Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 05/28/10!

To those of you who sent me an email while I was away, but who have not yet received an answer, please be assured that I'm plowing through them. Should be caught up soon!

We will be closed on Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day. Noses and grindstones will meet again on Tuesday.

Have a good, long, 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 Seven Days, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Weekly Update 5/28/20


Elegy for April by Benjamin Black (the pseudonym of Man Booker Prize winner John Banville) is the second mystery featuring hard-drinking Dublin pathologist Quirke. This time out, he’s helping his daughter whose friend, a well-connected young doctor, seems to have disappeared. We had hoped to get this signed, but the "Ash Cloud," as it is now called, prevented Black from touring. He has sent us signed bookplates, and these are laid in. This is the true first edition. $25.00

Cara Black has signed her tenth mystery featuring investigator Aimee Leduc. Murder in the Palais Royal is, like Black’s other stories, set in Paris -- a wonderful treat not only for the armchair detective, but also for the armchair traveler. $25.00

The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver goes on sale next Tuesday, but we do have signed copies stacked away in the back, so order now. This Lincoln Rhyme thriller finds the forensic psychologist on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear. By the way, it has just been announced by Ian Fleming’s estate, that Deaver will be penning the next James Bond thriller. Congratulations to him! This is a Hard Boiled Crime Club Selection. $26.99

We have a few copies of The Columbo Collection by William Link. This signed limited edition is limited to 350 copies and contains a bonus story, Columbo’s Mistake, in pamphlet form. $45.00

Known to Evil by Walter Mosley is now available from the UK publisher, Scorpion Press. This signed limited edition is limited to 66 copies and is published in marbled boards with a glassine cover. $150.00

Stephanie Pintoff ‘s second mystery, A Curtain Falls, again features Detective Simon Ziele. This time, Ziele is back in New York City investigating a possible serial killer who is targeting chorus girls. Pintoff’s first novel, In the Shadow of Gotham, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. $24.99

Laura Joh Rowland stopped by to sign Bedlam, the second in her series featuring Charlotte Bronte. While visiting London, Charlotte tours Bedlam, that city’s notorious insane asylum, where she thinks she recognizes an ex-lover strapped to one of the stretchers. $24.95

The Dark End of the Street, Edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J.Rozan is now available. These original stories about crime and sex are signed by the authors: Madison Smart Bell, Lawrence Block, Stephen L. Carter, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Lynn Freed, James Grady, Amy Hempel, Janice Lee, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Patrick McCade, Val McDermid, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Abraham Rodriguez Jr., S.J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, and Edmund White. Published by The Mysterious Bookshop. Numbered Editions limited to 250 copies $150.00. Lettered Editions limited to 26 copies $275.00.


The Holy Thief by William Ryan is already a blockbuster in the UK and we have managed to obtain signed copies of the scarce hardcover. This first novel is set in Moscow in 1936 when Stalin’s Great Terror is beginning. When the body of a young woman is found in a deconsecrated church, Captain Alexei Dmitriyevitch Korolev of the Moscow Militia investigates. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD - the most feared organization in Russia - becomes involved. This is a British Crime Club Selection. $58.00


Locked Room Murder by Robert Adey, Crossover Press, MN & SF. 1991. $100.00

The definitive bibliography of "impossible" crimes, listing all known examples to the publication date (2009 titles), with publication date, as well as a description of the problem. In the back is the solution. Very fine without dust jacket, as issued.

The Man from Tibet by Clyde B. Clason, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. First Edition. $50.00

A Theocritus Lucius Westborough bibliomystery about an 8th century Tibetan manuscript. Very good. In Adey.

Ready to Burn by Carroll John Daly, Museum Press, London. 1951. First Edition. $2,000.00

Very light water marks to back cover/boards, back panel and spine, crease at bottom edge, small chips at top edge of front panel. Front panel still attractive, bright, and colorful. Rare in dust jacket.

Cat Chaser by Elmore Leonard, Arbor House, NY. 1982. First Edition. $60.00

Fine in like dust jacket.

Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh, Sheridan House, NY. 1941. First U.S. Edition. $250.00

Near fine in very bright dust jacket which shows slight rubbing at extremities and very small chips top of spine and top front corner.

