Small-Press Lineup: Severn House

Mystery Month 2015

Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!



Legal Name and Alias:mugshot-edwinbuckhalter

Edwin Buckhalter, a.k.a. The Chairman


Kate Lyall Grant, Publisher, a.k.a. The Fixer

Michelle Duff, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer (That was the title on her business card. Well, wouldn’t you stop by our booth and engage in conversation to find out why and what it meant?)

Criminal Record:

Edwin Buckhalter, the son of a bookseller, founded Severn House in 1974 mainly with hardcover reprints for the library market. These days, we publish original crime and mystery titles from respected authors in the genre, such as Simon Brett, Dorothy Cannell, Jeanne Dams, Barbara Hambly, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, and Patricia MacDonald. Severn House is also home to a range of romance and romantic suspense, including reader favorites such as Barbara Delinsky, Tess Gerritsen, Linda Howard, and Fern Michaels. Although Severn House was founded to cater to libraries, thanks to our fulfilment partnership with Ingram Publisher Services, we have expanded into retail, and our regular and large print, eBook and audiobook formats can all be purchased through online retailers such as B & or, as well as being found in your local library via Baker & Taylor, Ingram Library Services, Brodart and others.

True anecdote:

Some years ago, Edwin offended the then ALA President by turning down an invitation to join her at a prestigious dinner on the eve of ALA Annual. “I suppose you are going to tell me you have had a better offer? Huh, from the Queen of England, I suppose?”

“Yes, actually.”

True story.

Previous Offenses:

atkins-donetodeathDone to Death, by Charles Atkins (2014) (2015 LAMBDA finalist in Lesbian Mystery category)

Can’t Find My Way Home, by Carlene Thompson (2015)

Cry Wolf, by Michael Gregorio (2015)

The Book of Fires, by Paul Doherty (2015)

The Tomb in Turkey, by Simon Brett (2015)

Death in Dovecote Hatch, by Dorothy Cannell (2015)

hewson-thefloodCurrently Plotting:

The Flood, by David Hewson (October 2015)

Out Comes the Evil, by Stella Cameron (December 2015)

Don’t Believe a Word, by Patricia MacDonald (March 2016)

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of six books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Phantom Tower (2018). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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