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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 Flood.

    The Flood.

    Edinburgh: 1986

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Rankin, with Noughts and Crosses game drawn below, on the title page. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 97940

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  2. The Beast Must Die.
    First edition, first impression. "Day Lewis's hero Strangeways was a real innovation, a truly literary detective rather than one of those given quotations to spout. The best of his pre-war cases, and perhaps Blake's most successful book, is The Beast Must Die (1938)" (Julian Symons, Bloody Murder, From the Detective Story... Learn More
    £775

    Stock Code: 98267

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  3. Who Killed Robin Cockland?
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 96744

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  4. 1
    First edition, first impression of this crime novel. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 96748

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  5. Redbeard.

    Redbeard.

    London: [1935]

    First edition, first impression of this murder mystery. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 96752

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  6. John Carstairs: Space Detective.
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author "For David M. Speaker With the cordial regards of Frank B. Long Newark, May 5, 1958" on the front free endpaper. David M. Speaker was a fellow writer of science-fiction stories. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 96460

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  7. The Man Who Walked With Death.
    First American edition. Murder mystery novel featuring the character Brett Carstairs. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 89686

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  8. Mystery from the Air.
    First edition, first impression of this crime novel. Pritchard (1885-1968) was a mathematician and author, who also published some books on aeronautics under his full name. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 96736

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  9. Black Sheep, Run.
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to a Morton, the same name as the formal dedicatee, on the front free endpaper: "Dear Morton, herewith the British versionnot so pretty, but cheap enough to sell, Bart, NY 52". Black Sheep, Run was originally published in the US the preceding year.... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 95489

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  10. Death to the Spy.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Uncommon. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 94587

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  11. Death of A Bridge Expert.
    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US the preceding year. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Uncommon. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 94585

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  12. Nerve.
    First edition, first impression. Francis's second novel. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 94400

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  13. No Through Road.
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 94290

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  14. Sandbar Sinister.
    First UK edition, first impression of the fifth Asey Mayo mystery. It was first published in the US in 1934. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 93830

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  15. Death Comes to Cambers.
    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 93705

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  16. Mystery of Mr. Jessop.
    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 93700

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  17. Death Under Gibraltar.
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 93681

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  18. Corpse Guards Parade.
    First edition, first impression. One of Kennedy's earlier books - a light-hearted detective story. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 93640

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  19. Death in a Deckchair.
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 93639

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  20. Bull's Eye.
    First edition, first impression. Kennedy's first book to feature the private detective Sir George Bull. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 93634

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  21. Murder Yet To Come.
    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US the preceding year, winning the Stokes-McClure Detective Story Competition (1929). Briggs Myers wrote only two detective stories, of which this is the first. She is best known today as the co-creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator model, based on Carl Jung's... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 94592

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  22. Maginot Line Murder.
    First edition, first impression of this murder mystery. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper and the title page. Uncommon. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 94589

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  23. The Disturbing Affair of Noel Blake.
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their ink stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 93539

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  24. 'A' is for Alibi.
    First edition, first printing of the author's first novel in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery series. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to screenwriter Jessica Niblo: "For Jessica - 'same time next series', best wishes. 10/1/14." Grafton and Niblo worked together on the program Seven Brides... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 95475

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  25. The Talking Sparrow Murders.
    First UK edition, first impression of this mystery novel set in Nazi Germany. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 93824

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  26. Now Try the Morgue.
    First edition, first impression of this gangster novel written by the prolific author of The Flight of the Phoenix. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 92558

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  27. Ellery Queen Omnibus.
    First UK edition, first impression of this collection of detective stories. First published in the US in 1930. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 93717

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  28. The Bath Mysteries.
    First edition, first impression. A gruesome mystery from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series, and published in the US in 1942 under the title The Bathtub Murder Case. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 93706

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  29. Mystery of Mr. Jessop.
    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. Learn More
    £1,100

    Stock Code: 93701

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  30. The Dusky Hour.
    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series, published in the US in 1941 under the title Death in the Chalk Pits. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £925

    Stock Code: 93699

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  31. Death of a Beauty Queen.
    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 93698

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  32. 91629
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 91629

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  33. The Dusky Hour.
    First edition, first impression. A detective novel, from the Sergeant Bobby Owen series, published in the US in 1941 under the title Death in the Chalk Pits. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. Learn More
    £925

    Stock Code: 93696

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  34. Mystery Villa.
    First edition, first impression. An early and exceedingly scarce mystery by one of the great literary writers in the field of detection. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 93690

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  35. Corpse on the Mat.
    First edition, first impression. An early Kennedy detective novel, and published later the same year in the US under the title The Man Who Rang the Bell. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 93641

