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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.
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    • 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
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    January 14, 2013


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - I've often thought about how much truth there is in the saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This is a terrific example of that in that the stories stand the test of time. Thanks for the reminder.


    Another series I've never heard of, Les. Thanks a heap. Making a note of it, as usual. Playing catch-up is SO hard. :)

    Les Blatt

    Margot, it's amazing how fresh they feel. And Adams had very little good to say about greedy politicians and inept cops!

    Les Blatt

    It's not really a series, Yvette - as far as I know, these eleven stories were all he wrote about Average Jones, although Adams was very prolific, writing both fiction and, of course, non-fiction, investigative pieces. Sorry to add to the tottering TBR pile!

    Curt Evans

    I enjoyed this book too, good of you to point it out to people.

    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Curt. I'm glad I found these stories - they're an interesting sidelight on the career of a journalist who made a difference through his writings.


    I haven't read this one yet. You wrote an interesting review and I like the fact that the solutions are based on science. That's why many shows of the CSI type have taken off and done so well. People like to know that there are methodical steps to solving a mystery.

    I'm going to check out the Kindle link. The fact that it's free encourages me to go over there as soon as I'm finished here. However I find nowadays that I prefer digital copies to print, for convenience.

    Les Blatt

    Krissa, you might also enjoy some of the later (relatively speaking!) detectives who rely on science. There's Arthur B. Reeve's Craig Kennedy, Scientific Detective, and R. Austin Freeman's Dr. Thorndyke books, to name just two. I think you'll find examples of both available for free in e-book formats - at least their older books, prior to the mid-1920s.

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