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The Cavalier's Cup - Carter Dickson
1954 UK hardback, first edition, first impression published by Heinemann in London
A VG book in unclipped dust jacket - overall a slightly tired copy but solid and cheap
The book is tightly bound and square, no names or stamps, light age tan to paper
The jacket is chipped to spine ends, shelf wear to edges, rear panel complete some tanning

Fantastic artwork by Stein and a Sir Henry Merrivale mystery
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And So to Murder - written by author - Carter Dickson
1960 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
Pages and covers brighter than normal, tight and square
A nice copy

Death in a film studio, Sir Henry Merrivale investigates. Now out of print

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She Died a Lady written by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr
1959 English Penguin paperback later edition, London
A rather nice book, better condition than normally seen in paperbacks of this vintage
Tightly bound, light tan
A lovely book

A scarce out of print Sir Henry Merrivale title looking at a mysterious suicide pact, classic stuff
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The Plague Court Murders - Carter Dickson
1955 UK Penguin paperback later edition published London
Tight and solid binding, very light tanning
Minor edge rubs etc
In better condition than Penguins of this period are normally seen

A Sir Henry Merrivale mystery centred in a large supposedly haunted house by a man who used to be a hangman's assistant in the 17th century
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The Curse of the Bronze Lamp aka Lord of the Sorcerers - Carter Dickson
1956 UK first Pan paperback edition, published in London
A nice solid vintage copy, clean and tidy
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Usual page tanning, light wear to edges
One of the author's favourite books and the result of a night long debate with Ellery Queen - a Sir Henry Merrivale mystery

An attractive period copy and a scarce title

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The Bowstring Murders - Carter Dickson
1934 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Heinemann in London
A VG book with publishers original file copy partial dust jacket
A solid book, tight, neat name to endpaper, few marks to cloth and light tan
The 'jacket' is the front panel and spine from the Hodder archive (NOT a facsimilie !)
Lovely and clean with artwork by Youngman Carter

A scarce book but with the publishers file partial jacket a unique item

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Death in Five Boxes - Carter Dickson
1938 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Heinemann in London
A VG indeed book in restored 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Clean contents, tight and square
The wrapper has been restored by to world's leading exponent and, as the scans show, very nicely executed
Restoration to spine ends and edges, noticeable only on the closest of inspection

Overall a very attractive looking item, obviously a rare collectors item and whilst a lot of money it's massively under retail price

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Till Death Us Do Part - Carter Dickson
1944 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hamilton, London
A VG indeed book, sadly sans dust jacket
Tight and square, clean and tidy
Small neat inscription to endpaper
A rare out of print title Dr Fell mystery
A clean and tidy copy of a collectable title

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The Skeleton in the Clock - Carter Dickson
1973 American later edition dual priced for the UK market as well (25p brand new !)
A tidy and solid copy, sticker pull to front cover
Bit of general light surface wear
Tightly bound

About this Book
MR. DRAKE TEMPTS FATE ON A ROOFTOP He did not turn round. He had not time to turn round. A pair of human hands, just behind him, lunged out and gave him a violent shove in the middle of the back. Martin had just that flash-hundredth of a second, with the bell-note in his ears, to understand he had been pitched forward over the ledge into a sea of mist. After that he felt no pain; he felt nothing at all. . . .

A solid copy of a difficult to find out-of-print book
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The Reader is Warned
1951 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A reading copy only
CUsual page tanning and lean to spine, shelf wear to extremities
A solid example

About this Book
A victim is pre-warned of his death by a thought reader in what is described as one of the author's most original detective stories

A readers copy only
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The Judas Window
1955 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
Pages tanned, name to front cover spine worn edge wear etc. Still tighly bound and solid
A reasonable reading copy

About this Books
In defence of young Jimmy Answell, 'H.M.' acts in two capacities - as his Counsel at the Old Bailey and as a highly irregular detective in pursuit of the real murderer. 'H.M.' is not one for face values, which is just as well for his client; at the time of Avory Hurrie's murder he was the only other person in the room; his fingerprints were found on the lethal weapon; and he was armed with a pistol. With or without his wig and ancient gown, 'H.M.' brings to this case a formidable mixture of humour:; and a mastery of unorthodox techniques

