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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 of this edition (British Library) located in the major libraries worldwide. TVB Books [25?].

£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 three copies of this edition (Bodleian, British Columbia and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. 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 of this edition (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. TVB Books 50.

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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].

£20

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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 three copies of this edition (Bibliothèque Nationale, Bodleian and British Library) located in the major libraries worldwide. TVB Books 42.

£20

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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; a little rubbed and lightly worn, but a good copy. Neat ownership inscription on upper wrapper. Just three copies of this edition (Bibliothèque Nationale, Bodleian and British Library) located in the major libraries worldwide. TVB Books 60.

£15

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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 three copies of this edition (Bibliothèque Nationale, British Library, and Trinity College Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide. TVB Books 65.

£15

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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. Just three copies of this edition (Bodleian, Bowling Green State, and National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide. TV Books [38?].

£20

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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. Just three copies of this edition (Bibliothèque Nationale, British Library, and Trinity College Dublin) located in major libraries worldwide. TVB Books 63.

£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 major libraries worldwide. 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 libraries worldwide. TVB Books 54.

£10

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LARIAR, Lawrence, 1908-1981 : FRIDAY FOR DEATH.

LARIAR, Lawrence, 1908-1981 : FRIDAY FOR DEATH.

London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1951). First British paperback edition. Skip-tracer needs to find his wife’s murderer to prove his own innocence – with a cast of “artists, models, gamblers, skip-tracers, free-living and free-loving girls”. First published in hardback in New York in 1949 and London in 1950.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 160pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by Denis McLoughlin; a little worn, creased and slightly split; revised price over-stamp; opening leaves a little marked, but otherwise a good copy. Just a single copy (Sydney) of this edition located in major libraries worldwide. TVB Books 102.

£15

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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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