Friday, March 25, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 03/25/11

Just like to remind you of my hours. I'm here Monday and Tuesday, out Wednesday and Thursday, and back on Friday and Saturday.

I mention this because if you write to me late Tuesday or early Wednesday, you do not get a reply from me until Friday earliest. I answer emails in the order they are received.

This age of technology has taught us to expect instant communication, so apologies to those of you who think I'm ignoring you. Not true.

The Mysterious Bookshop

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Ph: 212-587-1011

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Weekly Update 3/25/11


Cold Wind is the latest Joe Pickett thriller from C.J. Box. When Earl Alden is found hanging from a wind turbine, his wife Missy is arrested for murder. Unfortunately for Pickett, Missy is his mother-in-law and he heartily dislikes her. But then things happen that make him wonder if she is being set up. $25.95

The Savage City by T.J. English is a fascinating account of New York City during a troubled decade beginning in the early 1960s. From the Black Panther movement and the Career Girls Murder case through the Knapp Commission hearings on police corruption, English describes a city always on the edge. This non-fiction account reads like a thriller. $27.99

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce tells the story of Zoe and Jake Bennett on vacation in a French ski resort who are buried in an avalanche but who dig their way out. What awaits them is a completely silent world; their hotel is empty and the town is empty, apparently evacuated. This is a real page turner; you’ll think you can figure out what has happened, but you’ll probably be wrong. $23.95

Twice a Spy is Keith Thomson’s second thriller featuring retired CIA officer Drummond Clark and his son Charlie who are on the lam in Switzerland. While NSA operative Alice Rutherford works to exonerate them from criminal charges, Charlie helps Drummond undergo an experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s. Then Alice is kidnapped and Charlie and Drummond must find her - and one of them can no longer trust his own mind. $25.95

Moondogs is a first novel by Alexander Yates. Benicio travels to the Philippines to meet with his father, Howard, from whom he’s been estranged, but Howard is missing. The search for Howard uncovers the truth about his womanizing and suspicious business deals. Helping Benicio with his search are a variety of colorful characters including Reynato Ocampo, the local celebrity-hero policeman, slippery politicians, a scheming lady-of-the-night, and a handful of harried diplomats. $25.95


The Hanging Shed is a thriller from first-time author Gordon Ferris. This came to my attention because it is number one on the Amazon list in the UK. So why all the fuss? It is set in Glasgow in 1946 - a dark time in a dark city - the war is over and Douglas Brodie is back home. But the war was not kind to his friend Hugh Donovan who is mutilated and horribly burned. So when a local boy is found raped and murdered, there is only one suspect... And Brodie is determined to save him from the gallows. $40.00

Prophecy by S.J.Parris is the second in the series set in the time of Elizabeth 1 and featuring Giordano Bruno, the maverick and charismatic agent of Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster to the Queen. His mission is to secure the evidence that will allow the execution of Mary Stuart and her cohorts for treason. Meanwhile, a maid of honor to the Queen has been murdered. This is a terrific series and a must for fans of C.J. Sansom. $33.00

Little Girl Lost is a stand alone from Brian McGilloway. A child is found wandering, her hands covered in blood which is not her own. The only person she seems to trust is Detective Sergeant Lucy Black, the officer who rescued her, but DS Black is baffled when she is removed from a high-profile case involving the kidnapping of a prominent businessman’s teenage daughter. This crime thriller about corruption, greed, and vengeance is limited to 300 signed and numbered hard cover editions. $43.00


There are a couple of very exciting titles being published in the U.K. this Spring and Summer. They will not be selections of the British Crime Club, so we’d like to ask you to pre-order them in order to get as close as possible to the number we need:

Bad Signs by R.J. Ellory

One of our most popular UK writers has a new thriller set in the 1960s.

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

This is the author’s first novel in seven years - his last, The Line of Beauty, won the Man Booker Prize in 2004. Although not a mystery, The Stranger’s Child tells the story of two families spanning the 20th century written by one of the most talented writers working today.


The Crime of the Century by Kingley Amis, Mysterious Press, NY. 1989. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Limited to only 26 copies, lettered and signed by Amis. Fine in slipcase

The Eyes of Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah, Doran, NY. 1924. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

Front hinge cracked, name, soiled; good only.

