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  • Allingham, Margery (1904-1966).
    THE TIGER IN THE SMOKE.

    Edition: Vintage paperback.

    New York: Dell, (c. 1952.). An Albert Campion mystery, basis of the movie of the same name. #777, cover price 25c.

    Condition: Good only condition, creasing to spine, spine slant.

    Book ID: 31887
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  • THE CASE OF THE DEMENTED SPIV. by Bellairs, George.
    Bellairs, George.
    THE CASE OF THE DEMENTED SPIV.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1950. dj. Hardcover first edition - An Inspector Littlejohn mystery. 179 pp. Dust jacket art by Arthur Hawkins, Jr.

    Condition: Good in good dust jacket (discoloration from tape on endpapers, dj is price-clipped with a new publisher's price stamped on flap, minor edgewear.) Overall a decent copy of this vintage mystery.

    Book ID: 55150
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  • THE IMBROGLIO AT VILLA POZZI. by Benson, Clara.
    Benson, Clara.
    THE IMBROGLIO AT VILLA POZZI.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    San Bernadino, CA: By the author, (2014). The sixth in the series of mysteries set in the 1920s and featuring Angela Marchmont. At the beginning of this book is the note "Clara Benson was born in 1890 and as a young woman wrote several novels featuring Angela Marchmont. She was unpublished in her lifetime, preferring to describe her writing as a hobby, and it was not until many years after her death in 1965 that her family rediscovered her work and decided to introduce it to a wider audience." However, the author has now admitted that this was just to make them seem more realistic - as she states "In writing the Angela Marchmont novels, my aim was not…

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    San Bernadino, CA: By the author, (2014). The sixth in the series of mysteries set in the 1920s and featuring Angela Marchmont. At the beginning of this book is the note "Clara Benson was born in 1890 and as a young woman wrote several novels featuring Angela Marchmont. She was unpublished in her lifetime, preferring to describe her writing as a hobby, and it was not until many years after her death in 1965 that her family rediscovered her work and decided to introduce it to a wider audience." However, the author has now admitted that this was just to make them seem more realistic - as she states "In writing the Angela Marchmont novels, my aim was not to produce a work of historical fiction, but rather to reproduce as faithfully as I could the tone and style of those original Golden Age works," 260 pp. ISBN: 978-1502365927.

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    Condition: Very good (spine somewhat slanted)

    Book ID: 66661
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  • THE RIDDLE AT GIPSY'S MILE. by Benson, Clara.
    Benson, Clara.
    THE RIDDLE AT GIPSY'S MILE.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    San Bernadino, CA: By the author, (2014). The fifth in the series of mysteries set in the 1920s and featuring Angela Marchmont. At the beginning of this book is the note "Clara Benson was born in 1890 and as a young woman wrote several novels featuring Angela Marchmont. She was unpublished in her lifetime, preferring to describe her writing as a hobby, and it was not until many years after her death in 1965 that her family rediscovered her work and decided to introduce it to a wider audience." However, the author has now admitted that this was just to make them seem more realistic - as she states "In writing the Angela Marchmont novels, my aim was not…

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    San Bernadino, CA: By the author, (2014). The fifth in the series of mysteries set in the 1920s and featuring Angela Marchmont. At the beginning of this book is the note "Clara Benson was born in 1890 and as a young woman wrote several novels featuring Angela Marchmont. She was unpublished in her lifetime, preferring to describe her writing as a hobby, and it was not until many years after her death in 1965 that her family rediscovered her work and decided to introduce it to a wider audience." However, the author has now admitted that this was just to make them seem more realistic - as she states "In writing the Angela Marchmont novels, my aim was not to produce a work of historical fiction, but rather to reproduce as faithfully as I could the tone and style of those original Golden Age works," 295 pp. ISBN: 978-1500217891.

