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1 Ashford, Jeffrey THE ANGER OF FEAR
New York Walker and Company 1979 0-8027-5406-6 / 9780802754066 First Edition Cloth Very Good+ Very Good+ Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/2" x 8" 
"Fordington was one of those towns where nothing ever happened. But then an oil sheik decides to send his son to Brookover Schook, and immediately the climate changes to one of violence-Hassan bin Jabir, is kidnapped during an especially brutal attack on the school..." 183 pp. Slight rubbing and red coloring to ends of spine. Possibly from DJ which is red. Very minor. otherwise the Book is Near Fine. Interior is tight, clean and NEar Fine. DJ is VG+. Laid in 7"x3" stiff card from publisher: "We take pleasure in sending you this book for review..." 
Price: 9.50 USD
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2 Babson, Marian The Lord Mayor of Death
New York Walker and Company 1979 0802754155 / 9780802754158 First Edition Cloth Very Good+ to Near Fine Good+ to Very Good- Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/2" x 8" 
This is the Lord Mayor's Show-an annual and traditional pageant complete with all the paraphernalia that makes for festivity...the City of London is alive with activity, thronged with happy crowds waiting to watch the great procession as the new Lord Mayor rides iin his gilded coach through the winding streets. In the crowd, a young woman , frantic with anxiety, is searching for a child who has disappeared..." 193 pp. Black cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Book is Very Good+ to Near Fine. Interior is tight, clean and Near Fine. DJ with 1/4" tear at front top edge. Mildly creased at spine end. Overall DJ is Good+ to VG-. Laid in Press Release for novel on Walker and Company Letterhead. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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3 Ball, John The Mystery Story
Del Mar, CA, U.S.A. Publishers, Incorporated 1976 0-89163-019-8 / 9780891630197 Hard Cover Fine Very Good Mystery Size: Approx. 6" x 9" 
Looks into every facet of the mystery story - its origins, history, categories, authors, characters, and noteworthy titles - in seventeen original chapters by world-renowned authors and critics. Stories include: Gothic Mysteries by Phyllis A. Whitney; Women in Detective Fiction by Michele Slung; The Spy in Fact and Fiction by Michael Gilbert; The Mystery Story in Cultural Perspective by Aaron Marc Stein; The Mystery Versus the Novel; and The Police Procedural by Hillary Waugh; Locked Rooms and Puzzles: A Critical Memoir by Donald A. Yates; Death Rays Demons and Worms Unknown to Science; and The Literature of the Subject: An Annotated Bibliography by Robert E. Briney; And Why Do We Read This Stuff by E. T. Guymon Jr.; Patterns in Mystery Fiction: The Durable Series Character by Allen J. Hubin; Name Games: Mystery Writers and Their Pseudonyms by Francis M. Nevins Jr.; The Amateur Detectives; and The Great Crooks by Otto Penzler; The Private Eye by James Sandoe; Murder at Large; and The Ethnic Detective by John Ball. 390 pp. including Bibliography. Book is Fine. DJ glossy. Some rubbing?/smudges? otherwise VG. A Publication of Univ Extension University of CA, San Diego. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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4 Biggers, Earl Derr A HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY
New York Triangle Books 1940 Cloth Very Good Mystery Size: Approx. 5 " x 7 1/2" 
316 pp. Green cloth covers with black lettering on spine. Cover corners bumped and rubbed, edges rubbed, light scuffing to cover faces. Spine rippled, spine ends are bent. Green page edges. Interior pages brown, otherwise clean and tight. Book in VG condition. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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5 Branston, Frank SERGEANT RITCHIE'S CONSCIENCE
New York St. Martin's Press 1978 031271307x / 9780312713072 Cloth Very Good Very Good Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/4" x 8 " 
"...an authentic account of the unsentimental world of detectives in a big investigation and, in an unexpected and ironical climax, confronts the thin line that can divide criminality and the law." 187 pp. Both dust jacket and covers show very little signs of wear. This copy was a review copy sent before official publication release date, and the notification card is included with the book. Several interior pages have significant dirt/ink smudges, but text is still legible. Overall, book is in Very Good condition. 
