Publisher’s Weekly has just given Noel Vindry’s The Howling Beast a starred review. http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-530995080
. It is regarded as one of the masterpieces of French locked room detective fiction, and follows The House That Kills, which was also starred
Publisher’s Weekly starred review, the sixth since we started submitting our publications to them: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-523935130
As of today, the following prices have been reduced:
The Invisible Circle and The Picture from the Past: tpb from $19.99 to $15.99 and e-book from $9.99 to 7.99
The Derek Smith Omnibus tpb from $29.99 tpb to $19.99 and e-book to $9.99
CADS HCH Review March 2016
This review of Hard Cheese appeared in issue #72 of Crime and Detective Stories (affectionately known as CADS to its readers, among the most sophisticated and knowledgeable around, present company excepted.) “The funniest book I’ve read in a long time” is hardly what you’d expect to read about a locked room mystery.
A new review from Crime Fiction Lover
Paul Halter’s devilishly clever early novel (the first case on which Twist and Hurst worked together) involves a famous locked room author found dead in a locked room slumped over a piping hot meal. https://theinvisibleevent.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/63
Publisher’s Weekly just issued a digital review.
Just out. Locked room lovers will delight in this cleverly constructed and genuinely funny mystery, full of references to the classics of the genre. Gunnar Lundgren, a detective sergeant in a small Swedish town, is called in to investigate the death of a resident of a shady boarding house. He makes the mistake of telling his father, Carl, all the details of the case, including the fact that the victim’s room was locked from the inside. Carl, a locked room enthusiast, is a member of a small club which meets regularly to discuss locked room classics. He and his fellow members gleefully seize on the case and apply chains of Ellery Queen style logic to devise a solution which Gunnar finds so hilarious he reads out extracts to his wife in bed. Meanwhile, he himself interprets the same set of clues to arrive at a totally different solution, through shoddy police work which follows the path of least resistance. It is left to a cheese-loving local doctor to interpret the clues in yet another way to solve the case and confront the murderer.
LRI has been honoured for a second time by Publisher’s Weekly. Just as in 2013, when Paul Halter’s The Crimson Fog was named, this year it’s Yukito Ayatsuji’s turn with The Decagon House Murders. Expect more honkaku from LRI in 2016.
The two titles were previously only available by ordering The Derek Smith Omnibus. As of today, each will be available separately, albeit without the Bob Adey introduction and the background material (just the texts, ma’am, just the texts) , which makes them much more affordable.
Model for Murder will not be made available separately. The lead character is Sexton Blake and, although I sneaked it in at the back of DSO, I’m rather more sanguine about offering a much easier target for copyright infringement. I did try to discover who does own the copyright, but that’s a mystery in itself.