The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke, Henry Holt, NY. First Edition. SIGNED. $375.00

Burke’s first Dave Robicheaux mystery. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Cool Man by W.R. Burnett, Fawcett Gold Medal, 1968. First Edition. $40.00

A paperback original. Fine.

The Butterfly by James M. Cain, Knopf, NY. 1947. First Edition. $125.00

Review copy with publisher’s slip laid in. Fine in dust jacket with just a hint of rubbing at the bottom of the spine.

Career in C Major & Other Fiction by James M. Cain, McGraw-Hill, NY. 1986. First Edition Thus. $30.00

An anthology of previously uncollected work. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Dead Sleep Lightly by John Dickson Carr, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1983. First Edition. $45.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Mermaids on the Golf Course by Paticia Highsmith, Penzler Books, NY. 1988. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Blackbirder by Dorothy B. Hughes, Duell, NY. 1943. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $200.00

A near fine copy in dust jacket with chip at top and bottom of spine. Inscribed by Hughes to her Aunt Mary.

The Blind Pig by Jon A. Jackson, Random House, NY. 1978. First Edition. $150.00

A Detective Sergeant Mulheisen mystery. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Savage Season by Joe R. Lansdale, Mark V. Ziesing, CA., First Edition. 1990. $45.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Canary Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1927. First Edition. $85.00


The Winter Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1940. $35.00

Glue residue showing on inside front and back board, else fine.

The Dragon Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Facsimile. $40.00

Facsimile of the first edition. Fine in fine dust jacket.

(Westlake) Lemons Never Lie by Richard Stark, World, NY. 1971. First Edition. SIGNED. $250.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.


Party for GUILT BY ASSOCIATION by Marcia Clark 04/19/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Marcia Clark
discussing her new novel
Guilt by Association

Tuesday, April 19th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

The famed prosecutor stops by to discuss her debut novel
Guilt by Association (Mulholland, $25.99).

Admission is free.

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Party for WINGED OBSESSION by Jessica Speart 04/15/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Jessica Speart
discussing her new novel
Winged Obsession

Friday, April 15th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

If unable to attend, signed copies will be available for pre-order.

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

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 03/18/11

Our first update of the Spring. At least, it feels like Spring.

Have a wonderful weekend

Sally Owen

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 3/18/11


Tuesday, April 5th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Nathan Larson discussing

The Dewey Decimal System

Original Trade Paperback $15.95


Persia Walker discussing

Black Orchid Blues

Original Trade Paperback $15.95


Live Wire by Harlan Coben does not go on sale until next Tuesday, but our signed copies are here. This thriller featuring Myron Bolitar will be sent out just as soon as, so if you have not already ordered your copy, you may do so now. $27.95

Cara Hoffman will be back in the store today to sign more copies of her first novel, So Much Pretty. She signed last week and we sold out immediately. This title is now in its third printing, so this batch of first editions will be the last we can offer. The story, about the disappearance of two young women, is told through the words of several narrators and the writing of former journalist Hoffman has been compared to Joyce Carol Oates and Joan Didion. An Unclassifiable Crime Club Main Selection. $25.00

As you can see above, Nathan Larson will be here discussing his first novel, The Dewey Decimal System, a first novel, part-biblio mystery, part thriller, which takes place in New York City after a terrorist attack and a flu epidemic. When we first read this book, we wanted to offer it as a selection for our First Mystery Club so asked the publisher if they would be willing to publish a limited hardcover edition. There is now a hardcover edition limited to 169 copies, most of which will be going to our club members, but we do have some copies remaining so first come first served. A First Mystery Crime Club Main Selection. $50.00

When Joyce Carol Oates was here recently she signed The Inevitable, an anthology of writing about death. We were hoping that Bradford Morrow, the editor, and Peter Straub, a contributor, would come by to sign, but that doesn’t look as though it is going to happen. So...signed by JCO only. Trade paperback original. $17.95

Always a pleasure to see Ian Rankin here in New York. He stopped by to sign copies of the U.S. edition of The Complaints, which introduces Detective Malcolm Fox, a member of the division known as the Complaints. $24.99

While he was here, Rankin signed copies of a book which we have been holding for some time. The collector’s edition of his first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 2007 and is now available signed with Rankin’s noughts and crosses illustration. It contains a new introduction by Rankin. $35.00