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    Condition: Very good (spine somewhat slanted)

    Book ID: 66678
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  • BRAND X. by Brand, Christianna (1907 -1988)
    Brand, Christianna (1907 -1988)
    BRAND X.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Michael Joseph, (1974) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Uncommon collection of short fiction by this crime writer, one of the most important writers of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Many have her trademark plot twists, others will sadden or shock the reader - and two are romantic adventures, another is a recollection of a night in London during the blitz. A presentation copy, very warmly INSCRIBED on the front endpaper (a long inscription for "Monica with love" which fills the entire page and is dated in the year of publication.). ISBN: 0-7181-12725.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 61870
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  • A POCKET FULL OF RYE. by Christie, Agatha.
    Christie, Agatha.
    A POCKET FULL OF RYE.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: The Crime Club by Collins, (1953) dj. Hardcover first edition - A classic Miss Marple novel. 191 pp.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth with black lettering in a poor dust jacket. (usual age toning to the pages, corners slightly bumpd - dust jacket is missing most of the lower spine, has several other large chips, and a long tape-repaired tear on the front cover; original price of 10s, 6d still present on dj flap)

    Book ID: 70386
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  • THE EXPLOITS OF TOMMY HAMBLEDON: Drink to Yesterday, A Toast to Tomorrow, Alias Uncle Hugo. by Coles, Manning [pseudonym of Cyril H. Coles and Adelaide F. Manning]
    Coles, Manning [pseudonym of Cyril H. Coles and Adelaide F. Manning]
    THE EXPLOITS OF TOMMY HAMBLEDON: Drink to Yesterday, A Toast to Tomorrow, Alias Uncle Hugo.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, nd. (1959, c 1940, 1941 and 1952.) dj. Hardcover - Omnibus edition containing 3 classic Tony Hambledon spy adventures - Drink to Yesterday, A Toast to Tomorrow, and Alias Uncle Hugo. (The first one in the series, 'Drink to Yesterday' was a Haycroft-Queens Cornerstone.) A Crime Club selection. 480 pp. Dust jacket by Ronald Clyne.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52639
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  • FOUND FLOATING. by Crofts, Freeman Wills
    Crofts, Freeman Wills
    FOUND FLOATING.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1937. Hardcover first edition - A mystery which takes place in Spain - before the Spanish civil war broke out. Map front endpapers. 316 pp.

    Condition: Good in original light blue boards - sunning to the spine, which is also somewhat slanted, name and date of xmas 1937, foxing to the endpapers. Still a quite sturdy, reasonably attractive and easily readable vintage mystery.

    Book ID: 58559
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  • DEATH IN FANCY DRESS. by Farjeon, Jefferson.
    Farjeon, Jefferson.
    DEATH IN FANCY DRESS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, n.d. (1934) dj. Hardcover first edition - A classic vintage mystery by this prolific Golden Age detective writer, brother of the noted children's author, Eleanor Farjeon. Published in the UK under the title "Fancy Dress Ball." As one commentor noted, his " thrillers are tales of the empowerment of the weak and the meek, who confront fantastic adventures and dark menaces, but triumph in the end" and this one is no exception as it introduces us to "timid Henry Brown" who blunders into plans for an international intrigue. 312 pp.

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    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, n.d. (1934) dj. Hardcover first edition - A classic vintage mystery by this prolific Golden Age detective writer, brother of the noted children's author, Eleanor Farjeon. Published in the UK under the title "Fancy Dress Ball." As one commentor noted, his " thrillers are tales of the empowerment of the weak and the meek, who confront fantastic adventures and dark menaces, but triumph in the end" and this one is no exception as it introduces us to "timid Henry Brown" who blunders into plans for an international intrigue. 312 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in red cloth with gilt lettering in a good dustjacket with some wear on the folds and a peeled spot on the back cover. Previous owner's name, almost hidden by the dj flap, and one lower corner somewhat bumped but otherwise the red boards are bright and beautiful. Uncommon, and especially so in dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64073
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  • SMALLBONE DECEASED. by Gilbert, Michael.
    Gilbert, Michael.
    SMALLBONE DECEASED.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Pleasantville, New York: ImPress / Reader's Digest, (2011.) dj. Hardcover - An attractive new hardcover edition of this Inspector Hazelrigg mystery originally published in 1950, and considered Gilbert's masterwork. A title in the 'Best Mysteries of All Time' series. Includes a new "about the author." 289 pp.

