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  • MURDER BACKSTAIRS. by Austin, Anne (1895...c 1960)
    Austin, Anne (1895...c 1960)
    MURDER BACKSTAIRS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1930. Hardcover first edition - The third mystery by this author, once again featuring the "novice" detective, the newest member of Hamilton Police's homicide squad, James "Bonnie" Dundee, who has been invited to a house party by a former college friend. It sounded pleasant, until the body of a maid is found in the lake, and one by one, each member of the house party comes under suspicion. Although Austin's novels were very popular at the time (this one was serialized in newspapers first, and the publication history shows 2 printings in May, 1930) they are very hard to find in any "vintage" edition, and especially so in the first edition. 302 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in black cloth with silver lettering - some rubbing to the lettering on the spine, slight indentation to fore-edge of boards and text block, but overall a sturdy and very readable copy.

    Book ID: 70573
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  • THE WRONG MAN. by Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher, 1878-1961]
    Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher, 1878-1961]
    THE WRONG MAN.

    Edition: First edition.

    Garden City, NY: Published for The Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1945. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel featuring lawyer Joshua Clunk and Inspector Underwood. Although Bailey was an English writer, the US edition preceded the UK. 252 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (faint remnants of a bookstore stamp on front endpaper, light edgewear to the dj., original price of $2.00 still present on front flap)

    Book ID: 54862
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  • THE WRONG MAN. by Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher, 1878-1961]
    Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher, 1878-1961]
    THE WRONG MAN.

    Edition: First edition.

    Garden City, NY: Published for The Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1945. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel featuring lawyer Joshua Clunk and Inspector Underwood. Although Bailey was an English writer, the US edition preceded the UK. 252 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in red cloth in very good dust jacket (light edgewear to the dj., original price of $2.00 still present on front flap)

    Book ID: 73986
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  • A GRAVE CASE OF MURDER. by Bax, Roger (pseudonym of Paul Winterton, Paul 1908-2001)
    Bax, Roger (pseudonym of Paul Winterton, Paul 1908-2001)
    A GRAVE CASE OF MURDER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1951). Hardcover first edition - Classic English mystery - "when a man gets to be 100 years old, and is an Appleby, he should be able to look forward to spending the rest of his life comfortably." An early novel by this journalist who also wrote under the pseudonyms of Andrew Garve and Paul Somers. 216 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a rather poor dust jacket with significant tears, edgewears, chips and toning.

    Book ID: 68715
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  • THE HOUSE OF STRANGE SECRETS: A Detective Story. by Bayly, A. Eric.
    Bayly, A. Eric.
    THE HOUSE OF STRANGE SECRETS: A Detective Story.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1899. Hardcover first edition - A vintage mystery complete with "attempted murder, secret passages, strange and blood-curdling noises, escaped convicts, old gentlemen with strange secrets, and two amateur detectives who are the lovers." 262 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in stamped olive green cloth with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover (lettering on spine rubbed, but still legible, hinges cracking, but binding is still sturdy.)

    Book ID: 50004
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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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  • TIME TO CHANGE HATS. by Bennett, Margot.
    Bennett, Margot.
    TIME TO CHANGE HATS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1946. dj. Hardcover first edition - Set right after the end of World War II, this novel combines humor with a complicated plot surrounding a murder of an Australian woman, featuring John Davies, a veteran and would-be detective looking to get experience. 282 pp.

    Condition: Good only in a good dust jacket (some pencil notations to rear endpaper, overall edgewear the the dj)

    Book ID: 72116
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  • THE SECOND FLOOR MYSTERY : Photoplay Title of THE AGONY COLUMN [plus FIFTY CANDLES] by Biggers, Earl Derr (1884-1933)
    Biggers, Earl Derr (1884-1933)
    THE SECOND FLOOR MYSTERY : Photoplay Title of THE AGONY COLUMN [plus FIFTY CANDLES]

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (ca 1930, c 1916). Hardcover - Although Biggers is best known for his novels featuring the Chinese American detective, Charlie Chan, these two shorter works are not about Charlie Chan. Includes the Photoplay edition of "The Agony Column" which was filmed under the title "The Second Floor Mystery" and illustrated with a glossy frontispiece and one inserted plate featuring scenes from the Walker Brothers Talking Picture starring Loretta Young, and the short mystery "Fifty Candles"(1926) Decorative headers at the top of each page. The binding and the half title page only state "The Agony Column." Each story is paginated separately - 194 pp, 157 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in green cloth with black lettering (spine faded), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74926
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  • THE CAMDEN RUBY MYSTERY. by Bliss, Adam (pseudonym of Robert F. Burkhardt & Eve Burkhardt)
    Bliss, Adam (pseudonym of Robert F. Burkhardt & Eve Burkhardt)
    THE CAMDEN RUBY MYSTERY.

