As The Passing Tramp approaches its tenth anniversary as a blog, I thought I'd both look back at 2020 and look ahead to this new year, 2021. So here goes! With all the single sentence paragraphs below this will look like a Catherine Aird mystery.
Last year I wrote another four columns for Crimereads and this year I will be doing a monthly column for them.
For my old friend Coachwhip, I only did just one book project last year, a twofer of Ruth Burr Sanborn's Murder by Jury and Murder on the Aphrodite, but I expect to do some more with them this year.
With Moonstone I worked on their reissue of Alan Clutton-Brock's Murder at Liberty Hall and I will be doing more with them this year, including another long out-of-print British woman author from the Thirties.
With Dean Street Press I worked on the continuing reissues of Christopher Bush and Moray Dalton and I will again be doing that this year, along with a debut set of Anne Morice reissues, about which I wrote last month.
With Stark House I worked on twofer reissues of books by Americans Ruth Fenisong (Deadlock/Dead Weight) and Ruth Sawtell Wallis (Too Many Bones/Blood from a Stone) and I have another one with them coming out this year on Dolores Hitchens, about whom I have some interesting new biographical information, which I relate to her writing.
Finally, over a year ago I wrote an introduction to (and made the initial selection of stories for) a new collection of Q. Patrick short fiction by Crippen & Landru, Hunt in the Dark and other Fatal Pursuits, but this book did not make it out in 2020 as expected. All I know now is that it will be out sometime in 2021, sooner I hope rather than later.
Speaking of which, I have completed nearly 120,000 words of my joint Hugh Wheeler-Richard Webb bio and I think 30,000 words will complete it. So I'm expecting to be done with it by March. I have been working on it for two and a half years now, after having gestated it for several years; but with luck maybe it will be in print by 2022, along with some additional HughRick material. This has been my biggest book project since Masters of the Humdrum Mystery (2012) and my original award-winning book The Conquest of Labor (2001, based on my history PhD). There's no murder in that one, though it would have made a great setting for it.
Perhaps I have a major book in me every decade or so.