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The Perfect Frame, Ard, William
1 Ard, William The Perfect Frame
London Transworld / Corgi Books (1954) Softcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Some rubbing to edges of spine and wrappers. Light crease to spine.; First Corgi printing. 183 pages + [7] pages advertisements. Crime fiction. Page dimensions: 162 x 105mm. Corgi Books # T65. 
Price: 26.00 NZD
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2 Ballinger, Bill S. The Longest Second: a Suspense Novel
London Max Reinhardt 1958 First Edition Original Cloth Good in Good dust jacket 
First UK edition. 192 pages. Dustjacket rubbed at edges. 1/2" tear and 1/4" tear at front flap folds of dustjacket. Dustjacket is not price-clipped. No signatures. ; 12mo 
Price: 14.30 NZD
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3 Beechwood The Burglar's Accomplice
London SPCK / Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge [1890s] First Edition Original Cloth Good+ with no dust jacket 
No date (Prize inscription dated 1896) . 249 pages + frontis + 2 plates + 6 pages advertisements. Blue illustrated cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Bevelled edges to boards. Some rubbing to edges of spine and boards. 1/2" splitting to front gutter. 1" tear to margin of one leaf. Sunday School prize inscription on front free endpaper. Some spotting to page edges. ; 12mo 
Price: 19.50 NZD
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From Natural Causes, Bell, Josephine
4 Bell, Josephine From Natural Causes
London Longmans, Green and Co. (1939) First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Minor foxing. Moderate fading and rubbing and flecking to cloth. Heavier fading to spine cloth. ; 269 pages. Red cloth boards with black lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 186 x 123mm. Crime fiction. Novel with the detective David Wintringham. Josephine Bell was a pseudonym of Doris Bell Collier (1897-1987). "Though it was the third Sunday in January and Twelfth Day long past, the Christmas decorations still hung in the sitting-room of Yew Cottage at the edge of Farley's Wood" - the opening sentence.; 8vo 
Price: 104.00 NZD
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The Poisoned Chocolates Case, Berkeley, Anthony
5 Berkeley, Anthony The Poisoned Chocolates Case
London Penguin Books (1937) Softcover Good+ in Good+ dust jacket 
No signatures. 1/2" tear and 1/8" loss at tail end of spine. Book slightly buckled near spine. Dust-jacket with 1" tear and 1" chip at tail of spine / corner of rear panel. ; 1937 reprint, of a title first published in Penguin Books in 1936. Penguin Books #58. Green and white wrappers, indicating Penguin's crime fiction series. 256 pages. Page dimensions: 182 x 111mm. Rear cover and rear panel of dust-jacket both list Penguin books to #115 (September 1937). 
Price: 65.00 NZD
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6 Blake, Nicholas End of Chapter
London The Crime Club / Collins 1957 First Edition Original Cloth Good in Fair dust jacket 
256 pages. Red cloth covers with black lettering on spine. No signatures. Top page edges browned and spotted. Spotting to page edges. Some foxing to endpapers. Some spots of foxing to margins of leaves. Small bump to tail corner of front board. Some staining to dustwrapper. 1.5" chip at tail of front flap of dustwrapper. 1.5" chip at head of rear flap of dustwrapper. 1" tears in edges of dustwrapper. ; 12mo 
Price: 13.00 NZD
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The Deadly Joker, Blake, Nicholas
7 Blake, Nicholas The Deadly Joker
London The Crime Club / Collins (1963) First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library rubber stamps on endpapers. Marginalia on a couple of pages. Spine faded.; 256 pages. Red boards with black lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 183 x 118mm. Crime fiction.; 8vo 
Price: 32.50 NZD
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Mysterious Way, Boland, John
8 Boland, John Mysterious Way
London T. V. Boardman & Company (1959) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Dustjacket has a small 3/8" tear and a couple of tiny 1/8" chips to margins. Fading to dustjacket spine. Dustjacket is price-clipped. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 188 pages + [4] pages advertisements. Red boards with black lettering on spine. "British Mystery" logo in black on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 185 x 122mm. Crime fiction. A novel. "Asterbrook was rather more worried, though, because he felt that the person who was killing the animals - 'the Butcher', as he was popularly known - would not alway stop at animals." - from dustjacket blurb. ; British Bloodhound Mystery. No. 251. 