A classic title and not easy to locate
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The Red Widow Murders - Carter Dickson
1962 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
A tight, clean and solid copy
Light surface creasing to covers
A solid copy
Sir Henry Merrivale and a classic locked room mystery

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She Died a Lady - Carter Dickson
1943 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Heinemann London
A good only copy without dust jacket
Front endpaper missing but NOT ex library, no names or stamps etc
A few marks to covers but solid and tidy
A reading copy only but still rare in 1st issue state

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Death in Five Boxes
1951 British Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
Pages lightly tanned, covers lightly spotted
An ingenious Sir Henry Merrivale mystery
"An almost perfect murder story" - Daily Mail
Now out of print

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The Plague Court Murders
1974 English paperback later edition, Tower Books London
Some paper ageing, still tightly bound
Covers a little worn
A reading copy only
Padlocked doors and barred windows - a locked room mystery from the master of the genre

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The Red Widow Murders
1951 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
Pages lightly tanned, covers solid
An ingenious Sir Henry Merrivale mystery
A better than readers copy
Now out of print

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He Wouldn't Kill Patience - Carter Dickson
1957 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
Tight and square, solid binding, usual tanning
Minor edge rubs etc
In better condition than Penguins of this period are normally seen
A Sir Henry Merrivale mystery

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The Ten Teacups - Carter Dickson
1955 English Penguin paperback later edition, London
Pages lightly tanned as ever, light wear to extremities
Tightly bound, liught spotting to cover
A solid and tidy reading copy
A scarce out of print Merrivale title

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Cross of Murder - Carter Dickson
1959 English reissued later edition, London
Originally published as Seeing is Believing by Heinemann
Bit of general light surface wear
Tightly bound, a solid period copy
A henry Merrivale title

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Night at the Mocking Widow - Carter Dickson
1951 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Heinemann, London
A VG+ book in VG indeed unclipped dust jacket
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Clean contents, tight and square
The wrapper shows small minor chip to rear panel, short closed tear and minor edge wear
When murder occurs in an English village, which it does far more frequently than is known, people usually feel the shock! A Sir Henry Merrivale mystery
A nice clean title and very scarce in wrapper

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A Graveyard to Let by Carter Dickson
1950 UK hardback, first edition, first impression published by Heinemann in London
A VG++ book in unclipped dust jacket
The book is tightly bound and sqaure, no names or stamps, clean text block
The jacket has chip to spine ends and front panel, light general edge wear, great artwork by Lowen

A nice solid copy and very rare in jacket
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Behind the Crimson Blind - Superior Copy - Carter Dickson
1952 UK hardback, first edition, first impression published by Heinemann in London
A VG++ book in like unclipped dust jacket
The book is tightly bound and sqaure, no names or stamps, clean text block
The jacket has no loss, very slight rubs to spine top, clean and bright with great artwork by Stein

It's hard to realistically imagine a much nicer copy given the age of the book and a Sir Henry Merrivale mystery
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See also the pseudonym John Dickson Carr

For more information please see our Carter Dickson Bibliography

Carter Dickson - The Characters
Colonel March
When Scotland Yard receives a complaint that does not seem reasonable, it is sent to Room D-3, Department of Queer Complaints, presided .over by Colonel March. He is a large, amiable, sandy-mustached pipe-srnoker who specializes in solving the impossible.

Sir Henry Merrivale
Bald-headed, cigar-chomping, evilly scowling Sir Henry Merrivale has a rare genius (shared only by Dr Gideon Fell) for getting involved in locked-room murders or otherwise impossible situations. Elbowing aside the inadequate Inspector Humphrey Masters of the Yard, H.M. never fails to explain how the crime was committed, while providing generous portions of low comedy and intellectual excitement.

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