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Envious Casca - Georgette Heyer
1941 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
A VG book in unclipped 1st issue 8/3 dust jacket !
The book has no names, inscriptions or stamps etc, edges and text block tanned
Tightly bound and square, a few light Hodder white mottling spots to boards, much less than normal
The jacket has a large chip to rear panel, general edge wear to rest

1941 books a generally scarce,especially in jacket, a solid copy rear panel notwithstanding

A bargain . . .
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They Found Him Dead - Georgette Heyer
1937 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder & Stoughton in London
A VG+ book in original 7/6 Hodder Archive dust jacket !
Unusually for a Hodder archive jacket (they kept one copy of all their jackets once) this has the rear panel as well
No front or rear flaps though
The book has no names, inscriptions or stamps etc, light scattered paper tanning as ever
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth, illustrated endpapers as called for
The partial Hodder jacket shows no loss etc - lovely and clean with artwork extending to rear panel - superb !

An absolutely unique and very collectable item - bargain !!!
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Behold, Here's Poison - Georgette Heyer
1951 UK paperback later edition published by Pan in London
A solid reading copy
Tight binding still and square spine
Some rubbing to edges etc

Synopsis & Reviews - what this story is about
BEHOLD, HERE'S POISON is "a detective-story of quite the first class" (Observer),
"second to none" (British Weekly), "skilful, entertaining, rewarding". (Daily Herald),
"very bright and the solution so unexpected" (Manchester Guardian).
Clemence Dane, reviewing it in the Book Society's magazine, called it "that rare thing, a detective-story which one can read twice. I know it is, for I did read it twice—and each time with enjoyment."

The scene is a suburban house in which Gregory Matthews, an old" reprobate disliked by everybody, is found dead from nicotine poisoning. With him live his domineering sister Harriet, whose passion for mean little economies eventually leads her to disaster; and his sister-in-law Zoe, wijose non-stop sentimental chatter infuriates her son Guy and her daughter Stella. The Matthews family circle also includes Gregory's second sister, Gertrude Lupton, who takes every opportunity of interfering with her relatives; and his nephew and heir Randall, a suave young man described as "an amiable snake," who is loathed by all, but keeps a firm grip on the family's affairs and enters on a trial of wits with Inspector Hannasyde, the Scotland Yard officer investigating the case. All these characters leap to life in amusing dialogue: the Matthews family may be unpleasant, but no reader could fail to chuckle at them. And how clever the plot is! The second death follows naturally from the first, and the identity of the murderer is concealed till the very end of the book.
Georgette Heyer is distinguished in two branches of fiction. Besides detective-stories, she writes historical novels of great popularity, all based on careful study of the original sources. She has travelled widely, and now lives close to London's Piccadilly Circus.

A superb Golden Age mystery first published in 1936
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Envious Encasa - Georgette Heyer
1964 British softcover later edition published by Panther in London
A worn reading copy only
Pages tanned and lean to spine
Still a solid book but a bargain reading copy only

Synopsis - what this story is about
A big sprawling country house, a peculiar Christmas party, 8 odd-ball guests, all the settings for a most unseasonable murder - somebody presents the host with a present . . . a knife !

A superb top quality mystery story
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Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer
1973 UK paperback later edition published by Panther in London
A solid reading copy
Usual light paper tan,
A few minor rubs etc to front cover

Synopsis - what this story is about
A Golden Age classic and a brilliant plot. A dark mysterious night and a body is found in a quiet English village. Intriguingly the body is in full evening dress and is locked into the medieval stocks on the village green ! Superintendent Hannasyde investigates

A solid reading copy of a classic first published in 1935
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A Blunt Instrument - Georgette Heyer
1964 British softcover later edition published by Panther in London
A tidy readers book
Usual light paper tan, slight lean to spine
A bit of light shelf wear to extremities

Synopsis - what this story is about
Superintendent Hannasyde investigates why a man seemingly loved by all has been battered to death, confusion becomes worse with a second death but there's a brilliant twist. These really are quality mystery stories, a great period author.

A decent copy that will please any reader and first published in 1938
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A Blunt Instrument - Georgette Heyer
1938 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hodder, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust wrapper (7/6 on spine)
Small neat name and date (1938) but no inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
Jacket shows minor chip to spine else complete
A lovely clean and bright copy of a scarce title
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The Unfinished Clue - Georgette Heyer
1974 Bristish paperback later edition published by Panther in London
A solid reading copy
Usual light paper tan, slight lean to spine
A bit of light shelf wear to extremities

Synopsis - what this story is about
Eleven people wished him dead - but which one had partnered death on a morning stroll ?

A mystery classic
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Detection Unlimited - Georgette Heyer
1953 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Heinemann, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
Name to endpaper and dealer stamp to foot of endpaper
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
Jacket shows minor very shallow loss to spine ends
A classic title
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Duplicate Death - Georgette Heyer
1951 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Heinemann, London
A VG+ book in unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc, light paper tanning as ever
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
Jacket shows shallow loss to spine ends
A nice clean copy and uncommon in jacket
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Brief Biography
HEYER, Georgette. Also wrote as Stella Martin. British. Born 16 August 1902. Educated at seminary schools and Westminster College, London. Married George Ronald Rougier in 1925; one son. Lived in East Africa. 1925-28, and in Yugoslavia, 1928-29. Died 5 July 1974.

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