Friday, December 19, 2008

Sally and Ken Bruen

Our own Sally Owen and the great hard-boiled novelist Ken Bruen share a fun moment at our Christmas party here at the store this week!

Say cheese!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thomas Perry Discusses Runner at The Mysterious Bookshop 01/14/09

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Thomas Perry
discussing his new Jane Whitfield novel

Wednesday, January 14th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

Carol O'Connell at The Mysterious Bookshop 01/13/09

The Mysterious Bookshop
will host a party
celebrating the release of

Bone by Bone
by Carol O'Connell

Join us in celebrating the new novel Bone by Bone, (Putnam)
Ms. O'Connell will discuss and read from her book and answer questions. Copies will be available for autographs.
Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 13th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Admission is Free

Celebrate Poe With The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop,
The Mystery Writers of America
and Harper Collins celebrate
the 200th Anniversary of
Edgar Allan Poe

and the publications of
In the Shadow
of the Master

On a Raven’s Wing
with contributors:
Michael Connelly,
S.J. Rozan, Angela Zeman,
Thomas H. Cook
and Rupert Holmes.

Join us in for a greeting and reception. Copies will be available for autographs. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 6th 6:30-8:00 pm

Admission is Free

Catching Up With Staff Favorites

Hillary's Recent Favorites

Once Were Cops by Ken Bruen, Minotaur.

Michael O'Shea (Shay) is a member of The Guards in Ireland, and as it happens, a vicious serial killer. When an exchange program opens up and offers him the chance to transfer to America and become NYPD, he jumps on it, being that it's his life long dream. In New York Shay's paired up with an unstable cop named Kebar (named for his favorite weapon of choice) and the two of them take on the city's war on crime, both hiding some very dark secrets from each other as well as the rest of the force. This book is Bruen at his very best. Honestly, put Jack Taylor aside for now and check out Shay - he's absolutely killer! $22.95

Crime by Irvine Welsh, Norton.

Scottish cop Ray Lennox can't get his latest child rape/murder case out of his head. He's losing his sanity and sobriety and is headed for a full-on mental breakdown. Ordered to take a vacation, he travels to Miami with his fiancee, Trudi, who can think of nothing but their upcoming nuptials. Ray, on the other hand, is much more interested in his dwindling supply of antidepressants and what he can get to drink. Once Ray runs head on into some locals with a massive supply of coke the typical Welsh fun begins. Will Ray get himself and Trudi killed or will he find some sort of redemption for the 10-year-old girl he wasn't able to save? $24.95

The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri by David Bajo, Viking.

Attention, we've got a biblio-mystery on our hands - and a very good one, I might add. Phillip Masryk, a mathematician, and Irma Arcuri have been having an on-going love affair for most of their lives. One day, Irma disappears and leaves Phillip her library of 351 books, some of which she has written, others to which she has added text, notes and clues, little messages for Phillip, to try and help him find her. He quits his job and begins to read - from Borges to Cervantes, traveling from Philadelphia to Barcelona and Seville trying to follow her path. Though her trail remains cold, Phillip continues pursuit. This story is captivating and moving, and reminded me alot of Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Recommended for bibliophiles. $24.95

Dan's Recent Favorites

Quantum of Solace by Ian Fleming, Penguin.

Ian Fleming's James Bond was quite an unusual creature and unlike the film series, the literary 007 was anything but predictable. For the first time all the Bond short stories have been collected in one slim volume including the title story wherein the superspy is told a noirish tale of a marriage on the rocks and bitter revenge. This is more character study than spy thriller and I can tell already the film version will have no relation whatsoever to the original story- but these tales offer real insight into Bond's personality, morality and even sexuality and are proof that Fleming was much more than a genre hack. After you are done with the title story check out the original stories that inspired many other Bond pics including Octopussy, For Your Eyes Only and The Living Daylights. pb. $15.00

The Other by Thomas Tryon, Millepede Press.

This is my Halloween recommendation for this year. One of the great "lost" horror novels of the 1970's by the Hollywood film actor, it's a must read for fans of gothic suspense in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Stephen King. The setting is 1930's small town Connecticut. This is the disturbing tale of twin boys- one born before midnight, the other after (they have different astrological signs and are literally as different as day and night) and their Grandmother Ada and her weird little games. To give away any more would be criminal but suffice it to say that this book is beautifully atmospheric, deeply disturbing and incredibly well written. pb. $17.00

Le Crime by Peter Steiner, Thomas Dunne Books.

This one slipped under our radar in hardcover - maybe it was its original title - A French Country Murder - that did it. This book is not a cozy, it's a totally original hybrid that combines the best elements of the existential European thriller (think Simenon) with the traditional whodunit (ala Christie) and le Carre style intrigue added to the mix. It's found a new life in paperback. Former CIA field agent Louis Morgan is now living in the small rustic French town of Sain leon Sur Deme. One summer morning his breakfast is interrupted by the discovery of a corpse with a slashed throat seemingly dumped on his doorstep. Now he must cooperate with suspicious local French authorities in what started as a garden variety murder case but it taking on international implications. Written in the vivid style of the best travel books with a cool collected hero, this book will please both fans of traditional mysteries as well as lovers of the latest contemporary espionage. Also available, for a limited time, is the hardcover signed first edition of the second book in the series L'Assassin ($24.95). pb. $13.95

Sally's Recent Favorites

When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson, Doubleday.

