Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 09/25/09

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.

Weekly Update 9/25/09


Wednesday, September 30th 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Celebrate the publication of

Tower by Reed Farrel Coleman (written with Ken Bruen)


The Fury by Jason Pinter.

Both books are paperback originals.

Thursday, October 1st 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Rizzo’s War by Lou Manfredo

Hardboiled debut.

Books will be available for signing and light refreshments will be served.

The Lineup

We are expecting copies of The Lineup to be delivered today. We have been told that each volume weighs 2.5lbs and we are going to have to charge $10 postage and handling for each volume. Sorry about that, but the postage is actually higher than that. If you are buying more than one copy the price will be pro-rated. International customers will be charged the actual cost by weight plus $3.00.


Blood’s A Rover by James Ellroy completes The Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy (American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand are the first two books in the series). Set in the summer of 1968 following the assassination of both Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, this is political noir as only Ellroy can tell it. A Crime Collector’s Club Selection. $28.95

Hell’s Kitchen is a first novel by screenwriter Charles Kipps and introduces Conor Bard, a New York City homicide cop who works out of Hell’s Kitchen. When the body is found of a successful criminal defense attorney with rumored ties to the Mafia, Bard must deal with a long list of suspects. A Hard Boiled Club Selection. $25.00

The Vampire Archives, edited by Otto Penzler, is bound to be popular as Halloween approaches. This oversize paperback volume received rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly not only because it is the most complete volume of vampire tales ever published, but also because of the superb extensive Bibliography compiled by our very own Dan Seitler. Otto and Dan will sign. $25.00

After the Fire, A Still Small Voice is a first novel by Evie Wyld set in Australia . This beautifully written story of two men and the wars that shaped them is high on Ian Kern’s list of favorites. $24.00


Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks by John Curran is a very important contribution to the world of mystery. Curran deciphered Christie’s notebooks, 73 of them, after the death of Christie’s daughter. He discovered alternative plots, titles, and characters and previously unpublished work including two Hercule Poirot stories. We don’t have many of this title. $50.00

Lindsey Davis returns to her first love, the 17th century, with Rebels and Traitors, and pens a novel set against the English Civil War and the dark plots of the Commonwealth. Again, not many of this title. $48.00

The Price of Love by Peter Robinson is a collection of short stories, one of which features DCI Alan Banks. Not many of these either. $45.00


A Coffin For Dimitrios by Eric Ambler, Alfred A. Knopf, NY. 1939. First U.S. Edition. $2,000.00

Collector’s blind stamped ex-libris on the front free endpaper, else fine in a dust jacket with a little creasing. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.

The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley, Crime Club, Garden City. 1929. First U.S. Edition. $500.00

Very good to fine in a very good dust jacket with some minor chipping and a waterstain on the front panel. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.

The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake, Harper & Brothers, NY. 1938. First U.S. Edition. $350.00

Owner’s faint ex-libris blind stamp on the front free endpaper; owner’s ink name. Very good in a dust jacket with numerous small chips and tears. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.

The Judas Window by John Dickson Carr (Carter Dickson), Morrow. NY. 1938. First Edition. $875.00

Very good in dust jacket. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.

The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton, Cassell, London. 1911. First Edition. $350.00

First Father Brown book. Queen’s Quorum; Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Goldstone bookplate; blind-stamp ex-libris; minor staining to the last two leaves; very good, bright copy.

His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle, John Murray, London. 1917. First Edition. $500.00

Bookplate; spine a little faded; some spotting; very good.

The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy, Greening, London. 1909. First Edition. $650.00

Previous owner’s blind ex-libris stamp on the front free endpaper; back hinge started; very good. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone and Queen’s Quorum.

The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen, Frederick A. Stokes, NY. 1929. First Edition. SIGNED. $650.00

Author’s first book. Front hinge cracked about half-way from the bottom; faint owner’s ex-libris blind stamp on the front free endpaper; slight spine cocking and cloth fraying; signed as Dannay and Queen on the title page.

The Patience of Maigret by Georges Simenon, Harcourt Brace, 1940. First U.S. Edition. $350.00

Very good in dust jacket. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.

