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81 Reid, Desmond. Cover illustration by Camps. THE GIRL WHO SAW TOO MUCH. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 524. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (1963), Ist printing. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "She was a witness to murder. Now the killers were out to get her." Interior - pages browning lightly, very small light mark on page 7/8, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear - a little more on spine with small closed tear and tiny chip at top, small closed tear and tiny tear with scuffing on front cover (archivally taped), covers have soft creases, spine has light wrinkling/creasing. Good reading copy . 
Price: 8.00 USD
 
 
82 Reid, Desmond. Cover illustration by Noiquet. CULT OF DARKNESS. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 519. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (March 1963), Ist printing. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "Who were the cold-blooded killers of Cape Town?" Interior - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear - a little more with tiny tear/ chip at top/bottom, one small corner crease and some soft wrinkles to covers, spine has light wrinkling. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
83 Reid, Desmond. Cover illustration by Stefan Barany. DEAD ON CUE. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO.495 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (March 1962), Ist printing. 
65 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "The drama was deadly when murder held the stage...!" Interior - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, soft wrinkling to covers, crease on front hinge, minor browning to rear cover, spine has light wrinkling and tiny chip at bottom. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
84 Rendell, Ruth. COLLECTED SHORT STORIES. (CONTAINS STORIES PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN: THE FALLEN CURTAIN AND OTHER STORIES; MEANS OF EVIL AND OTHER STORIES; THE FEVER TREE AND OTHER STORIES; AND, THE NEW GIRL FRIEND AND OTHER STORIES.)
Hutchinson, London, (1987), Ist edition. 
536 pp, large 8vo (approx. 9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "For the first time in one volume here are the complete short stories of England's leading writer of crime fiction. 'The Fallen Curtain and Other Stories' was first published in 1976 , the title story winning an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America...This was followed in 1979, with five classic Wexford cases. 'Means of Evil and Other Stories'...In 1982, 'The Fever Tree and Other Stories' appeared...And in 1985, 'The New Girl Friend and Other Stories (the title story also winning an Edgar Award) was published to a chorus of praise." Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, faint line indentations on front panel, light rubbing. VG+/VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
85 Rohmer, Richard. (Inscribed by author.) SEPARATION.
McClelland and Stewart, (Toronto, 1976), Ist edition. 
240 pp, large 8vo, gard cover in dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ON FREE FRONT ENDPAPER. "In this action-packed sequel to 'Exodus U.K.', the author...sets up a blend of international intrigue, high-level politics, and global tension...What happens when t he government of Quebec finally decides to secede? How does the assassination of a major Arab leader by a beautiful PLO terrorist affect the course of events in England and Canda? What are the implications of a dramatic British election in the face of worldwide political and encomic crises?..." Embossed blindstamp on title page, minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear, light rubbing/scuffing/creasing, light browning to spine and edges, a few tiny tears. VG/G 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
THE GOLDEN SCORPION., Rohmer, Sax.  (Pseud. of Arthur Sarsfield Ward.)
86 Rohmer, Sax. (Pseud. of Arthur Sarsfield Ward.) THE GOLDEN SCORPION.
Tom Stacey, (London, 1972), reprint. 
250 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0854682260 "...Stuart was an ordinary London doctor, nothing more. But, having practised medicine in the Far East, he did have a unique knowledge of rare poisons; which was perhaps the reason why he was involved (with strange and mysterious goings on, including warnings of danger coming from the East from a beautiful woman calling herself Mademoiselle Dorian). Now the stranger in his study said: 'Permit me to present myself - Gaston Max, at your service!' The surprises of the night were evidently not over yet. For Stuart was due to perform a post mortem examination on the body of Gaston Max, the French detective, in a few hours time...'The Golden Scorpion' is a typically bizarre and thrilling mystery from the pen of Sax Rohmer, the creator of Dr. Fu-Manchu." Faint fold at bottom of first few pages, light wrinkle at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, large corner crease on front flap, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine anf flap-folds, crease along bottom edge of rear pane and flap, browning on inside - mainly at top edge. VG/VG- 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
WHEN CARRUTHERS LAUGHED., Sapper.  Pseudonym of  H. C. (Cyril) McNeile.
87 Sapper. Pseudonym of H. C. (Cyril) McNeile. WHEN CARRUTHERS LAUGHED.
London Hodder and Stoughton 1935 Reprint Hard Cover Good 
319 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H). A collection of short stories by the author of the Bulldog Drummond books. Contents: When Carruthers Laughed; The Snake Farm; The Great Magor Diamond; The Broken Record; The Taming of Sydney Marsham; Dilemma; The Baronets of Mertonbridge Hall; Touch and Go; The Loyalty of Peter Drayton; The Madness of Charles Tranter; A Student of the Obvious; The Second Ride. Small bump at corners of board - one migrates into top corner of approx. first 20 pages, small edge tear archivally taped on page 11/12, a few pages with tiny edge creases, light browbing to edges of text block, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small faint liquid mark on fron board, some darkening to spine color. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
88 Sedley, Kate. Cover art by Caroline Church. THE WICKED WINTER. A ROGER THE CHAPMAN MEDIEVAL MYSTERY.
Headline, London, 1997, first PB printing. 