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  36. Mystery of the Open Window.
    First edition, first impression of this detective novel. Scarce in the jacket. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 93616

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  37. The Eye in the Museum.
    First edition, first impression of this detective novel. The publisher's retained copy with their ink stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 93604

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  38. The Murder at Charters.
    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their ink stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper and the title page. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 93603

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  39. The Devil Drives.
    First edition, first impression of this thriller. The publisher's retained copy with their ink stamp to the title page. 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
    £325

    Stock Code: 93563

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  40. The Mystery of Angelina Frood.
    Second edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Colonel W. Lawrence Gadd, with cordial greetings from his old friend, the author, R. Austin Freeman, 11th December 1939". Gadd was a Dickensian scholar and one of the authors of A Dickens Dictionary. He was quoted in the early Freeman... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 86495

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  41. An Oxford Tragedy.
    First edition, first impression of the book often credited for sparking the idea of a murder mystery in an Oxford setting. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 93672

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  42. Portrait of a Murderer.
    First edition, first impression. Malleson also wrote prolifically under the pseudonym of Anthony Gilbert. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 93669

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  43. The Four Tragedies of Memworth.
    First edition, second impression (two months after the first). A detective story, with the scarce illustrated jacket by E. McKnight Kauffer, from the brief period before the publishers adopted their signature yellow jackets. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page and front pastedown. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 93623

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  44. A Kind of Anger.
    First US edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 90673

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  45. Murder at the New York World's Fair.
    First edition, first printing. The heroine of this mystery is a convalescing widow in her late sixties whose adventure takes off as she stows away from her unsympathetic family on a train bound for the New York World's Fair. Random House commissioned Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1909-1976) to write Murder at the New York World's... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 92695

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  46. 90529
    First edition, first printing, of the author's second Am and Ed Hunter novel. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 90529

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  47. The Star of Hollywood.
    First US edition, first printing; following the first edition in English published in 1927, and originally published earlier that year in Germany under the title Der Yankee. A mystery story set in the roaring twenties of starlets and drugs. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 91291

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  48. Inspector Frost in Crevenna Cove.
    First edition, first impression. The fifth in his series of seven crime novels featuring Inspector Austin Frost of Scotland Yard. An Anglican priest, Maynard also wrote a number of theological essays and books, focusing in particular on the Reformation. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 91234

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  49. Inspector Frost and Lady Brassingham.
    First edition, first impression. The second in his series of seven crime novels featuring Inspector Austin Frost of Scotland Yard. An Anglican priest, Maynard also wrote a number of theological essays and books, focusing in particular on the Reformation. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 91230

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  50. Little Caesar.
    First edition, first printing, of the author's landmark first book. With the book label on the front free endpaper of novelist and playwright Derek Marlowe who wrote the best-selling novel A Dandy in Aspic (1966). Scarce in dust jacket. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 90678

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  51. The Galton Case.
    First edition, first printing, of the eighth novel in the Lew Archer series. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 89020

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  52. Journey Into Fear.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "Mort Chambers, from Eric Ambler, Los Angeles, 1970". Mortimer Chambers was Professor of Ancient History at the University of California. Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 90534

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  53. Will to Survive.
    First edition, first impression, of the author's second book, a murder mystery set in the Australian outback. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 89096

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  54. The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes.
    First edition, first printing. A collection of thirty-three stories about Sherlock Holmes written by writers other than Conan Doyle. The contributors include Vincent Starrett, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, J. M. Barrie, Mark Twain, and O. Henry. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 88943

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  55. The Secret of Annexe 3.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 86610

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  56. Six Against the Yard.
    First edition, first impression. An interesting variation on the conventional detective fiction anthology, in which the six authors contribute stories featuring supposedly foolproof murders, each followed by an exposition of the flaws in the criminal scheme by the recently-retired detective George W. Cornish of Scotland... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 89246

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  57. Three Tales of Hamlet.
    First edition, first impression, of the authors' three short pieces original written as radio plays and intended to "solve the Hamlet problem in orthodox detective fashion" (front flat blurb). Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 89897

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  58. When Rogues Fall Out.
    First edition, a rare advance copy in the advance dust jacket lacking text on the lower panel and flaps. The book features Freeman's "medical jurispractitioner" Dr John Thorndyke, one of the first forensic detectives in literary history. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 88638

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  59. Stacked Cards.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 85540

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  60. A Case to Answer.
    First UK edition (published as One More Unfortunate by Scribner's in the US in the same year), first impression, of Lustgarten's debut crime novel. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 86248

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