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      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.
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      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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    April 21, 2011


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    I was glad to see this also. I have been buying most of these as they appear (except for the higher-priced ones). It appears that most of the Nero Wolfe volumes will be available for the Kindle and others by the end of summer... good news indeed. It's unfortunate that insufficient care was taken in copy-editing the electronic versions (assuming that any was done), I agree it is very distracting. I have found these kinds of errors in almost all ebooks I have purchased. I recently bought the Ellery Queen and John Dickson Carr ebooks from Amazon and found a similar situation. In general, I would have thought that for the price being charged, I would get a higher quality product.


    I don't have a Kindle and don't plan to get one. I saw it yesterday while I was in Staples and my main reaction was: GAK! (Me coughing up a hairball.) I suppose if I travelled a lot, I'd sing a different tune.

    Anyway, I have all the Nero Wolfe books (except a couple) in paperback and I am happy enough with those. No 'mms' and 'ms' for 'his' there. Ha!

    I'm reaing TOO MANY CLIENTS again for the umpteenth time, Les. Gosh I wish fate had given Rex Stout dispensation to live and write forever. :)

    Les Blatt

    Mike, I couldn't agree more. What disturbs me is the sloppiness that I find in producing a book for which the producer is charging money. Not a lot of money, granted, but more than a token dollar or two.

    Yvette, I agree about Stout. As you know, the publisher did try to continue the series, bringing in Robert Goldsborough to write new books, but the ones I read were always just far enough off-target in tone or language to be jarring. By the way, I also have all the Wolfe books in paperback; I got this Kindle edition for portability (and because I let a friend borrow my paperback and realized I needed to read it again before a Wolfe Pack discussion next month).

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