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 BANGS, JOHN KENDRICK, A House-Boat on the Styx Being Stome Account of the Divers Doings of the Associated Shades
BANGS, JOHN KENDRICK
A House-Boat on the Styx Being Stome Account of the Divers Doings of the Associated Shades
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1897. Early printing. Hardcover. B&W Illustrations; Early printing. This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking the dust jacket. The spine of the book has a light slant. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some beginning bumping and rubbing. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a previous owner's inked name on the front endpaper. Illustrated by Peter Newell. "In 1894, Bangs ran for the office of mayor of Yonkers, New York, but was defeated. He also was a member of the Board of Education in Yonkers. He left Harper & Brothers in 1901 and became editor of the New Metropolitan magazine in 1903. In 1904 he was appointed editor of Puck, perhaps the foremost American humor magazine of its day. In this period, he revived his earlier interest in drama. In 1906 he switched his focus to the lecture circuit. During the period between 1901 and 1906, Mr. Bangs was known to have spent at least parts of his summers at the Profile House in Franconia, New Hampshire. He owned one of the 20 connected cottages adjacent to the large hotel, which he sold to Cornelius Newton Bliss in August 1906. As a satirical writer, he was also known in the "Profile Cottage" circles as a jokester and prankster and was frequently the jovial topic of hotel guests and cottage owners alike. In 1918, he lectured for the Young Men's Christian Association and allied troops on the battle front in France during World War I. " (from Wikipedia). Very Good+ .
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Book number: 38547
USD 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 27.25 | £UK 23 | JP¥ 3272]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery John Kendrick Bangs Peter Newell Shakespeare Mystery

 BARBER, WILLETTA ANN AND R. F. SCHABELITZ, Drawback to Murder a Christopher Storm Mystery
BARBER, WILLETTA ANN AND R. F. SCHABELITZ
Drawback to Murder a Christopher Storm Mystery
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Poor dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The spine ends have some light bumping and rubbing. The text pages are clean and bright. Both front and rear endpapers have a large strip of toning towards the foredges. The dust jacket is missing it's spine , but has both front and rear panels laid-in. "Willetta Ann Barber and RF Schabelitz wrote a series of novels featuring an artist, Christopher Storm, whose drawings were included in the book as part of the clues. Christopher "Kit" Storm is a famous illustrator; his narrator-wife Sheridan Storm is known as "Sherry" to her friends. Kit is friends with Captain Anthony Shand of the New York City Homicide Squad, who could never solve a case without amateur-detective Kit. Sherry has a background of NYC's wealthy elite, giving her entree into the High Society setting of the mystery novels. The books contain a series of pencil illustrations, supposedly made by Kit on the scene of the crimes he investigates. When someone says "crime scene" to me, I think of a dark alley with a mob hit, photographed by Weegee. This is NOT what Kit's drawings look like. Instead, Kit shows elegant New Yorkers in evening clothes, "The Winslow mansion on Fifth Avenue, the scene of the murders", and other Society stuff. ". Very Good+ in Poor dust jacket .
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Book number: 35737
USD 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 18.25 | £UK 15.5 | JP¥ 2181]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Willetta Ann Barber R. F. Schabelitz Christopher Storm Illustrations Mystery

 BARRON, STEPHANIE, Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor Being the First Jane Austen Mystery
BARRON, STEPHANIE
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor Being the First Jane Austen Mystery
New York: Bantam Books, 1996. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. Illustrated by Carol Inouye. Cover Art; This book is in Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition, as are the text pages. The dust jacket is crisp and clean with the exception of one tiny nick to the bottom front edge of the dust jacket. This is the first book in the Jane Austen Mystery series. "I would rather spend an hour among the notorious than two minutes with the dull. - To Jane Austen's surprise, her visit to the snowy Hertfordshire estate of young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, will be far from dull. She has scarcely arrived when the Earl - a gentleman of mature years - is felled by a mysterious ailment to agonizing and violent to credit to a fondness for claret and pudding." ; Vol. 1. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket .
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Book number: 34348
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Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Stephanie Barron Carol Inouye A Jane Austen Mystery Jane Austen Eighteenth Century Romance Authors mystery

