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  • THE CELL MURDER MYSTERY. by Hobart, Donald Bayne.
    Hobart, Donald Bayne.
    THE CELL MURDER MYSTERY.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: The Fiction League. 1931. dj. Hardcover first edition - A material witness is found murdered in his cell - and that is just the beginning of this vintage dectective novel. 320 pp.

    Condition: Very good overall in yellow cloth with black lettering (the synopsis from the dj flap has been pasted inside the front cover, and the illustration from the dj was pasted onto the cover - it looks rather attractive.)

    Book ID: 62571
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  • Jepson, Selwyn (1899Ð1989)
    MAN DEAD.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1951. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel of murder, political intrigue and blackmail set in London, by this British author and screenwriter (his father was also a noted mystery author, and he is the uncle of novelist Fay Weldon.) 188 pp.

    Condition: Good only in good dust jacket (some spine slant, overall edgewear to the dust jacket, a few small chips, original price of 2.50 still present)

    Book ID: 58963
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  • MAN DEAD. by Jepson, Selwyn (1899Ð1989)
    Jepson, Selwyn (1899Ð1989)
    MAN DEAD.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1951. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel of murder, political intrigue and blackmail set in London, by this British author and screenwriter (his father was also a noted mystery author, and he is the uncle of novelist Fay Weldon.) 188 pp.

    Condition: Good only in good dust jacket (some spine slant, overall edgewear to the dust jacket, a few small chips, original price of 2.50 still present)

    Book ID: 58964
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  • MAN DEAD. by Jepson, Selwyn (1899Ð1989)
    Jepson, Selwyn (1899Ð1989)
    MAN DEAD.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1951. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel of murder, political intrigue and blackmail set in London, by this British author and screenwriter (his father was also a noted mystery author, and he is the uncle of novelist Fay Weldon.) 188 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (usual toning to the pages, some minor edgewear to dj, corners slightly bumped.)

    Book ID: 58965
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  • THE WIDENING STAIN. by Johnson, W. Bolingbroke (pseudonym of Morris Bishop 1893-1973)
    Johnson, W. Bolingbroke (pseudonym of Morris Bishop 1893-1973)
    THE WIDENING STAIN.

    Edition: 3rd printing, just one month after the first,

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942. dj. Hardcover - Humorous bibliomystery set in the Cornell University Library, published under a pseudonym by Cornell's librarian at the time. "Seldom if ever has there been a mystery story quite like this one. Yes, there are murders in it- two of them, in fact. And there's a mystery of other descriptions too.. . There is a lot of curious esoteric lore here and there, of special interest to bibliophiles." 242 pp. Dust jacket by E. McKnight Kauffer.

    Condition: Good only in a fair dust jacket (some spine slant, significant edgewear to the dj, with a long tear along the side of the spine, etc. but overall a reasonable copy of a rather hard to find original edition.)

    Book ID: 71433
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  • THE FOURTH KING. by Keeler, Harry Stephen (1890-1967)
    Keeler, Harry Stephen (1890-1967)
    THE FOURTH KING.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Dutton, (1930). Hardcover first edition - Uncommon original edition of this novel set in Chicago by a now almost forgotten, but very prolific, writer known for his convoluted plots - " 'The Thirteen Kings of Crooked Chicago Finance!' ThatÕs what the terrorist calling himself THE STAR OF THE NIGHT called the thirteen richest moguls of Chicago when he sent them threatening letters which included decks of cards missing certain kings." 317 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only in mauve cloth - dampstaining to the upper corner of the front cover with tidemarks to the upper margins of approx halft the pages, offsetting to the endpapers, pencil marks on the cover, sunning to the spine, but the title is still legible, the binding is sturdy and tight.

    Book ID: 67279
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  • WHISPER MURDER! by Kelsey. Vera.
    Kelsey. Vera.
    WHISPER MURDER!

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: P. F. Collier and Sons, Ltd, (1946.). Hardcover - A "Crime Club" edition. A vintage mystery. 255 pp.

