Knowing that I am always on the lookout for a new/old mystery to read, Tullik, one of my most erudite and sharp-eyed readers, sent me a notice about the British Library Crime Classics series. All on the heels of the History of Mystery class that I have been attending.
The series includes Golden Age mysteries that the British Library has rediscovered and republished. The covers alone are worth the price of the book (each paperback costs about $12). You can order them from the BL although I don't know how long it would take for them to arrive in America. I do see that some are available in the US from Amazon (of course), and others are due to be available in the next few months. They are or will be available for Kindle but then one wouldn't have the lovely covers to gaze upon.
In further news, on June 20, the BL is having a conference, The Bodies From the Library, with all sorts of discussions and sessions on the greats from the The Golden Age: Allingham, Christie, and Carr. You would want to attend if...
...you like puzzles - the body found in the middle of a snow-covered lawn with no footprints, the corpse found in a room locked from the inside; unbreakable alibis and unexpected murders; books with floor-plans of the manor and timetables of the suspects' movements; surprise solutions on the last page, the last paragraph, the last line.
Oh, yes. I love all of that and I do so want to attend, and would be thrilled to buy the entire series from the British Library, but it is short notice and airfares are quite high. Alas, I suppose I will have to wait and enjoy the books from my own armchair.
There are 20 or so books in the series, of which I have only given you a sampling of the colorful covers. You can see them all here.