Phantom Lady by Cornell Woolrich (William Irish), Lippincott, Philadelphia. 1942. First Edition. $1,750.00

A very good or better copy in a very good dust jacket with some chips and tears. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Neglected Authors: Helen Reilly


At a time when many women mystery writers were still writing in the "Had-I-but-Known" school, Helen Reilly (1891-1962) began to write realistic police procedurals before Ed McBain ever saw the inside of a precinct house. Her series character Christopher McKee, is a member of the New York Police Department who has, by the mid-1940s, worked his way up to be the Chief of the Homicide Squad. He absolutely hates murderers and blackmailers and is relentless in his pursuit of them. All the following books feature McKee, were published in New York and are first editions, unless noted. Note: DCC=Doubleday Crime Club.

The Thirty-First Bullfinch, DCC, 1930. (pre-McKee). Neat library stamps on endpapers, no other marks. Front flap excised and pasted inside front cover. Very good. $20.00

Another copy. DCC. Later printing. Very good plus. $15.00

Murder in the Mews, DCC, 1931. About fine. The second McKee. $25.00

McKee of Centre Street, DCC, 1933. Very good. $15.00

The Lineup, Sun Dial, 1942 (first published in 1934). Reprint. Fine in near fine dust jacket. $20.00

Dead Man Control, DCC, 1936. Soiled, else very good. $15.00

Mr. Smith’s Hat, DCC,1936. Good reading copy. $10.00

Murder in Shinbone Alley, DCC, 1940. Name, some rubbing to spine, else very good in near fine dust jacket. $75.00

Another copy. DCC, 1940. Corner cut off front endpaper, else very good in chipped dust jacket. $45.00

Death Demands an Audience, DCC, 1940. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket with minor wear at spine ends. Scarce in such collector’s condition. $200.00

Another copy. Library stamps, else very good in glued down dust jacket. $10.00

Another copy. About fine. $17.50

Murder on Angler’s Island, Random House, 1945. Bookplate, else near fine in dust jacket. $25.00

The Silver Leopard, Random House, 1946. Very good in chipped dust jacket. $15.00

The Farmhouse, Random House, 1947. Front endpaper scuffed, else fine in very good, nicked and lightly chipped dust jacket. $20.00

Tell Her It’s Murder, Random House, 1954. Fine in dust jacket. $20.00

The Canvas Dagger, Random House, 1956. Near fine in dust jacket. $25.00

Ding Dong Bell, Random House, 1958. Gift inscription, else very good in dust jacket. $20.00

Another copy. Fine in near fine dust jacket. $25.00

Not Me, Inspector, Random House, 1959. Book store stamp, else about fine in soiled dust jacket. $20.00

Follow Me, Random House, 1960. Features Inspector Todhunter in Santa Fe. Fine in slightly rubbed dust jacket with one closed tear. $20.00

Certain Sleep, Random House, 1961. Name, else about fine in near fine dust jacket.

The Day She Died, Random House, 1962. Near fine in chipped dust jacket. $17.50

Friday, September 18, 2009


Nancy Mauro talks about her writing process and her provocative new novel- NEW WORLD MONKEYS during a recent appearance at the store.

Sally's Weekly Update for 09/18/09

I know, it was a crazy couple of days!

Here's the latest update.

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.

Weekly Update 9/18/09


We announced the availability of signed first editions of The Lost Symbol at about 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday and were sold out by 3.30p.m. Never in my 30+ years as a bookseller have we had such an extraordinary response. Thank you all for your support. For those who (very understandably) did not reply within that first hour, I apologize for the disappointment in getting shut out. We wish we had another 500 copies so that everyone who wanted one could have had one. Just as an aside, you all should know how gracious Dan Brown was to come down to Tribeca to sign books for us. Let’s face it: With the first printing of 5,000,000 copies, the few hundred that he signed for us don’t matter. He did it just because he’s an old friend of the store – a form of loyalty and generosity that can’t be taught or forced. Otto

We were all here answering ‘phones. Some of you responded instantly via email. I was here taking your name and compiling a list as those emails arrived. I understand your anxiety about not receiving a confirmation, but I assure you that if you responded via email, you are either getting a signed copy of The Lost Symbol or you are on the waiting list. If you can restrain yourself, please don’t email again. I will get to you as soon as I can.

