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The Purple Flame and Other Detective Stories
The Purple Flame and Other Detective Stories $19.00

Frederick Irving Anderson (1877-1947) “has shown perhaps the greatest mastery of the American short detective story . . . in ingenuity, command of plot, and the carefully integrated backgrounds of his work.”  So wrote the great mystery critic and historian, Howard Haycraft, in 1941.   Ellery Queen added that “his style is rich in detail and double-rich in expression.”

Many of Anderson’s stories take place in New York City during the 1920s and the 1930s, and they feature the manhunter Deputy Parr and the “extinct author,” Oliver Armiston, who stopped writing ingenious crime stories because criminals were copying his gimmicks.

The book is edited and introduced by the Anderson expert (and Poe scholar), Benjamin F. Fisher.
Frederick Irving Anderson, The Purple Flame and Other Detective Stories.  Cloth.  $29.00  ISBN 978-1-936363-15-5 
Frederick Irving Anderson, The Purple Flame and Other Detective Stories.  Trade softcover.  $19.00  ISBN 978-1-936363-16-2 more
The Puzzles of Peter Duluth
The Puzzles of Peter Duluth $19.00

Patrick Quentin was the pseudonym of Richard Webb (1901-1966) and Hugh Wheeler (1912-1987). Together they wrote some of the finest detective novels during the Golden Age of the classic mystery. Beginning with Puzzle for Fools (1936), Webb and Wheeler placed their detective hero, Peter Duluth, into perilous situations in which he must extricate himself (and his actress wife Iris) by solving the crime. This book contains two previously uncollected novellas about Peter and Iris, and two short stories. 

Patrick Quentin, The Puzzles of Peter Duluth.  Cloth. $29.00  ISBN 978-1-936363-13-1
Patrick Quentin, The Puzzles of Peter Duluth.  Trade softcover. $19.00 ISBN 978-1-936363-4-8 more
Swords, Sandals and Sirens
Swords, Sandals and Sirens $19.00

Murder, conmen, elephants.  Who knew ancient times could be such fun?

Many of the stories feature Claudia Seferius, the superbitch heroine of Marilyn Todd’s critically acclaimed mystery series set in Ancient Rome. Others feature Iliona, High Priestess of the Temple of Eurotas, blackmailed to work with Sparta’s feared secret police.  From Sparta to Delphi, Egypt to Rome, this sparkling collection will have you laughing, guessing, biting your nails.  Each with a twist you never saw coming.

Introduction and prefaces to each story by the author. more
The Avenging Chance
The Avenging Chance $19.00

In 1930, Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893-1971) founded London's Detection Club, whose members swore that their "detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them, using those wits which it may please you to bestow upon them." The Detection Club pledged "never to conceal a vital clue from the reader." Anthony Berkeley's novels and short stories featuring Roger Sheringham and Inspector Moresby are among the finest examples of the fair play, challenge-to-the-reader tradition of the Golden Age. The title story in The Avenging Chance has long been considered one of the greatest formal detective stories. This book also collects all the additional cases of Sheringham and Moresby. This enlarged edition includes - for the first time- the newly discovered short-short, "The Bargee's Holiday." Edited by Tony Medawar and Arthur Robinson more
Chain of Witnesses The Cases of Miss Phipps
Chain of Witnesses The Cases of Miss Phipps $19.00

Phyllis Bentley, OBE (1894-1977) was a major regional novelist of her native Yorkshire. In the 1930's she began to write detective short stories, featuring a spinster detective novelist, Miss Phipps. In the first story she meets a young police officer on a train; he is studying his papers to solve a crime; she is suffering from writer's block. Their papers become mixed together, and Miss Phipps, in typical armchair detective form, solves the crime for the police officer. Thus began a series of mystery stories, 16 of which are collected in this volume. Thus began a series of mystery stories, 16 of which are collected in this volume. Critic Nancy Ellen Talburt said,"Stylistically, the stories . . . share a quiet humor and misleading simplicity of statement with the works of Christie . . . . Her work [i more
Night Call and Other Stories
Night Call and Other Stories $20.00

Charlotte Armstrong (1905-1969) introduced suspense into the commonplace, the everyday, by writing short stories and novels in which one simple action sets a series of events spiraling into motion, pulling readers along, breathless with anxiety. By creating characters that could be one's next-door-neighbors and by relocating suspense, in many cases, from its Gothic ancestral settings, to locales she knew best, Armstrong created what the mystery writer Jan Burke aptly named suburban noir. Armstrong's small town Midwestern upbringing and adult life on both East and West coasts fine tuned her. Anthony Boucher observed of her work, "The method by which she achieves her magical effects defies critical analysis." Edited by Armstrong's biogapher, Rick Cypert, and Kirby McCauley. Afterword by Armstrong's son. Also available on Kindle through Amazon. more
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