Mr. Fortune Explains; Case for Mr. Fortune; Mr. Fortune Wonders; Shadow on the Wall - H. C. Bailey 1930 - Ward, London - First Editions Three first editions of these short story collections, together with the first full length novel, Shadow on the Wall, all featuring Doctor Reggie Fortune, a remarkable detective whose rotund frame conceals a razor-sharp mind and a fighting spirit. ‘Scotland Yard’s foremost pathologist, a master of forensic evidence, whom nothing escapes’. A true champion of the oppressed, Fortune will never let a murderer escape justice—whether his victim was royalty or the lowest of the low.

Mr. Fortune Explains: Eight ‘explanations’ - The Picnic, The Little Milliner, The Wedding Ring, The Football Photograph, The Rock Garden, The Silver Cross, The Bicycle Lamp,and The Face in the Picture.

Case for Mr. Fortune: Eight ‘cases’ - The Greek Play, The Mountain Meadow, the Pair of Spectacles, The Bunch of Grapes, The Sported Oak, The Oak Gall, The Little Dog, and The Walrus Ivory.

Mr. Fortune Wonders: Eight stories - The Cigarette Case, The Yellow Diamonds, The Lilies of St Gabriel’s, The Gipsy Moth, The Fairy Cycle, The Oleander Flowers, The Love Bird, and The Old Bible.
  ‘It is difficult to find in modern detection puzzles more elaborately conceived or genuinely mystifying’. – Howard Haycraft, Murder for Pleasure, 1941.

Henry Christopher Bailey (1878–1961) was a classics scholar (first class honours) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and cox of his college boat. It was during his term as war correspondent in the years 1914-1918 that Bailey turned to writing detective stories “as a relief”.

References: Haycraft,
Murder for Pleasure, 125. Herbert, The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 34. Symons, Bloody Murder, 166.

Octavo, four volumes (19.6 x 13 cm).
Mr. Fortune Explains pp. 320. In publisher’s green cloth (see Queen, Detective Short Story 8), lettered and ruled in black; Case for Mr. Fortune pp. v [1] 7-320. In publisher’s olive green cloth (see Queen, Detective Short Story 8), lettered and ruled in black; Mr. Fortune Wonders pp. 316 [4 (publisher’s ads)]. In publisher’s light brown cloth (see Queen, Detective Short Story 8), lettered and ruled in black; Shadow on the Wall pp. 295 [1]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in orange.
  Condition: Near fine, very faint foxing to foredges, some toning to pastedowns, one or two gatherings over opened. Slightly more wear to corners and edges of Shadow on the Wall.   Ref: 109022   Price: HK$ 2,000