    Edition: Vintage reprint.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c 1931.). Hardcover - A "locked room" mystery (although in this case, the door was actually open), the first of three mysteries written using this pseudonym by the husband and wife team of Robert and Eve Burkhardt (they also wrote many more mysteries under the name Rob Eden.) 314 pp plus 6 pp of publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good+ in red cloth with black lettering (usual light toning to the pages.) Red tinting to top edge.

    Book ID: 56762
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  • AN APPLE A DAY. by Brinton, Henry.
    Brinton, Henry.
    AN APPLE A DAY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Ives Washburn, 1959. dj. Hardcover first edition - Murder at a family reunion on a small island off the coast of Cornwall, as narrated by a doctor who is married to one of the daughters in the family. 223 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68802
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  • THE RED GATE. by Burke, Richard.
    Burke, Richard.
    THE RED GATE.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., (1947) dj. Hardcover first edition - A Fingerprint Mystery. When the wealthy judge is murdered, his young wife, a former cigarette girl, becomes the only suspect. 225 pp.

    Condition: Good in red cloth in a good dust jacket (spotting on a few preliminary pages, sunning to spine of dj, overall rubbing, tape reinfrorcement to the interior of the dj at the top of the spine. Original price of $1.98 still present.

    Book ID: 76503
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  • DEATH AT ASH HOUSE (original title: This Undesirable Residence.) by Burton, Miles (pseudonym of Cecil John C. Street)
    Burton, Miles (pseudonym of Cecil John C. Street)
    DEATH AT ASH HOUSE (original title: This Undesirable Residence.)

    Edition: First US printing.

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1942. dj. Hardcover first edition - A Crime Club selection. An Inspector Arnold mystery, published in the UK as 'This Undesirable Residence.' An uncommon title by this writer (who also wrote mysteries under the name of John Rhode.)

    Condition: Pencilled notation indicating that this was from a store's lending library - stamp of store on endpaper, but no other markings. The dustjacket was originally covered by an old-style protector with black edges - and these black edges left some marks on the endpapers. Otherwise the book is in very good condition and the dustjacket is in exceptionally good condition - bright and attractive with only the slightest bit of fading to the red on the spine, and a small amount of dampstaining visible on the upper corner of the front flap.

    Book ID: 17567
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  • NAKED TO THE GRAVE. by Carmichael, Harry.
    Carmichael, Harry.
    NAKED TO THE GRAVE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Saturday Review Press, (1973) dj. Hardcover first edition - Mystery featuring insurance assessor John Piper and his friend, crime reporter Quinn. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-8415-02323.

    Condition: Overall good condition in a near fine dust jacket (peeled spots on boards from tape removal, discoloration on front endpaper)

    Book ID: 61446
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  • SAINT OVERBOARD. by Charteris, Leslie.
    Charteris, Leslie.
    SAINT OVERBOARD.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Triangle Books, (1942). Hardcover - Novel featuring Simon Templar aka 'The Saint' - 'the Robin Hood of modern crime.' 298 pp.

    Condition: Good only in beige cloth with red lettering, drawing on front cover (severe tanning to the pages), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 74925
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  • THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD by Christie, Agatha
    Christie, Agatha
    THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD

    Edition: Book of the Month Club edition (same size and quality as trade edition).

    New York: Dodd, Mead, n.d. (c 1954) dj. Hardcover - A nice (probably late 50's) reprint of the classic mystery originally published in 1926.

    Condition: Near fine in a good only dust jacket (prev owner's name, noticeable edgewear and creasing to dj)

    Book ID: 4782
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  • FEAR COMES TO CHALFONT. by Crofts, Freeman Wills
    Crofts, Freeman Wills
    FEAR COMES TO CHALFONT.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1942) dj. Hardcover first edition - An Inspector French mystery, set an English country house. A rather unfortunate -but quite scarce - copy of the true first edition of this classic novel from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. 239 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only in light blue cloth (cocked spine, ring on front cover, some foxing to the edges of the textblock, usual toning to the pages, and to the spine), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63096
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  • HUNT WITH THE HOUNDS. by Eberhart, Mignon G.
    Eberhart, Mignon G.
    HUNT WITH THE HOUNDS.

