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THE SIRENS SANG OF MURDER (Presentation Copy)
New York: Delacorte Press, 1989.
Hard Cover. First Edition. Signed. From the library of the late novelist Alexandra Ripley; with a wonderful inscription from Caudwell: "FOR PANSY, BUT WITH WARNINGS NOT TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR FROM ELIZABETH PETERS - & WITH VERY BEST WISHES, SARAH CAUDWELL, BOUCHERCON 1989". “Pansy” is an “in-joke” between them -- it is the name Ripley gave to Scarlett’s maid in Ripley’s sequel to Gone With the Wind, Scarlett. Ripley and Caudwell must have been at the Bouchercon Mystery Awards together in Philadelphia in 1989. Caudwell's book, "The Sirens Sang of Murder" was the Bouchercon winner the next year in London. A wonderful association, with the reference to their mutual and good friend, Elizabeth Peters.
Very Good binding / Very Good dust jacket.