The Two Undertakers - Francis Beeding 1933 - Little, Boston - First American Edition Featuring Colonel Alistair Granby of C.I.D., aided by Ronald Briercliffe and Hilda von Esseling as they engage in a chess game across Eastern Europe against a fanatical Frenchman’s modern day Assassins who plan the destruction of present-day Germany.

An interesting scenario considering this ‘present-day Germany’ is set in the early 1930’s.
  First American edition, published the same year in London by Hodder & Stoughton. With the most recent book listed opposite the title page being ‘Take it Crooked’ (1932), verso of title page states ’Published January, 1933’ with no further printings listed.

John Leslie Palmer (1885-1944) and Hilary Adam St. George Saunders (1898-1951), British crime writers who both studied at Balliol College, Oxford. Wrote together under the pseudonym Francis Beeding and also under the pseudonym of David Pilgrim.

Reference: Reilly, ’
Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers’ (1980), 86.

Octavo (book size 19.3x13.3cm), pp. [6] 276 [2]. In publisher’s light purple cloth, spine and upper board lettered in dark purple. Dust jacket price-clipped to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket, gently toned, some rubbing and wear to upper corners.   Ref: 110433   Price: HK$ 1,800