The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill, Rand, Chicago, 1895. First U.S. Edition. $150.00

Important Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. One of the earliest locked room mysteries (a man in a locked room has his throat cut). Lightly embossed on the front free endpaper, else a fine, bright copy.


A Firing Offense, St. Martin’s, NY. 1992. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Author’s first book. A very fine copy in dust jacket, which is a trifle rubbed (as usual for this title).

Nick’s Trip, St. Martin’s, NY. 1993. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Remainder mark on bottom of page edges, else fine in dust jacket, which has little nicks and rubs along edge.

Shoedog, St. Martin’s, 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $300.00

Author’s scarcest book. Very fine in dust jacket.

Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go, St. Martin’s, 1996. First Edition. $150.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

The Big Blowdown, St. Martin’s, 1996. First Edition. $35.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

King Suckerman, Little Brown, Boston. 1997. First Edition. $35.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

The Sweet Forever, Little Brown, Boston. 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Very fine in dust jacket. Signed on a tipped-in sheet and again on the title page.

Shame the Devil, Little Brown, Boston. 2000. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Right as Rain, Little Brown, Boston. 2001. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Hell to Pay, Little Brown, Boston. 2002. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Soul Circus, Little Brown, Boston. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Hard Revolution, Little Brown, Boston. 2004. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket. Laid in CD titled "The Soundtrack of the Novel."

The Night Gardener, Little Brown, Boston. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Very fine in dust jacket.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Laura Jo Rowland on BEDLAM

Laura Jo Rowland talks about new novel BEDLAM with Sally Owen during a recent visit to The Mysterious Bookshop in New York!

Edgar Winner Stephanie Pintodd talks about A CURTAIN FALLS

2010 Edgar Winner for Best First Novel, Stephanie Pintoff dropped by the store recently to sign copies of her new novel A CURTAIN FALLS and got a chance to chat with our own Sally Owen.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 05/21/10!

I'm baaaack!

And not that thrilled about it either!.

I jest. Why would I want to be in Paris drinking great wine and eating escargots when I could be here sending out the Weekly Update?

And we do have some great books for you,

Hope you enjoy them.

Best of weekends to you all

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 5/21/10


Don’t miss out on our limited editions. The following three titles are still available - but they’re going fast, so if you have not yet ordered your copies.....

MEMORY by Donald E. Westlake

The final novel of three-time Edgar Award winner Westlake was discovered after his death.

Limited to 200 hardcover editions in a full-cloth binding without dust jacket. $29.95

THE DARK END OF THE STREET, Edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan

Original stories about sex and crime signed by every contributor including Lawrence Block, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and Val McDermid.

Limited to 250 copies, numbered and signed. Bound in marbled boards with leather spine. $150.00

26 Lettered copies $275.00.

STORIES: ALL NEW TALES, Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

This volume, to be published in June, contains stories by, among others, Roddy Doyle, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Peter Straub, Lawrence Block and Chuck Palahniuk.

Signed by all but three of the contributors (Jodi Picoult, Richard Adams, Diana Wynne Jones).

Limited to 250 copies, numbered and signed. Bound in marbled boards with leather spine. $150.00

26 Lettered copies $275.00


The Poacher’s Son is Paul Doiron’s first novel in a planned series. Mike Bowditch, a Maine game warden, finds his life spiraling out of control when the evidence in a local murder points towards his father. A First Mystery Club Selection. $24.99

61 Hours by Lee Child again features Jack Reacher who finds himself stranded in South Dakota in the middle of a blizzard. He protects a woman whose plea for justice makes her the target of shadowy forces. This is the first in a planned two-parter. The conclusion will be published sometime in October. A Crime Collector’s Club Selection. $28.00

Sailor & Lula by cult-classic author Barry Gifford collects all seven of the Sailor novels including Wild At Heart (filmed by David Lynch). A Trade Paperback original. $19.95

Rolling Thunder by Chris Grabenstein is the sixth in the Detective Ceepak series. We only have a small number of signed copies left after a terrific event last week. So first come, first served. $25.00

In Die Twice, Andrew Grant brings back David Trevellyan of Royal Navy Intelligence, who, this time out, is asked to track down a rogue operative. $24.99

House of Secrets by Richard Hawke is a stand alone from the author of the Fritz Malone series. When a charming senator is blackmailed for a tryst with an advisor, and implicated in her death, he finds himself up against more than one antagonist. $25.00

