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Sea Spy. A Naval Novel - E. Keble Chatterton

1937 - Hurst & Blackett, London - First Edition
First edition in the rare and evocative dust jacket. Chatterton was one of Britain's best-known yachtsmen and maritime writers in the early part of the century.

‘Mr. Keble Chatterton has the art of the sea story at his finger tips and in “Sea Spy” he has combined a fast moving plot with plenty of thrills and action. John Trevenna, late of His Majesty’s Navy, is persuaded by his old chief, now the head of a new department of the Secret Service to give up a pleasure cruise in his one-man yacht, and use it instead to follow the activities of one Zouleki and his henchman Ptemnoff round the costs of France... a vivid and fascinating tale.” –
The Straits Times, Singapore 1937. 
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The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond - G. K. Chesterton

1937 - Dodd, New York - First American Edition
A superb copy of G. K. Chesterton's final collection, eight detective stories, published after his death in 1936. The main characters in the book are Mr. Pond, his friend Captain Peter Gahagan, a romantic and impulsive Irishman, and a well-known government official, Sir Hubert Wotton.

…he was curiously like the pond in the garden. He was so quiet at all normal times, so neat in shape and so shiny, so to speak, in his ordinary reflections of earth and sky and the common daylight. And yet I knew there were some queer things in the pond in the garden. Once in a hundred times, on one or two days during the whole year, the pond would look oddly different; or there would come a flitting shadow or a flash in its flat serenity; and a fish or a frog or some more grotesque creature would show itself to the sky. And I knew there were monsters in Mr. Pond also: monsters in his mind which rose only for a moment to the surface and sank again. They took the form of monstrous remarks, in the middle of all his mild and rational remarks. Some people thought he had suddenly gone mad in the midst of his sanest conversation. But even they had to admit that he must have suddenly gone sane again. 
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Four Faultless Felons - G. K. Chesterton

1930 - Dodd, New York - First American Edition
A fine copy in a rare fine example of the dust jacket designed by Arthur Hawkins.

Four stories bound together by a basic paradox. The stories are ‘
The Moderate Murderer’, ‘The Honest Quack’, ‘The Ecstatic Thief’, and ‘The Loyal Traitor’.

‘Dazzling reading from cover to cover.’ –
The New York Times. 
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The Urgent Hangman - Peter Cheyney

1938 - Collins, London - First Edition
Dennis Wheatley’s copy, inscribed by Peter Cheyney ‘To my good friend Dennis’ and dated ‘14. 6. 38’. With Wheatley’s illustrated bookplate.

A near fine copy of the first ‘Slim Callaghan’ novel, in fine and thus rare dust jacket.

Cheyney’s action-filled and action filled plots ran counter to the comfortable murder mysteries of the time, and Slim Callaghan was, like his American hard-boiled cousins, cynical tough and marginally mannered.
 
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Sparkling Cyanide - Agatha Christie

1945 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
First edition in the striking pictorial dust jacket with a green skull grinning through a glass of cyanide-laced champagne.

A year ago, seven people sat down to dinner. One of them, Rosemary Barton, never got up.... 
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Towards Zero - Agatha Christie

1944 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First English Edition
What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a tennis player?  To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a house party gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head.

Superintendent Battle investigates...
 
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Death Comes As The End - Agatha Christie

1945 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
Set in ancient Egypt, 2000 BC, a priest’s daughter investigating a suspicious death uncovers an asp’s nest of jealousy, betrayal, and serial murder.

A bright copy of this groundbreaking novel, in which Christie anticipates the modern popularity of historical detective stories by setting her murder plot in ancient Egypt.

The book was fully researched, with each chapter scrutinised by leading Egyptologist Professor Stephen Glanville, who was a colleague of the author's husband, British Museum archaeologist Max Mallowan. Christie accompanied the pair on many excavations and travelled extensively throughout Egypt and the Holy Land. She had a great knowledge of the area and was a junior member of the archaeology team.
 
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Destination Unknown - Agatha Christie

1954 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
A Secret Service thriller from the Queen of Crime.

When a number of leading scientists disappear without a trace, concern grows within the intelligence agency. When the only possible lead dies in a plane crash, a British spy must persuade a potential suicide that if she must die, it may as well be in the service of her country.
 
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