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Murderers Make Mistakes written by Freeman Wills Crofts
1947 UK hardback first edition,first impression published by Hodder in London
A VG indeed book in unclipped, first issue 8/6, dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc, solid tight binding and square spine
The jacket has small chip to front cover and light shelf wear to edges
Still bright looking with NO fading to colour on spine
Outstanding artwork by the wonderful Bip Pares

A solid copy
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Silence for the Murderer - Freeman Wills Crofts
1949 English hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder and Stoughton in London
A VG++ book in unclipped first issue dust jacket
No names or stamps etc, tight and square, a very clean book
The jacket is unclipped, at 8/6 as called for, still clean and bright
Shallow chips to spine top and light shelf wear to edges

A particularly nice and bright copy
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Sir John Magill's Last Journey written by Freeman Wills Crofts
1930 UK hardback first edition,first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG book, true first orange cloth, with partial dust jacket and free photostat jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc, solid tight binding and square spine
Couple of marks and light knocks to boards
There is a partial jacket, trimmed top and bottom, just front panel and spine
Interestingly it just says Collins on spine bottom as opposed to The Crime Club on the 7/6 photostat

A rare book, the partial DW and the full photocopied dust jacket are free and not priced in
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Crime at Guildford - Freeman Wills Crofts
1935 English hardcover first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG book without original dust jacket
Neat name to endpaper and some off-setting, light tan to edges
Usual lighteneing to spine, still tight and square - a solid example
We are including a complimentary PHOTOCOPY of a 1st issue 7/6 jacket. This has not been priced into the book and is a gift
A solid copy of a classic title
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Death of a Train
1946 UK hardback first edition,first impression, Hodder London
A VG book in VG+ price clipped dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc, clean bright cloth, some scattered foxing to edges
Jacket is clean and bright just some rubing and wear to extremities
An attractive looking copy and a bargain
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Mystery in the Channel - Freeman Wills Crofts
1931 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG indeed book without dust jacket
Please note: This is a 'proper' 1st - orange cloth, dated and titled to front board. those with black cloth etc are reprints
No names inscriptions or stamps, no foxing just light age tan
A few minor marks to boards, still tight and square - a solid example
We are including a complimentary PHOTOCOPY of a 1st issue 7/6 jacket. This has not been priced into the book and is a gift
A solid copy of a scarce book and a very early crime club title
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Antidote to Venom - Freeman Wills Crofts
1938 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
A VG indeed book in restored dust jacket
No names inscriptions or stamps, no foxing just light age tan
A few minor marks to boards, still tight and square - a solid example
The 7/6 jacket has had some restoration. There are some light surface creases, still nice and clean