This series featuring Jackson Brodie is a favorite of mine. I thought the second in the series, One Good Turn, was weaker than the first, Case Histories, but that still put it way ahead of many mysteries being written today. Here, sixteen-year-old Reggie works for a GP, but Dr. Hunter has gone missing and only Regie seems to be worried. Meanwhile Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe is looking for a missing person, unaware that hurtling towards her is an old friend, Jackson Brodie, who is on a journey that is about to be fatally interrupted. If you have been reading Atkinson's work, you know that she will weave these stories together in a quite extraordinary way. Those of you who know my preference for serial killers and high body counts should also know that I sleep like a baby every night. However, the first chapter of this book ruined my, up until now, perfect record. It is a jaw-dropper. $51.00

The Legal Limit by Martin Clark, Knopf.

Clark doesn't write often enough possibly because he's busy being a circuit-court judge in Virginia. But when he does, attention must be paid. Clark has been described as a drinking-man's John Grisham and one can certainly see why in this extraordinary legal drama. Brothers Gates and Mason Hunt are survivors of abusive childhoods. Mason escaped by going to law school, but Gates, who often protected his younger brother, is a compulsive felon. When Gates is imprisoned he asks Mason to use his legal influence to spring him. Actually, he does more than ask him. Gates and Mason share a secret which they swore they'd take to the grave, but Gates uses this secret as leverage to secure Mason's cooperation. Is fraternal loyalty more important than personal integrity? Clark explores this and other moral dilemmas in this finely written story. $24.95

The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner, Dutton.

Several months ago, Stephen King raved in his column in Entertainment Weekly (yes, I do read it - its how I keep up with popular culture) about a British author named Meg Gardiner. He said she was going to be the next suspense superstar. Only problem was, her books weren't available in the US. Beginning with The Dirty Secrets Club which is being published simultaneously here and in the UK, and thanks, I suspect, to Mr. King, they now will be. A fashion designer burns to death clutching the body of his murdered lover; a football superstar jumps from the Golden Gate Bridge; a U.S. attorney drives her BMW off a highway overpass, killing herself and three others. This string of murder/suicides has San Francisco abuzz and the SFPD rattled. Forensic psychiatrist Jo Becket is called in to perform psychological autopsies and she makes a shocking discovery. All the suicides belonged to The Dirty Secrets Club, a group with nothing but money and something to hide. This is a page-turning read; the first big beach book of the summer!

Ian's Recent Favorites

Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain, Minotaur.

In this thrilling sequel to Heartsick, Ms. Cain continues to dazzle. Archie Sheridan has renounced his visits with famed Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell and is trying to repair the damage to his family. His respite will be short-lived. A body buried in Portland Forest Park bears an eerie likeness to Gretchen's first murder. A well-liked senator with a possible shady past drives his car off a bridge. And then the @&$ really hits the fan. With the help of gung-ho reporter Susan Ward and his partner Henry Sobol, Archie must confront the danger and fear erupting across the city. Sweetheart ups the suspense to such a dizzying degree you might faint just from reading it. Of course, it also contains enough sharp objects to wake you back up. Enjoy! $24.95

Good People by Marcus Sakey, Dutton.

There's no such thing as a free lunch is a phrase we've all heard time and again. In Tom and Anna Reed's case, "lunch" equals $400,000 and may just cost them their lives. When their reclusive tenant kicks the bucket, a search of his apartment yields a tremendous amount of cash hidden in bags of flour and boxes of cereal. Saddled with debt and trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, the money comes as a godsend. Of course, you and I know, it's never as simple as all that. And neither is the plot of Good People. The author takes great care with his characters, crafting complex people with plenty of faults and layers of intention. The action is satisfying, but not overdone. If anything, it's the suspense that will get to you before the blood. It's rare that a new author can enjoy as much success as Mr. Sakey, but in this case the praise is deserved. If you have yet to read The Blade Itself or At the City's Edge, do yourself a favor. And while you're at it, check out Good People and learn why Mr. Sakey is one of the best up-and-comers around. $24.95

Volk's Shadow by Brent Ghelfi, Henry Holt.