    Condition: Good condition in a rather attractive dark blue binding with stylized tree on front, gilt titles on the spine. (prev owner's name stamp.)

    Book ID: 56131
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  • THEY'RE GOING TO KILL ME. by Knight, Kathleen Moore (1890-1984).
    Knight, Kathleen Moore (1890-1984).
    THEY'RE GOING TO KILL ME.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1955. Hardcover first edition - Stand-alone suspense novel set in Boston featuring Susan Casey, owner of a small bookstore, and her fiance Lance Hardy, a Korean War vet.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (blank bookplate, mostly hidden by dj flap)

    Book ID: 72615
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  • MADAME BALTIMORE. by Knowland, Helen.
    Knowland, Helen.
    MADAME BALTIMORE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1949. Hardcover first edition - The author's first and only novel, a story of infidelity and treachery set in post World War II Washington DC - Knowland was the wife of former California senator William Knowland, so she knew DC well. 210 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket (some rubbing and edgewear to the dj, sunning to the spine).

    Book ID: 75253
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  • Laurence, John.
    THE SECRET OF SHEEN.

    Cleveland: International Fiction Library, 1929. dj. Hardcover - A romantic mystery with overtones of Robin Hood and the Scarlet Pimpernel.

    Condition: Severe toning to the pages, as is common with books from this era, but otherwise in good condition in a somewhat edgeworn, but still near very good dustjacket.

    Book ID: 15674
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  • THE BLACK COAT. by Little, Constance (1899-1980) and Gwenyth (1903-1985) Little
    Little, Constance (1899-1980) and Gwenyth (1903-1985) Little
    THE BLACK COAT.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1948. Hardcover first edition - When two coats get switched at New York's Grand Central Station, this tale of bizarre happenings takes off.

    Condition: Good only in red boards with white lettering on the spine (synopsis from front flap pasted on front pastedown, rather severe toning to the pages and foxing to the endpapers but still a decent copy of a hard to find vintage mystery.).

    Book ID: 68554
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  • THE BLACK RUSTLE. by Little, Constance (1899-1980) and Gwenyth Little (1903-1985)
    Little, Constance (1899-1980) and Gwenyth Little (1903-1985)
    THE BLACK RUSTLE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1943. Hardcover first edition - Another eccentric mystery novel by these Australian born sisters. with thumpings in the attic and a swimming pool that appears and disappears. 214 pp.

    Condition: Very good in black boards with violet lettering on the spine (bookplate, some toning to the pages.).

    Book ID: 68557
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  • THE MYSTERY OF VILLA SINESTE. by Livingston, Walter.
    Livingston, Walter.
    THE MYSTERY OF VILLA SINESTE.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: The Mystery League, Inc. , 1931. Hardcover first edition - Two Americans after a plane crash near the sinister Villa Sineste in Italy are taken in by the mysterious Dr di Ponari. The second title by Livingston for the rather short-lived Mystery League (1930-1933) - their books were unique in that they were sold through United Cigar Stores and Drug Stores, instead of bookstores, and despite their low price of 50c each, they were attractively bound in black silk with green lettering, green and white art deco endpapers, 286 pp. plus 1 pp listing titles and various bindings.

    Condition: Fair condition only (slanted spine, fraying and rubbing to the spine, front hinge cracked, previous owner's name) .

    Book ID: 67377
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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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  • 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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  • BLAME THE BARON. by Morton, Anthony (pseudonym of John Creasey, 1908-1973)
    Morton, Anthony (pseudonym of John Creasey, 1908-1973)
    BLAME THE BARON.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd, (1948) dj. Hardcover first edition - True first edition (preceding the US edition by 3 years) of this novel, one of many in the series featuring the Baron and written by John Creasey under this pseudonym. A famous collection of jewels has been stolen, a notorious thief is found dead, and John Mannering, the owner of the shop is suspected as being partner to the crimes. 250 pp.

    Condition: Very good in light green cloth in a good only dust jacket (several edge tears to the dj, original price of 8s, 6d still present).

