Reprint of the Year Nomination No. 2

Drumroll please... My second nomination for Reprint of the Year (The ROY) is Castle Skull by John Dickson Carr. Originally published in 1931, it was reprinted in 2020 by British Library Publishing as part of their Crime Classics series.  Henri Bencolin, juge d'instruction of the Seine, travels to Schloss Schadel—Castle Skull—a castle on the Rhine …

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Reprint of the Year Nomination No. 1

It’s that time again...Reprint of the Year time!!! Kate at Crossed Examining Crime, has set several of us with the task of giving you our humble opinions on what books we think are the best mystery reprint of the year. This week and next, I (along with my fellow bloggers Aidan, Bev, Brad, Dead Yesterday, Kate, JJ, John, …

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Sexton Blake – Allies edited by Mark Hodder (2020)

This is the third of five anthologies featuring Sexton Blake, the ace detective who appeared in more than 4,000 stories written by more than 200 authors over a span of more than 80 years. Three tales, each edited by Mark Hodder, in which Blake works alongside one of several associated; individuals who have come to …

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Sleightly Murder by Patrick A. Kelley (1985)

In five years, Harry Colderwood has gone from a successful magician with his own TV special, to performing shows on the small-town mall circuit in Central Pennsylvania. And that’s not going so well either, since he just got fired from his most recent gig. Which is why he accepts when L. Dean Morrow hires him …

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The Two Hundred Ghost by Henrietta Hamilton (1956)

The ghost known to inhabit the Heldar’s antiquarian bookshop hasn’t been seen for many years. But oddly, it’s recently been sighted by several of the staff. One of the clerks, Sally Merton isn’t so bothered by these supposed manifestations as she is by the unwelcome advances of her unpleasant colleague, Victor Butcher. But Sally isn’t …

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Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham (1930)

Reading is usually what I do when I need a diversion. But, whether due to lack of concentration, angst, or downright panic, reading has been impossible these days. The up side is that it gives me the chance to go back and try to catch up on book reviews that I haven’t written. So, for …

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