This follow-up to Volk's Game puts us back in the capable, yet violent hands of Alexei Volkovoy. Tough as they come and not adverse to shady dealings, Volk works part-time for the Russian government, and as his own boss in the Moscow underworld. He's also missing a foot thanks to a horrific mission in Chechnya. Picture a meaner Jack Reacher with the same penchant for trouble, but less scruples. This time around Volk has to connect an explosion at an American oil facility, a stolen Faberge egg and a digital film of dubious authenticity depicting war-time atrocities. The action is non-stop without sacrificing character development (and there are some real winners, believe me). You don't have to read the first book to understand what's going on (I read this one and went back), but you will probably want to after hanging around with Volk for a few days. Ghelfi has created a kick-ass new series that's not all shoot-em-ups and car chases, one that will be more than just a great summer read. $25.00

Friday, November 28, 2008

Crime Clubs

Those of you who are in one or more of our Crime Clubs know how gratifying it is to get that signed book each month. And as a gift, it keeps on giving. If you’re not familiar with how it works here’s a brief description. We have six clubs, each tailored to a particular taste, and each month we ship out a signed book, or books. Our monthly newsletter lists each clubs’selections two months in advance:

The Crime Collector’s Club

Best sellers! Big guns! The Grand Masters of Mystery. For example: Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais, Janet Evanovich.

The First Mystery Club

Imagine what it might have been like to receive Dashiell Hammett’s first book! Signed! While we don’t like to think of our books primarily as investments, it is sometimes hard not to do so. But finding an author at the beginning of his or her career can be very gratifying. Our picks in the past have included Laurie R. King and Jeff Lindsay, as well as outstanding books such as The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by Edgar Wroblewski and The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

The Soft-Boiled Club

A much-maligned club. Titles fall into the traditional, historical, and romantic suspense categories and authors Mary Higgins Clark, Lisa Scottoline, Alexander McCall-Smith, and Julia Spencer-Fleming have signed for this club.

The Hard-Boiled Club

The masters and mistresses of dark are to be found here each month: Lawrence Block, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, George Pelecanos, Karin Slaughter, and Chelsea Cain.

British Crime Collectors Club

One of our most popular clubs, boasting signed books from the likes of Ian Rankin, John Le Carre, Val McDermid, Minette Walters, and John Harvey.

The Unclassifiable Club

It’s sometimes hard to know into which category some authors fall, so they find a home here: Alan Furst, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Lethem and Stewart O’Nan have signed for this club. Sounds kind of literary doesn’t it? Perhaps. But these authors are known for the non-mystery awards they win.

To sign up yourself or that lucky person on your gift list, just call or email us.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thinking of Andrew Greeley

Our thoughts are going out to Andrew Greeley who is now in critical but stable condition following his accident last week.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tony Hillerman

Otto wrote this piece on Tony Hillerman for Time Magazine.,9171,1855372,00.html

Upcoming Mysterious Profiles

We're excited to tell you that not only are the Mysterious Profiles still going strong but we have some exciting upcoming releases to tell you about!

Upcoming releases include all new profiles by Jonathan Kellerman, Alexander McCall Smith, Loren Estleman and Thomas Perry!

These profiles will be free with purchase in paperback and limited signed and lettered editions will also be available for $60.00.

The Mysterious Profiles are exclusive to The Mysterious Bookshop.

Look for the Jonathan Kellerman profile next month!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Barack Obama is an Historical Mystery Fan!

We recently received this MySpace bulletin from writer Robert W. Walker:

"Yes, believe it or not, Pres. Elect Barack Obama was seen with a book in his hand, the title being Shadows in the White City. How he got it and what page he was on remains a mystery but asked by a reporter what he was reading, Obama replied, a hystery-mystery by a Chicago author named Robert Walker. Whether this will translate into sales, another mystery."

Maan Meyers at The Mysterious Bookshop

Martin and Annette Meyers who write historical mysteries under the name Maan Meyers spoke recently at The Mysterious Bookshop about their new Dutchman novel: THE ORGAN GRINDER.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tony Hillerman 1925-2008

PHOENIX (AP) — Tony Hillerman, author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels and creator of two of the unlikeliest of literary heroes — Navajo police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee — died Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83.

Hillerman's daughter, Anne Hillerman, said her father's health had been declining in the last couple years and that he was at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque when he died at about 3 p.m.

Hillerman lived through two heart attacks and surgeries for prostate and bladder cancer. He kept tapping at his keyboard even as his eyes began to dim, as his hearing faded, as rheumatoid arthritis turned his hands into claws.

"I'm getting old," he declared in 2002, "but I still like to write."

Anne Hillerman said Sunday that her father was a born storyteller.

"He had such a wonderful, wonderful curiosity about the world," she said. "He could take little details and bring them to life, not just in his books, but in conversation, too."

Lt. Joe Leaphorn, introduced in "The Blessing Way" in 1970, was an experienced police officer who understood, but did not share, his people's traditional belief in a rich spirit world. Officer Jim Chee, introduced in "People of Darkness" in 1978, was a younger officer studying to become a "hathaali" — Navajo for "shaman."

Together, they struggled daily to bridge the cultural divide between the dominant Anglo society and the impoverished people who call themselves the Dineh.

Hillerman's commercial breakthrough was "Skinwalkers," published in 1987 — the first time he put both characters and their divergent world views in the same book. It sold 430,000 hardcover copies, paving the way for "A Thief of Time," which made several best seller lists. In all, he wrote 18 books in the Navajo series, the most recent titled "The Shape Shifter."

