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1 Marsh, Ngaio A Wreath for Rivera
New York Berkley Books 1978 0425038564 / 9780425038567 Third Printing Mass Market Paperback Good+ 

Spine, covers somewhat creased, slight shelf wear, darkening.

"An eccentric English Lord stages a bizarre 'murder' at a society nightclub, and Inspector Roderick Alleyn is along for the fun. But the joke turns grim when the corpse doesn't laugh -- and it is discovered that the staged murder is the cover for a read one!"; 5" - 6" Tall
Price: 3.95 USD

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2 Marsh, Ngaio Colour Scheme
Boston Little, Brown, and Company 1943 Likely First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 

Some shelf wear, chipping and scuffing. Front board bowed out slightly. Foxing. Slightly shelf-cocked. Owner's name inside front cover.

In WWII New Zealand, a family which runs a thermal bath business becomes involved with an unscrupulous businessman and possible murder.; 7" - 9" Tall
Price: 6.50 USD

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3 Marsh, Ngaio Colour Scheme (Roderick Alleyn Mystery Ser.)
New York Jove Publications 1984 0515078816 / 9780515078817 Mass Market Paperback Good 

Spine, covers somewhat creased, some darkening, yellowing, corners bumped. Apparent waterstain on the lower middle of the front edge of about a third of the pages, extends close to an inch in.

Another of Marsh's Inspector Roderick Alleyn mysteries. "England is at war, and this means 'spy fever' for a quarrelsome collection of patriots at a shabby New Zealand resort. Inspector Roderick Alleyn joins them incognito when their amateurish sleuthing results in a macabre murder that shocks even Scotland Yard!"
Price: 3.45 USD

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4 Marsh, Ngaio Dead Water
New York Berkley Books 1977 0425034895 / 9780425034897 Mass Market Paperback Good+ 

Spine, covers show some creasing, ordinary shelf wear. Slightly shelf-cocked, some foxing.

"83-year-old Miss Emily Pride had been looking for trouble. As the sole inheritor of a tiny island, Miss Pride didn't approve of the sudden flood of visitors seeking the miracles of its magic spring. So she tried to close the spring, and put an end to all visitors . . . but someone put an end to her. It would be up to her old friend, Inspector Roderick Alleyn, to solve one of the most perplexing cases of his career."; 5" - 6" Tall
Price: 3.95 USD

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5 Marsh, Ngaio Died in the Wool
Glasgow Fontana 1981 0006161510 / 9780006161516 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 

Spine, covers slightly creased, corners bumped, slightly shelf-cocked. Slight darkening, name on ffep.

"One summer evening in 1942 Flossie Rubrick, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband's wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech-and disappears. Three weeks later she turns up at an auction. Packed inside one of her own bales of wool and very, very dead."; 6" - 7" Tall
Price: 3.50 USD

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6 Marsh, Ngaio Hand in Glove
New York Jove/HBJ 1978 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 

Spine and covers a bit creased. Corners bumped, some foxing.

An Inspector Roderick Alleyn mystery.
"Lady Banting had a talent for outrageious parties, but she never dreamed her treasure hunt would end in murder -- with a famous lawyer dead, his skull bashed in by a pipe.
Who planned this horrendous happening?
Inspector Alleyn probes the alibis of some elegant aristocrats -- for the hidden clue to a particularly deadly guest. "; 6" - 7" Tall
Price: 4.25 USD

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7 Marsh, Ngaio Hand in Glove
New York Jove/HBJ 1981 Third Printing Mass Market Paperback Near Fine 

Corners slightly bumped. Owner's name insdie front cover.

An Inspector Roderick Alleyn mystery.
"Lady Banting had a talent for outrageious parties, but she never dreamed her treasure hunt would end in murder -- with a famous lawyer dead, his skull bashed in by a pipe.
Who planned this horrendous happening?
Inspector Alleyn probes the alibis of some elegant aristocrats -- for the hidden clue to a particularly deadly guest. "; 5" - 6" Tall
Price: 4.75 USD

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8 Marsh, Ngaio Killer Dolphin
New York Jove Books 1983 0515068209 / 9780515068207 Mass Market Paperback Good 

Spine is well-creased and shelf-cocked. Covers slightly creased, tears on front cover at bottom (1") and top (1/4") of spine. Corners bumped including a fair number of pages. Some darkening. Stamp and black marking inside front cover.

"The cast of characters reads like a Who's Who in the Theatre. The restored Dolphin Theatre has a new hit play, inspired by the discovery of an authentic Shakespearean glove. But when greed becomes one of the main charactes in the play, the old Victorian playhouse becomes a "Theatre of Terror."
Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case, and he wants to know who parted the curtain to let murder make its entrance. . . "; 5" - 6" Tall
Price: 3.45 USD

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9 Marsh, Ngaio Light Thickens
Boston Little Brown & Co 1982 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket 

Spine somewhat slanted. Jacket has 1/2" chip at bottom of spine. A bright, attractive copy.

