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The Yellow Robe Murders tpb By Melville Burt
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Trade paperback. Only four men had ever been permitted a sight of the complete Todd collection of jewels. Two of them had died: one, the owner, under auspicious circumstances on the eve of showing... More > his son, Jerry Todd, his newest acquisition - the Kathaba ruby, looted centuries before from a sacred dagoba. For six years Jerry has not been able to find the collection. A Chinese lavender jade bowl, bearing the carved Wu-Fu symbol of the five bats of good luck and longevity, found in the hands of a murdered jockey on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, gives the clew which brings a series of ruthless murders right to the door of Jerry Todd, a world wanderer, adventurer and crime investigator, who is suspected of the murders he is trying to solve. The trail leads from Kentucky to Jerry’s boarded-up, ancestral mansion on Fifth Avenue; to London, where death strikes again and again until the solution is found in the unfrequented jungles of southern Ceylon.< Less
The Freak Island Murders By Robert Verron
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Trade paperback. Even as the ocean liner Maryland cruises its way from England to its Hawaiian destination, there are the seeds of intrigue on board. The vessel flounders when it hits a hurricane and... More > one boat of survivors makes it miraculously to the nearby island of Tiero. As luck would have it, the island is inhabited - though the residents are not what the Maryland’s passengers expect or welcome. Dr. Julius Masterman has established a medical institute on Tiero to research cures for congenitally-deformed individuals - thus the local population is largely made up of malformed refugees from ‘normal’ society. Hence Tiero’s sobriquet: Freak Island. What are the chances that the ship’s survivors are connected with the people of Freak Island? And what are the chances of murder?< Less
The Flying Beast tpb By Walter S. Masterman
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Trade paperback. Walter S. Masterman, known for his oddball horror and mystery novels about demonic toads and toxic mistletoe, wrote 26 novels between 1926 and 1942. Ramble House is proud to bring... More > back another of his best, 'The Flying Beast' from 1932. Once you enter his universe of ordinary citizens aiding exceptional detectives you’ll wonder why his action-packed books haven’t been reprinted before. In 'The Flying Beast' you’ll meet a teenage aviatrix, a forlorn beauty residing in a barbwire mansion riddled with troglodytes, and a likeable hero who braves the deserts of Iraq to discover the secret behind mysterious stones that could completely wipe out the economy of the known world. And then there’s the author’s series sleuth, Sir Arthur Sinclair, formerly of Scotland Yard, who has an unerring knack of unravelling the craziest of mysteries. It’s another classic thriller from the “Master Man.”< Less
The Death Coins By Walter S. Masterman
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Hardcover. Originally published in London in 1940, 'The Death Coins' has since become a rarity along with Walter S. Masterman’s last novels, probably due to wartime restrictions and the... More > destruction of the publisher’s warehouse during The Blitz. 'The Death Coins' is another fine murder mystery featuring the author’s series sleuth Sir Arthur Sinclair. Ramble House is proud to bring this Masterman mystery back into print at last.< Less
The Living Mummy By Ambrose Pratt
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Hardcover. Dr. Pinsent is translating hieroglyphics in Egypt when he meets up with Sir Robert Ottley, who is searching for the tomb and mummy of the ancient Egyptian priest Ptahmes. Pinsent is... More > intrigued by the excavation - but he is even more fascinated by Ottley’s daughter, May, who is assisting her father. When the sarcophagus of Ptahmes is unearthed and opened, a bizarre series of events begins to unfold. Pinsent is drawn into the mysterious phenomena, which swiftly develop into something more sinister. Only when Pinsent and the Ottleys return to London do matters take a devilishly threatening turn. Ambrose Pratt (1874–1944) was a prolific Australian journalist and author of novels and non-fiction. Later in life Pratt was an outspoken opponent of the White-Australia Policy. His many activities included advocating the inclusion of Australian fauna at Melbourne Zoo; he later became vice-president of the Zoological Society of Victoria.< Less
The Secret Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Book Three By Gary Lovisi
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Hardcover. In this third volume in 'The Secret Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' series, Gary Lovisi offers five new untold stories of the Great Detective. The stories span the timeline of Holmes’... More > career, from 1878 to 1913, encompassing a period of 35 years! These tales showcase various hitherto overlooked aspects of the Holmes and Watson relationship, displaying a deeper level to their friendship and life. One story even brings Holmes and Watson into an uneasy alliance with Professor Challenger to solve the mystery behind the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic!< Less
The Living Mummy tpb By Ambrose Pratt
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Trade paperback. Dr. Pinsent is translating hieroglyphics in Egypt when he meets up with Sir Robert Ottley, who is searching for the tomb and mummy of the ancient Egyptian priest Ptahmes. Pinsent is... More > intrigued by the excavation - but he is even more fascinated by Ottley’s daughter, May, who is assisting her father. When the sarcophagus of Ptahmes is unearthed and opened, a bizarre series of events begins to unfold. Pinsent is drawn into the mysterious phenomena, which swiftly develop into something more sinister. Only when Pinsent and the Ottleys return to London do matters take a devilishly threatening turn. Ambrose Pratt (1874–1944) was a prolific Australian journalist and author of novels and non-fiction. Later in life Pratt was an outspoken opponent of the White-Australia Policy. His many activities included advocating the inclusion of Australian fauna at Melbourne Zoo; he later became vice-president of the Zoological Society of Victoria.< Less
Pawns of Destiny tpb By Kay Seaton
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Trade paperback. June Pearl discovers that she is unable to have children of her own and adopts three, going abroad at the necessary times in order to be able to pose as their actual mother when she... More > brings them home one by one. Andrew Pearl, June’s husband, is neglected because of his wife’s “children” and leads a double life - one thwarted and cursed, the other a life of love and satisfaction. An inevitable clash and tragedy is involved. A murder trial follows. This new edition of 'Pawns of Destiny' is the first reprint since its original publication in 1947. John Pelan provides a new introduction, shedding light on the identity of the author.< Less
Invitation to Murder By Ralph Trevor
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Trade paperback. John Vance doesn’t have a care in the world...except, perhaps, seeing his daughter Pamela married to the right man. Father and daughter live happily at Blacon Grange until one... More > day the post brings a letter from an anonymous writer directing Vance to kill one Martin Stone - a man of dubious character with whom Vance had once been associated. Vance decides to ignore the ludicrous missive. But a phone ’call received shortly afterwards from Martin Stone leads John Vance into dangerous waters... The ensuing case is investigated by Curtis Burke of Scotland Yard, and Inspector Burke and his men must use all of their deductive skill to unravel a conspiracy whose roots go back to Mexico. ‘Ralph Trevor’ was the pseudonym used by James Reginald Wilmot for his numerous mystery novels. He also wrote romances under the pseudonym ‘Frances Stewart’.< Less
Situation Vacant TPB By Miles Burton
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Trade paperback. Mr. Green was seriously put out when his daughter Iris never returned from Mrs. Whyttington’s where she did part-time secretarial work. Who was to get his tea? But Iris would... More > never get him a meal again, nor give reluctant help behind the counter in her father’s chemists shop, for Iris was dead. Her body is found floating in a sluice not far from her employer’s house. “Accidental death” is the official verdict at the inquest. But when three months later Iris’s successor as secretary to Mrs. Whyttington is found dead in most suspicious circumstances, and once again the situation becomes vacant, things begin to take on rather a different complexion and Scotland Yard is called in. It needs all Inspector Arnold’s talent for patient, plodding inquiry, assisted by the lively imagination and brilliant powers of deduction of his friend Desmond Merrion, to solve a mystery that must surely be one of the most ingenious that Miles Burton has ever evolved.< Less