New Arrivals, March

Two things to add this time, one a pre-order.

Dead Mountaineer's InnThe Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Boris & Arkady Strugatsky, translated by Josh Billings [Melville House Publishing 2015 trade paper] Mystery novel with SF elements originally published in 1970. This mystery by SF writers the Strugatsky brothers was well received for it’s off-kilter plot, but has not been available in a long while.

Sussex Downs Murders

The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude introduction by Martin Edwards [The British Library 2015 paperback] mystery novel originally published in 1936. I enjoyed this author’s The Cornish Coast Murder and his The Lake District Murder so I was pleased to see this one published, even if I did have to order it from the UK.

Also in hand, from the library, is Fear of the Dark by Gar Anthony Haywood, his first hardboiled mystery, from 1988.

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17 Responses to New Arrivals, March

  1. Been a while since I’ve read a mystery

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Never heard of that Strugatsky brothers book. Let us know how it is if you read it.

    I got half a dozen books at the library yesterday and have another three there waiting. A couple of sf, a few mysteries, two collections of stories, etc. Not sure what I will read after finishing the Adrian McKinty book, which has added a locked room murder to the Northern Ireland IRA bomber plot. I’ll be interested to see how it turns out.

    I hadn’t realized Val McDermid’s THE SKELETON ROAD brought back the “cold case”-solving protagonist of A DARKER DOMAIN, so I got that one too.

  3. Richard says:

    Charles, I like to switch off between mystery and SFF.

  4. Richard says:

    Jeff, I read a review of MOUNTAINEER’S INN somewhere and it sounded interesting. You have a ton of library books to read. I have two out now and two more just came ready to pick up. I can’t keep up! Barbara says she didn’t realize the protagonist in SKELETON ROAD had been in another book, so she may have missed that one.

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Ditto. I had no idea until I read the review in Deadly Pleasures.

    The locked room story in the Irish book is very interesting, not least because I can’t see a resolution yet. The “victim” was found in a locked pub with a broken neck. Both doors were locked and bolted from the inside and the windows were impassable. The dead woman had the key in her pocket.

    I also like that there are several discussions of the locked room genre with examples.

  6. Richard says:

    With a pub, my first thought is a cellar…

  7. Jeff Meyerson says:

    They thought of that. The cellar is small and can only be accessed from inside the pub. The walls are solid upstairs and down.

    By the way, just picked up another FOUR books (which means I’ve gone from 3 library books to 13 this week) that came in to the library, and when I got home I found a package from Amazon with three more books.

  8. Richard says:

    And you can keep them how long? Three weeks? So you need to read 13 books in three weeks? Maybe some of them can be renewed.

  9. Richard says:

    Oh, and in Bude’s Lake District Murders there was a pub with a cellar that seemed solid but had a stone that slid aside to reveal a passage…

  10. John says:

    The good news about the British Library Crime Classics series is that Poisoned Press is the new US distributor so it will be very easy for US and Canadian readers to buy all future titles from the imprint. Don’t know why you had to order Sussex Downs Murders from the UK. Plenty of US sellers have copies. Powell’s could’ve easily obtained it for you and spared you the hassle of international shipping. I highly recommend ANTIDOTE TO VENOM by Freeman Wills Crofts, to be released in July, which I reviewed on my blog long before British Library thought about reissuing the book.

  11. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Rick, we get three weeks but you can renew books as many times as you want as long as there isn’t a hold. This even goes for new books. Jackie has renewed some books at least half a dozen times. I do try and read the newer, less renewable books first.

    Over the years I picked up a few of those John Bude books for resale in England but never read one.

  12. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I see a lot of those British Library Crime Collection books are available on Amazon, including a “collection” of 7 titles for $39.99 including Budes.

  13. I’ve ordered books from England, too. Mostly SF novels. But they’re not cheap.

  14. Jeff Meyerson says:

    No, but sometimes they are not available any other way.

    Rick, I meant to add that most of the books I have out from the library now are at least a couple of years old and much less likely to be on hold, like that last Gores book you reviewed. or OLD MARS.

  15. Richard says:

    John and Jeff and George: I tried to get this one from A-zon, and Powell’s and they both said OK and then later said “oops, sorry we can’t seem to get a copy” so I went to a dealer and had it shipped ($4 postage).

  16. Richard says:

    John, I have pre-ordered Antidote to Venom. Thanks for the tip.

  17. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I hope they use the same cover as the old Pan edition.

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