 BEACH, STEWART (EDITED BY) WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALFRED HITCHCOCK, This Week's Stories of Mystery and Suspense
BEACH, STEWART (EDITED BY) WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALFRED HITCHCOCK
This Week's Stories of Mystery and Suspense
New York: Random House, 1957. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. This book is in Very Good condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and wear. There is a splotch of discoloration / toning to the bottom spine end and bottom rear edge of the book cover. The text pages are clean and bright. The price clipped dust jacket has edge wear, nicks and small chips missing. The dust jacket has some general wear and a couple creases and handling to the covers. The bottom rear edge of the dust jacket have some toning and tidemarking. This book contains a series of short stories, including: The Christmas Bogey by Pat Frank, Bluebeard's Bathtub by Margery Allingham, Trapped! By H. Vernor Dixon, Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie, The Spell by Arthur Gordon, 12 Flights up by David Chandler, The Mystery of Kela Ouai by Victor Canning, My Queer Dean by Ellery Queen, The Wagstaff Pearls by Mignon G. Eberhart, Night of Panic by Mackinlay Kantor, The Brigadier Smells a Rat by Bruce Marshall, and many more.. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket .
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Book number: 32674
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 22.75 | £UK 19.25 | JP¥ 2727]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Stewart Beach Short Stories Alfred Hitchcock Compilations Mystery

 BELL, JOSEPHINE (DORIS BELL COLLIER), The Catalyst (a Cock Robin Mystery
BELL, JOSEPHINE (DORIS BELL COLLIER)
The Catalyst (a Cock Robin Mystery
New York: MacMillan Company, 1966. 1st American Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. This book is in Near Fine condition and a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The spine ends of the book covers have some light bumping. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is mostly clean and bright, but has one small edge tear on the top rear panel. "Josephine Bell, pseudonym of Doris Bell Collier, (8 December 1897 – 24 April 1987) , was an English physician and writer. Bell wrote nineteen novels and forty-five mystery novels in her lifetime, as well as radio plays, short stories, and series for women's magazines.". Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket .
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Book number: 37448
USD 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 18.25 | £UK 15.5 | JP¥ 2181]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Josephine Bell Doris Bell Collier A Cock Robin Mystery Greece Travel & Exploration Mystery

 BENNETT, ARNOLD, The Loot of Cities Being the Adventures of a Millionaire in Search of Joy. A Fantasia.
BENNETT, ARNOLD
The Loot of Cities Being the Adventures of a Millionaire in Search of Joy. A Fantasia.
Philadelphia, PA: Oswald Train: Publisher, 1972. 1st American Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. Illustrated by William Dixon. Cover Art; This book is in Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has two tiny edge nick / tears to the top edge. There is a hint of beginning toning to the edges of the dust jacket as well. "The Loot of Cities is the only volume of detective short stories by the great English author, Arnold Bennett. He did write several other stories of this type, but they were scattered through several other short story collections. First published in Windsor Magazine in 1903, these stories were later gathered into a slim little volume in England. This present edition marks their first appearance in the United States." Included are the short stories: The Fire of London, A Comedy on the Gold Coast, A Bracelet at Bruges, A Solution of the Algiers Mystery, In the Capital of the Sahara, and, Lo! 'Twas a Gala Night! . "In 1889 Bennett won a literary competition run by the magazine Tit-Bits and was encouraged to take up journalism full-time. In 1894 he became assistant editor of the magazine Woman. He noticed that the material offered by a syndicate to the magazine was not very good, so he wrote a serial that was bought by the syndicate for 75 pounds (equivalent to £10,000 in 2015). He then wrote another. This became The Grand Babylon Hotel. Just over four years later his novel A Man from the North was published to critical acclaim and he became editor of the magazine. In 1900 Bennett gave up the editorship of Woman and dedicated himself to writing full-time. However, he continued to write for newspapers and magazines while finding success in his career as a novelist. In 1926, at the suggestion of Lord Beaverbrook, he began writing an influential weekly article on books for the London newspaper the Evening Standard. One of Bennett's most popular non-fiction works was the self-help book How to Live on 24 Hours a Day. His diaries have yet to be published in full, but extracts from them have often been quoted in the British press. ". Fine in Near Fine dust jacket .
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Book number: 34391
USD 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 18.25 | £UK 15.5 | JP¥ 2181]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Arnold Bennett Adventure Mysteries Short Fiction Short Stories Small Press Oswald Train Publisher mystery

 BIGGERS, EARL DERR, Behind That Curtain
BIGGERS, EARL DERR
Behind That Curtain
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1928. Reprint. Hardcover. This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking the dust jacket. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light rubbing, edge wear and beginning fraying. There is some ground-in dirt to the spine of the book. The text pages are mostly clean and bright. There is a previous owner's inked name and address on the front endpaper. The top edge of the text block has some ground-in dirt. This is the third Charlie Chan novel. "It is set almost exclusively in California (as opposed to Chan's native Hawaii) , and tells the story of the former head of Scotland Yard, a detective who is pursuing the long-cold trail of a murderer. Fifteen years ago, a London solicitor was killed in circumstances in which the only clue was a pair of Chinese slippers, which he apparently donned just before his death. Sir Frederic Bruce has been following the trail of the killer ever since. He has also been interested in what appears to be a series of disappearing women around the world, which has some connection to the disappearance of a woman named Eve Durand in rural India also fifteen years ago.". Very Good+ .
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Book number: 32512
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Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Earl Derr Biggers Charlie Chan Chinese Hawaii California Mystery

