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Trent's Last Case ~ E.C. Bentley
1913 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Nelson in London
True 1st issue, blue blind stamped front boards, gilt titles to spine, decorated endpapers and colour frontis
A VG book sadly without dustwrapper
The book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps
Clean, bright boards, tight binding
The first book in the series and a very important book in the mystery fiction genre not to mention a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone

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Trent's Last Case ~ E C Bentley
1952 UK Penguin paperback later edition published in London
A solid book, tight and square
The book has small neat stamp inside
A nicer than normal copy

A classic title and the subject of three films including one featuring Orson Wells
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Trent's Own Case ~ E.C. Bentley
1936 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Constable in London
A VG+ book in Unclipped 7/6 dustwrapper
The book shows no names, inscriptions or stamps
Clean, bright boards, tight binding and no cant to spine
The jacket has loss to spine ends, some general shelf wearand a few marks etc, stain to top inside rear flap.

Trent has disappeared For more than twenty years: but the memory of him is still preserved by the hundreds of thousands who followed him in his " Last Case." Of that classic among detective novels, Mr. Chesterton has declared that he could point to "dozens of famous writers and thinkers, dons and doctors and diplomatists and poets of the most classical turn, who had put this on their secret shelf of Best Books." A new, but celebrated figure, Mr. Warner Alien, assists Mr. Bentley in describing Trent's return. One of the reasons for this collaboration will be apparent to all readers who know Mr. Alien's writings about wine. TRENT'S LAST CASE was a great book, to which TRENT'S OWN CASE proves a worthy successor.

A very important book especially in the Golf Mystey genre - a solid copy offered massively below retail price
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Trent's Last Case ~ E C Bentley
1929 British hardback first revised edition published in London by Knopf
A VG book sadly lacking dust jacket
The book shows neat contemporaneous name but no inscriptions or stamps
Tidy baords, a little rubbing, tight binding with light paper tan
Revised by the author in 1929 and an Important Haycraft Queen Cornerstone

Convinced that he has tracked down the murderer of a business tycoon who was shot in his mansion, he is told by the real perpetrator over dinner what mistakes in the logical deduction of the solution of the crime he has made. On hearing what really happened, Trent vows that he will never again attempt to dabble in crime detection.

A solid period copy
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Trent Intervenes ~ E.C. Bentley
1953 UK Penguin paperback first edition published in London
A VG+ book - nice condition
The book shows small neat name no inscriptions or stamps
Light paper tan but much nicer than Penguins normally seen of this vintage

Some short stories, neatly and concisely written, in which Philip Trent, artist, connoisseur, and private detective, is the central character. All of the stories revolve round one or two essential clues; clues, moreover, which would only be noticed by an investigator with Trent's particular qualities.
Includes the Golf Mystery THE SWEET SHOT

A classic in the mystery fiction book genre
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Agatha Christie     Margery Allingham     Dorothy L Sayers     Carter Dickson    

About the Author
E. C. Bentley, a Londoner by birth, began journalism in 1902, and was columnist on the Daily News and later on the editorial staff of the Daily Telegraph, as well as a frequent contributor to Punch and other periodicals
From 1936 until 1949 Bentley was president of the Detection Club and contributed to both of their radio serials broadcast in 1930 and 1931 and published in 1983 as The Scoop and Behind The Screen. He passed away aged 80 in 1956. His son Nicolas Bentley is the well known illustrator

Sample
BETWEEN what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely? When the scheming, indomitable brain of Sigsbee Manderson was scattered by a shot from an unknown hand, that world lost nothing worth a single tear; it gained something memorable in a harsh reminder of the vanity of such wealth as this dead man had piled up-without making one loyal friend to mourn him, without doing an act that could help his memory to the least honour. But when the news of his end came, it seemed to those living in the great vortices of business as if the earth too shuddered under a blow. In all the lurid commercial history of his country there had been no figure that had so imposed itself upon the mind of the trading world. He had a niche apart in its temples. Financial giants, strong to direct and augment the forces of capital, and taking an approved toll in millions for their labour, had existed before; but in the case of Manderson there had been this singularity, that a pale halo of piratical romance

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