First Published 1969 by Collins

First Edition dustwrapper.
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First Edition wrapper
not illustrated

17th in the Lone Pine series. Set in Rye, Sussex.

Penny and Jon head the cast for the latest, modern jaunt. Record player and Coffee Bar add modern touches to the setting, but the Coffee Bar is under a bookshop, and the owner is not what he seems. Another mystery is brewing, and the Mortons will soon arrive to stir it up. . .

First edition:: purple boards, gold blocking including the cone logo, on spine; front board plain; top page edges purple; no maps; no illustrations; 191pp; dustwrapper not credited; cp 12s 6d.
The rear of the d/w has a list of Lone Pine books divided up into the areas where they occur. 'Rye Royal' is listed and is given as 'The latest book'; under 'Dartmoor' is only listed 'Saucers Over The Moon' (sic).

2nd impression 1970: book as first edition; d/w has more modern photo rear flap and corrected quote source to 'The Teacher' also includes 'Strangers At Witchend' as the latest book. It retains the 'Saucers Over The Moon' error, and has the ISBN 0-00-160201-2 printed below the list.

Other editions:
Armada 1973:
Paperback edition; no map; no illustrations; cover as Collins; 191pp; cp 25p; Armada number C725.
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The Armada edition

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new paperback cover
Peter Archer
Girls Gone By 2014:
New paperback edition using full original text and with added articles. Introduction by Tony Gillam. Published at 13 direct from the publishers. Cover artwork from the original Collins hardback. 229 pages ISBN 978-1-84745-177-4.

Foreign Edition:

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Spanish dustwrapper by
Badia Camps
Molino 1971:
Spanish translation as El Secreto De Rye Royal. Number 107 in their Colleccion Aventura series.
Translated by M Gimenez; 199 pages with eight b/w illustrations by 'Bea'
The cover and dustwrapper are by Badia Camps

[For information on this edition,and illustration, thanks to Steven Handy]

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