First Edition, 1st Printing Hardback. 222 p. 21 cm. Very good condition. Very good lightly edgeworn dust jacket. Small peeled spot on front pastedown. Toning to rear of jacket. ISBN: 0340207000. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: In the cavernous halls of Buckingham Palace, a series of pranks lead to murder in this mystery by CWA Gold Dagger winner Peter Dickinson Princess Louise and her father, King Victor II of England, agree that life has become painfully dull. When she's not in school, Louise spends her days roaming the palace and fulfilling her royal duties while her father fusses over budgets and attempts to keep his family out of the tabloids. So when a prankster begins placing frogs on the breakfast trays, Louise delights in the break from routine-as does King Victor. But this innocent mischief soon escalates into bloodshed when a body is found in the palace. In an attempt to quell his family's panic, King Victor resolves to catch the killer. At last he has a purpose-but the palace may be in greater danger than either he or Louise suspects.
About the Author:
Peter Dickinson was born in Africa but raised and educated in England. From 1952 to 1969 he was on the editorial staff of Punch, and since then earned his living writing fiction of various kinds for children and adults. His books have been published in several languages throughout the world.
The author of twenty-one crime and mystery novels for adults, Dickinson was the first to win the Gold Dagger Award of the Crime Writers’ Association for two books running: The Glass-Sided Ants Nest (1968) and The Old English Peepshow (1969). Dickinson was shortlisted nine times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children’s literature and was the first author to win it twice.
Dickinson served as chairman of the Society of Authors and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for services to literature. Peter Dickinson died on December 16, 2015, at the age of eighty-eight.
Title: King and joker
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton/ London 1976
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, London, 1976. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Seller Inventory # 005094
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1976. Cloth. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. 222 pages. The suggestion of two creases to the front free endpaper and half title - arising from the impression of two creases to the fold-over of the jacket. There is a slight line of fading to the top edge of the binding. The jacket has two ¼" tears at the top. Set in an alternative England - murder in an alternative royal family. A clever writer on good form. Size: 5" x 8" (130mm x 205mm). Seller Inventory # 000788
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 1976. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Bookplate and number on fep. Seller Inventory # 00014042
Book Description Hodder and Stoughton/ London, 1976. Hardback. Condition: Very good condition. First Edition, 1st Printing. 222 p. 21 cm. Very good lightly edgeworn dust jacket. Small peeled spot on front pastedown. Toning to rear of jacket. Seller Inventory # J988193
Book Description Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1976. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. The interior of the book is crisp and clean, showing no marks or wear. The dust jacket is price-clipped, but is also in very good condition, with minor wear, but no chips or tears. The jacket is now in a protective mylar cover. Note: This mystery is set in a parallel version of Britain, where King Victor -- not Queen Elizabeth -- reigns. Synopsis: "The monarchy is not what it used to be. King Victor II may be the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, but political and economic realities have intruded even on Buckingham Palace, where family breakfasts center on proposals for tightening the household budget (no, Princess Louise will not be hiring out as a babysitter) and the King - a licensed physician -- fumes at Parliament's refusal to permit him to practice medicine, for fear of lawsuits. Nor has royal dignity been spared. A practical joker has invaded the palace, but his tricks, initially amusing, have turned deadly, and seem increasingly to be focused on the teenage Princess Louise. The trickster, it seems clear, wants her to divulge some secret to the Greater British Public, but which one? With a royal family's worth of skeletons in the closet, there are too many to choose from.". Seller Inventory # 005710
Book Description Hodder and Stoughton ., London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, 1976. Octavo, boards. First edition. Mystery novel set in an alternate England where George V's elder brother did not die of pneumonia but lived to become King Victor I. Mild foxing to page edges, else a fine copy in fine dust jacket with small crease to rear flap. (#137447). Seller Inventory # 137447
Book Description Condition: acceptable. 789 Gramm. Seller Inventory # M00340207000-B