Freeze Frame by Peter May is the fourth in the Enzo MacLeod series. The cold case of a man murdered twenty years earlier draws forensics ace MacLeod to an island off the coast of Brittany. Trade Paperback original. $14.95

Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk finds an aging Hollywood star the target of an extreme celebrity takedown. Her overworked assistant takes on the role of bodyguard when a gossip columnist foretells the star’s demise. Each copy of the book has been signed, stamped, and "Chanel-led." Not for the "scent-sitive." $24.95

Strip by Thomas Perry is a stand alone. When "Manco" Kapak is robbed at gunpoint, he has reason to believe that Joe Carver is the culprit. But Carver isn’t and he’s ticked off that he’s been accused and decides to teach Manco a lesson. $26.00

Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child finds Agent Pendergast grieving over the death of his wife. When he discovers that death was no accident, he digs deeper and stumbles on secrets from her past that turn his whole world upside down. $26.99

Storm Prey is John Sandford’s twentieth book featuring Lucas Davenport and it is one of his best. When Davenport’s wife, Weather, witnesses a robbery-homicide, the thieves decide to take her out. But they don’t know her husband! $27.95

The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer is a follow-up to The Tourist and once again features Milo Weaver who finds himself in a tough spot when his handlers order him to kill a fifteen-year-old girl in Berlin. A Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $25.99


The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson is the long-awaited third volume in the late author’s Millenium Trilogy. This title goes on sale next Tuesday, the 25th, but we already have some of our copies and they are first editions. We are expecting more later today but we hear they are probably fourth editions. Just so you know! $27.95


Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1952. First U.S. Edition. $75.00

Very fine in dust jacket with minor wear at spine ends.

One Minute Past Eight by George Harmon Coxe, Knopf, NY. 1957. First Edition. SIGNED. $65.00

A bit of foxing, else fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed and Signed by the author on the front endpaper.

Mr. Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1940. First U.S. Edition.

Dr. Thorndyke. Very fine in dust jacket, which is rubbed on spine and front flap fold.

The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman, Harper, NY. 1973. Fourth Printing. SIGNED. $175.00

Author’s Edgar-Award-winning third novel. About fine in a near fine dust jacket which is the same as the jacket for the first printing; with a closed tear at base of spine. Slightly soiled.

Ashende or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham, Heinemann, London. 1928. First Edition. $150.00

Important spy novel and a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Apart from very light rubbing to the hinges, a near fine, bright copy.


A Drink Before the War, Harcourt, NY. 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00

Very fine in very fine dust jacket.

Darkness Take My Hand, Morrow, NY. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $85.00

Very fine in like dust jacket.

Sacred, Morrow, NY. 1997. First Edition. $23.00

Very fine in like dust jacket.

Gone, Baby, Gone, Morrow, NY. 1998. First Edition. $24.00

Very fine in like dust jacket.

Prayers For Rain, Morrow, NY. 1998. First Edition. $25.00

Very fine in like dust jacket.

Mystic River, Morrow, NY. 2001. First Edition. SIGNED. $50.00

The basis of the Academy Award-winning motion picture. Very fine like dust jacket.

Shutter Island, Morrow, NY. 2003. First Edition. $25.95

The basis for the recent Martin Scorcese film. Very fine in like dust jacket.

Coronado, Morrow, NY. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $24.95

The collected short stories and a play. Very fine in like dust jacket.

The Given Day, Morrow, NY. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.95

Very fine in dust jacket.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Party for Gabriel Cohen and Brian Wiprud 06/10/10!

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Gabriel Cohen
discussing his new novel
The Ninth Step
Brian Wiprud
discussing his new novel
Buy Back

Thursday, June 10th
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thomas Perry at The Mysterious Bookshop

Author Thomas Perry dropped by The Mysterious Bookshop tonight to discuss his new novel STRIP with Otto Penzler. Here Mr. Perry describes an "erotic reading" at Bouchercon and Charlaine Harris' reaction!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Mysterious Bookshop May Newsletter is Now Available!

Hi Folks
Our May Newsletter is now posted on our website. For your convenience, the links appear below:

When you order please call the store, or email Ian Kern at

If you are a Crime Club Member, please identify yourself as such to Ian so that he can pass on your orders to me.

