Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 06/22/09

I know its the wrong day, but you did not receive an update last Friday, and we have some exciting books for you.

Yes, thank you. I had a lovely vacation. It seems so long ago....

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, NY 10007

Ph: 212-587-1011

Fax: 212-587-1126

Open Seven Days, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.


I’m sending you the Weekly Update several days late since I was away last week. I’ll be sending another one this coming Friday, but we have had plenty of activity around here to fill two issues.


Wednesday, June 24th (short notice I know)

6.30 p.m - 8.00 p.m.

The Mysterious Bookshop will be hosting a party to celebrate the release of


Copies will be available for autographs and refreshments will be served.


Dr. Michael Baden is one of this country’s leading forensic experts and Linda Kenney Baden is a trial attorney. Skeleton Justice is their second collaboration featuring Dr. Jake Rosen and Manny Manfreda who are after a serial killer, nicknamed Vampire, who is terrorizing New York. $25.95

Humpty Dumpty was Pushed by Marc Blatte is a first novel set in the hip-hop world of New York City where Detective Salvatore, aka "Black Sally Blue Eyes" Messina is investigating murder. $24.95

In Year of the Dog by Henry Chang, Detective Jack Yu has been promoted out of New York’s Chinatown Precinct, but he can’t get away from Chinatown’s criminals - his old friends - who are hooked up with Hong Kong based triads in a scam of international proportions. $24.00

We were able to get a few extra signed copies of Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark. This is a Soft Boiled Club Selection. $25.95


The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook is, in Otto’s very humble opinion :), Mr. Cook’s best book, rivaled only by Breakheart Hill and Red Leaves. And that, as you fans know, is high praise indeed. This is a Crime Club Main Selection. $25.00

Even is Andrew Grant’s first book and Andrew Grant is Lee Child’s younger brother. Even introduces David Trevellyan, late of the Royal Naval Intelligence Division (think James Bond), who finds himself in trouble in New York City. This is a Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $24.95

When we offered John Hart’s novel, The Last Child, as an Unclassifiable Club selection, we were only able to offer it to club members because we were able to get so few copies. But we have been able to get more signed first editions of this very well received literary mystery. $24.95

Black Water Rising is Attica Locke’s debut novel set in Houston, Texas, in 1981. It introduces Jay Porter, a lawyer who runs his fledgling practice out of a dingy stip mall. When he saves a woman from drowning in the Bayou, he opens a pandora’s box which entangles him in a murder investigation that could cost him his practice. This is a First Mystery Club Selection. $25.99

After what seems an interminable wait, Carlos Ruiz Zafon has written a follow up to Shadow of the Wind. The Angel’s Game is a wonderful literary biblio mystery that is also a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $26.95


Once again, we find out shelves groaning so we’d like to offer you a great opportunity to get some wonderful books at a ridiculously low price. Here’s the deal:

We will send you 10 different hardcover first edition British mysteries for $100.00 (less than the price of trade paperbacks). All are in very fine condition in dust jackets, and we’ll guarantee that more than half will be autographed. We select the titles for this sale.

Of course, we have hundreds of British first editions at the usual published price (between $30 and $50) and we’re always happy to fill specific requests at full price.


Christianna Brand is one of the greats, often compared favorably with Agatha Christie:

Death in High Heels, London, Ian Henry, 1976 (originally 1941). Reprint. $17.50

Near fine in dust jacket.

The Crooked Wreath, NY, Dodd Mead, 1946. First U.S. Edition. $15.00

Very good.

The Three-Cornered Halo, NY, Scribners, 1956. First U.S. Edition. $45.00

Fine in dust jacket with light wear on spine

Starrbelow, NY. Brooke House, 1958. Book Club Edition. $12.50

Romantic suspense. Fine in near fine dust jacket.

What Dread Hand?, London. Ian Henry, 1977 (originally 1968). Reprint. $17.50

Uncommon short story collection. Near fine in dust jacket.

The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1949. First U.S. Edition. $375.00

Top of spine very slightly sunned, else a fine copy in dust jacket which is chipped at spine ends and at the top corner of the front panel; the spine, as usual, is slightly sunned.

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1954. First U.S. Edition. $450.00

About fine in dust jacket which is chipped at top and bottom of spine and has a soiled rear panel.

Luigi of Catanzaro by Louis Golding, London, Archer, 1926. First Editiion. $1,500.00

A rare Queen’s Quorum title, privately printed, limited to only 100 copies, numbered and signed by the author. Tall, slim pamphlet, the white covers slightly soiled, as always, else fine in a custom slipcase. In 1948, when Ellery Queen wrote Queen’s Quorum, listing the 106 most important short story collections of all time, he graded the books in three categories for historical significance, literary quality, and rarity. This is one of the few titles rated for all three categories.

Getting to Know the General by Graham Greene, London, Bodley Head, 1984. First Edition. $150.00

A memoir of the author’s relationship with an important Panamanian general whose plane was blown up by a hidden bomb. Very fine, fresh copy in a perfect dust jacket.

The Skull Beneath the Skin by P.D. James, NY, Scribner, 1982. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket. Inscribed and signed by James.

Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith, NY, Anchor Books, 2001. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $65.00

Trade paperback original. Fine.

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith, NY., Pantheon, 2007. First U.S. Edition. $35.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin, NY, Doubleday Crime Club, 1987. First U.S. Edition. $450.00

Date of publication stamped on front end paper, else fine in fine dust jacket. Scarce.

Death Out of Thin Air by Stuart Towne, NY, Coward-McCann, 1941. First Edition. $350.00

An impossible crime story by Clayton Rawson under this pseudonym. The character is Don Diavolo, a magician. Contains two novellas, originally published in the very rare pulp magazine, Red Star. Near fine, square copy of this very scarce book.


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