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Background for Murder - Author's First Book - Shelley Smith
1942 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st issue published by Gerald Swan in London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
The book is tight and solid. Tan to cheap paper as ever
Neat name to endpaper but no stamps etc
The wrapper has light shelf wear to edges, overall nice with great artwork
A solid example of the author's first book - a Jacob Chaos murder mystery.
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Come and Be Killed - written by author - Shelley Smith
1946 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG+ book in like unclipped 1st issue 8/6 dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc to the book, clean text block
Tight and square with clean cloth
The jacket has light rubs to spine ends, no real loss, a nice example
A solid copy and uncommon in jacket
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The Ballad of the Running Man - Shelley Smith
1961 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression published by Hamish Hamilton in London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
A nice solid book, a little light scattered tanning to edges, tight and square
No names or stamps etc
The wrapper has no real loss just light wear to extremities, looks nice
A nice copy with great jacket artwork by Youngman Carter
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The Woman in the Sea - Shelley Smith
1948 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A good book sadly without dust jacket
Neat name to endpaper but no inscriptions or stamps etc
Tight and square with clean contents
Some fade to spine as always with CCC and a few marks to boards
A scarce title
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He Died of Murder - Shelley Smith
[1952] UK Crime Club paperback edition published in London
A nice solid copy
The book is tight and solid. Light tan, as ever
No names or stamps etc

Synopsis
IN This Is The House and Come and Be Killed ! Shelley Smith quickly established a reputation for unusual crime novels in which clever characterisation was one of the salient features. He Died Of Murder I is another equally fascinating tale. The story opens when Master Titmarsh, head of the old religious community known as " The Seekers,". who devote themselves to farming and the simple life, is found murdered in one of the community's fields. It is only after Detective-Inspector Chaos has moved in to live with the Brotherhood itself that he begins to glimpse the dangerous complexities and grim motives that seethe beneath the apparently placid surface of their lives.

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An Afternoon to Kill - Shelley Smith
1980 UK hardcover Reissue, Collins Crime Club, London
A near fine book in near fine price clipped dust jacket
No names or previous owner inscriptions etc
Tight and square with clean contents and boards
The dustwrapper has no loss or tears
A Jubilee celebration reissue with a foreword by Julian Symons
A nice tidy example
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This is the House - Shelley Smith
1945 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st issue, Collins Crime Club, London
A good+ book without its dust jacket
Tight and square with light fading to cloth
A mystery set on an Isle in the West Indies
A solid reading copy of an uncommon book
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Synopsis
It was the hour before high noon when the old-fashioned aeroplane that was taking the English tutor from England to the remote little Indian state came out of the vast empty sky and quavered down upon the sun-bleached silent land. The pilot clambered down and slowly walked round the machine; but as soon as the Englishman called out to know what was wrong he changed the expression of anxiety on his brown face to a grin of cheerful confidence. 'Is all right. I fix,' he said, with an airy wave of the hand, as if he knew what was wrong. The Englishman climbed down to join him. 'What's the damage?' he said again. 'Bust the under carriage on these damn stones you see,' the pilot said, kicking it. 'Not too bad. Might be worse. And a little engine trouble. Is nothing. I soon fix.' 'Where are we?* The pilot would like to have known this too; for he had no idea how far off-course he was. He also did not know what was wrong with the machine, or how long it would take him to mend it. He was badly frightened under his nervous veneer of competence. If something went wrong and the Englishman - well, if the Englishman never arrived, then he, Ras Ali, would be finished, ruined, disgraced (it had not yet occurred to him that if the Englishman did not arrive presumably neither would he); he saw his thin dark little wife and the children with their poor little hands raised tremblingly for mercy, and he wanted to weep. The baked yellowish earth patched with brown grass and stunted thorn bushes (a landscape like the end of the world) began to shimmer in his tear-filled eyes.

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