Each is characterized by an unadorned writing style, intricate plotting, memorable characterization and vivid descriptions of Indian rituals and of the vast plateau of the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners region of the Southwest.

The most acclaimed of them, including "Talking God" and "The Coyote Waits," are subtle explorations of human nature and the conflict between cultural assimilation and the pull of the old ways.

"I want Americans to stop thinking of Navajos as primitive persons, to understand that they are sophisticated and complicated," Hillerman once said.

Occasionally, he was accused of exploiting his knowledge of Navajo culture for personal gain, but in 1987, the Navajo Tribal Council honored him with its Special Friend of the Dineh award. He took greater pride in that, he often said, than in the many awards bestowed by his peers, including the Golden Spur Award from Western Writers of America and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, which elected him its president.

Hollywood was less kind to Hillerman. Its adaptation of his 1981 novel, "Dark Wind," with Lou Diamond Phillips and Fred Ward regrettably cast as Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, was a bomb.

Although Hillerman was best-known for the Navajo series, he wrote more than 30 books, including a novel for young people; the memoir, "Seldom Disappointed"; and books on the history and natural beauty of his beloved Southwest.

"Those places that stir me are empty and lonely," he wrote in "The Spell of New Mexico," a collection of his essays. "They invoke a sense of both space and strangeness, and all have about them a sort of fierce inhospitality."

He also edited or contributed to more than a dozen other books including crime and history anthologies and books on the craft of writing.

Born May 27, 1925, in Sacred Heart, Okla., population 50, Tony Hillerman was the son of August and Lucy Grove Hillerman. They were farmers who also ran a small store. It was there that young Tony listened spellbound to locals who gathered to tell their stories.

The teacher at Sacred Heart's one-room school house was rumored to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan, so Tony's parents sent him and his brother, Barney, to St. Mary's Academy, a school for Potawatomie Indian girls near Asher, Okla. It was at St. Mary's that he developed a lifelong respect for Indian culture — and an appreciation of what it means to be an outsider in your own land. In 1943, he interrupted his education at the University of Oklahoma to join the Army. He lugged his mortar ashore at D-Day with the 103rd Infantry Division and was severely wounded in battle at Alsace, France. He returned from Europe a genuine war hero with a Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, temporary blindness and two shattered legs that never stopped causing him pain.

He returned to the university for his degree and, in 1948, married Marie Unzer. Together, they raised six children, five of them adopted.

As a young man, he farmed, drove a truck, toiled as an oil field roughneck and worked as a reporter and editor for the Borger News-Herald in Borger, Texas; the Morning Press-Constitution in Lawton, Okla.; United Press International in Oklahoma City; and the Santa Fe New Mexican, where he rose to executive editor. He quit in 1962 to earn a master's degree from the University of New Mexico, where he later taught journalism and eventually became chairman of the journalism department. In 1993, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

Hillerman was still teaching when he wrote his first novel, "Blessing Way." A story that always made him chuckle: His first agent advised him that if he wanted to get published, he would have to "get rid of that Indian stuff."

Hillerman is survived by his wife, Marie, and their six children. Services are pending.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press

Michael Crichton Dies at 66

'Jurassic Park' author Michael Crichton dies at 66

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

Michael Crichton, the million-selling author who made scientific research terrifying and irresistible in such thrillers as "Jurassic Park," "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain," has died of cancer, his family said. Crichton died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 66 after privately battling cancer.

"Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand," his family said in a statement.

"While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes."

He was an experimenter and popularizer known for his stories of disaster and systematic breakdown, such as the rampant microbe of "The Andromeda Strain" or the dinosaurs running madly in "Jurassic Park." Many of his books became major Hollywood movies, including "Jurassic Park," "Rising Sun" and "Disclosure." Crichton himself directed and wrote "The Great Train Robbery" and he co-wrote the script for the blockbuster "Twister."

In 1994, he created the award-winning TV hospital series "ER." He's even had a dinosaur named for him, Crichton's ankylosaur.

"Michael's talent out-scaled even his own dinosaurs of `Jurassic Park,'" said "Jurassic Park" director Steven Spielberg, a friend of Crichton's for 40 years. "He was the greatest at blending science with big theatrical concepts, which is what gave credibility to dinosaurs again walking the Earth. ... Michael was a gentle soul who reserved his flamboyant side for his novels. There is no one in the wings that will ever take his place."

John Wells, executive producer of "ER" called the author "an extraordinary man. Brilliant, funny, erudite, gracious, exceptionally inquisitive and always thoughtful.

"No lunch with Michael lasted less than three hours and no subject was too prosaic or obscure to attract his interest. Sexual politics, medical and scientific ethics, anthropology, archaeology, economics, astronomy, astrology, quantum physics, and molecular biology were all regular topics of conversation."

In recent years, he was the rare novelist granted a White House meeting with President Bush, perhaps because of his skepticism about global warming, which Crichton addressed in the 2004 novel, "State of Fear." Crichton's views were strongly condemned by environmentalists, who alleged that the author was hurting efforts to pass legislation to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.

