Mysterious Cats Word Search

I hope you enjoyed reading the cat blog in the previous post. Now you can test your skills by searching for words related to our feline friends. Find the words listed with capital letters.

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Cats in Mysteries

I’ve noticed that today’s cozy mystery book covers often feature a cat as part of the art. Many times, the cat pictured is there for decoration and does not play a role in the story. In other books, the cat may be the feline companion of the principal character, and in some stories the cat is an integral part of helping the detective solve the crime.

The frequency of cats on the covers got me thinking about the history of our fury companions, and also some of my favorite movies and books that have a cat in the story.

History of the Cat

When cat fossils were first discovered, it was difficult to determine specific species or origins. The only distinguishing characteristic was a slight difference in size. But with the development of DNA research in 2006, scientists had additional information to help establish origins.

From this research, scientists believed a cat that lived in Asia traveled to North America by the Bering land bridge and then returned to Asia. Each time the cat migrated, a new species developed and one of these new species became the common house cat. Many experts believe Felis libyca, an African wildcat, is the original ancestor of our domestic cats.

Originally, researchers thought the cat’s domestication was about 4000 years old and part of the ancient Egyptian culture. More recent research shows cats lived near Chinese farmers some 5300 years ago. These farming villages attracted the cats because of rodents and other small animals living in the area. This was a mutually beneficial relationship as the farmers didn’t have to deal with pest control and the cats had a ready source of food.

In the Middle Ages, the fate of the cat changed from being a respected hunter to one of persecution. During this time, many people believed that witches and black cats formed alliances. This alliance allowed the witches to transform themselves into a cat so they could cast spells without their victims being aware.

Settlers brought these same beliefs to America. When an unexplained event or death occurred, people believed the devil, using witchcraft, was responsible. The result was the era of the Salem Witch trials.

After such a negative beginning in America, it took many decades for the cat to elevate its status beyond superstitions. Today, cats enjoy the number two spot as the most popular pet in America behind the dog. Even though cats are in second place in pet popularity, they can take comfort in knowing their cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for cognitive information processing—is more complex than in dogs. Cats have some 300 million neurons, as compared to 160 million in dogs.

Cat Superstitions

The Black Cat

There are many superstitions associated with black cats. As mentioned above, written documentation supports the superstition between black cats, witches and witchcraft.  Not only black cats, all cats are nocturnal and people believed they roamed freely during the dark hours doing mischief.

Throughout early 13th century Europe until the 17th century Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts, they killed black cats along with those charged as witches. Black cats continue as icons of anything related to witchcraft, especially during the Halloween season.

 Do Black Cats Bring Bad Luck?

Do black cats signal death? In medieval times, they believed that any animal with black fur or feathers, including ravens and crows, signaled death. Several countries believed if they found a black cat on a sick person’s bed, death was imminent. And if they spotted a black cat during a funeral procession, another family member would pass away within a short period.

Medieval times were not the only era with cat superstitions. Even today many people still believe it’s bad luck if a black cat crosses your path or you spot one walking away from you. But it’s good luck if a white cat walks towards you or crosses in front of you.

Black Cats Aren’t all Bad Luck

While Americans associate black cats with bad luck, other cultures find black cats a source of good luck.

Sailors believed a black cat on a ship could be lucky. If the cat walked on and stayed on the ship, it meant good luck. Although, if the cat walked on and then off again, it was a sign that the ship would sink. Wives of fishermen often kept a black cat at home as good luck charms to help the sailor make a safe return.

In Japan, black cats and all cats are symbols of good fortune and prosperity. The Japanese Maneki Neko cat statue, which can be black or white, sits inside almost all businesses. It raises one paw to wave in good fortune. Also, many young, single women in Japan own black cats, because they believe it will bring them many suitors.

Do Cats have 9 lives?

One of the best-known superstitions is that cats possess nine lives. We may base this myth on the cat’s ability to leap and make safe landings that would normally injure other animals. The association with witches who could turn themselves into other creatures and bring them back from the dead may also have added to this belief.

 

Cats on the big screen

There are many examples of cats in the movies starting with the early monster flicks like The Black Cat starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. And who can forget Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s white Persian cat in the James Bond movies, or Cat Woman as the thorn in Batman’s side, or the interesting scenes created by Crookshanks, Hermione Granger’s pet cat, in the Harry Potter movies.

