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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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    June 07, 2013


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - Congratulations and well done! I am most impressed. Long live your informative and interesting blog! I know it's a must-visit for me.

    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Margot. For me, the same is true of your blog - which you update far more regularly than I update this one! Folks, if you're not reading - Confessions of a Mystery Novelist - you're missing a treat!


    Congratulations, Les, on 5 years of a great blog on mysteries. Your blog inspires me to read more. For those of us who, like you, love mysteries and probably have collected over the decades many "to-be-read-someday-when-I-have-time", how do you go about reading all the books you may want to read? I even have trouble choosing the next book to read... too many to choose from, too little time even though I'm now retired. When I was working, I had a high-stress job that required multi-tasking; often I'd come in to work (litigation paralegal)with the usual "to do" list I was working on for up to 12 attorneys only to find out I'd have to do a task that suddenly came up and I'd have to go to court to review some files or fly to another city for the day. So my mind now has trouble focusing on one thing, such as reading a mystery from my collection. How do you focus, how do you accomplish so much reading -- how many books do you read in a month, or do you ever start one and decide to move on to another book? Could you give us a blog on the art and joy of reading all the books in your personal mystery library?

    Les Blatt

    Thanks for the kind words, Nancy - but I only wish I could read all the books I want to read! As with so many other readers, my To Be Read pile towers above my head, and never seems to shrink to a manageable size. I'm mindful of a post I saw elsewhere the other day, "I gave my books their own room. Now they want the whole house!" I'm committed to at least a book a week, as I review one each week for the podcast (and I usually work several weeks ahead in terms of pre-recording those shows); I'd like to do more, but, not surprisingly, there's never enough time - even after retirement, as I've discovered.

    The idea of doing a blog post on my read habits is intriguing. I'll have to work on that. Thanks for the suggestions, and I hope you'll find lots of candidates here for your own TBR pile.


    Belated congratulations, Les. I see your blog began on my birthday. Two reasons why it's such an auspicious date in history. Ha.

    Les Blatt

    An auspicious date indeed, Yvette. Happy birthday!

    J. Kingston Pierce

    A belated happy fifth birthday, Les. I thought I'd already congratulated you here, but it must have been on Facebook, instead.


    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Jeff. Your blog continues to inform and inspire me.

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