Death of a Godmother - John Rhode 1955 - Geoffrey Bles, London - First Edition Featuring Dr. Lancelot Priestley.   John Rhode, the punning pseudonym of Major Cecil John Charles Street (1884-1965), a prolific British detective novelist who also wrote as Miles Burton, was the author of 144 mystery novels. He served in France during the First World War, and afterwards in Ireland, he was awarded the Military Cross. Under his own name he wrote widely on contemporary European history and politics. As Rhode he produced sixty-nine novels with the mathematician Dr. Lancelot Priestley as detective, and as Miles Burton he wrote of the amateur detective Desmond Morris

Published as ‘
Delayed Payment’ in America the following year by Dodd Mead, New York.

References: Herbert, ‘
The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing’, 387. Haycraft, ‘Murder for Pleasure’, 155. Reilly, ’Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers’ (1980), 1258. Cooper & Pike, ‘Detective Fiction’, 258.

Octavo (book size 19.1x13cm), pp. 255 [1]. In publisher’s orange-red cloth, spine lettered and ruled in black, all edges trimmed. Dust jacket price clipped across lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in very good price clipped dust jacket with minor colour touch up and repair to spine ends, corners and edges of front panel, with corresponding tape repair to verso.   Ref: 110428   Price: HK$ 1,200