If not a literary giant, he was a physical one, standing 6 feet and 9 inches, and ready for battle with the press. In a 2004 interview with The Associated Press, Crichton came with a tape recorder, text books and a pile of graphs and charts as he defended "State of Fear" and his take on global warming.

"I have a lot of trouble with things that don't seem true to me," Crichton said at the time, his large, manicured hands gesturing to his graphs. "I'm very uncomfortable just accepting. There's something in me that wants to pound the table and say, 'That's not true.'"

He spoke to few scientists about his questions, convinced that he could interpret the data himself. "If we put everything in the hands of experts and if we say that as intelligent outsiders, we are not qualified to look over the shoulder of anybody, then we're in some kind of really weird world," he said.

A new novel by Crichton had been tentatively scheduled to come next month, but publisher HarperCollins said the book was postponed indefinitely because of his illness.

One of four siblings, Crichton was born in Chicago and grew up in Roslyn, Long Island. His father was a journalist and young Michael spent much of his childhood writing extra papers for teachers. In third grade, he wrote a nine-page play that his father typed for him using carbon paper so the other kids would know their parts. He was tall, gangly and awkward, and used writing as a way to escape; Mark Twain and Alfred Hitchcock were his role models.

Figuring he would not be able to make a living as writer, and not good enough at basketball, he decided to become a doctor. He studied anthropology at Harvard College, and later graduated from Harvard Medical School. During medical school, he turned out books under pseudonyms. (One that the tall author used was Jeffrey Hudson, a 17th-century dwarf in the court of King Charles II of England.) He had modest success with his writing and decided to pursue it.

His first hit, "The Andromeda Strain," was written while he was still in medical school and quickly caught on upon its 1969 release. It was a featured selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and was sold to Universal in Hollywood for $250,000.

"A few of the teachers feel I'm wasting my time, and that in some ways I have wasted theirs," he told The New York Times in 1969. "When I asked for a couple of days off to go to California about a movie sale, that raised an eyebrow."

His books seemed designed to provoke debate, whether the theories of quantum physics in "Timeline," the reverse sexual discrimination of "Disclosure" or the spectre of Japanese eminence in "Rising Sun."

"The initial response from the (Japanese) establishment was, 'You're a racist,'" he told the AP. "So then, because I'm always trying to deal with data, I went on a tour talking about it and gave a very careful argument, and their response came back, 'Well you say that but we know you're a racist.'"

Crichton had a rigid work schedule: rising before dawn and writing from about 6 a.m. to around 3 p.m., breaking only for lunch. He enjoyed being one of the few novelists recognized in public, but he also felt limited by fame.

"Of course, the celebrity is nice. But when I go do research, it's much more difficult now. The kind of freedom I had 10 years ago is gone," he told the AP. "You have to have good table manners; you can't have spaghetti hanging out of your mouth at a restaurant."

Crichton was married five times and had one child. A private funeral is planned.


Associated Press writer Colleen Long in New York contributed to this story.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Nice review of The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly in the Wall Street Journal 10/24/08 by Tom Nolan. Connelly's latest teams cop Harry Bosch with lawyer Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer).
We have signed copies.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Richard Belzer at The Mysterious Bookshop

TV star, comedian, talk show host and now mystery novelist Richard Belzer dropped by the store today with his dogs Django and Bebe to sign copies of his new book I Am Not a Cop! written with Michael Black.

Part One

Part Two

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Where's My Newsletter?

For those of you who can't find your September 2009 Mysterious Bookshop Newsletter, no, you are not going crazy!

There was no September Newsletter published (although you can find it online at our website:, but to make up for it the October/November newsletter will be combined into one and should be out within the next couple of weeks.

Christmas Story News

We've received confirmation that this year's Mysterious Bookshop Christmas story will be written by none other than Jonathan Santlofer!

The annual Christmas story is free with purchase starting in December and as long as supplies last!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Leonard Cassuto Will Discuss HARD-BOILED SENTIMENTALITY on Tuesday October 28th!

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Leonard Cassuto
discussing his new book
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality
The Secret History of American Crime Fiction

Tuesday, October 28th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

Maan Myers Discuss THE ORGAN GRINDER at The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Martin and Annette Meyers
discussing their new novel written as
Maan Meyers:

The Organ Grinder

Thursday, October 23rd
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


The New York Times Book Review 10/12/08 has a front page review of A MOST WANTED MAN by John Le Carre. Alan Furst, the reviewer, thinks this may be Le Carre's finest work!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

John Banville Goes Online

John Banville better known to mystery readers as Benjamin Black has posted the first chapter of his new novel at The Manchester Review- becoming the 1st Booker Prize winner to put his work in progress online.

Interesting Mark Billingham Interview

Friday, October 3, 2008

Sam Spade Returns!

