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A Varied Selection of Mystery Books

The point of this page is to list individual books by various authors who haven't written many books so don't perhaps merit their own page
Or that are so rare I don't expect to ever handly another book by that author
New books will be added regularly and I hope you see something which catches your eye

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Murder Makes Me Nervous ~ Margaret Scherf
1952 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Sampson Low in London
A VG indeed book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
The book is tight and square with some scattered tanning and spotting to edges
The jacket is clean and very bright, light shelf wear and stunning artwork
A well regarded and very collectable author, offered well below market value . . .

Very rare, I've never seen another copy in jacket.
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Frank King ~ Operation Honeymoon
1950 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Robert Hale in London
A lovely "fat format 7/6 style VG+ book in unclipped 9/6 dust jacket
The book has clean and bright boards, light tan to edges. 3 pages have small neat nick from corner, appears to be a publisher fault
Tightly bound, no names or stamps etc
The dust jacket has nick to front pspine corner, light wear to edges
The superb artwork has the look of Micklewright about it but is unsigned
Alice Faversham is now part of the Conrad Detective agency - the Doormouse nad featured in Hubin

A solid copy of a nice "fat" book - surely a bargain.
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Robert Verron - The Freak Island Murders
1944 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Wright & Brown in London
A VG book in unclipped 7/6 dust jacket
A tight solid book, no names or stamps etc, a clean and square textblock
The jacket has chip to spine bottom, closed tear to spine crease and some general shelf wear
A very attractive looking book, from my own collection of Micklewright dust jackets

Stunning artwork by Micklewright, which extends wonderfully to the spine
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Frederick C Davis - Author's First Book - One Murder Too Many
[1938] UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Heinemann in London
A lovely VG++ book in unclipped first issue 7/6 dust jacket
The book is clean and bright
Tightly bound, no names or stamps etc
The dust jacket has nick to front panel, light edge wear, bit of fade ot red in places
Back panel clean and bright.

A solid copy of a rare and nice "fat" 7/6 book - surely a bargain.
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Richard Essex - Lessinger Laughs Last
1938 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Herbert Jenkins in London
A VG+ book in SECOND ISSUE 2/6 dust jacket
A nice clean 1st issue book, no names etc, tight and square, light tan
The jacket has light wear to spine ends and edges, a few pointless repairs to rear tear, no real loss as such, clean and bright
Priced 2/6 on spine, brighter patch so may have had label once.
Lessinger and Slade of the Yard with nice cover artworrk by Alex Jardine

A very attractive "fat format" 1930s book - a rare book and jacket and a bargain
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Pat McGerr - Die Laughing
1952 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG book in unclipped dust jacket
The book has light age tan to paper a couple of light marks to boards
Tightly bound, just shows light signs of age etc
The dust jacket has light rubs and shelf wear, very small loss to spine ends, clean and bright
Very unusual style of artwork, not sure I've seen similar on CCC before . . .

A solid copy and the only copy I've seen in jacket.
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Peter Campion - Model for Murder
1955 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Arco in London
A VG book (age tanning to paper) in unclipped dust jacket
A solid book, some age tanning to paper, no names or stamps, tight and square
The jacket has no loss, nice and tidy with attractive artwork

A solid period copy and surely a bargain
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Alfred Tack - Killing Business
1949 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Herbert jenkins in London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
The book has no names or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square spine, very bright cloth
The dust jacket has chip to spine corner, light shelf rubs to edges
A rare book in jacket and the only copy I've ever seen . . .

A solid copy with superb artwork by Sears
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P.A. to Murder written by Alfred Tack
1966 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by John Long in London
A VG++ to near fine book in unclipped dust jacket
Lovely book, clean and bright, no names or stamps
Tightly bound and square spine
The dust jacket has no loss just a few light rubs and shelf marks to rear panel
The plan is for ' The Perfect Murder . . .

A nice copy
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John Farndale (pseud John Wilfred Harvey, Hubin) - The Nine Nicks
1930 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Methuen in London
A VG+ book in superb first issue 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
No names or stamps in the book, clean text block and boards
Tight binding and square spine,
The dust jacket has no real loss just light shelf wear to edges
Still nice and bright with superb artwork
A man's body is found stabbed to death in a lonely Yorkshire village with denouement that will "prove novel to the most blase student of detective fiction"!

Very rare in jacket, a nice 'fat' 7/6 from 1930 for only . . .
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Blue Water Murder - Philip Atkey aka Barry Perowne
1935 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Cassell in London
A VG indeed book in first issue 7/6 unclipped dust jacket
The book has no names etc, very light page tan, lovely clean blue cloth as called for
Tight binding and square spine,
The dust jacket shows chips to spine top and one to rear panel top, a few cloesed tears and associated repairs verso
Still nice and bright with superb art deco style artwork
A nice 'fat format' book and Perowne's first book under the Atkey pseudonym

Very rare in jacket, a lovely thing and a bargain
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The Crystal Skull - Jack McLaren
1936 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Philip Allan in London
A VG indeed book in first issue unclipped dust jacket
The book has no names etc, light scattered tan to edges
Tight binding and square spine, a solid copy
The dust jacket shows a couple of short closed tears, one repaired neatly to rear, light edge wear, clean and bright
Wonderful artwork
A nice 'fat format' book , 'new at 3/6' as called for

Very scarce and a lovely book
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The Death Mask - SIGNED - Kenneth Hayles
1962 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published in London by Robert Hale
Signed and inscribed on the title page by the author:
"For Tim Watson, knocked down to the highest bidder, compliments of the author, Kenneth Hayles March 62"
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
Book shows no other names,inscription or stamps etc, tightly bound and square, a few light tan spots to edges
The dust jacket has no loss etc, very clean and bright, lovely example
Superb period jacket artwork

A lovely copy of a rare book
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Death Has a Will - Amelia Reynolds Long
1950 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Gerald Swan in London
A VG+ book in 3/6 (as called for) first issue unclipped dust jacket
A bright tidy book, with clean boards, tight and square
The dust jacket shows no chips, s surface rub to rear panel, light shelf wear to edges
Tremendous cover illustration by artist D. Willard

A really nice addition to any collection
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The Lady and the Giant written by Clarence Buddington Kelland
1960 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published in London by Robert Hale
A VG+ book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
Book shows no names,inscription or stamps etc, tightly bound and square, a few light tan spots to edges
The dust jacket shows no loss, clean and bright with stunning artwork by Fox

Scarce in jacket and a nice copy
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A Few Words
I shall be adding some crime fiction books to this page by some of the more obscure authors.
Names which you may not search for but books that once seen would happily grace your shelves.
There will be an emphasis on great dust jackets for which the genre is renowned.
Some of the books will be, I'm sure, undiscovered pseudonyms, again something renowned in the mystery fiction genre
Many of the authors who only appear to have written one book have indeed written many under other, often famous, names.

I hope you'll find something on this page one day that will catch your eye.

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