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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.
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      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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    July 26, 2014


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - I can't imagine anyone in a better position to do a brilliant job with this challenge than you. Glad to hear you've decided to do it.

    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Margot. Halfway there...and a pretty solid list set for the next 18 weeks. And away we go...

    Sergio Angelini

    Ambitious stuff Les - I'm always terrified I won;t quote make it, but this year I am very determined to complete both the gold and silver challenges - we shall see ...

    Les Blatt

    I have done a few of the silver challenge slots (those are for books originally published between 1960 and 1980), but realized that I probably needed to concentrate on just one of them...which I'm doing with the golden challenge. I'd be willing to bet that you do complete them both! (Folks, check out Sergio's blog, Tipping My Fedora - it's in the blogroll on the lower right side of this page.)

    Cath Russell

    You're doing really well, Les! My aim is to try and read from every category too. So far I've read 16 books but a couple of the categories are not easy... 'Outside my comfort zone' for instance. I can't think of anything vintage crime-wise that is out of my comfort zone. I'm a bit stuck on a book set in the USA too. I wasn't mad about Rex Stout... can you recommend another author?

    Les Blatt

    Cath, there are several possibilities. Most of Craig Rice's books or Phoebe Atwood Taylor's Asey Mayo mysteries combine a lot of humor with their plots, and they're all set in America. There's always Ellery Queen - I'd suggest the early ones as being the best plotted, although many readers like "middle period" Queens. Stuart Palmer's books about New York City schoolteacher Hildegard Withers are still very enjoyable, although some of those are set outside the US. I'd also strongly recommend some of Elizabeth Daly's titles (all but her first couple, which are not as well done, IMHO), set in and around New York City. I'm curious about which of Stout's books you read, as I'm very much a Nero Wolfe fan - or, more correctly, an Archie Goodwin fan. As for MY comfort zone book, I think I've pretty well settled on an early espionage thriller, Eric Ambler's "The Coffin of Dimitrios." I'm not big on espionage thrillers, but this one does come recommended.

    Cath Russell

    Thanks very much for all the recs, Les. I've made a note and particularly like the sound of the Stuart Palmer books. All suggestions are very helpful though.

    So far, I've just read Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout. It was not bad but not wonderful. Of course, I realise I need to give the author more of a chance than that and have several more to try at a later date.

    Also thanks for the espionage idea... I'm not big on those either and I think Agatha Christie wrote one along those lines. I'm also not big on court dramas but that has its own category on the card and I'm not reading two. LOL!

    I'll bookmark your post as I may choose one of your titles for 'A book already read by a fellow challenger'.

    Les Blatt

    You're welcome, Cath. Fer-de-Lance, as the first Nero Wolfe book, is not my favorite. I don't think the characters had developed enough in that book. I'd suggest you try some of the later ones, from the 1940s and 1950s. I love The Doorbell Rang, where Wolfe takes on the FBI. I hope you enjoy all the reading for the vintage challenge.

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