In 1930 Knopf published "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett and the world was introduced to Sam Spade. Admirably portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in the third film adapation, Spade has since become a part of the American psyche. Now, in February of 2009, Knopf will publish a prequel by noted hardboiled author Joe Gores. Entitled "Spade & Archer," this new look into the life of our favorite PI will deal with the formation of the eponymous agency, as well as the murder, mayhem, and mysterious mistresses we have come to expect. Intrigued? Excited? We are too! Mr. Gores will be touring a few cities in promotion, so keep your eyes and ears open.

Monday, September 29, 2008

It's that time of the year

In case you didn't realize, Otto has two new books out in his series: Best American Crime Reporting 2008 (with guest editor Jonathan Kellerman pb. $14.95) and also Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (with guest editor George Pelecanos $28.00). These are the books to go to when you want the creme de la creme of crime reporting or short mystery fiction. Don't miss out!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Paco Ignacio Taibo II Makes a Rare U.S. Appearance

The noted Mexican activist and mystery novelist Paco Ignacio Taibo dropped by in a rare U.S. appearance for the MANHATTAN NOIR 2 party.

Lawrence Block Will NOT Be Reading Tonight

Mystery favorite Lawrence Block editor of the new Akashic anthology MANHATTAN NOIR 2 dropped by the store recently and offered a few dry remarks.

Susan Isaacs Signs Manhattan Noir 2

Bestselling author Susan Isaacs dropped by the store recently for the book launch party of MANHATTAN NOIR 2 edited by Lawrence Block from Akashic Books. Here she signs copies with Akashic publisher Johnny Temple.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Check out this great deal from the extraordinary John Harvey who, if you haven't been reading, may well be the finest writer of crime fiction in the U.K. I've loved his books ever since I discovered him because ofElmore Leonard's blurb comparing him to Graham Greene, though in different genres (espionage for Greene, police novels for Harvey). He is a big best-seller in the U.K. but still not as well-known here in spite of the efforts of his brilliant publisher (ah, that would be me). Anyway, he has decided to move out some of his books and benefit a worthwhile organization, so this is your chance to get some great books directly from him.
Please note that you can't order books from The Mysterious Bookshop. Well, of course you can, but not THESE books. This is a deal strictly between you and John Harvey.

Okay, here’s the deal. Fill the gaps on your shelves and make more space on mine - and ALL the money goes to Medecin Sans Frontiers. *

Let me know which books you want, making it clear, if there’s a choice, which edition you prefer. Send me a cheque for the correct amount, made out to Medecin Sans Frontiers, and as soon as it arrives, I’ll send the cheque to them and the book(s) to you, covering the cost of postage myself. How’s that?

NB Sorry, no credit cards!

Set in New York & London now and in the 50s/60s: Murder/New York cops/Thelonious Monk/Frank O’Hara/Abstract Expressionism - it’s all here!
UK Hardback - Heinemann
£10 - $18 - €12

First Frank Elder novel
UK Hardback - Heinemann
£10 - $18 - €12
UK Trade [Large Format] Paperback - Heinemann
£6 - $10 - €8
US Hardback - Carroll & Graf
£10 - $18 - €12
US Trade [Large Format] Paperback - Harcourt
£6 - $10 - €8

Second Elder novel
UK Hardback - Heinemann
£10 - $18 - €12
UK Trade [Large Format] Paperback - Heinemann
£6 - $10 - €8
US Hardback - Harcourt
£10 - $18 - €12

Third Elder novel
US Hardback - Harcourt
£10 - $18 - €12

Stories by Lehane, Connelly, Pelecanos, Billingham etc.
UK Hardback - Heinemann
£10 - $18 - €12
US Trade [Large Format] Paperback -HarperCollins/Dark Alley
£6 - $10 - €8

Resnick short stories
UK Hardback - Slow Dancer
£6 - $10 - €8

Poems about jazz, painting, love & pain and the whole damn thing!
Paperback - Smith/Doorstop
£6 - $10 - €8

Poetry & Prose readings with Jazz from Second Nature - see above.
£6 - $10 - €8

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"And none of it was practice for anything"

Ruth Valentine: Leonard Woolf at 80

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Friday, September 19, 2008


I'm being asked about Benjamin Black's new book, Lemur. This is a US true first published here in June. It is a paperback original. The UK edition is being published today, 9/19/08, in hardcover. We do not expect signed copies. Actually we don't expect UK editions. Hope that helps.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

James Crumley 1939-2008

Associated Press - September 18, 2008 12:44 PM ET

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Crime writer James Crumley, known for books with hardened detectives and endings that deliver a note of optimism, has died in Missoula at the age of 68.
Longtime friend Bob Reid says Crumley died Wednesday at a Missoula hospital after years of health problems. Crumley made his home in Missoula.
Random House published a number of Crumley's books over a span of about 30 years. The novels include "One Count to Cadence," "The Mexican Tree Duck" and perhaps his best known, "The Last Good Kiss."
In 2005, Viking published "The Right Madness."

Charles Finch Signs

Charles Finch dropped by the store last week to discuss his new book THE SEPTEMBER SOCIETY.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gregory McDonald 1937-2008

The Associated Press
Wednesday, September 10, 2008; 10:25 PM

PULASKI, Tenn. -- Gregory Mcdonald, whose best-selling "Fletch" mystery books also were made into films, has died, according to his manager. He was 71.