The Terror of Living by Urban Waite is a thriller which will remind some readers of No Country for Old Men. That’s because the thrilling chase across the Western landscape by a violent man who leaves a trail of victims in his wake is reminiscent of that story. But this is a first time writer who is getting rave reviews from Stephen King, Michael Koryta, Daniel Woodrell, and our own Otto Penzler. $24.99

This week, the movie The Lincoln Lawyer opens and this is a good time to remind you that in 2008 Michael Connelly wrote a dual biography of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller for our profile series. Printed dos-a-dos with Connelly’s signature in the middle, this is limited to 350 numbered copies, some of which are still available. $75.00

We have one of the 26 lettered copies available. $125.00


The House Without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1925. First Edition. $45.00

Pale orange covers a little soiled, spine ends rubbed, else about very good. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.

The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1926. First Edition. $75.00

Scarce second Charlie Chan mystery. Name on front endpaper, title page creased, else very good.

The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers, Grosset & Dunlap, ca 1926. Reprint. $75.00

Previous owner’s inscription on front endpaper, else very fine in dust jacket, which is virtually as new except for one tiny chip at lower hinge and a bit of sunning to the spine.

The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers, Readers Library, London. 1928. $200.00

A tie-in to the 1928 Universal Pictures film version, credited on the front panel of the dust jacket. A closed tear on the edge of the front endpaper, else about fine copy in a wrap-around pictorial dust jacket, which is fine and bright. Rare in this condition.

Behind That Curtain by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1928. First Edition. $75.00

Previous owner’s inscription on front endpaper, dust jacket covered in mylar and glued down. Only good-very good copy of the third Charlie Chan mystery.

Behind That Curtain by Earl Derr Biggers, Grosset & Dunlap, NY, ca 1929. Reprint. $75.00

A fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which has the same design as the first printing; it is fine and fresh except for light chipping at the spine ends.

The Black Camel by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1929. First Edition. $450.00

Small rubbed spot on spine, else a fine copy in a gorgeous, bright, fresh dust jacket in the second state, with a letter to the reader signed Charlie Chan. Very scarce in this condition.

Charlie Chan Carries On by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs- Merrill, IN. 1930. First Edition. $350.00

Very good plus in dust jacket, which is a bit sunned at the spine and has light wear at the top of the spine.

Charlie Chan Carries On by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs- Merrill, IN. 1930. Later Printing. $25.00

Name, else about fine.

Keeper of the Keys by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1932. First Edition. $400.00

A fine, bright copy in dust jacket, which is lightly chipped at spine ends and corners. Vincent Starrett’s copy, with his bookplate inside front cover and signature on the half-title. Also, laid in is the bookplate of the great collector Adrian Homer Goldstone.

(Earl Derr Biggers) Earl Derr Biggers’ Charlie Chan by Otto Penzler, Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 1999. First Edition. $10.00

An annotated bibliography and price guide (10 years out of date). Limited to 250 copies; illustrated pamphlet.

Max Carrados Mysteries by Ernest Bramah, Hodder & Stoughton, London. 1927. First Edition. $225.00

A previous owner has cut out and tipped in the flaps of the dust jacket to the inside covers, and tipped in the front panel to the free front endpaper. Very good-near fine copy of this scarce title. Vincent Starrett’s copy, with his signature on the half title.

Found Floating by Freeman Wills Crofts, Dodd Mead, NY. 1937. First U.S. Edition. $300.00

An Inspector French novel. A fine copy, with the fragile yellow cloth clean and bright; in a nice pictorial dust jacket, which is lightly chipped along the top edge.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, Otto Penzler, NY. 1996. Facsimile. $250.00

A facsimile of the first edition, as new in dust jacket.

Sweet Murder by Michel M. Scott, Coward-McCann, NY. 1943. First Edition. $125.00

Private eye novel set in New York. Uncommon. Fine in dust jacket.

(Pulps) The following four titles are all by Robert Sampson, the great pulp expert; all were published in Bowling Green, OH, by Popular Press. All are very fine first editions in dust jackets.

(Pulps) Yesterday’s Faces, Vol 3: From the Dark Side, 1982. $36.95

Features such criminal figures as Fu Manchu, Fantomas, Four-Square-Jane, Blackshirt, etc.

