London, Collins Crime Club, 1947. First edition. A departure from the first several novels in the series in that the relatively happy drawing room times are obscured in a fog of war. London is a weary, frightened place, and when Strangeways' colleague at the Ministry of Morale is murdered, the ministry officials regard each other in a different light. The slightest touch of wear to corners and spine ends, and previous owner's info to front free endpaper. Dust jacket shows chipping and small open tears. Slight foxing to foredge. Overall a lovely copy of this eighth Strangeways adventure. $275.00.