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Don and Renee Bain

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Margaret Truman's Capital Crime Series
The 45th novel in the "Murder, She Wrote" series, DESIGN FOR MURDER, will be published in April. It takes Jessica to NYC and its famed Fashion Week, where the season's latest designs take a back seat to murder.

The latest in Margaret Truman's Capital Crime series, DEADLY MEDICINE, will be published in late spring of this year.

Click on the covers of both books to pre-order.

Murder comes to our nation's capital in this series of mysteries and thrillers giving readers an inside look into the workings of both the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department as well as our government's most famous institutions and tourist attractions. Here's an updated list.

Books in Margaret Truman's Capital Crime series are, in order of appearance and date published:
Murder in the White House - (1980) (Written by Bill Harrington)
Murder on Capitol Hill - (1981)
Murder in the Supreme Court - (1981)
Murder in the Smithsonian - (1983)
Murder on Embassy Row - (1984)
Murder at the FBI - (1985)
Murder in Georgetown - (1986)
Murder in the CIA - (1987)
Murder at the Kennedy Center - (1989)
Murder at the National Cathedral - (1990)
Murder at the Pentagon - (1992)
Murder on the Potomac - (1994)
Murder at the National Gallery - (1996)
Murder in the House - (1997)
Murder at the Watergate - (1998)
Murder at the Library of Congress - (1999)
Murder in Foggy Bottom - (2000)
Murder in Havana - (2001)
Murder at Ford's Theatre - (2002)
Murder at Union Station - (2004)
Murder at the Washington Tribune - (2005)
Murder at the Opera - (2006)
Murder on K Street - (2007)
Murder Inside the Beltway - (2008)
Monument to Murder - (2011)
Experiment in Murder - (2012)
Undiplomatic Murder - (2014)
Internship in Murder - (2015)
Deadly Medicine - (2016)
Allied in Danger - (2017)
A longtime collaborator with and friend of the late Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry S. Truman, Donald Bain is continuing the series with the blessing of her family. Margaret Truman's Capital Crime Series comprises 28 books, the latest Internship in Murder is due out August 2015.

Experiment in Murder
Publishers Weekly says:
Bain (Trouble at High Tide and 36 other Murder She Wrote mysteries) channels the late Margaret Truman in the 26th Capital Crimes novel (after 2011’s Monument to Murder). The hit-and-run death in Washington, D.C., of psychiatrist Mark Sedgwick is the opening salvo in an operation led by a rogue CIA agent and a San Francisco psychiatrist, who aim to use a psychologically programmed assassin to kill liberal presidential candidate Sen. George Mortinson. Dr. Nicolas Tatum, who teaches a seminar on evaluating human behavior at George Washington Law School, fingers one of Sedgwick’s patients as the programmed assassin, to his peril. Series regulars Mackenzie Smith and his wife, Annabel Lee-Smith, serve as mere observers and advisers. Bain gets mileage from the many government-funded mind control experiments, conspiracy theories, and big money politics. Political junkies of all stripes should find something to feed their appetites, though cynics will probably be most rewarded.

Murder HE Wrote
From a review: "For anyone wishing to travel with a raconteur, a true renaissance man, this volume is your ticket for the journey. Murder mysteries, comedies, investigative journalism, westerns, biographies, Mafia novels: Donald Bain has written them all in a remarkable career spanning more than 90 titles as author or ghostauthor."
The Purdue University Press edition of "Murder HE Wrote: A Successful Writer's Life," is available through bookstores and online booksellers. Buy or order it now. It was originally published in hardcover with the title "Every Midget Has an Uncle Sam Costume." NOTE: It is now available as an e-book through our publishing company, Hyphenates Books www.hyphenatesbooks.com. This special e-book edition is priced at only $2.99, so fire up your Kindles and Nooks and any other electronic reading devices you own and enjoy this autobiographical trip.

