Dolores Hitchens

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Julia Clara Catharine Dolores Birk Olsen Hitchens[1] (1907, San Antonio, Texas – 1973, San Antonio, Texas), better known as Dolores Hitchens, was an American mystery novelist who wrote prolifically from 1938 until her death. She also wrote as D. B. Olsen, a version of her first married name,[2] and under the pseudonyms Dolan Birkley and Noel Burke.[2]

Hitchens collaborated on five railroad mysteries—"police procedurals about a squad of railroad cops"—with her second husband, Bert Hitchens, a railroad detective.[2] She also branched out into other genres including Western fiction. Many of her mystery novels centered on a spinster character named Rachel Murdock.

Hitchens wrote Fool's Gold, the 1958 novel adapted by Jean-Luc Godard for his film Bande à part (Band of Outsiders, 1964). Her novel, The Watcher, was adapted for an episode of the TV series "Thriller" which aired November 1, 1960.

Publications[edit]

As Dolores Hitchens[edit]

Jim Sader mysteries
  1. Sleep with Strangers (Doubleday: [a]The Crime Club, 1955); U.K. edition, London: Macdonald, 1956
  2. Sleep with Slander (Doubleday CC, 1960); UK: London: T.V. Boardman & Co., 1961, American Bloodhound Mystery no. 345
Simon & Schuster issued trade paperback editions in 1989 (Sleep with Strangers, ISBN 0-671-65286-9; Sleep with Slander, ISBN 0-671-65285-0).
By Dolores and Bert Hitchens
  • F.O.B. Murder (Doubleday [a]CC, 1955); UK: 1957, American Bloodhound no. 154
  • One-Way Ticket (Doubleday CC, 1956); UK: 1958, American Bloodhound no. 193
  • End of Line (Doubleday CC, 1957); UK: 1958, American Bloodhound. no. 216
  • The Man Who Followed Women (Doubleday CC, 1959); UK: 1960, American Bloodhound no. 332
  • The Grudge (Doubleday, 1963); UK: 1964, American Bloodhound. no. 466
Standalone books
  • Stairway to an Empty Room (Doubleday [a]CC, 1951)
  • Nets to Catch the Wind (Doubleday CC, 1952) — also Widows Won't Wait (NY: Dell Publishing, 1954)
  • Terror Lurks in Darkness (Doubleday CC, 1953)
  • Beat Back the Tide (Doubleday CC, 1954); UK: Macdonald, 1955 — abridged as The Fatal Flirt (NY: Joseph W. Ferman, Bestseller mystery no. 184)
  • Fool's Gold (Doubleday CC, 1958); UK: 1958, American Bloodhound no. 234
  • The Watcher (Doubleday, 1959); UK: 1959, American Bloodhound. no. 279
  • Footsteps in the Night (Doubleday CC, 1961); UK: 1961, American Bloodhound no. 366
  • The Abductor (Simon & Schuster, 1962); UK: 1962, American Bloodhound no. 385
  • The Bank with the Bamboo Door (Simon & Schuster, 1965); UK: 1965, American Bloodhound no. 504
  • The Man Who Cried All the Way Home (Simon & Schuster, 1966); UK: London: Robert Hale, 1967
  • Postscript to Nightmare (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1967) ISBN 0-399-10647-2; UK title, Cabin of Fear (Michael Joseph, 1968)
  • A Collection of Strangers (Putnam, 1969) ISBN 2-7201-0046-3; UK title, Collection of Strangers (Macdonald, 1970)
  • The Baxter Letters (Putnam, 1971) ISBN 0-399-10073-3; UK: Hale, 1973
  • In a House Unknown (Doubleday CC, 1973) ISBN 0-385-03265-X; UK: Hale, 1974
Plays
  • A Cookie for Henry: one-act play for six women (NY: Samuel French, 1941), as Dolores Birk Hitchens

As D. B. Olsen[edit]

Rachel Murdock mysteries
  1. Cat Saw Murder (Doubleday, 1939)
  2. Alarm of Black Cat (Doubleday, 1942)
  3. Catspaw for Murder (Doubleday, 1943); aka Cat's Claw
  4. The Cat Wears a Noose (Doubleday, 1944)
  5. Cats Don't Smile (Doubleday, 1945)
  6. Cats Don't Need Coffins (Doubleday, 1946)
  7. Cats Have Tall Shadows (Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, 1948)
  8. The Cat Wears a Mask (Doubleday, 1949)
  9. Death Wears Cat's Eyes (Doubleday, 1950)
  10. Cat and Capricorn (Doubleday, 1951)
  11. The Cat Walk (Doubleday, 1953)
  12. Death Walks on Cat Feet (Doubleday, 1956)
Prof. A. Pennyfeather mysteries
  1. Shroud for the Bride (Doubleday, 1945); aka Bring the Bride a Shroud
  2. Gallows for the Groom (Doubleday, 1947)
  3. Devious Design (Doubleday, 1948)
  4. Something About Midnight (Doubleday, 1950)
  5. Love Me in Death (Doubleday, 1951)
  6. Enrollment Cancelled (Doubleday, 1952); aka Dead Babes in the Wood
Lt. Stephen Mayhew mysteries
  1. The Clue in the Clay (New York: Phoenix Press, 1938) – her first book published under any name; also NY: Bartholomew House, 1946, A Bart House Mystery no. 35, ASIN B000HU0N64
  2. Death Cuts a Silhouette (Doubleday, 1939)

As Dolan Birkley[edit]

  • Blue Geranium (Bartholomew House, 1944)
  • The Unloved (Doubleday, 1965)

As Noel Burke[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Published for The Crime Club by Doubleday."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dolores Hitchens". Bleeker Books (bleekerbooks.com).
  2. ^ a b c "Ziff-Davis Fingerprint Mysteries", or "A Complete Set of Fingerprints". Bill Pronzini, Victor Berch & Steve Lewis. March 8 (2006?). MYSTERY*FILE: The Crime Fiction Research Journal (mysteryfile.com). Copyright 2003–2006. With March 11 footnote to section D. B. Olsen.[1] Retrieved 2014-04-08.

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