Wednesday, August 05, 2009

US steals march on British with
Colin Watson.

Faber Finds has reprinted several of ex-journalist Colin Watson's rollicking mysteries—Coffin, Scarcely Used (1958); Bump in the Night (1960); the Silver Dagger-winning Hopjoy Was Here (1962) and Lonelyheart 4122 (1967); Charity Ends at Home (1968); The Flaxborough Crab (1969); and Broomsticks over Flaxborough (1972)—as well as his critical work on British mysteries, Snobbery with Violence (1971).

But last year Colorado-based Rue Morgue Press beat FF to the Watsonfest with its more inexpensive editions of Coffin, Scarcely Used and Bump in the Night.

About the images: British publisher Faber and US publisher Rue Morgue Press go mano a mano with dueling editions of Colin Watson.

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