The Mystery of the Golden Skulls

By Robert Martin (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1958 by Nelson
Illustrated by George Lane
First edition wrapper. Click to enlarge and see full picture
First edition dustwrapper
George Lane
Nelson 1958
When Mike finds himself a girlfriend it looks like the end of DANCE AND CO. : DETECTIVES, but Mike's brother Jim and his friend Birdie are magnets for trouble. A man beaten up in a quiet back street on a foggy night is really a police matter, butthere seems no harm in going back to look for the little gold skull which they found on the spot and then lost again, and it might even help the police. There seems to be no harm, that is, until Birdie is kidnapped before Jim's very eyes.

Luckily Mike is at hand too, with Jan and Jan's resourceful grandfather - and DANCE AND CO.: DETECTIVES are re-formed there and then, with two new members and a tough assignment ahead.

First edition:
Nelson 1958:
Hardback, with dustwrapper; 135x195mm; green cloth with black blocking; 184pp; six black and white illustrations by George Lane, including the frontispiece, all full page; dated Robert Martin 1958; dustwrapper full colour and picture wraps to include the spine, front flap has 'blurb' reproduced above and printed cover price of 5/- net [my copy], rear flap advertises The Mystery of the Car Bandits; rear of dustwrapper plain blue with Nelson logo in white, upper centre.

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