Still a few things trickling in.
The Happy Valley by Max Brand [A.L. Burt, Dodd, Mead & Co, 1931 hardcover, used] -western – picked this up from Laurie Powers of Laurie’s Wild West blog. She had an eBay auction for some of the books she no longer has room for, and this one looked interesting. It’s in surprisingly good shape for a book over 80 years old, dust jacket and all. I’ve only read one other book by Brand.
Murder in the Maze by J.J. Connington [Coachwhip Publications 2012 trade paper, new] – classic mystery – originally published in 1927. I saw a review of this in Crime and Detective Stories (CADS) # 62, published by Geoff Bradley in the U.K. The article, written by Curtis Evans, is on the crime critic works of T.S. Eliot. The article quotes Eliot: “with Murder in the Maze, Connington has made a place for himself in the front row of detective story writers.” That was good enough for me, and amazingly, it’s in print.
note: CADS is published irregularly, every few months, and is a wealth of information about mystery books. While there is no website for CADS, Bradley can be contacted for individual issues or a subscription – you pay one issue at a time – at Geoffcads@aol.com.
The Spider pulp double # 23 by “Grant Stockbridge” [Girasol Collectibles 2012 oversized trade paperback, new] – pulp fiction – collects The Spider and the Scarlet Surgeon and The Spider and the Death Piper. I thought I’d dropped this subscription, but this came Wednesday, so apparently I have a couple of issues left. These are fun, but a little at a time is enough for me. I’m starting to think I like Doc Savage and maybe even The Shadow as much.