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The Moot Point

By: De Polnay, Peter

Price: $15.00 USD

Publisher: London, Hutchinson & Co., Ltd.: 1949

Seller ID: 012858

Condition: Good Plus


Green cloth on boards. The only fault is missing first free endpaper. Clean and sound. No reviews found. The Red House is a seaside hotel with four permanent residents. Mr. Haxton seems to be curiously inquisitive about Eileen, the deaf daughter of the owner, Mrs. Hughes. It's no great surprise when Mrs. Hughes turns up dead, for she was mean. Descriptions of the characters and their lives together are humorously real. I don't read fiction, but I think I would enjoy reading this book. 208 pp. View more info

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Unsolved New Brunswick Murders

By: Dearborn, Dorothy

Price: $22.00 USD

Publisher: Saint John, N.B., Neptune: 1993

Inscription: Inscribed and Signed By Author

Seller ID: 011301

Condition: Very Good


Original pictorial grey trade paperback. Very good. Ten chapters on nine New Brunswick murders - all unsolved. 121 pp. View more info

Death By Design

By: Derleth, August

Price: $40.00 USD

Publisher: Halifax, Arcadia House: 1953

Edition: First

Seller ID: 012845

Condition: Good Plus


Another of those mysteries from the 50's in current demand. DJ flap taped inside tells the unbelievable story of Dave Barden, who tried to hang himself. Shortly after, he was found dead. Moira Bishop did not jump to conclusions, but sought help from August Sperleth, who turned up the guilty party. First free endpaper excised. 220 pp. View more info

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

By: Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

Price: $15.00 USD

Publisher: London, John Murray: 1944

Edition: Conan Doyle Uniform Edition

Seller ID: 010746

Condition: Good to Very Good


Red cloth on boards. DJ missing 1 1/2 inch strip across lower bottom of reverse, extending across base of spine and for a length of 1 1/2 inches into obverse. Twelve stories: A Scandal in Bohemia; The Red-Headed League; A Case of Identity; The Boscombe Valley Mystery; The Five Orange Pips; The Man with the Twisted Lip; The Blue Carbuncle; The Speckled Band; The Engineer's Thumb; The Noble Bachelor; The Beryl Coronet; and The Copper Beeches. 344 pp. View more info

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70,000 Witnesses; A Football Mystery

By: Fitzsimmons, Cortland

Price: $22.00 USD

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: 1931

Edition: Second Printing Before Publication

Seller ID: 010213

Condition: Good


Red cloth lettered in black on boards. It's a big game between University and State College. The score is tied at the start of the third quarter. When Demuth, the ball carrier for State, collapses as he is hauled down in the end zone, bedlam ensues. Demuth doesn't get up. So ends the first chapter, which the reader must fathom by the broadcaster's arcane commentary. The book itself has seen some rough treatment, too, for there are 21 date stamps from a local lending library. The cover looks as though it had been at the bottom of a pileup, for it has a small ding at thebottom edge and is... View more info

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The Talleyrand Maxim

By: Fletcher, J.S.

Price: $45.00 USD

Publisher: N.Y., Alfred A. Knopf: 1920

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 007653

Condition: Good


Original grey cloth on boards. Previous owner's name. Bookstore ink stamp. No other hardcover copies found. No synopsis found. Protagonist is a sleazy young lawyer who is quite comfortable with extra-legal hijinks as long as he isn't found out. Spine ends worn. 295 pp. View more info

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Great Detective Stories; From Costello to Stevenson

By: French, Joseph Lewis

Price: $27.00 USD

Publisher: N.Y., Lincoln Mac Veagh, Dial Press: 1924

Seller ID: 005312

Condition: Good Plus to Very Good


Original maroon cloth on boards. Last leaf (p. 395 and 396) torn and taped. Spine lightly faded. No writing. Stories are: Inspector Byrnes, by A.E. Costello; McParlan and the "Molly Maguires", by Allan Pinkerton; The Red-Headed League, by A. Conan Doyle; The Doctor, His Wife, and the Clock, by Anna Katharine Green; and The Adventure of the Hansom Cab, by Robert Louis Stevenson. 396 pp. View more info

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The Unwelcome Corpse

By: Frost, Barbara

Price: $75.00 USD

Publisher: N.Y., Coward-McCann, Inc.: 1947

Edition: First( No Additional Printings)

Inscription: Inscribed and Signed By Author

Seller ID: 008413

Condition: Good Plus to Very Good


Original black cloth on boards. Cover dished. Inscribed and signed by author, with no other writing or damage. A young female reporter goes to another woman's home for an interview, and is surprised to find a third woman there - in the bathtub, and fully-dressed. 215 pp. View more info

Innocent Bystander

By: Frost, Barbara

Price: $25.00 USD

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 012848

Condition: Good Plus


Another hardcover mystery from the 50's, with DJ flap taped inside and first free endpaper missing. Very clean, with no previous owner's name. Three previous novels listed. I found this one distracting due to the detailed descriptions of all the characters. However, it got better as I went along. 184 pp. View more info

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Drawn Blanc

By: Gadney, Reg

Price: $15.00 USD

Publisher: London, Heinemann: 1970

Edition: First Published 1970

Seller ID: 000853

Condition: Fine


Original grey paper boards, fine DJ. His first novel in pristine condition, in first edition. British Secret Service after Philby, understated, absolutely convincing. 186 pp. View more info

