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THE CASE OF JONAS P. JONAS, by E.X. Ferrars

The Case of Jonas P. Jonas
E.X. Ferrars (1907-1995) was the pseudonym of Morna Doris Brown and known as Elizabeth Ferrars in UK. She created a couple series characters. Toby Dyke, who appears her first five mystery novels starting with GIVE A CORPSE A BAD NAME (Hodder and Stoughton, 1940) is an upper-class amateur sleuth assisted by George, who does the actual detecting. Andrew Basnett is a retired botany professor modeled on her own husband Robert Brown, and Basnett appears in her eight later novels, starting with SOMETHING WICKED (Collins, 1983). Virginia and Felix Freer are also amateur sleuths, separated but not divorced yet. The Freers appear in her eight later novels, starting with LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT (Collins, 1978).

Jonas P. Jonas appears only in six short stories, first appeared in the six pre-Christmas issues of Evening Standard in 1958. He is an ex-private investigator, who tells the wife of his nephew about his old cases. THE CASEBOOK OF JONAS P. JONAS AND OTHER MSYTERIES (Crippen & Landru, 2012) contains Ferrars'17 previously uncollected stories, including the six Jonas stories as follows:

"The Case of the Two Questions," featuring Jonas P. Jonas, first published in the December 8, 1958 issue of Evening Standard [ES] as "When the Young Girl's Eyes Are Crazy with Worry" and reprinted in the August 1959 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine [EQMM]
"The Case of the Blue Bowl," featuring Jonas P. Jonas, first published in the December 9, 1958 issue of ES as "No More Milk for Mrs. Toomes" and reprinted in the October 1959 issue of EQMM
"The Case of the Auction Catalogue," featuring Jonas P. Jonas, first published in the December 10, 1958 issue of ES as "The Collector Who Ran Away from Murder" and reprinted in the March 1960 issue of EQMM
"The Case of the Left Hand," featuring Jonas P. Jonas, first published in the December 11, 1958 issue of ES as "A Lunch Plate Stopped Bardell's Escape" and reprinted in the December 1960 issue of EQMM
"Invitation to Murder -- On the Party Line," featuring Jonas P. Jonas, first published in the December 12, 1958 issue of ES
"A Lipstick Smear Points to the Killer," featuring Jonas P. Jonas, first published in the December 13 issue of ES
"Custody," first published in A SUITE OF DIAMONDS (Collins, 1990; anonymously edited)
"The Trap," first published in the May 1961 issue of My Home
"Stop Thief," first published in WINTER'S CRIMES 24 (Macmillan, 1992; edited by Maria Rejt) and reprinted in the November 1992 issue of EQMM
"The Long Way Round," first published in WINTER'S CRIMES 4 (Macmillan, 1972; edited by George Hardinge)
"Fly, Said the Spy," first published in WINTER'S CIMES 15 (Macmillan, 1983; edited by George Hardinge) and reprinted in the May 1984 issue of EQMM
"Instrument of Justice," first published in WINTER'S CRIMES 13 (Macmillan, 1981; edited by George Hardinge) and reprinted by January 1982 issue of EQMM
"Suicide," first published in the March 19, 1963 issue of ES as "Suicide? In a Car with the Lights On?" and reprinted in the October 1964 issue of The Saint Mystery Magazine (US edition)
"Look for Trouble," first published in the June 8, 1964 issue fo ES as "When a Girl Has a Grudge, Look for Trouble" and reprinted in the June 1965 issue of The Saint Mystery Magazine (both US and UK editions)
"Justice in My Own Hands," first published in WINTER'S CRIME 20 (Macmillan, 1988; edited by Hilary Hale)
"The Handbag," first published in the July 2 and July 9, 1960 issues of The Star Weekly Magazine (Toronto)BR> "Sequence of Events," first published in WINTER'S CRIME 9 (Macmillan, 1977; edited by George Hardinge)

Editor John Cooper provides a brief Introduction.

This is the 34th in the Crippen & Landru "Lost Classics" series. There are two editions of this book: clothbound ($29) and trade softcover ($19). Order from Crippen & Landru by e-mailing to info@crippenlandru.com, or by sending a letter to Crippen & Landru, Dept. G, P. O. Box 9315, Norfolk, Virginia 23505, USA. They honor Visa, MasterCard and Amex.

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THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2012, edited by Robert Crais and Otto Penzler

The Best American Mystery Stories 2012
Otto Penzler edits THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES anthology every year. This year, Robert Crais is the guest editor of THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2012 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt tpb, 2012) and writes an Introduction. As the previous volumes, Michele Slung locates and selects "mystery" stories from a sea of all kinds of short stories, and Penzler reads settles on the fifty best of these "mystery" stories, and then the guest editor (Crais, this year) chooses his/her best 20 and writes an Introduction. BAMS 2012 contains 20 short stories as follows:

"The Hit," by Tom Andes, first published in Issue Vol. 31, No. 1 of Xavier Review
"The Bridge Partner," by Peter S. Beagle, first published in his story collection, SLEIGHT OF HAND (Tachyon Publications, 2011)
"Filament," by K. L. Cook, first published in Issue No. 147 of One Story
"The Funeral Bill," by Jason DeYoung, first published in Issue Vol. 37, No. 1 of New Orleans Review
"Fifty MInutes," by Joe Donnelly and Harry Shannon, first published in No. 2: Crossing Over issue of Slake: Los Angeles
"Man on the Run," by Kathleen Ford, first published in Issue Vol. 31, No. 4 of New England Review
"The Other Place," by Mary Gaitskill, first published in the February 14 & 21, 2011 issue of The New Yorker
"Safety," by Jesse Goolsby, first published in the Fall 2011 issue of The Greensboro Review
"Trafficking," by Katherine L. Hester, first published in Issue No. 31 of storySouth
"South Anatomy," by Lou Manfredo, first published in NEW JERSEY NOIR (Akashic Books, 2011; edited by Joyce Carol Oates)
"The Good Samaritan," by Thomas McGuane, first published in the April 25, 2011 issue of The New Yorker
"Looking for Service," by Nathan Oates, first published in Issue Vol. 69, No. 2 of The Antioch Review
"Dog on a Cow," by Gina Paoli, first published in the February 2011 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"Vic Primeval," by T. Jefferson Parker, featuring Robbie Brownlaw, first published in SAN DIEGO NOIR (Akashic Books, 2011; edited by Maryelizabeth Hart)
"Hard Truth," by Thomas J. Rice, first published in Issue Vol. 14, No. 1 of The New Orphic Review
"Local Knowledge," by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, first published in the November 2011 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"Icarus," by Lones Seiber, first published in the Summer 2011 issue of Indiana Review
"Trafalgar," by Charles Todd, featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge, first published in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF HISTORICAL CRIME FICTION (Running Press/Robinson, 2011; edited by Mike Ashley)
"Half-Lives," by Tim L. Williams, featuring PI Charlie Raines, first published in the March/April 2011 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"Returning the River," by Daniel Woodrell, first published in his story collection, THE OUTLAW ALBUM (Litte, Brown, 2011)

This is the sixteenth volume in the annual best mystery series.

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