Once again Kate Jackson, Mistress of Crossed Examining Crime, has gathered together a group of mystery mavens and highly opinionated experts who are more than willing to tell you what their favorite books are and which ones are deserving of the coveted virtual award known as Best Vintage Mystery Reprint of the year. or I guess Reprint of the Year for short. Or even shorter -- The Roty [Not really].
For those who missed this extravaganza last year (or are too lazy to look it up from this blog's archives) I'll give you my own two most important rules for what I feel merit a wise choice of a vintage reprint:
- A truly forgotten author, long out of print
- Writing and plotting that contributes substantially to the genre
And now for nomination one. Drum roll, please....
Murder En Route by Brian Flynn
- Flynn's books have been out of print for decades, very few of them reprinted in paperback and none of them reprinted in paperback in the USA
- His plots draw from weird fiction, sensation fiction, and impossible crime mysteries
- His imaginative plots are kept interesting with lively characters, a nifty sense of humor and his love for detective fiction is infectious. Often he directly references writers who have influenced him like Conan Doyle and Arthur Morrison.
- Murder En Route has a complex plot, an imaginative impossible crime, a riddle of identity and loads of fair play clues that might lead you to the solution.
Next week the woman mystery writer who has had her two CWA award winning novels reissued along with one other mystery novel. Of note she is yet another writer overlooked by nearly all of the other vintage mystery blogs other than here at Pretty Sinister Books. To my knowledge she has only been covered at Dead Yesterday.
For more about how 2019's Reprint of the Year award nomination process is run and the schedule of visit Kate's blog Cross Examining Crime.