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The Trip to Jerusalem

By: Marston, Edward

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 1990

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 17553

ISBN: 0-312-05174-3

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy with no discernible wear; jacket lightly edgeworn, small surface-peel scar at top of rear panel, very slight moisture-rippling to rear panel]. The author's third "Elizabethan Whodunit," featuring Nicholas Bracewell and his troupe of thespians, embarking on a road tour in the North of England in order to avoid the Black Plague, which is ravaging London. View more info

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Seeds of Murder

By: Mason, Van Wyck

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday, Doran & Company, for the Crime Club: 1930

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 19401

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [very nice book, faint wear to extremities, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket shows some wear along top and bottom edges, with various small tears and nicks, and some associated creasing]. Mason's first novel, also the first of his 26 books featuring U.S. Army Intelligence officer Captain (later Major) Hugh North. View more info

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The Crime in the Boulevard Raspail

By: Massey, Ruth

Price: $75.00

Publisher: London/Edinburgh/etc., Thomas Nelson & Sons, Ltd.: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10719

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, mild soiling to cloth, light fraying at several corners, previous owner's faint stamp on front pastedown, tiny bookseller's stamp on ffep]. Scarce mystery novel set in Paris; "a tale for those who know nothing about art, and for those who know too much." View more info

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Salute Blue Mask!

By: Morton, Anthony [pseud. for John Creasey]

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Company: (c.1938)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 20117

Condition: Very Good


(gray decorated cloth; no dust jacket) [good solid copy, slight fraying to cloth at spine ends, light stain at top of fore-edge]. Third novel in the long-running "Baron" series, which eventually spanned nearly fifty books and inspired a short-lived 1960s TV series. According to the copyright page the original British title of the book was "Salute the Baron!" (and it was indeed published years later, in various editions, as "Salute for the Baron"), but in this instance the publisher made an error: it was actually first published in the U.K. as "The Baron Again"... View more info

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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned [*SIGNED*]

By: Mosley, Walter

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, W. W. Norton & Co.: (c.1998)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3700

ISBN: 0-393-04539-0

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, top rear corner bumped; jacket a bit rubbed]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, where he has also written "The Socrates Crew Edition." The first of three (so far) novels featuring Socrates Fortlow, "a tough, brooding ex-convict determined to challenge and understand the violence and anarchy in his world -- and in himself." Signed by Author View more info

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Trophies and Dead Things [*SIGNED* uncorrected page proofs]

By: Muller, Marcia

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Mysterious Press: 1990

Edition: Uncorrected Page Proofs

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15641

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good-


(printed wraps) [moderate soiling to covers and page edges, dampstaining to rear cover, small pencil notes on spine, "Berkeley setting" in ink on front cover]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, below her printed name. Signed by Author View more info

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The Man in the Moon [*SIGNED*]

By: Norwood, Frank

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: (c.1989)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8788

ISBN: 0-312-03393-1

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[tight, clean, unread copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows mild creasing/wrinkling along top edge, paper clip mark at bottom of rear panel, minor scratching on front panel, diagonal crease in rear flap]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. "Chandleresque" novel about a former boxer who gets involved in murder. According to the jacket blurb, the author "has published one previous novel, in paperback, but prefers to think of [this one] as his first" -- sort of a literary mulligan, I guess. Signed by Author View more info

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The Ugly Woman

By: O'Farrell, William

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15473

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [shelfworn copy, several tiny tears in cloth at top of spine, small puncture tear in middle of spine, spine cloth a bit faded, some discoloration on endpapers, small bookseller stamp on front pastedown]. The author's somewhat elusive third novel, a psychological murder mystery with a Greenwich Village setting. "After reading a few chapters of this book," commented the N.Y. Times reviewer, "one begins to wonder whether any of the leading characters in it are in full possession of their mental faculties. It is evident that at least one of them is mad and that some... View more info

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The Affair of Jolie Madame

By: O'Malley, Patrick

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, M. S. Mill Company / William Morrow & Co.: 1963

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10409

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [good solid copy, mild shelfwear, light browning to page edges; mostly-white jacket shows a bit of soiling, minor chipping/dog-earing at top of spine, one-inch split (closed) at bottom rear fold]. One in the author's series of adventure-suspense yarns featuring counterintelligence agents Harrigan and Hoeffler. This time their assignment takes them to Southern California, where "the sudden disappearance of noted scientist and developer of the 'memory bank' computer, Dr. Ronald Jarrell, baffles security agents." View more info

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Murder for the Millions: A Harvest of Horror and Homicide

By: Owen, Frank, ed.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Frederick Fell: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22484

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, some external soiling (mostly to rear cover), top rear corner bumped, very slight fraying at bottom front corner]. Anthology of 37 short stories, "the ultimate in murder. No mere morsel of blood is this, but a veritable banquet, for between the covers of this large volume lurk murderers who have performed their evil deeds in every field -- regicide, parricide, fratricide, homicide or simple strangulations. Authors represented include Dashiell Hammett, Cornell Woolrich, Nicholas Blake, Damon Runyon, Ellery Queen, Sax Rohmer, John Collier, C.S. Forester,... View more info

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The Detective and Mr. Dickens

By: Palmer, William J.