 BIGGERS, EARL DERR, Charlie Chan Caravan Includes: The Chinese Parrot, the Black Camel, and, Charlie Chan Carries on
BIGGERS, EARL DERR
Charlie Chan Caravan Includes: The Chinese Parrot, the Black Camel, and, Charlie Chan Carries on
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1930. Reprint. Hardcover. THis is a three-in-One volume including: The Chinese Parrot, the Black Camel, And, Charlie Chan Carries On. The book is in Very Good- condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have edge wear, rubbing and spots of fraying. The covers have several spots of discoloration. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a previous owner's inked name on the front endpaper, a previous owner's ink stamped name and address on the front pastedown page, along with a pasted on label with the three titles on the front pastedown page, and an ink stamped date and lending library notice on the rear pastedown page. "Charlie Chan is a fictional character created by Earl Derr Biggers. Biggers loosely based Chan on Honolulu, Hawaii, detective Chang Apana, and conceived of the benevolent and heroic Chan as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes and villains like Fu Manchu. Chan is a detective for the Honolulu police, though many stories feature Chan traveling the world as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes. Chan first appeared in Biggers' novels, then was featured in a number of media. Over four dozen films featuring Charlie Chan were made, beginning in 1926." (from Wikipedia). Very Good- .
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Book number: 37665
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Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Earl Derr Biggers Charlie Chan Asia The Orient Mystery

 BIGGERS, EARL DERR, Keeper of the Keys a Charlie Chan Story
BIGGERS, EARL DERR
Keeper of the Keys a Charlie Chan Story
New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1932. Early printing. Hardcover. This book is in Very Good condition and is lacking the dust jacket. This copy is dated 1932, but lacks the First Edition statement on the copyright page. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some bumping, rubbing and edge wear, along with fraying. The text pages have some light, but generalized toning. There is a previous owner's property bookplate (Harold H. Gibson) on the front pastedown page. "Keeper of the Keys (1932) is the sixth and last mystery in the Charlie Chan series of Earl Derr Biggers; Biggers was planning on continuing the series, but died in 1933 before he could. The films continued the series for him.". Very Good .
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Book number: 32517
USD 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 27.25 | £UK 23 | JP¥ 3272]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Earl Derr Biggers Charlie Chan Adventure Suspense Hawaii California Opera Mystery

0312930925 BLOCK, LAWRENCE, Random Walk a Novel for a New Age
BLOCK, LAWRENCE
Random Walk a Novel for a New Age
New York: Tor Books, 1988. 1st Trade Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. ISBN: 0312930925. This book is in Fine condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is one nick to the top spine end of the book cover. The text pages are clean and bright. The price clipped dust jacket is clean and bright. "It begins in the Pacific Northwest, in Oregon. Guthire looks around and decides to take a walk. He doesn't know how far he's going, he doesn't know where he's going. He doesn't take much with him, just a small backpack. A journey of any length begins with a single step and Guthrie takes it, facing east." "Lawrence Block (born June 24, 1938) is an American crime writer best known for two long-running New York–set series about the recovering alcoholic P. I. Matthew Scudder and the gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. Block was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1994.". Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket .
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Book number: 35561
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 22.75 | £UK 19.25 | JP¥ 2727]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: 0312930925 Mystery General Fiction Thriller Adventure Suspense Mystery and Detective stories Mysteries Whodunit mystery

 BRAUN, LILIAN JACKSON, The Cat Who Went Into the Closet
BRAUN, LILIAN JACKSON
The Cat Who Went Into the Closet
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1993. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The spine of the book has some beginning slanting to the spine. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is clean and bright, with the exception of one small spot of rolling to the top spine joint. "Little was known about Braun, who was protective of her private life. Publishers long gave an incorrect year for her birth date, which remained unknown until she finally gave her true age during a 2005 interview with the Detroit News. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis Paul Braun, a sister, Florence Jackson, and a brother, Lloyd Jackson. She resided in Tryon, North Carolina, with her (second) husband of 32 years, Earl Bettinger, and their two cats. Each of her books is dedicated to "Earl Bettinger, the Husband Who..." " (from Wikipedia). Near Fine in Fine dust jacket .
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Book number: 38726
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Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Lilian Jackson Braun The Cat Who Series Cats Pets Mystery

