Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Golf Mysteries

With Father's Day coming up, we have an excuse to send another list of books to you!

Just in time for Father’s Day, here is a small selection of mysteries involving golf for those who play the game, watch the game, or like to read about the game.

Duke, Will, Fair Prey, New York, Graphic Publishing, 1956. First edition. Paperback original. A 13-year-old boy wins the Southern California Junior Championship and continues to improve, shooting a 64 of the championship tee of the Canyon Country Club, where he works as a caddie. After graduating college, he takes a job at the pro shop while deciding about whether to turn pro. One of the members humiliates him in front of other players at the club so, when he turns up dead in the rough, he is the prime suspect. Duke is the pseudonym of William Campbell Gault. Very good copy. $25.00

Francis, Dick, To the Hilt, New York, Putnam, 1996. First U.S. edition. A Scottish painter on a remote mountain is attacked by four thugs and he realizes that four golf paintings have been stolen, all views of Pebble Beach. Another of his golf paintings has been seen by an art critic who thinks the painter could be great because he had courage. He later plays, not because of much skill, but because, he says, he "paints frustration.". Fine in dust jacket. Signed by Francis. $35.00

Fuller, Timothy, Reunion with Murder, Boston, Little, Brown, 1941. First edition. A man in a dinner jacket is found dead on the 11th tee at the Syonsett Golf Club. Fine in a bright and fresh dust jacket, which is very lightly rubbed at edges. $175.00
Another copy. Near fine. $20.00
Another copy. Good reading copy. $12.50

More After the Cut! 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sally's Update 4/11

Here at The Mysterious Bookshop, we are one person short right now.  Please be patient with us regarding emails and packages.
We'll be up to speed again shortly.

Meanwhile, have a spectacular Mother's Day.


Tuesday, May 22nd, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva will discuss his second novel
Cliff Walk $24.99
Reporter Liam Mulligan investigates a case of government corruption and sex slavery in the great state of Rhode Island.
Join us for the launch party.


We have signed copies of Getaway by Lisa Brackmann. Michelle Mason is in gorgeous Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after the unexpected death of her financier husband. Soon, she finds herself enmeshed in a covert operation involving drug runners, goons, and venture capitalists. $25.00

The Reflecting Eye by John Connolly is a Charlie Parker novella, with illustrations by David Wolfe. This was signed by John on his Atria Bus Tour last month and no bookstore was allowed to sell any of the 725 numbered copies except during that tour. Now that the tour is over, we do have a very limited number of copies for sale. This hardcover edition in red boards is signed by Connolly and David Wolfe and we will sell it on a first-come, first-serve basis. $30.00

A French girl walks into a bar! Not the start of a joke, but of a tense twisted noir tale, set in 1990s Brooklyn over the course of a single week. Andrew Cotto was here signing copies of Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery. Trade Paperback Original. $15.05
Ed Lin signed One Red Bastard, the sequel to Snakes Can’t Run, in the new series featuring Chinatown detective-in-training Robert Chow. It is the fall of 1976 and New York’s Chinatown is in an uproar over the possibility of Mao’s daughter being granted asylum. But for Chow, rumors turn deadly serious when his girlfriend is accused of murdering the daughter’s representative. $25.99

The Lola Quartet is the third novel by Emily St. John Mandel, a Brooklyn based author who is gaining a fine reputation here in the tri-State area. Set in 2009, Gavin Sasaki, a young reporter, returns in disgrace to the Florida town of his birth. There he begins a search for his missing high school girlfriend and her daughter who looks a lot like Gavin. $24.95

More After the Jump! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 05/04/12