Price: 5.50 USD
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6 Carr, John Dickson THE CROOKED HINGE
San Diego University Extension, University of California, San Diego 1976 0-89163-026-0 / 9780891630265 Hard Cover Near Fine Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" Dick Conner 
The Mystery Library, No. 2. Introduction, with notes, and checklist by Robert E. Briney. Illustrations by Dick Conner. 283 pp. Gray paper covers with black leather spine, gilt title lettering on spine. Book is wrapped and completely protected by plastic, unread and brand new. Book in NF to Fine condition. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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7 Christie, Agatha BLOOD WILL TELL
New York Walter J. Black 1951 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" 
The Detective Book Club. "This is the fifty-second novel by Agatha Christie, one of the world's leading exponents of the fine art of mystery writing." 180 pp. Gray boards with red lettering on spine. Covers clean with slightly bent spine tips. DJ is in protective plastic cover and is VG+ with slight markings and dirt smudges, crease to edge. Previous owner's bookplate adhered to front free endpaper. Interior is tight and clean. Book in VG+ condition. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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8 Collins Wilkie THE MOONSTONE
Garden City, New York Doubleday & Company, Inc 1948 Hard Cover Very Good- Mystery Size: Approx. 5 3/4" x 8 3/4" William Sharp 
Illustrations by William Sharp. 444 pp. Red cloth cover corners are bumped and rubbed to boards, edges rubbed and some area of boards exposed, wear to joints, spine ends are bent. Red top page edge. Interior is tight, clean. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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9 Creasey, John. THE MISTS OF FEAR
New York Walker and Company 1977 0802753817 / 9780802753816 First American Edition Cloth Near Fine Very Good Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/2" x 8" 
A Dr. Palfrey mystery set in Spain. 222 pp. Book is Near Fine. Laid in a promotional slip from the publisher stating they are sending this book for review. DJ is Very Good. John Creasey (1908-1973) was an English author of crime thrillers and published in excess of 600 books under 20+ different pseudonyms. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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10 Dine, S.S. Van THE BISHOP MURDER CASE
New York P.F. Collier & Son 1929 Hardcover Good+ Mystery Size: Approx. 5 " x 7 3/4" 
A Philo Vance Story. 349 pp. S. S. Van Dine was the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright (October 15, 1888 - April 11, 1939), a U.S art critic and author. He created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio.The Bishop Murder Case (1928), was S. S. Van Dine's fourth mystery novel. In this book, Philo Vance, Van Dine's popular detective character, solves a mystery built around a nursery rhyme. The Bishop Murder Case seems to be not only the first nursery-rhyme mystery book, but the first of any sort of mystery novel constructed around a formal scheme. Grey covers. Spine and part of back cover faded. Overall covers are Good+. Interior is tight, clean and VG. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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11 Drummond, Ivor A STENCH OF POPPIES
New York, NY, U.S.A. St. Martin's Press 1978 0-312-76147-3 / 9780312761479 Cloth Very Good+ Very Good to Very Good+ Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" 
"That outlandish, attractive and resourceful trio of crime-fighters is back for more, this time in Turkey where they have gone on holiday...Ivor Drummond's latest tale is his most terrifyingly real. The acutely observed life of Turkish cities, seaports and highland towns adds a dimension of vivid authenticity to an ingenious and exciting story with fearsome implications and a truly horrible climax." 192 pp. Covers are VG+. Back endpaper with 2" soiled line otherwise interior is tight, clean and VG+. Laid in letter from publisher regarding press reviews. DJ has no tears. Slight rubbing around edges. Very Good to VG-. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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12 Dunning, John THE BOOKMAN'S WAKE
Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A. Scribner & Co 1995 0684800039 / 9780684800035 Hard Cover Very Good + Near Fine Mystery Size: Approx. 6 " x 9 1/2" 
A Mystery with Cliff Janeway. " John Dunning has surpassed "Booked to Die" with a richly nuanced novel... the story starts and ends, aptly, with a book, a very special book: a 1969 edition of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven... No bibliography mentions the 1969 edition. If it exist, it would be worth a fortune to the right collector. It's the kind of book somebody might kill for - as a matter a fact, somebody probably already has." 351 pp. Book is VG+. Spine ends mildly bumped otherwise covers are Near Fine. Interior is tight, clean and Near Fine to Fine. DJ's spine ends slightly creased, otherwise DJ is Near Fine. John Dunning (born January 9, 1942) is an American writer of nonfiction and detective fiction. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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13 Edholm, Lizette M. THE MERRIWEATHER GIRLS AND THE MYSTERY OF THE QUEEN'S FAN
