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Death Goes Dancing, ALLAN, Mabel Esther
Death Goes Dancing
ALLAN, Mabel Esther
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Pilgrim's Rest [Dark Threat], WENTWORTH, Patricia
Pilgrim's Rest [Dark Threat]
WENTWORTH, Patricia
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They Found Him Dead, HEYER, Georgette
They Found Him Dead
HEYER, Georgette
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Aunt Dimity and the Duke, ATHERTON, Nancy
Aunt Dimity and the Duke
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Death Goes Dancing, ALLAN, Mabel Esther
1 7287 ALLAN, Mabel Esther Death Goes Dancing
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; 2014; First Edition 204 pages Near Fine 
Faint edgewear; a very nice copy indeed.; Detective Inspector Ewen Gilbride and his wife Frances, both keen balletomanes, are looking forward to an evening at the Darielle theatre where Sarne Saxilby is to dance Giselle. The first short ballet is over and people drift off to the bar leaving Ewen and Frances in pleasant anticipation of the treat to come. But then Lucian Darielle, pale and shaking, bursts into their box: “My dear Gilbride! Thank God you’re here! It’s Sarne! She’s dead in her dressing room! There’s a knife in her back!”

Includes an introduction by the author on her unpublished manuscripts, entitled ‘Wasted Words – or Good Experience.’

Originally written in the 1950s, this is the first publication of Death Goes Dancing. ; This author enjoyed by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 21.75 USD

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Death Goes to Italy, ALLAN, Mabel Esther
2 7291 ALLAN, Mabel Esther Death Goes to Italy
Softcover Greyladies: Edinburgh; 2011; First Edition 210 pages Very Good+ 
Faint edgewear and cover creases. A very nice copy. ; When David and Elinor Gray and their 18-year old niece, Rose, join a Blue Dragon Tour to Italy, they were looking forward to spring sunshine on the Mediterranean coast and had no premonition that the holiday would bring suspicion, fear and the horror of murder. Originally written in the late 1950s, this is the first publication of 'Death Goes to Italy'. We thought some of the descriptions of 'character types' on the tour were entertaining.; This author enjoyed by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. This edition now out of print. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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3 1093 Amis, Martin London Fields
Hardcover Harmony Books: New York; 1989; Third Printing Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
470 pages; Remainder dot on bottom edge, light soil to page edges; dust wrapper rubbed with light edgewear. ; Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. A murder is "constructed, " that is set up, and we SORT OF know about it as it's going to happen. This novel has been described as gritty and funny, magical and tightly-crafted. So, which one of Nicola's six lovers will she choose to kill her?  
Price: 12.00 USD
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Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea, ATHERTON, Nancy
4 6618 ATHERTON, Nancy Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea
Hardcover Viking Adult: NY; 2006; Second Printing 246 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped; unclipped dust wrapper very lightly rubbed and edgeworn. A very nice copy indeed.; Another page-turning installment in this beloved cozy mystery series featuring Aunt Dimity, phantom detective. ; "Lori Shepherd is no stranger to trouble and intrigue. But when Bill, her high-profile attorney husband, receives a number of chilling death threats aimed at his family, danger hits close to home. With Scotland Yard on the case, Bill decides to send Lori and their five-year-old twins to the safety of a remote island off the coast of Scotland. There, another mystery begins to unfold— Lori suspects that the locals on the island are making a fortune running an illegal smuggling operation. What else could explain their luxurious lifestyles? But after finding a human skull washed up on the beach, Lori fears something even more sinister is going on. With Aunt Dimity’s help, Lori begins to piece together the clues, unaware of the growing danger on the island. Will the murderous threats against her family finally catch up with her?" 
