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Spence at the Blue Bazaar, Allen, Michael
1 Allen, Michael Spence at the Blue Bazaar
New York Walker & Company 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First US edition, First printing. The author, Michael Derek Allen, is acclaimed for his literary blog under the name 'Grumpy Old Bookman' which was listed in the Guardian as one of the top ten literary blogs. A gripping thriller in the Detective Chief Superintendent Ben Spence series, set in the quiet little English village of Tinley, featuring a nightclub called the Blue Bazaar, a murdered blonde striptease artist and a long unsolved local crime. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol, Brandreth, Gyles
2 Brandreth, Gyles Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol
London John Murray 2012 1848542534 / 9781848542532 Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY GYLES BRANDRETH on Title page with 'THE CADOGAN 25.X.12. (The Cadogan Hotel, Room 118 was frequently patronised by Oscar Wilde and was where his infamous arrest took place. It was also where Gyles Brandreth held his Oscar Wilde party on the anniversary of Wilde's birth and his book launch). A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket. xxv + 325 pages. Second printing. It is 1897, Dieppe. Oscar Wilde, poet, playwright, novelist, raconteur and ex-convict, has fled the country after his release from Reading Gaol. Tonight he is sharing a drink and the story of his cruel imprisinment with a mysterious stranger. He has endured a harsh regime: the treadmill, solitary confinement, censored letters, no writing materials. Yet even in the midst of such deprivation, Oscar's astonishing detective powers remain undiminished - and when first a brutal warder and then the prison chaplain are found murdered, who else should the Governor turn to for help other than Reading Gaol's most celebrated inmate? 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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The Albion Conspiracy, Heath, Michael
3 Heath, Michael The Albion Conspiracy
Southend on Sea, Essex Desert Island 2006 1905328192 / 9781905328192 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on front endpaper with dedication 'To Linda All Good Wishes'. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. In Switzerland a British tourist dies violently on the ski slopes. In Russia a top scientist conducts cutting-edge research under the scrutiny of the state secret police. In France a world weary detective hunts Arab terrorists bombing the streets of Paris. In England the Special Intelligence Service secretly monitors an international conference of The World Health Organisation. These four apparently unrelated threads converge, and the fly in the web is Alan Russell, a British Government interpreter, whose car collides with another driven by a Russian journalist, the consequences of that collision penetrate the highest ranks of British Intelligence and transform Russell's life. Overtaken by events beyond his control, plunged into the world of international espionage, he has no choice but to participate in The Albion Conspiracy. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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The Crime and Mystery Book  -  A Reader's Companion, Ousby, Ian
4 Ousby, Ian The Crime and Mystery Book - A Reader's Companion
London Thames and Hudson 1997 0500279780 / 9780500279786 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy. The book tells the story of writers who created the Golden Age of the 1920's and 1930's, accompanied by dozens of special features packed with information to surprise even the most avid fan. Complete with a list of current world crime novels, full lists of Edgars, Daggers and other prizes, a detailed chronology - an unrivalled guide to crime and mystery writing. 195 illustrations, 31 in colour. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Busman's Holiday  -  A Love Story with Detective Interruptions, Sayers, Dorothy L.
5 Sayers, Dorothy L. Busman's Holiday - A Love Story with Detective Interruptions
London Victor Gollancz 1937 Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
SECOND IMPRESSION BEFORE PUBLICATION (first published June 1937). Black boards have rubbing to boards, wear to spine head, tail and corner tips and age darkening. Internally the hinge is cracked before title page and before rear pastedown, though holding well, some light marks to front endpaper and following few pages, stains/foxing to top margin of page 40, lower margin of page 43 entirely to pages 44/45/46/47, lower margin of pages 48, inner margins of pages 50/51, top margin of pages 136/137, to the outer margin of page 193, top margin of page 196, lower margin of page 202, outer margin of pages 271/272/273/274, top margin of pages 277/279/280/289/290/292/294/295/321/322/324/343, outer margins of pages 444/445/446 and rear endpapers, age darkening to closed edges. 446 pages. The book is Sayers' eleventh and last featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. It is the fourth and last novel to feature Harriet Vane. In the book Lord Peter marries Harriet, and on their honeymoon, at a farmhouse Lord Peter has bought, discover the dead body of the former owner. A classic from the Golden Age of Detection era. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 80.00 GBP
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Ambush for Anatol, Sherwood, John
6 Sherwood, John Ambush for Anatol
London Hodder and Stoughton 1952 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Black title and smoking gun motif on red boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is some light spots of foxing to closed edges, some bleeding of the boards through the pastedowns also some light foxing to the endpapers, creasing to one page which has a small red stain to the inner margin, light creases to a few pages inner margins, probably caused by an old water spillage, although the damage caused has been minimal. The dustjacket has some marks to the back and to the reverse and just a little wear to spine head and tail and is not price clipped. FIRST EDITION. 256 pages. The third murder mystery by the author John Herman Mulso Sherwood (1913-2002), featuring Charles Blessington. August Bank Holiday brought a mixed bag to Hampstead Heath: Lady Bernberg in dismal felt hat and dirty beige lace, her diamonds crammed in her handbag; a young couple with an indefinably hungry look ('living above their income', Lady B. diagnosed); a Pole who'd come to a decision that was to cost him his life that afternoon - and a little girl who followed her rolling ball behind a clump of bushes and discovered....... Well, something that made Mr. Blessington change his quiet desk at the Treasury and his investigations of currency frauds, for Paris and a thrilling search for an imperturbable master-crook. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** SCARCE **** 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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The Sunday Philosophy Club, Smith Alexander McCall
7 Smith Alexander McCall The Sunday Philosophy Club
London Little Brown 2004 0316728179 / 9780316728171 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR to title page with no dedication. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A new series from the author of 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency', set in Edinburgh, genteel home to ladies who lunch, attend concerts, art exhibitions and - for this is not a showy city - do good by stealth. Ladies for whom chanterelle mushrooms are the only hint of the 21st century, ladies such as Isabel Dalhousie. But behind Rdinburgh's regimented Georgian facades, its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty, lust, and murderous intent. Isabel knows this, in fact relishes it, and as an accomplished philosopher and editor, she knows all about the difference between good and bad, which is probably why she is an amateur sleuth. And instinct tells her the man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes to his death after a concert in the Usher Hall didn't fall, he was pushed. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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