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No Wind of Blame, HEYER, Georgette
No Wind of Blame
HEYER, Georgette
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Devil in Music, The, ROSS, Kate
Devil in Music, The
ROSS, Kate
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Lesson in Secrets, A, WINSPEAR, Jacqueline
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Whyte Harte, The, DOHERTY, P. C.
26 4500 DOHERTY, P. C. Whyte Harte, The
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1988; First US Edition 256 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Neat previous owner signature in black ink on front free endpaper. List of author's three previous books has a small black checkmark next to one title. Spine ends bumped, small white marks on bottom board edge, faint dust on top textblock edge. Unclipped dust wrapper edgeworn and lightly rubbed with some small chips and one very short closed tear. A nice copy. ; The first in the Matthew Jankyn (ex-scholar, liar, mercenary soldier, and thief) series of mysteries set in 15th Century England. This novel focuses on the death of Richard II. 
Price: 82.50 USD
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27 4406 DUNNING, John Booked to Die
Softcover; Mass Market PB Avon Books: NY; c1992,1993; Reprint; Eleventh Printing Very Good  
321 pages; A faint spine crease, one short cover creases, light edgewear. A nice copy.; The first mystery featuring Cliff Janeway, the bookselling detective. 'Denver homicide detective Cliff Janeway may not always play by the book, but he's an avid collector of rare and first editions. After a local bookscout is killed on his turf, Janeway would like nothing better than to rearrange the suspect's spine. But the suspect, sleazeball Jackie Newton, is a master at eluding murder convictions. Unfortunately for Janeway, his swift form of off-duty justice costs him his badge.

Turning to his lifelong passion, Janeway opens a bookshop — all the while searching for evidence to put Newton away. But when prized volumes in a highly sought-after collection begin to appear, so do dead bodies. Now Janeway's life is about to change in profound and shocking ways as he attempts to find out who's dealing death along with vintage Chandlers and Twains.' Recommended.  
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Eyre Affair, The, FFORDE, Jasper
28 4521 FFORDE, Jasper Eyre Affair, The
Hardcover Viking: NY; 2002; First US Edition; First Printing 374 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped. Skinned area on front free endpaper where previous owner address label removed, circular embossed name and initials of previous owner on title page and on last page of text. Unclipped dustwrapper very lightly edgeworn. A nice copy.; 'Meet Thursday Next, a woman of action who's "part Bridget Jones, part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry," according to The New York Times. She lives in a mid-1980s Britain that is like, but also startlingly unlike, our own: a place where the Crimean War never really ended, dirigibles are the only way to fly, and computers are unknown—but time travel is, as are cloned pets (dodos are currently quite popular), and literature is taken very, very seriously. And thanks to an invention by Thursday's mad-scientist uncle Mycroft, lovers of the written word can literally loose (and lose) themselves in a good book. Thursday is an investigator of the Literary Division of Special Operations Network. Her job—find and stop anyone tinkering with the world's best-loved books. Jasper Fforde's madcap literary adventure series is frequently described as various combinations of Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Umberto Eco, Terry Pratchett, Lewis Carroll, and The Norton Anthology of English Literature.' Highly recommended.; Recommended by Norma H. and Geraldine H. and Susan D. of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 42.75 USD
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29 6258 FFORDE, Jasper Lost in a Good Book : A Thursday Next Novel
Hardcover Viking: NY; 2003; Third Printing 399 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, corners faintly bumped, a few smudges to page edges. A very nice copy. Unclipped dust wrapper has very light edgewear, light soil to rear panel. ; The second book in this wonderful series. Tuesday Next, as apprentice to Miss Havisham from 'Great Expectations', learns the ropes of Jurisfiction as a Prose Resource Operative inside books. Highly recommended. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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Something Rotten, FFORDE, Jasper
30 5782 FFORDE, Jasper Something Rotten
Hardcover Viking: NY; 2004; First US Edition 385 pages Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A lovely copy. Spine ends faintly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn. ; 'In this fourth installment of her series, the resourceful literary detective Thursday Next returns to Swindon from the BookWorld accompanied by that dithering prince of Denmark, Hamlet. But returning to her SpecOps office is no snap. As outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine plots for absolute power, Swindon’s 13th-century patron saint returns to foretell doom, and, if that isn’t bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she vanquish Kaine and prevent the world from plunging into war?' 
