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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.
    • 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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    November 14, 2011


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    This book is sitting on my bookshelf and mocking me with its "unread" status...

    Sounds like a fun read, Les. I highly enjoyed my only encounter with Palmer thus far, in "Happy Hooligan", also starring Miss Withers. Plenty of fun despite one of the most anticlimatic endings to an apprently impossible problem ever.

    Les Blatt

    I haven't read that one, Patrick - I'll have to do some digging to see if I can find a copy. Thanks!

    Bev@My Reader's Block

    I love Murder on the Blackboard for so many reasons...vintage, academic connections, Miss Withers, Inspector Piper. Did I mention the academic part? Thanks for highlighting this one, Les!

    Are you going to join us for next year's Vintage Challenge?

    Les Blatt

    Just saw the info on your blog, Bev. Yes, by all means - I'll have a post here later this week (and sign up at your site). For my readers who may be interested, you can participate too - check out the information at


    I have Murder on the Blackboard saved on my DVR -- it was on TCM recently.

    I have read only one Withers book, The Silver Persian, which I found rather disappointing. But it appears to be unusual among the series in that there is no Inspector Piper, and no humor at all. I will probably give her another try at some point.

    Les Blatt

    Bob, I haven't seen the movie of Murder on the Blackboard, which seems to be difficult to find...sigh...

    I must admit, though, that I did enjoy the book "The Puzzle of the Silver Persian," which I reviewed a few months back ( ). Yes, Inspector Piper was missing - but then it WAS set in England. Take a look at the movie of Murder on the Blackboard - if it's reasonably faithful to the book, you should enjoy it.


    I've seen the movie version but not read the book yet. Ditto for a few other Palmer titles. I think the best part of the movie adaptations is the witty interplay between the Inspector and Withers.

    Les Blatt

    Bill, the books also revolve (most of them, anyway) around that interplay between Hildy and Piper. The sparring is fun, the cooperation occasional at best!

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