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Family Vault, The, MACLEOD, Charlotte
51 7066 MACLEOD, Charlotte Family Vault, The
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Doubleday: NY; 1979; 184 pages Good+ 
Although not stated this feels like a book club edition. Spine ends and corners bumped and worn, covers soiled, book is cocked, a few page edges soiled. No dust wrapper. A reading copy.; Sarah Kelling of Boston meets Max Bittersohn for the first time. 'Great-uncle Frederick has passed away, and the Kelling clan of Boston has made plans to put the old gentleman's remains in the family vault on Beacon Hill. When the vault is opened, however, there's someone already there that no one could have ever expected -- the skeleton of a burlesque queen who disappeared thirty years ago!'; This author recommended by Sally P, Jane S, Mary Anne H, Luette S, Anne S, Anna B, and Leslie amonst others of the DES email discussion group as well as by Tom J and Jerri C of the AT and DES email discussion groups and the ATS. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 6.75 USD
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Resurrection Man, The, MACLEOD, Charlotte
52 7303 MACLEOD, Charlotte Resurrection Man, The
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Mysterious Press: NY; 1992; 208 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A lovely copy. Spine tail bumped and faintly worn, dust wrapper lightly edgeworn with a tiny closed tear at rear flap and a few short creases to front flap.; The tenth murder mystery featuring art detectives Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn.; This author recommended by Sally P, Jane S, Mary Anne H, Luette S, Anne S, Anna B, and Leslie amonst others of the DES email discussion group as well as by Tom J and Jerri C of the AT and DES email discussion groups and the ATS. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.75 USD
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Pale as the Dead, MOUNTAIN, Fiona
53 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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Goldenboy, NAVA, Michael
54 7067 NAVA, Michael Goldenboy
Hardcover Alyson Publications: Boston; 1988; Second Printing 215 pages Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; First edition published April 1988, this second printing issued July 1988. Cover art by Robert J. Adragna. Signed by author with full name on title page with an additional personal note signed Michael on reverse of front free endpaper. Red remainder mark bottom textblock edge, spine tail faintly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A lovely copy indeed.; Winner of the 1988 Lambda Rising Award for Best Gay Mystery. In the second novel of the series, gay California defense attorney Henry Rios is determined to find out who killed the co-worker that threated to expose Jim Pears as homosexual. Someone is trying very hard to ensure all the evidence points to Jim Pears but the pieces of the puzzle don't seem to fit. At the time of publication the author worked as an attorney in Los Angeles. He has also worked on the staff of the California Supreme Court.; "An effective, affecting blend of detection and gay romance."-Booklist Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 26.50 USD
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Hidden Law, The, NAVA, Michael
55 7069 NAVA, Michael Hidden Law, The
Hardcover Harpercollins: NY; 1992; First Edition 193 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Signed by author with full name on title page with an additional brief note signed MN on the "Also by Michael Nava" page . Spine ends and bottom corners faintly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly rubbed and edgeworn. A very nice copy.; In the fourth novel of the series, gay Chicano attorney Henry Rios searches 'Los Angeles's underside for a powerful politician's murderer'. At the time of publication the author worked as an attorney in the Los Angeles Court of Appeals. He has also worked on the staff of the California Supreme Court.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 29.50 USD
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How Town, NAVA, Michael
56 7068 NAVA, Michael How Town
Hardcover Harper & Row: NY; 1990; Second Printing 244 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Dust wrapper art by Michael Sabanosh. Signed by author with full name on title page with an additional personal note signed Michael on "Also by Michael Nava" page. Black marker used for this has bled through to reverse of both pages and left smudges on both pages. Black stain also on front cover of book and corresponding area on inside of dw. Spine tail faintly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and rubbed.; Winner of the Lambda Rising Best Mystery Award. In the third novel of the series, gay California attorney Henry Rios 'tries to clear a client falsely accused of the murder of a child pornographer and finds a secret buried for fifteen years and a man who has already killed to keep it hidden.' The author worked as an attorney in Los Angeles and on the staff of the California Supreme Court.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 24.50 USD
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Body in the Belfry, The, PAGE, Katherine Hall
57 3108 PAGE, Katherine Hall Body in the Belfry, The
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1990; Second Printing 244 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Previous owner's name and inscription on front pastedown, spine ends lightly bumped. Page edges just beginning to yellow; interior pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper has very light edgewear and two tiny (quarter inch) closed tears. A nice copy. ; The author's first novel and the first book in the Faith Sibley Fairchild series.; We believe the author is still a member of the Angela Thirkell Society. 
Price: 34.75 USD
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Body in the Kelp, The, PAGE, Katherine Hall
58 6356 PAGE, Katherine Hall Body in the Kelp, The
Hardcover St Martins Pr: NY; 1991; First US Edition 212 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, spine and top edge sunned, previous owner name and date on front pastedown, pages pale yellow, edges have a few smudges; interior pages clean. Unclipped dust wrapper edgeworn with a sunned spine and a few very short closed tears. ; The second book in the Faith Sibley Fairchild series features murder on the coast of Maine. ; We believe the author is still a member of the Angela Thirkell Society. 'Faith Fairchild spends an August vacation on Sanpere Island, Maine, with her two-year-old son while her minister husband goes on a religious retreat. At an auction, Faith buys a quilt made by recently deceased Matilda Prescott, who bequeathed her Victorian mansion to two off-islanders, much to the distress of locals who believe rumors that a treasure of gold is hidden there.' Dust wrapper matches sample image. 
Price: 19.75 USD
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An Instance of the Fingerpost, PEARS, Iain
59 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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60 1976 PEARS, Iain Raphael Affair
Hardcover Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: New York; 1990; First US Edition 191 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine tail lightly bumped, black remainder mark on top text block edge. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, is rubbed. ; The author received his doctorate in art history from Oxford. This mystery involving the art world in Italy and England is his first novel.  
Price: 14.50 USD
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61 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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62 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
63 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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64 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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65 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
66 910 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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67 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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68 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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69 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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70 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
71 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
72 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. 
Price: 8.25 USD

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Whom the Gods Love, ROSS, Kate [Katherine Jean Ross]
73 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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74 4576 SAYERS, Dorothy Lord Peter Views the Body
Softcover; Mass Market PB Avon: NY; c1928, 1969; Very Good+  
253 pages; Light edgewear, no spine or cover creases, pages pale brown. A nice copy. ; Twelve short stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey dealing with twelve bizarre and tantalizing deaths.  
Price: 5.75 USD
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75 4881 SAYERS, Dorothy Murder Must Advertise
Softcover; Mass Market PB HarperCollins: NY; c1933,1995; Very Good  
356 pages; Covers very lightly edgeworn and rubbed with a touch of light soil, faint spine creases, page edges very lightly yellowed; pages clean, none loose. A nice copy. ; Lord Peter joins a London advertising agency to solve a murder. Sayers drew on her own advertising experience when she wrote this delightful novel. The Lord Peter Wimsey books were the basis for the Masterpiece Theater television series.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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