Mcdonald died Sunday at his antebellum farm in Pulaski, Tenn., about 60 miles southwest of Nashville, according to Mcdonald's manager, David List. List said Wednesday that Mcdonald had been diagnosed with cancer.

"Fletch," published in 1974, was the first in a series of books about an investigative reporter named Irwin M. Fletcher. Actor Chevy Chase portrayed the lead character in the 1985 movie "Fletch" and the 1989 sequel "Fletch Lives."

Mcdonald twice won the Edgar Allen Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America and published 26 books, including "Running Scared," "Flynn," and "The Brave." He also was a journalist with the Boston Globe.

List said no funeral is planned, as requested by Mcdonald, but a memorial service may be held later.

"When the Fletch novels came out, they sold over 100 million copies," List said. "He told me that he got to experience what very few writers got to experience, which was being a celebrity."

List said the Harvard graduate moved to Tennessee in 1986 to avoid that celebrity, but he continued to write. His last book, "Souvenirs of a Blown World," a republished collection of his writings while at the Globe, will be released in early November, according to Dan Simon, the publisher at Seven Stories Press.

After moving to Pulaski, Mcdonald became an outspoken opponent of white supremacists who wanted to march there because the city was where the Ku Klux Klan originated.

He is survived by his wife, Cherlye, and five children, List said.

Alison Gaylin Discusses HEARTLESS

In a recent appearance at The Mysterious Bookshop, Edgar Award nominee Alison Gaylin read from and discussed her new novel HEARTLESS.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hanging Out With Jason Starr and Lee Child

Jason Starr and surprise guest reader Lee Child hung out after Jason's successful book launch for his and Ken Bruen's new book THE MAX along with Alison Gaylin's HEARTLESS.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Late Event Addition!

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Charles Finch
discussing his new novel
The September Society.

Wednesday, September 10th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Michael Connelly Mysterious Bookshop Exclusive!

Michael Connelly wrote a profile of his great L.A. cop, Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch, for The Mysterious Bookshop last year, as many of you know. Produced in a limited edition of 100 numbered and signed copies, it sold out within the first week. Now, the author has written a profile of Mickey Haller, his Lincoln lawyer, who stars in the forthcoming novel, The Brass Verdict. We will publish this is a handsome hardcover edition together with the Bosch profile, produced dos-a-dos (read one profile, then flip the book upside down to read the other one). This edition will be limited to 350 copies, numbered and signed by Michael Connelly. The price is $75.00. Every copy will be accompanied by a paperback edition at no extra charge. Please note that this volume is NOT part of our regular Mysterious Profile series. If you have a standing order for this series, you will NOT automatically receive this volume; you will need to specifically order it. Please note that this book will be featured on Michael Connelly’s website, so expect it will sell out very quickly. If you want one, please order as soon as possible so that you are not disappointed.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

October Paperback Highlights

October is just around the corner. It's one of my favorite times of the year. The weather get's crisper, the days grow shorter and the publisher's release the really weird and dark mysteries just in time for Halloween! This season offers some welcome reissues of all kinds- both classics and a few looked over titles that are worth a reread.

My favorite October reissue has to be THE OTHER by Thomas Tryon (Millepede Press, $17.00). If you around in the 1970's, you must remember this horror classic and the intense film based on it. Suffice it to say, this was the darkest portrayal of the secret goings-on in small town America since Shirley Jackson's THE LOTTERY and no one looked at twins exactly the same way again after reading this classic.

While we are talking about classics back in print, check out the classic gothic thriller, THORNYHOLD by Mary Stewart (Chicago Review Press, $12.95). This is old school gothic at it's best. A young woman inherits a house and her new neighbors all naturally think she's a witch and treat her accordingly. Great for Halloween reading.

Speaking of reissues, Soho Press is bringing back two for two this fall.

Two classics by the beloved late Magdalen Nabb are back: THE MARSHALL'S OWN CASE (Soho Press, $14.00) and THE MARSHALL MAKES A REPORT (Soho Press, $14.00).

Also coming back are two early Victorian age historicals by Peter Lovesey: WOBBLE TO DEATH (Soho Press, $14.00) and THE DETECTIVE WORE SILK DRAWERS (Soho Press, $14.00).

Another must read for fans of great writing is THE JOURNAL OF JOYCE CAROL OATES (Harper Perennial, $16.95).

Finally an October paperback original sure to excite hardboiled fans is THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins (Hard Case Crime, $6.99). This is the never before published prequel to the cult hitman series- a must for Quarry fans!

Lots to read as the nights grow longer and the ghosts come out to play!


Friday, August 22, 2008


Several of you have mentioned to me that Tell No One by Harlan Coben has been made into a movie in France. You've also mentioned that it is one of the best movies you've seen for a long time! In today's New York Times, there's an article on the best movies showing right now. Tell No One is right up there. It is being called Hitchcockian - up there with North By Nothwest!!
Don't you just want to run out and see it right now?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Paperback News

Hi everyone,

I can tell you for sure now that the new Andrea Camilleri novel AUGUST HEAT will be another U.S. paperback original. Look for it in late February 2008.

