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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to novels and short stories centring on the investigation of a crime by a detective figure. Early examples include "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", Bleak House, and The Moonstone, as well as the practitioners of the golden age of detective fiction – Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, et al. – and their modern successors.

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  1. The Strange Case of Harriet Hall.
    £250

    Stock Code: 105647

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  2. The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars.
    First edition, first printing. With a typed note signed by the author to fellow mystery write Veronica Parker Johns laid-in, in which he reflects on her short story, The Homecoming, that it was "a damned good story, which assuredly as an editor I would buy, but a little less strikingly individual. And your greatest virtue... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 108299

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  3. Death Comes Laughing.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107838

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  4. Original manuscript: What No Woman Knows.
    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." Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 110233

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  5. Call the Yard!
    First US edition, first printing of the second title in the Inspector Williams series, following Fraser Butts In. Originally published in the UK by Hutchinson the previous year under the title "Hell to Pay!" Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 107077

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  6. The Ghost of Truth.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front free endpaper, title page and front panel of jacket. Pseudonyms used by John Richard Newton Chance (1911-1983) throughout his prolific career included John Lymington, John Drummond, David C. Newton, Desmond Reid, and Jonathan Chance.... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 106993

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  7. The Gambler.
    First edition, first impression of this crime novel. Malleson also wrote prolifically under the pseudonym of Anthony Gilbert. The publisher's retained copy with their inkstamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 106310

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  8. The Death-Riders.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their inkstamp to the front panel of the jacket and front pastedown. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106303

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    First edition, first impression of the penultimate book featuring Oxford don and amateur sleuth Dr Gervase Fen, who first appeared in The Case of the Gilded Fly (1944) and next in Holy Disorders (1945). "Crispin's work is marked by a highly individual sense of light comedy, and by a great flair for verbal deception rather... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 106047

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  10. The Judson Murder Case.
    First Crime Circle edition, first impression. Uncommon in the dust jacket by designer Ethel "Bip" Pares, recognised for her work in the science fiction genre and particularly for the jackets for Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton and Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon. The book was first published in 1933. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 105426

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  11. Up The Garden Path.
    First edition, first impression. A Desmond Merrion mystery, published in the US the same year under the title Death Visits Downspring. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 105413

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  12. The Jewel Mysteries.
    First edition of this collection of ten detective tales featuring the jeweller Bernard Sutton as sleuth. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 105110

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  13. Put Out That Star.
    First edition, first impression of this detective story featuring the series characters John Piper and Quinn. It was published in the US under the title Into Thin Air. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107842

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  14. Man Overboard.
    First edition, first printing colonial issue. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 104724

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  15. 1
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 104585

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  16. The Best Man to Die.
    First edition, first impression. The fourth book in the author's popular Inspector Wexford series. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 104167

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  17. 104158
    First edition, first impression, preceding the first US edition. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 104158

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  18. Journey Into Fear.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 103972

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  19. Death and the Joyful Woman.
    First edition, first impression of the author's third novel as Ellis Peters, for which she was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America. "Ellis Peters became Pargeter's most successful literary incarnation and the name by which she is best known as a writer" (ODNB). Scarce in anything approaching... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 107102

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  20. The Body on the Beam.
    First edition, first impression, the remainder issue; this copy with W. H. Smith's label on the spine, offering the book at "one shilling net, ex-libris". Most uncommon in the appealing period jacket (designed by Ellen Edwards). Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 106920

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  21. We Shot An Arrow.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front panel of the jacket and the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 106781

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  22. Skin for Skin.
    First edition, first impression, the Gollancz archive copy with their ink-stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and to the front pastedown. A scarce work of detective fiction, incorporating elements of true crime, scarce with just nine copies in libraries worldwide, and exceedingly hard to find in anything approaching... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 106665

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  23. Journey Downstairs.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first novel, the publisher's retained copy with their ink-stamp to the front pastedown and dust-jacket front panel. R. Philmore was the pseudonym of Herbert Edmund Howard (1900-63), and his protagonist, an amateur detective named C. J. Swan, was reputedly based on his close... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 106575

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  24. Wanton Venus.
    First edition in English, first impression; originally published as L'image de la femme nue (Paris 1934). Decidedly scarce: the publisher's London warehouse was apparently destroyed during the Blitz; Copac locates a single copy (BL) in British and Irish institutional libraries, and OCLC adds only one more (National Library... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 106484

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  25. Wheels in the Forest.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front panel of the jacket and front pastedown. Pseudonyms used by John Richard Newton Chance (1911-1983) throughout his prolific career included John Lymington, John Drummond, David C. Newton, Desmond Reid,... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 106304

