[SHILLING MYSTERY] BOLT, Ben (author). The Mystery of Belvoir Mansions. London; Ward, Lock & Co., Limited. 1929.
8vo. (142 x 216mm); original pictorial wrappers, advertisements to inner covers; pp. 128; a remarkably good, bright copy with slight creasing and minor surface wear to tail of spine; internally very clean.
First edition thus, issued in the Shilling Mystery series, with eye-catching cover design. Previously published in Table Talk, an upmarket weekly. The novel was also serialised in various other papers between 1934 and 1936. Originally published two years earlier in hardback. Ottwell Binns (1872-1935) was a prolific author of adult novels of adventure and suspense. In this thriller a dead body is discovered in an apartment in Belvoir mansions. The ensuing action spans the Home Counties and the Solway Firth and involves a sinister multi-millionaire, a French pilot with a poor moral compass, various criminals, and one upstanding Englishman.