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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 6¾" - 7¾" 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. 
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2 Barnes, Linda Flashpoint - A Carlotta Carlyle Mystery
New York Hyperion 1999 078686317x / 9780786863174 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped and which has a touch of creasing to lower edge. A taut mystery featuring Carlotta Carlyle, Boston's favourite redheaded, wisecracking private investigator, that begins with a seemingly innocent landlord -tenant dispute but quickly escalates to arson, intrigue and murder. 
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3 Black, Veronica My Name Is Polly Winter
London Robert Hale 1992 0709049013 / 9780709049012 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Silver title on blue boards which are clean unmarked with no wear or damage. Internally clean and unmarked. A Fine copy. Dustjacket is near Fine and unmarked with just light fading to spine and protected by a plastic cover and is not price clipped. Veronica Black is the pseudonym of Maureen Peters (1935-2008). The title is the words printed on a slip of paper in an old cookery book which historical researcher Cordelia James traces to a child in a pink dress who makes brief appearances in the vicinity of The Cedars where she has rented a room. There are other clues - the records of a mid 19th century case of a vanished governess and child. Parallels emerge as the house cleaner and her daughter go missing, as an old tale of lust and murder is replayed in a house where the restless ghost of Polly Winter seeks justice. 
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4 Bolitho, Janie Lessons In Logic
London Constable 2002 1841194298 / 9781841194295 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Silver title on black boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear but with light bumping to top corner tips and a few very small marks to fore edge. Internally there are three very small initials to rear pastedown else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket has just light creasing to rear top edge and is not price clipped - near Fine. The eleventh in the DCI Roper series, and the last one as the author died in 2002. Julie Watson is found knifed to death in a restaurant, having had a spate of anonymous phone calls, and her brutal killing changes the course of DCI Roper's investigation. Up to that point he believed his team were chasing a harmless nuisance caller when Julie had come into the station to complain, now he finds himself in charge of a murder enquiry with the possibility of more victims to come. **** NOT AN EX LIBRARY COPY **** 
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5 Bond, Michael Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes The Cure
London Hodder and Stoughton 1987 0340403314 / 9780340403310 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine copy with a near Fine price clipped dustjacket. The author of Paddington Bear's darkly humorous first novel for adults of M. Pamplemousse, an undercover haute cuisine food inspector who is sent with his bloodhound right paw, Pommes Frite to the punitive regime of Chateau Morgue, a Pyrenean health farm. Matters are not improved by the stipulation of his boss that he must investigate the nefarious goings on by posing as a blind man with his trusty guide dog. The Chateau fulfils their worst nighmares where all meals consist of a glass of muddy spa water and early morning tramps in the snow and he soon discovers that the Chateau Morgue's nefarious activities are - sausages. Why are there so many deaths? Why do all the corpses have thick calves? All will be revealed - even the sausages. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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6 Brandon, Ruth Mind Out
London Collins Crime Club 1991 0002323281 / 9780002323284 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 'What do you do when your scientist husband, having disappeared on a visit to the States, returns home with his own mind, memory, personality, even voice, but a different body? Belinda Watson soon found the change lent a certain piquancy to marriage, after all she and Charles had been getting a bit bored. As for Andrew Taggart, the journalist investigating her husband's disappearance (and incidentally consoling her), she didn't mind kissing him goodbye. Then the new 'Charles Watson' is murdered and the innocent Taggart is arrested - can he prove his innocence? Who has framed him and why? **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol        (SIGNED COPY), Brandreth, Gyles
7 Brandreth, Gyles Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol (SIGNED COPY)
London John Murray 2012 1848542534 / 9781848542532 Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" 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? 