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    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. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 108852

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  27. Secrets Can't Be Kept.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108729

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  28. Night's Cloak.
    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. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108707

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  29. The Gondola Scam.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown ("To dear Mary, with love from the author, Jonathan Gash.") and signed by him on the title page. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 105627

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    First edition in English, first impression. It was first published in French earlier the same year as Fantômas en Danger. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 108024

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  31. The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Eddie Woods - Enjoy! Lawrence Block" on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107396

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  32. Death—by Appointment.
    First edition, first impression one of Corbett's later mysteries. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 108245

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  33. The Sleeping Sphinx.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 105108

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  34. The Thinking Machine.
    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 feats of mental wizardry" (Quayle). The Thinking Machine was first... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 104944

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  35. Murder Must Appetize.
    Revised edition, number 218 of 280 copies signed and numbered by the author on the limitation page from a total edition of 3,250 copies. Keating's "connoisseurs' guide" to detective fiction was first published in 1975. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107871

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  36. The Emperor's Snuff-Box.
    First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket with blurbs for five other Harper books on the rear panel. Generally considered as one of Carr's best novels, The Emperor's Snuff-Box was adapted into the 1957 film, That Woman Opposite, directed by Compton Bennett. Published simultaneously in the UK by Hamilton. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 104432

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  37. Here Comes a Chopper.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 104331

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  38. Raymond Chandler: A Descriptive Bibliography.
    £175

    Stock Code: 104188

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  39. Wycliffe and the Schoolgirls.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 104030

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  40. Wycliffe and the Scapegoat.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 104028

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  41. Death in the Fifth Position.
    First edition, first printing. The first of Vidal's three books featuring Peter Cutler Sargeant II; it was followed by Death Before Bedtime and Death Likes It Hot. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 103557

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  42. Public Ghost Number One.

    Public Ghost Number One.

    London & Melbourne: [1941]

    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103421

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  43. Death Before Dinner.
    First edition, first impression. Scarce. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 102271

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  44. Poison is Queen.
    First Book Club edition, first impression, in the boldly designed jacket. First published the preceding year. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 103424

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  45. Queens Have Died Young and Fair.
    £150

    Stock Code: 103422

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  46. Dark Hero.
    Signed limited edition. Number 48 of 250 copies signed by the author. Collins produced the limited edition to commemorate the author's twenty-fifth novel to be published by the firm over a period of ten years. Dark Hero is the fifth novel from Cheyney's Dark series, it was subsequently published in the US under the title... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 103464

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    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Eddie Woods, with every good wish. P. D. James." The book was first published in the UK in 1971. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 101543

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  48. The Moonstone.
    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1868. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 98364

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  49. Never Pick Up Hitch-Hikers!
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 100901

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  50. Dark Hero.
    First edition, first impression of the fifth novel from Cheyney's Dark series, which was subsequently published in the US under the title The Case of the Dark Hero. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 100205

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  51. The Case of the Singing Skirt.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 99873

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  52. The Heretic's Apprentice.
    First edition, first impression of the sixteenth novel in the Cadfael Chronicles. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 100662

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  53. New Year's Eve in Lan-Fang.
    First edition, first impression of this Judge Dee story, and one of just 200 copies printed for the author and privately distributed as a Christmas gift to friends of Van Gulik and his wife, Francis. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Met al onze beste wensen voor 1959! Robert en Francis Beyruth,... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 100038

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  54. The Case of the Worried Waitress.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 99281

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  55. The Case of the Fiery Fingers.
    First UK edition, first impression. The 37th instalment in the Perry Mason series, originally published in the US in 1951. Learn More
    £55

    Stock Code: 99277

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  56. Figure Away.
    First UK edition, first impression, colonial issue, with the price of 3s, rather than 7s. 6d, printed on the front flap of the dust jacket. The tenth Asey Mayo mystery, it was originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 95834

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  57. The Case of the One-Eyed Witness.
    First edition, first printing, of this Perry Mason story, 36th in the series. Learn More
    £55

    Stock Code: 99133

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  58. The Lady in the Lake.
    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in America in 1943. The fourth of Chandler's novels featuring Philip Marlowe. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 98321

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  59. Murder Party.
    First edition, first impression.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 94778

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  60. The Blue Hammer.
    First edition, first printing of the last Lew Archer novel. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Harris Seed. One of the best friends, and the best lawyer, a writer ever had. Ken." Laid-in is a autograph draft of the opening paragraphs of the novel, which are notably different to the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 99392

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