Here's the weekly 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 Monday thru Saturday, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Monday, May 7th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Ed Lin will discuss One Red Bastard
The first in a new series. It is is 1976 and Chinatown, New York, is in an uproar over the possibility of Mao’s daughter being granted asylum. But for Detective Robert Chow, rumors turn deadly serious when his girlfriend is accused of murdering the daughter’s representative. $25.99
Tuesday, May 8th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Nick Santora will discuss his latest novel, Fifteen Digits
Five men find themselves in over their heads when they use insider info to wrack up an obscene amount of cash. Nick Santora is co-creator of the hit TV show, Breakout Kings. $24.99
Thursday, May 10th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Andrew Cotto will discuss his debut, Outerborough Blues
Caesar Stiles is a Brooklyn bartender with more trouble than hours in the day. And yet, when a beautiful young French woman asks for help in finding her missing brother, Caesar just can’t say no. Trade Paperback Original. $15.95

Ace Atkins signed copies of Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby. Atkins has, with the blessing of the Parker estate, taken over the Spenser series. When he was here, he talked about the honor he felt taking over this much loved series. Joan Parker, Bob’s widow, was also here and endorsed that decision saying that Lullaby was a worthy entry in the ongoing stories of one of the most famous detectives in literature. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection. $26.95
In Pursuit of Spenser is an anthology of mystery writers writing about Robert B. Parker and his creation. This paperback original is signed by contributors Ace Atkins, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Parnell Hall as well as by Otto Penzler who edited the book and by Joan Parker who wrote a short introduction. $14.95

Chris Grabenstein signed copies of Fun House, his latest mystery featuring John Ceepak. A fictional reality TV show sets up production in the fictional Jersey Shore town of Sea Haven. Ceepak and his partner, Danny Boyle, have to baby-sit the buff and boozy kids partying up in a rental house, but even they can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered - and others from being threatened with the same fate. $25.00
Grabenstein also signed copies of his novel for youngsters, Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers.. Riley Mack is a twelve-year-old whose first adventure includes a middle-school bully, bank robbers, dogs in peril and missing dollars. For ages 8-12. $16.99

We have signed copies of Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry. This historical mystery features Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. Thomas Pitt is now head of Britain’s Special Branch and when he hears of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line, he wonders why anybody would destroy a whole train to kill the one obscure Austrian Royal traveling on that train. Or are the rumors designed to distract Pitt from an even more devastating plot? A Soft Boiled Crime Club Main Selection. $26.00

Peter Straub signed Mrs. God. Esswood House is the home of the Seneschal family, aristocratic patrons of the literary arts for well over a hundred years. There has always been talk of a hidden secret but what English manor house doesn’t have a few ghost stories? When Professor William Standish receives the rare honor of receiving an Esswood Fellowship to study the papers of his relative, Isobel Standish, he is thrilled. But strange things start to happen almost as soon as he arrives. $23.95

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Party for CLIFF WALK by Bruce DeSilva 05/22/12

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Bruce DeSilva
discussing his new novel
Cliff Walk

Tuesday, May 22nd
from 6:00 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

Mother's Day

Yet another list of books from The Mysterious Bookshop.  This one with Mother in mind.
Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

On May 13th we will be celebrating our Moms.
What better gift than a book?
The staff of The Mysterious Bookshop has come up with a list of books, both hardcover and paperback, at least one of which, we think, will appeal to the Mom in your life.