I will be back in the store 5/21/10

Until then, happy reading.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 05/07/10!

Please note (again) that your scribe will be here until close of business tomorrow (5/8/10) and will not be back in the store until 5/21/10.

Below is the latest Weekly Update. If you wish to purchase an item from this update, please call the store or write to Ian Kern at
If you are a crime club member, please identify yourself as such to Ian and he'll make sure I receive a note of your order - to keep your, and our, records up to date.

There will be no Weekly Update next week, but we will resume with the update on 5/21/10.

Until then, pleasant reading.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, NY 10007

Ph: 212-587-1011


Open Seven Days, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Weekly Update 5/7/10


Wednesday, May 12th 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

Thomas Perry

will discuss his new thriller


Thursday, May 13th 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

Chris Grabenstein

will discuss his mystery

Rolling Thunder

Monday, May 17th 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

Andrew Grant

will discuss his new thriller

Die Twice

All events are free. Signed copies will be available.


Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader, has a new novel. The Map of True Places takes place in Salem, Massachusetts where Zee Finch, a respected psychotherapist, has returned after one of her patients commits suicide. There she finds that her father, Finch, long ago diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease , has been hiding how really sick he is. $25.99

Our Burden’s Light by Patrick Thomas Casey is a first novel set in the Shenandoah Valley where two families are caught on either side of a moment of small-town violence. $25.99

Carol Higgins Clark has signed her new Regan Reilly mystery, Wrecked. $25.00

The Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland introduces Pekkala, once the Romanovs’ most trusted investigator. Ten years after the execution of that royal family, Pekkala is in prison but the state needs him for one final mission: find the bodies of the murdered Romanovs, locate the killers, find the royal child rumored to still be alive, and give Stalin the international coup he craves. A First Mystery Club Selection. $25.00

Sorry to say, we only have 10 copies of Jim Nisbet’s new novel, Windward Passage. First come, first served here. $25.95

In The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose, Lucian Glass, an FBI agent, is haunted by a death he wasn’t able to prevent and a crime he’s never been able to solve. Working undercover at the Phoenix Foundation - dedicated to the science of past-life study - he submits to a treatment of hypnosis in order to maintain his cover and undertakes a series of journeys that will lead him to question his own sanity. Past Life is now a TV series based on M.J. Rose’s Reincarnationist novels. $24.95

Scott Turow stopped by and signed copies of Innocent, his legal thriller that is a sequel to his mega-hit Presumed Innocent. $27.99

Not signed but...

Robert B. Parker’s western, Blue-Eyed Devil, is here. Some of you have asked us to send any future Robert B. Parker books automatically. We will start doing that next week. $25.95


Brian McGilloway has written a new Inspector Benedict Devlin mystery, The Rising. When Devlin is summoned to a burning barn, he finds a man who is identified as a local drug dealer. But it soon becomes clear that the death was no accident. $43.00

Random, a first mystery by journalist Craig Robertson, is a doozy! Glasgow is being terrorized by a serial killer nicknamed The Cutter. That’s because this killer always severs the right pinky of his victims. Apart from that, there is no pattern to the killings: no victim is connected to any other victim and the method of murder is never the same. Jock the Ripper? Yes, he’s called that. This is a limited hardcover edition. $50.00


(Aviation Mystery) Murder in the Stratosphere by Gilbert Etheridge, Phoenix, NY. First Edition. 1940. $100.00

Name and address on front endpaper, remainder marks on bottom edges, else a fine, tight copy in dust jacket that is lightly worn at spine end and edges.

The White Priory Murders by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1934. First Edition. $200.00

One bump at top of front hinge, else about fine.

American Gigolo by Timothy Harris, Delacorte, NY. 1979. First Edition. . $125.00

Novelization of a screenplay by Paul Schrader. An exceptionally fine copy in a white dust jacket which has one ½'’ tear at the rear hinge.

Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes, Muller, London. 1966. First U.K. Edition. $85.00

A Coffin Johnson and Grave Digger Smith novel and scarce in hardcover. Fine in dust jacket.

Run Man Run by Chester Himes, Muller, London. 1967. First U.K. Edition. $65.00

As is true for most Himes crime novels, a scarce hardcover edition. Fine in a rubbed and lightly chipped dust jacket.

