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Rare books and first editions, including copies in fine bindings, across the Detective Fiction genre, ranging from Conan Doyle and Christie, to authors including Chandler, Sayers and Cornwell. Browse this category below, or select a different category (left) to modify your search.
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  1. The Mad Hatter Murder.
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    The Mad Hatter Murder. 1941

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression of this detective novel by Grierson. Read more

  2. Maigret Goes to School.
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    Maigret Goes to School. 1957

    £100

    First English edition, first impression, review copy with the publisher’s review slip laid in. This Simenon Maigret title was first published in French in 1954 as Maigret à l’École. Read more

  3. Murder on the Orient Express.
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    Murder on the Orient Express. 1934

    £2,750

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  4. The Hound of Death.

    The Hound of Death. 1936

    £3,750

    First Crime Club edition, first impression, with the cancel title page. This book was first published by Odhams as part of a promotion in association with the periodical “The Passing Show”, after the Crime Club declined to do so. However, Collins later took over a …Read more

  5. Doctor Syn:

    Doctor Syn: 1915

    £375

    First edition, first impression, in the presumed first binding with the spine lettered in gilt. The author’s first book – a swashbuckling tale of brandy and tobacco smuggling set in the badlands of 18th century Kent. Interestingly ODNB fails to mention that Russell Thorndike (1885-1972) …Read more

  6. In a Lonely Place.

    In a Lonely Place. 1950

    £425

    First UK edition, first impression; first published in the US in 1947, the basis of the classic film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in 1950. Read more

  7. The D. A. Calls It Murder.

    The D. A. Calls It Murder. 1937

    £1,875

    First edition, first printing. A superb presentation copy, “To Jean – who writes ’em for me. With love, Erle. December 1936,” with Gardner’s full signature at the bottom of the page. Agnes Jean Bethell, Gardner’s second wife, was also his secretary and assistant for nearly …Read more

  8. The Haunted Lagoon.

    The Haunted Lagoon. 1959

    £65

    First edition, first printing of the 21st book in the Dana Girls series. Read more

  9. The Little Tales of Smethers.

    The Little Tales of Smethers. 1952

    £275

    First edition, first printing, in the green second issue binding (the first issue being in black cloth). From the author’s library, inscribed as such by Dunsany on the front free endpaper, and dated 1958. A Bleiler listed fantasy novel as well as a Queen’s Quorum …Read more

  10. The Valley of Fear.

    The Valley of Fear. 1915

    £875

    First UK edition, first impression. Widely considered one of the best illustrations of the Holmes-Watson relationship, this last Holmes novel was well received by the wartime public. Published 3 June 1915, it was preceded by the US edition, released earlier the same year, on 27 …Read more

  11. Murder by the Clock.

    Murder by the Clock. 1929

    £275

    First edition, first printing of the first novel in the Lieutenant Valcour series, in the second issue jacket with the reviews to the rear panel. A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone book. Read more

  12. The Department of Queer Complaints.

    The Department of Queer Complaints. 1940

    £3,750

    First US edition, first printing. Author’s first book of short stories, seven of them featuring Colonel March of Scotland Yard. A Queen’s Quorum title. Read more

  13. Murder by Latitude.

    Murder by Latitude. 1930

    £250

    First edition, first printing of the third novel in the Lieutenant Valcour series. Read more

  14. Murder in the Willett Family.

    Murder in the Willett Family. 1931

    £275

    First edition, first printing of the fourth novel in the Lieutenant Valcour series. Read more

  15. The Case with Nine Solutions.

    The Case with Nine Solutions. 1928

    £4,500

    First edition, first impression of Connington’s sixth detective novel. With the scarce illustrated jacket by E. McKnight Kauffer, from the brief period before the publishers adopted their signature yellow jackets. From the publisher’s archive with a few minor annotations to the dust jacket and their …Read more

  16. Tracks in the Snow.

    Tracks in the Snow. 1906

    £175

    First edition, first impression of the only crime novel written by the Oxford philosophy don and politician whose “deepest interests were religious and intellectual” (ODNB). The US edition was published by Dial in 1928 with the author now named Baron Charnwood, having been elevated to …Read more

  17. The Thinking Machine.

    The Thinking Machine. 1907

    £500

    First UK edition, first impression of this collection of stories marking the second appearance of Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen after The Chase of the Golden Plate (1906), and the first in which in which the detective “was allowed full scope to perform his …Read more

  18. Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.

