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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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1908 - The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis - First Edition
First edition, in which all goes wrong for a wealthy, middle-aged spinster renting a millionaire’s mansion for the summer holidays in California. Illustrated with one colour and six black and white plates by Lester Ralph.

This is Rinehart’s first successful novel and was wildly popular when it first came out in 1907. She went on to become America’s highest pad author before the war. It is the book which invented the ‘
Had I But Known It’ school of detective fiction, in which the principal character's actions have the effect of inadvertently prolonging the mystery and the action. Ogden Nash famously parodied this form of mystery writing in his poem Don't Guess Let Me Tell You: “Had I but known what I know now, I could have saved at least three lives by revealing to the Inspector what I heard through that fortuitous hole in the floor!”. 
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Maigret Abroad - Georges Simenon

1940 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition in English
Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘A Crime in Holland’ and ‘At the Gai-Moulin’.

A Crime in Holland’ – When a French professor visiting the quiet Dutch coastal town of Delfzjil is accused of murder, Maigret is sent to investigate. The community appears happy to blame an unknown outsider, but there are people much closer to home who seem to know much more than they’re letting on: Beetje, the dissatisfied daughter of a local farmer, Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased, and a notorious local crook.

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At the Gai-Moulin’ Inspector Maigret observes from a distance as two boys are accused of killing a rich foreigner in Liège, the city of Simenon’s youth. Their loyalty, which binds them together through their adventures, is put to the test, and seemingly irrelevant social differences threaten their friendship and their freedom. 
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Maigret to the Rescue - Georges Simenon

1941 - Harcourt, New York - First American Edition
Two stories featuring Inspector Maigret in ‘The Flemish Shop’ and ‘The Guinguette by the Seine’.

In ‘
The Flemish Shop’ Maigret is asked to the windswept, rainy border town of Givet by a young woman desperate to clear her family of murder. But their well-kept shop, the sleepy community and its raging river all hide their own mysteries.

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‘Guinguette by the Seine’ a story told by a condemned man leads Maigret to a bar by the Seine and into the sleazy underside of respectable Parisian life. In the oppressive heat of summer, a forgotten crime comes to light.

A radiant late afternoon. The sunshine almost as thick as syrup in the quiet streets of the Left Bank . . . there are days like this, when ordinary life seems heightened, when the people walking down the street, the trams and cars all seem to exist in a fairy tale.’ 
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