    Condition: Fine in dark green boards with silver and gilt lettering, no dust jacket as issued. Brochure laid in.

    Book ID: 56812
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  • THE ARENA. by Haggard, William.
    Haggard, William.
    THE ARENA.

    Edition: Paperback.

    New York: Penguin, (1964.). Vintage paperback from the golden age of detective stories, in the illustrated wrappers, with green spine.

    Condition: Very good (usual tanning to the pages).

    Book ID: 49968
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  • TIED UP IN TINSEL. by Marsh, Ngaio (1895Ð1982)
    Marsh, Ngaio (1895Ð1982)
    TIED UP IN TINSEL.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1972) dj. Hardcover first edition - Mystery set at an English country house at Christmas, a classic novel by this New Zealand-born author who was considered (along with Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy L. Sayers) one of the four "Queens of Crime" during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction Features Superintendent Roderick Alleyn and his wife Troy. 259 pp. Dust jacket by Alexander Farquarson. ISBN: 0-316546712.

    Condition: Good only in a fair dust jacket (spine slant, chipping, edgewear and rubbing to the dj).

    Book ID: 76169
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  • WRAITHS AND CHANGELINGS. by Mitchell, Gladys.
    Mitchell, Gladys.
    WRAITHS AND CHANGELINGS.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Michael Joseph, (1978) dj. Hardcover first edition - One of Mitchell's later books, featuring, of course, Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley - 191 pp. Striking dust jacket by Mynheer. ISBN: 0-7181-1984..

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual and spine slant, in in a near fine unmarked dust jacket.

    Book ID: 72134
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  • MUDFLATS OF THE DEAD. by Mitchell, Gladys
    Mitchell, Gladys
    MUDFLATS OF THE DEAD.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Michael Joseph, (1979) dj. Hardcover first edition - A later mystery featuring Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley, in which a young author is suspected of murdering an art student who is found drowned. Mitchell starts out with a lot of description of the mudflats and the coastal scenery, but pokes a bit of fun at herself at the end of the book where the author's novel is described as perhaps spending too much time on the scenery. 191 pp. ISBN: 0-7181-18189.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good minus dustjacket (tear to top of spine of dj, tape stains inside dj).

    Book ID: 61894
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  • TOM BROWN'S BODY. by Mitchell, Gladys.
    Mitchell, Gladys.
    TOM BROWN'S BODY.

    Edition: Paperback.

    London: Penguin, (1955). Classic - and early- Penguin paperback edition in the green and white binding of this 1949 novel by Mitchell.248 pp.

    Condition: Very good overall - usual toning to the pages.

    Book ID: 59931
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  • THE LONGER BODIES. by Mitchell, Gladys.
    Mitchell, Gladys.
    THE LONGER BODIES.

    Edition: First paperback printing.

    London: Penguin, (1947). Classic - and early- Penguin paperback edition in the green and white binding of this 1930 novel by Mitchell - her second in the series featuring Mrs Beatrice Bradley. 251 pp plus publisher's ads.

    Condition: Good only - some crinkling to covers, usual toning to the pages.

    Book ID: 59932
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  • Mitchell, Gladys.
    UNCOFFIN'D CLAY.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Michael Joseph, (1980) dj. Hardcover first edition - Mystery featuring Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley "the distinguished woman detective of startling appearance and eccentric views" set in the countryside of north-west Dorset. 189 pp. Dust jacket by Graham Rogers. ISBN: 0-718118855.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (a few dates inked on rear pastedown, otherwise fine).

    Book ID: 65219
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  • THE ECHOING STRANGERS. by Mitchell, Gladys
    Mitchell, Gladys
    THE ECHOING STRANGERS.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Michael Joseph, (1952) dj. Hardcover first edition - A mystery featuring Mrs Bradley in the middle of her career (this is the 25th book in which she appears), and she is both mellowing and more assured. This book captures your attention from the first sentence; "If there is one morbid phenomenon of civilized existence to which scant justice has been done in English fiction, it is the devastating rediscovery in later life of the old school chum." 224 pp. Dust jacket art by Beatrice Bradley,

    Condition: Good+ in a good+ dust jacket (some light soiling to the red covers, the usual toning to the pages, short closed tear to dj, etc) An attractive copy of an uncommon title in this series.

