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New books from Dean Street Press

On October 1st, Dean Street Press are bringing out reprints of the Inspector Knollis mysteries by Francis Vivian. These were published between 1941 and 1956 and have been almost impossible to find since. Vivian is a new author to me. I’ve just read The Singing Masons, which Dean Street kindly sent, and found it rather good. An unpleasant person murdered, plenty of suspects, all connected and all lying and the clue to the whole mystery is with the bees. I certainly learned a lot about bee-keeping! A pity I guessed the murderer but I still enjoyed the book. Knollis is one of those intuitive, theory-making detectives and a lot of the basic police procedural is left to his colleagues. I still don’t feel I know what makes Knollis tick. Perhaps he becomes more human in some of the other books about him.


For an avid reader like yourself it must be lovely to find that reprints of previously hard to find books are being published :) The Singing Masons is a curious title :)
I wasn't exactly crying out for these, as I'd never heard of the author but there's good news soon about Dean Street's new Furrowed Middlebrow titles, which I am looking forward to.

The Singing Masons comes from HenryV. The whole passage about bees is quoted in the book.
Thanks I Googled and found the passage :)
I'm very excited about the new Furrowed Middlebrow books. The crime you've mentioned above sounds good too. I shall suggest it or them to the library
The new books look good, don't they? I've read some Mrs Tim but not all. The other author is new to me but sounds promising. Nice to have some cosy reads to look forward to.

I'd certainly read more of the Knollis tales but George Bellairs is my favourite of the 'new' crime writers I've been reading.


mrs tim

i am pleased the MRS TIM books are being reprinted in January 2019,.How i wish they would reprint RHODODENDRON PIE by Margery Sharp.

Re: mrs tim

I've never heard of Rhododendron Pie! Obviously one to look out for.



RHODO PIE was the first novel by Sharp--1935.I think only 2,000 copies were printed in the Uk.And its a holy grail for many.



That's what I call a rarity!


eliot reprints

i have 3 books by Elizabeth Eliot--MRS MARTELL is my favourite.

Re: eliot reprints

I'm looking forward to reading some Elizabeth Eliot.