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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.

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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.

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BRIDGES, Hilda (Hilda Maggie), 1881-1971 : THE CREAKING DOOR.

BRIDGES, Hilda (Hilda Maggie), 1881-1971 : THE CREAKING DOOR.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1950). First edition. Vivien inherits the huge Vaudrey Mansion on the Australian coast - strange noises in the night, rival claimants, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design by Denis McLoughlin; lightly used, some rubbing and minor wear; mild creasing; staples rusted; some edge spotting and tanning, but a good copy of an uncommon title from this Tasmanian writer. No copy located in any major UK library.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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