There are many choices, but I’m going to focus on two of my favorite movies where cats play a significant role and reinforce the supernatural element of the feline.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is a movie which exemplifies the witch trials and the use of a cat for casting spells. Young Thackery Binx sees his young sister, Emily, captured by witches. The witches are trying to regain their youth, but in the process, they kill Emily. They also cast a spell on Thackery, condemning him to an immortal life as a black cat named Binx. The movie follows the return of the Sanderson sisters—Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, who play the witches executed in the 17th century.

The plot focuses on a group of local teens, trying to eliminate the witches, break the curse on Binx and reunite him with his sister during a series of Halloween events.

Bell, Book and Candle

In the movie Bell, Book, and Candle, Gillian, played by Kim Novak is a witch who uses her cat, Pyewhacket, to cast spells. This includes casting a spell on Shepherd, Jimmy Stewart, so he will fall in love with her. We get an inside look at the world of witches and warlocks as Shepherd attempts to reverse Gillian’s spell. We learn that when Gillian falls in love; she loses her powers as a witch, and her formerly faithful cat leaves as he can no longer help her with spells.

Besides Novak and Stewart, the movie has a wonderful supporting cast which includes Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Janice Rule, Hermione Gingold, and Elsa Lancaster

 

Mystery Books with Cats

There are many books available with a feline assistant, so it was difficult to select just four. However, these four examples, all series, feature cats in different ways.

Lilian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who… Series

It’s hard to discuss any series with a cat without first mentioning Lilian Jackson Braun. I might add this was my first blog for this website highlighting this remarkable author.

The series features former city crime reporter Jim Qwilleran, with his large moustache, his baseball cap and his two Siamese cats, Kao K’o-Kung (nicknamed Koko) and Koko’s companion, Yum Yum.

In later books, this unlikely trio leaves the city and shares a converted old apple barn in the town of Pickax in Moose County, which readers learn is located 400 miles north of everywhere. And like the residents of Pickax, I looked forward to Qwilleran’s Qwill Pen column in the Moose Something newspaper.

While Qwilleran was the chief character in the stories, most readers knew the actual hero of the series was Koko. Koko had a “sixth sense” which enabled him to assist Qwill in solving mysteries. This special cat knew in advance when something dire was about to happen. Koko not only predicted the future, but aided Qwilleran, usually by knocking a book off a shelf, to the clues that would help him solve the crime.

This is one of the most famous long-running cozy mystery series begun in 1966 with The Cat Who Read Backwards and continued for twenty-nine mystery novels and three related collections. Ms. Braun was still writing at the time of her death at 97. This should also be an inspiration to all writers: it’s never too late to write a story. 

Miranda James Offers A Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series 

 This was a new read for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed this series featuring librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel. Unlike the cat series with Qwill and Koko, Charlie and Diesel aren’t a crime-solving team. Diesel has no special powers, but he seems to understand what his owner says and offers comfort to others. He’s Charlie’s best friend, which makes these books a fun read.

Charlie Harris is a librarian who gets involved with solving murders in the small town of Athena, Mississippi. He lives in his deceased Aunt Dottie’s house and rents out rooms to college students. Charlie, is a retired widower who spends his time working at the Athena College library in the books and archives department, and volunteering at the local public library.

The first mystery, Murder Past Due, involves one of Charlie’s borders, a first-year student Justin Wardslaw, who unwittingly becomes mixed up with the murder of a local author. While James writes several mystery series, he currently has twelve additional books in the Cat in the Stack group.

Rita Mae Brown and the Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series

My third pick is the long-running book series by Rita Mae Brown featuring tiger cat Mrs. Murphy and her companion, Tee Tucker, a corgi and a fat grey cat named, Pewter.

The stories feature postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, and her pets solving a series of murders occurring in the town of Crozet, Virginia. As postmistress, Harry knows everyone in the town and she’s not afraid to ask questions as she tries to solve the crime. However, the reader soon learns that her pets are usually one step ahead of her and try to lead her in the right direction for the solution.

We get to read the story from both the human and the animal’s perspective as each follows a path to uncover the clues and the suspects. The first book in the series created in 1990 is Wish You Were Here, followed by 28 additional Mrs. Murphy books. One additional fact, we are told that another cat named Sneaky Pie Brown is the actual author of the books.

H.Y. Hanna Offers the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries

I started this series with the audiobook version. I found these books a great way to end the day with a bedtime story listening to narrator Pearl Hewitt’s lovely English accent.

