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1959. Best Detective Stories. Edited by Edmund Crispin
1974. London Mystery Selection. No. 101
1936. The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries edited by J. M. Parrish and John R. Crossland
1959. Ten Great Mysteries: 2 Full Length Novels; 3 Novelettes; 5 Short Stories

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Crispin, Edmund (Ed.). 'Best Detective Stories', published in 1959 in Great Britain by Faber and Faber in paperback, 287pp. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon
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  • Best Detective Stories [top]
    Edited, with an introduction by Edmund Crispin
    First published in 1959 in Great Britain by Faber & Faber in paperback, 287pp, No ISBN (not used at that time)
    Original UK retail price when published: 5s. net (five shillings)

Contents:
Introduction
Dead Man's Shoes by Michael Innes
The Burnt Tout by H. C. Bailey
The Gentleman From Paris by John Dickson Carr
The Rubber Trumpet by Roy Vickers
The Dauphin's Doll by Ellery Queen
Who Killed Baker? by Edmund Crispin and Geoffrey Bush
You Can't Hang Twice by Anthony Gilbert
The Nine-Mile Walk by Harry Kemelman
A Dog in the Daytime by Rex Stout
The Enemy by Charlotte Armstrong


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Esonwood, Dick et al. 'London Mystery Selection No. 101', published in 1974 in Great Britain by Norman Kark, in paperback, 128pp. Condition: Fair or acceptable. The book is intact, but the very first page has come loose and the binding is not that strong. The cover is faded and worn and the internal pages are tanned with age. Price: £5.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers and more for overseas customers)
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  • London Mystery Selection No. 101 [top]
    First published in 1974 in Great Britain in paperback by Norman Kark Publications, 268-270 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1BB. 128 pages long. Published as Volume 25, number 101, June 1974

About this book: Contains 13 stories:
1. Suspicion by Dick Esonwood
2. Observance of the Sixth Commandment by Norman P. Kaufman
3. The Locksmith by John D. Matthews
4. Poison in my Head by M. P. Cliffe
5. I'm Sorry Baas by George Edward Stanley
6. The Accusing Finger by John Henry Beamer
7. The Mouse Collector by Mike D. Scott; Acceptance by Anthony Chatwin
8. Thornaby House by Leigh Eduardo
9. A Smell of Burning by Antony Bowl
10. Toni Takes a Hornet's Nest by Derwent Vale
11. The Barrow Hill Murder by Leslie D. Knights
12. Net Reward by John Taverner

Following story 12., there's a section called Crooks in Books where the quarterly review of the finest mystery and detective books recently published appears on pages 113-126. Reviewed this quarter are:
Black Aura by John Sladek
The Sound of the Weir by Mary Ingate
The Sunday Woman by Carol Fruttero and Franco Lucentini
The Bomb that Could Lipread by Donald Seaman
Shadows in the Sun by Ronald Payne
The Oshawa Project by Frederick Nolan
The Abolition of Death by James Anderson
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
No Medals for the Major by Margaret Yorke
The October Plot by Clive Egleton
Out for the Kill by Anthony Gilbert
A Herald of Doom by John Creasey (writing as Gordon Ashe)
Rest Without Peace by Elizabeth Byrd
Peter's Pence by Jon Cleary
So What Happens to Me? by James Hadley Chase

Parrish, J.M.; and Crossland, John R. The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries, published by Odhams Press in 1936, 766 pages. Good condition, no dustjacket. Quite well looked-after with some mild tanning to internal pages (browning effect from ageing). Price:£5.50 (not including postage, which for UK buyers is £2.75, more for overseas customers
1936, Odhams Press, hbk
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Includes the following stories:
A.J. Alan's 'The Diver'
Michael Arlen's 'The Ghoul of Golders Green'
Arnold Bennett's 'The Murder of the Mandarin'
J. D. Beresford's 'Powers of the Air';
Algernon Blackwood's 'Keeping His Promise';
Gerald Bullett's 'Dearth's Farm';
G.K.Chesterton's 'The Hammer of God';
Agatha Christie's 'The Blue Geranium';
Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Sharer';
A.E. Coppard's 'The Tiger';
Walter De La Mare's 'The Looking Glass';
Guy de Maupassant's 'The Hostelry';
Lord Dunsany's 'A Large Diamond';
Jeffery Farnol's 'The Cupboard';
J. S Fletcher's 'The Other Sense';
Pamela Hansford Johnson's 'Ghost of Honour';
O. Henry's 'Roads of Destiny';
C.D. Heriot's 'The Trapdoor';
C.F. Hoffman's 'Ben Blower's Story';
Tom Hood's 'The Shadow of a Shade';
Aldous Huxley's 'The Dwarfs';
Washington Irving's 'Guests from Gibbet Island';
M.R James' 'The Mezzotint';
Jerome K. Jerome's 'The Dancing Partner';
D. H. Lawrence's 'The Woman Who Rode Away';
Somerset Maugham's 'Honolulu';
Oliver Onions 'Rooum';
Barry Pain's 'The Green Light';
Eden Phillpott's 'The Iron Pineapple';
J. B. Priestley's 'The Demon King';
Alexander Pushkin's 'The Queen of Spades';
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's 'The Seventh Man';
Saki's 'Laura';
W.B.Seabrook's 'Goat-cry, Girl-cry';
May Sinclair's 'The Mahatma's Story';
De Vere Stacpoole's 'Deep in the Forest';
R.L.Stevenson's 'The Island of Voices';
Edgar Wallace's 'Man of the Night';
Hugh Walpole's 'Major Wilbraham';
H.G. Wells' 'The Inexperienced Ghost';
Rebecca West's 'The Salt of the Earth';
Anon's 'A Tale of a Gas-Light Ghost';
E.F Benson's 'The Confession of Charles Linkworth';
Ambrose Bierce's 'The Moonlit Road';
L.P.Hartley's 'A Visitor from Down Under'.
W.H.Hodgson's 'The Voice in the Night';
W.W. Jacobs' 'His Brother's Keeper';
Edgar Allen Poe's 'Berenice';
A.E.D Smith's 'The Coat';
Bram Stoker's 'The Squaw
P. C. Wren's 'Presentiments'.

