Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Party for A SPECIAL PLACE by Peter Straub 07/14/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Peter Straub
discussing his new novella
A Special Place:
The Heart of a Dark Matter

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

Admission is free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
(Between Church and West Broadway)
(212) 587-1011

Author of the Week: JIM THOMPSON

The Killer Inside Me has just been released as a movie starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, and Kate Hudson. So it seems only timely......

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop


With the recent release of his best novel, The Killer Inside Me, new readers of crime fiction will undoubtedly discover Jim Thompson (1906-1977). As one of the masters of the noir novel, he is one of Stephen King’s favorite writers and a powerful influence on three generations of crime writers. Although only moderately successful in the United States, he has been revered for a half-century in France, where he has been a best-seller, and in Hollywood, which has made numerous films based on his books, most successfully with The Grifters.

Thompson, Jim, The Nothing Man, N.Y., Dell, 1954. First edition. PBO. Fine in wrappers, some creasing to spine. $175.00

Thompson, Jim, Nothing But a Man, N.Y., Popular Library, 1970. First edition paperback. Fine in wrappers. $200.00

Thompson, Jim, Texas by the Tail, Greenwich, Gold Medal, 1965. First edition. PBO. Fine in wrappers. $125.00

Thompson, Jim, Cropper’s Cabin, N.Y., Pyramid, 1958. Paperback reprint. Fine in wrappers. $20.00

Thompson, Jim, Ironside, N.Y., Popular Library, 1967. First edition. PBO. Very fine in wrappers. $75.00

Thompson, Jim, Bad Boy, N.Y., Lion, 1953. First edition. PBO. Near fine in wrappers, ink shadow on front cover, some general soiling and rubbing. $250.00

Thompson, Jim, Heed The Thunder, N.Y., Armchair Detective, 1991. First edition thus. Fine in boards without dust jacket as issued. Signed and with a new introduction by James Ellroy, lettered 1/26, in slipcase. $125.00

Thompson, Jim, Heed The Thunder, N.Y., Armchair Detective, 1991. First edition thus. Trade edition. Very fine in dust jacket. $19.95

Thompson, Jim, Heed The Thunder, N.Y., Armchair Detective, 1991. First edition thus. Trade edition. Dusty, else about fine in dust jacket. $10.00

Thompson, Jim, Child of Rage, Los Angeles, Blood & Guts, 1991. First edition thus. Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed and with an introduction by Gerald Petievich, numbered 1/500, in slipcase. $125.00

Thompson, Jim, Child of Rage, Lakewood, CO, Centipede Press, 2008. First of this edition with a new introduction by Ed Gorman. Very fine hardcover without dust jacket, as issued. $50.00

Thompson, Jim, Now and On Earth, N.Y., Modern Age, 1942. Ex-library copy of author’s first book. No indication of later printings. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Book features some fraying to extremities and indications where dust jacket was glued to boards, library stamp on front-past down, bottom edge. Dust jacket has corresponding flaws to flaps and a watermark and wrinkling to back panel. Still, a very uncommon copy in any condition. $3,500.00

Thompson, Jim, Nothing More Than Murder, N.Y., Harper, 1949. First edition. A spectacular copy of the author’s third book. Fine in fine dust jacket with just a bit of rubbing to extremities. Clean, tight and bright. $2,750.00

Another copy. First edition. Near fine in about fine dust jacket. Sunning to spine and edges. Wraparound crease at bottom of jacket, two very small chips at top of dj spine. $1,750.00

Thompson, Jim, Nothing More Than Murder, N.Y., Harper, 1949. First edition. Lacks front endpaper, else good-very good. $85.00

Thompson, Jim, The Undefeated, N.Y., Popular Library, 1969. First edition of this novelization of the John Wayne motion picture. Bookseller’s stamp, else very good. $85.00

Thompson, Jim, Hardcore, N.Y., Donald Fine, 1986. First edition thus. Collects novels The Kill-Off, The Nothing Man and Bad Boy. Introduction by Roderick Thorp. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. $45.00

Thompson, Jim, After Dark, My Sweet, Toronto, Popular Library, 1955. First Canadian edition. Faint color bleed on front cover, else fine in wrappers. $150.00

Thompson, Jim, South of Heaven, Greenwich, CT, Gold Medal, 1967. First edition. PBO. About fine in wrappers. $100.00

Thompson, Jim, South of Heaven, Greenwich, CT, Gold Medal, 1967. First edition. PBO. About fine in wrappers. Cocked, bookseller’s stamp on first page, else clean and bright. $75.00

(Thompson, Jim), Jim Thompson: Sleep with the Devil by Michael J. McCauley, N.Y., Mysterious Press, 1991. The first full-length biography of Thompson. Very fine in dust jacket. $19.95

Friday, June 25, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 06/25/10!

The latest batch of goodies from The Mysterious Bookshop!!

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 6/25/10


Tuesday, June 29th. 6.30p.m. - 8.00p.m.

Zoe Sharp and Lee Child will be here to celebrate the release of Killer Instinct, Sharpe’s first book in the Charlie Fox series.

Child, a big fan of the series, wrote the introduction to this edition.

For some inexplicable reason, we still have some numbered copies of The Dark End of the Street for sale.

A reminder for those of you who have not yet bought your copy: These original stories of sex and crime are signed by all the contributors; 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 McCabe, Val McDermid, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Abraham Rodriguez Jr., S.J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, and Edmund White.