"Light Thickens is the last book by one of the greatest of all mystery writers, the late Dame Ngaio Marsh. It seems that Peregrine Jay, director of London's Dolphin Theatre, has a tricky problem on his hands: how to stage MacBeth successfully with a volatile cast of eccentric actors, and despite some rather sinister goings-in, such as the disembodied head of Banquo's ghost that keeps turning up in strange places, the large swords left where they might kill someone, and several other disturbing deeds. Soon the entire cast, from the glamorous and shrewd Maggie Mannering to the moody and mercurial Simon Morten, is grumbling about the damned 'Scot's play'. Then one day Peregrine happens to be in the audience with his children to watch a performance. In the final scene, just before the curtain falls, the script calls for one spectacular moment of drama involving the claidheamh-mor, or claymore, a giant Scottish battle sword the actors use to stage fight scenes. But this time something is wrong, murderously wrong --- the gore on stage is real! Fortunately for them all, another member of the audience sees it too --- none other than Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard. Light Thickens is a superb conclusion to the long and celebrated writing career of Dame Ngaio Marsh, and to the ingenious investigations of Chief Superintendent Alleyn."; 7" - 9" Tall
Price: 7.25 USD

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10 Godfrey, Thomas (editor); Marsh, Ngaio; Bowen, Marjorie; Chekhov, Anton; Hoch, Edward; Rinehart, Mary Roberts; Dickson, Carter; Kendrick, Baynard; Stevenson, Robert Louis; Runyon, Damon; Sayers, Dorothy; De La Torre, Lillian; Stout, Rex; Lewis, DB Wyndham Murder for Christmas Volume II
New York Mysterious Press 1989 0445407522 / 9780445407527 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 
Illustrated by Wilson, Gahan

Spine slightly creased, corners bumped, slight edge wear, binding fairly tight. Slight tanning, text is clean and unmarked. A nice copy.

Illustrate with cartoons by Gahan Wilson.
"Another perfect stocking stuffer for the person who has everything -- and plans to leave it to you. It's been said that Christmas brings out the best in everyone. This is certainly true of mystery writers, who seem to have been inspired to their best work by the holiday season.
"Come and celebrate. Burn a Yule log with a gang of master detectives: the likes of Nero Wolfe (Christmas Party), Roderick Alleyn (Death on the Air), and Lord Peter Wimsey (The Necklace of Pearls). Share a criminous laugh with Woody Allen and Damon Runyon. And enjoy some surprise appearances by O. Henry, Anton Chekov, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Mary Roberts Rinehart.
Within these covers are stories for every nasty taste: tales of murder, robbery, kidnapping, and espionage. They'll help to make the season bright.
"Merry Christmas. And God help us, every one. "; 6" - 7" Tall
Price: 3.95 USD

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11 Marsh, Ngaio Night at the Vulcan
New York Berkley Prime Crime 1994 0425142051 / 9780425142059 Mass Market Paperback Good+ 

Ex-library copy with usual markings and pockets. Spine has been taped and has a red sticker labeled "M" at the top. Bar code on top of back cover. Corners bumped, otherwise the book would be near fine condition without the ex-library stuff.

"Night at the Vulcan. It's more than opening night jitters. The leading man is found dead after the very first performance. Was it suicide or momicide? Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn takes center stage in the investigation of the unlucky actor's dramatic demise. . ."; Ex-Library; 5" - 6" Tall
Price: 4.25 USD

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12 Marsh, Ngaio Three-Act Special: 3 Complete Mystery Novels (A Wreath for Rivera; Spinsters in Jeopardy; Night at the Vulcan)
Boston Little Brown & Co 1953 Library Binding Good+ with no dust jacket 

541 pp. Rebound in sturdy library binding with black and white design on orange boards and white lettering. Ex-library with pocket and usual stamps. Spine slightly slanted, corners a bit bumped and worn. A few spots, but text is mostly clean and bright.

Three complete Inspector Roderick Alleyn mystery novels in one omnibus edition from one of the "Great Ladies" of England's golden mystery age. (1) A Wreath for Rivera, originally published as Swing Brother Swing, is set in England. " The drummer fires a gun as a gimmick during the swing band's final number, and the accordion player falls down, dead. Who loaded the gun? And why? Enter Inspector Alleyn." (2) Spinsters in Jeopardy is set in France. "A group of swindlers creates a contrived occult sect to smuggle and sell drugs. But they didn't count on Scotland Yard Inspector Roderick Alleyn and his perceptive wife, Agatha Troy, who just happen to have a distant cousin in the sect." (3) Night at the Vulcan: Another Inspector Roderick Alleyn mystery. "A complex story of plagiarism, blackmail, and actual murder."; Ex-Library; 7" - 9" Tall
Price: 10.00 USD

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