Killer in the Kitchen
A Beef with Leboeuf
Jessica loves the Fin & Claw restaurant, owned by young couple Cabot Cove couple Brad and Marcie. And the eatery is the couple’s dream come true, but it’s quickly turning into a nightmare.
Famed chef Gérard Leboeuf has decided to open his brand of bistro right next to theirs. Given the competition, the charming chef’s manner soon turns sour. Tensions rise hot and fast until they boil over leading to a nasty confrontation between Leboeuf and Brad.
So when one chef is found with a knife planted in his chest, the other becomes the prime suspect. But there’s a long list of those who had a motive to kill in this kitchen war, and it’s up to Jessica to uncover who really added murder to the menu.

Death of a Blue Blood
Jessica Fletcher and her friend Scotland Yard detective inspector George Sutherland are invited to attend a New Year’s Eve Ball at Castorbrook Castle, thanks to her British publisher. Shortly after arriving in the idyllic English countryside, Jessica discovers the body of a lady’s maid in the garden.
While their host, Lord Norrance, his snobbish countess, other members of the household, and party guests squabble over the tragic death in tight-lipped, perfectly mannered, thoroughly British style, family relations are strained as old wounds are reopened and cutting remarks are freely handed out. And that’s only during teatime!

Close up on Murder
The Last Shot
Cabot Cove is being invaded—by Hollywood. One of Jessica’s older novels is being adapted into a big-budget movie. The producer has decided to shoot on location, since the book was loosely based on a murder that shocked Cabot Cove several years earlier.
Unfortunately, everyone on the set seems to have a hidden agenda. A novice director wants his shot at the big time. The lead actress has many unreasonable demands. Her astrologer sees trouble in the stars. And a stranger on the movie lot is stalking Jessica.
When a body is found on the set, a strip of celluloid film wrapped around its neck, there’s a cast and crew of possible suspects. With tensions between locals and the Hollywood horde mounting, Jessica must find the killer before anyone else is left on the cutting room floor.

For a full list of the books in the "Murder, She Wrote" series, see below.

Charlie and the Shawneetown Dame
Charlie and the Shawneetown Dame ia a dramatization of a true story from the Prohibition era, involving one of the more bizarre gang wars in the annals of American crime lore, replete with homemade tank battles, crude bombings from an open-cockpit aircraft, and chronicling the life of Charlie Birger, a flamboyant, slightly mad Al Capone wannabe. And then there's the dame, a beautiful young blonde society babe whose sexual double-dealing entices, then infuriates both rivals' renegade leaders. Of my more than 115 books, this one has always ranked as my particular favorite. It's a remarkable true story. An edition by Purdue University Press is now available online.

Coffee, Tea or Me?
"Coffee, Tea or Me?" was published to great fanfare in 1967, and went on to become a national and international best seller. It showed up on all the important best seller lists as a hardcover, and its paperback edition sold more than 3 million copies. Together with its three sequels, it sold more than 5 million copies, was translated into a dozen languages, and became a CBS made-for-TV movie.

Penguin Books has reissued the book, with a new introduction by me, as a trade paperback. Back when it was originally published, Broadway legends Anita Loos and Jule Stein wanted to make it into a Broadway musical comedy. I opted to go the Hollywood route, my only regret. Now, there's building interest in mounting a retro-musical based upon the book.

The new edition, including all the wonderful original Bill Wenzel illustrations, is now available in book stores and online. Enjoy a look back at a better time in air travel. It truly was fun to be an airline passenger back then.

The CIA's Control of Candy Jones
In the almost 40 years since "The Control of Candy Jones" was first published, the controversy surrounding this wrenching, revelatory tale of how one of America’s most famous models was used by the CIA as a human guinea pig in its infamous mind control experiments, has never completely disappeared. This important, controversial book, written by Donald Bain, author or ghostwriter of more than 115 books, and a close friend of Candy Jones and her husband, broadcasting legend Long John Nebel, was republished by Barricade Books under the title THE CIA’S CONTROL OF CANDY JONES. That's no longer the case and the rights have reverted back to me. We're working on making it available as an e-book through Hyphenates Books, and hope to have it available online soon.