In addition, co-editor Jonathan Santlofer, a talented artist, has peppered this volume with his brilliantly disturbing artwork.

Limited to 250 signed and numbered copies. $150.00


Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis takes up where Less Than Zero left off. The infamous teenagers of that earlier book are now in desperate middle age and their stories are told with Ellis’s usual dark wit. $24.95

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich chronicles the latest escapades of New Jersey bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum. Janet told us that she is starting a new series which will be available in September, but she is not giving up on the Plum! A Crime Collectors Club Selection. $27.99

Twilight at the World of Tomorrow is work of non-fiction by James Mauro. In the Summer of 1939 America was enjoying a season of hope for peace an prosperity, symbolized by the opening of the New York World’s Fair. But the optimism of that time came crashing down in the next two years plagued as the Fair was by freakish weather, power failures, and bomb threats. Joe Lynch and Freddy Socha, two police detectives, investigated the arrival of terrorism on American shores in a chilling preview of things to come. We don’t have many of this title signed right now but we will be hosting an event in July and will have more signed copies then. $28.00


A Bonanza for fans of Lindsey Davis:

Nemesis, Davis’s latest novel featuring her beloved sleuth Marcus Didius Falco, is set in the high summer of 77 as a psychotic killer stalks Rome. $48.00

After twenty years and twenty books featuring Marcus Didius Falco, Lindsey Davis has given us Falco: The Official Companion. But Davis gives us so much more, including her own private background as a failed assassin and how atheism improved her knitting. Here too are the rewards and heartache involved in research: why the baby had to be born in Barcelona; which plots evolved from intense loathing of management trainees. A must for fans of Davis, but plenty here for those of you who think there is no such thing as TMI from one England’s most popular historical writers. $50.00

Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane is the first in a new series featuring young Holmes (he’s fourteen here as he begins his illustrious career). This hardcover edition is limited to 500 hardcover copies, numbered and signed. Lane is a devotee of Sherlock Holmes and has already written the next Young SH novel. $33.00

The Illusion of Murder is the second historical novel by Carol McCleary featuring Nelly Bly, reporter, feminist, and amateur detective. Here she takes up Jules Verne’s challenge to beat the record of his fictional hero, Phineas Fogg, and finds adventure and murder on her journey during which she will meet actress, Sarah Bernhardt and Frederick Selous, the real life inspiration for Rider Haggard’s hero in King Solomon’s Mine and for Indiana Jones. $50.00

I collect Robert Ryan’s work (he has written fictional accounts of the life of T.E. Lawrence and Scott of the Antarctic), but now that he’s written a novel based on one of the great crimes of the last century, its time to share him with you. Signal Red tells of the crime that shocked a nation. On August 8th 1963, a team of criminals, led by a charismatic mastermind, held up the Royal Mail train en route to London and escaped with millions. For those of you fascinated by The Great Train Robbery! $50.00


Out of His Head by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Carleton, NY. 1862. First Edition. $85.00

Queen’s Quorum #6. This is the first state (of four) with the name "Thackaray" misspelled on the title page for "Thackeray". Rare. The cloth at the top and bottom of the spine is chipped away, and there is heavy wear at the corners and edges. Internally very good.

(Booksellers’ Catalogues) $45.00

A collection of five catalogues (one duplicate) issued by the House of El Dieff in the 1950s and 1960s, all devoted to mystery fiction, Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. Some underlinings and annotations. Important early catalogues.

Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter by Fredric Brown, (N.P.), Dennis McMillan, 1986. First Edition. SIGNED. $100.00

Short stories from the pulps. Limited to 400 copies, numbered and signed by Donald E. Westlake, who wrote the introduction.

Fell and Foul Play by John Dickson Carr, International Polygonics, NY. 1991. First Editiion. $100.00

Several impossible short stories (a woman is stabbed in a locked tower, a man is bludgeoned in a room with locked windows and doors, etc.). Very fine in very fine dust jacket. Adey #2014-2016.

Innocent Blood by P.D. James, Scribner, NY. 1980. Third Printing. SIGNED. $20.00

Fine in dust jacket.

A Tan and Sandy Silence by John D. MacDonald, Lippincott, Philadelphia. 1979. First American Hardbound Edition. $450.00

Very fine in dust jacket, which has a bit of soiling to rear panel.

Jack & Jill by James Patterson, Little Brown, Boston. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

Third Alex Cross mystery. Very fine in dust jacket.

The House on Tollard Ridge by John Rhode, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1929. First U.S. Edition. $200.00

Very good/near fine in dust jacket that is internally reinforced at spine ends, chipped at spine ends, else very good. Scarce jacket.

Signal For Death by John Rhode, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1941. First U.S. Edition. $150.00

Spine a trifle sunned, else fine in dust jacket, which has a long closed tear and crease on front panel, some fraying at top of spine and a crease at front hinge. Terrific cover illustration of a plane and searchlight.

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, NY. 1987. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Author’s first mystery. About fine in dust jacket.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thrillerfest Party 07/09/10!

The Mysterious Bookshop
in association with
will host a party celebrating

Thrillerfest 2010
with William Dietrich, Alafair Burke,
Andrew Gross, Glenn Cooper,
Craig Reed, Robin Burcell,
Jonathan Hayes, Noah Boyd,
Lisa Black, William Lashner,
Jamie Freveletti, Steve Martini,
Alex Dryden, Matt Hilton,
Wendi Corsi-Staub
and Charles Todd

Join us in celebrating Thrillerfest 2010
with a greeting and reception. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, July 9th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

All are welcome!

