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Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Carnival of Death

The Carnival of Death (Mystery/Suspense)
By L. Ron Hubbard
ISBN #978-1592122479
136 Pages
Price $9.95
Rating 5-Stars

This book actually contains two stories by L. Ron Hubbard: THE CARNIVAL OF DEATH, originally published in the 11/34 Popular Detective, and THE DEATH FLYER, originally published in the 4/36 Fantasy Magazine.
            In THE CARNIVAL OF DEATH, Henry Shreve contacts the government asking for help, as he believes his carnival, SHREVE’S MAMMOTH CARNIVAL is being used to distribute drugs. The Secret Service sends agent Robert W. Clark to act as the carnival detective, and discover the drug connection. Instead, Bob Clark discovers several murders. Men with their heads decapitated, and four African headhunters are missing from the show. Does this have anything to do with the drugs? And who is the young blond man that keeps getting in his way?
            In THE DEATH FLYER, civil engineer Jim Bellamy is returning to camp after working late one night. Following a set of railroad tracks, he’s suddenly caught in them as a train approaches. But the train stops and the train engineer tells him to get on board. But something is amiss. He’s among a train of ghosts. He doesn’t have a ticket, but a pretty young girl approaches and gives him one, then tells him she’s been waiting for him. Ten years ago this train ran off the tracks and fell into a river, killing all on board. It’s up to Jim to stop the train this time, if he can. If not, he might join the dead passengers.
            This was a fun book, both stories topnotch, and though I enjoyed the mystery, I loved the ghost story best. I just haven’t read a ghost story in years, and this one was so much fun, it made me want to read more of them. Guess I’ve been missing something in my reading. Regardless, I highly recommend this to mystery – and ghost – lovers.

Tom Johnson


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