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Till Death Do Us Part, Carr, John Dickson
8 Carr, John Dickson Till Death Do Us Part
Berne Alfred Scherz 1946 Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Card covers have age darkening with hardly any wear. Internally there is age darkening to page edges else clean, tight and unmarked. 220 pages. Scherz Phoenix Books volume 45. Very good condition considering its age. First published in 1944 this is a scarce early printing. 'Dick Markham is engaged to a beautiful but somewhat mysterious young woman named Lesley Grant. When they attend a cricket match in the English village of Six Ashes, they stop at the nearby fair and Lesley insists on seeing the fortune teller. She is apparently unaware that the fortune teller is being played by Sir Harvey Gilman, the Home Office pathologist and expert on crime. After her session, Dick visits Sir Harvey. The crime expert is about to tell his visitor something unpleasant about Lesley when he is shot and wounded, accidentally it seems, by Lesley herself. Later that night, Sir Harvey tells Dick that he recognized Lesley as a murderer who killed three husbands but was never convicted . . . because she somehow got the men to inject themselves with poison. Later that night, Sir Harvey dies in a locked and sealed room, in the exact same fashion as the three husbands.The famed Dr. Gideon Fell is called in to assist the investigation, and what he says after simply seeing the corpse turns the whole case upside down. The brilliant sleuth knows he is on the trail of a cunning killer with a hidden motive, but his cryptic comments leave everyone else baffled. As Fell unravels the clues, including a set of drawing pins found scattered beside the body, the murderer strikes again. Meanwhile, a desperate Dick Markham can't help wondering whether Lesley is a woman in grave danger or a threat to his life.' **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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9 Coppel, Alec Mr Denning Drives North
London George G. Harrap 1950 First Edition Hard Cover Good Fair 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
White title on light brown cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is a name and address to front pastedown, a gift inscription and name stamp to front endpaper, foxing to closed edges and to some early and later pages and to a few other pages, also age toning to endpapers else a clean, tight copy. A Good+ copy. Dustjacket has wear to edges, some loss to lower and upper spine, is price clipped and is in a protective cover. 269 pages. The Australian author and screenwriter (1907-1972), was noted for his film work, particularly 'Vertigo' . This story, which was made into a film starring John Mills, Phyllis Calvert and Herbert Lom, recounts the strange history of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Denning and their daughter Liz, from the day when Victor Maddos entered their lives. Denning had everything that money could buy, but he quite suddenly became unduly depressed, eventually coming near to suicide. This event jerked him back to reality, and he revealed to his wife that when visiting Maddos to question his association with Liz, he had accidentally killed him in a quarrel. Denning had then quickly formed and executed a plan to divert any suspicion from himself - only to find that his action had become a deadly menace to his own safety. Shortly afterwards, Chick Eddowes, a friend of the Dennings, arrived from America. He was a patents lawyer, but keenly desirous of gaining a District Attorney's badge for murder investigation. He hit upon the Maddos case, and was led to investigate further, with terrifying consequences for the Dennings. SCARCE WITH JACKET 
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10 Curzon, Clare The Trojan Hearse
London Collins 1985 0002319837 / 9780002319836 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy which has a slight lean to spine. Dustjacket has a little wear to spine head and tail and is not price clipped. The author is the pseudonym of Eilleen-Marie Duell Buchanan (1922-2010) who also wrote under the names of Marie Buchanan and Rhona Petrie. This is the third in the series featuring Detective Superintendent Mike Yeadings. The fatal collapse of an unknown man during a University ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall seems the sinister echo of an earlier international crime with political motives. Special Branch are concerned because Princess Anne was present; so are DS Mike Yeadings and newly promoted Inspector Angus Mott of the Thames Valley Police. On loan to Scotland Yard, they unravel, knot by knot, a web of intrigue which stretches from the Balkans to the western seaboard of the USA. Identification of the corpse brings to light in London a ring of enemies poised to fall like vultures on the rich empire of Loukas Antoniades, millionaire shipowner and exporter. **** NOT AN EX LIBRARY COPY **** 
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11 Doody, Margaret Aristotle Detective
New York Harper & Row 1978 0060110864 / 9780060110864 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
FIRST US EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A Fine unmarked copy with price clipped dustjacket. The Canadian born author, educated in England and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley presents her FIRST NOVEL. A murder mystery set in ancient Athens in 332 BC, written with wit it is a revealing whodunnit ending in a dramatic trial scene where Aristotle reveals the how and why. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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12 Eberhart, Mignon G. Another Man's Murder
New York Random House 1957 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gold title and black motif on grey boards which are clean and unmarked with a little bumping to lower edge and more to one corner tip. Internally clean and tight with just a few light spots to fore edge. Dustjacket by Paul Galdone is not price clipped, has some wear to edges and back, marks to front and spine, a crease to front and is not price clipped - Good+. The TRUE FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING by the American crime writer (NOT THE UK COLLINS CRIME CLUB EDITION). A taut story of a killer on the loose, determined to murder again to hide his first crime, is played out against an exotic background of orange groves and graceful old mansions in the Florida Lake country. Mignon Good Eberhart (1899-1996) was an American author of mystery novels whose work ranged from 1929 to 1988 with many being filmed. In 1971, she was awarded the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award and in 1994 received the Agatha Award: Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement.. 
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13 Ferrars, Elizabeth The Seven Sleepers
London Constable 1990 0094700605 / 9780094700604 Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine price clipped dustjacket. Constable Crime series. First published in 1970 this is the sixth of the prolific crime author's novels to be reprinted by Constable. Elizabeth Ferrars (1907-1995) is the pseudonym of Morna Doris MacTaggart Brown. The late Professor Garvie-Brown of Edinburgh, it transpired, had murdered seven wives, four bigamously, profiting by each marriage and regarded as a wonderful man by his colleagues. What were his descendants do about this and what particularly ought they do when the Professor's eighth wife, who astonishingly survived him, shows signs of developing a conscience and feels that his descendants should do something for a young man in London, who it has been discovered is the sole surviving grandson of one of his bigamous wives. Luke wants no help but his wealthy relations, a High Court Judge, a doctor and another professor are not sure that blackmail will not surface and Luke and a private detective are drawn into their lives and problems and to an eighth murder. 