Price: 58.50 NZD
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Catalogue of Books Added to the Library during 1936 [bound with 7 similar issues for each year up until 1943], Bombay Branch Royal Asiatic Society; Compiled by the Librarian
9 Bombay Branch Royal Asiatic Society; Compiled by the Librarian Catalogue of Books Added to the Library during 1936 [bound with 7 similar issues for each year up until 1943]
Bombay Bombay Vaibhav Press 1937 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Spine faded. ; 8 consecutive years, 1936-1943. Pagination: [iv], 108; [iv], 96; [iv], 105, [1]; [iv], 76; [iv], 128; [iv], 92; [ii], 68; [ii], 128. Red half-cloth binding. Each issue is arranged both by author and by subject, followed by a smaller section of fiction arranged by author and by title. The majority of titles added each year were recently published, although some earlier acquisitions also feature in the lists, e.g. George Francis White's "Views in India" (1838), acquired in 1936. It is interesting to read the lists of contemporary fiction, both well known titles such as Crime Club novels and Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not" (1937), acquired in 1938, alongside other authors now in varying degrees of obscurity.; 8vo 
Price: 487.50 NZD
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10 Box, Edgar Death Likes it Hot
London Ace Books (1960) Softcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
Rubbing to edges of spine. Minor foxing.; 140 pages + [4] pages advertisements. Page dimensions: 178 x 113mm. Crime fiction. Ace Books H376. Imprint on title page is "London: The Harborough Publishing Co. Ltd". 
Price: 26.00 NZD
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Murder Every Monday, Branch, Pamela
11 Branch, Pamela Murder Every Monday
Harmondsworth Penguin Books (1956) Softcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Some foxing and small stains to wrappers. Moderate foxing to leaves. ; First Penguin edition. Penguin Books 1097. Green and white wrappers, indicating Penguin's crime fiction series. 224 pages. Page dimensions: 182 x 111mm."Clifford Flush had not murdered anybody for years" - from blurb. 
Price: 36.40 NZD
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The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, Braun, Lilian Jackson
12 Braun, Lilian Jackson The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern
London Collins / The Crime Club (1967) First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Abrasions to margins of boards where adhesive tape has been lifted off.; 192 pages. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 196 x 125mm. Crime fiction. "Jim Qwilleran prepared his bachelor breakfast with a look of boredom and distaste, accentuated by the down-curve of his bushy mustache" - the opening sentence. 
Price: 52.00 NZD
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A Detective in Distress: Philip Marlowe's Domestic Dream, Brewer, Gay
13 Brewer, Gay A Detective in Distress: Philip Marlowe's Domestic Dream
Madison, Indiana Brownstone Books (1989) 0941028089 / 9780941028080 First Edition Softcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Some foxing. Some marginalia (asterisk marks beside some titles in the bibliography).; Uncommon. [iv], 68 pages. Paper wrappers, stapled. Page dimensions: 218 x 140mm. A study of the detective Philip Marlowe, with chapters on each of the following Chandler novels: The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window; The Lady in the Lake; The Little Sister; The Long Goodbye; Playback. Includes a 6 page bibliography. Literary criticism, crime fiction, Raymond Chandler.; The Brownstone Chapbook Series. Volume Five.; 8vo 
Price: 119.60 NZD
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His Name was Death, Brown, Fredric
14 Brown, Fredric His Name was Death
London T. V. Boardman & Company (1955) Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Spine faded. Small white stain at tail of spine. Some foxing.; First UK edition. 191 pages. Orange boards with black lettering on spine. "American Mystery" logo in black on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 185 x 123mm. Crime fiction. A novel. "Her name was Joyce Dugan, and at four o'clock on this February afternoon she had no remote thought that within the hour before closing time she was about to commit an act that would instigate a chain of murders" - the opening sentence. ; American Bloodhound No. 93. 
