Friday, February 18, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 02/18/11

Here's the latest Update.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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Weekly Update 2/18/11


Yesterday evening we had a very successful event at the store. Mark Alpert was here for a party celebrating the publication of The Omega Theory. The premise of this edge-of-the seat thriller is that, despite warnings from the U.S., Iran has tested a nuclear bomb. Meanwhile, science historian David Swift and quantum physicist Monique Reynolds learn that their autistic son, Michael, has been kidnapped by a militant cult called The True Believers. This one is, as they say, torn from the headlines. We have some signed copies left. $24.99

Signed first editions of The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell are back in stock. This post-apocalyptic tale featuring a world inhabited by zombies as well as humans is a particular favorite of Ian and Sally. If you didn’t manage to get your copy first time around, or didn’t reserve a copy, we have a few left. Nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. A paperback original. $15.00

Sarah Braunstein signed The Sweet Relief of Missing Children. In New York City, a girl called Leonora vanishes. Years earlier, a wild negligent mother searches for a man to help raise her precocious son, who runs away. The connection between these two stories is revealed as this dazzling tale unfolds. Braunstein was selected by The National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. $24.95

Original Sins, edited by Martin Edwards, is an anthology of original stories commissioned by the Crime Writers Association in the U.K. The anthology is limited to 85 numbered copies and is signed by the contributors who include Sophie Hannah, Reginald Hill, Charles Todd (both signatures), Peter Lovesey, Andrew Taylor, and Ann Cleeves. $185.00

Brad Parks, who won both the Nero and the Shamus awards for his first novel, Faces of the Gone, signed copies of his second Carter Ross mystery, Eyes of the Innocent. Ross, investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, reports on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey; a fast-moving house fire that kills two boys. He soon discovers that the fire is not what it seems. $24.99

Not signed but...

Harper Publishing is reissuing ALL of Agatha Christie’s works in a handsome uniform format. These trade paperbacks run from $12.99 to $16.99. The titles available thus far are:

Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran

The A.B.C. Murders

And Then There Were None

Crooked House

Death on the Nile

Five Little Pigs

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Murder on The Orient Express

Ordeal By Innocence

Towards Zero.


The latest Nic Costa mystery by David Hewson is limited to only 250 numbered and signed editions. The Fallen Angel is set in Rome. $35.00


The Case of the Dancing Sandwiches by Fredric Brown, Dell, NY. 1950. $100.00

First separate printing of this story. About very good, with a little creasing at the spine and one corner. Scarce.

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, Knopf, NY. 1939. First Edition. $375.00

Author’s first book. Light wear at spine tips, roughly erased name on free front endpaper, else very good, lacking the dust jacket.

The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1949. First U.S. Edition. $150.00

The dust jacket flaps had been pasted down, so the endpapers show the result. The bright dust jacket has been trimmed about 1/4" to ½"

Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben, British American Publishing, NY. 1991. First Edition. SIGNED. $350.00

Author’s scarce second book. A very fine copy in dust jacket, which has the merest trace of wear at edges.

Holy Disorders by Edmund Crispin, Lippincott, Philadelphia. 1946. First U.S. Edition. $75.00

Author’s second book. Fine in dust jacket, which is chipped at spine ends.

The Long Divorce by Edmund Crispin, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1951. First U.S. Edition. $75.00

Fine in dust jacket, which is lightly frayed at spine ends and the logo has faded.

The Box Office Murders by Freeman Wills Crofts, Collins, London. 1929. First Edition. $150.00

An Inspector French mystery. A remarkably fine, fresh copy with not a trace of wear or soiling and very scarce thus.

The Riddle of the Third Mile by Colin Dexter, Macmillan, London. 1983. First Edition. $300.00

Inspector Morse novel. An exceptionally fine, fresh copy, without any of the usual tanning to the pages, in a pristine dust jacket.

The Mill House Murder by J.S. Fletcher, Knopf, NY. 1937. First U.S. Edition. $125.00

Green cloth has sunning, as usual, otherwise a very sharp copy of the author’s last book. In a bright dust jacket.

Blood Sport by Dick Francis, Armchair Detective Library, NY. 1992. SIGNED. $125.00

First printing of this edition; originally published in 1967. Very fine in slipcase. One of only 26 lettered copies.

Bonecrack by Dick Francis, Joseph, London. 1971. First Edition. SIGNED. $175.00

The publisher’s file copy neatly stamped inside front copy. Fine in dust jacket.

A Time of Predators by Joe Gores, Random House, NY. 1969. First Edition. $250.00

Author’s first book, an outstanding suspense novel that won the Edgar for Best First Mystery. A fine copy in dust jacket, which has a small closed tear on the front panel but is otherwise exceptionally fine.

Hammett by Joe Gores, Putnam, NY. 1975. First Edition. $65.00

Author’s most famous novel and the basis for the film produced by Francis Ford Copolla. Fine in dust jacket which has only a trace of rubbing at the spine tips.

Eyes of the Shadow by Maxwell Grant, Street & Smith, NY. 1931. First Edition. $45.00

Scarce early hardcover in fair condition. The binding is soiled on rear cover, else very nice, but preliminary pages are loose and brittle because of the cheap pulp paper.

A Murder of Quality by John Le Carre, Walker, NY. 1962. First U.S. Edition. $1500.00

Author’s second book. Fine, with the yellow cloth absolutely unfaded and unsoiled, in a near fine dust jacket. The pink color is only slightly faded at the spine, with very light wear at the spine tips. Very scarce in such exceptional collector’s condition.

The Girl of His Dreams by Donna Leon, Heinemann, London. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $48.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Love Talker by Elizabeth Peters, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1980. First Edition. $50.00

Uncommon book. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Wanderers by Richard Price, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1974. First Edition. $65.00

The basis for the 1979 film starring Ken Wahle and Karen Allen. Very fine in dust jacket.

Beyond the Night by Cornell Woolrich, Avon, NY. 1959. $100.00

An about fine copy of this paperback original.


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