Richard and Frances Lockridge were an American novel writing duo. The couple were best known for their successful series of books. Mr. and Mrs. North, a popular mystery series.

Richard Lockridge grew up in Missouri and then went to school at the University. He would ten go on to serve in the United States Navy before returning home and getting a job at the Kansas City Star as a reporter. It was there that he would meet his future wife, Frances Louise Davis. After marrying the two moved to New York. It was here that Richard published his first book, but it was actually Frances’ idea that hatched Mr. and Mrs. North. She came up with the plot and Richard used some characters he had created earlier in his career. This spawned a 26-book series with numerous adaptations.

Publication Order of Mr. and Mrs. North Books

The Norths Meet Murder(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Out of Turn(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Pinch of Poison(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Aisle(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hanged for a Sheep(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Takes a Bow(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killing the Goose(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Payoff for the Banker(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Tall Man(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Within Murder(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Untidy Murder(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Is Served(1948) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dishonest Murderer(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in a Hurry(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Comes First(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead As a Dinosaur(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Curtain for a Jester(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Has a Small Voice(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Key to Death(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of an Angel aka Mr & Mrs North and the Poisoned Playboy(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Voyage into Violence(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Long Skeleton(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Is Suggested(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Judge Is Reversed(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Has Its Points(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder by the Book(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Captain Heimrich Books

Think of Death(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Want to Go Home(1948) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spin Your Web, Lady(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foggy, Foggy Death(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Client Is Cancelled(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death by Association aka Trial by Terror(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stand Up and Die(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death and the Gentle Bull aka Killer in the Straw(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Burnt Offering(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Let Dead Enough Alone(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Practise to Deceive(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Accent on Murder(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Show Red for Danger(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
With One Stone aka No Dignity in Death(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Distant Clue(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
First Come, First Kill(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Can't Wait(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Roundabout(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
With Option to Die(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Risky Way to Kill(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Inspector's Holiday(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Not I Said the Sparrow(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Run(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tenth Life(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bernard Simmons Books

Squire of Death(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Plate of Red Herrings(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Twice Retired(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Something Up a Sleeve(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Hour(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Nathan Shapiro Books

Murder for Art's Sake(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Die Laughing(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Preach No More(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Write Murder Down(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Or Was He Pushed?(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Streak of Light(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Old Die Young(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Death in the Mind(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Matter of Taste(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Faceless Adversary aka Case of the Murdered Redhead(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tangled Cord(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Catch As Catch Can(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Innocent House(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
And Left for Dead(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Drill Is Death(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night of Shadows(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ticking Clock(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devious Ones aka Four Hours to Fear(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quest of the Bogeyman(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Lady, Two Cats(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in False Face(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in a Sunny Place(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Troubled Journey(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Darling of Misfortune(1932) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


If You Like Richard & Frances Lockridge Books, You’ll Love…

The Norths Meet Murder is the first book in the series. The book sees Jerry and Pamela North, a sophisticated Greenwich Village couple, with an upstairs apartment that has been as empty as long as they can remember. They are living the life in 1930s Greenwhich Village with cocktail parties galore so one day they decide to throw one in the empty upstairs apartment. As things get going they make a startling revelation, there is a dead man in the bathtub. The couple know that they should leave this one to the authorities, but they can’t help trying to find out which neighbor was rude enough to leave a body in their upstairs tub.

Another good book in this series is called A Pinch of Poison. The book sees David McIntosh taking out the young beauty Lois Winston to dinner atop the Ritz-Plaza Hotel. The two share a couple of drinks before dinner, but Lois’ second drink doesn’t sit so right and she falls dead to the floor. Lt. Weigand is on the investigation and he calls in two friends to help solve the case: Pamela and Jerry North.

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