The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout, Viking, NY. 1965. Second Printing. SIGNED. $85.00

About fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed and signed by Stout.

The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout, Pyramid, NY. 1966. Paperback Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Bit of soiling to white wrappers, else near fine. Inscribed and signed by Stout.

Yellow-Dog Contract by Ross Thomas, Morrow, NY. 1976. First Edition. $100.00

Fine in dust jacket, which has a slightly sunned spine.

The Greene Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1928. First Edition, Second State. $175.00

Has two dates on the copyright page. Name, else fine in dust jacket with light chipping at extreme top of spine, minor nicks; overall, a very good or better copy.

The Bishop Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1929. First Edition. $100.00

Near fine in dust jacket, which is quite rubbed on the spine; no chips, but several creases and small tears.

The Gracie Allen Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1935. First Edition. $175.00

A fine, bright copy in a price-clipped dust jacket which is slightly rubbed.

Kahawa by Donald E. Westlake, Viking, NY. 1982. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

Author’s personal favorite novel, a giant caper set in Idi Amin’s Uganda. A bit of foxing in the gutters, else about fine in dust jacket.




Over the past few months we have published two limited anthologies - The Lineup and Agents of Treachery - both of which have sold out.

We are now offering two more anthologies, one of which you have already heard about, and the other, new to you, which will be published in June.

We do want to assure you that when the opportunity arises to publish what we consider to be an outstanding anthology, we will take that opportunity. But we also want to assure you that we will not be publishing one every month, nor will we ever charge your account in the same month.

So please feel free to place your orders

As with our previous anthologies, there will be 250 copies, numbered and signed, at $150.00; additionally, there will be 26 lettered copies at $275.00. These beautifully produced books will have marbled boards, a leather spine stamped in gold, with a protective glassine dust jacket.

THE DARK END OF THE STREET: New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today’s Top Authors

Edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan


Dragon’s Breath by Madison Smartt Bell

Scenarios by Lawrence Block

The Hereditary Thurifer by Stephen L. Carter

Me & Mr. Rafferty by Lee Child

The Perfect Triangle by Michael Connelly

Sunshine by Lynn Freed

Midnight Stalkings by James Grady

Greed by Amy Hempel

Deer by Janice Lee

The Salon by Jonathan Lethem

Tricks by Laura Lippman

Toytown Assorted by Patrick McCabe

I’ve Seen That Movie Too by Val McDermid

The Story of the Stabbing by Joyce Carol Oates

The Beheading by Francine Prose

Celebration by Abraham Rodriguez, Jr.

Daybreak by S.J. Rozan

Ben & Andrea & Evelyn & Ben by Jonathan Santlofer

The Creative Writing Murders by Edmund White

The Dark End of the Street is signed by all contributors.

STORIES; All New Tales

Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

The Stories

Blood by Roddy Doyle

Fossil-Figures by Joyce Carol Oates

Wildfire in Manhattan by Joanne Harris

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

Unbelief by Michael Marshall Smith

The Stars are Falling by Joe R. Lansdale

Juvenal Nyx by Walter Mosley

The Knife by Richard Adams

Weights and Measures by Jodi Picoult

Goblin Lake by Michael Swanwick

Mallon and Guru by Peter Straub

Catch and Release by Lawrence Block

Polka Dots and Moonbeams by Jeffrey Ford

Loser by Chuck Palahniuk

Samantha’s Diary by Diane Wynne Jones

Land of the Lost by Stewart O’Nan

Leif in the Wind by Gene Wolfe

Unwell by Carolyn Parkhurst

A Life in Fictions by Kat Howard

Let the Past Begin by Jonathan Carroll

The Therapist by Jeffery Deaver

Parallel Lines by Tim Powers

The Cult of the Nose by Al Sarrantonio

Human Intelligence by Kurt Anderson

Stories by Michael Moorcock

The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon by Elizabeth Hand

The Devil on the Staircase by Joe Hill

Jodi Picoult, Richard Adams, and Diana Wynne Jones are not able to sign this edition, but it is signed by all the other authors.

If you wish to order one of the anthologies below, please call the store or email Ian Kern at

Sally Owen

The Mysterious Bookshop

Party for THE TERRORIST by Peter Steiner

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Peter Steiner
discussing his new novel
The Terrorist

Tuesday, June 8th
from 6:30 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