A note for Crime Club Members. Some of you asked if Dan Brown would be a selection. No. I will be holding The Lost Symbol to send with your September selection. If you are in the Crime Collector’s Club, you already know that we are holding up for James Ellroy who will be signing copies of Blood’s a Rover the last week in September. Sally


Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow tells the story of the Collyer brothers, one blind and one damaged by the Great War. They live as recluses in their once grand Fifth Avenue apartment and yet the epic events of the century play out in their lives. From the author of Ragtime. An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $26.00

New World Monkeys by Nancy Mauro is a darkly comic mystery which exposes the idols of marital tranquillity , small town idyll, and corporate Darwinism as Duncan and Lily take possession of their inherited Victorian home. A First Mystery Club Selection. $23.00

I recently wrote that we did not have enough copies of The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman and so could not offer to anybody but our Thriller/Esionage Crime Club members. Happy to report that Dan Fesperman intercepted that email and was kind enough to come by the store and sign more copies. A Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $25.95

Not Signed but......

Val McDermid has a new mystery featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Beneath the Bleeding is a U.S. first edition and a paperback original. I understand that there will be UK editions in hardcover and they will be signed. We’re trying to get copies of those now. But for you "true first" people.... $14.99


Wanted: Someone Innocent by Margery Allingham, Pony, NY. 1946. First Edition. $35.00

Uncommon paperback original containing the title novella and three short stories. Very good-near fine copy with a small tear on rear cover.

Another copy. Spine faded as usual, else good-very good. $15.00

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, Collins, London. 1926. $1,000.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. A very good copy.

The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais, Bantam, NY. 1987. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Author’s Edgar-nominated first book. Price neatly inked out, else about fine, clean, uncreased copy.

(Edwardian Mystery) The Old Bank by William Westall, Chatto & Windus, London. 1902. First Edition. $100.00

Previous owner’s name, some foxing to pages, else a very good copy in a handsome decorated binding.

(Edwardian Fiction) The Slave of Silence by Fred M. White, Little Brown, Boston. 1906. First Edition. $35.00

Precedes the British edition. Some waterstaining to lower page corners, else very good-near fine in a nice pictorial binding.

Murder for Love, Otto Penzler, Ed., Delacorte, NY. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

An anthology of all original stories signed by the editor and contributors Carol Higgins Clark, Mary Higgins Clark, Ed McBain, Michael Malone, Joyce Carol Oates and Anne Perry. Very fine in dust jacket with light creases at spine ends.

The Law of the Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1931. First U.S. Edition. $20.00

Very good-fine.

The Thief in the Night by Edgar Wallace, Worldwide, NY. 1929. First U.S. Edition. $35.00

Scarce short story collection. Very good in a bright pictorial dust with a large chip at top of spine.

Writ in Barracks by Edgar Wallace, Methuen, London. 1900. First Edition. $100.00

Scarce book of war poetry by famous thriller writer. Hinges cracked, else very good-near fine. Laid in is a scarce pamphlet entitled "When London Calls!" a separately printed poem from the book. Fine.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dan Brown's Visit to The Mysterious Bookshop

Publishing phenomenon Dan Brown dropped by the store recently to sign copies of his new thriller: THE LOST SYMBOL. We were thrilled with his visit and the store sold out of the book within two hours!

Once again we are sad to say we are SOLD OUT of signed copies!

DEVIL'S TRILL Author Gerald Ellis Speaks and Performs 10/06/09

The Mysterious Bookshop
will host a party
celebrating the release of

Devil's Trill
by Gerald Elias

Join us in celebrating the debut crime novel
Devil's Trill ($25.99, Minotaur)
Violinist, composer and conductor Gerald Elias will discuss his book and give a short performance.
Copies will be available for autographs.
Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, October 6th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Admission is Free

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street. (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lou Manfredo Discusses RIZZO'S WAR 10/01/09!

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Lou Manfredo
discusses his hardboiled debut
Rizzo's War

Thursday, October 1st
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Party for TOWER and THE FURY 09/30/09!

