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A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock [An Alice Nestleton Mystery], Adamson, Lydia
1 Adamson, Lydia A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock [An Alice Nestleton Mystery]
New York Signet 1998 0451194586 / 9780451194589 Second Printing Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


Corners bumped, a little edge wear, bar code inside cover marked through, binding fairly tight. An attractive copy.

"Acting jobs and cat-sitting assignments have been elusive for Alice Nestleton lately . . . but there's plenty of sleuthing work to be done. A prominent theater director has requested her help for his pet charity: Sustenance House. It seems an anonymous benefactor has vanished (along with his much-needed holiday donation), and Alice must find out what's going on before the homeless shelter has to close its doors to the poor forever. But when a board member shoots himself during a meeting - and a murderous Scrooge tries to keep Alice out of the picture - things get messy. It's going to take some quick thinking - and the help of two Siamese cats named Tiny and Tim - to wrap up this case and cook a killer's Christmas goose."; 5¾" - 6¾" Tall
005332 
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A Late Phoenix, Aird, Catherine
2 Aird, Catherine A Late Phoenix
New York Bantam Books 1981 0553145177 / 9780553145175 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


Spine a little creased, slanted, and sunned, slight edge wear and rubbing. Some yellowing but text is clean and unmarked. A nice copy.

"Dangerous moonlight illuminated the English skies the night a German bomb razed the houses in Lamb Lane, Berebury. Then three decades quietly passed before a careless workman's pickaxe struck an old skeleton buried under the wreckage . . . and exhumed a new case of murder for Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan. Time had blacked out the clues. All that remained were a body . . . an unborn baby . . . and a bullet. Could the inspector's uncanny investigative instinct now unearth a killer? Or would this delayed action affair explode and send another victim to moulder in the grave?"; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
007505 
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A Late Phoenix, Aird, Catherine
3 Aird, Catherine A Late Phoenix
New York Bantam Books 1981 0553145177 / 9780553145175 Mass Market Paperback Good 


Spine rolled, somewhat creased, a little edge wear and darkening, spine cracked through at pp 82-83. Light tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A good reading copy.

"Dangerous moonlight illuminated the English skies the night a German bomb razed the houses in Lamb Lane, Berebury. Then three decades quietly passed before a careless workman's pickaxe struck an old skeleton buried under the wreckage . . . and exhumed a new case of murder for Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan. Time had blacked out the clues. All that remained were a body . . . an unborn baby . . . and a bullet. Could the inspector's uncanny investigative instinct now unearth a killer? Or would this delayed action affair explode and send another victim to moulder in the grave?"; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
008138 
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Henrietta Who?, Aird, Catherine
4 Aird, Catherine Henrietta Who?
New York Bantam Books 1981 0553203045 / 9780553203042 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


Spine, covers slightly creased. Slight shelf wear.

"The townspeople would have said Larking, with its stone rectory and thatched farmhouses, was typical of a thousand other English villages. As it happened, this was true. And everyone in Larking thought they knew everything about everyone else. In that they found they were mistaken. . . especially the morning the postman found Grace Jenkins murdered. She had lived quietly at Boundary Cottage for twenty-one years, but there was a great deal about Grace the townspeople didn't know. And Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan soon discovered they knew ever less about her daughter, Henrietta . . . in fact, nobody could explain who Henrietta really was. "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
000909 
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Henrietta Who?, Aird, Catherine
5 Aird, Catherine Henrietta Who?
New York Bantam Books 1981 0553203045 / 9780553203042 Mass Market Paperback Good 
Illustrated by Lehr, Paul (cover)

Spine slightly creased, rolled, a little edge wear and rubbing. Upper corners of last 30 pages have some moisture related waviness. Some tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A solid copy.

"The townspeople would have said Larking, with its stone rectory and thatched farmhouses, was typical of a thousand other English villages. As it happened, this was true. And everyone in Larking thought they knew everything about everyone else. In that they found they were mistaken. . . especially the morning the postman found Grace Jenkins murdered. She had lived quietly at Boundary Cottage for twenty-one years, but there was a great deal about Grace the townspeople didn't know. And Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan soon discovered they knew ever less about her daughter, Henrietta . . . in fact, nobody could explain who Henrietta really was. "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
007784 
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Last Respects, Aird, Catherine
6 Aird, Catherine Last Respects
New York Bantam Books 1984 0553236776 / 9780553236774 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 
Illustrated by Lehr, Paul (cover)

A little edge wear and darkening, binding fairly tight. Light tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A nice copy.

