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41 Hivert-Carthew, Annick. GHOSTLY LIGHTS: GREAT LAKES LIGHTHOUSE TALES OF TERROR.
Manchester, MI Wilderness Adventure Books 1999 0923568441 / 9780923568443 Second Printing Soft Cover Very Good+ Martha Diebboll. 
162 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H). B&w illustrations. "Phantom shadows on Lake Ontario - drowning sailors at Point Iroquois - mysterious disappearances on Hope Island - madness and horror at South Haven. The isolated lighthouses of the Great Lakes provide the perfect setting for twenty-one spine-tingling tales. In these lonely outposts, a solitary keeper struggles with the elements, unknown forces, and internal demons - ." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing, small faint wrinklrs at bottom corner of rear cover, tiny speck of soiling on top of text block. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
42 Hope, Stanton. THE MYSTERY OF THE ENGRAVED SKULL. THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 309. 3RD SERIES.
[Amalgamated/Fleetway, London, c1955.] 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "Tracking a small-time jewel thief may appear plain sailing, but it can lead through dangerous reefs into the deep waters of crime." Interior - pages browning very lightly, staple rusting (staining to covers), a few pages with small corner creases, inside top corner of front cover soiled along with top corner of first page, tiny chip at bottom edge of first two pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, crease down front cover and small crease at top corner, light browning to covers, date stamp, name stamp and address on rear cover, spine has light wrinkling, browning, rubbing and small chips/tears at top/bottom. Good reading copy only. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
43 Hughes, Dorothy B. THE DELICATE APE.
Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, (1944), Ist edition. 
252 pp, 8vo, hard cover (no dust jacket). Interior - previous owner's name on free front endpaper, scattered light staining to a few pages - otherwise sound. Exterior - light edge wear, light wrinkling to top/bottom of spine, slight bumping to corners, small light stain to bottom of textblock, book has slight lean. G 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
44 Innes, Michael. APPLEBY AND THE OSPREYS.
London Gollancz 1986 0575039167 / 9780575039162 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
188 pp, 8vo (8" H). "Clusters (a great English country house) is being troubled by bats - bats in the belfry, bats around the moat, as Lord and Lady Osprey complain to their luncheon guests, who include Sir John Appleby, sometime Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and, though now retired, still keenly interested in any puzzling crime. In the matter of the bats he is unhelpful, but soon he faces the challenge of a murder: the murder of Lord Osprey, stabbed with an oriental dagger, and in the library too. The conventions are properly observed. There's an omniscient butler, Bagot. The moat gleams darkly, guarding its secrets. Inspector Ringwood sets up his 'incident room' in the ballroom, which dazzles with mirrors, chandeliers and trompe l'oeil. The house guests include another title, a QC, and two or three experts on numismatics. And that last point takes us to the heart of the mystery: where, in this vast architectural pile, did Lord Osprey conceal his collection of antique coins? There are clues: the key in the library, the skiff on the moat, the intruder glimpsed through the French doors; even, possibly, the local publican's claim that an Osprey has raped his daughter. Appleby solves the problem with all his usual wit, ingenuity and aplomb. And the bats have the last word: very startling so." Previous owner's name in ink on free front endpaper, book is slightly cocked. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, soft crease at top of rear flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
45 Innes, Michael. APPLEBY'S OTHER STORY.
London Gollancz 1974 0575013958 / 9780575013957 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
192 pp, 8vo (8" H). "Tytherton was shot dead around eleven o'clock last night. And now, next morning, (Chief Constable) Pride is taking (Sir John) Appleby over to Elvedon in the hope of interesting him in the curious affair of some stolen pictures. Appleby is not responding with any eagerness: he wants to maintain his retired status. But murder is another matter. Especially with such a varied assortment of possible suspects: Tytherton's young wife, who is having an affair with an eminent surgeon, a house guest; his mistress, Cynthia Graves, whom only yesterday he found in bed with his ne'er-do-well nephew Archie; his son Mark, who has just returned from several years in Argentina, and without announcing his arrival in the vicinity; his secretary, Ramsden, who is almost too efficient to be true; and a couple more house guests - the shady art dealer, Egon Raffaello, and the puzzling Miss Kentwell, who claims to be a promoter for charities. They all have secrets to hide, and speedily but imperturbably Appleby gets to the bottom of most of them. However, the solution of the murder remains obstinately a problem - until he hits upon the crucial clue." Previous owner has sketched the outline of a house on the inside of the back panel of the dust jacket and there has been some light bleed through (see scan). Very light wrinkling at top of spine, a few very faint foxing marks on top of textblock. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, small crease at top of rear flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
