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    • 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.

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    Les, I recently discovered Georgette Heyer's mysteries - never even knew they existed. They were a happy surprise. I read: A BLUNT INSTRUMENT, DUPLICATE DEATH, and DETECTION UNLIMITED at a clip. Loved them. But, for whatever reason I missed ENVIOUS CASCA. Will rectify that asap. (I think her mysteries are being re-issued in nice looking paperbacks. Well, you probably knew that.)

    Les Blatt

    I have DEATH IN THE STOCKS lined up to review later this year. Yes, it's another of the nice-looking paperbacks. ;-)


    Well I read ENVIOUS CASCA (feeling guilty all the while because I was supposed to be finishing up another novel). Though I suspected who the killer was early on and even realized how the murder was done, I still enjoyed it. I'm going to have to read even more of these Heyer mysteries.

    I've never read Nicholas Blake (or knew that he was Daniel Day-Lewis's father) though I'd vaguely heard of him. Thanks for tipping me off about him and his detective Nigel Strangeways. (Didn't Agatha Christie have a villainous character with this name in one of her books? A homicidal tennis pro?)I'm off to hunt down Blake's books. Maybe if I'm lucky my library might have some.

    You surely do know a heck of a lot about the 'golden age' of mystery, Les. I thought I was good, but you put me in the shade.

    Les Blatt

    Yvette, there are several out-of-print "treasuries" of Blake books, each containing three or four mysteries. Your library may have some. Rue Morgue Press has an inexpensive edition of "Thou Shell of Death."

    I have learned a lot about the Golden Age from two sources, both from the same group. One is an excellent mail list on Yahoo, which you can find at . The other is the Golden Age of Detection Wiki, which has extensive reference material on GA authors - . Check them out when you have a chance!


    Thanks for the info, Les. I'll check out those sites.

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