Admission is Free.

The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren St. (Between Church and West Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-1011

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 06/18/10

Have a wonderful Father's Day weekend.

Happy reading!

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 6/18/10


Lauren Belfer stopped by to sign A Fierce Radiance, her second novel. Claire Shipley is a reporter for Life Magazine who, during the early days of WWII, finds herself on top of one of the nation’s most important stories. In the labs of New York City’s Rockefeller Institute, some of the country’s best doctors and researchers are racing to find a cure that will save the lives of thousands of wounded American soldiers - a miraculous new drug called Penicillin. A Soft Boiled Club Selection. $25.99

We are already sold out of Spies of the Balkans (except for those we have put aside for members of the Thriller/Espionage Club) but Alan Furst is going to come back to the store and sign more copies. If you have not ordered yet, let us know and we’ll send you a signed copy when it becomes available. A Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $26.00

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall is the second story from the files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator. A prominent Indian scientist dies in a fit of giggles when a Hindu goddess appears out of the mist and plunges a sword in his chest. Vish Puri, master of disguise and lover of all things fried and spicy, doesn’t believe the murder is a supernatural occurrence. The author is going to stop by the store today and sign his book, and I’m hoping my assumption that he will be here does not act as a jinx. $24.00

Not Signed but...

Stories: All-New Tales Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio is now available in the trade edition. $27.99


No One Rides for Free by Larry Beinhart, Morrow, NY. 1986. First Edition. SIGNED. $65.00

Winner of the Edgar for Best First Mystery. Very fine in dust jacket.

Charlie Chan Carries On by Earl Derr Biggers, Grossett & Dunlap, NY. 1930. $100.00

Early reprint. Fine in dust jacket with tiny nicks.

Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Robert Bloch, Belmont, NY. 1962. First Edition. $45.00

Paperback original. Crime and horror stories. About fine.

The Prince of Spies by G. Davison, Jenkins, London. 1932. First Edition. $35.00

Sequel to The Man with the Twisted Face. Very scarce.

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1907. First Edition. $375.00

A Queen’s Quorum title. Spine ends worn, else a nearly fine copy of this important book.

County Kill by William Campbell Gault, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1962. First Edition. $100.00

A Brock (the Rock) Callahan private eye novel. Very fine in dust jacket with minute rubbing at spine tips.

Getting to Know the General by Graham Greene, Bodly Head, London. 1984. First Edition. $150.00

A memoir of the author’s relationship with an important Panamanian general whose plane was blown up by a hidden bomb. Very fine, fresh copy in a perfect dust jacket.

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, St. Martin’s, NY. 1988. First Edition. $200.00

A very fine copy in dust jacket; the basis for the excellent film starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Laid in (not glued) is a neat slip of paper with the rare autograph of the elusive author.

The Ordeal of Mrs. Snow by Patrick Quentin, Random House, NY. 1962. First Edition. $75.00

Queen’s Quorum title. Fine in dust jacket. A review slip is laid in.

The Face of Trespass by Ruth Rendell, Hutchinson, London. 1974. First Edition. $400.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Death Out of Thin Air by Stuart Towne, Coward-McCann, NY. 1941. First Edition. $350.00

An impossible crime story by Clayton Rawson under this pseudonym. The character is Don Diavalo, a magician. Contains two novellas, originally published in the very rare pulp magazine, Red Star. Near fine, square copy of this very scarce book.

The Winter Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribner, NY. 1939. First Edition. $375.00

The last and one of the scarcest of the Philo Vance series. A fine, fresh copy in a bright dust jacket with creasing at top corners of spine. Very scarce in such outstanding condition.

The Ice-House by Minette Walters, St. Martin’s, NY. 1992. First U.S. Edition. $100.00

Author’s brilliant and scarce first novel. A fine copy in a bright, fresh dust jacket that shows a bit of rubbing at top and bottom of spine and along top edge of the front panel.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Party for DARK HARBOR by Nathan Ward and TWILIGHT AT THE WORLD OF TOMORROW by James Mauro 07/06/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Nathan Ward
discussing his new book
Dark Harbor:
The War for the New York Waterfront
James Mauro
discussing his new book
Twilight at
the World of Tomorrow:
Genius, Madness, Murder and the 1939 World's Fair
on the Brink of War

Tuesday, July 6th
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


Hi Folks!
Our "author of the week" is a list of bibliomysteries.

Have fun with this.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop



Since it has proven to be the most popular list we send out, we’re again offering some books in one of the most interesting sub-genres of the mystery world, "Bibliomysteries," which are books about books. They may be set in bookstores or libraries, they may involve collectors, librarians or authors, or they may involve rare books or manuscripts, but, for all of us who love the world of books, these are among the most satisfying books in the field, both for readers and for the many collectors who have specialized in these titles. If you would like to put together your own collection of bibliomysteries, whether reading copies or fine first editions, please make contact with Otto, who would enjoy working with you.