"'Found drowned, my foot,' said the pathologist two minutes after looking at the body. The unidentified young man pulled from the salt water near the little fishing village of Edsway hadn't drowned after all. And he hadn't been a bather either, observed Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan. One simply didn't go swimming in a shirt and trousers. Not voluntarily, that is. And then there was the matter of the mysterious copper weight stuffed in the dead man's pocket. . . and the sunken ship discovered offshore. It all added up to murder as Inspector Sloan set out in a dinghy to net the killer before he got the chance to send another victim to a watery grave."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
008139 
Price: 4.95 USD

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Parting Breath, Aird, Catherine
7 Aird, Catherine Parting Breath
New York Bantam Books 1983 0553236687 / 9780553236682 Mass Market Paperback Good 
Illustrated by Lehr, Paul (cover)

Spine somewhat creased, rolled, reading crease, some edge wear and darkening, some cover creasing, store stamp on front end paper. Some tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A solid copy.

"The college dons at the University of Calleshire fully expected trouble when the students planned to shake their ivory tower with a sit-in at Almstone Hall. But no one expected the very peculiar theft from a dormitory room. . . or the very dead body in the college quadrangle. For Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan, the ivied halls hid a host of clues. So it was only a matter of time until he uncovered the murderer hidden in the groves of academe . . . but could he do it before death became another victim's alma mater? "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
007785 
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Some Die Eloquent, Aird, Catherine
8 Aird, Catherine Some Die Eloquent
New York Bantam Books 1981 0553243179 / 9780553243178 Mass Market Paperback Very Good 
Illustrated by Lehr, Paul (cover)

Spine a bit creased and slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear and rubbing. Some tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A nice copy.

"On the pathologists's cold metal table lay the naked body of Beatrice Gwendoline Wansdyke, spinster . . . Dead of perfectly natural causes at age 59. "The problem," mused the good doctor, "is not so much what she died from as what she died with: a quarter of a million pounds, in a bank account no maiden lady of modest means should have." Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan could feel in his bones it was murder. He had guessed at the motive. He would surely uncover the method. But why couldn't he find out where-oh-where had her little dog gone? And why would looking almost cost him his life?"; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
007497 
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The Religious Body, Aird, Catherine
9 Aird, Catherine The Religious Body
New York Bantam Books 1981 0553207768 / 9780553207767 Mass Market Paperback Good 


Spine somewhat rolled, creased, a little edge wear and darkening, owner's seal on front end paper. Light tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A nice copy.

Catherine Aird's first novel, originally published in 1966.
"Sister Anne," said the Mother Superior unperturbed, "died on Wednesday evening some time after supper, probably in the corridor leading from the Great Hall to the kitchens. Her body was put into the broom cupboard and later thrown down the cellar steps." Who would want to kill a cloistered nun? But, astonishingly, someone had. It was as much of a surprise to the sisters of the Convent of St. Anselm as it was to Inspector C. D. Sloan, Criminal Investigations Department. But now it was up the the Inspector to find the motive and the murderer."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
008140 
Price: 4.35 USD

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The Stately Home Murder, Aird, Catherine
10 Aird, Catherine The Stately Home Murder
New York Bantam Books 1980 0553139509 / 9780553139501 Mass Market Paperback Good 


Spine rolled, somewhat creased, a little edge wear and chipping, Light tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A good reading copy.

"On Sunday the public paid half a crown to view Ornum House's three hundred rooms, its exceptional display of fine china, its authentic Holbein, its dank dungeon complete with suits of armor . . . and a dead body. With Burke's Peerage tucked under one arm and a dictionary under the other, Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan tiptoes through the halls of the aristocracy. His impeccable powers of observation might reveal who murdered the family archivist, but the family ghost walks through these same corridors. So someone else is going to die."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
008142 
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The Mind Readers, Allingham, Margery
11 Allingham, Margery The Mind Readers
New York Macfadden Books 1967 Mass Market Paperback Good 


Reading creases along spine, edgewear/bumping, 1/4" tear on front cover. Text is yelowing, but clean and unmarked.