Murder at the Lanterne Rouge by Cara Black The girlfriend of Aimee Leduc’s business partner disappears. When the woman’s picture is found on the body of a murdered scientist, the French Secret Service become involved. Set in Paris. $25.00 (Signed copies available)
The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark When Mariah Lyons finds her father dead in his study and her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother clutching the murder weapon, it sets off a search for a document stolen from the Vatican library. $26.99 (Signed copies available)
The Widow’s Daughter by Nicholas Edlin In 1943 Captain Peter Sokol is a surgeon in the U.S. Marines stationed in Auckland, New Zealand, where he and his longtime nemesis have fallen in love with the same beautiful and enigmatic woman. $15.00
The Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye Timothy Wilde, latest member of the newly-formed NYPD, finds himself dealing with a gruesome case of child murder and abduction. $25.95 (Signed copies available)
Arcadia by Lauren Groff A story of generations living off the land, often with tragic consequences. From the author of The Monsters of Templeton. $25.99 (Signed copies available)
Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg The Twentieth Anniversary Edition of the thriller that was considered one of the best books of 1992. When Smilla Jaspersen discovers that her neighbor - a neglected six-year-old boy, and possibly her only friend - has died in a tragic accident, a peculiar intuition tells her it was murder. $17.00
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe In Salem, Massachusetts in 1681, fear and suspicion lead to small town unspeakable acts. In Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1991 a young woman is about to discover that she is tied to Salem in ways she never imagined. $15.99
The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe After losing her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston retreats into a world of mysticism and parlor-tricks. But when her brother is kicked out of Harvard, Sibyl and psychology professor Benton Derby team up to solve a terrifying mystery. $25.99 (Signed copies available)
The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits Julie Severn lives quietly in Manhattan but when a controversial artist goes missing, Julie’s gift for psychic connection is used to find the woman’s whereabouts. $26.95 (Signed copies available)
Pirate King by Laurie R. King The latest adventure featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes is now in paperback. $15.00
Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon When Signora Altavilla’s death is ruled a heart attack, her son seems much relieved. Commissario Brunetti, however, is convinced that things are not as straightforward as they appear. $15.00
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal London 1940, and war rages across the channel as the threat of a Blitz looms larger. This does not deter Maggie Hope who possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street where she soon finds herself working for the Prime Minister. $15.00
Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry After being promoted to the head of Special Branch, Thomas Pitt’s first challenge is to puzzle out the rumor of the assassination of a minor Austrian Duke. $26.00
The Cove by Ron Rash Hiding deep in the mountains with her brother, newly returned from the horror of WW1, Laurel Shelton does her best to stay away from the local politics of Mars Hill. But the arrival of a mute man with a dangerous past changes everything. $26.99 (Signed copies available)
Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson In the year 1780, Harriet Westerman, the unconventional mistress of a country manor in Sussex, finds a dead man on her grounds. She recruits the reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther to help her find the murderer. $15.00
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose The discovery of a long lost family secret has deadly implications for Jac L’Etoile and her brother Robbie, both heirs to a famous French perfume company. $24.00 (Signed copies available)
The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields At the turn of the 20th Century, Portland, Maine becomes host to a serial killer. A blue-collar detective and a unique private eye dig deep into the region’s occult history as they investigate. $25.00 (Signed copies available)
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) As Precious Ramotswe investigates the deaths of cows at a cattle post outside Gaborone, she finds herself also pursuing other mysteries closer to home. $14.95
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) Precious Ramotswe joins forces with her mentor to right a grave injustice. $24.95 (Signed copies available)
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson Annie and Buster Fang have spent most of their adult lives trying to distance themselves from their famous artist parents. But when a bad economy and a few bad personal decisions converge, the two siblings have nowhere to turn but their family home. $13.99
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear In the summer of 1932, psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs accepts an undercover assignment from the British Secret Service. Sent to pose as a junior lecturer at a private college in Cambridge, she will monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty’s government.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 04/27/12

The Update is a little late this week.  We're all a bit sluggish after last night's festivities!
Congratulations to all Edgar Award Winners.
Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop
The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
Ph: 212-587-1011
Fax: 212-587-1126

Open Monday thru Saturday, 11.00 a.m.- 7.00 p.m.

Weekly Update 4/27/12


Last night the Edgar Awards were held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
And the winners were...

Gone by Mo Hayder

Bent Road by Lori Roy

The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett

A complete list of the winners can be found at the website of the Mystery Writers of America: www.mysterywriters.org
A good time was had by all.


