Most Dastardly Local Book Press (2008)

Felony & Mayhem

Softlythe game is afoot! Amid the scores of small specialty presses in New York, which might we choose to recognize? Elementary, my dear Watson: The honor this year goes to Felony & Mayhem, a pint-size house headed by Maggie Topkis, co-owner of the Partners in Crime bookshop. In its three years of existence, the press has published some 70 booksusually obscure but deserving titles ranging from cozies to spy tales to historical to hard-boiled. Sweet mystery, indeed.

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