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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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    December 10, 2010


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    I signed up too, Les. Same level as you. 16+. I still haven't quite gotten the hang of 'challenges' yet, not sure if I like them or not, but this one sounds like a no-brainer to me. Ha! I'm not as organized as you though. I'm not sure what I'll be reading except Ellery Queen, Mr. and Mrs. North mysteries, Perry Mason, Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr and Michael Innes. Can't wait to get started!


    Great list! Looking forward to reviews. Watch my blog at the beginning of the year for a Challenge Log Post. I plan to make that a place to link up any reviews that participants do. I'm getting anxious for the new year to start so I can get busy on all the new challenges I've signed up for.

    Les Blatt

    Yvette, you can't go wrong with a list of authors like yours. I wish ANY of the Lockridges' Mr. and Mrs. North mysteries were still in print - I have one in my collection, but I try to review books that are more readily available. Same is true of Ellery Queen (though I have a lot of his - ever read the novella "The Lamp of God"?). At least a few of Carr's are making their way back into print. Enjoy your reading!


    Meant to add Rex Stout of course. And I want to read a couple of titles you've mentioned this year as well, Les. There was a Hildegarde Withers (is that the name?) I wanted to track down. Well, as to the being 'back in print' thing, I confess I didn't give that much thought. I'm going to read what I can find at my library or in my own collection. I figure if my little library in New Jersey has it, then most other, larger libraries should as well. And if you want to buy there are plenty of secondary sources. Amazon has 'used' books too, I think.


    Bev: I'll see you at your blog bright and early in 2011! :)

    Les Blatt

    Yvette, yes, Hildegarde Withers is Stuart Palmer's "meddlesome old battleaxe" of a schoolteacher/detective. And, yes, Amazon has a network of used dealers - and, of course, there are any number of indie mystery bookstores who will be more than happy to track down missing volumes. At any rate, it should be a good year for reading.

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