The Mysterious Bookshop
will host a party
celebrating the releases of

by Reed Farrel Coleman
(written with Ken Bruen)
The Fury
by Jason Pinter

Join us in celebrating the new novels
Tower ($15.00, Busted Flush Press) and The Fury ($7.99, Mira)
Mr, Coleman and Mr. Pinter will discuss their books and answer questions. Copies will be available for autographs.
Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 30th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Admission is Free

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Friday, September 11, 2009

Nancy Mauro Party 09/16/09!

The Mysterious Bookshop
will host a party
celebrating the release of

New World Monkeys
by Nancy Mauro

Join us in celebrating the new novel New World Monkeys
(Shay Areheart Books)
Ms. Mauro will discuss and read from her book and answer questions. Copies will be available for autographs.
Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 16th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Admission is Free

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Sally's Weekly Update for 09/11/09

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.

Weekly Update 9/11/09

A Halloween Idea

Half-Minute Horrors, edited by Susan Rich, is an anthology for children. But these very very short stories will have a wider appeal because of the list of contributors, which include Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Faye Kellerman, Brad Meltzer, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Lethem, and Michael Connelly. For ages 10 and up. Hey, that’s us! $12.99.

Vertigo Crime has published the first two Graphic Novels in what we hope will be an ongoing series.

Dark Entries is written by Ian Rankin with art by Werther Dell’Edera. $19.99

Filthy Rich is written by Brian Azzarello with art by Victor Santos. $19.99


Mark Billingham’s latest featuring DI Tom Thorne is here. In Blood Line, Thorne investigates what looks to be a routine domestic murder - until a bloodstained sliver of an x-ray is found clutched in the dead woman’s fist. $43.00

Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd tells the story of Adam Kindred, a climatologist in London for a job interview. A chance encounter in a bistro leads to a series of accidents through which Adam will lose everything - home, family, friends, job, reputation, etc. There’s a reward for his capture and a hired killer is stalking him. Boyd is the author of Restless, the Costa Novel of Year. $48.00

The Crucifix Killer is a first novel by Chris Carter. In Los Angeles, a young woman is found savagely murdered. On the nape of her neck is carved a double-cross, the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that’s not possible. Two years ago the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. $33.00

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (author of Girl with a Pearl Earring) is not really a mystery and we only have a couple of them. This novel, set in the 19th century, focuses on the discoveries by one woman which set the scientific world on fire by challenging ideas about the world’s creation and stimulating debate about our origins. $40.00

A Week In December is Sebastian Faulks’s latest. Over seven days, we follow the lives of seven major characters as Faulks pieces together the complex patterns of modern urban life. From the man who took over the James Bond franchise. $48.00

Small Wars by Sadie Jones is a portrait of a marriage . Hal is a dedicated soldier with a brilliant career ahead of him and Clara is his soul mate. When Hal is posted to Cyprus in the middle of the Emergency - the British are defending the colony against Cypriots who want union with Greece - the atrocities of that ‘small war’ begins to drive them apart. $33.00

Denise Mina has a new book and a new protagonist in Still Midnight. DS Alex Morrow is handed a case guaranteed to make her career. Two strangers force their way into a suburban home and demand millions the family doesn’t have and ask for a man nobody has heard of. Obviously a mistake. But there’s a dark undercurrent here and the case is going to explode in a most surprising way. $33.00

Occupied City is the second book in David Peace’s Tokyo Trilogy. It is 1948 , the third year of the U.S. occupation of Japan, when a man, claiming to be a doctor, enters a bank and tells the employees he has been sent by the Occupation authorities to treat anyone who might have been exposed to the outbreak of dysentery. Within minutes twelve bank employees are dead and the biggest manhunt in Japanese history begins. $50.00

Henry Porter has a new thriller, The Dying Light. Kate Lockhart, lawyer, attends the funeral of her ex-lover, David Eyam. The congregation is made up of corporate leaders, ministers, and spies because David had one of the best minds of his generation. But when Kate learns of his last will and testament, a legacy that certain members of the congregation will do anything to suppress, she will have to struggle to understand the last few years of his life. And hers. $33.00

The Complaints by Ian Rankin features Malcolm Fox who works for "The Complaints" the cops who investigate other cops. Fox must investigate Jamie Breck, who is dirty, but nobody can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns there’s more to Breck than anybody thinks. A British Crime Club Selection. $48.00

