Friday, February 19, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 02/19/10

Here's the latest update.

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 2/19/10

As most of you have heard by now, the wonderful Dick Francis died on Sunday.

One of the most beloved and successful mystery writers of the past half-century, he was also a lovely man, remaining kind, thoughtful and humble until the end. We were fortunate that he was such a good friend of the store, continuing to come here to sign books long after he stopped touring. Otto was privileged to be his guest at the Rainbow Room when he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary, and shared numerous bottles of red wine with him as he sat in the store, autographing hundreds of books - a painful exercise for his arthritic hands. The following, slightly edited message arrived this week from his son, Felix:

"The press and TV coverage has been remarkable and I am in awe that Dad was loved so much by so many. To me he was just the best father a man could ever hope for, and the world is a poorer place for his passing. But, having said that, he had a wonderfully long and fulfilled life and, appropriately, he went to rejoin my mother, Mary, on St. Valentine’s Day."


Death by the Book is a first novel by Lenny Bartulin (it was originally published in Australia under the name A Deadly Business). This biblio mystery introduces Jack Susko, the owner of a secondhand bookstore. When a wealthy collector asks Jack to locate as many copies as possible of the works of an obscure poet, Jack loves the assignment. What could go wrong? This book is not exactly signed! Instead, the author has sent a unique bookplate in the shape of a gun on which he has written "An extremely rare, limited edition, hand crafted by the author, extra special, signed bookplate # of 15." We have 15 copies, and they are already being sold, so you know what to do. $24.99

We have signed copies of another first novel, The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley. When a virulent pandemic hits America’s heartland, the Brooks family, along with their neighbors, hunker down. But their safe suburban world is no longer what it was: food is scarce, and the townspeople turn on each other in grocery stores and at the gas pumps. Life and death decisions will have to be made in an environment where opening the front door can be treacherous. $25.00

Signed copies of The Silencer by James W. Hall have arrived. If you preordered this book, we have put a copy aside for you, leaving very few copies for sale. So if you didn’t preorder.... $24.99

Adam Haslett, who received rave reviews for his book of short stories, has signed copies of his first novel, Union Atlantic. This complex novel is set in a small town where Doug Fanning, the senior manager of Union Atlantic, has built an ostentatious mansion on land donated to the town by the grandfather of eccentric Charlotte Graves. Charlotte is determined to oust Fanning even as he orchestrates a financial gamble which involves Henry Graves, the president of the New York Federal Reserve - and Charlotte’s brother. This is an Unclassifiable Club Selection. $26.00

The lovely Henning Mankell stopped by to sign The Man from Beijing, a thriller which begins in the Swedish hamlet of Hesjovallen, where nineteen people have been massacred. The investigation will take the action to present-day Beijing and back 150 years to the slave trade between China and the United States. This is a Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $25.95


We had hoped to have signed copies of A Dead Hand by Paul Theroux, but it is not to be. However, a mystery by Paul Theroux is an event (he’s only written one other). Jerry Delfont, a travel writer with writer’s block, is intrigued by the death of young man in a hotel room in India, and investigates. $26.00


We have signed copies of Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey. Olivier is a French aristocrat trying to save his neck from the revolution while Parrot is his protector, foil, foe, and spy. Master and servant explore the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness. A mystery? No. Peter Carey now lives in New York, but this title won’t be available here for a couple of months. $48.00

Lord Francis Powerscourt is back in Death of a Wine Merchant by David Dickinson. His latest case takes him to the towns and vineyards in the heart of the Burgundy wine trade. $48.00

Gone is the new Jack Caffery thriller from Mo Hayder. Caffery’s new case involves a car jacker who is taking cars with children in them, one who always seem one step ahead of the police. This is a British Crime Club Selection. $38.00

Pretty Little Things by Jilliane Hoffman features Special Agent Bobby Dees who is asked to find a young woman. She was last seen waiting for her boyfriend, a mysterious figure she met on the internet and who goes by the name of El Capitan. $33.00


The Crooked Lip by Herbert Adams, Methuen, London. 1925. First Edition. $65.00

Fore-edges foxed, else a fine, clean copy.

The Garston Murder Case by H.C. Bailey, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1930. First US Edition. $100.00

Name inside front cover, some foxing to fore-edges, else a fine, fresh copy in a bright dust jacket with a tiny chip at rear hinge.

Death Walks in Eastrepps by Francis Beeding, Mystery League, NY. 1931. First US Edition. $100.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. About fine in dust jacket, which shows wear at spine, edges and corners.

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.

The Gilded Man by Carter Dickson, Heinemann, London. 1942. First UK Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Very good with a nice inscription on the front end paper: For Jack Reynolds in memory of old days John Dickson Carr under the false whiskers of Carter Dickson.

The Mill House Murder by J.S. Fletcher, Knopf, NY. 1937. First US Edition. $125.00

Green cloth has sunning, as usual, otherwise a very sharp copy of the author’s last book, in a bright dust jacket.

Eyes of the Shadow by Maxwell Grant, Street & Smith, NY. 1931. First Edition. $45.00

Scarce early hardcover in fair condition. The binding is soiled on rear cover, else very nice, but preliminary pages are loose and brittle because of the cheap pulp paper.

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

Arsene Lupin encounters Holmlock Shears. Bit of fading to lower corner of front cover, else a near fine copy. $65.00

Love Me to Death by D.B. Olsen, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1951. First Edition. $35.00

Fine in dust jacket with a bit of wear at top of spine.

The Return of Raffles by Barry Perowne, John Day, NY. 1933. First US Edition. $250.00

Further adventures of the amateur cracksman. Very scarce. A fine, fresh copy in a bright dust jacket that is chipped at spine ends and along top edge.

Beyond the Night by Cornell Woolrich, Avon, NY. 1959. $100.00

An about fine copy of this paperback original.


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