"Campion meets his match in two small boys who play a deadly game with a gang of killers."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
004406 
Price: 4.50 USD

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The Charlotte Armstrong Treasury (The Witch's House; Mischief; The Dream Walker), Armstrong, Charlotte
12 Armstrong, Charlotte The Charlotte Armstrong Treasury (The Witch's House; Mischief; The Dream Walker)
New York Coward, McCann, & Geoghegan, Inc. 1972 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 


473 pp., blue boards. Preface by Alice Cromie. Spine somewhat slanted, corners a little bumped, some edgewear, sticker on front board, PO name inside is blacked out, Text is clean and unmarked.

Anthony Boucher described Charlotte Armstrong as "one of the few authentic spell-casting witches of modern times. "The Dream Walker" takes on spells and spooky goings-on. In "The Witch's House" she "not only created one of the most memorable and pitiable 'witchs' in suspense fiction, but took a vivid and unsentimental look at school systems, administrators, professors, and students, in a day when their problems were not quite so much the general concern." "'Mischief' began as a play, aptly titled 'Little Nell,' and became a movie starring Marilyn Monroe, 'Don't Bother to Knock,' must have improved the quality of baby-sitters, if not hotel detection or easy romancers, giving parents pause to think before they selected."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
006731 
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Exit Actors, Dying (A Penny Spring and Sir Toby Glendower Mystery), Arnold, Margot
13 Arnold, Margot Exit Actors, Dying (A Penny Spring and Sir Toby Glendower Mystery)
Woodstock, Vermont Foul Play Press 1988 0881501158 / 9780881501155 Fifth Printing Mass Market Paperback Near Fine 
Illustrated by Fry, Leslie [cover]

Slight edge wear, binding tight. A bright, attractive copy.

The first Penny Spring and Sir Toby Glendower mystery. "American anthropologist Penelope Spring and British archeologist Tobias Glendower are traveling in the Mediterranean. One day in a Greek amphitheatre, Penny comes upon the corpse of a beautiful young movie actress. And Toby discovers a body there too, that of a black actor decked out as a Roman gladiator. Investigating among the cast and crew filming 'The Travels of Telemachus,' they encounter enough plausible suspects to confound themselves and the Turkish police. At steadily increasing risk to their lives, to be sure."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
008137 
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Casebook of the Black Widowers, Asimov, Isaac
14 Asimov, Isaac Casebook of the Black Widowers
New York Doubleday & Company 1980 0385157045 / 9780385157049 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 


Ex-library with usual stamps inside covers, remains of pocket on back end paper, tags taped to spine, remains of a label on back board. Corners are chipped, moderate edge wear, top of spine is torn with 1/2" flap. The text block, on the other hand, appears clean and nearly unmarked -- I saw two pages with a name underlined.

After successfully writing a trio of science fiction detective novels in the 1950s, a straight detective story must have seemed much less complicated for Dr. Asimov. First appearing in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1971, the Black Widower's Club enjoyed popularity throughout the 1970s. This is the third dozen of these short stories, written from 1976 through 1979, all featuring members of the Club enjoying a monthly banquet and discussing a mystery. Several of these tales were written specially for this collection. As has been his custom, Asimov includes a short afterword following each story.; Ex-Library; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
005000 
Price: 37.50 USD

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Casebook of the Black Widowers, Asimov, Isaac
15 Asimov, Isaac Casebook of the Black Widowers
New York Fawcett Crest 1981 0449243842 / 9780449243848 Mass Market Paperback Good 


Spine a bit creased, slightly slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear and rubbing, owner's name on front end paper, a couple pages have been dog-eared. Some ywllowing but text is clean and unmarked. A nice copy.

After successfully writing a trio of science fiction detective novels in the 1950s, a straight detective story must have seemed much less complicated for Dr. Asimov. First appearing in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1971, the Black Widower's Club enjoyed popularity throughout the 1970s. This is the third dozen of these short stories, written from 1976 through 1979, all featuring members of the Club enjoying a monthly banquet and discussing a mystery. Several of these tales were written specially for this collection. As has been his custom, Asimov includes a short afterword following each story.; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
007049 
Price: 14.50 USD

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Murder at the ABA, Asimov, Isaac
16 Asimov, Isaac Murder at the ABA
New York Fawcett Crest 1976 0449232026 / 9780449232026 Mass Market Paperback Good 
Illustrated by Teason, William (cover)

Spine creased, slanted, torn near base, corners creased, some edge wear and rubbing, covers somewhat creased, scribbling inside cover, store stamp on title page. Pages somewhat browned but text is clean and unmarked. A good reading copy.

