A major milestone is looming ahead for Classic Mysteries. Sometime near the end of this year, I'll be posting my 500th review on the Classic Mysteries podcast. That means the podcast has been providing a weekly review of a mystery classic every week for 9 1/2 years.
The podcast began in May, 2007, and the blog followed in June 2008. It's been a pretty good run so far, and I intend to keep going for a while. But it occurs to me that I reviewed a LOT of my own personal favorite classic mysteries in that first year or so - about 70 books in as many weeks, in fact - that were done only as podcasts before this blog came along to give my friends, my visitors and readers, a chance to read, learn about and discuss those books.
So I'm going to start a new feature on this blog - let's say, every Thursday, beginning on September 1. I'm going to bring back and re-post edited text versions of the original podcast reviews of some of my favorite books and favorite authors from that first year or so of reviews. I'm going to try to be certain that the books I write about are still readily available - either in print, as e-books, or (if neither of those options is available) are at least pretty readily available through second-hand copies found for you by your favorite independent book dealers (including dealers who work through Amazon).
As always, I invite your comments about these books. There's nothing more satisfying for me than to hear that one of my visitors has discovered a new (to them) author or book that I've told them about. I'm calling the feature "From the Vault," and I have already picked several of the books I plan to re-review (or, at least, the podcasts I plan to provide in text format). It all starts on Thursday, when we'll begin with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. Come along for the ride!