46 Innes, Michael. LORD MULLION'S SECRET.
London Gollancz 1981 057502903X / 9780575029033 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
192 pp, 8vo (8" H). "Mullion Castle is a very Stately Home. When the paying customers aren't cluttering up the place, it's the home of the Earl and his family, who include his delightful daughters Patty and Boosie, and dotty Great-aunt Camilla. Also his wife, whose portrait he has now commissioned his old schoolfellow, Charles Honeybath R.A., to paint. Honeybath (is) an astute and inquisitive observer of events; and now he has another intriguing complex of puzzles to ponder over. For instance, who has removed a valuable Hilliard miniature, an ancestral portrait, and substituted an obvious print; and why? Who has removed two of Great-aunt Camilla's water-colours of Italian scenes, and substituted sketches made by her in France; and again, why? And how does it come about that a young undergardener, with the name of Swithin, should posses the family features so strikingly, and be such an attraction to Lady Patience - i.e., Patty? Honeybath addresses himself to these and other teasing problems, while Michael Innes goes his own witty, engaging, tongue-in-cheek way, following what may seem to be a predictable course but surprising us all, Honeybath included, at the finish." Tiny dint on top edge of front board. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, soft crease at top of rear flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
47 Innes, Michael. THE APPLEBY FILE.
London Gollancz 1975 0575019565 / 9780575019560 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
207 pp, 8vo (8" H). "(A) brilliant collection of Michael Innes short stories about the varied adventures of his great detective, Sir John Appleby, Commissioner of Metropolitan Police (and, later, retired). Appleby has to cope with many diabolically ingenious modes of crime: a faked poltergeist; an exploding antique; a balloon to remove a weapon; an arrow to obliterate a trail. Many of the clues that lead to solutions are equally remarkable: a shubunkin in a pocket; the overpainting of a portrait; photocopies that have stuck together; a broken wine-glass; a coat worn inside-out; a London taxi-cab on the Simplon Pass. And the plots involve elaborate double bluffs: suicides designed to look like murders; X disguised as Y disguised as X; and in 'The Memorial Service' the tangle of impersonation develops into a triple - or is it a quadruple? - bluff." Contents: The Appleby File: The Ascham; Poltergeist; The Fishermen; The Conversation Piece; Death By Water; A Question of Confidence; The Memorial Service. Appleby's Holidays: Two on a Tower; Beggar With Skull; The Exploding Battleship; The Body in the Glen; Death in the Sun; Cold Blood; The Coy Mistress; The Thirteenth Priest Hole. Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine, tiny bump at top corner of boards, a few tiny foxing marks on edges of text block very small faint mark on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has two faint line indentations and tiny dint on front panel, light wrinkling at top of flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
48 Innes, Michael. THE GAY PHOENIX.
London Gollancz 1976 0575021454 / 9780575021457 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
192 pp, 8vo (8" H). "A small yacht adrift in mid-Pacific, its main-mast snapped, its navigator dead - that's the highly intriguing (and most uncharacteristic) opening of Michael Innes's latest story. The dead man is Charles Povey, a maverick tycoon. And there's a survivor on board: his brother Arthur, who, when at last he is picked up, semi-delirious, is assumed for several convincing reasons to be Charles himself. As Charles was the wealthy brother, Arthur is very ready to accept the error in identification. He proceeds to enjoy the fleshpots. But of course he also has to have a shot at running Charles's confused financial empire. And, not surprisingly, there are one or two people who see through the impersonation, and make their blackmailing demands. Arthur is driven to marriage, crime, attempted murder and desperation. Unhappily for Arthur, he buys a country estate which makes him a neighbour of that greatest of detectives, Sir John Appleby, sometime head of Scotland Yard. Appleby is in retirement now, but he cannot resist a mystery almost on his own doorstep, and he is soon investigating." afew tiny foxing marks on top of textblock, tiny bump at top of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