Craig Russell has a new book featuring Jan Fabel, The Valkyrie Song. An English pop star is found dead in Hamburg’s red-light district. There’s a female serial killer on the loose - the Angel of St. Pauli. Fabel investigates and discovers the case is more complicated than he at first thought. $48.00

The Empty Death is Laura Wilson’s second book set in war-torn London (the first, Stratton’s War won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award). It is the summer of 1944 and DI Ted Stratton is called on the investigate when a doctor is found dead in suspicious circumstances near Middlesex Hospital. $48.00


The Given Day by Dennis Lehane, Wm. Morrow, NY. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in dust jacket.

The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss, Random House, NY. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $26.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Return to the Scene by Q. Patrick, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1941. First Edition. $150.00

A fine, fresh copy in an excellent dust jacket which is bright and clean, with minor wear to the top corners and top of spine. Very scarce in such collectable condition.

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters, Morrow, NY. 1978. First U.S. Edition. $75.00

A Brother Cadfael mystery. Looks fine- but isn’t. The exterior of the dust jacket has a tiny chip at top of spine, else is clean and fresh. However, there is glue residue on the flaps and on the endpapers. No other markings.

Death from a Top Hat by Clayton Rawson, Putnam, NY. 1938. First Edition. $100.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. One of the great locked room mysteries. The first Great Merlini novel. Spine sunned, else very good.

The Headless Lady by Clayton Rawson, Putnam, NY. 1940. First Edition. $450.00

Fine, sharp copy in a bright price-clipped dust jacket with chips and creases on spine and corners. The third Great Merlini novel.

The Great Merlini by Clayton Rawson, Gregg, Boston. 1979. First Edition. $100.00

The complete Merlini short stories - masterpieces of impossible crimes. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Bishop Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribner, NY. 1929. First Edition. $150.00

Fourth Philo Vance mystery. Fine in dust jacket which has light creasing to edges.

Enough by Donald E. Westlake, Evans, NY. 1966. First Edition. $65.00

Fine in dust jacket.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Author of the Week: Georges Simenon


The brilliant Belgian creator of Jules Maigret was a prolific novelist and ranks among the handful of all-time best selling writers of mystery fiction, both for his detective series ands for his outstanding novels of psychological suspense. Maigret is counted among the top half-dozen detectives of all time, and the author’s portrayal of Paris is second to none. We have acquired an extensive collection of British and American first editions of the Maigret novels, as well as an excellent sampling of his crime novels.

Special: Buy three or more and take a 25% discount until September 30, when the offer ends.


All titles are first editions, published by Hamish Hamilton, in fine condition in dust jacket, unless other wise noted:


Maigret and the Burglar’s Wife, 1955. Very good in dust jacket. $30.00

Maigret’s Revolver, 1956. Dust jacket price-clipped with new price sticker affixed. $60.00

Maigret and the Old Lady, 1958. $75.00

Maigret’s First Case, 1958. Trifle soiled. $65.00

Maigret and the Reluctant Witness, 1959. $65.00

Maigret Has Scruples, 1959. Light rubbing at edges. $45.00

Madame Maigret’s Friend, 1960. $65.00

Maigret in Court, 1961. Jacket is price-clipped, lightly frayed at base of spine, closed tear and crease on rear panel, slightly soiled. $45.00

Maigret in Society, 1962. Minute wear to base of jacket spine. $45.00

Maigret’s Failure, 1962. $50.00

Maigret and the Lazy Burglar, 1963. Jacket price-clipped, else very fine. $45.00

Maigret’s Special Murder, 1964. Price-clipped dust with long closed tear on front panel. $45.00

Maigret Sets a Trap, 1965. $45.00

The Patience of Maigret, 1966. Tape ghost on front endpaper, price clipped dust jacket with tape ghost on front flap, closed tear on front panel, light fraying to spine ends. $35.00

