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He Laughed at Murder written by the author Richard Keverne
1934 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Constable in London
A near VG book in 1st issue 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
The book has neat owner name and 1934 date to endpaper.
the artwork from the jacket have been cut out and added to the front pastedown and endpaper
The dustwrapper is presumably supplied due to the above
General wear to edges and creases. Archival MS tape repairs to rear, general age tanning etc

Michael Lorne, a successful writer of travel books, is suddenly summoned from London to art East Anglian village to do a service to Charles Camber, a man who once saved him from an ugly riot in a cafe in a Baltic seaport. Conscious that be owes his life to Camber. Lorne obeys the summons. although its wording is mysterious and he neither knows the man well nor particularly likes him. From the moment of his arrival in Marswick he finds himself involved in strange doings.

Not the best of copies but then I've never seen a copy in jacket before . . . Priced to sell and a bargain
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Artifex Intervenes by Richard Keverne
1935 UK SECOND edition, published by Constable in London
A VG+ book in price clipped dust jacket
The book is clean and bright, full size - a nice 'fat' book, same as first bar "reprinted 1935"
The book is tight and square with no names etc
The wrapper has few chips to spine corner and front panel tip, still clean and bright
Wonderful period artwork

Never seen a 1st in jacket, so a chance to get a copy and a bargain as well
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Open Verdict - Richard Keverne
1940 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Constable in London
A VG book in price clipped dust jacket
The book has neat owner name and date to endpaper, solid tight binding and clean pages
The dustwrapper has loss to spine ends and general edge wear

IMAGINE yourself invited to dine in the wilds of Suffolk with a black-sheep uncle you have not seen for many years : given a vile meal and treated with sneering discourtesy ; returning to London to your solitary Kensington room ; arriving at two a.m. -and next morning learning that your uncle has been found with his head bashed in and that you, the last person known to have seen him alive, are under suspicion of murder.

A very rare book indeed - never seen one before - let alone in jacket !
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Menace by Richard Keverne
1933 UK first edition, first impression impression published by Constable in London
A VG indeed book with some of the front panel of dust jacket cut out and adhered to front pastedown
It's both sad and mouthwatering, it has all the hallmarks, in my eyes at least, as one of the classic jackets !
The book is tight and square with inscription to endpaper
Bit of scattered tanning but a solid copy.
A very scarece book and I just wish all the jacket was there, it would have been a stunner
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The Sanfield Scandal - Richard Keverne
1937 English softcover first Penguin edition, London
A good book, some lean to spine and paper tanning
The book shows no names or inscriptions
Tight and square with clean covers
More of a reading copy than a collectors copy
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At the Blue Gates - Richard Keverne
1951 British paperback later impression, Penguin, London
A VG indeed book
The book shows no names or inscriptions
Usual light tanning, slight lean to spine
A solid copy
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The Sanfield Scandal - Richard Keverne
1938 UK paperback later impression, Penguin, London
A VG indeed book
The book shows no names or inscriptions
Tight and square with clean covers
A clean copy of a scarce title
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The Lady in No 4 - Richard Keverne
1944 English hardcover first edition, 1st impression, Collins, London
A VG+ book in unclipped CW Bacon dust jacket
The book is free from previous owner names etc, tight and square
The wrapper has shallow loss to spine ends, minor edgewear and some marks to white rear panel
Hugh Merrow decides to leave city life behind and buy an English country public house. He hoped it would keep him busy and out of trouble, little did he know
A solid copy with outstanding artwork and a very scarce title
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Brief Biography
Richard Keverne is the pen name of Clifford Hosken who was born in 1882 and died in 1950. We know little of his personal life or background. He wrote nineteen criminous titles and his series characters were Simon Artifex, Inspector Mace, Franklin Parry and Leonard Harris.

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