(Pulps) Yesterday’s Faces, Vol. 4: The Solvers, 1982. $36.95

Features more than 50 detective characters from the pulps.

(Pulps) Yesterday’s Faces, Vol. 5: Dangerous Horizons, 1991. $35.95

Features series characters like Captain Blood, Sanders of the River, and Janie Frete, who operated in such exotic locales as China, South America and Africa.

(Pulps) Yesterday’s Faces, Vol. 6; Violent Lives, 1993. $39.95

Features adventurers, spies and warriors, including Bulldog Drummond, Zorro, Erle Stanley Gardner’s intrepid crooks, etc.

(Sax Rohmer) Sax Rohmer: A Bibliography by Bradford M. Day. Science Fiction & Fantasy Publ. 1963 .First Edition. $85.00

Copy #226 of an unspecified number of copies of this rare production. Large format stapled wrappers. Fine condition.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ian Rankin at The Mysterious Bookshop- Exclusive Photos

Ian Rankin dropped by The Mysterious Bookshop this afternoon to sign copies of his new novel THE COMPLAINTS and got a chance to catch up with Otto!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Joyce Carol Oates at The Mysterious Bookshop

On March 9th, The Mysterious Bookshop held a party for two new books GIVE ME YOUR HEART and A WIDOW'S STORY by Joyce Carol Oates. Here is exclusive video from the event by Lily Henderson.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 03/11/11

Here's the latest update.

Have a wonderful 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 3/11/11


Jasper Fforde dropped by to sign the U.S. Edition of One of Our Thursdays is Missing. This is the latest in his biblio series featuring literary detective Thursday Next. In this installment, Thursday has disappeared right before peace talks are scheduled to begin in order to avert a genre war. The written character of Thursday, who minds her own business at the quiet end of speculative fiction far from the grim specter of remaindering, investigates the disappearance of her namesake. This is a Soft Boiled Crime Club Main Selection. $25.95

What You See in the Dark is the first novel of Manuel Munoz and it is receiving terrific reviews. It tells the story of Teresa and Dan, young romantics in 1950s Bakersfield who fuel local gossip until a famous actress comes to town with a legendary director to make a groundbreaking movie about madness and murder at a roadside motel (yes, THAT movie). This is part thriller, part love story, and part exploration of the dark side of the American dream. $23.95

Our Joyce Carol Oates event went swimmingly:

Give Me Your Heart is her latest collection of short stories about the obsessive, the unpredictable, and the self-destructive need for love. $25.00

A Widow’s Story tells of the sudden death of her husband of forty-six years and the immediate effect that had on her life. $27.99

Shortcut Man by P.G. Sturges is another first novel. This one, set in the underbelly of Los Angeles, features Dick Henry, known for fixing problems quickly and discreetly. But his latest assignment from porn producer, Artie Benjamin, is a complicated one and Dick must not only get the job done, but also avoid being killed in the process. Just a few of this title, with the signature on a tipped in page.$24.00

Touch by Alexi Zentner is a beautifully written first novel (a big favorite of both Ian and Sally) set in Sawgamet, a north-woods boomtown gone bust. Stephen, a pastor, returns with his wife and family to comfort his dying mother. There he relives the tales told to him by his grandfather, the founder of the town, and the painful loss of both his father and his sister. A beautiful, well-told story. $24.95


We are already receiving inquiries about The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht based partly on the near-rave review in the New York Times this morning from Michiko Kakutani. We did offer copies of this title about a month ago and it is being signed today. It has now gone into its seventh printing (in a week) and we can get no more first editions.


f you are in The First Mystery Club it is your main selection this month. If you responded to the Update in the last four weeks, a copy is pending for you.


The Specimen Case by Ernest Bramah, Doran, NY. 1925. First U.S. Edition. $200.00

Contains a Max Carrados story. Top of spine rubbed, else a near fine copy in the scarce dust jacket, which is chipped at top and bottom of spine, has a closed tear on rear panel, and interior tape has bled through to be visible at spine ends.

The Sleeping Sphinx by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1947. First Edition. $45.00

Name on front endpaper, else near fine in dust jacket.

The Dead Sleep Lightly by John Dickson Carr, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1983. First Edition. $45.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Tragedy at the Hollow by Freeman Wills Crofts, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1939. First U.S. Edition. $135.00

Near fine in dust jacket, which is lightly chipped at spine ends and rubbed along front hinge; still very good.