Dr. Asimov, working under instructions from his publisher (doubtless of his own devising), transforms a real life bookselling convention into a murder mystery -- and writes himself into a prominent role in the book (in effect, he is ghostwriting the novel for himself).
"When the protege of writer Darius Just suddenly turns up murdered at the celebrated annual publishing convention, chaos and suspense sweep the autographing sessions, the buffet tables, the bars, and the famed hospitality suites.
"Darius is certain he can discover the murderer -- if the murderer doesn't find him first . . . "; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
007193 
Price: 3.45 USD

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Deadbeat, Atkins, Leo
17 Atkins, Leo Deadbeat
New York, NY Berkley Prime Crime 1999 042516781X / 9780425167816 Mass Market Paperback Very Good+ 


Spine a bit creased, corners bumped, slightly shelf-cocked.

"Gibbs isn't sure that the kid who just walked in can read the sign on his door. Yet there he is, nine years old and ready to plunk down his life-savings-all sixty-seven bucks worth-it Gibbs can find his long-lost father. The price is right, so Gibbs takes the case. But he's about to find out that this is one father who'll go a long way to stay lost. Even killing a big, nosy P.I. is no problem. That is, until he tries."; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall
001588 
Price: 4.00 USD

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The Twelve Deaths of Christmas, Babson, Marian
18 Babson, Marian The Twelve Deaths of Christmas
New York, NY Dell Publishing 1981 0440191831 / 9780440191834 Mass Market Paperback Good 


Slight spine slant, corners bumped including a few pages. Both covers have a crease running from the bottom edge most of the way up the cover. Some soiling/darkening. A little yellowing but text is clean and unmarked.

"A string of grisly holiday murders had London terrorized. The police knew that the homicidal maniac was probably a perfectly respectable resident of a perfectly ordinary rooming house. But only when all the guests were gathered for Christmas dinner did Detective Superintendent Knowles realize that the killer planned to carve more than turkey. . . and that the last death of Christmas was about to take place right before his eyes!"; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
001934 
Price: 2.95 USD

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Windfall, Bagley, Desmond
19 Bagley, Desmond Windfall
New York Perennial Library 1985 0060807563 / 9780060807566 First Perennial Library Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good 


Spine slightly slanted, some edgewear, corners bumped. Text is clean and unmarked.

"Jan-Wilem Hendrykxx dies a mysterious death on a small island off the coast of England and leaves a multimillion dollar fortune to a small agricultural college in Kenya and two distant relatives. Both heirs disappear under suspicious circumstances. Who is Hendrykxx, how did he acquire his money, and where are his relatives? Max Stafford, head of the largest private espionage company in Europe, sets up operations in Africa and proceeds to uncover a tangled web of murder, conspiracy, impersonation, and subversion which characterizes this riveting tale of adventure and intrigue at the highest - and lowest - levels of international deception."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
006742 
Price: 5.00 USD

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Deadly Promise: A Novel of Suspense, Ballard, Mignon F.
20 Ballard, Mignon F. Deadly Promise: A Novel of Suspense
New York Carroll & Graf 1989 0881845159 / 9780881845150 Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) Soft Cover Very Good+ 


232 pp. Uncorrected Proof. Spine slightly slanted. Reviewer's notes on half-title page. Letter from publisher to reviewer describing book and author is inserted. A bright, attractive copy.

"Mignon F. Ballard perfectly evokes the lives and surroundings of Southern women in small-town America, a sympathetic place that we would like to know and, for the moment at least, to live in. Murder in this context is more shocking, more threatening, than murder in the drug-choked streets of the Bronx.
"Molly Stonehouse, on a holiday visit to her late husband Ethan's aunts, suspects that behind the festive façade in the small Georgia town of Harmony a dangerous drama is taking place. Scary incidents during the caroling parties and rifle fire . . . strengthen her belief that Ethan's death was not an accident. His killer could be a family friend. Perhaps even a relative. When her husband was a child he and his boyhood chum Neil had a secret they promised each other never to reveal. Now Neil and Ethan were both dead and Molly is afraid she is next!"
006587 
Price: 14.00 USD

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