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Surprise for the Four - SIGNED - Mark Cross
1937 UK hardback first edition, SECOND ISSUE, Ward Lock, London
Signed on the endpaper "with kindest regards & good wishes Mark Cross Jan 20 1938"
This copy has a small number to spine which signifies reissueThe book states first edition and jacket is priced at 3/6 as first (re ECB) - it's just the number
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
The book has clean cloth, tight square binding, a solid example
No other names, inscriptions or stamps etc
The jacket has a bit of edge wear, tan to spine and scattered tanning spots to inside flaps, unclipped at 3/6 as called for in true first

Synopsis
DAVID STANDISH, lawyer, calls on a client at 3.30 p.m. for the signing of a new will but finds him murdered. Two people are directly interested in the new will not being signed,, but both left the house before 2.45 p.m.3 and the crime was committed between 3 o'clock and 3.15 p.m.!
This is the puzzle presented to Daphne Wrayne and her Adjusters3 and before they solve it, they are nearly trapped by the police in one of the most thrilling stories that Mark Cross has yet related.

Stunning artwork - a nice fat Golden Age book
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The Mystery of Gruden's Gap - Mark Cross
1942 British hardback first edition, SECOND issue published by Ward Lock in London
Just as the first but with number to spine, signifying second issue
A solid book (missing front endpaper) in price clipped dustwrapper
Owner name, solid and tight binding, a few marks to cloth
Stated first edition - no other impression mentioned, as the first
The jacket has shallow loss to spine ends, tape repair to rear, and some general wear to edges, great artwork

Synopsis
DAPHNE WRAYNE, holidaying at Westshire, stumbles across a skeleton on a particularly inaccessible part of the cliffs, in circumstances that have every appearance of a crime. Thus is the quiet little resort of Westshire suddenly plunged into the heart of a sensation, and Daphne Wrayne with her loyal Ad-justers3 goes into action to unravel a diabolical crime, and bring the criminal book.

A scarce title, would would likely as not be sold, and priced, as a true first by most !
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The Grip of the Four - Mark Cross
1934 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Ward Lock, London
A solid book sadly without dustwrapper, a reading copy or better
Rear endpaper missing
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square,

Sample
AS the car slid over the top of the mountain road, Sandy Allister uttered a sharp exclamation of annoyance, for his headlights had in a moment picked up the thick mist that lay in the valley, and he realised that in the long and steep descent that lay in front of him, he would have to drive with extreme care, well as he knew every inch of the winding road.
He went down very slowly in the darkness, his stern, rugged old face pushed forward as he strove to penetrate the mist that lay before him. High rocks, forbidding and grim, loomed up constantly on either side of him; tall pine trees that looked like ghostly sentinels rose up every minute ; while bushes of fantastic shapes that seemed to hold all sorts of things lurking behind them in the black silence of the night, sprang into being at every turn and twist of the road.
A lonely, eerie-looking, wild spot this; yet one glance at that old, rugged face above the wheel, those powerful hands, and that strong frame, would have told you

A solid copy, true 1st without correct boards, and the author's second book
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Challenge to the Four - Mark Cross
1939 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Ward Lock, London
A VG book sadly without dust wrapper
Front endpaper missing
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square,
An uncommon title
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Mark Cross Reviews
THE SHADOW OF THE FOUR
" These adventures of * the Adjusters' are lively, ingenious, and thrilling."—Daily Telegraph.
" A first-class thriller."—Birmingham Post.
THE GRIP OF THE FOUR
" An eerie and fearsome story."—Aberdeen Press.
" A first-rate story which stamps the author as one who has not only a vivid imagination, but as one who can use his imaginings to form an absorbing and logical story."—Devon and Exeter Gazette.
THE HAND OF THE FOUR
" Another good yarn in the ' Four' series. We could do with some more of those hunches which are being toasted at the end of the book."
TORQUEMADA in the Observer.
THE WAY OF THE FOUR
" A first-rate crook story. Mark Cross has made himself (or herself) familiar to the reading public by previous good work in the matter of the mysterious four and their exploits. Here we meet them in their fourth and, in my opinion, their best exploit. There is a very fine technique in the matter of writing crime books, and the author has certainly found it."—PETER BELLOC in the Daily Sketch.
THE MARK OF THE FOUR
" There is quite a touch of Sherlock Holmes about Miss Wrayne with just a suggestion of Raffles."—Birmingham Post.
" Mark Cross can work out a complicated plot with the best of them."
Belfast News-Letter.
THE FOUR STRIKE HOME
" Daphne Wrayne, attractive woman, and head of The Adjusters) always makes these * Four ' books worth reading."—Daily Mirror.
" You will beg, borrow or steal this latest adventure with its thrills and its suspense."—Liverpool Evening Express.

" These adventures of ' the Adjusters ' are lively, ingenious, and thrilling."—Daily Telegraph.
"Mark Cross has made himself (or herself) familiar to the reading public by good work in the matter of the mysterious four and their exploits. There is a very fine technique in the matter of writing crime books, and the author has certainly found it. I believe Edgar Wallace would be quite proud of Mark Cross."
—PETER BELLOC in the Daily Sketch.
" There is quite a touch of Sherlock Holmes about Miss Wrayne with just a suggestion of Raffles."—Birmingham Post.
"Daphne Wrayne, attractive woman and head of 'the Adjusters,' always makes these ' Four * books worth reading."—Daily Mirror.

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