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Death in Despair By George Bellairs
1960 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition published in London
A VG indeed book complete with dust jacket
A tight solid book, no names or stamps
The jacket has a bit of edge wear and age tanning with wonderful period artwork

A Chief Inspector Littlejohn which features a drunken furniture dealer, now dead, a bank cashier, found dead in the vault and a dying Teddy Boy who gives information to a Priest - heady stuff

A decent copy
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The Body in the Dumb River - George Bellairs
1961 British hardcover Thriller Book Club edition published in London
A VG book complete with dustwrapper
Book is without previous owner names or stamps etc
The jacket has nicks to spine corners and light shelf wear

Chief Inspector Littlejohn of Scotland Yard looks into the death of an unremarkable man found dead in a river, the big surprise comes when he reveals what he was travelling in and with whom . . .

A solid copy and hard to find
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Dead March for Penelope Blow - written by author George Bellairs
[1951] UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition, London
A VG book in dustwrapper
Book has no names etc, paper is tanned
The jacket has chip to spine bottom and shows some wear to edges
Superb wrapper artwork by CH Richard

A litle old lady asks several times at Scotland Yard for Inspector Littlejohn. When he finally follows up her call, he finds that she is dead - seemingly after falling from her bedroom window!!

A solid copy of an uncommon title
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Corpse at the Carnival - author - George Bellairs
1958 English hardback edition published by the Thriller Book Club in London
A solid copy, no real faults just light tan to papges
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square
The jacket has chip to spine top and light wear to edges, great artwork by Fox

It is vacation time in Douglas on the Isel of Man, and a carnival goers pass an old man. When the procession has passed by the elderly man passes away. He is found to have a dagger wound in his back. Nobdoy initially seems to know his real name, known by the locals as Uncle Fred. Superintendent Littlejohn is in town visiting the Rev. Caesar Kinrade, Archdeacon of Man, on his back from a police meeting in Dublin, when he is invited by Inspector Knell, of the Manx C.I.D., to assist in the case, unofficially of course.

Classic stuff!
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Close All Roads to Sospel Written By George Bellairs
1976 UK hardback first edition published by John Gifford in London
Former public library copy - but clean and tidy
Book has no endpaper, clean square and tidy, just a couple of minor stamps
The wrapper has a closed tear but is clean and bright

Synopsis
Chief Superintendent Littlejohn, of Scotland Yard, on holiday in Provence, finds himself involved in the case of a tour from which the English coach-driver and the conductor have disappeared. The body of the conductor is found shot through the head near the pleasant little town of Sospel among the high mountains and dangerous roads behind Nice.
When he learns that his conductor has been murdered and that he is suspected, Bennion, the driver, fearful of the methods of the French police, which he has read about in thrillers, gives himself up personally to Littlejohn, explaining that he is running away from his wife.
The confusion caused by keeping the touring party under control, making hazardous journeys among the hairpin bends of the Alpes Maritimes, chasing a gang which is obviously in mischief, and acting as interpreter for those tourists who do not know French, keeps Littlejohn busy for quite a while before he and his friend Dorange of the Nice Surete sort out the whole affair.

A solid copy of a tricky title and does not look externally like a library book
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Intruder in the Dark - George Bellairs
1966 British hardcover Thriller Book Club edition, TBC, London
A VG++ book in VG+ dust jacket
Book is tight and square, clean and bright with no names etc
The wrapper is clean and bright just very light wear to extremities
Chief Inspector Littlejohn and Inspector Cromwell of Scotland Yard investigate a murder carried out by and intruder hiding in the basement
A lovely clean copy and one of the scarcer titles
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Death of a Tin God
1961 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition published in London
A VG+ book in uncliped dust jacket
Book has no names and the like, tightly bound
The wrapper has some light shelf wear and general ageing, attractive and tidy

Synopsis
SUPERINTENDENT Littlejohn of Scotland Yard becomes involved in the murder of a famous film-star on location on the Isle of Man. The case not only concerns life in the fantastic atmosphere of the film world, but of high finance and the tycoons who manipulate it, as well. The threads of this strange affair are international and stretch from Dublin to London and thence to the Riviera, where Littlejohn again co-operates with his old friend, Inspector Dorange, of the Surete at Nice. They find themselves within an inch of death before they finally wind-up the case.