Price: $15.00

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9437

ISBN: 0-312-05073-9

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, no discernible wear; jacket a tiny bit worn at spine ends, faint soiling here and there]. Subtitled "Being an Account of the Macbeth Murders and the Strange Events Surrounding Them; A Secret Victorian Journal, Attributed to Wilkie Collins, Discovered and Edited by William J. Palmer." The author's first novel, a literary/detective pastiche set in 1851 and exploring "the relationship of [Charles] Dickens and [Wilkie] Collins with Inspector William Field of the Metropolitan Protectives of London, one of the first professional detectives. Seam... View more info

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Mayhem in B-Flat (A Homer Evans Murder Mystery)

By: Paul, Elliot

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1940)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8522

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [nice solid copy, minor edgewear, some darkening to cloth along edges of spine, tiny bookseller's label on ffep]. The third Homer Evans tale, in a genre we might call "screwball mystery" -- or as critic William DeAndrea described the Evans books, "absurdist, almost surreal farces, populated by likable loonies somehow involved in murder cases that didn’t have to make much sense [but] just had to serve as a framework for the craziness.” This one, set in Paris, involves Homer and his girlfriend/sidekick Miriam trying to solve the mystery of a stolen violin (altho... View more info

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Final Cut

By: Perry, Max

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Fawcett Gold Medal (14372): 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2800

ISBN: 0-449-14372-4

Condition: Near Fine


[tight and unread; traces of wear at edges and corners, tiny and unobtrusive surface-scrape on front cover]. Mass Market PB Paperback original about the investigation of a murder in Greenwich Village, during the filming of a movie about a homosexual killer; seems like a riff on William Friedkin's notorious film CRUISING, released the same year. View more info

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Dover and the Unkindest Cut of All

By: Porter, Joyce

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22581

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean book, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows a little wear along top and bottom edges and at a couple of corners]. Fourth in the series of comic mystery novels featuring Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, characterized by his "legendary inertia, foul manner, and striking ineptitude." The opening of Chapter Two describes a station sergeant's reaction to Dover's sudden appearance on the scene: "This great, fat, untidy yobbo didn't look like a detective chief inspector from New Scotland Yard but recruiting had been bad for donkey's years and you never knew... View more info

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Dover Three

By: Porter, Joyce

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22582

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean book, slight wear to extremities; jacket bumped and very slightly torn at top front hinge, otherwise bright and attractive]. Third in the series of comic mystery novels featuring Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, with the title character "as dyspeptic, unappealing, and insensitive as ever." In this adventure he is "sent off to isolated Thornwich in bleak mid-winter to look into an epidemic of lewd poison-pen letters." From page 12: "Some coarse-minded colleague had once said that [Dover] looked like a pregnant hippopotam... View more info

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Blackeyes

By: Potter, Dennis

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Vintage Books: 1988 (c.1987)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 14138

ISBN: 0-679-72047-2

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean unread copy, just a bit of edgewear]. Trade PB Novel about a 77-year-old writer who unexpectedly produces a best-seller, with a heroine that suspiciously resembles his fashion-model niece. When she is found murdered, the plot, as they say, thickens -- in a way that only Potter can thicken it, "interweav[ing] genres and narrative levels in a brilliant mosaic that will delight fans of his distinctive, utterly compelling plays and scripts." [Note that this is the book club edition, not the trade paperback edition, although for all intents and purposes they are identical.] View more info

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No Weeds for the Widow

By: Raison, Milton M.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Hollywood CA, Murray & Gee, Inc.: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8608

Condition: Good in Poor dj


[book shows shelfwear, ffep torn out, minor soiling to top edge, some fraying to cloth at extremities, a couple of bent page corners; jacket is well-worn at all edges, a couple of surface-peeled patches, front flap detached (held in place by Brodart cover)]. The author's third (I think) mystery novel featuring drama critic-detective Tony Woolrich, this one set on the south shore of Long Island. View more info

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The Phantom of Forty-Second Street

By: Raison, Milton, and Jack Harvey

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Macaulay Company: (c.1936)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19857

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [ex-rental library book, well-worn all around, rear hinge cracked and front hinge weak; jacket flaps glued to pastedowns, vintage price sticker (from "Johnson's Bookstore," location unknown) on ffep; a previous owner/critic has pencilled an evaluation on the ffep, deeming it a "rather ribald mystery - not especially timeless but quick and lively"]. Murder mystery which introduced the character of Tony Woolrich, a drama critic and amateur sleuth, who here solves a string of murders committed by a homicidal maniac in various costumed guises (Napoleon, Nero and Ca... View more info

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Roots of Evil

By: Rayne, Sarah

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Simon & Schuster: 2005

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 19994

ISBN: 0739473417

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[very nice clean copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. The discovery of a dead body in an abandoned film studio leads a woman to investigate an unsavory family secret, linked to the mysterious death a half-century before of her grandmother, "the infamous silent-screen actress Lucretia von Wolff, whose lovers were legion, whose scandals were numerous, whose life ended abruptly in a bizarre double murder and suicide" at the same studio. [NOTE that this is presumed to be a book club edition due to the absence of a printed price on the (unclipped) dust jacket.] View more info

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Home Sweet Homicide (An Inner Sanctum Mystery)

By: Rice, Craig (pseud. for Georgiana Ann Craig)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1944

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15381

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[solid clean copy, generally nicer than most of these wartime S&S books, slight bumping/fraying at top corners, spine very slightly turned; jacket a bit on the tattered side,with tears at spine corners, a little paper loss at top of spine, several tiny tears and chips at edges of front panel, two-inch split at bottom front foldover, small chunk missing from upper corner of rear panel (no loss of text); OK, so it won't win any beauty contests, but it's still quite serviceable]. Light-hearted domestic mystery novel about three children who decide to solve the murder of their next-door neighbor,... View more info