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1 AMES,Delano Murder Begins At Home
Hodder and Stoughton 1951 Hardback 
3rd impression 1951. Some foxing to edges o/w very good in price-clipped dustwrapper. 
Price: 15.00 GBP

 
2 BARKER,Clive (INSCRIBED) Imajica
Harper Collins 1991 First Hardback 
First UK edition, first printing 1991. INSCRIBED by the author: "To Richard - another film maker (keep chopping the steak", best wishes, Clive Barker". Slight tanning to pages o/w near fine in dustwrapper. 
Price: 60.00 GBP

 
 
3 DAVIOT,Gordon (Josephine Tey) The Man in the Queue
Dutton 1929 
First American edition, first printing 1929. Mauve cloth with yellow lettering to front boards and spine. The Adrian Goldstone bookplate on front paste-down. Spine lightened and various marks to covers as shown in the photo. A good plus copy. NO jacket. 
Price: 90.00 GBP

 
4 DAVIS,Lindsey The Ides of April (SIGNED)
Hodder and Stoughton 2012 First Hardback SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome. A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities. The vigils are incompetent. The local magistrate is otherwise engaged, organising the Games of Ceres, notorious for its ancient fox-burning ritual. Even Albia herself is preoccupied with a new love affair: Andronicus, an attractive archivist, offers all that a love-starved young widow can want, even though she knows better than to take him home to meet the parents... As the festival progresses, her neighbourhood descends into mayhem and becomes the heartless killer's territory. While Albia and her allies search for him, he stalks them through familiar byways and brings murder ever closer to home. The Ides of April is vintage Lindsey Davis, offering wit, intrigue, action and a brilliant new heroine who promises to be as celebrated as Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, her fictional predecessors. 
Price: 16.99 GBP

 
 
5 DEVINE,D.M. (Dominic) His Own Appointed Day
Collins Crime Club 1965 
First UK edition, first printing 1965. Page edges a little dull o/w a very good copy in dustwrapper with closed tear on lower edge of front cover and a slightly larger tear - internally repaired with clear tape - on top edge of rear cover. 
Price: 30.00 GBP

 
6 DEVINE,D.M. (Dominic) The Royston Affair
Collins Crime Club 1964 Hardback 
First UK edition, first printing 1964. A near fine copy in dustwrapper rubbed at top of spine and with small piece of clear tape affixed to edge of front cover/spine/rear cover under which is a small star shape roundel as shown in the picture. The purpose of this is not immediately apparent but I have resisted attempts to try and remove it just in case it lifts the colour from the wrapper as well. The author's third novel. 
Price: 90.00 GBP

 
 
7 DOHERTY,Paul (SIGNED) The Midnight Man
Creme de la Crime May 2012 First Hardback SIGNED by the author
As Chaucer's pilgrims shelter for the night, it's the physician's turn to enthral his fellow travellers with a terrifying tale. When Brother Anselm and his novice Stephen are summoned to the Church of St Michael's, Candlewick, to perform an exorcism, the demons that plague the church appear to have been summoned by an infamous sorcerer known as the Midnight Man. But what has he unwittingly unleashed - and why Is there any link to the disappearance of young women in the area Before Anselm can get to the truth, he must first uncover the identity of the mysterious Midnight Man. 
Price: 12.00 GBP

 
8 DONACHIE,David A Sea of Troubles (SIGNED)
Allison and Busby October 2012 First Hardback SIGNED by the author.
Joh Pearce's latest High Seas adventure. 
Price: 12.00 GBP

 
 
9 DOYLE,Arthur Conan The Return of Sherlock Holmes
George Newnes 1905 First Hardback 
First UK edition, first printing 1905. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to front boards and spine. Some rubbing to spine edges and ends with sl.fray to corner of spine and front cover at top edge. Lacks front endpaper. Front and rear hinges weak. All plates present. A good plus square copy of what is considered the scarcest of the Sherlock Holmes collections. (Green & Gibson A29. 15,000 copies printed of which 3356 were transferred to Smith,Elder for reissue in 1907) 
Price: 750.00 GBP