    Book ID: 61891
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  • FAINTLEY SPEAKING. by Mitchell, Gladys (1901-1983.)
    Mitchell, Gladys (1901-1983.)
    FAINTLEY SPEAKING.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1986) dj. Hardcover first edition - First American edition of this Beatrice Lestrange Bradley mystery originally published in the UK in 1954. 224 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket. (hint of spine slant, minor edgewear to dj)

    Book ID: 59737
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  • UNCOFFIN'D CLAY. by Mitchell, Gladys (1901-1983).
    Mitchell, Gladys (1901-1983).
    UNCOFFIN'D CLAY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1982) dj. Hardcover first edition - A later mystery featuring Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley "the distinguished woman detective of startling appearance and eccentric views" set in the countryside of north-west Dorset - one of the last published shortly before Mitchell's death. 189 pp. Dust jacket by Graham Rogers. ISBN: 0-312828578.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (creasing and short closed tear to back cover of dj)

    Book ID: 76345
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  • THE WORSTED VIPER. by Mitchell, Gladys (1901-1983.)
    Mitchell, Gladys (1901-1983.)
    THE WORSTED VIPER.

    Edition: 2nd printing (just one month after the first)

    London: Michael Joseph, (1943). Hardcover - Uncommon early printing of this vintage Mrs Bradley mystery (the 15th in the series), one dealing with - among other things - witchcraft and Satanism. As in many of her books, Mitchell's sense of humor offsets the grimness of the theme. Publisher's note re wartime publication constraints on paper. 192 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in beige cloth with red lettering (previous owner's name and stamp on endpaper, other overall wear)

    Book ID: 62520
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  • DEATH INVADES THE MEETING. by Rhode, John (pseudonym of Cecil John C. Street)
    Rhode, John (pseudonym of Cecil John C. Street)
    DEATH INVADES THE MEETING.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1944. dj. Hardcover first edition - A Red Badge mystery - a classic novel featuring Dr Priestley, the scientific detective. 258 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dust jacket (price-clipped, edgewear, some rubbing to the folds, but still attractive.)

    Book ID: 52617
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  • THE NINE TAILORS: Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals. by Sayers, Dorothy L.
    Sayers, Dorothy L.
    THE NINE TAILORS: Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, nd (ca 1950, c 1934.). Hardcover - A vintage copy of this classic mystery originally published in 1934. 331 pp.

    Condition: Good in blue cloth, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76573
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  • THRONES, DOMINATIONS. by Sayers, Dorothy L. and Jill Paton Walsh.
    Sayers, Dorothy L. and Jill Paton Walsh.
    THRONES, DOMINATIONS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane mystery. Set in 1936 (and begun by Sayers in that year), this is based on Sayers' original outline and partial manuscript, and has been completed in Sayers' voice and style by Jill Paton Walsh. 312 pp. ISBN: 0-312-181965.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (book 'over-opened' before title page).

    Book ID: 58430
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  • CONSTABLE GUARD THYSELF! A Detective Story. by Wade, Henry (pseudonym of Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher 1887-1969)
    Wade, Henry (pseudonym of Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher 1887-1969)
    CONSTABLE GUARD THYSELF! A Detective Story.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Constable & Co., Ltd. 1934. Hardcover first edition - An uncommon novel by this Golden Age writer, one of the founders of the Detection Club - an Inspector Poole mystery. "Two threats from a newly released convict - a poacher framed on a murder charge - put Captain Scole, Chief Constable of Brodshire, on his guard. Special men are assigned to protect him. But four days later, Captain Scole is found shot through the head [and] young Inspector Poole of Scotland Yard is called in to follow a cold trail in the face of open hostility from the local police. And the further he explores the murder, the more baffling it becomes." Frontispiece drawing of a floor plan. 314 pp.

    Condition: Good only in blue gray cloth (spine sunned although the title is still legible, cloth is beginning to split along the sides of the spine, usual toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 67657
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