London: Michael Joseph, 1962. First UK edition. Hardcover. Very Good/good. Noted jockey’s debut novel. Signed on title page. Light shelf wear, ends of spine rolled, paper has darkened slightly, previous owner’s name on FFE – ‘N.A. Eccles Yew Tree House Winchelsea 1962’ in green ink, the number ‘60’ faintly visible at top corner of FFE in light red pencil; heavy wear to edges of jacket, chipping and rubbing, darkened at spine and fore edges, a few short tears to edges, front artwork still colorful.
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An outstanding collection of fifteen stories featuring Sherlock Holmes!
Internationally bestselling author Lyndsay Faye was introduced to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries when she was ten years old and her dad suggested she read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.” She immediately became enamored with tales of Holmes and his esteemed biographer Dr. John Watson, and later, began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction—from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.
Faye’s best Holmes tales, including two new works, are brought together in The Whole Art of Detection, a stunning collection that spans Holmes’s career, from self-taught young upstart to publicly lauded detective, both before and after his faked death over a Swiss waterfall in 1894. In “The Lowther Park Mystery,” the unsociable Holmes is forced to attend a garden party at the request of his politician brother and improvises a bit of theater to foil a conspiracy against the government. “The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel” brings Holmes’s attention to the baffling murder of a jewel thief in the middle of an underground railway passage.
With Holmes and Watson encountering all manner of ungrateful relatives, phony psychologists, wronged wives, plaid-garbed villains, and even a peculiar species of deadly red leech, The Whole Art of Detection is a must-read for Sherlockians and any fan of historical crime fiction with a modern sensibility.
Neglected vampire classics - including tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Algernon Blackwood and others. Selected and introduced by Richard Dalby.
The most famous vampire of them all is Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, published in 1897. But it was not the first pieceof fiction to describe the doings of the undead, and it was by no means the last.
In celebration of the 120th anniversary of the publication of ‘Dracula’, this unique anthology gathers together 23 rare vampire stories written by contemporaries of Bram Stoker between 1867 and 1940, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and M. R. James.
‘Dracula’s Brood’ provides a veritable feast of pleasure for all lovers of supernatural and fantasy fiction. This new edition includes for the first time Barry Pain’s ‘The Tree of Death’.
New York: Viking Press, 2003. First American edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Slight scuffing to cover.
Signed “Jasper” on tipped in page. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover.
- Color postcard signed “Jasper” on the back left edge “Thursday Next meets the Cat”. Code: TNU 055. USA TN-2, April 2003. One of one thousand given away during the hc launch.
- Color postcard signed “Jasper“ on the back left edge, “Femole Thursday Next Edition”. Code: TNU 056 one of the one thousand given away in the US in April 2003.
- Color Postcard signed “Jasper” on the back left edge “Pete & Dave’s Dodo Emporium”. Code TNU 057. USA TN-2, April 2003. One of one thousand given away during the HB launch VG (slight wear to bottom edge).
- One Point-of-sale advert with US cover art on the front and back 10“ tall.
- One US promotional self-adhesive bumper sticker with “Lost in a Good Book” printed like the US cover in Yellow against a grey background.
- One US promotional self-adhesive bumper sticker with “Thursday Next making the world safe for fiction!” printed across it on a blue background.
- Three US promotional self-adhesive sticker name tags “Jurisfiction Prose Resource Operative Agent:_______ www.thursdaynext.com” printed on the front with the image of the maze book in the background.
- One promotional bookmark laid in for the American release of The Eyre Affair on one side and Lost in a Good Book on the other.
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Reminding you about the great Amelia Peabody! Egypt, 1912—Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters’s bestselling, beloved mystery series
The Painted Queen: Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia Peabody is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word—“Murder”—before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia’s name and room number, and a curious piece of pasteboard the size of a calling card bearing one word: “Judas.” Most peculiarly, the stranger was wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye.
It quickly becomes apparent that someone saved Amelia from a would-be assassin—someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid Englishwoman. Discovering a terse note clearly meant for EmersonWhere were you?”—pushed under their door, there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.
But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Armana, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic Nefertiti bust. In 1345 B.C. the sculptor Thutmose crafted the piece in tribute to the great beauty of this queen who was also the chief consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten and stepmother to King Tutankhamun.
For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable. Throughout her journey, a parade of men in monocles will die under suspicious circumstances, fascinating new relics will be unearthed, a diabolical mystery will be solved, and a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge . . . and perhaps be unmasked at last.