Allen, Garrison, Royal Cat, N.Y., Kensington, 1995. First edition.of the second book in the series about Penelope Warren, owner of the mystery bookstore Mycroft & Company and her cat, Mycroft, a.k.a. "Big Mike," as they investigate murders at the Almost Authentic Elizabethan Spring Faire in Empty Creek, Arizona. Very fine in dust jacket. Inscribed and signed. $25.00

Allen, Garrison, Stable Cat, N.Y., Kensington, 1997. First edition. Penelope Warren and "Big Mike"and the abduction of a valuable stallion. Very fine in dust jacket. $18.95

Allen, Garrison, Dinosaur Cat, N.Y., Kensington, 1998. First edition. Penelope Warren and "Big Mike" investigate murder at an archaeological site that involves a Russian ballerina and a manufacturer of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Tel Aviv tourists. Very fine in dust jacket. $20.00

Allingham, Margery, Flowers for the Judge, London, Heinemann, 1953. Reprint. Originally published in 1936. Albert Campion investigates a London publishing house that is awash in scandal. Very good in nice vintage dust jacket. $20.00

Allingham, Margery, Flowers for the Judge, N.Y., Doubleday, 1936. Reprint. Near fine reading copy. $15.00

Anderson, Frederick Irving, "The Jorgenson Plates" contained in The Female of the Species edited by Ellery Queen, Boston, Little, Brown, 1943. Second printing Contains this story with much about the technical aspects of publishing in England and America. The Sophie Lang character served as the basis for three Paramount films, all starring Gertrude Michael: The Notorious Sophie Lang (1934), The Return of Sophie Lang (1936) and Sophie Lang Goes West (1937). Near fine copy. $15.00

Bradberry, James, Ruins of Civility, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1996. First edition. A Princeton professor travels to Cambridge University to research a new book and finds his old mentor has disappeared. Very fine in dust jacket. $21.95

Breen, Jon L., Touch of the Past, N.Y., Walker, 1988. First edition. L.A. bookseller Rachel Jennings buys a collection of vintage mysteries from a Hollywood writer who is found murdered on the morning of the sale. Very fine in dust jacket. $25.00

Caldwell, Ian, and Dustin Thomason, The Rule of Four, London, Century, 2004. First edition. In 1999, two Princeton students have been studying one of the world’s rarest books, hoping to unlock its secrets, as scholars have attempted to do for 500 years. When they locate a rare diary, they are almost there, only to have the campus in an uproar when another studier of the book is murdered. Very fine in dust jacket. $125.00

Another copy. First U.S. edition. Very fine in dust jacket. $65.00

Cline, Ed, First Prize, N.Y., Mysterious Press, 1988. First edition. The winner of an important literary prize disappears. Top of pages dusty, else fine in dust jacket, which has a sunned spine. $15.00

Clynes, Michael (pseudonym of P.C. Doherty), The Poisoned Chalice, N.Y., Otto Penzler, 1992. First U.S. edition. Sir Roger Shallot searches for a certain book that King Henry doesn’t want in enemy hands. Very fine in dust jacket. $21.00

Cross, Amanda, The James Joyce Murders, N.Y., Macmillan, 1967. First edition. A great American publisher dies, leaving a large cache of letters by Joyce, D.H. Lawrence and other major literary figures. Kate Fansler is asked to edit them and becomes involved with murder. Fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket. $65.00

Cross, Amanda, The Theban Mysteries, N.Y., Knopf, 1971. First edition. Kate Fansler is teaching a course on Antigone when a scandal involving some of her students threatens to ruin the exclusive girls’ school. Fine in dust jacket. $45.00

Dane, Clemence, and Helen Simpson, Enter Sir John, N.Y., Cosmopolitan, 1928. First edition. A murder in a London theater is solved by means of a neatly rewritten play. Frontispiece. Very good copy. $35.00

Delving, Michael (pseudonym of Jay Williams), Smiling the Boy Fell Dead, N.Y., Scribner, 1966. First edition. Rare book dealer Dave Cannon makes his debut in this novel and travels to remote Gloucestershire to examine the rare manuscript he has been offered, only to find murder. Ink note inside front cover, else fine in a price-clipped dust jacket that has very light wear at spine ends. $15.00

Dolson, Hildegarde, Please Omit Funeral, Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1976. Book club edition. After a right-wing extremist demonstrates against "dirty" books in the library and burns them, a local author is murdered and she is the prime suspect. Near fine in dust jacket. $8.50

Dunning, John, The Bookman’s Wake, N.Y., Scribner, 1995. Book club edition. Denver rare book bookseller Cliff Janeway is happily buying and selling books when he is asked to pick up a young woman fugitive who may have stolen a priceless copy of Poe’s The Raven. He doesn’t like the job, but can’t resist because of the book. Fine in lightly worn dust jacket. $10.00

Fairstein, Linda, Lethal Legacy, N.Y., Dutton, 2009. First edition. A curator of rare books and maps is the victim of an assault but refuses to cooperate with the police. Soon, another woman in the same apartment is murdered with a valuable book—probably stolen--in her possession. Asst. D.A. Alex Cooper enters the privileged world of the Hunt family—passionate rare book collectors and major benefactors of the N.Y. Public Library. Very fine, as new, in dust jacket. Signed. $26.00

Fearing, Kenneth, The Big Clock, N.Y., Harcourt, 1946. First edition. A young woman involved with a large publishing company is murdered by a member of the prestigious publishing house. The basis for the outstanding 1948 Paramount film noir directed by John Farrow, with a screenplay by Jonathan Latimer; it starred Ray Millan and Charles Laughton. It was remade by Orion in 1987 as No Way Out. Fine in dust jacket, which has a sunned spine and small chips. Uncommon. $125.00

Fenster, Bob, The Last Page, N.Y., Perseverance Press, 1989. First edition. Trade paperback original. A New York mystery editor is found slumped across her desk with a rejection slip stapled to her sleeve and a bullet hole in her heart. Could a writer have accepted rejection badly? Very fine. $15.00

Fiechter, J.J., Death by Publication, N.Y., Arcade, 1995. First edition in English.. (Translated from the French Tire a Part, Paris, 1993). The head of one of England’s most prestigious publishing houses has always seemed quite content to be the silent supporter of his great authors as editor, translator and publisher. But when his best-selling French author delivers his greatest work, he recognizes it as a true story about the only woman he ever loved, reduced to ruin by the charismatic Frenchman, and determines to ruin him.