    Book ID: 72119
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  • THE SMASHER. by Powell, Talmage.
    Powell, Talmage.
    THE SMASHER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1959. dj. Hardcover first edition - His rather uncommon first novel, a "Cock Robin" mystery, a suspense novel about a man whose wife was "smashed" to death by someone in an automobile. When his daughter is threatened, he realizes he has to find the killer himself. 148 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only in a fair dust jacket (usual rather severe toning to the pages, discoloration on front endpaper, edgewear, rubbing and creasing to the dust jacket. )

    Book ID: 57673
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  • THE MURDERER IS A FOX. by Queen, Ellery (pseudonym of Frederic Danay and Manfred B. Lee.)
    Queen, Ellery (pseudonym of Frederic Danay and Manfred B. Lee.)
    THE MURDERER IS A FOX.

    Edition: Early book club edition.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1945) dj. Hardcover - Ellery Queen returns to Wrightsville, the town which was the scene of some of his most striking triumphs, to solve a twelve year old murder case. 223 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (some overall edgewear to the dj, chipping to the base of the spine, but still a rather uncommon vintage edition).

    Book ID: 78252
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  • TELL HER IT'S MURDER. by Reilly, Helen.
    Reilly, Helen.
    TELL HER IT'S MURDER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1954.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A complex mystery featuring New York police Inspector Christopher McKee. 240 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (slight spine slant, some wear to dj at top of spine)

    Book ID: 58739
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  • THE BREAKING POINT. by Rinehart, Mary Roberts.
    Rinehart, Mary Roberts.
    THE BREAKING POINT.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: George H. Doran, (1922). Hardcover first edition - A vintage mystery and romance novel - it "follows seemingly timid protagonist Elizabeth Wheeler, whose placid existence is thrown into disarray by a murder. Forced into the role of detective, Elizabeth tries to set things right again." Color frontispiece by Thomas Fogarty. 356 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in burgundy cloth (rubbing to the lettering on the spine, tidemarks on lower corner of textblock, but sturdy and easily readable), no dust jacket. Gift inscription dated Christmas 1922.

    Book ID: 62753
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  • THE MAN IN LOWER TEN. by Rinehart, Mary Roberts (1876-1958)
    Rinehart, Mary Roberts (1876-1958)
    THE MAN IN LOWER TEN.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc. (Collier on spine of book) 1929. Hardcover - Rinehart's first novel, a classic mystery, published as a serial in "All-Story Magazine" in 1906 and in book form in 1909, and one of her best. 373 pp.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth with gilt lettering (usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 69268
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  • THE CHUCKLING FINGERS. by Seeley, Mabel.
    Seeley, Mabel.
    THE CHUCKLING FINGERS.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Garden City, NY: The Book League, 1941. dj. Hardcover - The author's fourth mystery, set in an estate in Minnesota on the shore of Lake Superior. 294 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a fair dust jacket. (prev owner's name, toning to endpapers and pages, dust jacket has several tears and chips, but the illustration on the front cover is mostly complete and a great example of vintage mystery dj art.)

    Book ID: 52708
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  • Starnes, Richard.
    ANOTHER MUG FOR THE BIER.

    Edition: First edition.

    Philadelphia: Lippincott, (1950.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second mystery featuring newspaperman Barney Forge and sleuth Dr. St. George Peachy Set in Washington DC. 249 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very near fine dust jacket. (light bookstore stamp, prev owner's name, otherwise tight and clean.)

    Book ID: 54900
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  • Taylor, Phoebe Atwood.
    PUNCH WITH CARE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, 1946. dj. Hardcover first edition - Cape Cod sleuth Asey May has his first post- World War II war adventure - involving a dead body, a private narrow gauge railway and an antique Pullman car. 215 pp.

    Condition: Good only in a rather poor dustjacket - from a hospital library with light stamp, pocket in rear, dj has several large chips, loss of about 1/2 inch at both ends of spine, picture of a train on front cover.