0440021464 BRAUTIGAN, RICHARD, Dreaming of Babylon a Private Eye Novel 1942
BRAUTIGAN, RICHARD
Dreaming of Babylon a Private Eye Novel 1942
New York: Delacorte Press, 1977. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. ISBN: 0440021464. This book is in Fine condition and has a Very Good+ to Near Fine - dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There are two small semi-closed tears to the edges of the dust jacket along with some beginning rubbing and edge wear to the corners and spine ends. The reverse of the dust jacket has one thin strip of color bleeding which does not affect the dust jacket or the book. "It is early 1942. You are in San Francisco, and you need a private eye. Sam Space is rumored to be in Istambul. The Continental Op hasa been drafted and is a sergeant in the Aleutians." "Richard Gary Brautigan (January 30, 1935 – ca. September 16, 1984) was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. His work often employs black comedy, parody, and satire. He is best known for his novels Trout Fishing in America (1967) and In Watermelon Sugar (1968). Brautigan began his career as a poet, with his first collection being published in 1957. He made his debut as a novelist with A Confederate General from Big Sur (1964) , about a delusional man who believes himself to be the descendant of a Confederate general. Brautigan would go on to publish numerous prose and poetry collections until 1982, after which he committed suicide in 1984.". Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket .
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Book number: 34212
USD 50.00 [Appr.: EURO 45.5 | £UK 38.5 | JP¥ 5453]
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Keywords: 0440021464 Mystery Richard Brautigan San Francisco California Fiction Humor Satire parody parodies Mystery

0553807064 BROWN, RITA MAE (AND SNEAKY PIE BROWN), Santa Clawed (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries)
BROWN, RITA MAE (AND SNEAKY PIE BROWN)
Santa Clawed (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries)
New York: Bantam, 2008. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. ISBN: 0553807064. This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean.. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket .
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Book number: 39760
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 13.75 | £UK 11.5 | JP¥ 1636]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: 0553807064 Mystery Rita Mae Brown Sneaky Pie Brown A Mrs.murphy Mystery Mystery

 BROWN, RITA MAE (AND SNEAKY PIE BROWN), Sour Puss
BROWN, RITA MAE (AND SNEAKY PIE BROWN)
Sour Puss
New York: Bantam Books, 2006. Advance Review Copy. Paperback. This is an Advanced Review Copy. This is a trade paperback book with illustrated covers and a glued spine. The book is in Very Good condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and rubbing. The text pages are clean and bright. "Brown took an administrative position with the fledgling National Organization for Women, but resigned in January 1970 over Betty Friedan's anti-gay remarks and NOW's attempts to distance itself from lesbian organizations. NOW was so worried about the threat of lesbianism that Brown believed that 'lesbian' was "the one word that can cause the Executive Committee a collective heart attack." She played a leading role in the "Lavender Menace" zap of the Second Congress to Unite Women on 1 May 1970, which protested Friedan's remarks and the exclusion of lesbians from the women's movement. Brown and other lesbians from the Gay Liberation Front created The Woman-Identified Woman, which was distributed at the zap. The group that wrote the manifesto then went on to become the Radicalesbians. " (from Wikipedia). Very Good .
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Book number: 39217
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 13.75 | £UK 11.5 | JP¥ 1636]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: Mystery Rita Mae Brown Sneaky Pie Brown Cats Advance Reading Copy Mystery

0743277724 BURKE, JAMES LEE, Pegasus Descending
BURKE, JAMES LEE
Pegasus Descending
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. ISBN: 0743277724. Remainder. This book is in Very Good+ and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The spine ends of the book covers have some beginning bumping. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a black marker X on the bottom corner of the rear endpaper. There is a black marker remainder mark to the bottom edge of the text block. This copy has been signed on the first free page by the author in black ink. "James Lee Burke (born December 5, 1936) is an American author of mysteries, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series. He has won Edgar Awards for Black Cherry Blues (1990) and Cimarron Rose (1998) , and has also been presented with the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The Robicheaux character has been portrayed twice on screen, first by Alec Baldwin (Heaven's Prisoners) and then Tommy Lee Jones (In the Electric Mist). Burke was also nominated for a Pulitzer award for his novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie. " (from Wikipedia); Signed by Author. Very Good+ in Fine dust jacket .
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Book number: 38288
USD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 31.75 | £UK 27 | JP¥ 3817]
Catalogue: Mystery
Keywords: 0743277724 Mystery James Lee Burke Signed Dave Robicheaux Mystery New Orleans, LA Mystery

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