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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - I have to confess I dont know Connington's work as well as I would like. Thanks for reminding us of him. Interesting isn't it how even the most talented writers sometimes don't get the attention they should. I always wonder about why that happens to some authors and not to others...

    Les Blatt

    Margot, I'm frustrated by the disappearance of far too many good authors, particularly those from the so-called "Golden Age." I do hope that, eventually, many of these missing authors and books will reappear, at least in e-book format, but the confusing state of copyright law can make it difficult for would-be publishers to get the permissions they need to bring back the vanishing classics.

    Martin Edwards

    Connington was a really interesting writer, especially at the end of the 20s and start of the 30s. The Sweepstake Murders is my favourite - very well constructed indeed and strongly recommended. It's great that his books are becoming available again.

    Les Blatt

    Martin, it appears that some of Connington's other books (besides the three republished from Coachwhip) are turning up in e-book editions. I just downloaded The Case With Nine Solutions, which comes highly recommended. I look forward to reading more by Connington.

    Curt Evans

    I agree with Martin that The Sweepstake Murders is one of Connington's best. I also like The Ha-Ha Case (for one thing, non-English readers will learn what a Ha-Ha is), Nine Solutions, Tragedy at Ravensthorpe and A Minor Operation.

    Curt Evans

    Oh, and thanks for the mention, Les. I wouldn't day Tau Cross is his very best, but I enjoyed it a lot: a solid mystery with lots of clues,a good setting and some good characters and I think one of the best stinger endings in the literature with Clinton'd Driffield's commment.

    Les Blatt

    The Sweepstakes Murders appears to be completely out of print, Curt, and not [yet, anyway] available as an e-book. I'm looking forward to the e-book of The Case With Nine Solutions. And I agree - the closing paragraph of The Tau Cross Mystery really ends the book on a perfect note.

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