The Queen and the Corpse - Max Murray 1949 - Farrar, New York - First Edition A fine first edition in fine dust jacket.

‘The
Queen Alexandra sailed from Southampton one foggy morning...

The ship was not twenty-four hours out on the high seas when young Peter Almsfrod, British gentlamn of leisure, was informing Steward Everard Hopkins that one of the passengers was dead...’
  First Edition, most recent title listed opposite title page ‘The King and the Corpse’ (1948), verso of title page states ‘Copyright, 1949’ with no further printings listed. Published a year later as ‘No Duty on a Corpse’ by Joseph, London.

References: Reilly,
Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers (1980), 1102.

Octavo (book size 19.3x13.3cm), pp. [4] 232 [4]. In publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in black, all edges trimmed. Dust jacket priced ‘$2.50’ to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine, with the exception of a small amount of rubbing to lower edges, in fine dust jacket.   Ref: 110450   Price: HK$ 1,200