Lam and Cool Mysteries by AA Fair Erle Stanley Gardner
Donald Lam and Bertha Cool are the protagonists in a series of detective fiction by American author A.A. Fair (Erle Stanley Gardner). Unlike most detectives of his time, Donald Lam is 5’6″, 130 lbs., often ends up in fights and usually comes out on the losing end of them. Lam starts out as an employee of Bertha Cool, a widow in her sixties who began her detective firm once her husband passed away.

Erle Stanley Gardner began his Donald Lam and Bertha Cool series in 1939 with the novel The Bigger They Come. The final novel in the series is All Grass Isn’t Green, published in 1970. All of the novels were originally written as A.A. Fair, but have since been re-published under the author’s real name of Erle Stanley Gardner. Below is a list of Erle Stanley Gardner’s Donald Lam and Bertha Cool books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Donald Lam & Bertha Cool Books


The Bigger They Come(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gold Comes in Bricks(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Turn on the Heat(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Double or Quits(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spill the Jackpot(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bats Fly at Dusk(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Owls Don't Blink(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cats Prowl at Night(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Give 'em the Ax(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crows Can't Count(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fools Die on Friday(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bedrooms Have Windows(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Top of the Heap(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Some Women Won't Wait(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beware the Curves(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Some Slips Don't Show(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
You Can Die Laughing(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Count of Nine(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pass the Gravy(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kept Women Can't Quit(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bachelors Get Lonely(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shills Can't Cash Chips(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Try Anything Once(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fish or Cut Bait(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Up for Grabs(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cut Thin to Win(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Widows Wear Weeds(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Traps Need Fresh Bait(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
All Grass Isn't Green(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Bigger They Come was also released using the title Lam to the Slaughter. Give ‘Em the Ax was also published under the title of An Axe to Grind. Shills Can’t Cash Chips is also known as Stop at the Red Light.

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