The series features Gemma Rose, owner of a tearoom and her somewhat naughty tabby cat, Muesli. Gemma earned her degree at Oxford and the reader learns about the various colleges and the traditions the institution follows, along with visits to the surrounding Cotswolds villages.

Although Gemma runs the Little Stables Tearoom featuring traditional English treats, what’s not so traditional are the dead bodies that keep turning up. Helping her solve all the murders is boyfriend Devlin O’Connor—CID detective, four elderly patrons known as the Old Biddies, her best friend Cassie and of course Muesli.

Gemma calls Muesli naughty because of his nature for constantly getting into things and straying away from Gemma to do his own snooping. However, most of his antics lead to a clue that helps advance the solution. Muesli is also very protective of Gemma and on more than one occasion has leaped to her rescue.

Cats in Mystery Books Wrap-up

With these examples, we have four different roles for our feline helpers. Koko provides a sixth sense to help Qwill solve the crimes in Lilian Jackson Braun, the Cat Who… series. In the Cat in the Stack series, Diesel is a pleasant companion to Charlie and a comfort to those caught in the current crime. With our third example, the reader relies on Mrs. Murphy and Tee Tucker to help guide Harry and the reader towards the correct solution. And our final feline assistant, Muesli, helps find clues while protecting his owner.

If you are a fan of cats or you just want to read a good mystery, check out these four authors along with the many other mystery books with a cat in the story.

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Take the Spirit of Murder – Faraday Murder Series Book #4

Baffling incidents, ghostly sightings, and murder confront Carrie and Charles Faraday in the latest entry in my cozy mystery series. I’d like to tell you a bit about the plot. But don’t worry, I’ve been very careful not to give away the ending.

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Carrie and Charles Faraday are looking forward to a much-needed vacation in this fourth book in the Faraday Murder Series.

The couple married late in life, but since their marriage, they’ve solved three murders. They met while searching for the murderer of Charles’s brother Jamie in Take a Dive for Murder. Then Carrie faced charges for the murder of the playboy son of a prominent family in Take Stock in Murder, and last summer the couple solved a murder that involved her father’s computer company in Take a Byte Out of Murder. Now they’re ready for some relaxation and are trying to decide where to go on vacation.

While selecting reading material to take on their holiday, they get an unusual invitation from the owners of the Tri-County bookstore, sisters Maddy Luther and Marge Millford. The sisters’ family owns a century old country inn, Millford Manor, with a rich history in the northern part of the state.

Perhaps because of all the history, Manor guests have always reported seeing fleeting apparitions. These include a Civil War soldier in uniform and a woman in fifties style dress dancing through the hallways. There are also unexplained sounds of music and mysterious voices.

The sisters report these previously friendly spirits are now causing problems. Guests are being told to “get out,” property is being destroyed, and reservations and event bookings are falling. The incidents are having a financial impact on the Manor’s bottom line. The sisters implore the couple to spend their vacation at Millford Manor to see if they can discover who or what is behind all these negative events.

Carrie and Charles consider Maddy and Marge good friends and feel like they want to help. The sisters, unlike other members of the Nottingham community, were supportive when the police charged Carrie with murder.

The couple decides this is a perfect situation for them. They can enjoy a holiday at Millford Manor and have the challenge of an intriguing puzzle to solve. They will be undercover with Carrie posing as a writer hired by the family to create a new marketing brochure. This will give her access to all the behind the scene locations.

Based on the original advertising brochure the sisters showed them, the couple assumed the inn was an oversized bed-and-breakfast. They are both shocked and pleasantly surprised to find that Millford Manor is a large resort with several restaurants and multiple amenities. They’re hoping they can find a quick solution to the unwanted activity and then enjoy their holiday.

The couple starts their investigation by meeting the cousins of Maddy and Marge, who handle the day-to-day management: Beatrice, Albert and Elizabeth (Lizzie) and also Albert’s son, Ryan. They learn from them the incidents continue to escalate. This unwanted activity is happening while the Manor is in the middle of a massive construction project to add a conference center and other buildings to the property.

Carrie and Charles have barely started their investigation when there’s a murder. The killing of Ken Harvey, the hotel’s event manager, changes everything. Was Ken part of the problem, or was he murdered because he uncovered the reason for the plot against the family?

