Perhaps it is merely a sign that the spring will be with us soon, with its promise of rejuvenescence, but I was reminded that today is the official publishing date for Robert Goldsborough's Murder in the Ball Park, his latest continuation of Rex Stout's series of mysteries starring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. I've written about it here and Jeff Pierce's excellent interview with Goldsborough is here.
By coincidence, I also received an email today from Mike Ripley, who writes the monthly "Getting Away with Murder" column for Britain's Shots eZine, telling me that we are about to get a new mystery featuring Albert Campion, the character originally created by Margery Allingham. Ripley has "completed" the book, called Mr. Campion's Farewell. Based on a conversation in the Golden Age of Detection group on Facebook, the new book is actually the completion of a book begun by Philip Youngman Carter, Allingham's husband, but never completed. (Carter did complete an earlier manuscript left unfinished by Allingham, Cargo of Eagles. Curtis Evans reminds us in his blog, The Passing Tramp, that Carter also wrote two Campion books of his own, Mr. Campion's Farthing and Mr. Campion's Falcon. (To confuse matters further, the latter may also appear as Mr. Campion's Quarry.) In any case, Severn House plans to release Mr. Campion's Farewell in the U.K. on March 27th, with an ebook and US edition due in June.
Not content with these revivals, Ripley's note also contains the curious line, "Other revived detectives are available." I have no idea what he means and will be very eager to find out.