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ALLAN, Francis K. (1916-1997) : FIRST COME, FIRST KILL.

ALLAN, Francis K. (1916-1997) : FIRST COME, FIRST KILL.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1947). First British edition. Mystery set in the millionaire properties of an elderly man – Westchester country house, Manhattan town-house. Originally published by Reynal & Hitchcock in New York in 1945. Apparently the author’s only UK publication.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a stylish design from Denis McLoughlin; a little rubbed and worn; crease affecting lower wrapper and final leaves; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 45.

£20

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BARRETT, Monte (Montgomery), 1897-1949 : MURDER AT BELLE CAMILLE.

BARRETT, Monte (Montgomery), 1897-1949 : MURDER AT BELLE CAMILLE.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1946). First British edition. Floods in Louisiana – refuge in the lovely old plantation house of Belle Camille leads to passion, lust, murder and voodoo. Originally published in the USA in 1943.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (144)pp. Original wrappers; a little worn; upper wrapper slightly creased, marked and nicked; a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books [25?].

£20

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BARRY, Jerome (Jerome Benedict), 1894-1975 : LADY OF NIGHT.

BARRY, Jerome (Jerome Benedict), 1894-1975 : LADY OF NIGHT.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., [1949]. First British paperback edition. A stylish New York mystery – “a best-selling novel, a perfume and a woman with a butterfly birthmark, were all called Lady of Night ... one of the best of the new books in the clipped dialogue style for which the States is justly famous”. Originally published by Doubleday, Doran & Co. in New York in 1944, and by Boardman in hardback in 1945.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Denis McLoughlin; worn and chipped at tips; some light creasing; a few marks; a serviceable copy. Stamp of The Book Shop, 175 Spring Bank, Hull, on lower wrapper. Only a single copy (Bodleian) of this edition located in the major UK libraries. TVB Red Arrow [1].

£20

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BROWN, Horace, 1908- – [ALLEN, Leslie] : MURDER IN THE ROUGH.

BROWN, Horace, 1908- – [ALLEN, Leslie] : MURDER IN THE ROUGH.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. A scarce golfing mystery first published by Five Star in New York in 1946 under the name Leslie Allen – the name here appended to a preface introducing the great detective, that “mastodon of a man”, Napoleon B. Smith.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by the incomparable Denis McLoughlin; a little worn and creased; some spotting of edges; a reasonable copy of an uncommon title. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 52.

£40

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DEAN, Elizabeth, 1901-1985 : MURDER A MILE HIGH.

DEAN, Elizabeth, 1901-1985 : MURDER A MILE HIGH.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. The third and last of Dean’s entertaining murder mysteries featuring antique-dealer cum private-eye Emma Marsh – murder at the Mile High Festival in Colorado. First published in New York in 1944.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Denis McLoughlin; some light wear and creasing; a few marks; text a little tanned, with some creasing, but overall a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 50.

£20

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DOUGALL, Bernard, 1908-1972 : THE SINGING CORPSE.

DOUGALL, Bernard, 1908-1972 : THE SINGING CORPSE.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1944). First British edition. Murder in the world of supper clubs, gaming houses, night clubs and exclusive dance bands – the author also wrote lyrics for Jerome Kern. Originally published in the USA in 1941.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original wrappers; a little worn and somewhat creased; slightly chipped; some internal spots and creases; a serviceable copy of an uncommon early Boardman title. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books [19].

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DU BOIS, Theodora (Theodora McCormick), 1890-1986 : MURDER STRIKES AN ATOMIC UNIT.

DU BOIS, Theodora (Theodora McCormick), 1890-1986 : MURDER STRIKES AN ATOMIC UNIT.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1947). First British edition. University research unit starts work on something hush-hush. Originally published by Doubleday in New York in 1946.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a striking design by Denis McLoughlin; a little worn and creased; slight chip at foot; some internal spotting and tanning, but a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 42.

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DU BOIS, Theodora (Theodora McCormick), 1890-1986 : THE WILD DUCK MURDERS.

DU BOIS, Theodora (Theodora McCormick), 1890-1986 : THE WILD DUCK MURDERS.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. The McNeills bewildered by the cork, the wild duck theme, the bamboo pole, the medical tome and the copper knife. First published in the USA in 1943.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Denis McLoughlin; an indifferent copy – rubbed, worn, creased, slightly split, a little soiled and with a scrawled price-sticker on upper wrapper. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 60.

