

  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    The Penguin Pool Murder (#1)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    Murder on Wheels (#2)
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    Murder on the Blackboard (#3)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    The Puzzle of the Pepper Tree (#4)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    The Puzzle of the Silver Persian (#5)
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    The Puzzle of the Red Stallion (#6)
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    The Puzzle of the Blue Banderilla (#7)
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    The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (#8)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    Miss Withers Regrets (#9)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    Four Lost Ladies (#10)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    The Green Ace (#11)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    Nipped in the Bud (#12)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    Cold Poison (#13)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    People vs. Withers and Malone
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    Hildegarde Withers Makes the Scene (#14)
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  • Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
    Hildegarde Withers: Uncollected Riddles
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  • Standalone
    Before It’s Too Late
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  • Standalone
    Omit Flowers
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  • Standalone
    Ace of Jades
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  • The Howie Rook Mysteries
    Unhappy Hooligan (#1)
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  • The Howie Rook Mysteries
    Rook Takes Knight (#2)
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Reviews

Hildegarde Withers Mysteries

The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (#8)
“Hildegarde Withers once more on the hunt, as a vacation in California lands her a movie job and two dealers to clear up. Her own death brings Inspector Piper to the scene, and her resurrection cuts through Hollywood red tape as she becomes a target for the killer. Entertaining, original.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Stuart Palmer’s books remain wonderfully readable, in no small part because they are quite genuinely funny, and Hildegarde Withers and Inspector Piper make a first-rate odd couple of detectives. I do recommend THE PUZZLE OF THE HAPPY HOOLIGAN as one of Palmer’s best.”

Classic Mysteries

“The puzzle aspect of this book is well achieved, with plenty of information for the readers to grapple with.”

Cross-Examining Crimes

“The writing and characters were up to [Palmer’s] usual standards and made for a fun, fast-pasted read.”

Moonlight detective

Standalone

The Howie Rook Mysteries