Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 05/28/10!

To those of you who sent me an email while I was away, but who have not yet received an answer, please be assured that I'm plowing through them. Should be caught up soon!

We will be closed on Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day. Noses and grindstones will meet again on Tuesday.

Have a good, long, weekend.

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 5/28/20


Elegy for April by Benjamin Black (the pseudonym of Man Booker Prize winner John Banville) is the second mystery featuring hard-drinking Dublin pathologist Quirke. This time out, he’s helping his daughter whose friend, a well-connected young doctor, seems to have disappeared. We had hoped to get this signed, but the "Ash Cloud," as it is now called, prevented Black from touring. He has sent us signed bookplates, and these are laid in. This is the true first edition. $25.00

Cara Black has signed her tenth mystery featuring investigator Aimee Leduc. Murder in the Palais Royal is, like Black’s other stories, set in Paris -- a wonderful treat not only for the armchair detective, but also for the armchair traveler. $25.00

The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver goes on sale next Tuesday, but we do have signed copies stacked away in the back, so order now. This Lincoln Rhyme thriller finds the forensic psychologist on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear. By the way, it has just been announced by Ian Fleming’s estate, that Deaver will be penning the next James Bond thriller. Congratulations to him! This is a Hard Boiled Crime Club Selection. $26.99

We have a few copies of The Columbo Collection by William Link. This signed limited edition is limited to 350 copies and contains a bonus story, Columbo’s Mistake, in pamphlet form. $45.00

Known to Evil by Walter Mosley is now available from the UK publisher, Scorpion Press. This signed limited edition is limited to 66 copies and is published in marbled boards with a glassine cover. $150.00

Stephanie Pintoff ‘s second mystery, A Curtain Falls, again features Detective Simon Ziele. This time, Ziele is back in New York City investigating a possible serial killer who is targeting chorus girls. Pintoff’s first novel, In the Shadow of Gotham, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. $24.99

Laura Joh Rowland stopped by to sign Bedlam, the second in her series featuring Charlotte Bronte. While visiting London, Charlotte tours Bedlam, that city’s notorious insane asylum, where she thinks she recognizes an ex-lover strapped to one of the stretchers. $24.95

The Dark End of the Street, Edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J.Rozan is now available. These original stories about crime and sex are signed by the authors: Madison Smart Bell, Lawrence Block, Stephen L. Carter, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Lynn Freed, James Grady, Amy Hempel, Janice Lee, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Patrick McCade, Val McDermid, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Abraham Rodriguez Jr., S.J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, and Edmund White. Published by The Mysterious Bookshop. Numbered Editions limited to 250 copies $150.00. Lettered Editions limited to 26 copies $275.00.


The Holy Thief by William Ryan is already a blockbuster in the UK and we have managed to obtain signed copies of the scarce hardcover. This first novel is set in Moscow in 1936 when Stalin’s Great Terror is beginning. When the body of a young woman is found in a deconsecrated church, Captain Alexei Dmitriyevitch Korolev of the Moscow Militia investigates. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD - the most feared organization in Russia - becomes involved. This is a British Crime Club Selection. $58.00


Locked Room Murder by Robert Adey, Crossover Press, MN & SF. 1991. $100.00

The definitive bibliography of "impossible" crimes, listing all known examples to the publication date (2009 titles), with publication date, as well as a description of the problem. In the back is the solution. Very fine without dust jacket, as issued.

The Man from Tibet by Clyde B. Clason, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. First Edition. $50.00

A Theocritus Lucius Westborough bibliomystery about an 8th century Tibetan manuscript. Very good. In Adey.

Ready to Burn by Carroll John Daly, Museum Press, London. 1951. First Edition. $2,000.00

Very light water marks to back cover/boards, back panel and spine, crease at bottom edge, small chips at top edge of front panel. Front panel still attractive, bright, and colorful. Rare in dust jacket.

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

Fine in like dust jacket.

Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh, Sheridan House, NY. 1941. First U.S. Edition. $250.00

Near fine in very bright dust jacket which shows slight rubbing at extremities and very small chips top of spine and top front corner.

The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill, Rand, Chicago, 1895. First U.S. Edition. $150.00

Important Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. One of the earliest locked room mysteries (a man in a locked room has his throat cut). Lightly embossed on the front free endpaper, else a fine, bright copy.


A Firing Offense, St. Martin’s, NY. 1992. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Author’s first book. A very fine copy in dust jacket, which is a trifle rubbed (as usual for this title).

Nick’s Trip, St. Martin’s, NY. 1993. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Remainder mark on bottom of page edges, else fine in dust jacket, which has little nicks and rubs along edge.

Shoedog, St. Martin’s, 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $300.00

Author’s scarcest book. Very fine in dust jacket.

Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go, St. Martin’s, 1996. First Edition. $150.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

The Big Blowdown, St. Martin’s, 1996. First Edition. $35.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

King Suckerman, Little Brown, Boston. 1997. First Edition. $35.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

The Sweet Forever, Little Brown, Boston. 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Very fine in dust jacket. Signed on a tipped-in sheet and again on the title page.

Shame the Devil, Little Brown, Boston. 2000. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Right as Rain, Little Brown, Boston. 2001. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Hell to Pay, Little Brown, Boston. 2002. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Soul Circus, Little Brown, Boston. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Hard Revolution, Little Brown, Boston. 2004. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket. Laid in CD titled "The Soundtrack of the Novel."

The Night Gardener, Little Brown, Boston. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.