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.