 
10 DOYLE,Arthur Conan The Valley of Fear
Smith Elder 1915 First Hardback 
First UK edition, first printing 1915. Frontispiece by Frank Wiles. Red publisher's cloth with gilt lettering to front cover and spine. Slightest of fading to spine, lower front corner slighly bumped, foxing to fore-edges o/w a very good clean copy. (Gibson & Green A39. 6000 copies only published in this first edition) 
Price: 700.00 GBP

 
 
11 HOCH,Edward H. The Velvet Touch - Nick Velvet Stories
Crippen and Landru 2000 Limited 
Limited edition of 250 numbered copies, signed by the author. This is number 60. Comes with extra story in pocket on rear endpaper. Mint in dustwrapper. 
Price: 40.00 GBP

 
12 HOCKING,Anne Night's Candles
Geoffrey Bles 1941 
First UK edition, first printing 1941. Yellow publisher's cloth with red label and lettering on spine. A very good copy in dustwrapper slightly chipped on head of spine. Lettering faded from dustwrapper spine. Priced at 7/6 on inner flap. 
Price: 125.00 GBP

 
 
13 HOCKING,Anne Old Mrs Fitzgerald
Geoffrey Bles 1939 
First UK edition, first printing 1941. Red publisher's cloth with black label and lettering on spine. A very good copy in dustwrapper with some creasing along top of spine. 5/- sticker over original price on spine. 
Price: 165.00 GBP

 
14 HOCKING,Anne The Wicked Flee
Geoffrey Bles 1940 
First UK edition, first printing 1941. Yellow publisher's cloth with red label and lettering on spine. A very good copy in dustwrapper with short split in join between front cover and spine. Some creasing along top edge. Priced at 8/3 on inner flap. 
Price: 180.00 GBP

 
 
15 ILES,Francis As For the Woman
Jarrolds 1939 First Hardback 
Jarrolds First edition (1939) Anthony Berkeley writing his third (and last) novel under the Iles pseudonym but turning away from the mystery genre. 16pp of publisher's adverts at rear. Light green cloth. A very good plus copy in scarce dustwrapper a little chipped at spine ends. 
Price: 350.00 GBP

 
16 LUDLOW,Jack (David Donachie) A Bitter Field (SIGNED)
Allison and Busby February 2012 First Hardback SIGNED by the author
1938. As Hitler sets his sights on the Sudetenland, not everyone in Britain is willing to appease him. Convinced that the Fuehrer's land-hunger is insatiable, the head of the SIS recruits Cal Jardine to help him prove zechoslovakia is threatened with invasion. Before heading undercover to Prague, however, Jardine must first extricate himself from France, where his attempts to smuggle guns to Spain have been held up by a group of fanatical fascists. In their struggle to overthrow the French government, they are prepared to kill for the sake of procuring weapons. Finally arriving in Czechoslovakia, working undercover for the SIS proves no less dangerous. As jealousy and mutual suspicions within Secret Service ranks make it impossible for Jardine to tell friend from foe, he rediscovers old friends of dubious loyalty and makes new enemies of untested ruthlessness. 
Price: 10.00 GBP

 
 
17 MacDONALD,John D. The Empty Trap
Robert Hale 2000 First Hardback 
First HARDBACK edition, FIRST printing 2000. This is one of only 400 FIRST printing copies issued and has the complete number line together with the printing note that it is indeed one of 400. Very fine in perfect dustwrapper. 
Price: 30.00 GBP

 
18 MARSTON,Edward Instruments of Slaughter (SIGNED)
Allison and Busby October 2012 First Hardback SIGNED by the author
1916. Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy are assigned to the case when the body of a young conscientious objector is found bludgeoned to death. Public sympathy is lukewarm for conscientious objectors with some people even claim that a conchie deserves to die if he won t fight for his King and Country. As the detectives identify one suspect, others pop up in the most unexpected places. Everyone speaks well of Ablatt but is he really the saint they describe? Marmion and Keedy have to dig deep in order to unearth the instrument of slaughter and the person who wielded it. Marston has legions of fans for his Railway Detective series, among others, and they are sure to find the rich historical period of WW1 London very much to their taste. 
Price: 12.00 GBP

 
 
