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ASHTON, Charles (Charles Henry), 1884-1968 : STONE DEAD.

ASHTON, Charles (Charles Henry), 1884-1968 : STONE DEAD.

London : Mellifont Press, [1944]. [Second edition]. A country-inn mystery from photographer, war-hero, silent movie star and ultimately crime-writer Charles Ashton. Originally published by Robert Hale in 1939.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; minor wear, lightly tanned and slightly bruised, but overall a very good copy of a fragile production.

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CORBETT, James, 1887-1958 : RED FARM MYSTERY.

CORBETT, James, 1887-1958 : RED FARM MYSTERY.

London : Mellifont Press, [1942]. [Second edition]. Caleb Denvers, owner of the picturesque Red Farm, is universally hated and feared. Corbett has developed something of cult following for the infelicities of his style, his utter lack of medical knowledge and the implausability of his plots. Originally published by Herbert Jenkins in 1935.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; light wear; tiny chip to upper wrapper; short splits at head and tail; gutter tear to last leaf, but otherwise a good copy.

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FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : UNDERGROUND.

FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : UNDERGROUND.

London : Mellifont Press, [1949]. Originally published in the UK by Collins in 1929, and subsequently reissued as "Mystery Underground" - an ordinary clerk boards a train at King's Cross as prospective knight errant.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial wrappers; an indifferent copy - worn and shaken, with splits, creases and nicks.

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"HASTINGS, Harrington" - [MARSH, John, 1907-1987 & SHEPHERD, Florence] : CRIMINAL SQUARE.

London : Mellifont Press, [1944]. [Second edition]. Originally published by Hutchinson in 1929. One of just two titles from this duo, although Marsh published much under his own name - "the detection and frustration of the 'Inner Circle', a menace to civilisation".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some wear; chips to lower wrapper; text tanned, but a reasonable copy.

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"IRONSIDE, John" - [TAIT, Euphemia Margaret, 1866-1945] : THE CRIME AND THE CASKET.

London : Mellifont Press, [1945]. First edition. "Look, Miss Graham! Isn't that the man they call the woman-hater?" - the last of her crime novels, bringing to a close a career that had begun in 1911.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; light wear; upper wrapper a little creased; a few slight marks; text a little tanned, but a good copy.

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LAMBERT, Rosa, 1891-1957 & LAMBERT, Dudley, 1880-1955 :  MONSIEUR FAUX-PAS.

LAMBERT, Rosa, 1891-1957 & LAMBERT, Dudley, 1880-1955 : MONSIEUR FAUX-PAS.

London : Mellifont Press, [1943]. [Fourth edition]. The first of the four Glyn Morgan mysteries written by Rosa Anstruther Graeme and Dudley Davies Lambert, who married in London in 1911. Originally published by Wishart & Co. in 1928, and subsequently reprinted under the title "Death Goes to Brussels". It was apparently published in France as "Mr. Misstep".
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight wear and short split at foot; corner creases to wrappers; mild rusting of staple; text lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy.

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TEED, G.H. (George Hamilton), 1878-1939 : THE SHADOW CROOK.

TEED, G.H. (George Hamilton), 1878-1939 : THE SHADOW CROOK.

London : Mellifont Press, [1944]. [Second edition]. "A tall man, well coated and hatted against the rain of a dirty night in Shadwell, strode along the wet desert of a short street leading to an iron bridge that crossed the canal ...". Originally published by Stanley Smith in 1936.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 112pp. Original pictorial wrappers; an indifferent copy - worn, split and creased; last leaf nicked.

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"VERNER, Gerald" - [PRINGLE, John Robert Stuart, 1897-1980] : THE ANGEL.

London : Mellifont Press, [1943]. [Second edition]. Jimmy Holland, son of a wealthy member of the cabinet, shocks his father by becoming "a common policeman" (or at least a detective inspector). Originally published by Wright & Brown in 1939.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; split across spine near staple; light wear and short split at foot; light creasing and tanning, but a good copy.

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WOOD, Andrew, 1890-1967 : MURDER AT THE WISHING WELL.

WOOD, Andrew, 1890-1967 : MURDER AT THE WISHING WELL.

London : Mellifont Press, [1944]. First edition. Advocate Adam Napier - "Hanging Adam" - interrogates a frightened farmer on a forgery charge in the High Court of Justiciary, Edinburgh.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light wear and fraying to spine; mild creasing and tanning, but a good copy.

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