A solid copy
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Death Sends for the Doctor - written by George Bellairs
1957 UK hardback 1st Thriller Book Club edition published in London
A nice and clean VG+ book sadly lacking dust jacket
There are no previous owner names or stamps etc,
Still very clean and bright
Littlejohn heads an investigation into the death of a man found in a secret room

A nice clean example
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Death in Desolation written by author George Bellairs
1967 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition, London
A VG+ book in unclipped dustwrapper
A clean solid, tight book with no names etc
The jacket shows some wear to edges
Excellent jacket artwork by CH Richard
Littlejohn and Cromwell look into an ingenious mystery around a farm
A solid copy
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Corpse at the Carnival - George Bellairs
1964 English Penguin paperback first edition published in London London
A solid reading copy
Book has no names etc, tighly bound and square
Bit of tanning as usual light wear to edges
A reading copy and a Superintendent Tom Littlejohn mystery set on the Isle of Man
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Death in the Fearful Night - A Mystery by George Bellairs
1960 British hardcover first Thriller Book Club edition, London
A lovely clean book but unfortubnately no longer with dust jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,

The place is dead now at night. It's like it was in wartime. As soon as night falls, you don't know what's going to happen." That is what the Mayor of Carleton Unthank said to Superintendent Littlejohn when he arrived there to investigate three murders, obviously the work of a homicidal lunatic

Difficult books to find nowadays
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Corpse at the Carnival - George Bellairs
1958 English hardback edition published by the Thriller Book Clun in London
A solid copy, no real fault just light tan to spine
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square
Lovely and clean contents
The jacket is, sadly, missing

It is vacation time in Douglas on the Isel of Man, and a carnival goers pass an old man. When the procession has passed by the elderly man passes away. He is found to have a dagger wound in his back. Nobdoy initially seems to know his real name, known by the locals as Uncle Fred. Superintendent Littlejohn is in town visiting the Rev. Caesar Kinrade, Archdeacon of Man, on his back from a police meeting in Dublin, when he is invited by Inspector Knell, of the Manx C.I.D., to assist in the case, unofficially of course.

Classic stuff!
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Death in Despair
1960 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition published London
A VG indeed book, lacking jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,

A Chief Inspector Littlejohn which features a drunken furniture dealer, now dead, a bank cashier, found dead in the vault and a dying Teddy Boy who gives information to a Priest - heady stuff

A very solid and tidy readers copy
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Death in the Wasteland - George Bellairs
1963 UK hardback 1st edition,1st impression published by John Gifford in London
A VG book sadly lacking dust jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
Light age tan
Not a common title
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The Case of the Seven Whistlers - George Bellairs
c[1948] English hardcover Thriller Book Club edition, TBC, London
A VG book with poor dust jacket
Book has no names etc, tighly bound and square
The jacket has several tears which have been reaired externally with tape, now housed in removable film cover
A reading copy
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Outrage on Gallows Hill
1949 UK hardback first John Gifford edition, London
A VG+ book in uncliped dust jacket
Book has small neat inscription to endpaper
The wrapper has shallow chips to spine ends, rest clean and bright
An Inspector Littlejohn mystery
A nice clean copy
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Death Spins the Wheel
1965 UK hardback 1st Thriller Book Club edition, TBC, London
A VG++ book complete with similar unclipped dust jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
The wrapper is clean and bright with no real loss - rather nice
An elderly French lady is found shot dead on the beach on Isle of Man - Littlejohn is on the case again
A particularly nice copy
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Surfeit of Suspects
1964 UK hardcover first Thriller Book Club edition, London
A VG+ book in its dust jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
The jacket shows some wear to edges closed tear to fore-edge crease
Three directors of a joinery firm are killed by an explosion whilst having a meeting
A clean, tidy and attractive example
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The Case of the Famished Parson
[1949] UK hardback first edition, first impression, Gifford, London
A VG book in unclipped dust jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square, usual paper tanning
No owner names etc
The jacket has very shallow chips to spine ends otherwise complete, minor shelf wear to edges
Overall a decent copy of a notoriously fragile publication
The real 1st edition, not a Thriller Book Club, uncommon and very collectable
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Death Treads Softly
1956 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition, London
A VG book in dustwrapper
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
The jacket shows some wear to edges and tanning to back panel
A Chief Inspector Littlejohn mystery set on the Isle of Man
Fabulous jacket artwork by Pollack
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The Case of the Headless Jesuit - George Bellairs
1950 UK hardcover Thriller Book Club edition, TBC, London
A VG+ book with dust jacket
Book has name crossed out, tighly bound and square,
The jacket has chip to front panel and edges, otherwise clean and bright
A legendary tale of hidden treasure in a hanuted manor house, Littlejohn finds himself in amongst the former Lord of the manor, a PC and a jailbird turned detective!
Not a common title
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Half Mast for the Deemster - George Bellairs
[1953] UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition, London
A VG book in dust jacket
Book has no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square,
The jacket has some chipping to spine ends, but still clean and bright
Once again Littlejohn is on the Isle of Man, after the murder of the Deemster events move at an alarming pace with smuggling and forgery also to contend with
Fabulous jacket artwork
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George Bellairs - The Characters
Inspector Littlejohn
Famous as Inspector Littlejohn, this Scotland Yard sleuth received a promotion to Superintendent late in his career. Littlejohn is very con- scious of his age and fears he is being "kicked upstairs." He also fears that he is patronized by the younger men with whom he works, and that they consider his methods dated. He has, however, lost none of his ability to sift through clues to arrive at a correct solution.

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