    Edition: Detective Book Club reprint.

    New York: Walter J. Black, (c 1950.) dj. Hardcover - A novel of mystery and murder in the Virginia fox hunting country, 198 pp. As is usual with Black reprints, the dust jacket art reproduces the original.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some spotting to the top edge of the textblock, chips to edges of the dj.)

    Book ID: 53840
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  • DEATH AT PYFORD HALL. by Fisher, Douglas.
    Fisher, Douglas.
    DEATH AT PYFORD HALL.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1952) dj. Hardcover first edtion - The third mystery featuring farmhand-sleuth Jeff Tellford and his indefatigable Ma. (Note: the dust jacket refers to 'Telford,'but in the book, their name is spelled "Tellford" ) 255 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (some rubbing and edgewear to the dj, spine somewhat toned and faded, corner of dj flap clipped but price of 10/6 still present) .

    Book ID: 67761
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  • A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE. by Fitt, Mary.
    Fitt, Mary.
    A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1947). Hardcover first edition - A novel of "action, intrigue and suspense" set at an English country mansion. 210 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (small chips to dj, corners of flaps clipped)

    Book ID: 72121
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  • THE INCONVENIENT BRIDE. by Fox, James M. (pseudonym of Johannes Matthijs Willem Knipscheer, 1908-1989)
    Fox, James M. (pseudonym of Johannes Matthijs Willem Knipscheer, 1908-1989)
    THE INCONVENIENT BRIDE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Coward-McCann, (1948). Hardcover first edition - Rather hard-to-find novel featuring private investigator John and Suzy Marshall (who have been described as suburban California wannabees of Nick and Nora) by this writer who emigrated from the Netherlands at the beginning of World War II and began writing hard-boiled crime fiction. The dog - a great Dane named Khan - saves the day, but this is still a fun read. A Gargoyle Mystery. 186 pp.

    Condition: Very good minus in a good dust jacket (corners bumped, dust jacket has rubbing and wear along all the folds and edges, price-clipped, a few chips - but basically intact) .

    Book ID: 68738
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  • DR THORNDYKE INTERVENES. by Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    DR THORNDYKE INTERVENES.

    Edition: Fourth printing (originally published in 1933.)

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1950.) dj. Hardcover - Mystery featuring the eccentric scientific detective, Dr. Thorndyke. A title in the Yellow Jacket series. 317 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some toning to the pages, faint number stamped on copyright page, tape ghosts on endpapers.) Still quite uncommon in dust jacket even in later printings.

    Book ID: 49999
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  • DR. THORNDYKE'S CASES. by Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    DR. THORNDYKE'S CASES.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1931. Hardcover first edition - Contains eight Doctor Thorndyke stories. 312 pp.

    Condition: Very good in green cloth with black lettering and small illustration on front cover, cream and green endpapers (some fraying to the top of the spine.), lacking the dj.

    Book ID: 49697
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  • THE MYSTERY OF 31 NEW INN. by Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    Freeman, R. Austin (1862-1943)
    THE MYSTERY OF 31 NEW INN.

    Edition: First thus.

    Bath: Lythway Press, (1970.) dj. Hardcover - A reprint of this classic mystery featuring the eccentric scientific detective, Dr. Thorndyke, originally published in 1912, and quite uncommon even in this later edition. 318 pp plus 7 pp of publisher's advertisements. ISBN: 0-85046-1197.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket with a wraparound illustration.

    Book ID: 49758
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  • THE CASE OF THE LAZY LOVER. by Gardner, Erle Stanley.
    Gardner, Erle Stanley.
    THE CASE OF THE LAZY LOVER.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Morrow, (1947.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A classic Perry Mason mystery. cover artwork by Barye Phillips. 250 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket, with some edgewear to ends of spine, small chip at bottom of front cover , but the original price of 2.50 still present, and the front cover is overall bright and attractive.

    Book ID: 73685
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  • THE DEEPER SCAR. by Gluck, Sinclair (1887-1956)
    Gluck, Sinclair (1887-1956)
    THE DEEPER SCAR.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1927. Hardcover first edition - Romantic suspense novel set on a remote volcanic island off the coast of South America. The hero, David Shirlow, has a face terribly scarred from the gas warfare of the great War, but the deeper scar is the way in which it affected him emotionally. 280 pp.