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1959, Doubleday & Co., Inc., hbk
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  • Ten Great Mysteries: 2 Full-Length Novels; 3 Novelettes; 5 Short Stories [top]
    Edited by Howard Haycraft and John Beecrof
    First published in 1959 in the United States by Doubleday & Co., Inc., in hardback with dustjacket, 640pp, no ISBN. Jacket design by Sydney Butchkes
    Some of these stories are currently scarce and difficult to get hold of, notably William Irish's 'The Dancing Detective'.

Contents:
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Case of the Crying Swallow by Erle Stanley Gardner
The Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
The Adventure of the President's Half Disme by Ellery Queen
The Case of the Late Pig by Margery Allingham
No Motive by Daphne Du Maurier
Die Like A Dog by Rex Stout
The Dancing Detective by William Irish
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

In putting this compilation together, the editors selected what they felt to be a balanced menu of ten stories: long, short and medium, which have the common denominator of being of high quality.

The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett) has been called the most influential detective story of the 20th Century and has been imitated on multiple occasions, being what some people would term term one of the best performers of the American hardboiled detective story. The story has of course also been made into a film featuring Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre as Spade, Gutman, and Joel Cairo.

Quite far removed from Hammett (on the surface) is Dorothy L. Sayers, writer of 'The Learned Adventure' and creator of Lord Peter Wimsey. This particular offering reveals the author and her titled detective in one of their lighter moods and problems.

Erle Stanley Gardner's 'The Case of the Crying Swallow' is one of the best, but least known adventures of the famous California lawyer-sleuth; this title is currently difficult to find on its own at an inexpensive price.

'The Witness for the Prosecution' by Agatha Christie is the story upon which the most highly praised of her plays was based (she at one point had four plays running simultaneously in London and New York in a single season). This story also became an outstanding motion picture.

Ellery Queen is the product of two cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee, who wrote novels and short stories about Ellery Queen the detective from 1929 onwards. In their spare time they edited 'Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine'. In 'The Adventure of the President's Half Disme', a now very rare and very difficult to find story, Ellery pits his wits against the Father of his Country.

More information about the wonderful story from Margery Allingham: 'The Case of the Late Pig', where her famous detective Albert Campion gets an anonymous note to say that Pig Peters, his chum at Botolph's Abbey School, is dead can be found on the Margery Allingham page. Needless to say the death of Pig Peters is not quite as it seems...

Daphne du Maurier is principally known for straight fiction; however 'Rebecca' is clearly a great mystery classic; and 'No Motive', the story included in this compilation, is also one of her finest and most compassionate tales and a detective story in the truest sense of the word.

Rex Stout received the coveted title of "Grand Master" from the Mystery Writers of America in 1959 and "Die Like a Dog" tells what happens when a handsome canine specimen decides to adopt Nero and Archie, with unfortunate results for a callous killer. The story appeared in the rare omnibus volume Royal Flush (Viking 1965). The book contains three stories that first appeared in The American Magazine:
"The Next Witness" (May 1955, as "The Last Witness")
"When a Man Murders..." (May 1954)
"Die Like a Dog" (December 1954, as "The Body in the Hall")
Each story in this collection features a witness, not to a murder but to the events leading to it.

The compilation was published at a time when the suspense story was becoming more prevalent; the one significant development [at that time] since the hardboiled novel. William Irish (also known as Cornell Woolrich) was a master of this genre at the time and 'The Dancing Detective' is one of his most representative and powerful stories.

And finishing on a classic, masterful story (readers should also try 'The Daughter of Time'), 'The Franchise Affair' is a stunning modern-dress reconstruction of the historic real-life Elizabeth Canning case (an English maidservant who claimed she had been kidnapped and held against her will in a hayloft, before escaping almost a month later)

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