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The Passing Of Gloria Munday by John Garforth

First published in the UK by Panther Books early in 1967, this was then published in the USA by Berkley Medallion Books in July, 1967 and then reprinted (with a different cover) in February 1969.  It is worth noting that the cover of the second edition features Tara King, even though she does not appear in the book.

From the back of the UK edition:
Six steps in the passing of Gloria Munday...

  • a siren in distress rescued by Steed in his vintage Bentley...

  • is taken to Blackpool - and murdered...

  • by a tycoon in electronics

  • whose posse of pop pirates threaten to clamber aboard the ship of state

  • whereupon Emma Peel sings falsetto

  • and George Washington sweeps the floor

...and the battle against the pop dictators is on!

The Passing of Gloria Munday, UK edition

and from the back of the US editions (first and second pictured here)
Can EMMA PEEL further her career as lady spy by becoming a top pop singer idolized by millions?

There was more to singer Gloria Munday's death than simply murder, and so JOHN STEED puts Mrs. Peel on the job.  Luckily she can belt out a song with bazazz, because by stepping into Gloria Munday's shoes she can find out a thing or two.

Only she doesn't count on  taking a nine-hour swim in the deep blue sea, with an unscrupulous sadist at her heels, while Steed is locked behind stout prison bars!


The Passing of Gloria Munday, first US edition

The Passing of Gloria Munday, second US edition


The Passing of Gloria Munday was published in France ('Pop Crime', pub. 1967 by Roman, translated by Marie Watkins), Germany  ('Der Singende Tod Von Blackpool' - The Singing Death of Blackpool, pub. 1967 by Heyne, translated by Wolf Heckmann), in Chile ('Los Vengadores - La Muerte de Gloria Munday', pub. 1968 by Zig Zag, translated by Lina Larran) and in Holland ('Het Heengaan Van Gloria Munday', pub. 1967 by Bruna).  The German translation was reprinted in the anthology MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE. Subtitle: "Neue Fälle für John Steed und Emma Peel", published in 1998 by HEYNE-Verlag Munich for 14,90DM.  This anthology may still be available in Germany.  The French translation was reprinted in Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir, published by Fleuve Noir in 1998.

The Passing of Gloria Munday, French edition

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French anthology, featuring The Passing of Gloria Munday

The Passing of Gloria Munday, German edition

60s German anthology, featuring The Passing of Gloria Munday

90s German anthology, featuring The Passing of Gloria Munday

The Passing of Gloria Munday, Dutch edition

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