Craig Rice is the pen name of American author Georgiana Ann Randolph Craig (1908-1957), who wrote mystery novels. She is known for her John J. Malone series. Her mysteries combined hardboiled detective fiction with screwball comedy. She also ghostwrote for George Sanders and Gypsy Rose Lee, and collaborated with Stuart Palmer and Ed McBain. Craig Rice was the first female author to ever appear on the cover of Time Magazine.

Craig Rice made her debut as a novelist in 1939 with the novel Eight Faces at Three (aka Death at Three). Below is a list of Craig Rice’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of John J. Malone Books

(with Stuart Palmer)

Eight Faces at Three / Death at Three (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Corpse Steps Out (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wrong Murder (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Right Murder (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trial by Fury (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Midget Murders (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Having a Wonderful Crime (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lucky Stiff (1945)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fourth Postman (1948)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Double Frame / Knocked for a Loop (1957)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
My Kingdom for a Hearse (1957)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Name is Malone (1958)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder, Mystery and Malone (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
People vs. Withers & Malone (With: Stuart Palmer) (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
But the Doctor Died (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak Books

(with Ed McBain)

The Sunday Pigeon Murders (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Thursday Turkey Murders (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The April Robin Murders (With: Ed McBain) (1958)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The G-String Murders (As: Gypsy Rose Lee) (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Yesterday's Murder / Telefair (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Slept All Day (As: Michael Venning) (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mother Finds a Body (As: Gypsy Rose Lee) (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
To Catch a Thief (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Home Sweet Homicide (1944)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crime on My Hands (As: George Sanders) (1944)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stranger at Home (As: George Sanders, With: Leigh Brackett) (1946)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Innocent Bystander (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Once Upon a Train (1950)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Don't Go Near (1953)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

I'm a Stranger Here Myself and Other Stories (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Craig Rice Synopsis: Yesterday’s Murder is a standalone title by Craig Rice. If it hadn’t been for his great-uncle Philip, David Telefair would’ve grown up unwanted, forlorn, and poverty stricken in a New England parsonage. But for twenty years, David’s generous benefactor paid for his education, yearly summer camps, living expenses as he grew older, and any amenities he ever needed. Odd that David had never spoken to him in his entire life. Odder still that after all this time, the aging Philip has now extended an invitation for David to meet him at his isolated estate on Telefair Island in the Chesapeake.

From the moment David arrives, something feels… off. First was the local minister’s daughter’s queer way of describing David’s visit: inevitable; then the unaccountable loathing in the eyes of a Telefair servant; and finally a perilously pale female cousin who welcomes David with a warning: “You ought never to have come.” This is less a family reunion than an ingeniously designed trap of murder, madness, and nasty family secrets.

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