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The Secret of Musterton House

By: Granby, George

Price: $65.00 USD

Publisher: N.Y., E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.: 1929

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 003589

Condition: Good


Original black cloth with gilt lettering on boards. Previous owner's name in pencil. Lancaster Hospital stamp. The book is grubby and worn, but holding together and is readable. Musterton House is set among the salt marshes of East Anglia, rather a spooky place to receive an unwelcome visitor after dark.... 273 pp. View more info

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Orient Express

By: Greene, Graham

Price: $15.00 USD

Publisher: N.Y., The Sun Dial Press: 1942

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 004822

Condition: Good Plus to Very Good


Original blue blindstamped cloth on boards. Red edges. Wrinkle in half-title page. An intricately woven mystery set on the Stamboul Train, which was the name of this fourth novel before it was published in the U.S. Graham classed it an "entertainment", the only one he ever wrote deliberately "to please." Carleton Myatt is a young Jewish businessman. Coral Musker is a dancer. Dr. Paul Czinner is a political agitator. Josef Grunlich is a thief, fleeing after a murder. Mabel Warren is a lesbian journalist following Czinner. It gets complicated long before the train gets to... View more info

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Murder in Amber

By: Harris, Colver (Polly Anne Colver Harris Graff)

Price: $20.00 USD

Publisher: N.Y., Hillman-Curl, Inc.: 1938

Edition: First ( No Additional printings)

Seller ID: 005681

Condition: Good


Original orange cloth on boards. Squiggles in pencil inside both covers. Cover soil. A title from the Clue Club, which had its "Bill of Rights" for mystery readers. No synopsis found, but apparently the title was borrowed by a recent publication. 262 pp. View more info

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Strangled Prose

By: Hess, Joan

Price: $18.00 USD

Publisher: N.Y., St. Martin's Press: 1986

Edition: First Edition Stated

Seller ID: 003461

Condition: Very Good


Original black boards. First edition of her first novel. Claire Malloy runs a classy little bookstore in a college town. A colleague of her late husband, a professor, pressures her to promote his wife's book. The book reveals too many faculty secrets, and the author ends up dead. Ex-library with most evidence carefully removed. Plastic wrapper over DJ. 183 pp. View more info

The Blunderer

By: Highsmith, Patricia

Price: $100.00 USD

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: 1954

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 012842

Condition: Good Plus


Reading the DJ flap taped inside left me drawing blanks, but I'm not a fiction fan. After checking many reviews online I tumbled to the fact that there are two bad boys who are tired of their wives. One does the deed, and our lawyer protagonist reads of it in the paper, which sets him to thinking. Uh Oh ! The hard-nosed detective is thinking, too. The book is clean, but first free endpaper is excised. A flap is all that remains of the DJ. 277 pp. View more info

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The Golden Witch

By: Holt, Gavin (Charles Rodda)

Price: $230.00 USD

Publisher: London, Hodder and Stoughton: 1933

Edition: First - First Published 1933

Seller ID: 009340

Condition: Very Good


Original light blue cloth on boards. DJ age-darkened. Exceedingly scarce murder mystery by the popular Australian, Charles Rodda. What weird motivation entices Dick Lannister to attend a party at Droove Hall, where he knows his host will be dead before morning ? And what possesses him to stay on after a rare dagger reputedly designed by Cellini is exhibited to the guests ? Too late ! A burglar alarm seals the doors ! 318 riveting pp. View more info

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Unknown Terror

By: Holt, Henry

Price: $75.00 USD

Publisher: London, The Crime Club/ Collins: 1935

Edition: Second Impression, November, 1935

Seller ID: 006986

Condition: Good Plus


Original orange cloth on boards. Covers grubby. No writing, but small name label on IODE bookplate. This Second Impression was released within the same month as the First. Holt, a British author with a number of titles to his credit, lived from 1881 to 1962. No further biographical information was found. 284 pp. plus short catalog. View more info

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Dead Men Tell No Tales

By: Hornung, E.W.

Price: $15.00 USD

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1906

Seller ID: 002185

Condition: Good Plus


Original maroon cloth on boards. Hornung's best-known title. Three illustrations. Gutter strain glued. Top edges gilt. One minor bottom page tear. 262 pp. View more info

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The Victory Murders

By: Johns, Foster (Gilbert Seldes)

Price: $15.00 USD

Publisher: N.Y., The John Day Company: 1927

Edition: First ( No Additional printings)

Seller ID: 005568

Condition: Good


Original dull orange cloth on boards. First free endpaper glued down. "42" inside front twice. Library stamp. Gilbert Seldes was a prominent author and playwright with both friends and enemies in high places. He served as the first Program Director of CBS Television. This, his first novel, begins in the red light district of Marseilles, as the two protagonists are waylaid by unknown assailants. 295 pp. View more info

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Blood on Lake Louisa

By: Kendrick, Baynard H.

Price: $15.00 USD

Publisher: New York, Greenberg: Publisher: 1934

Edition: First ( No Additional printings)

Seller ID: 010223

Condition: Good


Tan cloth on boards. 11 date stamps from local lending library-bookstore. This story won third place from 7000 entries in a contest sponsored by a national magazine. - Publisher's Preface. A doctor goes duck hunting, where circumstances convince him that he has shot a fellow hunter. 242 pp. View more info