Very fine in dust jacket. $20.00

Fish, Robert L., Kek Huuygens, Smuggler, N.Y., Mysterious Press, 1976. First edition. A collection of clever short stories including one in which the gentleman smuggler manages to help steal the original manuscript of a Bach cantata. One of 1,000 copies. Fine in dust jacket. $10.00

Fiske, Dorsey, Bound to Murder, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1987. First edition. A thief steals valuable color prints from a library, then an entire rare medieval text. The culprit is caught, then murdered. Fine in dust jacket. Review letter laid in. $25.00

Fuller, Timothy, Harvard Has a Homicide, 1936. Reprint. The murder of a professor sets off an investigation throughout Harvard, the Hasty Pudding Club and its famous library. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. $25.00

Another copy. Reprint. Very good reading copy. $15.00

Furutani, Dale, Death in Little Tokyo, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1996. First edition. A mystery fan masquerades as a private eye at his local mystery club’s weekend event when a femme fatale turns up. The author’s first book. Very fine in dust jacket. $35.00

Thomas Gifford, Woman in the Window, N.Y., Bantam, 1984. Unity, ME, Five Star, 1999. First hardcover edition, originally published as a paperback original as by Dana Clarins. Very fine without dust jacket, as issued. A successful literary agent looks out her window to see a man throw a gun onto a construction site, and he sees her. Very fine, unread copy. $25.00

Grimes, Martha, The Five Bells and Bladebone, Boston, Little, Brown, 1987. First edition. A dismembered corpse is found in an antique secretary, and one of the prime suspects is the owner of Long Pidd’s bookshop. Very fine in dust jacket. $20.00

Handler, David, The Man Who Would F. Scott Fitzgerald, N.Y. Bantam, 1990. First edition. Paperback original. A first-time novelist writes in the style of Fitzgerald and has a huge success. Between touring, promoting, partying, etc. he’s too busy to write a second book, so the publisher hires a ghostwriter to produce his tell-all expose of the dirty side of publishing. Murders ensue. Winner of the Edgar for Paperback Original..

Harrison, Michael, The Exploits of the Chevalier Dupin, Sauk City, WI, Mycroft & Moran, 1968. First edition. A collection of short stories featuring Poe’s C. Auguste Dupin, including "The Mystery of the Fulton Documents." Very fine in dust jacket. $75.00

Hart, Carolyn G., Death on Demand, N.Y., Bantam, 1987. First edition. Paperback original. The first mystery in the series about Annie Laurence, the proprietress of the "Death on Demand" mystery bookstore on Broward’s Rock Island, S.C., holds a weekly meeting of mystery writers called "The Sunday Night Regulars" which doesn’t turn out as planned when one of the authors is murdered. Very fine, unread copy. $100.00

Hart, Carolyn G., Something Wicked, N.Y., Bantam, 1988. First edition. Paperback original. An Annie Laurence mystery in which the bookshop owner must deal with the surprising fact that her fiancé Max is accused of murdering the leading man in a summer stock production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Very fine, unread copy. Inscribed and signed. $45.00

Another copy. First edition. Very fine, unread copy. Not signed. $20.00

Hart, Carolyn G., Design for Murder, N.Y., Bantam, 1988. First edition. Paperback original. Annie Laurence, owner of the "Death on Demand" mystery bookstore, is invited to stage a mystery night that ends in murder. Very fine, unread copy. $20.00

Hart, Carolyn G., Mint Julep Murder, N.Y., Bantam, 1995. First edition. Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand Bookstore, attends the Dixie Book Festival and finds a publisher poisoned. Advance reading copy. Very fine in original wrappers. $7.50

Hess, Joan, Strangled Prose, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1986. First edition. The first novel about Claire Malloy, who operates the Book Depot, a classy college bookshop located in an old train station. She reluctantly agrees to host a book signing party at her shop for the author of a steamy romance, a roman a clef about escapades of faculty members. Very fine in dust jacket. $100.00

Hess, Joan, Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1986. A Claire Malloy mystery set at a murder mystery weekend. Very fine in dust jacket. $75.00

Hess, Joan, Dear Miss Demeanor, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1987. First edition. A Claire Malloy mystery in which her daughter’s principal falls dead from a mouthful of poisoned peach compote. Very fine in dust jacket. $25.00

Hess, Joan, Busy Bodies, N.Y., Dutton, 1995. First edition. Claire Malloy becomes involved with an artist whose front yard showcases a coffin and a nude model, causing so large a crowd and commensurate noise that the local mystery writer can’t finish her book. Advance proof copy. Very fine in original wrappers. $10.00

Hess, Joan, Death by the Light of the Moon, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1992. First edition. Claire Malloy, owner of the little campus book store, the Book Depot, finds herself in the middle of her own Gothic plot when she travels to her late husband’s decaying ancestral home for a murderous family reunion. Very fine in dust jacket. $20.00

