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Hugo Blayn Bibliography

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This Hugo Blayn bibliography or checklist list the crime or mystery books written by the author.
The jacket of the author's first book states "Author of The Five Matchboxes"
Clearly this suggests a change in chronology, however all major holding libraries agree the order as listed here.
Presumably just marketing, the other titles mentioned on the jacket are all contemporaneous to 1947

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Title Publisher Date Issue Points - Notes
Except for One Thing Stanley Paul 1947 Not dated. Orange cloth, black titles.
Dust Jacket 9/6
The Five Matchboxes Stanley Paul 1948 Not dated. British Library clearly calls for 1948
Yet jacket for above book mentions this title !
Flashpoint Stanley Paul 1950  
What Happened to Hammond ? Stanley Paul 1951  
The Silvered Cage Dragon Publications 1955  
Rattlesnake Robert Hale 2000 This is a Western and was originally published
under the name John Russell Fearn in 1950
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Hugo Blayn ~ Further Information ~ Biography
This is one of the many pseudonyms used by the prolific author John Russell Fearn was was born 1908 and died 1960. For this name he used one series character who appeared in all the novels listed, Inspector Garth of Scotland Yard.

Synopsis of Hugo Blayn's Except for One Thing
A dramatic detective thriller
EXCEPT FOR ONE THING
by Hugo Blayn
Author of "The Five Matchboxes"
MEN have often been moved to contemplating the possibility of committing the "Perfect Crime"—and have blundered. Inspector Garth of Scotland Yard believes that in these days of modern science a perfect crime has even less chance of being committed. To Richard Harvey, however, there is given, by his good friend Inspector Garth, a resume of the mistakes made by past criminals, and, as a pathologist and scientist, Harvey believes he can so completely rid himself of an unwanted fiancée that none will ever be able to tell what became of the corpse.
Yet, though he lays a master-plan and uses modern scientific methods to bring it to fruition, he makes, despite the object lesson in past criminals' mistakes, not one but several mistakes. Though he stays beside his friend the Inspector, who is engaged on the case, though he watches every move that is made, he finds a relentless circle closing around him. Time and again he rights a battle of wits with the inexorable Inspector and yet sees the whole scheme slowly but inevitably torn to pieces.
This is the absorbing story of a "perfect crime" which in the end serves to prove how even the best laid plans can go awry.
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