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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
Lesson in Secrets, A
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Well of Lost Plots, The, FFORDE, Jasper
26 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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27 291 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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28 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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29 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
30 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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31 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
32 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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Spy's Bedside Book, The, GREENE, Graham and Hugh (Ed.)
33 7418 GREENE, Graham and Hugh (Ed.) Spy's Bedside Book, The
Hardcover Rupert Hart-Davis: London; 1957; First British Edition 256 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ 
Publishing date on title page indicates this is a first edition. Clean tan cloth binding with silver gilt lettering on spine has bumped spine ends and a bumped top corner. Previous Dutch bookseller label on front pastedown. No dust wrapper. A nice copy.; Edited by Graham and Hugh Greene, this anthology of truth and fiction includes work by several writers, some of whom were suspected of being spies. It includes an extensive bibliography. Did the East Germans really buy 100 copies of this title when it was first published?; ''This classic anthology includes stories by some of the great writers on spying and many practitioners, including Ian Fleming and John Buchan, Sir Robert Baden-Powell and Belle Boyd, Walter Schellenberg, Sir Paul Dukes and Vladimir Petrov, and from the golden age of mystery and suspense, William Le Queux and E. Phillips Oppenheim.There are also some unexpected figures: William Blake, D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Mann, all suspected of spying in three great wars.

How can you hide messages in a boiled egg? Why should you always put pepper in your vodka when in Russia? Answers to these questions and much more can be found in this thrilling collection, which will enthrall readers once again with its tales of espionage from a bygone era.' Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 17.50 USD

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34 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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Five Bells and Bladebone, The, GRIMES, Martha
35 7376 GRIMES, Martha Five Bells and Bladebone, The
Hardcover Little, Brown & Company: Boston; 1987; First US Edition 299 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Corners lightly bumped, page edges faintly smudged. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly rubbed and edgeworn with a faintly sunned spine. Rear white panel a bit age yellowed. A nice copy. ; The ninth book in the Richard Jury / Melrose Plant mystery series. "When a dismembered corpse is found in the compartments of an antique secretaire a abattant, Marshall Trueblood, recipient of the precious piece of furniture, is the first to protest: "I bought the desk, not the body, send it back." Who would want to kill Simon Lean, the greedy nephew of the wealthy Lady Summerston?

Leave it to Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to suggest a connection to the murder of brassy Limehouse lady named Sadie Driver, found dead near Wapping Old Stairs...if that stone-cold body on the slipway is really Sadie. Not even her brother, Tommy, on a visit from Gravesend, can swear to it."; The entire Richard Jury series recommended by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD

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Old Silent, Grimes, Martha
36 664 Grimes, Martha Old Silent
Hardcover Little, Brown: New York; 1989; First US Edition 425 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A nice copy that has a 1 and 1/2" red grease pencil smear on front endpaper top corner. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn.; The tenth Richard Jury / Melrose Plant mystery. 'Feeling burned out, Jury takes an unplanned stopover in Yorkshire and books a room at a cozy inn called the Old Silent. Violence finds him anyway when he becomes the only witness to a murder. Though Nell Healey shot her husband in cold blood, Jury will go to any lengths to help her, including taking sick leave from Scotland Yard to investigate. Calling on his old friend Melrose Plant for help, he must break through Nell's reticence to untangle a web of twisted motives--and twisted lives....'; The entire Richard Jury series recommended by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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37 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
38 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
39 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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40 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
41 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
42 6830 HEYER, Georgette Toll-Gate, The [Unabridged Audio Cassette]
Cassette; Audio Tape Chivers Press: Bath; c1954,1998; Very Good+ 
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.' ; 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.; "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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43 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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44 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.
45 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
46 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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47 1277 King, Laurie Darker Place
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: New York; 1999; Near Fine  
477 pages; A new paperback book. ; This is not one of the author's Mary Russell and S. Holmes series. It is set in present day US. Anne Waverly is an undercover FBI operative.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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Monstrous Regiment of Women, A, KING, Laurie
48 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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Swan Thieves, The, KOSTOVA, Elizabeth
49 6805 KOSTOVA, Elizabeth Swan Thieves, The
Hardcover Little, Brown: NY; 2010; First US Edition 564 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine tail faintly bumped, scratch along bottom text block edge and a few faint smudges; interior pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, a few smudges on white rear flap. ; "Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver, a series of centuries old love letters, and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope." - Publisher. Recommended. Oversized book will not fit safely in an Int'l Priority envelope. Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 8.75 USD
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Dance on Blood, LINSCOTT, Gillian
50 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. 
Price: 8.50 USD

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