I can now say that Coachwhip will republish Kansan Kirke Field Mechem's A Frame for Murder. This will be the first edition of this novel in seventy-seven years.
|the original hardcover edition by Doubleday, Doran's Crime Club
I have just completed an introduction of over 5000 words for this new edition of the novel, which will be retitled The Strawstack Murder Case. This was Mechem's own title for the book (Doubleday, Doran changed the title to A Frame for Murder, thinking, as one of Mechem's sons, the composer Kirke Lewis Mechem, has recalled to me, that "strawstacks wouldn't sell books").
For my original blog review of this novel, please see here.
I am very pleased to have helped get this worthy Golden Age detective novel, the sole mystery by a notable Kansas writer, back in print. I will keep you posted on what the new edition will look like and when it will hit the press.
Also Golden Age detective novels by two women authors will be reprinted by Coachwhip this year as well. Stay tuned!