Price: 8.50 USD
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Aunt Dimity and the Duke, ATHERTON, Nancy
5 7198 ATHERTON, Nancy Aunt Dimity and the Duke
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1994, 1995; Reprint 290 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, light edgewear; pages clean, none loose.; "Emma Porter is forty, fat, and frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings here to the little-known private gardens of Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall". Recommended.; "I love 'Aunt Dimity's Death' and 'Aunt Dimity and the Duke'."- Jerri C. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion lists. Also recommended by Suzi S., Julie B., and Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion list. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 5.25 USD
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Aunt Dimity's Christmas, ATHERTON, Nancy
6 7292 ATHERTON, Nancy Aunt Dimity's Christmas
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin Books: NY; 1999; First Printing 214 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, light edgewear, page edges faintly yellowed.; The fifth mystery in this series featuring the ghostly Aunt Dimity. "Lori Shepard's plans for a perfect family Christmas are derailed when a mysterious stranger collapses in the driveway of her cosy Cotswold cottage. As the nearby village of Finch begins its Christmas Eve celebrations, Lori must team up with Julian Bright - a devilishly attractive priest - to unearth the stranger's identity."; This series recommended by several members of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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7 6094 ATHERTON, Nancy Aunt Dimity's Death
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1992, 1993; Reprint 244 pages Very Good  
Faint spine creases, covers creased and lightly edgeworn, page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean, none loose. ; This first title in the Aunt Dimity series introduces us to Aunt Dimity, Lori Sheperd and the law firm of Willis & Willis. Recommended.; "I love 'Aunt Dimity's Death' and 'Aunt Dimity and the Duke'."- Jerri C. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion lists. Also recommended by Suzi S., Julie B., and Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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8 654 Barr, Nevada Firestorm
Hardcover Putnam: New York; 1996; First US Edition Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
307 pages; Front flap of dw has a small crease, spine head and tail slightly bumped, publishing flaw has caused hinge to crack at half title page.  
Price: 7.50 USD
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Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House, BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney]
9 6857 BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney] Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House
Hardcover; Book Club Edition St Martin's Minotaur: NY; 2003; 246 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, light vertical crease on spine, faint soil to front free endpaper; interior pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper has faint edgewear.; In this fourteenth mystery intrepid sleuth Agatha Raisin and her handsome new neighbor, Paul Chatterton, help Mrs. Witherspoon, the crotchety owner of a haunted house.; Dust wrapper matches sample image. 
Price: 6.75 USD
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Death of a Celebrity, BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney]
10 6351 BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney] Death of a Celebrity
Hardcover Mysterious Press: NY; 2002; Book Club Edition 257 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
First printing stated but no price on dw indicates this is a book club edition. Spine ends lightly bumped, boards just beginning to flare; no binding problems. Page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean. Dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A nice copy.; The 18th novel of the series which is the basis for the Hamish MacBeth television series. Hamish is the local policeman for the village of Lochdubh, located in Scotland's Highlands.; ' Seeking better numbers and national notice, the local television station hires the glamorous and catty Crystal French, who presents some very nasty programs about what really goes on in a highland village. Needless to say, this doesn't please the local folk, and soon enough, Crystal is found murdered. Suspicion vacillates between the townspeople and the television people (including the woman whose job Crystal had taken), who have quite a few secrets of their own.' This author recommended by Anne L., Kathi, Sue D., and Lisa S. of the DES email discussion list. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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11 3703 BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney] Death of a Dustman
Hardcover Warner Books: NY; 2001; First US Edition 215 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Top corner of front free endpaper clipped, spine foot lightly bumped, one tiny soil mark on front cover top edge (not a remainder mark). Dust wrapper, unclipped, is faintly edgeworn and rubbed. A very nice copy. ; These novels (this is the 17th in the series) are the basis for the Hamish MacBeth television series. Hamish is the local policeman for the village of Lochdubh, located in Scotland's Highlands.; 'When Mrs. Freda Fleming, tyrannical member of the Strathbane Council, appoints the dustman of Lochdubh to be the "environmental officer," Fergus Macleod becomes a bigger bully than he was before. He also specializes in blackmail as he uses the bits of information he finds in the rubbish against the local residents. No one is surprised when his body turns up in a recycling bin. That's when policeman Hamish Macbeth steps in to investigate, but he has a difficult time trying to get the locals to talk.' This author recommended by Anne L., Kathi, Sue D., and Lisa S. of the DES email discussion list. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Numbered Account, The, BRIDGE, Ann [Mary Ann Dolling (Sanders) O'Malley]
12 2397 BRIDGE, Ann [Mary Ann Dolling (Sanders) O'Malley] Numbered Account, The
Hardcover Mcgraw Hill Book Company: New York; 1960; First US Edition 254 pages Good in Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped and worn with some short tears. Pages very age browned, edges darker, several pages creased; pages clean, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper chipped, foxed, yellowed, and rubbed. A reading copy of the US first edition.; This third title in the Julia Probyn series is set in Switzerland. Once again Julia ends up helping the British Secret Service, unofficially of course.; 'The Julia Probyn novels are an appealing mixture of suspense & travel. In a way, the locations are the real stars of this series. Ann Bridge must have been a great observer on her travels as she makes the countries she writes about come alive.' -This series reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Elaine P., Sally P., Karen K., Anna B., and several other members of the DES email group. Many people believe Ann Bridge was the basis for Angela Thirkell's Mrs. Rivers character. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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Fugitive Queen, The : An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court, BUCKLEY, Fiona [Valerie Anand]
13 5625 BUCKLEY, Fiona [Valerie Anand] Fugitive Queen, The : An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court
Hardcover Scribner: NY; 2003; First US Edition 277 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A lovely copy that looks unread. Bumped spine tail, faint edgewear to unclipped dust wrapper. ; Set in 1568, Mistress Ursula Blanchard is sent by Queen Elizabeth to deliver a confidential message to Mary, Queen of Scots, who is imprisoned in Northern England. 