    Carnacki the Ghost-Finder. 1913

    £3,500

    First edition, first impression of this collection of occult detective short stories. Read more

  19. The Belsingtons.

    The Belsingtons. 1935

    £150

    First edition. Uncommon, just four locations on Copac, BL, NLS, NLW, Oxford, no additional copies on OCLC. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; “To Myrtle from Bob, R.Z. Young”. Rather clumsy “detective” tale. Young was the author of another novel, The Roadman’s …Read more

  20. The Steeltown Strangler.

    The Steeltown Strangler. 1950

    £1,500

    First edition, first impression. With the author’s signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, “With the kindest wishes of the author Harry Stephen Keeler”. Read more

  21. The Strange Will.

    The Strange Will. 1949

    £1,500

    First edition, first impression. With both authors’ signed joint presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, “To Countess de Valance de la Barre from the authors Hazel Goodwin Keeler and Harry Stephen Keeler April 1950”. Read more

  22. She Died Because…

    She Died Because… 1957

    £375

    First edition, first impression of Hopkins’ second mystery novel With the author’s signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, “Alas, Nicholas Blake knows my methods, I can hardly hope he will applaud the manner in which I apply them, But because I am assured …Read more

  23. [The first six Mark Treasure novels:]

    [The first six Mark Treasure novels:] 1976; 1977; 1978; 1980; 1982; 1983

    £500

    First editions, first impressions, apart from Treasure Preserved, which is a first US edition, first printing. Presentation copies inscribed by the author to a close friend and his wife. The inscription in Treasure by Degrees is a thank-you for “research assistance”: “For Bill who was …Read more

  24. The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles. 1902

    £3,750

    First edition in book form, first impression. The Hound was Sherlock Holmes “comeback” novel after his shocking demise on the Reichenbach Falls stunned his loyal Victorian readership. When first serialised in the Strand Magazine in 1901 it was an “unprecedented success”, with queues at the …Read more

  25. The Bottle Party.

    The Bottle Party. 1940

    £150

    First separate edition, first printing. It was first published the preceding year in the UK in the Strand Magazine. Read more

  26. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.

    One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. 1940

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  27. The Widening Stain.

    The Widening Stain. 1942

    £475

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Bill Upson, with might even have been involved – W. Bolingbroke Johnson”. The author began to write his real name and crossed it out after the first two letters of “Morris”. The …Read more

  28. To Catch A Thief.

    To Catch A Thief. 1952

    £975

    First edition, first printing. Basis for the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Read more

  29. The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes.

    The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes. 1944

    £250

    First edition, first printing. This collection of 33 stories about Sherlock Holmes was written by writers other than Conan Doyle, and includes contributions from Vincent Starrett, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, J. M. Barrie, Mark Twain, and O. Henry. Read more

  30. Killer in the Rain.

    Killer in the Rain. 1964

    £475

    First edition, first impression. A collection of eight stories that were originally published in pulp magazines between 1935 and 1941 and not reprinted until this volume appeared following the author’s death. Read more

  31. Sparkling Cyanide.

    Sparkling Cyanide. 1945

    £775

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the same year under the title Remembered Death. Read more

  32. The Secret Adversary.

    The Secret Adversary. 1922

    £3,250

    First edition of her second published novel, the first of the five Tommy and Tuppence books, published in book form in January 1922. Like its predecessor, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary was first published as an unillustrated serialisation in The Times weekly …Read more

  33. The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles. 1902

    £2,750

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  34. The Long Good-Bye.

    The Long Good-Bye. 1953

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression of the seventh Philip Marlowe novel. Read more

  35. Original manuscript: What No Woman Knows.

    Original manuscript: What No Woman Knows. 1955 & 1957

    £1,500

    The original manuscript of Bell’s novel, accompanied by the first edition, inscribed by Bell on the third page: “Original manuscript of my novel What No Woman Knows. Begun Feb. 1, 1955 & finished March 2, 1955. Neil Bell, Brixham, Devon. April 1955.” Read more

  36. The Man in the Corner.

    The Man in the Corner. 1909

    £3,250

    First US edition, first printing. Featuring 35 early detective stories, it includes “The Old Man in the Corner”, an unnamed armchair detective who solves mysteries from the comfort of a London tea-room. Described by Ellery Queen as “an important book”, it was first published in …Read more

  37. Verdict of Twelve.

    Verdict of Twelve. 1940

    £3,750

    First edition, first impression of Postgate’s first detective novel, rare with the dust jacket. Read more

  38. Man Overboard.

    Man Overboard. 1936

    £225

    First edition, first printing colonial issue. Read more

  39. The Tailor of Panama.

    The Tailor of Panama. 1996

    £50

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  40. Death Comes as the End.

    Death Comes as the End. 1945

    £375

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  41. Playback.

    Playback. 1958

    £150

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  42. Detection Medley.

    Detection Medley. [1939]

    £525

    First edition, first impression, second issue jacket. A collection of stories, essays and articles written by the members of the Detection Club, including Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Read more

  43. Charteris Royal.

    Charteris Royal. 1941

    £125

    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher’s archive, with their ink stamp to the title page, front free endpaper and front panel of the dust jacket. Read more

  44. Secrets Can’t Be Kept.

    Secrets Can’t Be Kept. 1944

    £125

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher’s archive, with their ink stamp to the title page. Read more

  45. Henbane.

    Henbane. 1934

    £175

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher’s archive, with their ink stamp to the front paste down and front panel of the dust jacket. Read more

  46. Night’s Cloak.

    Night’s Cloak. 1944

    £125

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher’s archive, with their ink stamp to the front free endpaper, title page and front panel of the dust jacket. Read more

  47. Second Front-First Spy.

    Second Front-First Spy. 1944

    £65

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  48. Invitation to Kill.