We have just acquired a wonderful collection of Frank Gruber first editions. One of the most popular pulp writers of his time, he was an important contributor to Black Mask and most of the top pulps of the 1930s and ‘40s; he was also a historian of the pulp era and wrote frequently on the subject. Additionally, a large number of his books qualify as bibliomysteries, particularly those about Simon Lash and the encyclopedia salesmen, Johnny Fletcher and his sidekick, Sam Cragg.

The French Key Mystery, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1940. First Edition. $175.00

The first book appearance of Johnny Fletcher and his partner, Sam Cragg, a pair of booksellers who specialize in selling a single title on street corners, Every Man His Own Sampson; Fletcher sells the book while Cragg amazes onlookers with his strength as he breaks (false) chains. Spine ends frayed, else very good in the scarce dust jacket, which is chipped along edges and spine ends.

Simon Lask, Private Detective, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1941. First Edition. $275.00

The first book about Lash, a laconic P.I. who only takes cases when he’s so broke that his assistant threatens to sell volumes from his book collection to pay bills. Filmed in 1946 as Accomplice (Pathe). An unusually fine copy of this scarce book in a dust jacket with chips at spine ends and corners.

The Navy Colt, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1941. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Johnny Fletcher, the fantastic book salesman, and the muscular Sam Cragg find themselves mixed up with gun collectors, literary ladies, schools for scenario writers and other oddballs. Pale grey covers soiled, else very good copy in dust jacket which has chips at spine ends and along folds.

The Mighty Blockhead, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1942. First Edition. $175.00

Fletcher and Cragg put on their bookselling act at a cocktail party for the assembled publishers and artists of "Blockhead" the famous comic strip character. Very fine copy in dust jacket with chips at top of spine and on front panel.

The Buffalo Box, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1942. First Edition. $200.00

An author asks Lash for help, claiming to be a man who is supposed to have died in the Donner party. Another man tries to sell a copy of the same book to a second-hand dealer, and a box that belonged to a member of the Donner party turns up. A trace of rubbing to spine ends, else a fine, crisp copy in a price-clipped dust jacket which has light chipping at spine ends.

The Gift Horse, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1942. First Edition. $100.00

After an unexpected opportunity to sell books at the race track, Fletcher is given a racehorse named Ulysses, with enough money to support it, but there’s always a catch. Foxing to endpapers, else a fine copy in a dust jacket that is chipped at top of spine.

The Silver Tombstone, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1945. First Edition. $45.00

Fletcher and Cragg are selling books in Tombstone, AZ. Fine in dust jacket with heavy chipping to spine.

The Whispering Master, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1947. First Edition. $50.00

The publisher of the book that Fletcher and Cragg sell goes missing. Bottom edge shelf-worn, else very good in dust jacket that is chipped at spine ends and along bottom edges.

The Honest Dealer, Rinehart, NY. 1947. First Edition. $75.00

Fletcher and Cragg get mixed up with murder in Las Vegas. Minor bibliophilic content. Fine in dust jacket, which has a tape repair along top of spine and some staining on back panel.

Murder ‘97, Rinehart, NY. 1948. First Edition. $150.00

Simon Lash is hired to trace the ownership of a copy of Horatio Alger’s Ralph Raymond which had been inscribed "to Stuart from Aunt Clarissa." A fine, fresh copy in a bright dust jacket with just a trace of wear.

The Leather Duke, Rinehart, NY. 1949. First Edition. $35.00

When their publisher doesn’t get books to them, Fletcher and Cragg take a job in a leather factory. Minor bibliophilip interest. Unaccountably scarce. Very good in trimmed dust jacket with stain to edge of front flap.

The Limping Goose, Rinehart, NY. 1954. First Edition. $75.00

Down on their luck as usual, booksellers Fletcher and Cragg have taken a temporary job as collection agents and run into trouble when they accept a goose as payment. Very fine in dust jacket, which has sunned spine.

The Honest Dealer, Rinehart, NY. 1957. First Edition. $40.00

Fletcher and Cragg find themselves in Las Vegas. Endpapers foxed, else fine in dust jacket, which has a sunned spine and small nicks along front hinge and top of front panel.