Price: 15.50 USD
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14 3845 BUCKLEY, Fiona [Valerie Anand] Queen's Ransom : A Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court Featuring Ursula Blanchard
Hardcover Scribner: NY; 2000; First US Edition 348 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A new book with lightly bumped spine ends and a faintly edgeworn dust wrapper. A very nice copy. ; 'The author's sharp-witted Lady of the Presence Chamber will need all of her courage to carry out her mission on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I without betraying her own heart. Ursula Blanchard plans to travel to France on a personal errand to help her first husband's father bring his young ward home to England. But duty soon calls. Fearing that the Catholic forces tearing apart France will spread to Protestant England, the Queen instructs Ursula to personally deliver a letter to Catherine de Médicis, offering to mediate the crisis. The perilous duty will not only separate Ursula from her young daughter, it will bring her closer to a man she can neither trust nor forget—her estranged second husband, Matthew de la Roche, avowed Catholic and enemy of Elizabeth.'; Published @$23.00. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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15 3849 BUCKLEY, Fiona [Valerie Anand] To Ruin a Queen : an Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court
Hardcover Scribner: NY; 2000; First US Edition 287 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A new book with lightly bumped spine ends and a faintly edgeworn dust wrapper. A very nice copy.; 'Ursula Blanchard, waiting woman and secret agent for Queen Elizabeth I returns in this fourth book of the series. Ursula's daughter, Meg, is missing. Ursula follows a trail that leads to the home of the ancient Mortimer family: Vetch Castle, a grim, haunted keep on the Welsh border. There she finds Philip Mortimer, who boasts that he will force Queen Elizabeth to restore the fortunes of his once-great family. There, too, Ursula finds Philip's mother, who is frightened by her son's claims and pleads for Ursula's help.'; Published @$23.00. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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16 717 CAIN, James M. Double Indemnity
Softcover; Mass Market PB Vintage Books: New York; c1936,1978; Very Good  
125 pages; Light edgewear, no spine creases, pages browning.; "An insurance salesman plans a perfect murder to beat his own racket. " Basis for the movie of the same name.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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17 718 CAIN, James M. Postman Always Rings Twice
Softcover; Mass Market PB Vintage Books: New York; c1934,1978; Very Good-  
120 pages; Light edgewear, no spine creases, pages browning. ; The author's first novel, published when he was 42. Banned in Boston, Camus later said it was the inspiration and model for 'The Stranger'. Basis for the movie of the same name.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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18 626 CARR, Caleb Alienist
Hardcover Random House: New York; 1994; Second Printing 496 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped; dust wrapper, not price clipped, a bit edgeworn.; Set in turn-of-the century New York, an atmospheric novel wherein a team of amateur detectives track down a serial killer of boy prostitutes. Theodore Roosevelt makes a cameo appearance as himself! The title refers to the emerging profession of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, as in those days, they treated patients who were considered "alien" to normal society. Great period detail. The ultimate confrontation is masterful!  
Price: 12.50 USD
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Yiddish Policemen's Union, The, CHABON, Michael
19 6838 CHABON, Michael Yiddish Policemen's Union, The
Hardcover HarperCollins: NY; 2007; First US Edition; First Printing 411 pages Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Black remainder line bottom page edges, faint soil and rub marks on binding, a few page corners creased; pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A nice copy.; "For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a temporary safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone, neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown.

But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can't catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman's new supervisor is the love of his life—and also his worst nightmare.

At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption..." The film rights to this novel have been purchased and there has been talk that the Coen brothers are attached to it.; Dust wrapper matches sample image. 