While trying to solve the murder, Carrie is also experiencing some of the ghostly activity guests have reported. She believes she has encountered Roxie, the murdered girlfriend of the former Manor manager and family member, Bernie Millford. Carrie can’t explain what she’s seeing, and Charles is sure there must be a reasonable explanation. Surely ghosts aren’t causing Millford Manor’s problems, but how do they explain Carrie’s experiences.

The pressure is on the Faradays to solve the crime and save the hotel before someone else dies. Carrie and Charles must use all their sleuthing skills to uncover clues and suspects, both human and ghostly. Not until a final deadly confrontation are the culprits revealed and the problems for Millford Manor solved.

Take the Spirit of Murder

ISBN Numbers for the print book: 978-1-7346234-0-6

ISBN Number for the eBook: 978-1-7346234-1-3

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/take-the-spirit-of-murder-millie-mack/1138455910?ean=9781734623406

Amazon: (Use this link for Amazon) https://tinyurl.com/y5r4m3v8

Check out all the books in the Faraday Murder Series

Take a Dive for Murder 

Take Stock in Murder

Take a Byte Out of Murder

 

 

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Methods of Murder #4 – Word Search – Solution

Here’s the solution for Methods of Murder #4 in case you need a little help. Although I’m sure you found all the words, since you’re a mystery expert.

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Methods of Murder #4 – Word Search

There seems to be no limited to the number of methods for taking a person’s life. Here is another list of methods for you to discover in the word search below. Look for the words in capital letters to solve the puzzle.

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Mystery Shows #5 Word Search – Solution

Here is the solution in case you want to check your answers for the latest in Mystery Shows.

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Mystery Shows #5 Word Search

It’s been a while since we offered a word search with a list of the latest mystery shows. And the good news is there is a wonderful selection of shows available on cable as well as the streaming channels. Remember, to search for the capitalized words.

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Leslie Charteris – The Saint Titles #2

Below is the second Word Search of Saint Titles. Leslie Charteris wrote nearly 100 Saint novels, so there were plenty of choices for the puzzle. Be aware sometimes you are looking for the French and not the English title. Have Fun!

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Leslie Charteris–Creator of The Saint

Those of us who love mysteries are living in a splendid time. There are so many channels and streaming options available to help the mystery lover, like you, find a movie or a television show representing the genre. One of the channels I’m enjoying is showing the television series The Saint starring Roger Moore. And there are also a variety of channels featuring the movies with George Sanders and other actors playing this famous detective. With so much personal enjoyment I wanted to find out more about the author, Leslie Charteris, who created this much-loved character.

Leslie Charteris

Leslie Charteris was born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin in May 1907 in Singapore to a Chinese father, Dr. S.C. Yin, a surgeon, and an English mother Lydia Florence Bowyer.

In 1926 he legally changed his name to Charteris, and one report states he chose that name from a Colonel Francis Charteris. But this Charteris was a despicable soldier from the 1600s, charged and convicted of rape. Leslie Charteris’s daughter disputes this claim and states that her father chose this name from the phone directory. It was not from Francis Charteris, or a combination of names and didn’t have any other special meaning.

Charteris and Writing

Charteris started writing at an early age. He created a magazine to showcase his articles, short stories, poems and even a comic strip.

In his first year at King’s College, Cambridge, Charteris wrote a book and left the university to pursue his new writing career. His goal was to have a career he loved while attaining financial wealth. However, the road to achieving this was not a direct path. While writing thriller stories, he worked in a tin mine, and on a rubber plantation, prospected for gold, dived for pearls, drove a bus and toured with a carnival around England to name a few of his job experiences.

The Saint Writings

Simon Templar appeared in short stories, novellas and full-length novels, and in a syndicated comic strip.

Charteris wrote two previous novels before completing his third book Meet the Tiger (1928) where the Saint makes his first appearance. However, Charteris was not happy with this book as the introduction to the Saint. Instead, he maintained the Saint series really launched with the second book Enter the Saint (1930).

For 55 years from 1928 to 1983, Charteris wrote and managed one of the longest running series featuring Simon Templar, which matched Agatha Christie’s series featuring Hercule Poirot.

Simon Templar Emerges as The Saint

On the origin of the Saint….

 “Who knows where an idea comes from? The Saint was just originally a character who came to life in my head not so long after I started writing, but he was not the first character I thought of. He was, as a matter of fact, the fifth. I went on and created two or three other characters, each of them in an individual book. And then I suppose I got lazy, or I got the idea that it was better to continue and build up one character than to spread yourself around among a dozen. I looked back over the characters I had created so far and picked the Saint, liked him the best, and decided to go on with him.”

