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.
  Ernest Robertson Punshon (1872-1956) ‘is one of the most shamefully neglected writers of detective fiction. His ability to construct labyrinthine plots that keep the reader fascinated but not confused is rivalled only by John Dickson Carr, with whom he shares a powerful imagination, a gift of conveying atmosphere and setting, and a most ingeniously fertile mind, adept at devising clues and situations. Yet his work is not only exemplary detective fiction, but studies of character, of the catalyst that drives an ordinary human being to commit the ultimate crime. In their emphasis on bizarre psychology, fantastic (but logical and convincing) plots, and the ability of the past to influence the present (whether it be in the form of past crimes or literary or artistic treasures), his work resembles a combination of H.C. Bailey, Gladys Mitchell, G.K. Chesterton and Michael Innes.’ - Nick Fuller, Golden Age of Detection.

Provenance: The Detection Club, with their bookplate.

References: Cooper & Pike,
Detective Fiction, 243. Herbert, The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 187. Dean Street Press. The Dorothy Sayers quote is from the front panel of the original 1939 Gollancz dust jacket of Murder Abroad.

Octavo (book size 19.3x13.1cm), pp. vi 290. Publisher’s light grey cloth, spine lettered in blue. Dust jacket with both corners of front flap trimmed and a printed price of ‘$2.50’ to upper part of outer edge.
  Condition: Near fine, fading to spine, in near fine dust jacket light rubbing to folds.   Ref: 109586   Price: HK$ 3,100