Price: 21.00 USD
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Well of Lost Plots, The, FFORDE, Jasper
31 5781 FFORDE, Jasper Well of Lost Plots, The
Hardcover Viking: NY; 2004; First US Edition 375 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A lovely copy. Faintly bumped spine tail. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly rubbed on rear panel. ; In this third book of the series, Thursday Next has to 'lie low in the Well of Lost Plots, inserting herself as a minor character in a third-rate mystery through Jurisfiction's Character Exchange Program. What she discovers is that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where syntax-chomping grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books (like the one she has taken up residence in) are scrapped for salvage in the Text Sea.' Highly recommended. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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32 291 Francis, Dick Longshot
Hardcover Putnam: NY; 1990; First US Edition 320 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Text block edges have splash marks; DJ rubbed; This author recommended by Lisa S. and Mar of the DES email discussion list. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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33 1313 Francis, Dick Wild Horses
Hardcover G. P. Putnam's Sons: New York; 1994; First US Edition 319 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine head and tail bumped, faint red mark on black endpaper. Dust wrapper, not price cut, has faint edgewear and rubbing. ; This author recommended by Lisa S. and Mar of the DES email discussion list. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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34 1156 Fraser, Anthea Presence Of Mind
Hardcover Severn House Publishers: New York; (1978)1994; Reprint Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
204 pages; Spine head bumped with a corresponding wrinkle to the unclipped dust wrapper. A very nice copy.  
Price: 14.75 USD
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Case of the Crooked Candle, The, GARDNER, Erle Stanley
35 5713 GARDNER, Erle Stanley Case of the Crooked Candle, The
Hardcover Wm. Morrow and Co.: NY; 1944; First US Edition 220 pages Very Good- in Good+ dust wrapper 
Blue cloth binding with black titles; the 'victory edition' which conforms to war standards. A Morrow Mystery with 1944 publication date on title page and copyright page. Bumped corners and spine ends, board edges lightly sunned, discoloration on paste downs and endpapers from binding glue (seen before in this edition). Previous owner name and date on front free endpaper. Page edges faintly foxed; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper is edgeworn and rubbed with several small chips and closed tears. White rear panel yellowed and slightly soiled.; "Time and tide wait for no man - neither does Perry Mason...A mystery in the best Gardner tradition chockfull of action (mighty fast), angles (inventive and voluptuous), and aqua pura (meaing watertight solution as well as H2O)." 
Price: 54.50 USD
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36 2492 GASH, Jonathan Rich and the Profane, The
Hardcover Viking: New York; 1999; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
344 pages; Signed by Author; No remainder mark, this book is in lovely condition. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, is very lightly rubbed.; Another fun Lovejoy mystery; this one set in the Channel Islands. This copy is signed by the author on the front free endpaper.  
Price: 24.75 USD
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McGarr and the Sienese Conspiracy, GILL, Bartholomew
37 4516 GILL, Bartholomew McGarr and the Sienese Conspiracy
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1977,1986; 214 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, a bit of edgewear and rubbing, page edges pale yellow.; In this sixth Peter McGarr mystery, Dublin's Chief Inspector of Detectives must go to Italy to solve a delicate matter of murder and international intrigue. ; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.75 USD
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38 1099 Grimes, Martha End Of The Pier
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1992; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
230 pages; Slightly cocked; dust wrapper has creased inside flaps; A complete departure for Grimes, who sets this novel in a small town somewhere in upstate New York, and peoples it with characters totally removed from Richard Jury and his ilk. In fact, the psycho-serial killer Sheriff Sam is investigating is only secondary to the novel. Grimes concentrates on the intense and shifting relationship between Maud and her son Chad, 20. Atmospheric and suspensful - the scenes at the eponymous end of the pier and Chad's visit to the small town department store are tours de force!  