When asked how he chose the name Templar, Charteris credited his childhood fascination with the Knights of the Round Table. Aside from the swords and the battles, this was the age of chivalry with a special code of justice. The name Templar is reminiscent of this era and his behavior matches that of a knight fighting the good fight.

What are the origins of Templar’s nickname, the Saint? There isn’t a definitive explanation, but we learn from the writings he began using the name at nineteen. Charteris provided no further explanation.

Characteristics of the Saint

The saint lets people know he’s made an appearance by leaving a calling card with the stick figure of a man with a halo over his head. He is humorous, debonair with a saintly smile and remains calm and collected in the direst of situations.

Perhaps his cool and collected manor is because we are told he is British. But in the first book Meet the Tiger there are hints that he spent time in America fighting the bootleggers of prohibition.

Simon Templar’s nickname was the saint, but we also knew him as the “Robin Hood of modern crime.” The Saint’s mission is to beat criminals at their own game. And if there is a reward for the criminal’s capture or the opportunity to seize some other spoils because of his work, Templar sees this as his just reward for eliminating the bad guys. But he is also generous in sharing the proceeds with his colleagues, victims and charities.

He targets those who prey on individuals who cannot fight back. The targets can include the criminal class, corrupt politicians or even the Nazis. Like the hardboiled detectives of a later era, Templar exacts his own form of justice and is not above killing the villain. Achieving his form of justice has him walking a fine balance between bringing criminals to justice and the law.

The Saint on Radio

In the US we first heard a radio broadcast of the Saint in January 1945. This was a quick series which starred Edgar Barrier with Bromo-seltzer as the sponsor and ended on March 31, 1945. Broadcasters started a second series in June 1945 as a summer replacement show featuring Brian Aherne with Campbell soup as the sponsor. The third version started July 1947 but was heard only on the CBS West Coast network. This time producers tapped Vincent Price for the role of Templar and Lever Brothers was the sponsor. Vincent Price continued to play the role as it switched between several radio networks. The show relied on the Ford Motor Company for financing until the series finally ended in October 14, 1951. Besides Vincent Price, Tom Conway, George Sanders brother, briefly played the role along with Barry Sullivan.

Charteris approved the selection of Vincent Price as the voice of Simon Templar and tailored many of the scripts for his talent. For the stories he didn’t write, Charteris oversaw the scripts. He also scripted stories for the Sherlock Holmes radio series with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

The Saint in the Movies

While Simon Templar was a popular character in literature, the goal of having the Saint appear on the big screen eluded Charteris. Finally, between 1938-1943 RKO produced eight films. The first film was The Saint in New York starring Louis Hayward based on the Charteris novel of the same name. Jonathan Hale played Inspector Henry Farnack who was the American version of Claud Eustace Teal the Chief Inspector with the British police.

With the success of the first film, RKO authorized seven more films. George Sanders starred in The Saint Strikes Back (1939), The Saint in London (1939), The Saint’s Double Trouble (1940), The Saint Takes Over (1940), and The Saint in Palm Springs (1941). George Sanders did not like playing the same role multiple times and dropped out of the series after the fifth picture. Hugh Sinclair played the role for The Saint’s Vacation (1941) and The Saint Meets the Tiger (1941–this film did not release until 1943). Louis Hayward returned for the role in a ninth film The Saint’s Girl Friday (US title-1953)

Charteris was not happy with the RKO Saint movies because he felt the scripts were not true to the original stories. Charteris continually annoyed RKO and as the feud developed RKO stopped making the Saint pictures. They replaced it with a new series featuring an equally suave detective -the Falcon. And believe it or not, RKO tapped George Sanders for the role. He did three films before being replaced by his brother, Tom Conway.

Charteris sued RKO for copyright infringement, claiming that the Falcon was merely a duplicate of his character. George Sanders had already established the character of the Saint, and with Sanders playing the new role it strengthened the case against RKO. They did not release the details, but RKO settled the suit. The suit delayed the release of The Gay Falcon (1941) until 1943.

Charteris mentions the Falcon in his novel The Saint Steps In. When the suggestion of attending a Falcon movie comes up between the Saint and his lady friend, the answer is why watch someone doing “a bargain-basement imitation.”

