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    March 23, 2015


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    I have several of Ames's Browns books and love them a lot. I think they're hilarious, and the mysteries are fine, but then I've never tried to hold them to a strict Golden-Age Mystery standard. For what they are, they're loads of fun.

    Les Blatt

    They are indeed, Terry. It's true that the reader isn't always given the pertinent clues until late in the game - Dagobert is not always forthcoming with Jane and the readers. But they are funny and the mysteries are well-presented.

    Manor Minor Press

    Wow, we're two days late to the party! Our small press mostly publishes new work, but we love Delano Ames so much we're releasing his books as we're able on Kindle, in affordable annotated editions. We just put Corpse Diplomatique up last nigh), and She Shall Have Murder has been up for a while (I'm not putting links in case you'd like to put your own links up on your blog—but they're easy to search). We've been working on tracking down the harder-to-find out-of-print books in the series (and Ames's Spanish series), and we'll be putting them out as we find time.

    Feel free to contact us at [email protected]'re often looking for advance readers to alert us to errors and give new releases a review if they feel so moved!

    Editor, Manor Minor Press

    Les Blatt

    That's great news, Miranda. I'd like to read more of Ames - the Rue Morgue Press stopped after republishing the first three Dagobert and Jane mysteries, and I've never read any of the novels about Juan Llorca. I'm delighted to see more readers have the chance to enjoy these mysteries.

    Bev Hankins

    This was the first Ames book I ever read--from the library about 20 years ago. I've since picked up copies of others, but I have yet to find my own copy of this one. Still looking in used bookshops...(which is the way I prefer to get my vintage fix :-) ). Glad that we have some presses bringing them out for new generations, though.

    Les Blatt

    Bev, I am delighted by the fact that so many small publishers are now appearing, ready to find and acquire the rights for so many fine mysteries that don't deserve what publisher Tom Schantz (I believe) once called "biblioblivion." The more, the merrier.

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