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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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    • 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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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - Trust you to share an author who perhaps isn't well known, but who nonetheless had talent. Thanks; I think I'm already benefiting from your participation in the Vintage challenge :-)

    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Margot. Publishers are starting to find earlier authors, many of whom were quite popular in their day but who are now forgotten, and getting the rights to republish those books. It's a bonanza for those of us who love traditional mysteries. Tom Schantz of the Rue Morgue Press calls it rescuing them from biblioblivion.

    J F Norris

    Years ago when I first got interested in Isabel Ostrander you could buy any of her books for under $5 from any online bookseller. This may not be the case any longer. Sorry you got stuck with yet another bogus reprint stolen from the internet (bad OCR transfer text is a giveaway) and sold by an opportunistic "publisher". Reading of yet another digital book pirate hawking his wares on amazon burns me up. I don't think much of a "publisher" who uses a verbatim Wikipedia article posted on Ostrander to serve as the "About the Author" page. End of my mini tirade.

    You ought to try THE CLUE IN THE AIR (1917), the first book featuring her series characters Tim McCarty and Dennis Riordan. You may know of them if you've read Christie's PARTNERS IN CRIME. The story "Finessing the King" is a spoof of the ex-cop and fireman detective duo. It's one of Ostrander's best books and one of her few impossible crime mysteries. ASHES TO ASHES (1919) is Ostrander's contribution to the inverted detective novel. For the era it's an exceptional study of a guilt ridden criminal. Dorothy L. Sayers praised it in her seminal introduction to the first OMNIBUS OF CRIME.

    Just a heads up about two of those other novels in your anthology. THE FIFTH ACE and ANYTHING ONCE are westerns she wrote under her "Douglas Grant" pseudonym. They aren't detective novels.

    Les Blatt

    Thanks for the suggestions, John. And I too am VERY unhappy with the number of sloppy scanning jobs that are ruining too many e-book reprints. It's not necessary - there are a lot of e-book publishers who do a good job at it - in my experience, Felony & Mayhem and Open Road/Mysterious Press certainly are conscientious. I just finished reading a Resurrected Press e-book of Arthur Rees's "The Hand in the Dark" which had, as best as I could tell, just ONE typo in the entire book. It CAN be done properly. Now I'll get off MY soapbox too.


    Interesting, Les. Remember the blind detective played by Edward Arnold in a movie whose name escapes me at the moment but which is available for viewing on youtube? If you haven't seen it, you must. I talked about it on the blog a while back.

    I'm assuming that this film character was or might have been sparked by Isabel Ostrander's creation??

    Les Blatt

    I haven't seen the movie you're talking about, Yvette, but I can tell you that Ostrander's blind detective, Damon Gaunt, was one of at least three blind detectives from the same general time period. One was Thornley Colton, known as "The Problemist," the creation of Clinton H. Stagg - in fact, he's one of the detectives parodied in Christie's Tommy and Tuppence novel, "Partners in Crime." Another was Max Carrados, the blind detective created by Ernest Bramah. I'm sure other readers may know of other examples, too!

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