£20

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“DUDLEY, Ernest” – [COLTMAN-ALLEN, Vivian Ernest, 1908-2006] – editor : ARMCHAIR DETECTIVE READER.

“DUDLEY, Ernest” – [COLTMAN-ALLEN, Vivian Ernest, 1908-2006] – editor : ARMCHAIR DETECTIVE READER.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First edition. The BBC’s colourful Armchair Detective, variously actor, journalist, novelist, and script-writer, introduces a dozen favourite stories – by Nicholas Blake, Agatha Christie, Freeman Wills Crofts, Dudley himself, Anthony Gilbert, Gladys Mitchell, Ellery Queen, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – the artwork by Denis McLoughlin; a little rubbed and worn; slightly creased; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 49.

£25

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EMERY, Guy (Russell Guy), 1909-1964 : FRONT FOR MURDER.

EMERY, Guy (Russell Guy), 1909-1964 : FRONT FOR MURDER.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. Murder in a San Francisco hotel – suspicion, scandal and another death. Emery was both soldier and lawyer as well as crime-writer. First published in the USA in 1947.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original wrappers; a hint of rubbing; spine a touch wrinkled, but a very good copy in the Denis McLoughlin dust-jacket – lightly rubbed and with just a touch of wear, but also very good. Ownership inscription on upper panel of jacket and first leaf of text. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 56.

£20

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“GODEY, John” – [FREEDGOOD, Morton, 1912-2006] : THE BLUE HOUR.

“GODEY, John” – [FREEDGOOD, Morton, 1912-2006] : THE BLUE HOUR.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1949). First British edition. Ad-man Harry Calvert has problems – his wife has run off, his drinking is placing his job in jeopardy – and the man with a crewcut starts following him. Originally published in New York in 1948. Godey is best-known as the author of “The Taking of Pelham 123”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original wrappers in a design by Denis McLoughlin; lightly rubbed and worn, but a good copy. Ownership inscription on upper wrapper. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 65.

£15

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GOLDMAN, Raymond Leslie, 1895-1959 : THE PURPLE SHELLS.

GOLDMAN, Raymond Leslie, 1895-1959 : THE PURPLE SHELLS.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. The last of the Rufus Reed crime novels – murder, psychiatry and conchology. First published in New York the previous year.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – an elegant design from Denis McLoughlin; minor wear and a few slight marks, but a very good copy. Ownership inscription on upper wrapper. TVB Books 61.

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“HALE, Christopher” – [STEVENS, Frances Moyer Ross, 1895-1948] : RUMOUR HATH IT.

“HALE, Christopher” – [STEVENS, Frances Moyer Ross, 1895-1948] : RUMOUR HATH IT.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1947). First British edition. “It was rather like entertaining a little cobra to have Mr. Izenga to tea. He curled in one corner, affecting modest retirement, but woe to the hostess who did not keep him charmed!” – Lieutenant Bill French takes an interest. Originally published in New York in 1945.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – the artwork unsigned, but evidently by Denis McLoughlin; a little rubbed and worn; some light wear and creasing; edges a little spotted, but still overall a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major UK libraries.

£15

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“HALE, Christopher” – [STEVENS, Frances Moyer Ross, 1895-1948] : MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE.

“HALE, Christopher” – [STEVENS, Frances Moyer Ross, 1895-1948] : MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. Olivia Warburton walks in her sleep – and then there is murder. Lieutenant French of the Michigan State Police investigates. Originally published in New York in 1945. Boardman Book No. 59.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – the artwork unsigned, but evidently by Denis McLoughlin; some light wear and creasing; edges and lower wrapper a little marked in places; text very slightly tanned, but still overall a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major UK libraries.

£20

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HOWIE, Edith, 1900-1979 : NO FACE TO MURDER.

HOWIE, Edith, 1900-1979 : NO FACE TO MURDER.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1946). First British edition. “Carol Tulliver was young, beautiful and as a musician she closely approached genius. Most of the women in the town hated her” – murder in a Missouri church from the librarian author. Originally published in the USA earlier in 1946.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original wrappers; some minor wear and creasing; small mark to upper wrapper, but a very good copy. TV Books [38?].