19 MARSTON,Edward (SIGNED) A Very Murdering Battle
Allison and Busby November 2011 First Hardback SIGNED by the author
It is 1709, and Europe is in the midst of the coldest winter for a century. France is suffering profoundly: with her people starving and her army rattled by mutiny and desertions, King Louis XIV is at The Hague, searching for peace with the English on almost any terms. To assist these negotiations, the Duke of Marlborough sends Captain Daniel Rawson on a dangerous mission to Paris to seek out a package of vital information that could secure an advantageous peace deal for England. Yet in spite of his efforts, the peace talks collapse, and Daniel finds himself once more embroiled in dangerous adventure. For Marlborough has another mission for him: this time it is not information but a precious tapestry that has to be recovered. The tapestry of the Battle of Ramillies has been stolen, and Daniel's hunt for the ruthless thieves leads him into enemy territory, where he must daily outwit betrayal and kidnap, and risk capture and life itself. All the while, the French army is regaining its strength under the supervision of Marshall Villars, a worthy opponent in the field. As the opposing armies mass in the area around the village of Malplaquet, a bloody encounter looms, which means that if Daniel manages to return safely to the Duke's forces from behind enemy lines, he must then stand fast and fight in their most murdering battle yet. 
Price: 10.00 GBP

 
20 POE,Edgar Allan The Gold Bug and Other Tales
Downey 
Downey. Undated. c1895. Green cloth with gilt rose device and lettering on front cover and spine. Spine rubbed but lettering still legible. Name on f.e.p. o/w a very good copy. All plates present. Stories included: The Gold Bug, The Unparalleled Adventure of Hans Pfaal, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, The Purloined Letter, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher. 
Price: 70.00 GBP

 
 
21 QUEEN,Ellery The Chinese Orange Mystery
Victor Gollancz 1935 
First UK edition, second impression 1935. Red cloth. A near fine copy in the scarce dustwrapper (First Cheap edition 2/6). Small stain on front cover and top of spine fraying. 
Price: 28.00 GBP

 
22 SMITH,Shelley Death Stalks a Lady
Gerald Swan 1945 

Price: 20.00 GBP

 
 
23 SMITH,Shelley He Died of Murder
Collins Crime Club 1947 First Hardback 
First UK edition, first printing 1947. Publisher's orange cloth. A fine copy in fine price-clipped dustwrapper. 
Price: 43.00 GBP

 
24 STOUT,Rex Murder by the Book
Collins Crime Club 1952 
First UK edition, first printing 1952. A very good copy in dustwrapper rubbed at edges with two short closed tears on top edge of front cover, chipping to spine ends (but no great loss) and staining to bottom quarter of white rear cover. NOT price-clipped. 
Price: 45.00 GBP

 
 
25 STOUT,Rex The Final Deduction
Collins Crime Club 1962 
First UK edition, second impression 1962 (same year as first). A very fine copy in dustwrapper with short closed tear on lower edge and small loss at lower front corner. Printed copy overstickered with "First Cheap Edition 8/6" on inner flap. 
Price: 18.00 GBP

 
26 STOUT,Rex The League of Frightened Men
Triangle 1940 
Triangle Books (US) first thus 1940. Green publisher's cloth, pages tanned as usual o/w very good in dustwrapper with piece missing at base of spine and chipping to head. 
Price: 45.00 GBP

 
 
27 STOUT,Rex Too Many Cooks
Collins Crime Club 1938 First 
First UK edition, first printing 1938. Publisher's orange cloth a little darkened and spotted on spine, foxing to fore-edge o/w a very good clean copy. NO jacket. 
Price: 190.00 GBP

 
28 THOMSON,June The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes (SIGNED)
Allison and Busby April 2012 First Hardback 
After many years gap it is a delight to announce the publication of a new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories written by the incomparable June Thomson whose earlier forays into the genre have been highly praised. Copies of her earlier SH stories are difficult to find and now quite expensive. SIGNED copies of this collection to be available. 
Price: 12.00 GBP

 
 
29 THOMSON,June (SIGNED) Holmes and Watson
Constable 1995 First Hardback 
First UK edition, first printing 1995. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Faint tanning to pages o/w very fine in perfect dustwrapper. 
Price: 25.00 GBP

     


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