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Target for Murder, -Fox, Charles K.
1 -Fox, Charles K. Target for Murder
New York William Morrow & Company 1943 First Edition (No Additional printings) Hard Cover Very Good Good Minus 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Salmon cloth on boards. Very clean. No writing or damage. DJ chipped head and foot of spine, taped inside to prevent loss. Detective for insurance company meets daffy, manipulative babe who claims her jewels were stolen. Every five minutes they have a drink. Out of nowhere someone starts shooting arrows. I give up. 217 pp. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Operation Homicide, Adams, Elihu
2 Adams, Elihu Operation Homicide
N.Y. M.S. Mill Co., Inc. 1947 First ( No Additional printings) Hard Cover Very Good Good Minus 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Original brown cloth on boards. Unclipped DJ taped inside and missing small bit at head of spine. Previous owner's bookplate. A history professor, a returned soldier, and the Chief of Police make up the leading cast in this puzzling murder mystery. 245 pp. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Case for Mr. Fortune, Bailey, H.C.
3 Bailey, H.C. Case for Mr. Fortune
Toronto Doubleday, Doran, & Co. (Canada) 1932 Reprint Hard Cover Good Plus to Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Original black cloth on boards. For the Crime Club, Inc. First free endpaper removed. No writing. Eight stories in this volume: The Greek Play, The Mountain Meadow, the Pair of Spectacles, The Bunch of Grapes, The Sported Oak, The Oak Gall, The Little Dog, and The Walrus Ivory. 308 pp. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Find the Lady, Barnett, Glyn
4 Barnett, Glyn Find the Lady
London Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd. 1946 First ( No Additional printings) Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Original black cloth on boards. No writing or damage. Date and edition supplied from internet. Mrs. Drew hasn't been home for several days. Both her maid and her husband don't know where she is. Anonymous postcards keep arriving at the police station until finally, the case is turned over to Inspector Gramport. 218 pp. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Corpse on the Bridge, Barry, Charles
5 Barry, Charles The Corpse on the Bridge
N.Y. McKinlay, Stone, and Mackenzie 1928 Fourth Printing Hard Cover Good Plus to Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Front. Drawing 
Original red cloth on boards. A funny thing happened in the bookstore. I saw the previous owner's name scrawled in pencil and judged him to be of low-average intelligence. I wondered what had led him to buy this book, and to read it, presumably. I've told lots of people that I never read fiction since there are so many non-fiction books I want to read in the limited time I have allowed in my schedule. Out of pure curiosity I started to read, and soon came to the term, "costermonger." Since I didn't know the term, I told myself I might look it up later. The author then described Gilmartin, the detective protagonist, as "indolent," but "capable of extraordinary spurts of energy." I began to feel sorry for him because he was late, and pictured him as a roly-poly huffer-puffer about to face a dressing-down, or worse. "A tall, handsome Irishman was Gilmartin" brought me to my senses, and I continued to read. Somewhere about page 75 it was time to close the shop. I shut the book and tossed it back onto the pile to be uploaded. I still don't know what a costermonger is, but I'm re-thinking my former approach to fiction. This book has minor wear at cover foot, and has 270 pp. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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I Did Not Kill Osborne, Bridges, Victor
6 Bridges, Victor I Did Not Kill Osborne
Philadelphia Penn Publishing Company 1934 First Hard Cover Good to Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Brown cloth on boards. Fairville Book & Music Shop stamps and library evidence. Previous owner's bookplate. Still very clean and sound. A clipping from the DJ pasted inside the front cover reveals that a brilliant young sculptor is being tried for murder. Although he is freed of the charges, the case still haunts him. He vows to clear up the case and find the lost formula that started it all. An attractive woman is involved, too. Endpaper notes. 301 pp. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Corpse Without Flesh, Bruce, George
7 Bruce, George Corpse Without Flesh
London Herbert Jenkins, Limited 1938 First Printing Hard Cover Good Plus No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Original bright red cloth bordered in black on boards. No writing. Edges only foxed. "The charred bones of a man's body were found in an air-tight cellar; and a million dollars hung in the balance. The macabre discovery presented to Nichols a problem such as only his ultra-scientific friend Dr. Lawson could unravel, and involved them both in an adventure as breath-taking as it was surprising." Preface. 252 pp. plus ads. (Structurally Very Good, but demoted due to edge foxing). 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Snare of Circumstance, Buckley, Edith E.
8 Buckley, Edith E. The Snare of Circumstance
Toronto The Musson Book Company Ltd. 1910 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Arthur E. Becher 
Dark blue cloth on boards. No writing or damage. No information found on book or author. Antagonist seems to be a male reporter, Mr. Bliss, who receives a personal request to re-open a murder case he had covered two years earlier. A promise of twenty thousand dollars if he brings the criminal to justice succeeds in gaining his attention, and his involvement. 367 pp. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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No Diamonds for a Doll , Cagney, Peter
9 Cagney, Peter No Diamonds for a Doll
N.Y. Roy Publishers 1961 Original Cloth Very Good  No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Original red cloth on boards. No DJ. Foxed edges its only fault. A Mike Strang mystery of murder for money, with the required distractions of sex and family devotion. Which widow is which? Only one other copy on this site. 192 pp.  