The "Murder, She Wrote" Series
Gin & Daggers – U.S. Hardcover McGraw-Hill (1989) – Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain * * *
U.S. Softcover Avon (1989)
British Hardcover Michael Joseph (1990)
British Softcover Michael Joseph (1991)

Published by Signet. Byline: Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
Manhattans & Murder – (1994)
Rum & Razors – (1995)
Brandy & Bullets – (1995)
Martinis & Mayhem – (1995)
A Deadly Judgment – (1996)
A Palette for Murder – (1996)
The Highland Fling Murders – (1997)
Murder on the QE2 – (1997)
Murder in Moscow – (1998)
A Little Yuletide Murder – (1998)
Murder at the Powderhorn Ranch – (1999)
Knock ‘Em Dead – (1999)
Gin & Daggers (Reissue) – (2000)
Trick or Treachery – (2000)
Blood on the Vine – (2001)
Murder in a Minor Key – (2001)
Provence: To Die For – (2002)
You Bet Your Life – (2002)
Majoring in Murder – (2003)
Destination Murder - (2003)
Dying to Retire - (2004)
A Vote For Murder - (2004)
The Maine Mutiny - (2005)
Margaritas & Murder - (2005)
A Question of Murder - (2006)
Three Strikes and You're Dead - (2006)
Coffee, Tea or Murder? - (2007)
Panning For Murder - (2007)
Murder on Parade - (2008)
A Slaying in Savannah - (2008)
Madison Avenue Shoot - (2009)
A Fatal Feast - (2009)
Nashville Noir - (2010)
The Queen's Jewels - (2010)
Skating on Thin Ice - (2011)
The Fine Art of Murder - (2011)
Trouble at High Tide - (2012)
Domestic Malice - (2012)
Prescription for Murder - (2013)
Close-Up on Murder - (2013)
Aloha Betrayed - (2014)
Death of a Blue Blood - (2014)
Killer in the Kitchen - (2015)
The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher - (2015)
Design for Murder - (2016)
*** Reissued in 2000

The “Coffee, Tea or Me?” Series
Byline: Trudy Baker & Rachel Jones
Coffee, Tea or Me? – Hardcover Bartholomew House (1967) Note: Reissued as a Penguin Classic in 2003 and widely available.
The Coffee Tea or Me Girls’ Round-the-World Diary – Hardcover Grosset & Dunlap (1970)
The Coffee Tea or Me Girls Lay It on the Line – Hardcover Grosset & Dunlap (1972)
The Coffee Tea or Me Girls Get Away From it All – Hardcover Grosset & Dunlap (1974)

NOTE: Softcover editions of all four books published by Bantam Books.

Other Comedies
Tender Loving Care – Hardcover Bartholomew House (1969) – Byline: Joni Moura & Jackie Sutherland
Softcover Fawcett
Girlpower – Fawcett Softcover (1971) – Byline: Kathy Cole & Donna Bain
How to Make a Good Airline Stewardess – Fawcett (1972) – Byline: Cornelius Wohl & Bill Wenzel
If It Moves, Kiss It – Fawcett (1973) – Byline: Joni Moura & Jackie Sutherland
We Gave at the Office – Fawcett (1974) – Byline: Laura Mills & Pauline Burlick
Fly Me – Fawcett (1974) – Byline: Cornelius Wohl & Bill Wenzel
Teachers Pet – Fawcett (1975) – Byline: Janet McMillan & Mitzi Sims
The Casting Couch and Me – U.S. Hardcover Walker Publishing Co. – Byline: Joan Wood; British Hardcover and softcover Peter Elk
U.S. softcover Pocket Books (1976)
Wall Street & Broad – Dell (1976) – Byline: Teri Palmer

J.D. Hardin Western Series
The following nine softcover titles were published by Playboy Press between 1980 and 1983 under the byline J.D. Hardin.

