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Time for Killing - John Rowland
1950 UK hardback 1st edition, 1st impression published by Herbert jenkins in London
A VG (foxing to rndpapers and prelims) book with unclipped first issue 8/6 dustwrapper
No owner names, stamps and the like, some foxing to first and last few pages as often seen with HJ books
The wrapper has a bit of shelf rubbing to extremities, blue on spine needlessly "touched up" in a few small areas, not immediately obvious on shelf
Effective artwork by Seymour Stanley

Synopsis - What this Story is About
In this new novel, John Rowland exhibits to the full the thoughtful reasoning and logical deduction which distinguished his earlier books. Chief Inspector Shelley (promoted since his previous murder case) is faced with as baffling a problem as has come his way for a long time. It is not surprising that the motives and alibis of the various suspects lead him widely astray before he eventually unmasks the criminal.
As with all of Rowland s novels the background—in this case a Hertfordshire village — is convincingly depicted and his pleasantly ironical appreciation of village snobberies and rivalries adds considerably to the enjoyment of this first-rate detective story.

A rare title, let alone in jacket, a solid copy, were it not for the light colour touch up I'd put £79+ on it
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Calamity in Kent - John Rowland
1950 English hardback first edition, first impression published by Herbert jenkins Ltd in London
A VG+ book in unclipped VG+ dust jacket
Previous owner name and date to endpaper, the book is tight with solid binding
Clean orange boards and bright lettering
The dustwrapper is unclipped at 8/6 as called for, some wear to edges but still looks very nice

Sample
AS soon as I saw the fellow I was sure that I was in for some trouble. It was not merely that he was acting queerly; quite apart from the fact that he seemed to be drunk, or stunned, or shocked, there was something queer, almost grotesque, about his appearance. He had a shock of red hair which had not seen a comb for many a long day. Stray locks hung untidily about his forehead. The fact that he wore thick-lensed spectacles with heavy horn-rims added to the queerness of his appearance. And he staggered about the front at Broadgate as if he was drunk.

A nice thicker format book (1.25 inches) superb period artwork and an Inspector Shelley of Scotland Yard mystery, very scarce in jacket
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Sample
I took rather a dim view of this chap interrupting my morning stroll. I had come down to Broadgate, that pleasant little seaside resort in Kent, to convalesce after an operation, and I had no desire to be worried in the course of a before-breakfast walk. I had, indeed, been enjoying the luxury of a lazy ramble along the front, breathing in the air with real delight. But then, in the distance, just where the little cliff railway (commonly called the Broadgate Lift) ran from the top of the cliff through a tunnel down to the beach, I saw this odd-featured man staggering about.

It was all more than a trifle odd. " James London, my lad" I said to myself. " There is more in this than meets the eye." I had not spent some years in the service of sundry Fleet Street journals for nothing. The experienced journalist who has been running a column of comment, like my " London Calling," which used to be a feature in one morning paper, gets to know, by a kind of special sense, what is likely to be exciting news

Brief Biography
Sadly I have been unable to find any information about this author other than his date of birth.

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