Kenney, Susan, Garden of Menace, N.Y., Scribner, 1983. First edition. A Vassar professor is hired to edit the papers of famed author Lady Viola Montfort-Snow and learns that some people will do anything to prevent her—including murder. A fine fresh copy in dust jacket; advance copy with review slip and publicity letter laid in. $20.00

King, C(harles) Daly, The Curious Mr. Tarrant, N.Y., Dover, 1972. First U.S. edition. The British edition is one of the rarest books of the 20th century. Contains "The Episode of the ‘Codex’ Curse," an "impossible" crime in which a priceless Aztec Codex is stolen from a guarded and locked room. This trade paperback original is the first in the U.S. Fine. $20.00

Kurnitz, Harry, Invasion of Privacy, N.Y., Random House, 1955. First edition. A hot young Hollywood producer acquires the rights to a book by a beautiful woman and, after the film is shot, learns it was based on a true story. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. $17.50

Ludlum, Robert, The Chancellor Manuscript, N.Y., Dial, 1977. 4th printing. Peter Chancellor learns of a secret group of men who were involved in killing J. Edgar Hoover and reveals many secrets in the form of a novel. Much information about publishing. Fine in dust jacket. $12.50

McCrumb, Sharon, Zombies of the Gene Pool, N.Y., Simon & Schuster, 1992. First edition. Murder at a science fiction convention attended by many of the giants of the genre. Very fine in dust jacket. $20.00

McGaughey, Neil, Otherwise Known as Murder, N.Y., Scribner, 1994. First edition. America’s leading authority on mystery fiction takes a pseudonym to attempt his own novel but before he can begin he is asked to find one of the mystery world’s most influential writers and finds murder. Very fine in dust jacket. $25.00

McGaughey, Neil, And Then There Were Ten, N.Y., Scribner, 1995. First edition. His editor asks mystery expert Stokes Moran to compile a list of his 10 favorite crime novels; he attends a birthday party for a former literary agent, who is scared half to death. Advance reading copy. Very fine in wrappers. $10.00

McInerney, Ralph, Second Vespers, N.Y., Vanguard, 1980. First edition; advance uncorrected proof copy. A Father Dowling mystery about an author whose death sparks renewed interest in his work, including by a librarian who has some unpublished letters and bookshop owner with one of the author’s diaries. Very good in wrappers. $10.00

Michaels, Barbara (pseudonym of Barbara Louise Gross Mertz), Houses of Stone, N.Y., Simon & Schuster, 1993. First edition. A young professor of English chances upon a privately printed volume of poetry dating from the early 19th century and later finds an old manuscript with the same attribution, she believes her important discovery is worth further exploration, leading to dire consequences. Very fine in dust jacket. $21.00

Newman, Sharan, Death Comes as Epiphany, N.Y., Tor, 1993. First edition. In 12th century France, a manuscript produced at a convent has disappeared amid rumors that it contains sacrilegious passages and that it will be used to condemn Heloise’s lover, Peter Abelard. Very fine in dust jacket. $20.00

Offord, Lenore Glen, Walking Shadow, N.Y., Simon & Schuster, 1959. First edition. At the Ashland, Oregon, Shakespeare Festival, someone adds a line to one of Shakespeare’s plays, leading to murder. Fine in a fine dust jacket with minute rubbing to tip of spine. Inscribed and signed. $40.00

Another copy. First edition. Fine in a lightly rubbed dust jacket. $20.00

Reno, Marie, Final Proof, N.Y., Harper, 1976. First edition. The editorial director of a major book club is found slumped over a set of galley proofs. Written by a long-time publishing insider. Near fine in dust jacket. $15.00

Roberts, Gillian (pseudonym of Judith A. Greber), I’d Rather Be in Philadelphia, N.Y., Ballantine, 1992. First edition. Philadelphia schoolteacher Amanda Pepper is sorting through stacks of used books for a library sale when she notices a book about abused women with particularly vicious passages underlined and a marginal note that says "I know he’ll kill me." Very fine in dust jacket. $20.00

Rogow, Roberta, The Problem of the Evil Editor, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 2000. First edition; advance reading copy. Charles Dodgson brings his friend Arthur Conan Doyle to introduce him to editors who might be interested in his work. They approach Samuel Bassett as he violently rejects the work of Oscar Wilde, then soon afterward see him murdered in full sight during a heavy snow storm. Very fine in wrappers. $10.00

Sandom, J.G., Gospel Truths, N.Y., Doubleday, 1992. First edition. A Gnostic Bible buried beneath Chartres Cathedral is at the core of a murder. Very fine in dust jacket. $22.50

Schorr, Mark, Red Diamond, Private Eye, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1983. First edition. Simon Jaffe is a New York cab driver by day, an avid pulp fiction reader and collector by night. Fine in dust jacket. Inscribed and signed. $45.00

Simonson, Sheila, Larkspur, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1990. First edition. The first mystery in the series about bookstore owner Lark Dailey, who is invited to spend a "literary" weekend with the poet David "Dai" Llewellyn.