Bloody Sands
The Spirit & the Flesh
Death Flotilla
The Lone Star Massacre
Raider’s Revenge
Raider’s Hell
Apache Gold
Bibles, Bullets & Brides
Death Lode

“Toma” Novels
The Airport Affair – Dell Publishing (1975) – Byline: David Toma & Jack Pearl
The Affair of the Unhappy Hooker – Dell Publishing (1976) – Byline: David Toma & Jack Pearl

Crime Novels
Sado Cop – Playboy Press (1976) – Byline: Nick Vasile
A Member of the Family – Hardcover Tor (1993) – Byline: Nick Vasile
Softcover – Forge (1995)
Raven – Lyle Stuart (1987) – Byline: Mike Lundy
Baby Farm – Lyle Stuart (1987) – Byline: Mike Lundy

Historical Romantic Novels
Daughter of the Sand – Playboy Press (1978) – Byline: Pamela South
The Eagle & the Serpent – Jove (1982) – Byline: Lee Jackson
Texas Lily – Charter Books (1987) – Byline: Stephanie Blake

Other Books
The Racing Flag – Pocket Books (1965) – Byline: Bloys Britt & Bill France
Veronica – British Hardcover W.H. Allen (1969) – Byline: Veronica Lake -- U.S. Hardcover Citadel Press (1969)
The Case Against Private Aviation – Cowles Book Co. (1969) – Byline: Donald Bain
Long John Nebel – Macmillan Publishing Co. (1974) – Byline: Donald Bain
The Control of Candy Jones – Playboy Press (1976) – Byline: Donald Bain
The CIA’s Control of Candy Jones (Reissue of The Control of Candy Jones) – Barricade Books (2002) – Byline: Donald Bain
Caviar, Caviar, Caviar – Lyle Stuart (1981) – Byline: Gerald M. Stein & Donald Bain
The "Girls" in the Newsroom – Charter Books (1983) – Byline: Marjorie Margolies
The World’s Best Bartenders’ Guide – HP Books (1998)– Byline: Joseph Scott & Donald Bain
Club Tropique – Fawcett (1978) – Byline: Donald Bain
War in Illinois – Prentice-Hall (1978) – Byline: Donald Bain
Charlie & the Shawneetown Dame (Reissue of War in Illinois) – Purdue University Press(2004) – Byline: Donald Bain
Caviar, Caviar, Caviar – Lyle Stuart (1981) – Byline: Gerald M. Stein & Donald Bain
The "Girls" in the Newsroom – Charter Books (1983) – Byline: Marjorie Margolies
The World’s Best Bartenders’ Guide – HP Books (1998)– Byline: Joseph Scott & Donald Bain
Every Midget Has an Uncle Sam Costume (autobiography) – Barricade Books (2002) – Byline: Donald Bain;
Murder, He Wrote (Reissue of Every Midget Has an Uncle Sam Costume)– Purdue University Press (2006) – Byline: Donald Bain -- Kindle edition – Hyphenates Books (2012)
Lights Out! —Severn House (2014) –Byline: Donald Bain

Four non-fiction books ghostwritten for business leaders.

Selected Works

For anyone who aspires to a writer's career, this book is a must-read.
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"With shades of The Manchurian Candidate hanging over the entire story, Experiment in Murder takes on the subject of hypnosis and creating unknowing murderers. "
Murder, She Wrote
When competing restaurants open in Cabot Cove, Jessica must track down who killed one of the chefs.
Jessica Fletcher is invited to ring in the New Year with British aristocracy. Too bad someone’s about to end the life of the party....
Jessica investigates a cast and crew of suspects when someone is found dead on a movie set.
My Favorite Book
Madness and mayhem during Prohibition.
My book of 35 years ago, "Coffee, Tea or Me? was reissued spring 2003, with a new foreword.
Remarkable Tale
A Cold War cult classic, once again available to the reading public.