Price: 9.50 USD

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20 1740 Charteris, Leslie The Saint's Getaway
Softcover; Mass Market PB Coronet Books: London; (1932)1989; Very Good  
255 pages; Light spine creases and edgewear; no loose pages. ; Also published as Getaway. ; The Saint  
Price: 6.00 USD
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ABC Murders, The, CHRISTIE, Agatha
21 6577 CHRISTIE, Agatha ABC Murders, The
Hardcover Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers: NY; c1935,2006; First Edition Thus 252 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped, unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A lovely copy; looks unread.; Hercule Poirot must track down a serial killer who chooses his victims alphabetically.; 'Alice Ascher, a shopkeeper in Andover, is bludgeoned to death at her place of work. Next to die is Miss Bernard in Bexhill, then Mr. Clarke in Churston. More disturbing than the alphabetic sequence of the killings or the ABC Railway guide that the killer leaves at the scene of each crime are the taunting notes Hercule Poirot receives each time the killer is about to strike again. It is one of Poirot’s most challenging cases yet.' Published @ $12.00 
Price: 8.25 USD
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22 6528 CHRISTIE, Agatha Nemesis
Softcover; Mass Market PB Pocket Books: NY; 1986; Reprint 262 pages Very Good- 
Spine creased and slightly curved, covers lightly creased and edgeworn, pages pale yellow but clean, none loose. ; A letter arrives from a dead man with the mysterious message "Our code word, my dear lady, is Nemesis." For Miss Jane Marple, it's the most baffling, and final, case of her illustrious career. 
Price: 4.75 USD
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23 5686 CHRISTIE, Agatha (adapted by Charles Osborne) Unexpected Guest, The [Large Print]
Hardcover; Book Club Edition St Martin's Minotaur: NY; 1999; Large Print Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
235 pages; A very nice copy with faintly bumped spine ends. Dust wrapper is lightly edgeworn and rubbed. ; Written for the stage by Christie in 1958, this novelized version was written by her biographer Charles Osborne. On a foggy night in 'South Wales, Michael Starkwedder runs his car into a ditch and seeks help at the nearest house. Slipping into the study through an open window, he finds lord of the manor Richard Warwick dead in a wheelchair with his beautiful wife, Laura, standing over him with a gun.' As is usual in Agatha Christie mysteries, all is not as it seems.  
Price: 11.50 USD
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24 2187 CORNWELL, Patricia All That Remains
Hardcover Charles Scribner's Sons: New York; 1992; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
373 pages; Spine ends bumped and lightly worn. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, very rubbed, lightly edgeworn and creased. ; Third in the popular Kay Scarpetta series. Once again, Kay takes on more than her job as a medical examiner, as she tracks down a serial killer - he attacks couples in cars. Excellent local color - even for those of us that are non-Virginians!  
Price: 14.75 USD
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25 6562 CRISPIN, Edmund [Robert Bruce Montgomery] The Edmund Crispin Treasury Volume 1: The Case of the Gilded Fly, Holy Disorders, The Moving Toy Shop
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Mystery Guild: Garden City, NY; 531 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
No publicaton date; most recent copyright date is 1974. Spine ends bumped, a few light smudges to page edges; no binding problems, interior pages clean. Illustrated dust wrapper edgeworn with a few tiny closed tears and a lightly soiled white rear panel. A very nice copy. ;Omnibus edition with three mysteries (originally published in 1944, 1945, and 1946) featuring Gervase Fen, Oxford don, literary critic, and sleuth. 'The Case of the Gilded Fly' is the first book in the series. In addition to his his nine, highly acclaimed, Gervase Fen novels, the author wrote concert music and the scores for almost 50 feature films under the name Bruce Montgomery.; This author recommended by Tom J. and Jerri C. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups."The Moving Toyshop is considered to be Crispin's classic. It is a funny mystery set in Oxford and has Gervase Fen trying to track down a toy shop that seems to have disappeared!" The Moving Toy Shop is also one of crime novelist Val McDermid's top 10 Oxford novels."A classic crime novel that brings a streak of surrealism to the genre. Featuring the anarchic English literature don Gervase Fen, the mystery gets under way when a visiting poet finds a dead body in a toyshop in the middle of the night. By morning, it's been transformed into a grocery store. Written with wit and brio, this is a clever, energetic romp that still entertains." Volume 2 also currently available; the set would make a lovely gift for someone looking for a new author to enjoy or an amusing British detective series. 
Price: 32.50 USD
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