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My Mother, The Detective: The Complete "Mom" Short Stories Enlarged edition
My Mother, The Detective: The Complete "Mom" Short Stories Enlarged edition $19.00

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of James Yaffe. His talent and wit will be sorely missed.

More than 20 years ago, we published James Yaffe's classic Armchair Detective stories.  We have now re-published the book and included an additional story, making this "complete" edition even more complete.

Mom never wanted her son Dave to become a policeman. "For all the brains it takes, believe me, you might as well be in business with your uncles." Besides, "All those gangsters and dope fiends and bookies and hatchet murderers and other such goniffs; isn't it possible you could get hurt some day?" Dave and his very superior, Wellesley-educated wife, Shirley, have dinner with Mom in the Bronx every Friday evening. Between the chicken soup and the schnecken, Dave talks about his current cases, and mom's long experience in dealing with scheming butchers, nosey neighbors, and eccentric relatives leads her to a logical solution to the mysteries. more
Motives for Murder: Stories by the Detection Club for Peter Lovesey
Motives for Murder: Stories by the Detection Club for Peter Lovesey $19.00

Members of London's famed Detection Club have joined together to honor Peter Lovsey, winner multiple times of the Crime Writers Associaton Gold Dagger and SIlver Dagger, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best Novel, as well as Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere. He is the creator of Victorian sleuths Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray, Inspector Peter Diamond, and the almost-true-to-life Bertie Prince of Wales.  The Detection Club was founded in 1930 by Anthony Berkeley. Its first Honorary President was G.K. Chesterton, to be succeeded by such luminaries as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Julian Symons, H.R.F. Keating and Simon Brett. The current President, Martin Edwards, has edited this collection of new stories. (Foreword by Len Deighton) more
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. "His ability to add dimension to his characters and their environments and his carefully modulated diction ('Anderson leavens his fiction with abundant colloquial language') all combined to make Frederick Irving Anderson not only a good detective fiction writer but also an important local color author and a chronicler of the American scene as it existed in the first third of the 20th century." by Mike Tooney   Cloth.  $29.00  ISBN 978-1-936363-15-5  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
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