Thursday, July 9, 2009

Author of the Week: Phoebe Atwood Taylor


Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1909-1976) wrote her last mystery in 1951 but remained so popular that her regular publisher, W.W. Norton, reissued them all in hardcover. Her series about Asey Mayo, known as "the Cape Cod Sherlock," is noted for its fair play detection and humor, as is the series she wrote about Leonidas Witherall (who looks like William Shakespeare) under the Alice Tilton pseudonym. The following books, except where noted, all feature Mayo and are the handsomely produced matching Norton reprints of the 1960s and ‘70s and are in fine condition in fine or near fine dust jackets (with possibly a bit of wear at spine ends). Norton did not date the series, but original publication dates are listed.

The Cape Cod Mystery, 1931. The first in the series. $25.00

The Mystery of the Cape Cod Players, 1933. $20.00

The Mystery of the Cape Cod Tavern, 1934. Dust jacket spine a trifle sunned. $20.00

Another copy. Dust jacket spine faded and torn. $15.00

Sandbar Sinister, 1934. $20.00

Tinkling Symbol, 1935. $20.00

The Crimson Patch, 1936. First edition. Ex-library copy. $12.50

The Crimson Patch, 1936. Spine a trifle sunned. $20.00

Out of Order, 1936. $20.00

Octagon House, 1937. $20.00

Another copy. Dust jacket spine lightly sunned. $17.50

Banbury Bog, 1938. $20.00

The Annulet of Guilt, 1938. $20.00

Another copy. Spine slightly sunned. $17.50

Spring Harrowing, 1939. $20.00

Deadly Sunshade, 1940. $20.00

Another copy. Glue spots on endpapers, spine of dust jacket faded. $15.00

The Criminal C.O.D., N.Y., Norton, 1940. First edition. Very good. $25.00

The Criminal C.O.D., 1940. $20.00

Proof of the Pudding, 1945. $20.00

Punch with Care. First edition. Good. $15.00

Punch with Care, 1948. $20.00

Another copy. Dust jacket spine faded. $15.00

Diplomatic Corpse, 1951. $20.00


Beginning with a Bash, N.Y., Norton, 1972. First U.S. edition. Under the title The Riddle of Volume Four, it was first published in Mystery magazine in 1933 under the Taylor by-line. It was then published in 1937 in England. It is a classic bibliomystery. Fine in dust jacket, which has a a bit of wear at the top of the spine. $35.00

File for Record, Norton reprint; originally 1943. Note ("Fast and Fun) on endpaper, stain on spine, else very good in dust jacket with wear on spine. $15.00

Dead Ernest, Norton reprint; originally 1944. Fine in dust jacket. $20.00

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