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Home Guard Mystery - Belton Cobb
1941 UK hardback first edition first impression published by Longmans in London
A VG++ in price clipped dust jacket
The book is tight and solid, no names etc, very clean and bright
The wrapper has very light edge wear and slight age tan, otherwise superb, great artwork too, see the hidden figure in it . . .

A lovely copy and very rare, I don't think it's even listed in the English Catalogue of Books, 1941 being one of the hardest periods for crime fiction collectors
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Suspicion in Triplicate written by Belton Cobb
1971 UK hardback first edition first impression published by W.H. Allen in London
A near fine book in near fine price clipped dust jacket
The book is bright, clean and tight, well cared for
No names or stamps etc
The wrapper has no loss or tears, a nice example

A lovely copy of a mystery featuring Detective-Sergeant Kitty Armitage and Detective Chief Inspector Bryan Armitage
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Stolen Strychnine - Belton Cobb
1949 UK hardback first edition first impression published by Longmans in London
A VG+ in unclipped dust jacket
The book has some light scattered spotting to edges, tight and solid though, no names etc
The wrapper has light edge wear and some age taning to rear panel, spotting to flaps

A solid copy of a rare jacketed Superintendent Manning mystery
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Detective in Distress written by Belton Cobb
1953 UK hardback first edition first impression published by Methuen in London
A near fine book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
The book is very clean and bright, lovely
No names or stamps etc
The wrapper has very light edge rubs, clean and bright, superb artwork by Leo Vernon

A very rare title, let alone a first in this condition and a Cheviot Burmann mystery
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Poisoner's Base - author - Belton Cobb
1957 UK hardback first edition first impression published by W.H. Allen in London
A VG++ to near fine book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
A tight, clean and solid book, no names etc
Light shelf wear to jacket edges but no real loss

Not had this title before, a nice copy and a Detective-Inspector Cheviot Burmann mystery set on Dartmoor
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The Fatal Holiday - Belton Cobb
1938 UK hardback first edition first impression published by Longmans, Green & Co in London
A VG in LATER & SUPPLIED 3/6 dust jacket
The book is solid, clean cloth, slight crease to spine
No names or stamps etc, solid text block with no foxing
The wrapper is froma later book, same size though, chipping and wear to edges and creases

A very scarce book and whilst the jacket is later and worn it's still something of bargain
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Fatal Dose - Belton Cobb
1937 British hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression published by Longmans, Green & Co in London
A VG++ book in near fine 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
Very bright solid book, without names etc, just very light oddments of scattered tan to edges
The jacket is fabulous, stunning condition, no loss etc and very clean, nice bright wghite rear panel

While Detective-Inspector Cheviot Burmann was spending a holiday at Barling-On-Sea, a fatal dose of strychnine disappeared from the chemist's shop below the Guest House where he had taken a room. Two days later this poison was used for murdering one of the people in the Guest House. Cheviot, being anxious to avoid talking 'shop', had concealed his identity and represented, himself as a commercial traveller. After the murder, having been posted officially to the case, he decided to profit by this deception and maintain his incognito; the result being that people spoke with comparative freedom before him, and all his professional enquiries were in the form of holiday conversations. The surprising solution of the case escaped him for several days because he failed to make the right deduction from an incident which he witnessed on the day of the crime. Readers of this book are given the same opportunity that he had, and no doubt those who are especially careful and intelligent will avoid his mistake.

A stunning copy, hard to realistically ever imagine a better copy, if indeed you can even find a copy in a jacket - superb !
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Quickly Dead - Belton Cobb
1937 UK hardback first edition first impression published by Longmans in London
A VG++ to near fine book in VG++ unclipped 7/6 dust jacket
The book is superb - has no names etc, tight clean and square
The wrapper has a knock and closed tear (not immediately obvious) top spine otherwise superb !

Synopsis
Edward Barber's car was found abandoned by the roadside and twenty-four hours later his strangled body was found in aditch a mile away. Detective Inspector Cheviot Burmann rightly said that the mystery would not be solved until he could discover why the twoóthe body and the carówere not in the same place : why Barber had left the car and walked up a narrow lane. Cheviot suspected a connection between Barber and a Mrs Banks who had a cottage in the lane, but Mrs Banks denied that they had been anything more than acquaintances. Cheviot assumed from the first that she was lying, and thus got four suspects : Mrs Banks herself, her brother, her husband, and Edward Barber's wife. Two of these undoubtedly had the opportunity but no known motive : the other two had strong motives óbut perfect alibis. " And which," said Cheviot to Superintendent Cox, " would you choose ? "

An amazing copy of a book that's desperately rare anyway but in this condition . . .
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No Last Words - Belton Cobb
1949 British hardback first edition, first impression published by Longmans, Green & Co in London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
Tight clean book with no names etc
The jacket is lovely and clean with no loss and great perios artwork
A Superintendent Manning mystery
A rare book and a really nice copy, hard to realistically imagine a nicer one
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Double Detection - Belton Cobb
1945 UK hardback first edition, 1st impression, Longmans, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped 7/6 dust jacket
The bookk has no names etc, tight clean and square
The wrapper has some light edge wear
An Inspector Burnam mystery
A nice clean copy
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Murder Men Only - Belton Cobb
1962 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Allen, London
A VG book sadly without dust wrapper
Some light scattered foxing
A decent reading copy
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Like a Guilty Thing in Later Issue Jacket - Belton Cobb
1938 UK hardback first edition published by Longmans, London
A VG+ book in c1942 dust jacket
The book has no names etc, tight clean and square
The wrapper has a bit of wear to edges, still clean and bright, fits book perfectly (no married by me)
An Inspector Burnam mystery and very rare in a wrapper
A very attractive copy, a 1st issue jacket is very rare, this one appears to always have been with the book
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Synopsis
"HERE we are," cried June, as our train drew in at the station. "Yes," I said. "And that means we've got to get out, I suppose. Though what we've come for, I don't know. Why can't we stay in the train till it goes back again?" "Oh, come along," said June. "This is a holiday. It will do you a world of good, and we are going to enjoy it." "I'm absolutely certain," I answered, "that the place is death." Three weeks earlier, I had had a minor operation. When the ordeal was first mooted, the tremors which accompany the idea of "being carved up" were nicely balanced by the prospect of a month's sick leave: kind friends assured me that I should be as fit as a fiddle after the first fortnight and able to enjoy my holiday. To put it succinctly, they lied. It was the first fortnight that I rather enjoyed, in spite of painówith the novelty of being an interesting invalid and the pleasure of lying in bed, conscience-free: the third week I sank into the depths of post-operational gloom. The doctor told June, my wife, to take me to the seaside. "Go with him yourself," he said, "and see that he has some bright society." He recommended this spot on the South Coast. Well, either he lied too, or else he had no acquaintance with small seaside resorts in a war-time winter. Our taxi took us along the Marine Parade. The "promenade" part of this was entirely covered with barbed

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