Very fine in dust jacket. Publicity letter laid in. $25.00

Sims, George R., The Despain Papers, Philadelphia, PA, Holmes, 1992. First U.S. and first hardcover edition; trade edition limited to 650 copies. Very fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket. $25.00

Skom, Edith, The Mark Twain Murders, Tulsa, OK, Council Oak Books, 1989. First edition. Murder in the stacks of the university library may be even more serious than the stolen books. No front endpaper; good reading copy in dust jacket. $10.00

Starrett, Vincent, "The Adventure of the Unique Hamlet," contained in 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes, N.Y., Macmillan, 1940. The first publication after the very rare privately printed edition of 1920 of what many believe to be the finest Sherlock Holmes pastiche ever written. A very fine, fresh copy in a bright dust jacket with a small chip at head of spine and a piece torn from the front flap, which is price-clipped. $150.00

Starrett, Vincent, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, N.Y., Otto Penzler. First of this edition. Contains "The Adventure of the Unique Hamlet." Fine in wrappers. $7.95

Straus, Ralph, Pengard Awake, N.Y., Appleton, 1920. First U.S. edition. An English book collector travels to Chicago and meets an antiquarian bookseller in his shop in Chicago and tries to help him cope with a dark mystery. Gift inscription on front endpaper, else a very nice, about fine copy in the scarce dust jacket, which has a few nicks and tears. A classic bibliomystery. $150.00

Strong, Tony, The Poison Tree, London, Doubleday, 1997. First edition. A young woman moves to Oxford to study for her doctorate in detective fiction and learns that her home was once the site of a brutal murder. Soon, strange and frightening events begin. Very fine in dust jacket. $35.00

Symons, Julian, The Colour of Murder, London, Collins, 1957. First edition. A happily married visits the library, where he begins an affair with a pretty young woman, leading to murder. Covers marked, else very good in dust jacket, which is sunned at the spine and has a closed tear. $25.00

Trocheck, Kathy Hogan, To Live and Die in Dixie, N.Y., Harper, 1993. First edition. An authentic Civil War diary is fervently pursued by numerous characters, from various university librarians to a lunatic Civil War buff. Very fine in dust jacket. $20.00

Valin, Jonathan, Final Notice, N.Y., Dodd, Mead, 1980. Private detective Harry Stoner is hired to stop a psychopath who has been mutilating books in a Cincinnati library by cutting out parts of the female anatomy from art books before he escalates to the real thing. Very fine in dust jacket. $125.00

Van Gieson, Judith, The Stolen Blue, Albuquerque, N.M., University of New Mexico, 2000. First edition. Claire Reynier’s job is to buy books for the University of New Mexico’s library, a job she loves. But when a collector invites her to a remote wilderness ranch, her dream job becomes a nightmare. Very fine in dust jacket. Signed. $22.95

Wallace, Edgar, The Door with Seven Locks, N.Y., Doubleday, 1928. A man of evil repute steals a book of biology from a library–not the least of his crimes. Filmed in London by Rialto in 1940 with a screenplay by Norman Lee, Gilbert Gunn and John Argyle; it was directed by Lee and starred Leslie Banks and Lilli Palmer. It was released in the United States by Monogram as Chamber of Horrors. Very good. $15.00

Wells, Carolyn, Murder in the Bookshop, N.Y., Grosset & Dunlap, 1936. Reprint. A wealthy book collector breaks into a New York antiquarian bookshop with his personal librarian and is found murdered, with a rare book missing. Some foxing, name on front endpaper, else about fine in a beautiful, bright dust jacket that replicates that of the first edition, which is a rare and expensive book in dust jacket. There is a closed tear at the lower hinge, otherwise it is fine. $100.00

Wren, Lassiter, and Randle McKay, The Baffle Book, N.Y., Doubleday, 1928. Later printing. A collection of solve-them-yourself mysteries, including "The Problem of Napoleon’s Signatures." Fine in dust jacket, which has minor spine wear. $45.00

Wren, Lassiter, and Randle McKay, The Third Baffle Book, N.Y., Doubleday, 1930. First edition. Another collection of solve-them-yourself mysteries, including "The Stolen Endymion." Very good. $15.00

Zaroulis, N.L., The Poe Papers, N.Y., Jove, 1977. First paperback edition. A literary treasure beyond price, the romantic letters exchanged between Edgar Allan Poe and Mrs. Nancy Richmond a year before his death, lures a passionate devotee of the author to the crumbling house filled with memorabilia and the letters, driving him mad. Fine. $6.00

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Party for KILLER INSTINCT by Zoe Sharp with Lee Child 06/29/10

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Lee Child
Zoe Sharp
discussing Ms. Sharp's new novel
never before published in the U.S.
Killer Instinct

Tuesday, June 29th
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
(201) 587-1011

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 06/11/10!

The Mysterious Bookshop limited editions are looking very handsome on my bookshelves!

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 seven days, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Weekly Update 6/11/12

We are starting to charge and ship the following titles which are now in:

Neil Gaiman: Stories. Numbered and Lettered editions. Please note that we are sold out of this title.

Jacqueline Winspear - Maisie Dobbs Profile. We still have some of these available. Numbered Editions are limited to 100 copies $60.00. Lettered Editions are limited to 26 copies. $100.00


The Ninth Step is Gabriel Cohen’s latest Jack Leightner novel. A killing in a Brooklyn deli takes a bizarre turn when a crew of Homeland Security agents show up wearing anti-radiation gear. Soon Homicide Detective Leightner is embroiled in two dangerous and far-reaching investigations. $25.99

The Passage by Justin Cronin is being billed as the hot read of the Summer. I’m reading it now and so far it is spectacular! I have only read a quarter of this more than 700-page novel but I’m beginning to think this is even better than my all-time favorite apocalyptic novel, The Stand by Stephen King, to which it is being compared. The writing is crisp, the story is riveting, and I can’t wait to cancel all my social obligations so I can just sit at home and devour this extraordinary story. The bad news is that it’s the first book in a trilogy! An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $27.00