282 pp, mass market paperback. ISBN 0747256314 "Despite the chills of winter, Roger the chapman relishes the freedom of his calling. Journeying west, he finds himself following in the footsteps of an itinerant preacher, Brother Simeon, whose serm ons are the talk of the countryside. Roger, who's met the friar before and finds his zeal wearying, is less than enthused when they meet beneath the roof of Cederwell Manor where Simeon has come to pray with Lady Cederwell and Roger to sel l h e r h i s wares. But Lady Cederwell is in no state to receive either man. For scarcely have they arrived when she is found dead, the circumstances of her demise strangely fulfilling the prophecy of a babbling hermit Roger had met on the roa d. S ud de n ly , th e friar and the chapman are united in their aim, to discover the truth behind the death at Cederwell Manor...." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear. Very Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
CORPSE IN HANDCUFFS., Smith, Frank A.  Cover art by Barbara Walton.
89 Smith, Frank A. Cover art by Barbara Walton. CORPSE IN HANDCUFFS.
Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, (1969), Ist Canadian edition. 
176 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Why would anyone throw away 100,000 pounds in diamonds? Who were the mysterious couple in the black Fiat? Why did a man end his days as a flaming, human torch? When Catherine Cherwick, daughter of an American diplomat, is spirited away from an exclusive private school on the eve of important East-West trade talks, these are just some of the questions facing Superintendent Pepper of the Special Branch. The superintendent follows a tortuous pa th, leading not only through the underworld of London, but deeper, much deeper into that twilight world of international intrigue and sudden death. It is here that he must match wits with an opponent who is a master in his craft, one who is bent on destroying Pepper and all that he stands for." Previous owner's name and initials on free front endpaper, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear, a few small closed tears, tiny chip at top of front flap-fold, light to moderate rubbing, light soiling on rear panel. VG/G+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
VINTAGE SPILLANE:  A NEW OMNIBUS.  (CONTAINS:  ME, HOOD!  'KICK IT OR KILL!'  THE AFFAIR WITH THE DRAGON LADY.  THE FLIER.  THE SEVEN YEAR KILL.), Spillane, Mickey.
90 Spillane, Mickey. VINTAGE SPILLANE: A NEW OMNIBUS. (CONTAINS: ME, HOOD! 'KICK IT OR KILL!' THE AFFAIR WITH THE DRAGON LADY. THE FLIER. THE SEVEN YEAR KILL.)
London W.H. Allen 1974 0491016514 / 9780491016513 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
280 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). Tiny scuff at top edge of pages 149 to 166, small bump at bottom corner of both boards, minor wrinkle at bottom of spine, tiny shallow dint on spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds/top edges, a few tiny dints on spine. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
91 Stagg, James. Cover art by Caraselli. DESERT INTRIGUE. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 444. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (January, 1960), Ist printing. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "Violence and betrayal in the Middle East." Interior - pages browning lightly, a few tiny perforations in margin of some pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edg e wear, soft wrinkling to covers, two large creases to front cover, spine has light wrinkling and tiny chips at top/bottom. G+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MADAM, WILL YOU TALK?, Stewart, Mary.
92 Stewart, Mary. MADAM, WILL YOU TALK?
New York M.S. Mills and William Morrow 1956 Book Club Edition. Hard Cover Very Good- Good 
191 pp, 8 1/2" H. Mary Stewart is perhaps best known for her Merlin cycle and Moonspinners. This is her first novel. "Her setting is the south of France. Two young Englishwomen arrive on vacation, expecting a conventional holiday. They are Charity Selborne, an extravagantly lovely war widow, and her amusing, irreverent artist friend, Louise Cray. The enchanting vista of Provence delights them, and Charity is pleased to make her first conquest, a young man of thirteen who is having trouble with his dog. The young man introduces himself and Charity is charmed - until she senses a terrible maturity behind his grave eyes. From that point on the tension mounts steadily until it reaches breaking point, while the thirsty heat of the Provencal summer, the noise of cicadas, the dust of country roads all contribute to the superb realism of the novel." Previous owner's name and date in ink on front free endpaper, light browning to fore-edge of text block, light lean to spine, small bump at bottom corner of boards and at top of spine, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. dust jacket has moderate browning on spine, flap-folds and top edge of flaps, light to moderate edge wear including some tiny chips/tears, creasing and 1" tear archivally tpaped at top of spine, light rubbing/soiling on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
93 Thomas, Martin. DEATH IN SMALL DOSES. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 516. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (January, 1963], Ist printing.. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "Hollywood, heroin and homicide. Sexton Blake and Edward Carter fight a vicious drug racket in Los Angeles...Blake's starting-point is the elegant Jetta Delmar, film star and universal sex-symbol - and a woman with a secret which, if it were disclosed, would destroy her." Interior - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear - a little more on spine with tiny chips and small closed tear at top/bottom, covers have a few small soft wrinkles and creases, spine has light wrinkling. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
94 Thomas, Martin. Cover art by Camps. THE SOUND OF MURDER. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 525. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (June, 1963], Ist printing.. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). Interior - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear - a little more on spine with tiny chip at top, corner creases on front cover with migration into pages, light soft wrinkling to covers, minor browning to rear cover, spine has light wrinkling. VG- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
95 Tyrer, Walter. THE CASE OF THE COUNCIL SWINDLE. THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 318. 3RD SERIES.