49 Innes, Michael. THE MYSTERIOUS COMMISSION.
London Gollancz 1974 0575018577 / 9780575018570 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
192 pp, 8vo (8" H). "Charles Honeybath's clients are usually successful businessmen, and he does very well out of them, but his latest commission is a most unusual one. He is offered twice his standard fee if he will agree to spend a fortnight in the country, at a place unspecified, painting the portrait of a client who must remain unidentified. Curiosity, rather than cupidity, impels Honeybath to accept the strange terms. Whereupon he is drawn into an extremely bizarre, and for some people fatal, adventure. To give away even the plot's first surprise would be to give away far too much. But when Honeybath discovers the startling motive for the extraordinary commission, this is only the beginning of his own intrepid venture into the field of criminal investigation. True, the police are by now investigating too, and most urgently, for the crime is a big one. But Honeybath goes it alone, with his own private clues, which include the main line from Paddington to Swansea - and Michael Innes fans know that whenever one of his characters boards a train, something interesing happens. Innes is, as ever, delightfully relaxed, and his criminals are an engaging gang - or two gangs, to be precise; but in this novel there are darker colours too, and hints of terror." Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny bump at top corner of rear board, book is lightly cocked a few tiny foxing marks on top of textblock. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
50 Jardine, Warwick. THE MAN WITH A GRIEVANCE. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 261. 3RD SERIES.
[Amalgamated/Fleetway, London, n.p.] 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "Let a grievance rankle; it will increase in volume, and, as in this case, become a dangerous obsession." Interior - pages browning very lightly, staple rusting (staining to covers), otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, small pen notation and light soiling on rear cover, faint small crease to top corner of book, spine has light wrinkling, browning and rubbing along with tiny chips at top/bottom. V G- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
51 Johns, Gilbert. Cover art by Marc Henri. THIEF OF CLUBS. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 468. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (January, 1961), Ist printing. 
62 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "The stakes were high - the game was deadly. Who was the mysterious Mr. Card - king of Soho's rackets?" Interior - pages browning lightly, staple rusting, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, soft wrinkling to covers, large corner crease on rear cover - small creases at spine area, bookstore stamp, small #4 and crossed out original price on front cover, minor soiling, spine has light wrinkling and tiny chips at top/bottom. Good reading copy. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE MYSTERY OF THE LOCKED ROOM.  THE DANA GIRLS MYSTERY STORIES #7., Keene, Carolyn.
52 Keene, Carolyn. THE MYSTERY OF THE LOCKED ROOM. THE DANA GIRLS MYSTERY STORIES #7.
New York Grosset & Dunlap Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Good 
218 pp, 7 5/8" H. Copyright date of 1938, but this is a later printing (list of titles opposite title page concludes with 'Mystery at the Crossroads'). Green 'tweed' boards with dark green lettering & decoration on spine, dark green illustration/lettering on front board, top edge green. Dark green illustration on endpapers, showing Louise and Jean (carrying a flashlight) leaving a dilapidated house, b&w frontispiece (following contents page), showing the girls looking down cellar stairs. The number "7" appears at the bottom of the book and dust jacket spines. Slight lean to book spine, minor soiling to bottom of text block, very light browning to edges of boards, very light edge wear on boards, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has several edge tears, a few tiny edge chips, two areas of light damp staining on front panel and at top edge of front flap, light fading to spine colour, light rubbing/soiling, two areas of surface paper loss on front panel - probably due to sticker removal, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
A LONG COOL DAY IN HELL., Kersh, Gerald.
53 Kersh, Gerald. A LONG COOL DAY IN HELL.
London Heinemann 1965 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
163 pp, 8vo (8" H). "Lily Star Clarke is a veritable Little Snowdrop, as innocently sweet as can be. Yet it was she who ran down Louie Cagliaro and broke the story that killed him. And she it is who now sets out to crack the mystery of the reluctant millionaire, E. Vere Reeve. For years this enigmatic figure has lived as a recluse, protected from the Press and public by the most efficient security systems human ingenuity can devise. Nobody knows the secret of his millions; nobody knows anything about his personality or habits. Few have even seen him. Yet Lily Star Clarke has a limpid candour which tempts people to confide in her, and, armed with only this and her own transparent beauty, she takes up the millionaire's fantastic trail. This characteristic and nightmarish Kershian fable has all the snap and tang of his sardonic wit and brilliant invention." Book is slightly cocked, previous owner's name stamp at top of both pastedowns slight dust soiling on top of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, several tiny edge tears - some with creases, crease at top edge of rear panel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
CARTERET'S CURE., Keverne, Richard.
54 Keverne, Richard. CARTERET'S CURE.
London George G. Harrap 1932 Hard Cover Good Fair Philip Simmonds, dust jacket art. 
