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He Who Whispers. A Dr. Fell Mystery Story - John Dickson Carr

1946 - Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition of this ‘locked room’ murder mystery featuring the large pince-nez wearing, pipe smoking Dr Gideon Fell, who applies the full weight of his knowledge and education (B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard, M.A. from Oxford, and law degree from Edinburgh) to the challenge presented...

‘The master of the ‘Locked Room’ murder mystery, prolific American author John Dickson Carr (1906-77), who also wrote under the names ‘Carter Dickson’, ‘Carr Dickson’, and ‘Roger Fairbairn’, was a highly regarded member of the ‘Golden Age’ sect, his complex, plot-driven stories concentrated on the puzzle of the story rather than the fast-paced tough-guy violence purveyed by his contemporary pulp hacks. Carr modelled his major detective - overweight lexicographer Dr Gideon Fell - on G.K. Chesterton. The stories see the eccentric Fell solving ‘impossible’ crimes, where the victim is usually discovered, not only with doors and windows locked from the inside, but with multiple impediments.’ [BMC]
 
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It Walks By Night - John Dickson Carr

1930 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Edition, First Impression
First edition of John Dickson Carr’s first novel, and introducing the flamboyant Parisian juge d’instruction, Henry Bencolin.

First edition, first impression, in blue cloth with light blue lettering, copyright page stating ‘
First Edition’ and with correct first impression code of 'A-E'.

This is ‘A Harper Sealed Mystery’ - the gimmick employed by Harper & Brothers between 1929 and 1934, in which a yellow tissue paper certificate was wrapped around the final pages that revealed Whodunnit. If the seal was unbroken the purchaser could return the book for a refund. In this copy the remnants can be seen attached to the rear pastedown, so no refund.
 
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Seeing is Believing - Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr)

1941 - William Morrow & Co., New York - First Edition
Another impossible situation put up to Sir Henry Merrivale and the grumbling Chief Inspector Humphrey Masters of Scotland Yard. 
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My Late Wives. Another Adventure of Sir Henry Merrivale - Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr)

1946 - William Morrow & Company, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition in bright dust jacket with no fading.

Featuring Sir Henry Merrivale and the grumbling Chief Inspector Humphrey Masters of Scotland Yard.

‘All Roger Bewlay’s wives had four things in common: no near relatives – a hunger for romantic love – an idylic honeymoon – and, after their honeymoon,
nobody ever saw them again . . .’ 
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My Late Wives. Another Adventure of Sir Henry Merrivale - Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr)

1947 - William Heinemann Ltd, London Toronto - First English Edition
A fine first English edition.

Featuring Sir Henry Merrivale and the grumbling Chief Inspector Humphrey Masters of Scotland Yard.

‘All Roger Bewlay’s wives had four things in common: no near relatives – a hunger for romantic love – an idylic honeymoon – and, after their honeymoon,
nobody ever saw them again . . .’ 
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He Wouldn’t Kill Patience - Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr)

1944 - The Hampton Publishing Company distributed by William Morrow & Company, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition of this adventure featuring Sir Henry Merrivale and the Royal Albert Zoological Gardens... 
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It Might Lead Anywhere - Inscribed to the Detection Club - E. R. Punshon

1947 - The Macmillan Company, New York - First American Edition
First American edition with excellent provenance, a gift from Punshon to the Detection Club, (he became a member in 1933), in which Punshon has written on the front endpaper ‘The Detection Club’ with their address ‘12 Kingly St. W.1.’, it also contains the illustrated bookplate of the Detection Club library.

Give me gossip or Sherlock Holmes, and I take gossip every time. The detective’s first aid and ever present help in time of doubt.’

Why should anyone want to murder a man like Alfred Brown? Yet slain he was, in his own home and with a poker. (
Dean Street Press). The 22nd Bobby Owen mystery.

“What is distinction?... The few who achieve it step – plot or no plot – unquestioned into the first rank. We recognised it in Sherlock Holmes and in
Trent’s Last Case, in The Mystery at the Villa Rose, in the Father Brown stories, and in the works of Mr. E. R. Punshon we salute it every time.” – Dorothy Sayers. 
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The Secret Search - E. R. Punshon

1951 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
Superb copy in bright and unfaded Gollancz dust jacket, with fine provenance, containing the bookplate of The Detection Club, Punshon was initiated into the club in 1933.

“There’s a spot of trouble this morning. Old gentleman found dead in his bath.”
Bobby answered: “there may be one chance in a million it’s natural death.”


When the notorious gangster Cy King was imprisoned thanks to Commander Bobby Owen’s investigation, he spent a good deal of time talking about avenging himself... (
Dean Street Press). The 28th Bobby Owen mystery.

“What is distinction?... The few who achieve it step – plot or no plot – unquestioned into the first rank. We recognised it in Sherlock Holmes and in
Trent’s Last Case, in The Mystery at the Villa Rose, in the Father Brown stories, and in the works of Mr. E. R. Punshon we salute it every time.” – Dorothy Sayers. 
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