Price: 39.00 NZD
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The Five-Day Nightmare, Brown, Fredric
15 Brown, Fredric The Five-Day Nightmare
London T. V. Boardman & Company (1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
No signatures. Slight dampstaining to dustjacket spine. Small 1/4" tear at corner of dustjacket. Some foxing to dustjacket. Dustjacket is price-clipped. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; First UK edition. 159, [1] pages. Orange papered boards with black lettering on spine. "American Mystery" logo in black on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 184 x 123mm. Crime fiction. A novel. "Lloyd Johnson found the ransom note in his typewriter at home: the note which said he had five days to raise $25,000 in unmarked bills if he wanted his wife, Ellen, back alive" - from dustjacket blurb. ; American Bloodhound No. 446. 
Price: 91.00 NZD
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The Late Lamented, Brown, Fredric
16 Brown, Fredric The Late Lamented
London T. V. Boardman & Company (1959) Hardcover Very Good- in Very Good- dust jacket 
No signatures. Some dust stains to top page edges and top edges of boards. A 30mm tear at corner of dustjacket. Some creasing to spine and rear panel of dustjacket. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; First UK edition. 190 pages + [2] pages advertisements. Red papered boards with black "American Mystery" logo on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 184mm x 120mm. Crime fiction. Series: "American Bloodhound No. 282". Dustjacket art by D. McLouchlin (front panel of dustjacker has a lady in a green dress being followed by a man). 
Price: 104.00 NZD
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The Screaming Mimi, Brown, Fredric
17 Brown, Fredric The Screaming Mimi
London Transworld / Corgi Books (1958) Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. ; First Corgi printing. 222 pages + [2] pages advertisements. Crime fiction. Page dimensions: 161 x 105mm. Corgi Books # S523. 
Price: 26.00 NZD
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18 Bruce, Bryan Jesus: The Cold Case - Reinvestigating the Death of the Most Famous Person in History
Auckland Random House (2010) 1869791975 / 9781869791971 First Edition Softcover Near Fine with No dust jacket as issued 
No signatures.; 272 pages + colour plates. Page dimensions: 234 x 152mm. "Who did kill Jesus? And why did that matter so much in Hitler's Germany? For award-winning true crime investigator and documentary maker Bryan Bruce the death of Jesus of Nazareth is the ultimate cold case. The two deceptively simple questions: Who killed Jesus ? And Why? serve as the starting point for his landmark re-examination of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the most famous person in history. Based on in-depth intercveiws with leading theologians, his conclusion is that the Gospels' account of the arrest, trial and execution of Jesus is so flawed that the traditional Easter story in which the Jews set Jesus up to be executed by the Romans simply does not make any sense. He argues that it is based on a lie told in the first century by Christian writers and copyists trying to spin-doctor their new religion to appeal to the Romans. In the process they laundered the character of Pilate and darkened the character of the Jews. The terrible outcome of this lie takes us right to the gates of Auschwitz." The author concludes that the Jews did not kill Jesus, but rather that Pilate did. 
Price: 65.00 NZD
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19 Burley, W. J. A Taste of Power
London Victor Gollancz 1966 First Edition Original Cloth Very Good in Fair dust jacket 
208 pages. Red cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Signature and address on blank front endpaper. 5" tear in rear panel of dustjacket. 3/4" chips missing from head and tail of dustjacket spine. Small tears to edges of dustjacket. Front flap of dustjacket price clipped. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 12mo 
Price: 195.00 NZD
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Coffin in Oxford, Butler, Gwendoline
20 Butler, Gwendoline Coffin in Oxford
London Geoffrey Bles (1962) First Edition Hardcover Fair in Fair dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Dustjacket cropped at margins. Loss of text from cropped margin of biographical blurb on the rear flap of dustjacket. ; 192 pages. Page dimensions: 184 x 123mm. Front flap of dustjacket has price of "11 6d net" (the "11" printed above the original "12s"). Crime fiction. Inspector John Coffin. 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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