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  4.  Green Ghost
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11.  Talking Skull
12.  Laughing Shadow
13.  Crooked Cat
14.  Coughing Dragon
15.  Flaming Footprints
16.  Nervous Lion
17.  Singing Serpent
18.  Shrinking House
19.  Phantom Lake
20.  Monster Mountain
21.  Haunted Mirror
22.  Dead Man's Riddle
23.  Invisible Dog
24.  Death Trap Mine
25.  Dancing Devil
26.  Headless Horse
27.  Magic Circle
28.  Deadly Double
29.  Sinister Scarecrow
30.  Shark Reef
31.  Scar-Faced Beggar
32.  Blazing Cliffs
33.  Purple Pirate
34.  Wandering Cave Man
35.  Kidnapped Whale
36.  Missing Mermaid
37.  Two-Toed Pigeon
38.  Smashing Glass
39.  Trail of Terror
40.  Rogues' Reunion
41.  Creep-Show Crooks
42.  Wreckers' Rock
43.  Cranky Collector

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  1.  Weeping Coffin
  2.  Dancing Dinosaur
  7.  House of Horrors
  8.  Savage Statue

  1.  Hot Wheels
  2.  Murder To Go
  3.  Rough Stuff
  4.  Funny Business
  5.  An Ear For Danger
  6.  Thriller Diller
  7.  Reel Trouble
  8.  Shoot the Works
  9.  Foul Play
10.  Long Shot
11.  Fatal Error

The Mystery of the Singing Serpent

Text by M.V. Carey
© 1972

Random House Trade and GLB Hardcover Editions

Publisher: Random House
First Printed: 1972
Cover Art by Ed Vebell
Internal Illustrations by Ed Vebell

Trade Edition First Printing Identification:
-- Back cover list to The Mystery of the Nervous Lion

Additional Trade Edition First Printing Characteristics:
-- Matte cover finish
-- Blue graveyard/spiderweb endpapers
-- No inner list

-- The last printing of the Trade Edition sported the new glossy cover finish. This printing had plain white endpapers and listed to The Mystery of the Headless Horse on the back cover.
-- Interestingly, a circa 1975 Trade Edition printing listing to The Mystery of Monster Mountain on the back cover contains white endpapers. This is likely due to partial conversion: stock of covers listing to Monster Mountain was still available (and used) after the switch to white endpapers.

-- The GLB Edition of Singing Serpent was part of the Random House Reading Program.
-- Late printings of the GLB Edition used Robert Adragna's cover art as shown below.

First Printed: circa 1982
Cover Art by Robert Adragna
Internal Illustrations by Harry Kane

First Printing Identification: unknown

Random House First Paperback Edition

Publisher: Random House
Common Name: Hitchcock Cover
First Printed: 1981
Cover Art by Robert Adragna
Internal Illustrations: None

First Printing Identification: 1234567890 numberline on the copyright page.

-- All of the paperback titles published in 1981 (with 1981 printings) had an insertion placed inside the front or back cover consisting of a Mystery Quiz with a removable bookmark. With Singing Serpent, an interesting anomaly exists in that First Printings can be found without the bookmark; in fact, this appears to be the more common variant.

Random House Revised Paperback Edition

Publisher: Random House
Common Name: Keyhole Cover
First Printed: 1984
Cover Art by Robert Adragna
Internal Illustrations: None

First Printing Identification: 1234567890 numberline on the copyright page.

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