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Dell Shannon was a pen name of Elizabeth Linington. She also used Anne Blaisdell, Lesley Egan, Egan O'Neill. She also published under her own name. Do not combine her with Del Shannon (1934–1990), the singer-songwriter.

Exploit of Death 84 copies, 3 reviews
Double Bluff 71 copies, 1 review
Case Pending 68 copies
Murder Most Strange 68 copies, 2 reviews
Blood Count 64 copies, 2 reviews
Mark of Murder 62 copies, 1 review
Cold Trail 61 copies, 1 review
The Motive on Record 61 copies, 1 review
Deuces Wild 60 copies, 2 reviews
Spring of Violence 60 copies, 1 review
Felony at Random 60 copies, 1 review
Murder with Love 56 copies, 1 review
Crime File 55 copies, 1 review
First Four (4-in-1) 54 copies, 1 review
Streets of Death 46 copies, 1 review
Knave of Hearts 45 copies
Chaos of Crime 44 copies
Unexpected Death 42 copies, 1 review
The Ringer 41 copies
Felony File 41 copies, 1 review
Kill With Kindness 40 copies, 1 review
Extra Kill 39 copies
Whim to Kill 38 copies
The Anglophile 37 copies
Coffin Corner 36 copies
Chance to Kill 35 copies
Murder by the Tale 35 copies, 1 review
Ace of Spades 35 copies
Motive in Shadow 35 copies, 1 review
Schooled to Kill 35 copies, 1 review
Look back on death 33 copies, 1 review
The Manson Curse 32 copies, 1 review
Death by inches 32 copies
Paper Chase 31 copies
Root of All Evil 30 copies, 1 review
The Miser 28 copies, 1 review
Policeman's Lot 27 copies
The Proud Man 27 copies
Crime by chance 27 copies
The Blind Search 27 copies, 1 review
A Dream Apart 26 copies
Little boy lost 26 copies
Scenes of Crime 26 copies
Nightmare 25 copies, 1 review
Consequence of Crime 24 copies, 2 reviews
Date with Death 24 copies, 1 review
Felony Report 23 copies
No Villain Need Be 23 copies, 2 reviews
A Feast of Egan 22 copies
Greenmask! 22 copies
Strange Felony 20 copies
In the Death of a Man (Author) 20 copies
Four by Egan 20 copies, 1 review
Alter ego 19 copies
Random Death 18 copies
No Evil Angel 16 copies, 2 reviews
Detective's Due 12 copies
Something wrong 10 copies
Run to Evil 10 copies
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Elizabeth Linington was a prolific novelist and writer, producing about 80 books in her career. Called the "queen of the procedurals," she was one of the first American women to write police procedurals — a male-dominated genre before that. Her novel Case Pending (1960), which introduced her most popular series character, Lieutenant Luis Mendoza, head of the Los Angeles Police Department's homicide squad, was awarded runner-up for Best First Mystery Novel from the Mystery Writers of America. Nightmare (1961) and Knave of Hearts (1962), in the same series, both were nominated for Edgar Awards in the Best Novel category. Her interests in archaeology, the occult, gemstones, antique weapons, and languages were reflected in her works. As noted below, she wrote under numerous pen names.
Disambiguation notice
Dell Shannon was a pen name of Elizabeth Linington. She also used Anne Blaisdell, Lesley Egan, Egan O'Neill. She also published under her own name. Do not combine her with Del Shannon (1934–1990), the singer-songwriter.

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