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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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