Category Archives: Ostara Publishing

Callan is back … on audio

Callan, the classic spy drama television series from the Sixties, returns with a star-studded cast in brand new audio adaptations from Big Finish Productions. Ben Miles stars as the titular Callan, with Frank Skinner joining him as small-time thief Lonely.

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2016 Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt

For as long as I’ve been hosting this blog, I’ve participated in Bev Hankins’ irresistible vintage mystery reading challenges. The rules have been amended over the years, but the basic criteria is the same – review a mystery from two … Continue reading

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The return of Nick Madrid!

News reached Fedora of some light-hearted crime shenanigans courtesy of Independent publisher Ostara publishing, who are playing it strictly for laughs with their Autumn crime releases, with new editions of two Nick Madrid ‘escapades’ by novelist, critic and doyen of the … Continue reading

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The Augustus Mandrell Mysteries by Frank McAuliffe

News reaches us at Fedora of a terrific rediscovery, the Edgar-winning  misadventures of Augustus Mandrell, the creation of Frank McAuliffe. The first three volumes are now, after decades of neglect, to be returned to print on both sides of the … Continue reading

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SMEAR JOB (1975) by James Mitchell

David Callan is a dyspeptic working-class spy employed by a spartan MI6 black ops unit known only as ‘The Section.’ An exceptional marksman with a deep-rooted (and usually well-founded) distrust of authority, his nasty assignments do little to assuage his sense … Continue reading

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Callan complete!

The following comes courtesy of Mike Ripley: Ostara Publishing’s Top Notch Thrillers imprint has now completed its republication of the five-volume series of novels by the late James Mitchell which feature his iconic secret agent hero David Callan. Originally created … Continue reading

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TALES ON THE OFF-BEAT by Youngman Carter

Philip ‘Pip’ Youngman Carter was an illustrator, writer and also the husband of famed queen of crime, Margery Allingham. After her death he completed the Campion novel she had started, Cargo of Eagles (1968), and then went on to write … Continue reading

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CALLAN UNCOVERED 2 by James Mitchell

Following on from the success of the first collection of James Mitchell’s long-thought lost short stories about his classic Cold War secret agent David Callan, here’s comes a very welcome and unexpected surprise – a sequel! The diffident protagonist was … Continue reading

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Two Top Notch Thrillers

In a unique ‘double’, the latest titles from Top Notch Thrillers  (published this week) are by writers also known for their paintings: Raymond Hitchcock (1922-1992) and Reg Gadney. Raymond Hitchcock’s The Lusitania Plot (first published in 1979 as ‘Attack the … Continue reading

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CALLAN UNCOVERED by James Mitchell

David Callan is an agent for British Intelligence and his great skill is marksmanship – but he is tortured by ethical and moral dilemmas. For every double agent uncovered or paid assassin eliminated, there is always a cost, usually borne … Continue reading

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Callan is back!

More great news from Mike Ripley and those great people at Ostara Publishing. Almost half a century after he first electrified British television screens in the “one-off” drama  A Magnum for Schneider, the enigmatic, ruthless and tragic hero David Callan … Continue reading

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A MAGNUM FOR SCHNEIDER (1969) by James Mitchell

David Callan is a very reluctant spy who undertakes nasty jobs for a black ops unit of MI6 known only as ‘The Section.’ An exceptional marksman with a deep-rooted (and usually well-founded) distrust of authority, his often lethal assignments do little to … Continue reading

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Callan is back … in print

Next month will see the return – in print – of that tough, downbeat icon of 60s British espionage, Callan. Created by James Mitchell for a television play in 1967, the character of David Callan – personified by actor Edward Woodward –  was … Continue reading

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Mr Campion Returns

Some great news reaches us from those very nice people at Ostara Publishing. In the year which sees the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Margery Allingham Society, Ostara is to publish new editions of the two novels to feature … Continue reading

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Clive Egleton’s Top Notch thrillers

Here’s some info on the two releases this month in the Top Notch Thrillers series from Ostara Publishing, as supplied by series editor Mike Ripley. Seven Days to a Killing (1973) and The October Plot (1974) were the two books … Continue reading

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THE PIZZA HOUSE CRASH (1989) by Denise Danks

Georgina Powers is 25 years old and her life is a bit of a mess. A journalist working in London for a weekly computer magazine, she doesn’t take very good care of herself and is recovering from a brief and … Continue reading

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Ostara Crime imprint launch

There’s some exciting news from Ostara Publishing which I am very glad to be able to help pass on. After three years (and 28 titles) as Series Editor of Top Notch Thrillers, Mike Ripley has taken on the additional role … Continue reading

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