A marvellous collection of crime classics, long out-of-print, drawn from their rich archives, and reissued in smashing period livery, by the redoubtable British Library.
Largely set between the wars in the British mystery’s heyday, these delectable “cozies” are not merely period pieces, but very well written by such long forgotten authors as Miles Burton and Freeman Wills Crofts. A stroke of genius on the British Library’s part, this ongoing publishing project already offers over a hundred hand-picked titles to choose from, in the form of handsome and eminently affordable paperbacks, any one of which makes most enjoyable reading.
Take your pick. Titles on this side of the water are published by The Poisoned Pen Press, whose website will reveal all, elegant jackets included.