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Ellery Queen's Grand Slam: 25th Annual Mystery Anthology (25 Stories from *Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine").

By Ellery Queen, (Editor).

New York, NY World Publishing Company, 1970. Hardcover First Edition (1970), First Printing, so stated. First Edition (1970), First Printing, so stated. Very Good+ in Very Good+ DJ: Both book and DJ show indications of very careful use. The Book shows just a touch of wear to the corner tips and a hint of shelf rubbing along the bottom edges of the boards; some faint spots and smudges to the top edge of the text block; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or marginalia or marks in the text. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. A handsome copy; structurally sound and tightly bound, showing the mildest shelving wear and minor, unobtrusive cosmetic flaws. Bright and Clean. Not far from "As New". The DJ shows only very mild wear:to the outside edges, with a couple fo tiny closed tears to the top edge the price has been clipped; mylar-protected. Again, not perfect, but not far from "As New". NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.65 x 6 x 1.35 inches). xii, 316 pages. Language: English. Weight: 1 pound, 7 ounces. Hardback with DJ. Contributions by Stanley Ellin, Christina Brand, Anthony Gilbert, Michael Gilbert, Lawrence Treat, Margery Allingham, Julian Symons, Joe Gores, and others.

$14.70

The Mistress of Alderley.
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The Mistress of Alderley.

By Robert Barnard .

Scottsdale, AZ Poisoned Pen Press, 2005. Paperback First Edition USA (2005), so stated. First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. First Edition USA (2005), so stated. First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Fine in Wraps: flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any creases to the covers. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, like-new copy, showing no flaws. Bright and Clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches). 232 pages. Language: English. Weight: 10.4 ounces. First published in Great Britain in 2000. Trade Paperback.

$14.70

The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures: The Life and Unrecorded Cases of the World's Greatest Detective.
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The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures: The Life and Unrecorded Cases of the World's Greatest Detective.

By Mike Ashley, (Editor).

New York, NY Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1997. Paperback First Edition USA (1997), so stated. First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. First Edition USA (1997), so stated. First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: just a hint of wear to the extremities; some very faint wrinkles to the middle of the front panel; a single, faint crease top to bottom of the backstrip; the binding leans very slightly off square, while remaining perfectly secure; the text is clean, but the pages have tanned ever so slightly, due to aging. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome, nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tighly bound, showing only very mild wear and a couple of very minor flaws. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.75 x 5.2 x 1.5 inches). xv, 524 pages. Appendices. Foreward by Richard Lancelyn Green. Language: English. Weight: 14 ounces. Mammoth Book Series. First published in the UK by Robinson Publishing earlier in 1997. Trade Paperback. Twenty-Six Sherlock Holmes Stories by Michael Moorcock, H.R.F. Keating, Edward D. Hoch, Amy Myers, Basil Copper and Others.

$14.70

The Bay Psalm Book Murder.
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The Bay Psalm Book Murder.

By Will Harriss .

New York, NY Pinnacle Books, 1985. Mass Market Paperback First Edition Thus [1985]; First Printing indicated by a complete number line. First Edition Thus [1985]; First Printing indicated by a complete number line. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a few faint hints of indentations to the front panel, from careless stacking; the mildest rubbing to the panels; a faint crease near the upper corner of the rear panel; there may be some faint toning to the panels, but we suspect that is actually part of the book's design; the text pages have tanned slightly, due to aging. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. (6.75 x 4.25 x 0.7 inches). 199 pages. Weight: 4.1 ounces. Mass Market Paperback. Winner of the 1983 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

$8.23

Double Double.

By Ellery Queen.

New York, NY Dell Publishing Company, 1965. Paperback First Edition Thus [1965], so stated. First Edition Thus [1965], so stated. Very Good+ in Wraps: shows very slight spine lean; just a touch of wear to extremities; very mild bump/scuff at top front face; barely discernible rubbing to sheen of wrapper covers. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 256pp. Mass Market Paperback. Original Wraps. Cover illustration by Kalin. Joint pseudonym of Frederic Dannay, and Manfred B. Lee. Mass Market Paperback. (Also released as: The Case of the Seven Murders). A tough case for Queen. Every move is a double-cross, and every clue is double-edged . . . right down to a set of identical twins. Cover illustration by Kalin.

$6.47

The Poisoned Chalice: Being the Second Journal of Sir Roger Shallot Concerning Wicked Conspiracies and Horrible Murders Perpetrated in the Reign of King Henry VIII.
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The Poisoned Chalice: Being the Second Journal of Sir Roger Shallot Concerning Wicked Conspiracies and Horrible Murders Perpetrated in the Reign of King Henry VIII.

