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Stuart Palmer (June 21, 1905 -February 4, 1968) was a popular mystery novel author and screenwriter, best known for his character Hildegarde Withers.

Palmer was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, "was descended from some of the earliest English colonists, (and) had held a variety of jobs including seaman, apple picker, taxi-driver and newspaper reporter before turning to fiction." His first novel, "The Penguin Pool Mystery" was published in 1931 and filmed the following year by RKO Radio Pictures as "Penguin Pool Murder". Character actress Edna May Oliver starred as Palmer's heroine, Hildegarde Withers, a spinster schoolteacher who was an amateur sleuth -- something of an American version of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple although considerably more comic and caustic. "The model for the unusual sleuth had been his high school teacher, a Miss Fern Hakett, he later admitted." Oliver's casting was a happy coincidence as Palmer had been influenced by her performance in the Broadway production of "Showboat" when creating the character. The film was a hit and Oliver starred in two more Withers films, but she left RKO in 1935. The series foundered, with Helen Broderick and later ZaSu Pitts in the role for another three films. "The success of his first novel also inspired Palmer to collect pictures and statues of penguins and he even devised a personal trademark featuring one of these birds."

Several of Stuart Palmer's stories were made into motion pictures. In 1936, he penned his first screenplay and would go on to write several others, most of them B movies. Palmer wrote for many B mystery series, scripting the first three Bulldog Drummond films for Paramount, and later entries in Columbia's Lone Wolf and RKO's The Falcon series.

Palmer wrote several Hildegarde Withers mystery novels, including "Murder on the Blackboard" (1932), "Murder on Wheels" (1932), "The Puzzle of the Pepper Tree" (1934), "Four Lost Ladies" (1949), and "Cold Poison" (1954), set in the thinly disguised Walter Lantz animated-cartoon studio. The short story collection, "People vs. Withers and Malone" (1963), was a collaboration with Craig Rice and featured Rice's hard-drinking lawyer detective J. J. Malone; and "Hildegarde Withers Makes the Scene" (1969) was completed by Fletcher Flora upon Palmer's death and published posthumously. Palmer also featured Withers in short stories that were published in newspapers and mystery magazines; some were collected in "The Riddles of Hildegarde Withers" (1947), "The Monkey Murder" (1950), and "Hildegarde Withers: Uncollected Riddles" (2002).

"The Adventure of the Remarkable Worm" was a humorous Sherlock Holmes pastiche that was published in Ellery Queen's The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1944. In 1960, "The Adventure of the Marked Man" was published by Palmer in "Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine". This short pastiche takes the detective Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson to the seaside village of Penzance, in Cornwall. There, they investigate the strange warnings given to Allen Pendarvis, and the subsequent attempt on his life. "The two pastiches, one serious and one comic, were written while Palmer was marooned at an army post in Oklahoma, where he was serving as an instructor.…."

Palmer also wrote a few detective novels with the lead character of Howie Rook and served one year as President of the Mystery Writers of America.

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Total Books: 34
The Penguin Pool Murder
2007 - The Penguin Pool Murder [Hildegarde Withers Mystery] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781601870131
ISBN-10: 1601870132
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 4

Miss Withers Regrets
2007 - Miss Withers Regrets [Rue Morgue Vintage Mystery] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781601870056
ISBN-10: 1601870051
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 3

Nipped in the Bud
2007 - Nipped in the Bud [Hildegarde Withers] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781601870018
ISBN-10: 1601870019
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 1

The Puzzle of the Blue Banderilla
2004 - The Puzzle of the Blue Banderilla [Hildegarde Withers] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780915230709
ISBN-10: 0915230704
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2

Quatre de perdues
2004 - Quatre De Perdues (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782264036995
ISBN-10: 2264036990
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Hildegarde Withers Uncollected Riddles
2002 - Hildegarde Withers Uncollected Riddles [Crippen Landau Lost Classics] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781885941855
ISBN-10: 1885941854
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Classic Detective Stories From a Suitcase of Suspense
1999 - Classic Detective Stories From a Suitcase of Suspense (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781840720716
ISBN-10: 1840720719
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Universities Today
1998 - The Universities Today (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780761810063
ISBN-10: 0761810064
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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Murder on the Blackboard
1992 - Murder on the Blackboard (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781558821248
ISBN-10: 1558821244
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2

Murder on Wheels
1991 - Murder on Wheels [Library of Crime Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781558821132
ISBN-10: 1558821139
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Penguin Pool Murder
1991 - Penguin Pool Murder [Library Crime Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781558820760
ISBN-10: 1558820760
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2

People vs Withers   Malone
1991 - People Vs Withers Malone [Library of Crime Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781558820777
ISBN-10: 1558820779
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Glass Engraving Drill Techniques
1990 - Glass Engraving Drill Techniques (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780713460087
ISBN-10: 0713460083
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
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Murder on the  Blackboard
1988 - Murder on the Blackboard (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553267969
ISBN-10: 0553267965
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 3

The Puzzle of the Red Stallion
1987 - The Puzzle of the Red Stallion [aka The Puzzle of the Briar Pipe - Hildegarde Withers, Bk 6] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553261509
ISBN-10: 0553261509
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 4

The Puzzle of the Silver Persian
1986 - The Puzzle of the Silver Persian (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780553259346
ISBN-10: 0553259342
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 3

The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan
1986 - The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553260243
ISBN-10: 0553260243
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 5

Violent Society
Violent Society (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780808403548
ISBN-10: 0808403540
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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Puzzle of the Briar Pipe
Puzzle of the Briar Pipe (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780854681334
ISBN-10: 0854681337
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Prevention of Crime
Prevention of Crime (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780877051060
ISBN-10: 0877051062
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Role of Hostels in a Changing World
Role of Hostels in a Changing World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780901244116
ISBN-10: 0901244112
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