The “Un Mystère” series, published in paperback by Presses de la Cité in Paris, includes some of the best post-war mystery fiction.

Most of the books were translated into French from contemporary British and American authors, but the series also included some original French stories. The books all have fabulous cover designs, some completely original to the series, but most using the cover illustrations from the British or US editions, with the addition of creative typography, the series logo, a yellow stripe and the red postage-stamp author-name panel. The logo for the series is an elephant reading a book and the first editions of the early titles use the logo to make decorative endpapers.

There were a total of 769 numbered titles issued from 1949 to 1966, plus 9 titles with roman numerals. More than 30 Peter Cheyney titles appear, most in the original 100 of the series. The first foreign book published in hardback by the Presses de la Cité was Cheyney’s Dark Duel as Duel dans l‘ombre.

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Established in 1929 “I gialli Mondadori“was the first Italian list dedicated to the detective story. Pictured below are the 31 Peter Cheyney titles in The Mondadori Yellows series first published between 1947 and 1955.

By the 1980s Dick Bruna – creator of Miffy – had designed a total of more than 2000 covers for the hugely popular “Zwarte Beertjes“ (Black Bears) list. Included are 37 Cheyney titles designed between 1956 and 1972 by Bruna for his father’s publishing house A W Bruna & Zoon (click on Miffy to visit her own site).

 
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