We do have more Frank Gruber titles. If you are interested in a specific title, please contact us.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Party for THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM by Nathan Larson and BLACK ORCHID BLUES by Persia Walker 04/05/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
will host a party
celebrating the releases of

The Dewey Decimal System
by Nathan Larson
Black Orchid Blues
by Persia Walker

Join us in celebrating the new novels
The Dewey Decimal System ($15.95, Akashic)
and Black Orchid Blues ($15.95, Akashic)

Mr. Larson and Ms. Walker will discuss their books and answer questions.
Copies will be available for autographs.
Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 5th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Admission is Free

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

Joyce Carol Oates at The Mysterious Bookshop: Exclusive Photos

Joyce Carol Oates appeared at The Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan and discussed her new short story collection GIVE ME YOUR HEART as well as her new memoir A WIDOW'S STORY.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The March 2011 Newsletter Has Posted

Our March Newsletter is now posted on our website. As always, the first link will take you to a version you may want to read on line; the second link to a more print-friendly version.

Have a happy browse and we'll hear from you soon -- hopefully.

Our website address is:

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 03/04/11

Some wonderful books being signed here this Spring. Here's the first batch, along with some offerings for your collection of rarities.

Have a wonderful 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 3/4/11


Wednesday, March 9th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Joyce Carol Oates

Give Me Your Heart: A Collection of Short Stories $25.00

A Widow’s Story $27.99

Please note that we cannot guarantee that Ms. Oates will be able to get to all of your copies of her books sent in for signature. We have received rather a lot, and we will have to be mindful of her schedule. If your books are not signed, you may leave them with us for the next visit - sometime in the Fall we think.

What she will be signing, as well as the above two books, is her contribution to a paperback original: The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death. This will also be signed by Bradford Morrow who co-edited this collection. We are also hopeful that Peter Straub will be able to stop by in the next couple of weeks to sign. $17.95

Place your orders for one or all of the above books.


Linda Fairstein has signed copies of her latest thriller featuring prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. In Silent Mercy, Alex investigates two murders - one in Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church, the other at a cathedral in Little Italy. Because of the apparent differences in the victims’ beliefs, Alex is ruling out a religious motive, but she is convinced that another young woman is going to die at one of Manhattan’s many houses of worship. She also knows she’s in a race against time. $26.95

Pym by Mat Johnson tells the story of recently canned professor of American literature Chris Jaynes who is obsessed with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe. When Jaynes discovers the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that seems to confirm the reality of Poe’s fiction, he resolves to seek out Tsalal, the remote island that Poe describes with horror. This story, described as a satire and fantasy has been called ..." a send-up of this world, the next world, and all points in between" by author Colson Whitehead. $24.00

Damage by John Lescroart is about a power, revenge, and the pursuit of justice. The Curtlees are a rich and powerful force in the San Francisco area. When the family heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who put him away was swift although eventually all managed to rebuild their lives. Now Ro Curtlee’s lawyers have won him a retrial and he has been released from jail. When two participants in the original case die, Abe Glitsky, also a participant, is convinced that Ro wants revenge. Trouble is, there is no hard evidence. $26.95

Lou Manfredo’s follow up to Rizzo’s War is here. Rizzo’s Fire finds NYPD veteran Detective Joe Rizzo investigating the murder of a recluse and its possible connection to the murder of a Broadway producer the day before. Together with his new partner, Priscilla Jackson, Rizzo once again walks the fine line between the case and NYPD politics. A Hard Boiled Crime Club Main Selection. $24.99

When the Thrill is Gone is the third Leonid McGill mystery from Walter Mosley. PI McGill is asked by a young woman with a stack of cash to make sure she doesn’t meet the same fate as her husband’s first two wives. Meanwhile, McGill is also dealing with his troubled stepson, his best friend who has been diagnosed with cancer, and his wife, who has taken a lover. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection. $26.95


When The Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle. We have been able to get more signed first editions from the publisher. If you didn’t manage to snag one last week, now’s your chance. $26.95

We can’t seem to keep The Sherlockian by Graham Moore in stock. This is the third, and probably the last, batch of first editions to be signed by Moore. $24.99

We do carry The Lineup: Poems on Crime here in the store. It is signed by the editor, Gerald So, but there are some contributors in the latest issue of particular note: Reed Farrel Coleman, who also wrote the introduction to this particular issue, David Corbett, and Ken Bruen. $7.00


One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde. Thursday Next returns (hooray) - almost! At a time of unrest in the Bookworld , literary detective Next is trying to avert a genre war but just a week before the peace talks, she disappears. But all is not lost. Living at the quiet end of speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next. This fictional Thursday is soon hot on the trail of her factual alter-ego where she stumbles on a plot so fiendish it threatens the very Bookworld itself. This is the true first edition. We will be getting U.S. signed editions which will be a Soft Boiled Main Selection. $50.00 (for the UK first).