252 pp, 7 1/4" H. red boards with black lettering on spine, black decoration on spine and front board. Number 36 in "Harrap's Shilling Library". "An exciting tale of dope and silk smuggling on the East Coast of England (Salthithe). There is a strong detective element, much admirable local colour, adventure, and a vivid love story." Previous owner's name in ink on half-title page, light browning to edges of endpapers and in margins/gutters of pages, light browning and soiling to edges of text block, light to moderate edge wear, wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two tiny tears at top of spine, slight lean to spine, minor curl at corners of boards. Dust jacket has edge chips and tears - some with creases and some archivally taped, slight fading to spine colour, now protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
55 King, Hilary. ON THE 11.40 DOWN. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 237. 3RD SERIES.
[Amalgamated/Fleetway, London, n.d.]. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). Interior - pages browning very lightly, staple rusting (staining to covers), two dog-ears, a few pages with tiny perforation in margin, tiny corner creases on pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - soft corner crease and old price on front cover, light edge wear, spine has light wrinkling, browning and rubbing along with tiny chips at top/bottom. VG- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
56 King, Hilary. THE BIG CIRCUS MYSTERY. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 280. 3RD SERIES.
[Amalgamated/Fleetway, London, n.d.]. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "The glow of a cigar appeared like a spotlight in the darkness. Came a crack and a flash, and Enrico Cambelli, the trapezist, fell dead. Thus started the mystery of a big circus." Interior - pages browning very lightly, staple rusting (staining to covers), otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, very light erasure mark on front cover, spine has light wrinkling, browning and rubbing along with tiny chip at bottom. VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A SMALL TOWN IN GERMANY., le Carre, John.
57 le Carre, John. A SMALL TOWN IN GERMANY.
London Heinemann 1968 0434109304 / 9780434109302 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
306 pp, 8 3/4" H. "Leo Harting, a middle-aged Second Secretary from the British Embassy in Bonn (has), after twenty years of apparently loyal service to the Crown, vanished, taking with him official files hot enough to frustrate or indeed compromise the entire British position at the negotiating table at Brussels, where a faltering British Government is making a desperate last attempt to save the national economy and get into the Common Market. In this atmosphere, Alan Turner is despatched from London to find Harting. 'Which do they want?' he asks, 'The man or the files?' Gradually it becomes clear that one is not enough without the other." Areas of browning on front endpapers - most likely due to laid in papers, minor wrinkling at top of spine and very light at bottom of spine, very slight bump to bottom corner of boards. Dust jacket has light rubbing, two very small edge tears, minor edge wrinkling, small wrinkle on each hinge, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE SCARLET SIGN., Le Queux, William.
58 Le Queux, William. THE SCARLET SIGN.
London Ward, Lock 1929 Hard Cover Very Good- 
255 pp, 7 1/2" H. Red cloth with black lettering/decoration on spine & front cover. Early reprint of the 1926 first edition. The Brotherhood of the Scarlet Sign, a criminal organization that has baffled Scotland Yard, operates in high society London, in this story by William Tufnell Le Queux (1864-1927). Light browning to edges of text block, light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine and at corners, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one small light corner bump, slight fading to spine color, book is lightly cocked. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
59 Litvinov, Ivy. HIS MASTER'S VOICE: A DETECTIVE STORY.
London Gollancz 1973 0575016884 / 9780575016880 Revised Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
192 pp, 8vo (8" H). "(A) police procedral novel that is, in itself, a marvellous evocation of Moscow during the late 1920s. The murder takes place in a smallish building that serves as porter's lodge to one of those huge faceless blocks of workers' dwellings, so typical of the period. The dead man - a rather unpleasant character - is killed by a knife wound in his jugular vein after he has been listening to a gramaphone record of Chaliapin singing the Volga Boat Song. The investigation is made by a senior police officer, District Procurator Nikulin, and Mrs Litvinov conforms to the very welcome modern habit of showing us something of the life and feelings of her splendidly realised policeman. The investigation which shows the reader several aspects of Moscow life, including the Ballet backstage, is again modern in its routine but it is no less gripping for that, and the writing throughout has an endearingly unsophisticated quality. The atmosphere of a Russian winter, and of the streets and buildings of Moscow in the twenties is wonderfully captured. The book was first published in 1930. Mrs. Litvinov has now added a fascinating Epilogue in which she relates how she came to write the story." Small bump at top corner of boards and approx. half the pages, previous owner's name in ink on free front endpaper, minor browning to top of text block. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
60 Long, Derek. THE MYSTERY OF THE ITALIAN RUINS. THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 224. 3RD SERIES.
[Amalgamated/Fleetway, London, n.p.] 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). Interior - pages browning very lightly, staple rusting (staining to covers and page), otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, spine has light wrinkling, browning, rubbing and small chip/closed tear at top, tiny chip at bottom. VG- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
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