Some mystery novels, like Margery Allingham’s, seem never to have gone out of print. Others, however, are much harder to come by. I used to haunt second hand book sales, but I have a suspicion that this once rich hunting ground has been picked over by people snatching up cheap books to sell online. Nothing wrong with someone wanting to make a buck–but what about my reading habit?
I comfort myself with the reflection that all good things come to those who wait. One day forgotten classic mysteries will resurge via ereaders. I’m voting for Phoebe Atwood Taylor, R B Dominic (I have all the Emma Lathen books–yay!), Gladys Mitchell, and a ton of others I’m still to discover.
While I wait for this glorious day, I’ve noticed Rue Morgue Press is reprinting a number of classics. Now all I have to do is scratch up the dollars to buy them, and the new classic mysteries.