(Bibliomystery) The Freshour Cylinders by Speer Morgan, Macmurray & Beck, Denver, 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

In 1934, an eccentric collector of Indian artifacts is murdered and a political scandal is revealed, all of it recorded on 46 wax cylinders. Very fine in dust jacket.

A Bid for Fortune by Guy Boothby, Appleton, NY. 1895. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

A "Yellow Peril" novel featuring Dr. Nikola, the first Asian series character to serve as a villain. Very good. The entire series is a highly readable collection of adventure novels.

Past All Dishonor by James M Cain, Knopf, NY. 1946. First Edition. $75.00

Crease at top of spine, else very good in a price-clipped dust jacket.

The Nine Wrong Answers by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1952. First Edition. $100.00

One of Carr’s masterpieces. Fine in a dust jacket with trivial wear at spine tips.

No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase, Howell, Soskin, NY. 1942. First U.S. Edition. $650.00

The basis for the 1948 film of the same title. Very light rubbing to tips of spine, else near fine in dust jacket, which is worn at spine ends, along front flap fold and along bottom edges. Scarce.

Fear Comes to Chalfont by Freeman Wills Crofts, Dodd Mead, NY. 1942. First U.S. Edition. $350.00

Very fine, crisp copy in dust jacket with just a bit of wear to spine extremities.

Whores by James Crumley, McMillan, Missoula. 1989. First Trade Paperback. SIGNED. $10.00

Short story collection. Fine paperback.

Kindly Dig Your Grave and Other Wicked Stories, by Stanley Ellin, Davis, NY. 1975. First Edition. $25.00

Paperback Original. A collection of stories by one of the greatest short story writers of the second half of the 20th century. Fine.

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy, Mysterious Press, NY. 1987. First Edition. $125.00

Author’s greatest book. Fine in a gorgeous dust jacket.

The King of the Rainy Country by Nicholas Freelling, Gollancz, London. 1966. First Edition. $150.00

Winner of the Edgar for Best Novel of the Year. A fine copy in a price-clipped dust jacket which is otherwise fine and bright without any of the usual soiling or spine-fading so common with these cheaply produced Gollancz jackets.

Unnatural Causes by P.D. James, Faber, London. 1967. Advance Proof Copy. $600.00

Proof of author’s third book. Very fine in original wrappers. Rare.

The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc, Doubleday Page, NY. 1910. First U.S. Edition. $65.00

Arsene Lupin encounters Holmlock Shears. Bit of fading to lower corner of front cover, else a near fine copy.

A Murder of Quality by John Le Carre, Walker, NY. 1963. First U.S. Edition. . $1,500.00

Author’s scarce second novel. A fine, crisp copy in dust jacket, which has minor wear at spine ends and corners and a little sunning to the spine, though far less than usual.

Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon, Atlantic Monthly Press, NY. 2005. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon, Heinemann, London. 2007. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Black Money by Ross Macdonald, Knopf, NY. 1966. First Edition. $300.00

Fine, fresh copy in dust jacket.

You Can’t Live Forever by Harold Q. Masur, NY. 1951. First Edition. $65.00

Third Scott Jordan mystery. Fine in dust jacket.

(Ellery Queen) Xenophile, St. Louis, MO. 1975. Vol. 2, No. 2. SIGNED. $35.00

Famous fanzine with most of its editorial matter devoted to Queen and the other magazine they started, Mystery League. Cover soiled, else very good. Signed as both "Ellery Queen" and Frederic Dannay.

Nightwebs by Cornell Woolrich, Harper, NY. 1971. First Edition. $150.00

Huge collection of stories, with a bibliography of the author’s work. Fine in dust jacket.