Maigret and the Headless Corpse, 1967. $50.00

Maigret Takes the Waters, 1969. $45.00

Maigret and the Dosser, 1973. $40.00

Maigret and the Gangsters, 1974. Price-clipped dust jacket. $40.00

Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard, 1975. $40.00

Maigret and the Ghost, 1976. $40.00

Maigret and the Toy Village, 1978. Price-clipped dust jacket, spine a bit sunned. $40.00

Maigret in New York, 1979. Price-clipped dust jacket, spine sunned. $30.00

Psychological Suspense

The Trial of Bebe Donge, Routledge, 1952. Fine without dust jacket. $17.50

A Sense of Guilt, 1955. Price-clipped dust jacket, with new price sticker. $35.00

Sunday, 1960. $35.00

The Widower, 1961. $45.00

The Premier, 1961. Hint of rubbing at spine ends of jacket. $25.00

The Prisoner, 1969. A little shaken. $20.00

The Rich Man, 1971. Trace of wear at to spine of dust jacket. Uncommon title. $40.00

The Cat, 1972. $35.00

The Others, 1975. 35.00

Letter to My Mother, 1976. Price-clipped dust jacket. $30.00

African Trio, 1979. $37.50


All titles are first editions, published by Harcourt, in fine condition in dust jacket, unless otherwise noted.


Maigret and the Killers, 1954. About fine in rubbed dust jacket. $28.50

Inspector Maigret and the Burglar’s Wife, Doubleday Crime Club, 1956. $75.00

Maigret Rents a Room, Doubleday Crime Club, 1961. Endpapers foxed, else fine in dust jacket, which has a pinhead-sized chip at top of spine. $65.00

Maigret’s Dead Man, Doubleday Crime Club, 1964. $65.00

Maigret’s Pickpocket, 1967. Very good in chipped, price-clipped dust jacket. $15.00

Another copy. Ex-library. $7.50

Another copy. Waterstained. $5.00

Maigret’s Boyhood Friend, 1970. $25.00

Maigret and the Wine Merchant, 1970. Light waterstaining. $10.00

Maigret and the Killer, 1971. Waterstained. $5.00

Maigret and the Informer, 1972. $25.00

Maigret and the Millionaires, 1973. Waterstained. $5.00

A Maigret Trio, 1973. An omnibus containing Maigret’s Failure, Maigret in Society and Maigret and the Lazy Burglar. Near fine in dust jacket. (First thus--not the ubiquitous book club edition.)

Maigret Loses His Temper, 1974. Review slip laid in. $25.00

Maigret and the Loner, 1975. $25.00

Maigret and the Man on the Bench, 1975. $25.00

Maigret and the Apparition, 1976. Waterstained. $5.00

Maigret’s Christmas, 1977. Short stories. Front edges lightly marked, else as new. $25.00

Maigret’s Pipe, 1978. Short stories. Small bookseller’s label on front. $25.00

Maigret and the Hotel Majestic, 1978. Endpapers stained by label removal. $10.00

Maigret on the Defensive, 1981. $25.00

Maigret Has Doubts, 1982. $25.00

Maigret’s Memoirs, 1985. Review slip laid in. $25.00

Maigret and the Yellow Dog, 1987. $25.00

Madame Maigret’s Own Case, 1990. Second edition. $20.00

Maigret in Holland, 1993. Second edition. $20.00

Psychological Suspense

The Bells of Bicetre, 1964. $20.00

The Little Saint, 1965. $25.00

The Premier/The Train, 1966. Dust jacket a bit soiled with shallow chips. $20.00

In Case of Emergency, 1967. Light water-staining to bottom edge, else fine in dust jacket with interior staining. $20.00

The Move, 1968. $20.00

The Move, 1968. Front endpaper clipped. $10.00

The Prison, 1969. $20.00

November, 1970. $20.00

When I Was Old, 1971. $25.00

The Innocents, 1973. $19.50

The Venice Train, 1974. $20.00

The Hatter’s Phantoms, 1976. $20.00

The Iron Staircase, 1977. Small bookseller’s label on front. $20.00

The Nightclub, 1979. $20.00

The Grandmother, 1980. Remainder mark, price-clipped dust jacket. $16.50

The Little Doctor, 1981. $20.00

The Reckoning, 1984. $20.00

Intimate Memoirs, 1984. His autobiography. Water staining at bottom edge, else very good in dust jacket. $8.50

Justice, 1985. Remainder mark. $15.00

The Survivors, 1985. Remainder mark, dust jacket slightly rubbed. $15.00

The Couple from Poitiers, 1985. Neat library stamp on title page, no other marks. $15.00

The Murderer, 1986. $20.00

The Outlaw, 1986. $20.00

Striptease, 1989. $25.00

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 09/04/09

Here's the latest update.

Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, NY 10007

Ph: 212-587-1011

Fax: 212-587-1126

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Weekly Update 9/4/09


The limited edition of The Lineup is being snapped up, so if you have not ordered your copy yet, this would be the time to do so.

It looks now as though we will be shipping the last week in September. We will keep you informed if that shipping date changes. We are also going to have to charge $10.00 for shipping and handling. The Lineup is a heavy tome as well as a beautiful one and shipping is high - actually higher than we’re charging, but $10 seems like a good round number.


Last week I wrote that The Amateurs by Marcus Sakey is a Hard-Boiled Club Selection. It is not. So if you’re in that club and would like a copy, please order it. $25.95

Karin Slaughter did not sign Undone. If you still want a first edition, unsigned, let us know.


Michael Atkinson came in and signed copies of Hemingway Deadlights, his first novel, featuring Ernest Hemingway as sleuth. This means we can send out crime club orders. Hooray! We have a very few left over after the club members get their copies, so if you would like one, first come, first served.... Oh, and Atkinson has drawn a nifty little cartoon of Hemingway’s face. A First Mystery Crime Club Selection. $24.99

We also have a very limited number of copies of The Magicians signed by Lev Grossman. Again, call soon if you would like a copy. $26.95

The Last Ember by Daniel Levin is a first mystery with a definite "Dan Brown" flavor. Jonathan Marcus, lawyer, is summoned to Rome to examine a client’s fragment of an ancient stone map. When he stumbles across a hidden message carved inside the stone itself, he finds himself on a journey that will take him from the labyrinth beneath the Colosseum to the biblical-era tunnels beneath Jerusalem. $25.95

Jeff Lindsay signed copies of the U.S. edition of Dexter By Design. If you’d like to watch him doing this while chatting to Sally Owen at the store, go to our website: and click on our "Youtube" station which is described on the first page of the site. This title has a strict laydown date (before which we cannot sell), so there may be a delay of a few days before you get your book. $25.00

We also managed to get a very few copies of The Golden City signed by John Twelve Hawks. This is the third in the Fourth Realm Trilogy (and no, we don’t have the first two) and is a numbered edition limited to 777 copies. So again, first come, etc. $25.95


We’re excited that Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow is here, and in first edition. We expect him to sign sometime in the next couple of weeks. This is an Unclassifiable Club Selection. $26.00


The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Doubleday, NY. 2003. First Edition. $150.00

One of the best-selling novels of all time with more than 60 hardcover printings. The basis for the Tom Hanks motion picture. Fine in dust jacket.

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly, Little Brown, Boston. 1992. First Edition. $275.00

Author’s Edgar-winning first novel. Fine in dust jacket.

Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen, Putnam, NY. 1986. First Edition. $125.00

Perennial best-selling author’s first mystery. Fine in a fine, bright, price-clipped dust jacket.

Ripley’s Game by Patricia Highsmith, Knopf, NY. 1974. First Edition. $75.00

Third Ripley novel. Fine in dust jacket, which has a lightly creased front flap and trivial rubbing to top of spine.

Split Images by Elmore Leonard, Arbor House, 1981. First Edition. SIGNED. $65.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Cat Chaser by Elmore Leonard, Arbor House, 1982. First Edition. SIGNED. $60.00

Fine in dust jacket with a light crease on the front flap.

LaBrava by Elmore Leonard, Arbor House, 1983. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Edgar-award winning Best Novel. Fine in dust jacket.

The Defection of A.J. Lewinter by Robert Littell, Harcourt, Boston. 1973. First Edition. $75.00

An exceptionally fine copy of author’s Edgar-award winning first espionage novel.

The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Harcourt, 1996. First U.S. Edition. $45.00

The author’s first book to be published in the U.S. Very fine in dust jacket.