Chicago The Goldsmith Publishing Company 1932 Cloth Good+ Mystery Size: Approx. 5 " x 7 3/4" 
245 pp. Red cloth covers with bumped and rubbed to boards corners, bent and rubbed edges. Spine is darkened, spine ends are bent and fraying. Darker top page edge. Crease to back endpapers and back pages, but does not affect integrity of book. Interior paged are browning from age, but text is easily legible. Book in Good+ condition. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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14 Endicott, Stephen THE STRANGE CAREER OF BISHOP STERLING
New York City Meteor Press 1932 Cloth Good Mystery Size: Approx. 5 3/4" x 8 1/2" 
Mystery. Author of "Mayor Harding of New York". 298 pp. Faded front cover and spine with black lettering. Damp stain line down side edge and through part of title. Small 3/16"x7/16" frayed on spine gutter. Slight rubbing to spine edges. Overall covers are Good. Gift inscription on free endpaper, otherwise interior is tight, clean and in Very Good + condition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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15 Esteven, John THE DOOR OF DEATH
New York The Century Co. 1928 Cloth Good Mystery Size: Approx. 5 " x 7 1/4" 
283 pp. Front cover with illustrated paste-down. Some soiling and occasional "spotting". Mildly rubbed spine ends. Spine hardened. Overall covers are Good. Mildly soiled page ends. Ned Guymon bookplate on front endpaper. On free endpaper an "ink square" to cover over price?. Otherwise interior is tight, clean and VG+. E. T. (Ned) Guymon, Jr., was generally acknowledged to be the world's leading collector of mystery and detective fiction books. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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16 Freeman, R Austin The Unconscious Witness
New York Avon Book Co 1942 Paperback Good to Good+ Mystery Size: Approx. 4" x 6 1/2" 
Avon 122. some rubbing to spine joints and top of spine. Decorative cover. small 1/4" rubbed area on front. "x"? 3/4" scratch on front. minor. Otherwise covers are VG. Interior is tight, clean and VG. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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17 Gardner, Erle Stanley THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS BRIDE
New York William Morrow and Company 1934 Cloth Good No Jacket Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" 
Fifth book in the famous Perry Mason series. 296 pp. Black cloth covers with yellow print title on front and spine. Cover corners are bumped and rubbed to boards, edges rubbed, scuffing and wear to cover faces, joints are rubbed, spine is creased, spine ends are bent and fraying. Cocked spine. Previous owner's name written on both front and back inside covers, small stamp with date on back free endpaper. Endpapers are browning. Hinges and interior spine loose. Pages are lightly browning, some with smudges. Book in Good condition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 Gardner, Erle Stanley THE D. A. GOES TO TRIAL
New York William Morrow and Company 1940 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" 
283 pp. Red top page edges. Black cloth covers show some wear, corners are bumped and board slightly exposed on front lower corner. Top and bottom of spine are rubbed with small tears. Both front and back hinges are browning. Interior is tight and clean. No dust jacket. Overall this copy is in Very Good condition. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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19 Gardner, Erle Stanley and Ellery Queen THE CASE OF THE STEPDAUGHTER'S SECRET (A PERRY MASON MYSTERY) AND A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE: TWO BOOKS IN ONE COVER
Roslyn, New York Walter J. Black, Inc. Cloth Very Good No Jacket Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/2" x 7 3/4" 
Two mystery stories in one volume printed for the Detective Book Club. Green covers have bumped corners, and edges on spine are bent and rubbed. Foxing/spotting along page edges. Written number on front freepaper. Back freepaper is creased, but is still attached to book. Interior is tight and clean. Book is in VG condition. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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20 Gilbert, Elliot L. THE WORLD OF MYSTERY FICTION: A GUIDE
Del Mar, California Publisher's Inc. 1978 0891630430 / 9780891630432 Paperback Very Good- Mystery Size: Approx. 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" 
"...fascinating and often brilliant study of the detective story from its pre-Poe beginnings to its contemporary 'limits of detection.'" Preface by Ellery Queen. 153 pp. Black/orange dirt scuffing marks on back cover, light wear to cover corners. Interior clean. Book in VG condition. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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