The Fool of the ‘Yard’ - Inscribed - T. Arthur Plummer (pseud. Michael Sarne) 1942 - Stanley Paul & Co., London - First Edition Rare first edition in dust jacket. Inscribed ‘To Mr & Mrs W. R. Harvey, with all good wishes, T. Arthur Plummer, Mar 23 / 42’.

Featuring Inspector Andrew Frampton.

From the moment Inspector Andrew Frampton was called in to the Breck Hollow Mysteru he knew it was no ordinary killer. That was why he had to let the suspect – male or female – think him a fool; Frampton didn’t altogether like this; being just a little conceited; but (as he told himself) “needs must . . . when a killer drives!”
  Michael Sarne (1883-1961) who wrote under the pseudonym T. Arthur Plummer was a prolific British author who wrote over 70 novels, 50 of them featuring Inspector Andrew Frampton and Sergeant Frank Arnold.

First edition, latest title listed opposite title page ‘
Crime at Crooked Gables’, published in 1941. Publisher’s catalogue for Autumn 1941 at the rear which lists both ‘Crime at Crooked Gables’, and ‘The Fool of the ‘Yard’’.

Small octavo (book size 18.8x13cm), pp. 224, 8 [(publisher’s catalogue for Autumn 1941). In publisher’s light blue cloth, spine lettered in dark blue. Dust jacket priced ‘Including Extra 8/6 War Costs’ to lower corner of front flap, and some unnecessary thin vertical lines of colour touch-up to white of spine.
  Condition: Near fine, some wrinkles to spine ends and light wear to outer edges, in very good dust jacket, wear to corners with small chips, three short closed tears along top edge, some unnecessary thin vertical lines of colour touch-up to white of spine.   Ref: 110642   Price: HK$ 3,800