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The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkeley

1929 - W. Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London - First Edition
A rare near fine first edition of this highlight of 1920’s crime fiction, and according to Julian Symons in Bloody Murder, 'one of the most stunning trick stories in the history of detective fiction'.

Joan Bendix is killed by a poisoned box of liqueur chocolates that cannot have been intended for her to eat. The police investigation rapidly reaches a dead end. Chief Inspector Moresby calls on Roger Sheringham and his Crimes Circle – six amateur but intrepid detectives – to consider the case. The evidence is laid before the Circle and the members take it in turn to offer a solution. Each is more convincing than the last, slowly filling in the pieces of the puzzle, until the dazzling conclusion.

‘A notable tour de force with no less than six separate solutions, and a veritable textbook of the literature’. – Howard Haycraft,
Murder for Pleasure. 
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Death in the House - Anthony Berkeley

1939 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
A rare Berkeley title.

‘Lord Wellacombe, Secretary of State for India, dies whilst giving a speech to introduce a new bill on the floor of the House of Commons. His untimely demise looks like a stroke, but is it mere coincidence that a threat on his life had been made? The bill needs to be passed, but is anyone brave enough to defy the threats and risk potential murder?’

Enter Lord Arthur...
 
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Trial and Error - Anthony Berkeley

1937 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
Dedicated to P. G. Wodehouse.

‘Non-descript, upstanding Mr Todhunter is told that he has only months to live. He decides to commit a murder for the good of mankind. Finding a worthy victim proves far from easy, and there is a false start before he settles on and dispatches his target. But then the police arrest an innocent man, and the honourable Todhunter has to set about proving himself guilty of the murder.’
 
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Before the Fact, A Murder Story for Ladies - Francis Iles (pseud. Anthony Berkeley Cox)

1932 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
As Colin Dexter (of Inspector Morse fame) points out, despite the fact that this is one of the earliest ‘inverted’ crime novels, shocking traditional Golden Age murder mystery fans by ‘unashamedly’ announcing the identity of the murderer on the first page, ‘readers were never going to be disappointed for more than a few pages – if that – since interest is immediately kindled in a wholly different kind of puzzle.’ ‘We are no longer in the mind of the detective as he grapples with evidence. Instead, we are far closer to the criminal action, we share the thoughts of the murder’s victim’.

A powerful psychological drama and the basis for the film "Suspicion" (1941) directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine.
 
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1931 - Mundanus Ltd. Victor Gollancz Publisher, London - First Edition
It was not until several weeks after he had decided to murder his wife that Dr. Bickleigh took any active steps in the matter. Murder is a serious business.’

Outstandingly original, a notable and influential example of the inverted detective story, subtly presented by Anthony Berkeley’s alter ego, Iles, Ingenious, subtle, unconventional and a favourite of Alfred Hitchcock.

An exceptional example of the first printing which was published in delicate wrappers using Gollancz’s ‘Mundanus’ imprint.
 
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Death in a White Tie - Ngaio Marsh

1938 - Geoffrey Bles, London - First Edition
“It is a curious thing that when one speaks from the heart it is invariably in the worst of taste.’

First edition of Marsh’s Death in a White Tie , and the seventh novel to feature the famed gentleman detective, Roderick Alleyn. Known as one of the seminal ‘Queens of Crime’, alongside titans such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Marsh became one of the most influential crime writers of the 20th century, her novels recognisable for their witty dialogue, realistic settings, and fast paced plotting.  
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Lady Molly of Scotland Yard – Inscribed to the Detection Club - Baroness Orczy

1928 April - Cassell and Company, London - Second Impression of the popular edition
A unique and important association copy. A gift from Baroness Orczy to the ‘Detection Club’, whose founder members include Anthony Berkeley, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Freeman Wills Crofts. Baroness Orczy was initiated into the club in 1930.

Inscribed ‘
The Detection Club, With the author’s compliments, Emmuska Orczy, Montecarlo 1932’, and with the club library’s pictorial bookplate to the front pastedown.

In a rare example of the dust jacket which is scarce in any of the early editions. Containing 12 short stories about Lady Molly Robertson-Kirk, one of the early female sleuths who fictionally joins the police force to head up the ‘Female Department of the Yard’, a decade before women were actually allowed to join.
 
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