By Michael Clynes.

New York, NY Macmillan: Otto Penzler, 1994. Hardcover First Edition USA [1994], so stated. First Printing Thereof, so indicated. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ: Book shows only minute indications of use: barely discernible smudges to the top and fore-edges; the binding is very slightly off square, but remains perfectly secure; else flawless; the text is clean. The DJ shows no discernible wear or flaw, but the price has been clipped. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 280pp. First Edition USA [1994], so stated. First Printing Thereof, so indicated. Hardback with DJ.

$3.53

Murder in Retrospect.

By Agatha Chrisie.

New York, NY Bantam Books, 1985. Hardcover First Edition Thus, Second Printing. Very Near Fine: shows only a single page inadvertently dog-eared at the lower corner and a couple other pages showing superficial roughing at the lower corner; there is a single superficial bump at the lower edge of both boards. The binding remains square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 185pp. Decorated Endpapers. Black Leatherette over boards with gilt titles and designs at the front panel and gilt titles at the backstrip. First Edition Thus, Second Printing. Hardback: Leatherette. "Murder in Retrospect" is probably the best murder mystery I've ever read. Detective Hercule Poirot is called upon by the now-grown daughter of a woman convicted of the murder of her father. She wishes to know the truth of the matter as she faces her own impending marriage. Thus Hercule embarks on interviewing all of the individuals who were concerned with a closed case now sixteen years old. As he arranges the facts, the feelings and movements of all the players a pattern emerges that becomes perfectly clear to Mr. Poirot. He explains how the crime was conceived and committed to those acquainted with the case. In this case, the identity of the culprit and the flawless logic behind it is not known until the final pages. Excellently written, spectaculaly gripping.

$8.23

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery.
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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery.

New York, NY Bantam Books, 1996. Mass Market Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only fairly heavy tanning to the text pages, due to aging. Binding square and secure; text clean. Bright and tight. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 318pp .Jane Austen Mysteries Series. Mass Market Paperback. Stephanie Barron has created a delightful mystery series that captures the essence of Austen for a modern-day audience. Readers who know Jane Austen through only her novels (and not her letters, for example) may not always recognize Barron's sophisticated integration of fact with fiction, but anyone familiar with Austen's biography will surely enjoy the imagination and cleverness of this series. Mystery lovers and all but the most curmudgeonly of Austen fans will enjoy this well-written tale as well. The first in the series, this book introduces Jane-as-sleuth along with the cast of supporting characters. Barron is true to Austen's character and life (as much as we know of it, anyway) and has written a solid mystery also. Thoroughly enjoyable.

$9.41

Mama Rocks the Empty Cradle.
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Mama Rocks the Empty Cradle.

By Nora DeLoach.

New York, NY Bantam Books, 1999. Mass Market Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities; barely discernible crease at the backstrip. Binding shows the slightest lean, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 196pp. Mass Market Paperback. Simone Covington returns to her hometown of Otis, South Carolina to help her mother when Mama undergoes bunion surgery. However, before Mama can recover, a neighbor, Cricket Childs, is murdered and the young woman's baby is missing. In spite of the need to stay off her feet, Mama, using her daughter as her legs, begins to investigate what happened to the infant and who killed the young lady? She quickly links the past to the present and begins to uncover the mystery in her inimitable, down home style. Like the previous novel in this series (MAMA STALKS THE PAST) this entry is a brilliant regional mystery that will absolutely provide 100% pleasure to sub-genre fans. Mama is the great Southern philosopher who readers will adore and cherish. Simone, with her flaws and growth in MAMA ROCKS THE CRADLE, adds depth to the tale. Who-done-it in Americana has never been better than in Nora DeLoach's cozy.

$9.41

Dire Threads (A Threadville Mystery).
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Dire Threads (A Threadville Mystery).

By Janet Bolin.

