Then There Were Three - Geoffrey Homes (pseud. Daniel Mainwaring) 1938 - William Morrow & Co., New York - First Edition A lovely bright and sharp example of the first edition.

Robin Bishop, the blithe, cynical reporter-detective, and Robin’s boss, the irascible old Oscar Morgan, become three when they team up Humphrey Campbell, a chubby, funny private detective with a flair for the accordion. Very different people, these three, but sharing one thing in common: a hunch for homicide, which they exercise to the limit in this fast, exciting novel. [front flap]
  Daniel Mainwaring (1902-78) wrote under the pseudonym of Geoffrey Homes - Born in Dunlap, California. Office boy, itinerant fruit picker, salesman, private detective, teacher, and reporter for 10 years on the San Francisco Chronicle. He was also a self-employed writer, later employed as screenwriter and publicist for Warner Brothers and scenarist for Paramount. In addition to all this he also produced and recorded unusual sound effects for rental to film studios in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Published in London by Cherry Tree in 1945.

References: Reilly, ’
Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers’ (1980), 809.

Octavo (book size 19.7x13.8cm), pp. [6] 292 [3]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine and upper board lettered in blue-green, top edge tinted blue, other edges untrimmed, possible retouch of blue tint along upper edge of text block. Dust jacket priced ‘$2.00’ to upper corner of front flap, all flaps with publisher’s decorative trim to corners, and with small line of black colour touch up to outer edges, and vertical crease on spine.
  Condition: Near fine, several lighter patches to black cloth, internally fine, possible retouch of blue tint along upper edge of text block, in near fine dust jacket with small line of unnecessary black colour touch up to outer edges, and vertical crease on spine.   Ref: 110800   Price: HK$ 4,000