Music Tells All - Inscribed to the Detection Club - E. R. Punshon 1948 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition First edition in the delicate Gollancz jacket, 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.

”Gets on your nerves, doesn’t it? I mean, that playing of hers. I’ve never heard anything like it.”
“I haven’t either,” Bobby said.


The 24th novel to feature Bobby Owen (now ‘temporary-acting-junior-under-deputy-assistant-commissioner’ of the C.I.D.) whose incessant piano playing seems to jar on everyone, and Bobby Owen even wonders if the recent murder of a stranger might have been provoked by it (
Dean Street Press).

“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 19x12.5cm), pp. 216. Publisher’s light blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced ‘8/6 net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, some fading and offsetting from dust jacket to spine and boards, in very good dust jacket, toning and some minor foxing to front panel, flap folds and spine.   Ref: 109587   Price: HK$ 3,100