Price: 10.00 USD
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39 664 Grimes, Martha Old Silent
Hardcover Little, Brown: New York; 1989; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
425 pages; Only book flaw is a 1 and 1/2" red ink smear on front endpaper top corner; dust wrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn.  
Price: 11.00 USD
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40 1703 HECK, Peter J. Death on the Mississippi
Paperback; Trade PB Berkley Prime Crime: New York; 1995; First Paperback Edition Very Good  
290 pages; Light edgewear, corners curled; no spine creases.; First in the Mark Twain mystery series.  
Price: 6.00 USD
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Envious Casca, HEYER, Georgette
41 6692 HEYER, Georgette Envious Casca
Softcover; Mass Market PB Panther Books: London; c1941, 1967; 217 pages Very Good 
Sunned spine lightly creased, covers have a few light creases, light edgewear. Pages pale tan, edges a bit darker; pages clean, none loose. ; A Christmas party in a sprawling Tudor manor house where the host hates the festivity and his guests has an unexpected holiday event...a murder.; Recommended by Virginia G. of the ATS and AT email discussion group 'One of my favorite Georgette Heyer mysteries which I always like to reread at Christmas" and by Tom J of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion groups. "A great Christmas read". This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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No Wind of Blame, HEYER, Georgette
42 7171 HEYER, Georgette No Wind of Blame
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; c1939, 1971; 246 pages Very Good+ 
No spine or cover creases, faint edgewear, white rear panel age yellowed, pages age browned but not brittle; looks unread.; No one seems to care that Wally Carter has died. But someone cared enough to shoot him through the chest and Inspector Hemingway intends to find out the identity of that someone.; "The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible – no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up.

The inspector is sorely tried by a wide variety of suspects, including the neglected widow, the neighbour who's in love with her, her resentful daughter, and a patently phony Russian prince preying on the widow's emotional vulnerability and social aspirations. And then there's the blackmail plot that may – or may not – be at the heart of the case...." Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.25 USD

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43 6606 HEYER, Georgette No Wind of Blame
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; c1940, 1971; 246 pages Fair 
Strong spine and cover creases, covers edgeworn, lightly soiled and yellowed. Pages yellowed and dampstained; text still legible, pages not loose or brittle.; No one seems to care that Wally Carter has died. But someone cared enough to shoot him through the chest and Inspector Hemingway intends to find out the identity of that someone. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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They Found Him Dead, HEYER, Georgette
44 7214 HEYER, Georgette They Found Him Dead
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; c1938, 1970; 252 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, light edgewear. Pages and inside front covers browned but not brittle; pages clean, none loose.; 'Silas Kane's sixtieth birthday party is marred by argument and dissension amongst his family, and then the next morning, Kane is found dead. The coroner's verdict of death by misadventure would seem to confirm that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog. But then his heir is shot, and threats are made against the next in line to inherit his fortune. The redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde is called in to investigate. All clues point to an apparently innocuous eighty-year-old woman, but as the Inspector delves further into the case, he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems…'; "Ranks alongside such incomparable whodunit authors as Christie, Marsh, Tey, and Allingham." - San Francisco Chronicle This title recommended by Susan D. of the DES email discussion group and by Tom J. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion groups. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Toll-Gate, The [Unabridged Audio Cassette], HEYER, Georgette
45 6830 HEYER, Georgette Toll-Gate, The [Unabridged Audio Cassette]
Audio Tape Chivers Press: Bath; c1954,1998; Very Good+ 
Light edgewear to plastic clamshell case, faint soil to decorative insert. Complete and unabridged; 9 hours 17 minutes; 8 audiocassettes in excellent condition. Read by Daniel Hill. One previous owner, not ex-library.; This witty audiobook combines Regency romance with a mystery. 'Captain Staple is finding post-Waterloo England sadly flat. But then he falls into cahoots (so to speak) with engaging Jeremy Chirk (highwayman), taciturn Gabriel Stogumber (Bow Street runner), and attractive Nell Stornaway (Squire's daughter) who exerts a compelling fascination even more exciting than Waterloo.' ; "One of my favourite authors."- Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. Decorative case matches sample image. 
