However! Don't get your panties in a bunch, gang.
There is other exciting news I can announce -- Cecil Wills detective novels are coming back!
Those lovable rascals who run Ramble House have teamed up with yours truly and they will be reissuing two rather scarce, very early Wills mystery novels featuring his series detective Geoffrey Boscobell. Both should be out by the end of this year, possibly sooner. Author in Distress, Will's debut mystery novel and the first with Sgt. Boscobell, will be the first released followed shortly thereafter by a new edition of the third Boscobell mystery novel Death Treads. Plans are to reissue both as retro mapbacks the way many of the early Ramble House detective novels and mystery novels paid tribute to the highly collectible original Dell Mapbacks back in the early 2000s when RH was first reprinting Golden Age mystery fiction. With artwork by Gavin O'Keefe and partly inspired by the maps and floor plans found in the original books I have provided these promise to be attractive new editions. I'll be writing up a brief study of the Boscobell detective novels as a foreword to both new editions.
Galileo Publishers -- the same fine company that reprinted Clifford Witting's mysteries and will continue to do so over the next couple of years -- have secured the rights to the extremely hard to find mystery novels of Joan Cockin. Her quirky detective novel, Villainy at Vespers, about the arcane art of brass rubbing, smuggling and bizarre murders was reviewed here at PSB back in February 2020. All three of Cockin's detective novels starring her policeman Inspector Cam are planned for release over a two and half year period. Villainy at Vespers will be the first. I believe it comes out in the fall or around Christmas. It will be followed by Curiosity Killed the Cat (actually the first of the three mysteries) and end with Cockin's highly elusive (dare I say rare?) and last mystery novel Deadly Ernest. I've never seen a copy of that third book in my lifetime and I'm eager to get my hands on a review copy.
And the pièce de résistance, mes amies?Elma K. Lobaugh in the coming months. I also have plans to reissue the nearly impossible to find detective novels by the highly original, utterly inventive, deliciously witty and thoroughly bizarre Reginald Davis. The line-up will then focus on dozens of under-appreciated and overlooked early 20th century American mystery writers whose books have languished in the Limbo of Out-of-Printdom for too long.
So much to look forward to as we head into the dog days of summer and autumn wends its brisk breezes and falling leaves our way.
Onward and upward!