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    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.

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    October 25, 2011


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    While this is great news, I'm somewhat saddened that this will only be done in electronic formats. I'm probably just being an old-fashioned sort of feller here, but I don't like the two electronic readers I've tried using to date. They took forever to load up, drained batteries like mad, and were a lot harder for me to use than regular books, although I'm a tech kind of person!

    I recognize the advantages these e-books offer (like lower costs), but at the same time, I think I will stick with regular books for now myself. But If I ever find an affordable and user-friendly e-reader that I like using, and if endeavours like this reprint authors I love for electronic formats, I can see myself using e-readers in the future.

    But nothing will replace my book collection. :) Oh, it's nothing particularly impressive, but it's the hard work of a lover who for the longest time ever could only track these titles down in physical bookstores. I can order online now, but I have only taken advantage of this with Paul Halter titles, impossible to get my usual way in Canada.

    Goodness, I've been going on so!


    I think this is wonderful news. It deservrs a quick note on the GAD list!

    I never thought I would be an "e-reader" person, but once I saw the Kindle, I was hooked, and now own a Kindle and a Sony 950 :) I have not read a "paper" book in over a year, but I have purchased quite a few.

    Patrick, both my e-readers go for a 3 weeks or so on batteries, and that is reading every day...


    This is a very good news for GAD lovers like me who live hundreds of miles from the easy sources of getting GAD books. I don't have to pay exorbitant shipping prices just to get GAD books!

    I bought my Kindle earlier this year and I was hooked ever since.It's very easy to use and it definitely solves the problem of silverfish and other bugs that damaging the books!

    We all have to live with new technology and to all books publishers, you will get more sales by producing e-books for people like me as well as producing physical books.

    Les Blatt

    Patrick, I still prefer hard-copy, paper books, but I must say I find my Kindle easy to read and easy to use. Loading and purchasing, at least for me, is virtually instantaneous, and the battery will last for weeks between charges. I also like the ability to put bookmarks where I like and to "underline" and/or make notes without permanently damaging the book - and my Kindle does all that. (Self-promotion: if you or any reader gets a Kindle through my Amazon search box on the upper right, I get a remarkably small percentage without costing you any more.)

    Les Blatt

    Monica and Ann, agreed. I enjoy my Kindle. When I travel, it's a lot easier than packing a suitcase full of books. I still buy paper (and, to be honest, prefer them - not surprising in someone my age), but the Kindle is a useful, quick way to access books that are no longer available new in paper.

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