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Anthony Gilbert

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As one of the country's leading mystery fiction dealers we permanently require quality stock
Especially early crime fiction books - please do Contact Us


Brief History - Biography

Anthony Gilbert was in fact a woman. Born 1899, Lucy Beatrice Malleson also used the pseudonyms J. Kilmeny Keith and Anne Meredith. She was, and still is, a highly respected mystery author. Whilst not as well remembered as the likes of Christie and Sayers she was an important and influential author both at the time and still today. As well as being popular she was also prolific, writing numerous books and also many short stories. Her greatest creation, without doubt, was Arthur G Crook who developed into an excellent series character and was keenly followed by readers and subsequently collectors. There was one other main character who appeared in the early titles, Scott Egerton. Plotting, backdrops and character depth are all the hallmarks of quality detective fiction and Anthony Gilbert had all three in spades. An excellent author and a founding member of the Detection Club to boot.
A Sample of Books Wanted

The Tragedy at Freyne
The Mystery of the Open Window
The Musical Comedy Crime
An Old Lady Dies
The Vanishing Corpse
The Night of the Fog

All titles pre dating 1943

All author signed firsts, also large sets or runs in fine condition

General Requirements
Dust jackets alone that pre date 1943 are also keenly sought
Fine copies of later Collins Crime Club titles are also of interest.
UK first editions only please.

Payment - Prices Paid
Top prices paid, especially for fine and rare items.
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Final Word
An important author and one well known to mystery readers and collectors on both sides of the Atlantic.
Her work is well structured and considerably better than most of the mystery writers operating at the time.
We presume her work to be all but out of print today, something that is undeserved.