The Attending Truth - E. R. Punshon 1952 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition First edition, with fine provenance, containing the bookplate of The Detection Club, Punshon was initiated into the club in 1933.

It’s murder all right; no one could bash his own head in the way this chap’s was

The stranger’s body was discovered by businesswoman Mrs Holcombe, the unofficial queen of Pending Dale. As if there wasn’t enough gossip rife in the village, now the Queen may be under suspicion of murder (
Dean Street Press). The 30th 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 19x12.5cm), pp. 223 [1]. Publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced ‘9/6 net’ to lower corner of front flap.

Dust jacket priced 9/6 net to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light foxing to endpapers, and toning to edges of pages, in very good dust jacket, scattered foxing, and light toning, minor rubbing to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 109590   Price: HK$ 2,600