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The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan

(1941)
(The eighth book in the Hildegarde Withers series)
A novel by

 
 
On vacation in Hollywood, Miss Withers gets a job -- and a case.

Hildegarde Withers -- schoolteacher and occasional detective -- has just finished planning her grand European tour when Germany invades Poland. Not wishing to join the international conflict, she books a ticket to Hollywood, trading the Louvre and the Vatican for the Brown Derby and La Brea tar pits. She has only been in Los Angeles three days when she's offered a job in pictures. Not as a starlet -- Miss Withers is no ingenue -- but as a technical adviser to a film version of the Lizzie Borden story. The job is perfect, for no one knows murder like Miss Withers.

On her first day at Mammoth Studios, the screenwriter in the next office dies of an apparent broken neck. To understand why, Miss Withers must contend with a film producer who makes her third graders look like grown-ups -- and a killer every bit as vicious as Lizzie Borden herself.

The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan is part of the Hildegarde Withers Mysteries series, which also includes The Penguin Pool Murder and Murder on the Blackboard.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Stuart Palmer's The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan

Hardback Editions

October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (A Hildegarde Withers Mystery)
Author(s): Stuart Palmer
ISBN: 1-61316-114-X / 978-1-61316-114-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: American Mystery Classics
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April 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery)
Author(s): Stuart Palmer
ISBN: 1-4328-6289-8 / 978-1-4328-6289-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (A Hildegarde Withers Mystery)
Author(s): Stuart Palmer, Otto Penzler
ISBN: 1-61316-104-2 / 978-1-61316-104-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: American Mystery Classics
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October 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan
Author(s): Stuart Palmer
ISBN: 0-553-26024-3 / 978-0-553-26024-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan, The (Hildegarde Withers)
Author(s): Stuart Palmer
ISBN: 1-5318-1690-8 / 978-1-5318-1690-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan: Hildegarde Withers, Book 8
Author(s): Stuart Palmer
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (The Hildegarde Withers Mysteries)
Author(s): Stuart Palmer
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU