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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
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Lesson in Secrets, A, WINSPEAR, Jacqueline
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Envious Casca, HEYER, Georgette
26 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
27 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. 
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28 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
29 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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30 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. 
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31 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.  
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Certain Justice, JAMES, P.D.
32 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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Monstrous Regiment of Women, A, KING, Laurie
33 6439 KING, Laurie Monstrous Regiment of Women, A
Hardcover St Martins Press: NY; 1995; First US Edition; First Printing 326 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped and very lightly worn, page edges have a few light smudges. Unclipped dust wrapper is very lightly edgeworn and rubbed. A very nice copy. ; Mary Russell's studies at Oxford are completed and her adventures with Sherlock Holmes continue in this second mystery in the series. Highly recommended.; King names the Lord Peter books by Sayers as books she re-reads often because of the wonderful language, and implies that they are one of the major influences that taught her to write as a British person of the time period. (Lord Peter makes a cameo apperance in "A Letter of Mary".) This series recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and the AT and DES email discussion groups. 
Price: 28.75 USD
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Dance on Blood, LINSCOTT, Gillian
34 7298 LINSCOTT, Gillian Dance on Blood
Softcover; Mass Market PB Virago Press: London; 1998; 250 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, a bit of edgewear. Page edges pale yellow as is often found in Virago publications, interior pages clean, none loose. ; The seventh book in the series featuring Nelly Bray, suffragette and solver of mysteries. "Nell Bray would do almost anything for the Vote, but planting a bomb in a house belonging to David Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is where she draws the line. Her friends have other ideas and, in trying to head them off, Nell becomes a leading suspect. But instead of landing up in a prison cell again, she receives an urgent invitation to breakfast at 11 Downing Street with Lloyd George himself. "

Author is a BBC reporter turned full time writer. She has also written several titles under the pseudonym Caro Peacock.; Although the middle of the series this mystery can stand alone (we read it before reading any of the others in the series.) "Linscott demonstrates a fine touch with setting, character and plot, her attention to detail is meticulous and utterly convincing."- The Times 'Masters of Crime' Image is actual copy on offer. 
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Pale as the Dead, MOUNTAIN, Fiona
35 7072 MOUNTAIN, Fiona Pale as the Dead
Hardcover St. Martin's Minotaur: NY; c2002, 2004; First US Edition 278 pages Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Black remainder dot top textblock edge, tiny mark on fore-edge, very lightly bumped spine ends. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A nice copy.; The first book in the mystery series featuring genealogist / ancestor detective Natasha Blake. 'Pale as the Dead deals with the mysterious death of Lizzie Siddal, a real and fascinating historical figure whose beauty and tragic life have made her into a legend.' (She was the model for the painting featured on the dust wrapper.) 'Lizzie's death has always been shrouded in mystery. She is perhaps best known for the macabre story that tells of her husband, the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, having her coffin dug up to retrieve some poems he had buried with her. When the coffin was opened, Lizzie was said to be as beautiful as the day she died. Pale as the Dead is the story of how the disappearance of a young girl, Bethany, appears to be linked in some way to Lizzie Siddal. Natasha is hired by the missing girl's lover, Adam, whose own life seems to have plenty of dark shadows. An old diary and a famous graveyard lead Natasha into more danger than she bargains for - some people will do anything to keep a secret.'; Recommended by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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An Instance of the Fingerpost, PEARS, Iain
36 6561 PEARS, Iain An Instance of the Fingerpost
Hardcover Riverhead Books: NY; 1998; First US Edition 691 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped, black spine cloth has a few faint smudges, page edges also have a few smudges; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A very nice copy. ; England's "Charles II has been restored to the throne following years of civil war and Cromwell's short-lived republic. Oxford is the intellectual seat of the country, a place of great scientific, religious, and political ferment. A fellow of New College is found dead in suspicious circumstances. A young woman is accused of his murder. We hear the story of the death from four witnesses: an Italian physician intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; the son of an alleged Royalist traitor; a master cryptographer who has worked for both Cromwell and the king; and a renowned Oxford antiquarian. Each tells his own version of what happened. Only one reveals the extraordinary truth."; This title is one of crime novelist Val McDermid's top 10 Oxford novels. "Set just after the Restoration, when conspiracies were rife, this epistolary novel features a quartet of unreliable narrators giving their versions of the same series of events. Cleverly constructed and completely fascinating, it's loosely based on historical happenings and is crammed with fascinating period detail. It's as much a novel of ideas as it is of character, but none the less compelling for that." Will not fit safely in an International Priority Mail envelope. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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37 1666 Penman, Sharon Kay Queen's Man : a Medieval Mystery
Hardcover Henry Holt & Company, Inc.: New York; 1996; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
291 pages; Spine head and tail very lightly bumped, no remainder mark; book looks unread. Dust wrapper, not price cut, slightly edgeworn. ; Author's first mystery. The queen Is Eleanor of Acquitaine. The man is Justin de Quincy the illegitimate son of a high born cleric. Never acknowledged by his father, Justin is given an education that takes him into the centers of power and makes him the Queen's Man.  
Price: 11.75 USD
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38 4708 PENMAN, Sharon Kay Queen's Man : a Medieval Mystery
Softcover; Trade PB Ballentine Books: New York; c1996, 1998; First Paperback Edition Very Good+  
291 pages; No spine creases, covers very lightly creased and edgeworn. A very nice copy. ; Author's first mystery, this edition has a reading group discussion guide and an interview with the author at the back of the book. The queen Is Eleanor of Aquitaine. The man is Justin de Quincy, the illegitimate son of a high born cleric. Never acknowledged by his father, Justin is given an education that takes him into the centers of power and makes him the Queen's Man.  
Price: 8.00 USD
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Cardington Crescent : a Victorian Murder Mystery, PERRY, Anne
39 1317 PERRY, Anne Cardington Crescent : a Victorian Murder Mystery
Hardcover St Martin's Press: New York; 1987; First US Edition 314 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; A lovely copy. Spine ends bumped; unclipped dust wrapper has light creasing at spine head and faint edgewear.
; Dated, inscribed and signed by the author "To ___, With very best wishes, Sincerely Anne Perry" on the front free endpaper. ; Images are actual copy on offer. 
Price: 97.75 USD
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40 1326 Perry, Anne Dangerous Mourning
Hardcover Fawcett Columbine: New York; 1991; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
330 pages; Dust wrapper, not price cut, is slightly rubbed. ; Another Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Monk. Monk is assisted by a Hester Latterly, an independent young woman who served with Florence Nightengale in the Crimean War. The author once again demonstrates her "keen understanding of Victorian manners and mores. "  
Price: 16.75 USD
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41 1328 Perry, Anne Defend and Betray
Hardcover Fawcett Columbine: New York; 1992; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
385 pages; Dust wrapper, not price cut, is slightly rubbed. ; The third Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Monk. Monk is again assisted by a Hester Latterly, an independent young woman who served with Florence Nightengale in the Crimean War.  
Price: 15.00 USD
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Silence in Hanover Close, PERRY, Anne
42 910 PERRY, Anne Silence in Hanover Close
Hardcover St Martin's Press: New York; 1988; First US Edition 341 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, text block edges have very light soil. Interior pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, price clipped, is edgeworn and rubbed with a few creases.
; 'Anne Perry's Victorian-era mysteries starring crusty, low-brow Inspector Pitt and his well-born wife, Charlotte, have proved a steady delight for mystery mavens, history buffs, and Anglophiles. Now, Inspector Pitt is back, searching for the killer of a Foreign Office employee. Not even Charlotte can help him when the trail leads to the homes of rich people protecting their own!'; Recommended by Tom J. of the ATS and AT email discussion list. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 52.50 USD
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43 6329 PETERS, Elizabeth [Michaels, Barbara] Golden One, The
Hardcover Simon & Schuster: NY; 2002; First US Edition 429 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly rubbed and edgeworn. A very nice copy. ; In this 16th Amelia Peabody mystery it is 1917 and World War One continues to ravage the world. The family returns to their home in Luxor and discovers that a new royal tomb has been ransacked by thieves.; Published @$25.95. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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44 3609 PETERS, Ellis [Edith Pargeter] Black is the Colour of My True-Love's Heart
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Wm Morrow And Co.: New York; 1967; Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
221 pages; Spine ends bumped and worn; corners worn to boards. Page edges age yellowed, interior pages clean. Dust wrapper extremities edgeworn with a few tiny chips, a tiny hole in front panel, white rear panel is age browned. ; One of the Inspector Felse mysteries, this novel features murder at a folk music festival. ; Recommended by Jerri C. of the AT and DES email discussion groups. "Sixth in the series. This book skillfully combines the world of folk music with a murder mystery. Although Inspector Felse is the official detective, major characters in the book are his teenage son Dominic and Dominic's girlfriend since they are attending the folk music program at which mysterious happenings occur. A very good book by the author of the Brother Cadfael mysteries. "  
Price: 9.75 USD
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45 3939 PETERS, Ellis [Edith Pargeter] Holy Thief, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Mysterious Press: New York; c1992, 1994; Very Good  
237 pages; Spine and cover creases, spine a bit curved, light edgewear, page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean, none loose. ; Number nineteen in the Brother Cadfael series takes place in Shrewsbury, England during the autumn of 1144. Rising flood waters and visiting monks endanger the abbey's sacred relic, the remains of Saint Winifred. ; This series recommended by Sally C. and by Jerri C. of the AT and DES email discussion lists. ; Brother Cadfael  
Price: 4.00 USD
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46 5839 PULLMAN, Philip Ruby in the Smoke, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell Laurel-Leaf: NY; c1985, 2000; Reprint Very Good  
230 pages; Spine and cover creases, inside covers and page edges light brown; interior pages clean, none loose.; An ALA Best Book for Young Adults (Ages 12 and older). A mystery/thriller set in Victorian London by the author of the 'Dark Materials' trilogy. This is the first volume of the Sally Lockhart trilogy. Basis for the Masterpiece Theater production of the same name.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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47 1091 Rendell, Ruth Simisola
Hardcover Crown: New York; 1995; 327 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spot on top of text block edge (Coffee? ) ; dust wrapper has light edgewear and scoring. Book has 1st American edition stated but no price on dust wrapper, indicating a probable book club edition. ; A Chief Inspector Wexford mystery.; 'Ruth Rendell has always been a favourite of mine.'- Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Cut to the Quick, ROSS, Kate
48 6125 ROSS, Kate Cut to the Quick
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1993, 1994; 337 pages Very Good- 
Light spine and cover creases, light edgewear, front free endpaper removed, a few page corners creased; interior pages clean, none loose.; Our introduction to the unflappable Julian Kestrel, 'the very model of a proper Beau Brummel-except for his unusual willingness to plunge headlong into murder investigations. And an investigation's hard to avoid when, during an elegant weekend at a friend's country estate, a beautiful young murder victim turns up in his bed. With the help of his Cockney manservant, Dipper, Kestrel sets out to find the killer'. Highly recommended, unfortunately there are only four mysteries in this series as the author passed away in 1998.; Recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and the Georgette Heyer, Angela Thirkell, and DE Stevenson e-mail discussion groups. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Devil in Music, The, ROSS, Kate
49 7127 ROSS, Kate Devil in Music, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1997, 1998; First Paperback Edition 496 pages Very Good 
No spine creases but book curved/bent as if stored for a long time in a box that was too full (?), covers have light edgewear; interior pages clean, none loose.; The fourth and, unfortunately, final mystery in the Regency Julian Kestrel series, is set in early 19th century Northern Italy. Highly recommended, there are only four mysteries in this enjoyable series as the author passed away in 1998.; 'At a mist-shrouded villa on Lake Como, an Italian nobleman is grooming a young English tenor for a career on the glittering operatic stage. Before their sojourn is over, one will die by violence and the other will disappear. Enter Julian Kestrel, Regency dandy and amateur sleuth. Travelling on the Continent with his ex-pickpocket valet, Dipper, Kestrel is irresistibly drawn into this baffling murder case. Among the suspects are a runaway wife and her male soprano lover; a liberal nobleman at odds with Italy's Austrian overlords; a mocking Frenchman with perfect pitch; and a beautiful, clever woman who begins to haunt Kestrel's dreams. Soon Kestrel is caught between the shadowy Carbonari - secret rebels against the Austrians - and the equally ruthless Austrian-sponsored police. But at the heart of the mystery is the captivating tenor known only as "Orfeo." Was he a political agent? A callous adventurer? A jealous lover? These questions take on a new urgency when the killer strikes again. And as Kestrel uncovers the truth, he risks becoming the next victim. '

Recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and the Georgette Heyer, Angela Thirkell, and DE Stevenson e-mail discussion groups and by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
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Whom the Gods Love, ROSS, Kate [Katherine Jean Ross]
50 7008 ROSS, Kate [Katherine Jean Ross] Whom the Gods Love
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1995, 1996; 382 pages Very Good- 
Spine lightly creased, covers edgeworn, laminate beginning to lift at edges, pages pale yellow but clean, none loose.; The third mystery in this enjoyable series set in Regency England. Unfortunately the author died quite young and there are only four books featuring the 'dandyish man-about-town' amateur sleuth Julian Kestrel.; "Alexander Falkland hasn't an enemy in the world. Young, talented, and charming, he shines in every field he enters: law, architecture, the investment market. But one night his luck runs out with a vengeance. In the midst of one of his famous parties, he is found with his head smashed, a bloodstained poker beside him. No wonder the inscription on his grave reads: Whom the Gods Love Die Young.

When the Bow Street Runners fail to solve the crime, Alexander's distraught father turns to Julian Kestrel, elegant dandy and intrepid amateur sleuth. Soon Kestrel is up to his ears in suspects-and enigmas. Who was Alexander, really? Social reformer or butterfly, devoted husband or rake? Kestrel must peel off one mask after another, until at last he discovers an Alexander no one knew -- except, perhaps, the killer."

Recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and the Georgette Heyer, Angela Thirkell, and DE Stevenson e-mail discussion groups and by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 5.95 USD

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