Subscribe to the Podcast

Twitter Updates

    follow me on Twitter

    About Comments

    • Comments are welcome...but...

      Please carry on all conversations without shouting, excessive ranting, or crudity. Profanity and personal attacks will not be tolerated. I am delighted to have you in my house - well, on my blog, anyway - and look forward to discussions. But please remember that we are all trying to carry on a civilized discussion. Your views are valuable. Please treat them that way. Thank you.

    Mystery Publishers

    • Academy Chicago Publishers
      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.
    • Crippen & Landru
      Crippen & Landru publish mystery short story collections. Of particular interest is what they call "Lost Classics," a series of anthologies of mostly uncollected stories by authors who might be enjoyed by a new generation of readers.
    • Dean Street Press
      This small British publisher has a great many classic crime books in its much broader catalog. They are bringing back many Golden Age classics by authors who deserve another chance at a new audience.
    • Felony & Mayhem
      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.
    • 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.

    Search Classic Mysteries

    • Search This Site via Google Search


    Amazon invitation

    • Link to Amazon
      Classic Mysteries is an Associate. If you're going to buy something from Amazon, please use this link to reach their site. I appreciate it!
    Blog powered by Typepad

    « Of Dinner, Discussion and a Doxy | Main | "Why Didn't They Ask Evans" »

    July 24, 2010


    Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


    A few 'cozy' type books I've read and enjoyed in the past year or so.
    SOME LIKE IT HOT BUTTERED by Jeffrey Cohen
    INDEX TO MURDER by Jo Dereske (I love the entire series by Dereske, featuring Washington
    state librarian, Miss Zukas.)
    DEATH OF A COZY WRITER by G.M. Mallet (a terrific debut)
    BEWARE FALSE PROFITS by Emilie Richards
    BLESSED IS THE BUSYBODY by Emilie Richards
    LET THER BE SUSPECTS by Emile Richards
    HIGH RHYMES AND MISDEMEANORS by Diana Killian (All the books in Killian's Poetic Death series
    are pretty good.)
    And I don't know if you'd count Ngaio Marsh as a 'cozy' writer, she was very much a Grand Dame in
    the same vein as the great Agatha Christie. I recently reread all of Marsh's books and LOVED them all over again.


    I agree with your idea that Josephine Tey is not really a 'cozy' writer.
    I think hers and Laurie King's work too elegant to qualify.
    Not that I'm taking away anything from the 'cozies' I read and love.
    But there IS a difference in tone. At least to my eye.

    Exception to the rule:
    Ngaio Marsh had elegance and was inclined to reveal truly awful ways
    of killing off the victim (not off stage), but I still think of her books as 'cozies'.

    Les Blatt

    Interesting list, Yvette - there are some names there which are new to me and others are in the ever-growing pile of "To Be Read" books on my dresser.

    I don't think of Ngaio Marsh as a cozy writer - she is, as you say, one of the Grand Dames of the mystery, with her earliest books quite solidly in the Golden Age. Yes, her violence can be on stage - certainly the murders in Death of a Peer are truly unpleasant and quite closely described, yet it's one of my favorite mysteries.

    One book not yet in my pile, but to be added, is Alan Bradley's "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie," which is on your list. It has been nominated, I think, for just about every major first-timer award and has won several already.

    Thanks for the suggestions!


    I believe these would qualify. I enjoy each of them.

    The Mrs. Malory series by Hazel Holt
    The Vish Puri series by Tarquin Hall
    The Chet and Bernie series by Spencer Quinn
    The Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer (a YA series with Sherlock's young sister - only going to be six in all I think)

    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Nan. The only one of those I have read is Nancy Springer - the Enola Holmes books are excellent. I'll have to add the others to my list.


    Les, I linked your site to my blog and mentioned it in yesterday's post which was, not so coincidentally, about cozy mysteries. Reading about them here gave me the idea, and since I've always loved them, I decided to expand a little. Added more to my list of good ones. Here's a link to it (hope you don't mind, I'm not quite sure of the etiquette of all this yet since I'm a new blogger), if you'd care to read it.

    Les Blatt

    Good list, Yvette. I hope other readers here will check out your link.

    The comments to this entry are closed.

    Disclosure: Amazon Associates

    • As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
      That means that if you order anything from Amazon through a link from my site I get a small commission. As a result, I'd consider it a favor if you would consider making your purchases through my links. As always, though, if you have a local mystery book store, I encourage you to use them as your first choice. For anything else...thank you.

    The Backlist

    Bookmark This Page!

    Google Analytics