[Amalgamated/Fleetway, London, n.d.]. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "Who was behind the moneyspinning scheme to build an immense airport at Farriport - when there already was one sufficient for its needs?" Interior - pages browning very lightly, staple rusting (staining to covers), otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, #4 written on front cover, tiny dint to fore-edge of book, spine has light wrinkling, browning and rubbing along with tiny tear at middle. V G - 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
96 Tyrer, Walter. THE CASE OF THE NAVAL STORES RACKET. THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 287. 3RD SERIES.
[Amalgamated/Fleetway, London, n.d.]. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "Just a couple of matelots out on a spree - but they found themselves mixed up in one of Sexton Blake's biggest cases!" Interior - pages browning very lightly, staple rusting (staining to covers), otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, spine has light wrinkling, browning and rubbing. VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
97 Vance, John Holbrook. THE MAN IN THE CAGE.
Random House, New York, (1960), Ist edition. 
219 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. "Noel Hutson, junketing around the Mediterranean in petty smuggling operations, liked to think of himself as a gallant adventurer. But in the middle of a foul-smelling North African desert kasbah, with a truckload of contraband guns for some grim-faced Arabs, he began to think less and less like a swashbuckling hero. When he was forced to reload his truck with a suspicious cargo for delivery back to his boss in Tangier, it was enough to make any high-strung young man lose control, and then send a frantic SOS letter to his family. Noel and his truck disappeared, but the letter produced his older brother Darrell, on a reluctant mission to pull Noel's chestnuts out of the fire... an exciting suspense novel about an American of courage and intelligence who succeeded in taking everything he wanted away from the restless society of smuggling, murder, and North African politics." Bequest bookplate on free front endpaper, light edge wear to boards, light wrinkling and very tiny tear at top of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear, minor rubbing, light fading to spine color, light wrinkling at top of spine, red color rub line at top of rear panel, now protected in a mylar sleeve . VG/VG 
Price: 350.00 USD
 
 
THE MYSTERY OF THE GREEN CAR.  (DAS GRUNE AUTO.), Weissl, August.  Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos.
98 Weissl, August. Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos. THE MYSTERY OF THE GREEN CAR. (DAS GRUNE AUTO.)
Thomas Nelson and Sons, London, (1913). 
379 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover (blue boards with blind embossed decoration on spine and front board, gold lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. Decorated endpapers, color frontispiece. Contents: The Assignation; The Grillhoferstrasse Mu rder; The Deputy-Commissioner's Report; Commissary Martens at Work; Baron Sphor at Work; Bartolomeo Giardini; Venice; The Rialto; Meta von Sternberg; The Escape; At the Manor-house; Meta's Messenger; The Deputy-Commissioner at Work; Meta S p e a k s ; C o u nt Heinen Provides a Clue; The Bracelet; The Owner of the Car; In Vino Veritas; The Wages of Sin. Light browning to endpapers, faint erased pencil marks and tiny edge tear (archivally taped) on free front endpaper, small crease a nd t in y te ar (a rc hi vally taped) at fore-edge of pages 335-350, two small stains on rear board, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light edge wear, browning and small stain on top of textblock. G+ 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
99 Williams, Richard. Cover art by Camps. SPEAK ILL OF THE DEAD. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 520. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (March, 1963], Ist printing.. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). "The boy who was destined to become a major witness to the crime at Hardcastle's Oxford Street department store, was a ten-year-old, tously-headed youngster of the genus urchin, with green eyes, freckles, a wiry-thin frame, knock-knees under tattered jeans and a cynicism in advance of his years..." Interior - pages browning lightly, first few pages have small punch holes in gutter - from manufacturing process, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear - a little more on spine with short closed tears at top/bottom, front cover has faint writing indentations, and both covers have soft wrinkling, spine has light wrinkling. VG- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
100 Williams, Richard. Cover art by Iranzo. MURDER BY PROXY. SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 523. 4TH SERIES.
Fleetway, London, (May, 1963], Ist printing.. 
64 pp, soft cover (stapled in wraps). Interior - pages browning lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear - a little more on spine, minor browning on rear cover, covers have a few small soft wrinkles, tiny closed tear to fore-edge of front cover and first few pages (archivally taped), spine has light wrinkling. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
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