The Saint on TV

From 1962 to 1969 Roger Moore played the part of the Saint in the British production. Prior to accepting the lead role, Moore wanted to produce the shows and tried to buy the rights to the books. Later, Charteris sold the rights to Robert S. Baker and Moore became one of the co-owners.

When the series started, the creators based many episodes on Charteris’s short stories. Later, when other writers created the scripts, Charteris turned some of these scripts into novels or collections of stories published under his name.

For the viewer, the Saint travels throughout the world, but they filmed most episodes on sets at the Elstree Studios in England. The studio used blue screen technology, superimposed different backgrounds or painted moveable scenes to create different locales. For a few episodes, the studio sent doubles to locations where they were filmed from a distance and not identifiable as Moore.

As in the books, the TV series portrays Templar as the hero helping to bring the criminals to justice and protect the victims who find it difficult to fight the bad guys. But to do this Templar often needs to skirt the law. Two of the policemen he interacts with are Inspector Teal (featured in 26 episodes) and Colonel Latignant (featured in six episodes). In the books, the police are as smart as Templar but focus on the wrong piece of information to solve the crime. In the television series, these two policemen along with others are presented as bungling and incompetent. Regardless of their interaction, by the end of the episode they appreciate the Saint’s help.

In early episodes, at the beginning of the show, Roger Moore addresses the audience directly to set the scene. When the episodes switched to color, in the opening scene someone recognizes the Saint and a cartoon-like Halo appears above his head.

Interesting Facts about the Roger Moore Saint Series

  • The producers asked Jaguar to provide a car for the series, but the car company refused. Instead Volvo was happy to provide their P1800 car and it became known as the “Saint’s car.” His license plate was ST1.
  • Most of the wardrobe Moore wore in the series was his own.
  • They offered the James Bond role twice to Moore during the time he was playing the Saint. He finally accepted the Bond role after the series ended. In one episode, the saint is mistaken for Bond,
  • The series was broadcast in 60 countries besides the United States and the United Kingdom. The shows were highly profitable

Charteris Becomes a Citizen of the United States

In 1932, Charteris moved to the United states and spent time in Florida and Hollywood. While he continued to write and publish short stories, he was also a screenwriter for Paramount Pictures. For example, he worked on the film about London jewel thieves called Midnight Club starring George Raft.

The United States prohibited Charteris from permanent residency because of the Chinese Exclusion Act. This law prohibited immigration for persons of “50% or greater” Oriental blood. Because of this act, Charteris continually had to renew his six-month temporary visitor’s visa. Eventually, an act of Congress granted his daughter and him the right of permanent residence in the United States, with eligibility for naturalization. He became a US citizen in 1946.

Charteris Personal life

Charteris married four time starting with Pauline Schishkin (1931-1937 and had a daughter, Patricia), Barbara Meyer (1938-1943), Elizabeth Borst (1943-1951) and Audrey Long (1952-1993- until his death)

The Saint appeared in nearly 100 books. Charteris wrote his last Saint story in 1963 with The Saint in the Sun, but he approved and edited stories ghost written by others which continued the brand. In 1964 Vendetta for the Saint was published and Charteris took credit as the author, but science fiction writer, Harry Harrison wrote it. He also wrote for and edited The Saint Mystery Magazine. In 1983, Salvage for the Saint was the last book published in the series.

In later years Leslie Charteris return to England with his wife Audrey Long. He died April 15, 1993, Princess Margaret Hospital Windsor, Berkshire.

Revisiting the Saint

Leslie Charteris books are still in print. The movies and the Roger Moore television series are available on DVD. And if you prefer to watch the Saint, on your TV or other device, check your local cable channels and streaming networks for the opportunity to catch a movie or television show of the Saint in action created by Leslie Charteris.

Interesting Facts About Leslie Charteris

  • Charteris’s papers are not in England but housed at Boston University.
  • Charteris was one of the earliest members of Mensa.
  • Charteris invented Paleneo, a wordless pictorial sign language, and also wrote a book about it.
  • Charteris also wrote a column on cuisine for The American Magazine
  • Charteris made a cameo appearance in one episode of the Return of the Saint, the second British television series.
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The Saint Titles #1- Soultion

Here are the answers to Puzzle #1 of The Saint Titles Word Search in case you need to do a quick check. If I were a betting person, I would bet that you found them all.

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