    Book ID: 36394
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  • DIPLOMATIC CORPSE. by Taylor, Phoebe Atwood.
    Taylor, Phoebe Atwood.
    DIPLOMATIC CORPSE.

    Edition: Reprint - first thus.

    New York: Norton, (1971) dj. Hardcover - An Asey Mayo mystery, set in a 'friendly' Cape Cod town, originally published in 1951. 244 pp. Dustjacket design by Robert Ritter. ISBN: 0-393086348.

    Condition: Ex-library with markings and some spine slant, in a good dust jacket (spine label).

    Book ID: 74921
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  • NO HOLIDAY FOR DEATH. by Thayer, Lee.
    Thayer, Lee.
    NO HOLIDAY FOR DEATH.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, (1954) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Peter Clancy and Wiggar from start to finish." Murder mystery set in San Francisco. A Red Badge Dectective story. 249 pp. Striking dust jacket art of a skeletal hand and a parrot.

    Condition: Good in good dust jacket (tape ghosts on boards and endpapers, some chipping to dj at ends of spine, other light edgewear, small peeled spot on front cover, but overall an attractive copy of this vintage mystery.)

    Book ID: 56117
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  • LADY, DROP DEAd. by Treat, Lawrence (pseudonym of Lawrence Arthur Goldstone, 1903-1998)
    Treat, Lawrence (pseudonym of Lawrence Arthur Goldstone, 1903-1998)
    LADY, DROP DEAd.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Abelard-Schuman, (1960) dj. Hardcover first edition - Rather uncommon vintage mystery by this Edgar award-winning writer who is credited as being the first to write police procedurals. This novel features a private investigator and a patrolman trying to get back onto the homicide squad, both of whom are convinced that the other one is guilty of the murder of the former movie queen Vivian Vixen. 191 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with somel markings, spine slant, tape ghosts and missing front endpaper in a good only copy of the rather fragile dust jacket (spine label)

    Book ID: 78472
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  • THE EYE OF LUCIFER. by Van de Water, Frederic F. (1890-1968)
    Van de Water, Frederic F. (1890-1968)
    THE EYE OF LUCIFER.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Chicago: The Whjite House, Publishers, (1927). Hardcover - Vintage mystery featuring Sergeant Daniel Delaney and Stephen Cameron of the State Troopers, New York's rural mounted police (van de Water was an honorary trooper) and a cursed green diamond. 258 pp

    Condition: Good overall in rose cloth with green lettering - front cover and spine faded, lower corner of front board cracked.

    Book ID: 72233
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  • THE PATERNOSTER RUBY. by Walk, Charles Edmonds (1875 -?)
    Walk, Charles Edmonds (1875 -?)
    THE PATERNOSTER RUBY.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1910. Hardcover first edition - Walk's third novel, a classic vintage mystery. "A fabulous gem of unrivaled size and clarity, rumored to have been the property of Rodrigo Borgia, father of Cesare and Lucrezia... One time owner Luca Paternostro was murdered by a thief a few days after it came into his possession. A courier was lost at sea while transporting it. Now, the latest owner, Felix Page, a wealthy Chicago financier is found dead in his mansion and the Paternoster Ruby has gone missing once again." Illustrated with a full color frontispiece and 4 inserted color plates by J. V. McFall. 374 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in light green cloth with silver lettering and decorations on front cover (sunning to the spine, small tear in middle of spine, some toning to the pages, but a tight copy).

    Book ID: 59532
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  • THE GIRL IN THE CELLAR. by Wentworth, Patricia (pseudonym of Dora Amy Elles Dillon Turnbull, 1878-1961.)
    Wentworth, Patricia (pseudonym of Dora Amy Elles Dillon Turnbull, 1878-1961.)
    THE GIRL IN THE CELLAR.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1961) dj. Hardcover first edition - The 32nd - and final - Miss Silver mystery. The story of a young woman who discovers a body at the foot of the cellar stairs but has no recollection of who she is or how she came to be there. 190 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (name on front endpaper).

    Book ID: 74252
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