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Half-Mast Murder - Milward Kennedy
1930 English hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression, published by Victor Gollancz in London
A VG book sadly without it's dust jacket
The book is a solid tidy copy, light wear to spine ends.
No previous owner names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Clean cloth and contents
The author's rare 4th book, classic English mystery writing
A solid copy and very scarce as a UK first

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Death in a Deck-Chair - Milward Kennedy
1934 British hardback 1st edition, 1st impression, published by Gollancz in London
A near VG books lacking dust jacket
The book solid, some scattered light foxing
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Edges lightly bumped
Boards lightly mottled
A reasonable copy and uncommon

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Reviews
CORPSE GUARDS PARADE
7s. 6d. net " Mr. Kennedy has one characteristic which distinguishes him from his rivals in bloodshed. He is acquainted with the English language and has apparently met (and can remember) actual living men and women. The result is that his murders have almost the thrill of local news. They happen, if not to somebody you know, at any rate in company which you might have frequented. Nor does this odd distinction rob Mr. Kennedy of an ability to invent a mystery so tortuous as to be soluble only by a woman, and yet intelligible when solved. Mr. Kennedy indeed runs a risk of burgeoning into a detective best-seller."—Observer.

" Mr. Kennedy is very ingenious, logical and debonair. He specialises in titles of glorious frightfulness, and situations of delicious complexity. . . . Mr. Kennedy is certainly a rising power." —Time and Tide. " Altogether this is a first-class mystery yarn—neater and better, even, than the same author's first effort—The Corpse on the Mat." —Birmingham Post.

 THE CORPSE ON THE MAT
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" The shockers of the month are The Death of Laurence Vining, by Mr. Alan Thomas, and The Corpse on the Mat, by Milward Kennedy. Mr. Thomas does not, perhaps, play quite fair with the reader. But the competition is growing exceedingly severe and the contrivance of his murder is exceedingly good. Mr. Kennedy plays quite fair, and the contrivance of his murder is also exceedingly good. Further to praise him, he makes his characters amusing in themselves."—Edward Shanks (London Mercury),

" Mr. Kennedy has come near to my ideal title with his The Corpse on the Mat. And the story is quite as jolly as its title ... his ingenuity must be read to be believed."—Ralph Straus (Bystander). " One of the best detective stories of the season."—Daily Sketch.

" Ingenious and entertaining."—Vogue.

Sample
TELLS OF TEA AND TROUBLE The parlourmaid set off on her return journey to the house : the immaculate butler stood for a couple of seconds surveying the tea-tables set out in the shade of the trees, then turned to follow her. " Better ring the bell, Richards," said Mrs. Arkwright. " Very good, madam." His expression seemed to imply that it was sacrilegious to break the peace of such an afternoon with the rude clanging even of a silver bell, but he carried out the order with ceremonial efficiency. " Thank you, Richards," said Mrs. Arkwright. '* I expect that will do. And you might tell Miss Cynthia that tea is ready." " Very good, madam." And he departed no less hierophantically. It was indeed a blazing hot afternoon : not a breath of wind to stir the leaves or ripple the sea, over which hung a slight haze. Mrs. Arkwright in mind and in physical build was admirably suited for a contemplative life, and for the past hour she had been happily indulging her natural bent, seated comfortably on the lower terrace at Cliff's End

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