Well, most of you will have guessed what I’ve been up to from some less than subtle hints over the past couple of months, but I can go ahead and announce this officially now – later this year (the 5th of October, so I gather) the next ten Anthony Bathurst books from the pen of Brian Flynn will be back in print and as ebooks, together with new introductions written by “crime fiction historian” me!
I’m so pleased to be able to help bring these back. As far as I am aware, four of them have never been reprinted, one of them has only been reprinted in German and none of them have been reissued since the second World War – so seventy-five years in the wilderness.
I’m still baffled why as almost all of the feedback I have received for the first ten books has been extremely positive, and if anything, this set of books is even stronger. Legal dramas, a serial killer, a truly unique set-up, a truly unique (I think) motive, a locked room, the death of the Home Secretary and there’s even a trip to Antwerp for Anthony. I think a sign of the strength of these is that with the first ten, if you asked me which one to try first, which book would convince you to read all of Bathurst’s exploits, I’d have given you a list of five books – this time, the list would be at least eight books long.
Many thanks to the estate for providing copies of a lot of the texts, to a fellow collector who provided The Edge Of Terror for us and for the second-hand bookseller who put The League of Matthias up for sale at just the right time (and the right price!).
Without further ado – I give you the covers of the next ten Anthony Bathurst mysteries. Drumroll, please….
Thanks to TomCat who pointed out that we’ve got the title wrong here! It’s actually The Padded Door, and it’ll be fixed for publication, honest!
If you can’t wait three months – and I can completely understand your impatience – and haven’t enjoyed all of the delights of the first ten, then they are available from all good booksellers, and quite a few bad ones too. And if you’ve read them all already… why not tell your friends about them?
If you want some spoiler-free detail on these books, then do take a look at my Brian Flynn page where there are links for all of his books that I’ve reviewed – no Purple Calf just yet, that’ll be along nearer publication date. The books should be up for pre-ordering sooner rather than later – I’ll give a shout when that happens.