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14 Findley, Ferguson A Handful of Murder
London Max Reinhardt 1955 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Dilver title on black boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally thre is an inscription to front endpaper, some light foxing to closed edges and a little to endpapers else clean and unmarked. Coloured pictorial dustjacket has some chipping at head of spine and is price clipped. A detective fiction and suspense novel by the American writer, featuring a continental rogue, bodies in the shrubbery, blondes, a brunette bound for Barbados, and a collection of thugs in a nightclub. 
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15 Gardner, Erle Stanley The Case of The Reluctant Model
London The Thriller Book Club 1968 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Black title on red boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally there is age darkening to endpapers else unmarked. A Very Good + copy. Dustjacket is VG+. 'The painting was a modern masterpiece but was it authentic? Three experts staked their reputations on the fact that it was but Collin M. Durant called it an imitation and a witness to his remark gave Perry Mason a signed affidavit and millionaire Otto Olney sued for slander. Then the witness, a beautiful blonde model disappeared, leaving Perry Mason headed for the courtroom and a spectacular trial, a trial not for slander, as planned, but one for murder in the first degree.' 
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Quite A Pleasant Journey, Georgiadis, Peter
16 Georgiadis, Peter Quite A Pleasant Journey
Cranbrook, Kent Circle of Pens 2006 095524711X / 9780955247118 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A murder mystery, based on an actual historical event, set in 1918 towards the end of the Great War, which explores the problems two Plymouth detectives encounter as they investigate an horrific murder. We follow them as they try to capture their suspect whilst engaged with the bureaucracy of the British War Office when Allied forces attempt to obstruct a U-boat haven during a raid on the German controlled Belgian harbours of Zeebrugge and Ostend. 
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The Albion Conspiracy, Heath, Michael
17 Heath, Michael The Albion Conspiracy
Southend on Sea, Essex Desert Island 2006 1905328192 / 9781905328192 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" 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. 
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18 Hebden, Mark Pel is Puzzled
London Hamish Hamilton 1981 024110646X / 9780241106464 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. Mark Hebden is the nom de plume of John Harris (1916-1991). The Pel series is continued by the author's daughter, Juliet Hebden after his death. This further novel in the series featuring Evariste Clovis Désiré Pel, a Chief Inspector of the Brigade Criminelle of the Police Judiciaire, in Burgundy, France, features the theft of a 16th century painting from the church at St. Sauvigny that turns into a murder enquiry and then into some sort of underhand espionage deal, and another murder in Paris. This series of crimes takes him away from his beloved Burgundy to Paris and Scotland Yard in London, culminating at the winning post of the Tour de France cycle race. 
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19 Jepson, Edgar An Accidental Don Juan
London Herbert Jenkins 1935 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
STATED FIRST PRINTING. Black title, motif and ruling on orange cloth boards. Boards are very clean and unmarked with only a hint of wear to tail of spine. Internally very clean and unmarked apart from some small handwritten numbers to rear pastedown. A Very Good + copy. BEAUTIFUL FAIRY BOOKPLATE OF H.H. HARROD BY GILBERT LEDWARD DESIGNED SPECIALLY FOR HIM. H.H. Harrod was the author, writer son of the founder of Harrods Department Store. A novel of a man seeking a quiet place to settle down in which to read for Greats ends up in a desolate storm swept village where, despite trying to mind his own business, becomes a friend of some people, the enemy of others and the centre of the strong and varied love interest of the neighbourhood. **** A VERY SCARCE JEPSON TITLE **** Edgar Alfred Jepson 1863-1938 was a prolific crime / thriller writer. His son Selwyn was also a crime writer and his daughter wrote as Margaret Jepson and her daughter is the well known author Fay Weldon. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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20 Jepson, Edgar The Backsliders
London Herbert Jenkins 1930 Cloth Very Good Poor 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Black title, motif and ruling on orange cloth boards. Boards are very clean and unmarked with only a hint of wear to tail of spine. Internally very clean and unmarked apart from some small handwritten numbers to rear pastedown. A Very Good + copy. 2nd printing and not dated but Ist printing was 1925 and this was probably 1930's. Dustjacket has many tears and small removals but has the back synopsis and front cover intact. Founded on an unproduced comedy by Victor Bridges and Edgar Jepson. A novel of a man returning from Brighton after acting as best man at friend's wedding which seems to have brought him good luck. First he is informed that his Academy picture has been sold for a hundred pounds and that he has inherited an earldom. An amusing story of Chelsea studios and country seats. **** A VERY SCARCE JEPSON TITLE WITH THE ORIGINAL JACKET**** Edgar Alfred Jepson 1863-1938 was a prolific crime / thriller writer. His son Selwyn was also a crime writer and his daughter wrote as Margaret Jepson and her daughter is the well known author Fay Weldon. 
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