Friday, February 24, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 02/24/12

Going to be watching the Academy Awards this Sunday, and rooting for Meryl Streep to win Best Actress.  I'd also have liked Iron Lady to get a Best Film nom, but nooooooo.
The other big news of the weekend is that The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson is available in paperback.  Its been a long wait for fans who wouldn't read it any other way.
Have a good weekend - oh, and take a look at the Update which contains some wonderful titles - many of which are from the UK.
Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop
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Weekly Update 2/24/12

February 26th will be the last Sunday we are open. I have already changed the information above to reflect our new schedule.

Monday, February 27th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947 - 1950
is edited by Joseph Goodrich who will be here to discuss his book and take questions. Two actors will also be on hand to read from the letters. $14.95
Thursday, March 1st, 6.30 - 8.00 p.m.
Book release party for first novel Living Proof by Kira Peikoff
In the future, where destroying a viable embryo is considered first-degree murder, fertility clinics operate with heavy government supervision. When one in particular begins to have an astoundingly high rate of success, The Department of Embryo Preservation sends in an undercover agent to find out why. A timely book! $24.99
Alex Berenson was here this week signing his latest thriller, The Shadow Patrol, featuring John Wells. The CIA’s Afghanistan station in Kabul is in trouble after a deadly mistake. Recruiting has dried up and the agency’s best sources in Afghanistan are being picked off. At Langley, the CIA’s chiefs wonder if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station. John Wells returns to the country where his career began and finds out one thing for certain: Americans are dying and an American is responsible. Wells must unearth the truth and keep from being killed himself. This is a Thriller/Espionage Main Selection. $26.95

 The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner begins when a man in West Akron, Ohio who always wears mittens and is known as the Man from Primrose Lane is suddenly murdered. Four years later, David Neff, the bestselling author of a true crime book about an Ohio serial killer, is introduced to the odd case of "the man with a thousand mittens" and decides to investigate. The closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the dangerous power of his own obsessions and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the old hermit and his beloved wife. A First Mystery Club Main Selection. $26.00


When Memory by Donald E. Westlake was published in 2010, we thought it was his last novel. Apparently not. In the 1980s, Westlake sent a copy of a manuscript to fellow crime writer Max Allan Collins. Shortly afterwards, Westlake decided not to publish that novel since Martin Scorsese had just released his movie, The King of Comedy, and Westlake thought the book might be confused with that film..
But Max Allan Collins had the manuscript packed away in his basement and informed the publisher Hard Case Crime that he had it somewhere. He unearthed it and it is now available.
The Comedy is Finished is set in 1977 and America is recovering from Watergate and Vietnam but not everybody has moved on. Not comedian Koo Davis, friend to generals and presidents and veterans of countless USO tours. And not the five remaining members of the self-proclaimed People’s Revolutionary Army who have decided that kidnapping Koo Davis would be the perfect way to bring their cause back to life. Hardcover $25.99

Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd is here! After spending time in pre-WWI Vienna, Lysander Rief, a young English actor, finds himself unable to live an ordinary life and is plunged into the dangerous world of wartime intelligence - a world of sex, scandal and spies, where lines of truth and deception blur. Lysander must discover the key to a secret code which is threatening Britain’s safety. Moving from Vienna to London’s West End, from the battlefields of France to hotel rooms in Geneva, Boyd’s latest takes the reader on a mesmerizing journey into the human psyche and presents a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe. A British Crime Club Main Selection. $48.00
The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves features DI Vera Stanhope who feels duty bound to try and track down a missing neighbor and friend. It is easy to track the young woman - she is at the Writer’s House, a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera’s neighbor is found with a knife in her hand. $43.00