Also on the horizon is another paperback original of interest: ON A RAVEN'S WING. This Mystery Writers of America anthology is a collection of original short stories in honor of Edgar Allan Poe with an incredible line-up of authors including Thomas H. Cook, Mary Higgins Clark, James W. Hall, Rupert Holmes, S. J. Rozan, Don Winslow, Edward D. Hoch and many more. Look for this amazing anthology in January 2008.

More paperback news as it happens!

Take care for now,


All-Star Party for Manhattan Noir 2 09/16/08

The Mysterious Bookshop
will host a party
celebrating the release of

Manhattan Noir 2
with editor Lawrence Block
and contributors
Donald Westlake,
Barry N. Malzberg,
Geoffrey Batholomew,
Jerrold Mundis and Susan Issacs.
With Special Guest
Paco Ignacio Taibo II

Join us in celebrating the publication of
Manhattan Noir 2 ($15.95 Akashic Books)
with a greeting and reception. Copies will be available for autographs. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, September 16th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Admission is Free.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Great News for Ken Bruen Fans!

We've just received word that Ken Bruen will be joining Jason Starr and Alison Gaylin at our special event Thursday, September 4th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm!

Ken Bruen and Jason Starr will discuss their latest collaboration THE MAX (Hard Case Crime $6.99). Alison Gaylin will discuss her new novel HEARTLESS (NAL $21.95).

This promises to be an exciting night!

Admission is as always free.

Monday, August 11, 2008

George Pelecanos

One of my favorite crime writers is George Pelecanos, and I just finished reading THE TURNAROUND, his new book. It isn't his best mystery, but it's probably his best novel. I didn't think he'd be able to surpass THE NIGHT GARDENER, but this is pretty close. It just came out and we're hand-selling it like crazy. I won't give away any endings, but will say it's not as utterly dark as some of his other books, which is a welcome relief. You can read my full-length review of this terrific book in THE NEW YORK SUN next Wednesday (August 20). My weekly column, "The Crime Scene," runs every Wednesday ( I just wrote #250, so I'm closing in on five years) and is free on-line. Otto

Thursday, August 7, 2008

C. Solimini on Janet Evanovich

In a recent appearance at The Mysterious Bookshop, C. Solimini author of "Across the River" discussed her influences- including Janet Evanovich.

Jason Starr and Alison Gaylin at The Mysterious Bookshop 09/04/08

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:
Jason Starr
discussing his new novel written with Ken Bruen
The Maxx
Alison Gaylin
discussing her new novel
Thursday, September 4th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Admission is free.
The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Dear Friends,
I was saddened earlier today to learn that Janwillem van de Wetering, the former Buddhist monk who wrote gentle novels about Detective de Gier and Adjutant Grijpstra, died last month. A Dutch writer who wrote in English, he moved to the United States some years ago, settling in Maine with his wife and daughter dividing his time between writing and meditation. When he first moved to America, he came down to the bookshop to sign copies of his books for our clients and was an affable, relentlessly smiling fellow who was always a welcome presence at the store. I don't know any more details, but his passing appears to have been largely ignored, except for a brief obit in the N.Y. Times. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Otto

Introducing The Mysterious Bookshop Blog!

This is the first blog from The Mysterious Bookshop. We are going to be posting information about our store, our books, our authors, so if you're a mystery fan, you'll want to subscribe!

News of the Day
Ian Rankin broke our hearts a couple of years ago when he said he was phasing out his Rebus character after ten books. But his new book, DOORS OPEN, is coming to us from the U.K. in October. We don't know the plot yet, and we don't care. We will have signed copies!

Dick Francis has written another mystery with his son, Felix. SILKS will be published in the U.K. in September. Don't expect signed copies.

We're also looking forward to Dennis Lehane's new book, THE GIVEN DAY. We'll have signed copies of that too. I'm hoping it will be a better book than Shutter Island (my post. my opinion). That was a real disappointment!!

Did you know?
About our Mysterious Profiles?
For the last 18 months, authors have been writing profiles of their series character exclusively for the Bookshop. We have limited the numbered copies to 100 and the lettered to 26 (duh!). They are signed and cost $60 and $100 respectively. But if you order ANYTHING from the bookstore you will receive that month's profile in paperback - absolutely free!
So far we have profiles from: Anne Perry, Laura Lippman, Robert B. Parker (sold out in hardcover), Michael Connelly (sold out in hardcover), Colin Dexter, Lee Child, Robert Crais, Ian Rankin, Jeffery Deaver, Ken Bruen, Carol O'Connell, Stephen Hunter, John Lescroart, John Harvey, Faye Kellerman, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Ridley Pearson, David Morrell, and John Connolly.
Don't you want to know more?

Here endeth the first blog. Your scribe is Sally.