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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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Lawrence Blochman - Bengal Fire
1937 UK hardback "Ex Libris Edition" edition, published by Collins Crime Club in London
A near VG book in unclipped 7/6 dust jacket
A tight solid book, scattered tan to edges and pages, neat gift inscription to endpaper, NO stamps etc
The jacket has just light hself wear to edges with scattered age tanning
Outstanding artwork
Note: This book and jacket is from the smaller format "Ex Libris" series (not an ex-library book)
The copyright page, dated 1937, is as per the first as is the jacket, the only difference being physical size and binding

A rare book in jacket which would attract a very much higher price were it "full size", possibly a one-time opportunity . . .
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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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Milton Propper - Murders in Sequence
[1947] UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Herbert Jenkins in London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
A nice solid book, no names or stamps, tight and square
The jacket has light wear to spine ends and edges, clean and bright
Worth buying for the cover artwork alone - it's why I bought it many years ago !

Fantasic artwork by Sears and a Tommy Rankin murder mystery
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Death and the Oxford Box - Veronica Stallwood - Her Mother's Copy !
1993 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Macmillan in London
Signed on the title page by the author. "For Cora with love Veronica" then underneath "My Mother's Copy Veronica Stallwood"
A VG book in unclipped dust jacket
The book has tan to paper and small stain
Tightly bound, just shows signs of age etc
The dust jacket has light rubs and shelf wear, no loss or tears
The author's second book and a Kate Ivory mystery

You'll not get a better association copy . . .
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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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The Paper Tomb By Sergio Donati
1958 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG book in unclipped dust jacket
The book has neat name to endpaper, age tan to paper
Tightly bound, just shows signs of age
The dust jacket has chips to spine and front panel as seen, neat name as well, age tan to rear panel
A scarce book in jacket, the first one I've seen in fact

A murder mystery set in Rome and a book I've never seen before . . .
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Kiss the Book written by Andrew Spiller
1952 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Stanley Paul in London
A VG book in unclipped dust jacket
Solid book, some scattered tanning to edges and prelims, no names or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square spine
The dust jacket has chip to front panel as seen, some light shelf wear to edges
A Chief Inspector Duck Mallard book with fantastic period artwork - wonderful

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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Norman Collins - The Bat that Flits
1952 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG+ book in attractive price clipped dust jacket
No names or stamps in the book, light scattered tanning to fore edge
Tight binding and square spine,
The dust jacket has light wear to edges, clean and tidy
Absoultely wonderful period artwork
A mystery set deep in the West Country and Cornish Moors

A lovely looking book and a bargain
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Richard Sheldon - Poor Prisoner's Defence
[1949] UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Hutchinson in London
A VG book in unclipped dust jacket
The book has no stamps or names etc
Tightly bound and square spine
The dust jacket has shallow wear and loss to spine ends and light edge wear
I actually once, long ago, read this and quite enjoyed it as I recall. A legal murder mystery featuring a Barrister, Dick Rayne, and the murder of a housemaid

A solid copy with superb period artwork by Pollack
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Mark Corrigan - Menace in Siam
1958 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Angus & Robertson in London
A VG+ book in attractive unclipped dust jacket
No names or stamps in the book, clean text block and boards
Tight binding and square spine,
The dust jacket has shallow wear to spine ends and light shelf wear to edges
Superb artwork by Fox
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"!

A lovely looking book
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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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Death at One Blow - A Bibliomystery - Henrietta Hamilton
1957 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Hodder andd Stoughton in London
A Sally and Johnny Heldar bibliomystery
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dustwrapper
A tidy book, no names or stamps. Straight spine, tight text block, very light scattered tan to edges
The dust jacket has no real loss, light wear to extremities and a few minor marks to rear panel

Sally and Johnny Heldar thought that thought that sorting out a library would be a pleasant holiday task. They soon knew there was trouble within the family but not that it would lead to the library owners murder!

A nice copy of a collectable book and a bargain
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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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