New York, NY Berkley: Prime Crime, 2011. Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Fine in Wraps: binding square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 326pp. Mass Market Paperback. Imagine a charming village with businesses catering to those who love sewing, weaving, fabrics and similar domestic arts. Where daily busloads of tourists arrive to wander happily through the magic aisles full of tempting materials and notions? A sanctuary for crafters where the outside world with all its problems is as far away as the Moon. Welcome to Threadville. Shopkeeper Willow Vanderling has opened her embroidery store, In Stitches, alongside The Stash, Tell us a Yarn, Buttons and Bows, and Batty About Quilts. Problem is, the annoying zoning commissioner Mike Krawbach is determined to withhold a building permit to repair her quaint outbuilding, Blueberry Cottage, calling it a "shed on a flood plain." Willow knows that it's a Victorian gingerbread gem which needs merely a loving facelift. Mean-spirited Mike and his roughneck pals also plan to turn the scenic, tree-lined paths of the riverside town on the Pennsylvania end of Lake Erie into freeways for ATV operators, a down side to rural living. When the stakes involve peace and quiet, the balance can tip from good to evil faster than a rumour can sneak down Lake Street. Trouble is coming to Paradise. Then Mike turns up dead on Willow's property. She becomes an instant suspect because of her animosity and because her canoe paddle was found nearby the body. The blood on her clothes came from her dogs nosing around the crime scene, she protests. Small details return to her memory. What about the dark truck spied leaving the area at night? Seems that everyone has one of those. Bumbling Uncle Allen, the town constabulary, brandishes his handcuffs, ready to convict Willow on the spot. Calling in the State Police is the next step. Someone needs to take an objective view of the crime. Willow decides that along with her crafting pals and their matchless feminine intuition, she'll solve the murder and restore calm to the treasured enclave. Midnight forays and town suppers make a great excuse to snoop or ask questions. And what about that missing padlock? Everywhere she looks, she turns up another person who had resented the victim. With his history of bullying, it might even be someone from his distant past. Slights are never forgotten in Threadville. Even though the village seems filled with harmless eccentrics like a bee keeper, a gaggle of gossipy women, and the jolly songster, Dr. Wrinklesides, that doesn't mean that the murderer was a visiting tramp, the age-old scapegoat. Romance is also in the air. Overseen by three doting "mothers," every available man becomes a marriage possibility for Willow and her youngest neighbour Haylee. A handsome local handyman seems a likely match. Even better, he loves her sweet dogs, Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho. But perhaps he had the same motives as everyone else. No one can rest until the murderer is caught.This first entry into a promising series will delight crafters with its arcana and knowledgeable information and suggestions. There's even an embroidery pattern for a cell-phone case at the end of the book. Others in search of a gentle and well-crafted mystery will be equally pleased to try to solve the puzzle.

$6.47

Death of a Fool.

By Ngaio Marsh.

New York, NY Berkley Prime Crime , 1994. Paperback Reprint Edition; First Printing thus. Fine in Wraps: binding square and secure; text clean. Pages have tanned just slightly. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 12mo. 303pp. Reprint Edition; First Printing thus. Mass Market Paperback. At the winter solstice, South Mardian's swordsmen weave their blades in an ancient ritual dance. But for one of them, the excitement proves too heady, and his decapitation turns the fertility rite into a pageant of death. Now Inspector Roderick Alleyn must penetrate not only the mysteries of folklore, but the secrets and sins of an eccentric group who include a surly blacksmith, a domineering dowager, and a not-so-simple village idiot.

$8.23

Roughstock [A Gail McCarthy Mystery].
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Roughstock [A Gail McCarthy Mystery].

By Laura Crum.

New York, NY St Martin's Press, 1997. Hardcover First Ed; First Printing indicated. First Ed; First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows barely discernible shelfwear; binding square and secure; text clean. DJ shows the mildest rubbing; price unclipped; mylar-protected. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 210pp. Hardback with DJ. A veterinarian and amateur sleuth, Gail McCarthy attends a equine seminar during which one of her colleagues is murdered, a case that tickles her curiosity and leads her on a trail leading uncomfortably close to home. Crum endows Gail with an endearing love of animals, a warm appreciation of the western landscape and an affable boyfriend who lets her call the shots. Including a thrilling cinematic chase scene on horseback, it all adds up to a satisfying mystery with lots of heart." Publishers Weekly "As usual, the pace is brisk; the reader becomes involved early on and travels at a high lope throughout. Crum obviously knows the equine industry and it shows.

$8.23

Poison in the Pen.

By Patricia Wentworth.

New York, NY HarperCollins: HarperPaperbacks , 1996. Paperback First Edition Thus [1996]; First Printing indicated. First Edition Thus [1996]; First Printing indicated. Fine in Wraps: binding square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 12mo. 264pp. Mass Market Paperback. Miss Silver is called to the village of Tilling Green to solve a mystery of hateful letters. One woman has already committed suicide because of them, or so it seems. The characters include a British gentleman,Colonel Repton, Scilla, his unloving young wife, Valentine, his wealthy young ward, and Mr. Barton, an antisocial bachelor with seven cats. Miss Silver, in her skillful and friendly way,investigates the village residents. Wentworth has a talent for making an ordinary English village a setting for evil deeds. Even a cup of cocoa can have sinister implications. There is a romance as in all the Miss Silver books. Valentine finds her true love,while Colonel Repton seeks a divorce. This won't keep you awake at night, but it is an enjoyable tradtional mystery.

$8.23