( Please note, I put all the titles in Italics, but when I put the blog up live, the italics disappear. Thanks, WordPress. I do know better. )
Finally – Mysteries According to Humphrey is now out in paperback in the U.S.! (The Humphrey books are only published in paperback in the UK.)
I’m happy that the Humphrey books are hardcovers. They look great, last a lot longer and – let’s be honest – I get a higher royalty. But I’m equally happy when they come out in paperback because they are more affordable.
Mysteries is a title I had in my head for a long time before writing the book. I’m a mystery lover and I liked mysteries when I was growing up. There was Nancy Drew, of course! Back in the 1950s, we were still reading the originals, so Nancy wore frocks and drove a roadster. That didn’t bother me. In fact, I thought it was kind of cool.
Another book I loved was Mystery at the Little Red Schoolhouse by Helen Fuller Orton. I liked reading about kids in other time periods and I also liked any book that took place in a one-room schoolhouse. My grandmother and my father attended one-room schools and I loved hearing stories about them.
Somewhere along the line, I got a cheap paperback that had abridged versions of two Sherlock Holmes stories. The Red-Headed League was just so clever, it stuck with me, so I had to include it in Mysteries According to Humphrey. That well-loved paperback led me to a lifelong love of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective and a deeper exploration of his adventures, which you can read more about here.
Happy August – a great month to read a mystery! Or at least a couple of Sherlock Holmes stories. The Dancing Men is another favorite.