A tidy looking copy of a very collectable Golden Age book and a bargain !
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The Affair at Little Wokeham - Freeman Wills Crofts
1943 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hodder, London
A VG indeed book in unclipped 1st issue dustwrapper
Small neat name to endpaper no inscriptions or stamps, a little scattered spotting to prelim edges
The jacket has had some prefessional restoration performed by the world's leading exponent and has been superbly executed
Chiefly to edges and spine ends it's only apparent on close inspection
A pleasing copy of an uncommon book and offered considerably below market value
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The Cask - Freeman Wills Crofts
c1928 UK hardcover later edition published by Collins in London
1 shilling edition in dust jacket
The book is tight and square, scattered spotting
The jacket is clean and solid, light edge wear with main thrust of artwork replicated from the first
Size 6.5x4.5 inches approx
A rare book jacketed in its own right and a chance to own a period copy in wrapper
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Inspector french and the Cheyne mystery
c1929 UK hardback later edition published by Collins in London
1 shilling edition in dust jacket
The book is tight and square, clean contents etc, no names
The jacket has loss to front panel and spine corner
Size 6.5x4.5 inches approx
A rare book jacketed in its own right and a chance to own a period copy in wrapper
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The Box Office Murders - Freeman Wills Crofts
1929 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins London
A Good only copy sadly sans dustwrapper
Shelf wear and rubbing to cloth
Clean and tidy contents, tight and square
A scarce early title
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The Pit Prop Syndicate
c1930s UK hardcover later edition, Collins London
A VG book, no names etc
No dust jacket, smaller format
A solid period reading copy
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Sir John Magill's Last Journey
1934 UK hardcover seventh edition, Collins London
A near VG book, inscription to half title
Clean cloth but some wear to edges
A solid period reading copy
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The Ponson Case
c1930s UK hardcover later edition, Collins London
A VG book, no names etc
No dust wrapper, smaller format
A solid period reading copy
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Inspector French's Greatest Case
1926 UK hardback third impression, Collins, London
A VG indeed book sadly lacking its dust wrapper
No names, inscriptions etc, clean and tight
A nice early copy, full size 'fat' book and a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone
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Sudden Death - Freeman Wills Crofts
1932 UK hardback first edition,first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG book in PHOTOCOPY 7/6 dustwrapper, our site name is not on the actual jacket
No names inscriptions or stamps etc, some scattered spotting to edges and prelims
A mystery featuring two characters, Inspector French and Anne Day
A very scarce title
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Mystery in the Channel - Freeman Wills Crofts
1931 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book sadly sans dust jacket
Neat name but no inscriptions or stamps etc,
Clean contents and cloth
A particularly bright copy
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The End of Andrew Harrison - Freeman Wills Crofts
1938 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hodder, London
A VG+ book in restored unclipped 1st issue dustwrapper
No names or stamps, bright boards, rather a nice book actually
The jacket has had some prefessional restoration performed by the world's leading exponent and has been superbly executed
Chiefly to spine and edges

Overall looks very nice as can be seen from the scans
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The End of Andrew Harrison
1940 UK hardback reprint, smaller format, H&S, London
A VG copy without its dust jacket
Tight and square, a little light scattered spotting to edges
Smal neat inscription to endpaper
A clean tidy reading copy
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Silence for the Murderer
1949 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition, London
A near VG book in dustwrapper
Tighly bound and square, light scattered spotting
The jacket has shallow loss to spine top, minor edge rubbing
Great jacket artwork, better than the true first in my humble opinion !
A solid attractive book
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Inspector French and the Starvel Tragedy
1945 British Penguin paperback 1st edition, London
A good only copy, usual paper tanning
Some wear to edges, still tightly bound
A readers copy
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Murderers Make Mistakes
1947 UK hardback 1st edition, first impression, Hodder & Stoughton, London
A VG+ copy sadly sans its dust jacket
Tight and square with clean contents
Small neat contemporaneous name to endpaper
A clean and tidy copy
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Murderers Make Mistakes
1953 UK Pan paperback first edition, London
Clean and tidy wrappers, great artwork by Sax
Tight and solid text block, slight lean
A solid copy and collectable
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Fear Comes to Chalfont - Freeman Wills Crofts
1942 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hodder, London
A VG book in unclipped 1st issue 8/6 dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions etc, clean and tight
The jacket has chipping to spine ends, some general edge wear and short closed tears, still clean and bright
A very rare book in jacket, the only copy we have handled. A solid clean copy.
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Mystery on Southampton Water - Freeman Wills Crofts
1934 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hodder, London
A VG book in VG unclipped dust wrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps etc, scattered foxing to prelims
The jacket has some closed tears but virtually no loss, shelf rubbing to extremeties
Great period jacket artwork, a nice 'fat' 7/6 book
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The Mystery of the Sleeping Car Express - Freeman Wills Crofts
1956 UK hardcover first edition, first impression, Hodder and Stoughton, London
A near fine book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps, clean and tight
The jacket has no loss or tears, clean and bright
A particularly nice copy and scarce thus
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The Ponson Case - Freeman Wills Crofts
circa 1927 UK hardcover later edition published by Collins , London
A VG book without dustwrapper
The book shows neat name but no inscriptions etc
Tight and square - a solid copy, top edge gilt, not a cheap nasty production
Perfect readers format, from the Pocket Detective Series - 4.5 x 7 inches approx
A nice book and a Golden Age classic
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Anything to Declare
1957 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hodder, London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps. Clean contents and cloth
The jacket has no loss or tears, clean bright nice white rear panel
A superb copy and hard to realistically imagine a nicer one
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Inspector French and the Cheyne Mystery - Freeman Wills Crofts
c1930s UK hardcover later edition, Collins London
A VG book, no names etc
No dustwrapper, smaller format
A solid period reading copy
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The Losing Game written by Freeman Wills Crofts
1941 UK hardback first edition,first impression published by Hodder and Stoughton in London
A VG book in professionally restored unclipped 8/6 (as called for) dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc, solid tight binding and square spine
Very light odd tanning to edges, some marks to spine
The jacket has been professionally restored to chip on spine ends and some to edges
Now complete with no loss, some marks to spine that match book
A scarce title, fatter format as well not a 'thin book' overall looks decent and solid
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Paperbacks ~ Softcover ~ Reading Copies

