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Jan 15, 2014

Pictures from Old Books – The Mystery Book

The Mystery Book isn’t really a mystery. Published in 1934 by Odhams Press Ltd it’s a hefty collection of mystery stories broken up into categories of Stories of Mystery and Adventure, Stories of Crime and Detection and Stories of the Supernatural. It’s also available used on Amazon for 0.01p.

In addition to a great selection of stories, from authors well known and not so well known, it’s packed with some really eye-catching illustrations by Ernest Wallcousins. Below are a few of my favourites which I’ve scanned in for future reference and inspiration.





Some are more striking than others but all have an air of mystery, especially when viewed out of context. I haven’t read the story yet which explains why there’s a glowing monkey surprising a vicar in a church, and to be honest I don’t want to. It’s more fun to guess.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of Mr Wallcousins’ work on future old bookshop visits, I discovered these gems while sorting out a forgotten part of my bookshelf.

To see all the images from The Mystery Book check out my Pinterest board of Pictures from Old Books.


Mark is a freelancer who specialises in creative copywriting and content creation. Starting out as a freelance blogger he's experienced at putting his copywriting skills to work on a variety of subjects and can easily turn his hand to different styles. In his years as a freelance writer he's always brought a creative edge to everything he's written. 

In addition to being a freelance copywriter and a hard-working wordsmith Mark has also forged other forms of content for the web and print working as a photographer, video editor and a general content creator on a freelance basis. 

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Based in Devon Mark lives within questing distance of the UK's Middle Earth aka Dartmoor. He likes his detectives hard-boiled, his eggs runny, and his time travel non-paradoxical.

These are the freelance content creation services available from Mark:

  • Freelance copywriting
  • Freelance blog creation
  • Freelance writing
  • Freelance photography
  • Freelance video editing

If you need a freelance writer, photographer, or video editor get in touch with Mark to find out how he can help:

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