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HOWIE, Edith, 1900-1979 : THE BAND PLAYED MURDER.

HOWIE, Edith, 1900-1979 : THE BAND PLAYED MURDER.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First edition. The librarian author with the tale of a would-be concert pianist who agrees to go on tour as a singer with a dance-band – but what had happened to her predecessor? Originally published in New York in 1946.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – an esoteric design from Denis McLoughlin; a little worn and creased; a few minor marks and spots, but a good copy. Ownership inscription on upper wrapper. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 51.

£15

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KANE, Henry, 1908-1988 : HALO FOR NOBODY.

KANE, Henry, 1908-1988 : HALO FOR NOBODY.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1949). First British edition : precedes the Boardman hardback of 1950. “One of the best pulp mystery writers ever to walk this misbegotten world” (Robert K. Lewis). Originally published in the USA in 1947 – the author’s first book, introducing Peter Chambers, sybarite, who drinks like a camel but holds his liquor like a revenue agent. Later republished as “Martinis and Murder”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – the artwork by the unmistakeable Denis McLoughlin; a little rubbed and worn; short splits; a serviceable copy. TVB Books 63.

£20

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“KNIGHT, Adam” – [LARIAR, Lawrence, 1908-1981] : STONE COLD BLONDE.

“KNIGHT, Adam” – [LARIAR, Lawrence, 1908-1981] : STONE COLD BLONDE.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1954). First British paperback edition. Skip-tracer finds beautiful blonde on the floor of his office – unfortunately dead. Originally published in the USA in 1951 and in hardback by Boardman in 1952.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (192)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – the artwork by Denis McLoughlin (1918-2002); a little rubbed and worn; a few spots to edges and prelims, but a good and serviceable copy. No copy of this edition traced in any major UK library. TVB Books 147.

£20

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KOEHLER, Robert Portner, 1905-1988 : THE ROAD HOUSE MURDERS.

KOEHLER, Robert Portner, 1905-1988 : THE ROAD HOUSE MURDERS.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. Triple murder – rancher strangled, neighbour shot, opponent stabbed – but one of the victims must have done it. Originally published in the USA in 1946.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Denis McLoughlin; light wear; some creasing; a few marks, but a good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 47.

£25

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LANG, Harry : THE CORPSE ON THE HEARTH.

LANG, Harry : THE CORPSE ON THE HEARTH.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. Old Elijah Mellor makes the contents of his will known before he dies – four murders ensue. The unconventional detective Tod Frick investigates. Set in San Francisco and surrounds. First published in Philadelphia in 1946.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – an unsigned design by Denis McLoughlin; some light rubbing and wear; short split at foot; a few slight marks, but overall still a very good copy. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries. TVB Books 54.

£25

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SEIFERT, Adele, 1895-1973 : KILL YOUR OWN SNAKES.

SEIFERT, Adele, 1895-1973 : KILL YOUR OWN SNAKES.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1947). First British edition. Marsha Cummings goes to stay with Aunt Celina in the Missouri hills – not expecting to become the storm centre of a double murder case. Earlier published under a different title in the USA.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original wrappers; some minor wear and slight creasing; small mark to upper cover, but a very good copy. TVB Books [40].

£20

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“SHANNON, Carl” – [HOGUE, Wilbur Owings, 1909-1952] : LADY, THAT’S MY SKULL.

“SHANNON, Carl” – [HOGUE, Wilbur Owings, 1909-1952] : LADY, THAT’S MY SKULL.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. The purchase of a painted skull in a pawnshop leads to disturbing events. First published in New York in 1947.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a Denis McLoughin design, skull in the pawnshop window; spine worn and a little split; some creasing; a reasonable copy. TVB Books 57.

£15

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TRUESDELL, June, 1918-1996 : THE MORGUE THE MERRIER.

TRUESDELL, June, 1918-1996 : THE MORGUE THE MERRIER.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1947). First British edition. Crime and comedy as a honeymoon is interrupted by murder – Julius Gilbert (fat, complacent student of Spinoza) investigates. Originally published in New York in 1945.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Denis McLoughlin; some rubbing and wear; text lightly tanned, but a good copy still. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£20

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