    Invitation to Kill. 1937

    £200

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher’s archive, with their ink stamp to front panel of the dust jacket, title page and front paste down. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    The Mad Hatter Murder.
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    GRIERSON, Francis D. GRIERSON, Francis D.

    The Mad Hatter Murder.

    £1,250

  2. New Arrival
    Maigret Goes to School.
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    SIMENON. SIMENON.

    Maigret Goes to School.

    £100

  3. New Arrival
    Murder on the Orient Express.
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    CHRISTIE, Agatha. CHRISTIE, Agatha.

    Murder on the Orient Express.

    £2,750

  4. The Hound of Death.
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    CHRISTIE, Agatha. CHRISTIE, Agatha.

    The Hound of Death.

    £3,750

  5. In a Lonely Place.
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    HUGHES, Dorothy B. HUGHES, Dorothy B.

    In a Lonely Place.

    £425

  6. The D. A. Calls It Murder.
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    GARDNER, Erle Stanley. GARDNER, Erle Stanley.

    The D. A. Calls It Murder.

    £1,875

  7. The Haunted Lagoon.
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    KEENE, Carolyn. KEENE, Carolyn.

    The Haunted Lagoon.

    £65

  8. The Little Tales of Smethers.
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    DUNSANY, Lord. DUNSANY, Lord.

    The Little Tales of Smethers.

    £275

  9. The Valley of Fear.
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    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. DOYLE, Arthur Conan.

    The Valley of Fear.

    £875

  10. The Department of Queer Complaints.
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    (CARR, John Dickson.) DICKSON, Carter. (CARR, John Dickson.)...

    The Department of Queer Complaints.

    £3,750

  11. Tracks in the Snow.
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    BENSON, Godfrey. BENSON, Godfrey.

    Tracks in the Snow.

    £175

  12. The Thinking Machine.
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    FUTRELLE, Jacques. FUTRELLE, Jacques.

    The Thinking Machine.

    £500

  13. Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.
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    HODGSON, William Hope. HODGSON, William Hope.

    Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.

    £3,500

  14. The Steeltown Strangler.
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    KEELER, Harry Stephen. KEELER, Harry Stephen.

    The Steeltown Strangler.

    £1,500

  15. She Died Because…
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    HOPKINS, Kenneth. HOPKINS, Kenneth.

    She Died Because…

    £375

  16. [The first six Mark Treasure novels:]
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    WILLIAMS, David. WILLIAMS, David.

    [The first six Mark Treasure novels:]

    £500

  17. The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. DOYLE, Arthur Conan.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    £3,750

  18. The Bottle Party.
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    BAILEY, H. C. BAILEY, H. C.

    The Bottle Party.

    £150

  19. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.
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    CHRISTIE, Agatha. CHRISTIE, Agatha.

    One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.

    £1,250

  20. To Catch A Thief.
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    DODGE, David. DODGE, David.

    To Catch A Thief.

    £975

  21. The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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    QUEEN, Ellery [pseud. of Frederic Dannay... QUEEN, Ellery [pseud....

    The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes.

    £250

  22. Killer in the Rain.
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    CHANDLER, Raymond. CHANDLER, Raymond.

    Killer in the Rain.

    £475

  23. Sparkling Cyanide.
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    CHRISTIE, Agatha. CHRISTIE, Agatha.

    Sparkling Cyanide.

    £775

  24. The Secret Adversary.
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    CHRISTIE, Agatha. CHRISTIE, Agatha.

    The Secret Adversary.

    £3,250

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. DOYLE, Arthur Conan.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    £2,750

  26. The Long Good-Bye.
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    CHANDLER, Raymond. CHANDLER, Raymond.

    The Long Good-Bye.

    £1,250

  27. Original manuscript: What No Woman Knows.
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    [SOUTHWOLD, Stephen.] BELL, Neil. [SOUTHWOLD, Stephen.] BELL,...

    Original manuscript: What No Woman Knows.

    £1,500

  28. Verdict of Twelve.
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    POSTGATE, Raymond. POSTGATE, Raymond.

    Verdict of Twelve.

    £3,750

  29. The Tailor of Panama.
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    LE CARRÉ, John. LE CARRÉ, John.

    The Tailor of Panama.

    £50

  30. Death Comes as the End.
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    CHRISTIE, Agatha. CHRISTIE, Agatha.

    Death Comes as the End.

    £375

  31. Detection Medley.
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    RHODE, John (ed.) RHODE, John (ed.)

    Detection Medley.

    £525

  32. Charteris Royal.
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    PHILLIPS, Hubert. PHILLIPS, Hubert.

    Charteris Royal.

    £125

  33. Invitation to Kill.
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    LOW, Gardner. LOW, Gardner.

    Invitation to Kill.

    £200

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