    Condition: Very good in charcoal gray cloth with red lettering (spine somewhat cocked, a few pages opened carelessly with chips to the outer margin)

    Book ID: 61547
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  • THIEVES' HONOR. by Gluck, Sinclair (1887-1956)
    Gluck, Sinclair (1887-1956)
    THIEVES' HONOR.

    Edition: 2nd edition..

    London: Mills & Boon, Limited, (1926). Hardcover - An early thriller by this prolific and popular author in the years between the wars. A review of one of his books described them as "Sheer melodrama . . . no end of excitement--cumulative excitement, with thrill following thrill, clear to the end of the last page. It didn't happen, of course not. And it just never could happen. And it isn't literature--not even a forty-second cousin to literature,. . But, all the same, once in a blue moon, we need to be jostled out of the work-a-day rut into complete forgetfulness of US and our small concerns. You'll smile at the book while you read it--but just try putting it…

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    London: Mills & Boon, Limited, (1926). Hardcover - An early thriller by this prolific and popular author in the years between the wars. A review of one of his books described them as "Sheer melodrama . . . no end of excitement--cumulative excitement, with thrill following thrill, clear to the end of the last page. It didn't happen, of course not. And it just never could happen. And it isn't literature--not even a forty-second cousin to literature,. . But, all the same, once in a blue moon, we need to be jostled out of the work-a-day rut into complete forgetfulness of US and our small concerns. You'll smile at the book while you read it--but just try putting it down unfinished. It's by Sinclair Gluck." This book of stolen jewels lives up to that hype -within just the first few pages, there are already a murder, an attempt to frame the hero, a car chase and fatal accident - and that is all while still in upstate New York, before taking off for China. 288 pp plus 16 pp of publisher's ads.

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    Condition: Very good in pale green cloth with black lettering on spine and front cover, no dust jacket..

    Book ID: 72571
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  • THAT AFFAIR NEXT DOOR by Green, Anna Katharine
    Green, Anna Katharine
    THAT AFFAIR NEXT DOOR

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: A. L. Burt, nd. (orig 1906) dj. Hardcover - An attractive older (circa 1915-1920?) copy of one of Green's more difficult to find mystery titles, in an early dustjacket. Features Amelia Butterworth,spinster -an "embryonic Miss Marple." Bound in olive green cloth with a medallion flower design on front cover, lettering in white. 399 pp

    Condition: Very good overall (some rubbing to the white lettering on the boards) in a fair only, but very uncommon dust jacket (loss to both ends of dj spine, wear to corner folds, short closed tears.)

    Book ID: 71228
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  • THE MILLIONAIRE BABY. by Green, Anna Katharine.
    Green, Anna Katharine.
    THE MILLIONAIRE BABY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1905. Hardcover first edition - Classic mystery by the writer considered the "mother" of the American mystery.

    Condition: Very good in dark green cloth with red and gilt decorations.

    Book ID: 72138
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  • THE CIRCULAR STUDY. by Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    THE CIRCULAR STUDY.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1900. Hardcover first edition - Classic mystery novel by the first American woman to write detective fiction, set in New York City and featuring detectives Ebenezer Gryce and Mrs. Amelia Butterworth. The first book listed by Barzun and Taylor in "A Catalogue of Crime" which selects 90 classic mysteries published between 1900-1975. 289 pp plus 6 pp of publisher's ads.

    Condition: Near fine in very bright and attractive first state binding of dark green cloth with black swirling design and gilt lettering (prev owner's name dated 1900)

    Book ID: 58730
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  • THE MYSTERY OF THE HASTY ARROW. by Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    Green, Anna Katharine (Rohlfs, 1846-1935)
    THE MYSTERY OF THE HASTY ARROW.

    Edition: First Canadian edition.

    Toronto: William Briggs, 1917. Hardcover first edition - Classic mystery novel by the first American woman to write detective fiction, set in New York City and featuring detectives Ebenezer Gryce and Caleb Sweetwater. Illustrated by H. R. Ballinger with a frontispiece and seven inserted glossy plates. Printed from the US sheets. 412 pp.

    Condition: Very good in olive green cloth with darker green lettering and orange arrow on front cover (two small bumps to side of spine)

    Book ID: 61602
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