Tuesday, May 1st 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Ace Atkins will sign copies of Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby, a Spenser novel. $25.95
Otto Penzler is the editor of In Pursuit of Spenser, a tribute to Robert B. Parker and his greatest creation: Spenser.
Contributors who attend this event will sign copies of this trade paperback original. $14.95
The introduction to In Pursuit of Spenser, written by Otto, is on line until Wednesday, May 2nd at 12.00 a.m. You can find it at smartpopbooks.com
Wednesday, May 2nd 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Chris Grabenstein will sign copies of Fun House, his latest mystery set on the Jersey Shore. $25.00
Vengeance, edited by Lee Child, presents twenty-one suspenseful stories from some of today’s top crime writers. We have SECOND EDITIONS ONLY signed by the contributors who attended the event. These include Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Twist Phelan, Alafair Burke, and Janice Law. $25.99

Gone by Mo Hayder won the Edgar for Best Novel. Gone follows detective Jack Caffery and police diver Flea Marley as they investigate a brilliant and twisted carjacker in disturbing game of hide and seek. We have the only signed U.S. editions available in this country. $24.00

Katherine Howe signed copies of The House of Velvet and Glass, her second novel. It is 1915 in Boston and Sibyl Allston is still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl finds solace in the parlor of a table-turning medium. From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, the story builds to a final shocking twist. $25.99

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby won an Edgar last night for Best Juvenile. Trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen sea, Solveig and her brother, the crown prince, together with an army of restless warriors awaits news of her father’s victory in battle. But as winter stretches on, it becomes clear that a traitor lurks in their midst. $17.99
We now have signed copies of The Cove by Ron Rash. Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina is the town of Mars Hill. The townsfolk believe that Laurel Shelton is a witch. Laurel, alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, yearns for her life to begin. Then Walter, a mute, appears bound for New York. He slips into life in the cover and brings Laurel the only happiness she has ever known. But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything. .An Unclassifiable Club Main Selection. $26.99

An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer once again features Milo Weaver, a member of the Department of Tourism, the most clandestine department in the Company. Now it’s beginning to look as if Tourism’s enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow that will settle once and for all who is pulling the strings and who is being played. A Thriller/Espionage Club Main Selection. $25.99


Nelson DeMille Discusses John Corey in TMBS's bibliomystery The Book Case

As you probably know, Nelson DeMille wrote a short story for our Bibliomystery Series titled The Book Case. Then he wrote a blog discussing his character, John Corey! Check it out!

Back in 1997, I wrote a book titled Plum Island which featured a character named John Corey.  Corey was NYPD, homicide, though when we first meet him, he’s sitting on the back porch of a borrowed house that overlooks the water on the east end of Long Island, convalescing from wounds he’d received in the line of duty.

John Corey is thinking about life, and one of his thoughts is, “It occurred to me that the problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished.”

And thus was born the wisecracking but wise about-to-be-ex-cop.

I had never done a series character, and John Corey was supposed to retire from the NYPD and retire from my life after I wrote The End.

But after Plum Island was published, I started getting hundreds of letters from readers asking if I was going to do another John Corey book.

Well, I wasn’t, but John Corey looked like he could pay the rent for me.

The problem was I’d retired Corey on a medical disability which is almost as stupid as authors who kill of their main character.

The solution was to get Corey a job as a contract agent with the Federal Joint Terrorist Task Force, (which I renamed the “Anti-Terrorist Task Force,” in my books) and put him to work in the city he knew and loved, but this time chasing terrorists.

The next Corey book was The Lion’s Game, then Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion.  Corey will be back in October in The Panther, still paying my rent.

I learn from my fan letters, and many of my readers were asking if I’d go back in time and show John Corey when he was a city detective.  I’m not a fan of prequels, but finally the idea started to sound good.

But before I jumped into that idea with a full novel, I decided to write a short story and see how it played with readers and with me.  The result is The Book Case a good length short story showing an earlier John Corey before he got plugged by the bad guys and wound up on that back porch looking at the sea.

The Book Case is a classical murder mystery featuring the sharp-eyed, trench-coated detective who’s got a nose for things that don’t smell right, and a brain that goes into overdrive as soon as he steps over the crime scene tape.

It was a challenge to do an earlier version of my successful Corey character, but also fun.  And we get to see that the wiseass we know and love in the novels was always a wiseass.  But we always suspected that.

We still have a few copies of The Book Case left, call us up to get your copy before they're all gone!