The Flight by M.R. Hall is getting much attention in the UK. When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the fate of ten-year-old Amy Patterson, a passenger, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his. But there are questions! How could such a high-tech plane fail? And what linked the high-powered passengers who found themselves on this ill-fated flight? And how did Amy Patterson survive the crash, only to perish hours later? We don’t have many copies of these signed and numbered editions. $50.00
Sophie Hannah writes stunning psychological thrillers, and Kind of Cruel is no exception. Amber Hewerdine knows more than she is telling! She knows that she hasn’t slept since the arson attack which killed her best friend. She also knows that it is not normal for four members of your family to disappear on Christmas morning, then reappear the next day, refusing to explain or speak of it again. And she knows that somewhere, buried deep in her subconscious, is the key to what happened all those years ago at Little Orchard. $33.00
Good People by Ewart Hutton introduces D.S. Glyn Capaldi, a maverick cop who has fallen from grace in Cardiff and has been re-assigned to a rural area where nothing of significance is meant to happen. But trouble catches up with Capaldi. Six men and a young woman disappear into the night and they don’t all reappear. The ones that do have a good explanation, but Capaldi remains unconvinced. He uncovers a network of conflicts, betrayals and depravity that resonate beneath the outwardly calm surface of rural respectablility. $48.00
Siege by Simon Kernick begins as London is under attack. People are dead and more are threatened. A group of highly trained gunmen have stormed the historic Stanhope Hotel on Park Lane and given the government five hours to meet their demands before they blow up the building. The guests are terrified and at the center of it all is one man, who has information so dangerous that it must be kept safe - at any price. Who will survive the night? $33.00
Death Walks in Eastrepps by Francis Beeding, Mystery League, NY. 1931. First U.S. Edition. $100.00 Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. About fine in dust jacket, which shows wear at spine, edges and corners.
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.
Honeymoon in Hell by Fredric Brown, Bantam, NY. 1958. First Edition. $10.00 Short story collection. Spine lightly creased, else near fine.

Priest by Ken Bruen, St. Martin’s, NY. 2007. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $45.00
Very fine in dust jacket.
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.
Glimpses of the Moon by Edmund Crispin, Gollancz, London. 1977. First Edition. $45.00 Very fine in dust jacket.
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.
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.
Marked for Murder by Brett Halliday, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1945. First Edition. $100.00 Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with light wear at spine tips and tiny nicks on front panel.
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.
Black Money by Ross Macdonald, Knopf, NY. 1966. First Edition. $250.00 Fine, fresh copy in dust jacket with a bit of rubbing to spine ends.
Postscripts by O. Henry, Harper, NY. 1923. First Edition. $200.00 Mixed short story collection. Gold on spine darkened, else near fine in dust jacket, which is clipped at bottom of front panel and at top of spine, and with interior tape mends. Jackets on O. Henry first editions are scarce.
Rolling Stones by O. Henry, Doubleday Page, NY. 1912. First Edition. $200.00 First issue. Mixed short story collection containing the famous parody, "Tictocq." Small rubbed spot at lower front hinge, else a fine, bright copy in the rare dust jacket, which is heavily chipped on spine, lightly chipped at top front corner and rear panel, stained on spine and heavily tape repaired on the interior.
The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan by Stuart Palmer, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1941. First Edition. $85.00 A fine copy in a bright dust jacket which has been slightly trimmed and with light wear at spine ends.
Spenser’s Boston (Robert B. Parker), Otto Penzler Books, NY. 1994. First Edition. $75.00 Color photographs of places in the Spenser saga. With a new introduction by Parker. Very fine, as new copy in dust jacket.
The Butcher’s Boy by Thomas Perry, Scribner, NY. 1982. First Edition. SIGNED. $275.00 Author’s Edgar-winning first book. Bookplate removed from front endpaper, else a fine copy in dust jacket,, which is sharp and bright with two tiny chips on rear hinge.
The Glass Village by Ellery Queen, Little Brown, Boston. 1954. First Edition. $65.00 About fine in dust jacket with lilghtly sunned spine and foxing along top edge.
The Bishop Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1929. First Edition. $125.00 Very good-near fine copy in an unusually nice dust jacket with just a trace of rubbing and light wear at spine tips.


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