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Shadow of a Crime, Caine, Hall
10 Caine, Hall The Shadow of a Crime
New York The Mershon Company Reprint Hard Cover Good Plus to Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Red cloth on boards. Lovely art deco cover marred only by two shalllow 1 inch scrapes - one to the lower front joint and the other to the top rear edge. No writing and no date. Text block browning. 335 pp. Billed as a romance novel, this story is centred largely on the ancient practice of execution by weight. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Simple Art of Murder, Chandler, Raymond
11 Chandler, Raymond The Simple Art of Murder
Montreal Pocket Books of Canada, Ltd. 1953 Second Edition Soft Cover Good Plus No Jacket 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall 
Softcover pocket book, lightly dished. 194 pp. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Figure It Out for Yourself, Chase, James Hadley (R.B. Raymond)
12 Chase, James Hadley (R.B. Raymond) Figure It Out for Yourself
London Robert Hale Limited 1950 First ( No Additional printings) Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Original black cloth on boards. One of many mysteries by this London-born author. The detective tells the story in first person. 256 pp. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Killing Comes Easy, Chester, Peter (Peter Chambers)
13 Chester, Peter (Peter Chambers) Killing Comes Easy
N.Y. Roy Publishers 1958 First ( No Additional printings) Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Original red cloth on boards. Price-clipped DJ nearly perfect. When the pianist of a small dance band was murdered, several people, including John Preston, wondered what the motive was. Preston managed to interview a girl from the club, but is left with more questions than answers. 192 pp. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Power on the Scent, Clandon, Henrietta
14 Clandon, Henrietta Power on the Scent
London Geoffrey Bles 1937 First(First Published 1937) Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Red cloth on boards. Spine titles faded out. 9 date stamps from local lending library bookshop. "Mr. Power, the brilliant young detective who was called in by the next-of-kin might have been pardoned for imagining that the most important clue was a white rose." - Piece of DJ glued in. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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Drink to Yesterday, Coles, Manning
15 Coles, Manning Drink to Yesterday
Toronto Musson Book Company, Ltd. 1944 First ( No Additional printings) Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Original mustard cloth on boards. Unclipped DJ chipped head and foot of spine. One gutter strain glued to prevent further damage. A British boy who is adept in languages dreams of fighting in WWI even though his family is against it. Not only does he get into it, he becomes a valuable agent among the enemy themselves. Full of "Britishisms" but easy enough to follow - if one stays alert ! Surprise ending ! 251 pp. 
Price: 17.00 USD
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Pray Silence, Coles, Manning
16 Coles, Manning Pray Silence
London Hodder & Stoughton, Limited 1940 First Printed 1940 Hard Cover Good Plus to Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Original blue cloth on boards. Corner and joint wear. Follows the very successful "Drink to Yesterday." Alternate title is A Toast to Tomorrow. Tommy Hambledon, the professor-spy, washes back to shore, but struggles with amnesia. 287 pp. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Jezebel's Daughter; Works of Wilkie Collins, Vol. 27, Collins, Wilkie
17 Collins, Wilkie Jezebel's Daughter; Works of Wilkie Collins, Vol. 27
New York Peter Fenelon Collier Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Green cloth on boards. Finger pull damage head of spine. Previous owner's name. Hinges lightly cracked. Published 1880 after, but not as sequel to, The Fallen Leaves. A sinister widow uses her dead husband's poisons to control the lives of those around her. 416 pp. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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18 Collins, Wilkie The Dead Secret
London R.E. King & Co. Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Red cloth on boards. Cocked and hinges cracked. No date. No other copies found by this publisher. 316 pp. Might be in Clearance Library Series, 1901, as identified in internet listing. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Law and the Lady; Works of Wilkie Collins, Vol. 5, Collins, Wilkie
19 Collins, Wilkie The Law and the Lady; Works of Wilkie Collins, Vol. 5
New York Peter Fenelon Collier Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Green cloth on boards. previous owner's name. Missing first free endpaper. Short split to front joint. Another offering from the works of a close associate of Charles Dickens. Her new husband has been using a false name, which gives her doubts about his past. She learns he has been on trial for the murder of his first wife. Can the bride succeed in proving him innocent ? 559 pp. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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One By One They Disappeared , Dalton, Moray
20 Dalton, Moray One By One They Disappeared
N.Y. Burt 1929 Original Cloth Good  Poor 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Original dark blue cloth on boards with large red letters. DJ is 95 per cent present, but edges are chipped and folds have broken through. Inside DJ are ads for Burt's Popular Copyright Fiction. Condition is better than good, but a small surface burn mark on upper right cover and corner bumps detract, ow Very Good. Nine men drifted in an open boat for three days, one of them a wealthy American who offered to divide his fortune among the other eight in gratitude for saving him. Unfortunately, only two showed up at the dinner he arranged for all of them a year later. One by one the survivors of the 'Coptic' were meeting death by what appeared to be unconnected and perfectly natural accidents. Which one will be next ? 279 pp. See the double SCAN.  
Price: 50.00 USD
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