Call Mr. Fortune - H. C. Bailey 1924 - Methuen & Co Ltd., London - Second ‘and Cheaper’ Edition Six Long Detective Tales’ which introduced the world to 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.

The tales –
The Archduke’s Tea, The Sleeping Companion, The Nice Girl, The Efficient Assassin, The Hottentot Venus, and The Business Minister.

A bright example, first published in 1919, but with a dust jacket it is elusive as a Hottentot Venus, and so here we have the second edition of 1924 in scarce healthy and unrestored dust jacket showing a far from healthy lady who has clearly been stilettoed after overdosing on caffeine and thus is past restoring.
  ‘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: Ellery Queen,
Queen’s Quorum, 68. Haycraft, Murder for Pleasure, 125. Herbert, The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 34. Symons, Bloody Murder, 166.

Octavo (19.6 x 13 cm) pp. [8] 279 [1]. In publisher’s light blue cloth, spine and front board lettered and ruled in dark blue. Dust jacket priced 2/6 NET to spine.
  Condition: Near fine, some foxing to foredge and first and last few pages, in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to corners and a little soiling to rear panel.   Ref: 109021   Price: HK$ 2,200