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      An imprint of the Chicago Review Press. Features a number of interesting authors, most long out of print, plus some other odds and ends, including some horror stories by Conan Doyle.
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    • Dean Street Press
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      This publisher specializes in classic mysteries, broadly defined, including newer mysteries that adhere to classic standards. They have just overhauled their website to make it much more informative and user-friendly.
    • Langtail Press
      A fairly new Print On Demand publisher specializing mostly in classic mysteries. The managing director, James Prichard is the great-grandson of Agatha Christie, and his lineage shows. Authors include John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen, Anthony Berkeley, and Freeman Wills Crofts, among others. Many are also published as ebooks for the Amazon Kindle.
    • Locked Room International
      A small press, specializing in very good English-language translations of (so far) mostly-French authors of locked room and impossible crime stories. They publish in Print-On-Demand and electronic editions.
    • Merion Press
      The Merion Press is an independent publisher of out-of-print works that were originally published over 75 years ago, but are enduring even today.
      The brainchild of editor/anthologist/author/bookstore-owner Otto Penzler, the Mysterious Press has recently returned to life and now works with Open Road Media as an electronic book publisher. It is already republishing the work of a lot of classic authors, with more books on the way.
    • Oconee Spirit Press
      A small, independent publisher committed to publishing "lively fiction, and provocative non-fiction." Most of their list covers early works by established authors writing traditional mysteries, such as Carolyn Hart and Margaret Maron.
    • Oleander Press
      This small eclectic British publisher has begun publishing a series of classic British mystery novels, primarily from the Golden Age. The series is grouped into a section of their catalogue named "London Bound," as the books are set in London.
    • Ostara Publishing
      "Ostara Publishing re-issues titles that have unjustifiably become unavailable either through the ravages of time or the forces of publishing economics. We specialise in Crime and Thriller fiction titles and our range goes from the1920s through to the 21st century. We publish thematically and currently have six series available. All our titles are published in a 'trade paperback' format and printed to order."
    • Poisoned Pen Press
      Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Poisoned Pen Press publishes a fairly wide variety of mysteries. Some are reprints; many are new, by newer authors. Their website has a great deal of information about their books and authors.

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    December 31, 2012


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - Right you are that this is one of those books/authors that one never hears about today. I'm so glad for Ramble House and some of the other publishers who work to keep those books available. And as an aside, I love the fact that so many good books are now available in e-format. Obviously it's not a perfect system but so many novels that had gone out of print are now available again. Good for us all if you don't think too hard about the TBR list ;-)

    Les Blatt

    Agreed on all counts, Margot - especially the TBR list; at least the list on my Kindle can't threaten me physically the way a towering pile of books can do. Among my resolutions for this coming year will be to pay more attention to e-book offerings, especially from the small publishers who are trying to bring some great books back into circulation.


    I am planning on reading/reviewing two Punshon books later this month. I have my January TBR pile all ready to go. Though I expect nothing will ever surpass DIABOLIC CANDELABRA -- by far one of the most original and imaginative detective novels I've read from the *entire* Golden Age. It's a book I nominate for a reissue.

    Les Blatt

    As far as I can tell, John, that one is virtually impossible to get. I'd love to see it republished. (Ramble House, are you listening?)...

    Gavin L. O'Keefe

    Les, thank you for your good words about Ramble House. Glad you enjoyed THE GOLDEN DAGGER. E. R. Punshon is a great mystery writer, and deserves greater attention. And, yes, we were listening: we have just reissued DIABOLIC CANDELABRA. :-)

    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Gavin. I'm delighted to hear about DIABOLIC CANDELABRA - all I really know about it is that (1) it has long been out of print and (2) at least two people whose opinions I respect recommend it enthusiastically via the GAD Wiki page. I'll be getting it and adding it to the deadly TBR pile, which shows no sign of ever decreasing in size...

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