Price: 46.50 USD
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Unfinished Clue, The [Unabridged Audio Cassette], HEYER, Georgette
46 6831 HEYER, Georgette Unfinished Clue, The [Unabridged Audio Cassette]
Audio Tape Audio Partners: Auburn, CA; c1937,2001; Good 
Plastic clamshell case chipped, cracked and age yellowed, discard stamp indicates this is an ex-library copy. Trimmed decorative insert soiled; 6 audiocassettes in excellent condition. Complete and unabridged; 8 hours 16 minutes; read by Clifford Norgate.; This audiobook features a murder at a houseparty.'When General Billington-Smith died no one wept. He had not been a pleasant person and indeed, during that weekend, at the conclusion of which he was stabbed, he had given every member of his household cause if not justification for murdering him...'; Decorative case insert matches sample image. 
Price: 29.50 USD
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47 6607 HEYER, Georgette Why Shoot A Butler?
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; c1933, 1977; 248 pages Good 
Strong spine creases, covers creased, edgeworn and yellowed. Pages age browned but not brittle; interior pages clean.; Why would 'anyone choose to murder the trusted old butler of Norton Manor? Barrister turned amateur detective Frank Amberley has reason to suspect that the shooting involves a nervy young lady discovered at the scene of the crime, a snooping gentleman in the halls of Greythorne and then a second dead body.' A witty tale of upstairs, downstairs and family secrets. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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48 5461 JAMES, P. D. Skull Beneath the Skin, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Warner Books: NY; c1982, 1996; Very Good+  
416 pages; Slight edgewear and rubbing, faint cover creases, no spine creases, page edges pale yellow. A nice copy.; Young sleuth Cordelia Gray, whom we met in 'An Unsuitable Job for a Woman', goes to an island castle off the coast of Dorset on a mysterious mission.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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Certain Justice, JAMES, P.D.
49 7027 JAMES, P.D. Certain Justice
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1997; First US Edition 364 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Spine ends and one corner bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear and rubbing. A very nice copy.; Signed by the author on the title page. Unusual among James' novels in that Adam Dalgliesh doesn't appear until well into the novel, and then only sporadically. Richly detailed, and full of amazing character studies. The courtroom scenes make you feel as if you are there. After Venetia's murder, the plot only thickens, and when her daughter, Octavia, becomes the subject of the narrative, we feel we are on an even more intense ride!; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 24.50 USD
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Not a Girl Detective, KANDEL, Susan
50 6505 KANDEL, Susan Not a Girl Detective
Hardcover William Morrow: NY; 2005; Second Printing 294 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, black mark on front cover (perhaps from pen that made remainder mark on bottom page edges); interior pages clean and bright. Unclipped dust wrapper has very light edgewear. A nice copy. ; You do not need to read the first Cece Caruso mystery in order to enjoy this second title in the series. A fun mystery, especially for those of us that grew up with Nancy Drew or are members of an author's 'fan group'.; "Besides her beloved collection of vintage designer clothing, there is nothing Cece Caruso cherishes more than her childhood memories of Nancy Drew. Her near obsession with the fictional teenage sleuth led her to become a professional biographer of classic mystery writers. And now that she's working on a book about Nancy's pseudonymous creator, "Carolyn Keene, " Cece's in heaven.

At the L. A. home of another rabid Drew-ophile, Cece finds a treasure trove of useful memorabilia, including one unique and somewhat shocking collectible. Later she finds a dead body -- and a puzzle that would sorely test the skills of her spunky girlhood heroine. Now she'll have to channel her former idol and unmask a murderer, and the killer may be coming for Cece next." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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