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The Spoilt Kill

(1961)
(The first book in the Hedley Nicholson series)
A novel by

 
 
Discover the captivating treasures buried in the British Library's archives. Largely inaccessible to the public until now, these enduring crime classics were written in the golden age of detective fiction.

'The grey eyes, so apt for tragedy, looked steadily up at me.
"You can't trust me, can you?" she said.'


Shentall's, a long-established institution of the Staffordshire Potteries industry is under attack. With its designs leaked to international competition and its prices undercut, private investigator Hedley Nicholson has been tasked with finding the culprit of the suspected sabotage.

But industrial espionage may just be the beginning. Delving further into the churning heart of Shentall's Pottery, Nicholson's prying is soon to unearth rumours of bonds cruelly smashed to pieces, grievances irrevocably baked in stone and a very real body, turning and turning in the liquid clay.

First published in 1961, The Spoilt Kill received widespread critical acclaim and praise from contemporary crime writers such as Julian Symons. Widely heralded as a perfect golden age mystery, this piece of British crime fiction marked a shift in the genre towards mysteries characterized by psychological elements. It was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger and remains a finely crafted masterpiece of the crime genre.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

October 1993 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spoilt Kill (Black Dagger Crime S.)
Author(s): Dr Mary Kelly
ISBN: 0-7451-8622-X / 978-0-7451-8622-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Spoilt Kill (Ulverscroft Large Print)
Author(s): Dr Mary Kelly
ISBN: 0-7089-2223-6 / 978-0-7089-2223-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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June 1975 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spoilt Kill
Author(s): Dr Mary Kelly
ISBN: 0-7181-1356-X / 978-0-7181-1356-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2020 : Paperback
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Title: The Spoilt Kill
Author(s): Mary Kelly
ISBN: 1-72821-997-3 / 978-1-72821-997-4
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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May 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Spoilt Kill: A Staffordshire Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)
Author(s): Mary Kelly
ISBN: 0-7123-5336-4 / 978-0-7123-5336-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: British Library Publishing
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January 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Spoilt Kill (VMC)
Author(s): Mary Kelly
ISBN: 1-86049-420-X / 978-1-86049-420-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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February 1982 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Spoilt Kill
Author(s): Mary Kelly
ISBN: 0-06-080565-X / 978-0-06-080565-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper and Row Publishers
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Audio Editions

January 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Spoilt Kill
Author(s): Mary Kelly
Publisher: Soundings
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January 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Spoilt Kill
Author(s): Mary Kelly
Publisher: Soundings
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January 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Spoilt Kill
Author(s): Mary Kelly
Publisher: Soundings
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January 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Spoilt Kill
Author(s): Mary Kelly
Publisher: Soundings
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September 1999 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Spoilt Kill: Unabridged
Author(s): Mary Kelly
ISBN: 1-86042-651-4 / 978-1-86042-651-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

December 2020 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Spoilt Kill (British Library Crime Classics)
Author(s): Mary Kelly
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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