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    • 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.
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      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.
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      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
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    November 15, 2011


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    Bev@My Reader's Block

    So glad you're joining in again, Les! And, who knows, given the number of vintage mysteries you read, you may find yourself completing some of the other themes as well. Just looking at my TBR piles, I'm sure I could add the Deadly Decades theme to the three I've already chosen (without double-dipping!).

    The Man in Lower Ten is on my Murder by the Numbers'll be fun to compare notes.


    An idea I had was to come up with a theme known as "Devil Take the Hindmost", in which a list of books would be complied that would all refer to Satan or the Devil in the title (The Devil in Velvet, Whistle up the Devil, and Satan in St. Mary's are good examples of what I mean). But I ran into problems-- some books I don't think I can wait till the New Year to read, others don't sound particularly good, and when all's said and done, I didn't have enough books. If I come up with a good list for such a theme, though, I'll definitely use it. :)

    Joan Kyler

    For those with e-readers, I've just discovered that Project Gutenberg has several Mary Roberts Rinehart and Edgar Wallace books available as free downloads, including both on your list. (I just bought my Kindle and am still madly in love with it.)


    I want to participate in this Vintage Mystery Challenge with a Murderous Miscellany category entitled Dutch Delinquencies (need to work on a better title), but the problem is that a vintage Dutch mystery is defined by its style and not its publication date – which makes it kind of hard to compile a list without post-1960s books. With the amount of vintage mysteries I read on a yearly basis, the other categories hardly pose a real challenge to me.

    Les Blatt

    Patrick, that sounds like a really interesting and inventive theme. And let me add, for other readers here, that if you don't want to attack any of Bev's suggested topics, she's more than happy to let you come up with one of your own!

    Les Blatt

    Joan, you've uncovered my secret stash of older mysteries...I too am using my Kindle for the Rinehart and Wallace (and a couple of others, for that matter). The ability to get low- or no-cost older mysteries is one of the strong attractions of the Kindle.

    Les Blatt

    Bev, the chances are very good that I'll go beyond the one theme - but one at a time! ;-)

    Les Blatt

    TomCat, what you say comes as no surprise - speaking as a regular visitor to your site! (For newcomers, check out ) Let me know if you come up with another good original theme - I'll be curious to see what you do with it!


    I'm still snooping for pre-1960s Dutch Delinquencies, but the problem is that a lot of the detective stories published before the 1950s (especially the ones that managed to intrigue me) are hard to find – since we don't have publishers, like the Rue Morgue Press and Crippen & Landru, dedicated to saving books from biblioblivion. The result is that is nearly an entire era of crime fiction has dropped from our culture.

    Willy Corsari, F.R. Eckmar and Tjalling Dix were lucky to receive paperback reprints during the 60s and 70s, which makes them easily available on the secondhand book market, but tracking down copies of Ben van Eysselsteijn (from the 1930s), Ine van Etten and Edw. Halliwell will proof to be a troublesome journey.

    Oh, and glad you're among the regular visitors of my blog! :)

    Bev@My Reader's Block

    Les, I have no doubts that you'll add another theme or three....

    Patrick, Your idea for the Devil/Satan theme is very intriguing! If you can't come up with enough, what about a Devil/Satan vs. God/the Angels? I'm wondering if there would be any titles that would make that work? (or Good vs. Evil to go more general?)

    TomCat, I've left a response about the Dutch Delinquencies both at my Vintage site and on your most recent post on your own blog.

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