The Cheyne Mystery - written by author - Freeman Wills Crofts
1960 English Penguin softcover later edition, London
A nice copy, tight and square
Less tan than usual, nicer than normally seen
A scarce title

The second Inspector French mystery book
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Inspector French and the Starvel Tragedy written by Freeman Wills Crofts
1950 UK Penguin paperback edition published in London
A reading copy solidly bound - usual age tan to paper
Covers marked, rear panel is foxed etc
Still solid but a good only reading copy of a scarce title
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The Loss of the Jane Vosper
1953 English Penguin softcover first edition, London
A good copy, tight and square
Usual edge tanning and ribbing to edges
No names or inscriptions etc
The sinking of a ship in the Atlantic and generally regarded as one of the author's finest works
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Golden Ashes - Freeman Wills Crofts
1959 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A tidy and tight copy, covers slightly darkened
Very minor rubs to extremities
An uncommon title which is now out of print
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The Sea Mystery
1959 UK 1st Penguin paperback edition published in London
A reading copy solidly bound - usual age tan to paper
Nick out of corner back cover
A solid readers copy and a scarce title
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The Pit Prop Syndicate
1955 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
Clean and tidy covers, still bright
Tight and solid text block, slight lean to spine
Much nicer than normally seen
A classic early title fits published in 1922
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The Cask - Freeman Wills Crofts
1952 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A clean and solid copy, light fading and signs of being read
Light rubs to extremities
The author's important first book
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Fatal Venture
1959 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
Clean and tidy covers, light tanning`
Tighly bound and square
A clean copy
A murder take splace on a newly refurbished ship, unfortunately Inspector French and his wife are amongst the guests!
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Crime at Guildford
1959 UK Penguin paperback first edition published in London
A reading copy solidly bound - usual age tan to paper
Some surface creasing to covers and edge rubbing
A solid readers copy and a classic title
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Enemy Unseen - Freeman Wills Crofts
1945 English hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder in London
A VG++ book in unclipped dust jacket
No names or stamps etc, very clean boards, tight and square
The jacket is unclipped at 8/6 as called for
Shallow chips to spine ends and rear panel bottom

A decent copy that still shows well and uncommon in jacket
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Brief Biography
CROFTS, Freeman Wills. British. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in June 1879. Educated at Methodist and Campbell colleges, Belfast. Married Mary Bella's Canning in 1912. Apprenticed at 17 to Berkeley D. Wise, Belfast and North Countries Railway: Junior Assistant Engineer, 1899; District Engineer, Coleraine, 1900; Chief Assistant Engineer. Belfast. 1923; resigned. 1929. to become full-time writer. Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, 1939. Died 11 April 1957.

Freeman Wills Crofts - The Characters
Inspector French
More than 30 years of meritorious service at Scotland Yard result in promotions for Inspector Joseph French, first to Chief Inspector, finally to Superintendent. A patient, thorough sleuth and a formidable manhunter, French prefers to work out of his office, away from the dull routine of paperwork. His strength is breaking alibis. He is suave, easy-going, with a leisurely air. Keen, dark blue eyes twinkle in a good-humored face. He is stout, less than middle-height, and usually dresses in tweeds. French is happily married and likes good food and traveling.

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