The Lion by Nelson DeMille features special agent John Corey who is once again on the trail of his arch-enemy, the Libyan terrorist known as The Lion. Ten years ago, The Lion disappeared (this story is told in The Lion’s Game) but now he has resurfaced and is methodically murdering his enemies. A Crime Collector’s Club Selection. $27.99

Peter Steiner is not a well-known name in thriller writing, but he certainly deserves to be. The Terrorist is the third in his series featuring Louis Morgon, who was once a CIA operative in the Middle East but who now lives in the French countryside where all he wants to do is garden, paint and have dinners with his friends. But an old enemy with a grudge has other ideas. $23.99

Brian M. Wiprud was here signing copies of Buy Back which features Tom Davin , an insurance investigator who has arranged an art theft to cover the debt he owes to a ruthless loan shark. Tommy must navigate his troubles, and Brooklyn, with the help of tantric yoga, his father’s aphorisms, and a comely masseuse. $24.99


We still have a few copies of May’s British Crime Club selection, The Whisperers by John Connolly. This latest thriller featuring private detective Charlie Parker will not be published in the U.S. until July. A British Crime Club Selection. $43.00

The Priest is a first novel by Gerard O’Donovan, a former journalist who sets his story in his hometown of Dublin. A killer is stalking the streets and branding his victims with the sign of the cross. When a foreign diplomat’s daughter is assaulted and left for dead, the case is given to Detective Inspector Michael Mulcahy, a tough cop, who finds in the Priest a nemesis more evil and elusive than any he has ever faced. A British Crime Club Selection. $50.00

We have sold out of the limited edition of The Holy Thief by William Ryan, a first novel set in Stalin’s Russia. But we have managed to get signed copies of the trade edition. A British Crime Club Selection. $33.00

The Prince of Mist is the latest from Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Although this story of murder and the paranormal was originally written for young adults, we think readers of all ages will enjoy the latest from the author of The Shadow of the Wind. $24.99


Stolen Away by Max Allan Collins, Bantam, NY. 1991. First Edition. $100.00

Author’s scarcest book in hardcover. A novel about the Lindbergh kidnapping. Very fine in dust jacket.

The First Rule by Robert Crais, The Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2010. First Edition. $150.00

Limited to 100 copies, signed and numbered. Precedes all other editions. Fine in marbled boards with glassine cover.

Someone Like You by Roald Dahl, Knopf, NY. 1953. First Edition. $350.00

Important Queen’s Quorum title. Very fine in a price-clipped dust jacket.

Aloysius X.L. Pendergast Profile by Douglas Preston and Lincoln, Child, The Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2008. First Edition. $60.00

Limited to 100 copies, numbered and signed by both authors. This is the original edition which was later reprinted in the trade edition of the Edgar-award winning anthology, The Lineup. Fine in boards as issued.

A Body for Bill by Ione Sandberg Shriber, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1942. First Edition. $100.00

Two small, light spots on front cover, else a very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket with trivial wear at corners.

The Girl in His Past by Georges Simenon, Prentice-Hall, NY. 1952. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

About fine in dust jacket with a bit of wear at the top of the spine and two small closed tears.

The Man Who Found Himself by Margaret Stacpoole and H. De Vere, John Lane, NY. 1920. First Edition. $40.00

Cover a bit rubbed, else very good or better in the scarce dust jacket, which is lightly chipped and with closed tears.

The Dogs Do Bark by Jonathan Stagge, Doubleday Crime Club, 1937. First Edition. $150.00

Bookplate inside front cover, else a very good copy in the scarce dust jacket, which is frayed at spine ends.

Murder in G Sharp by Kurt Steel, Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis. 1937. First Edition. $40.00

Features wise-cracking sleuth Hank Hyer. Name and address on front endpaper, small split at hinge, else near fine in dust jacket, which is lightly chipped at top of spine and one corner.

The Locked Room by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, Pantheon, NY. 1973. First U.S. Edition. $15.00

A man is shot in a locked room. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket.


Gabriel Cohen at The Mysterious Bookshop.

Author Gabriel Cohen read from hyis new novel THE NINTH STEP last night at The Mysterious Bookshop in New York!

Brian Wiprud at The Mysterious Bookshop!

Brian Wiprud read from his new novel BUY BACK last night at The Mysterious Bookshop!

Party for Gabriel Cohen and Brian Wiprud!

Last night The Mysterious Bookshop hosted a wildly successful party for THE NINTH STEP by Gabriel Cohen and BUY BACK by Brian Wiprud!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Party for THE WOLVES OF FAIRMOUNT PARK by Dennis Tafoya and THE DRAGON FACTORY by Jonathan Maberry 07/13/10!

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Dennis Tafoya
discussing his new novel
The Wolves of Fairmount Park
Jonathan Maberry
discussing his new novel
The Dragon Factory

Tuesday, July 13th
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

The June 2010 Newsletter is Now Available!

Below are the links to our latest newsletter. The second has fewer pages and is printer-friendly.

Happy reading.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sally's Weekly Update for 06/04/10

We've just learned that The Lineup (which won an Edgar Award at the end of April) has been nominated for an Anthony Award. The Anthonys will be presented at Bouchercon in San Francisco later this year.
Congratulations to editor Otto Penzler for whom it is an honor just to be nominated :-)

Meanwhile, your Weekly Update appears below.

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 6/4/10


May we suggest a perfect gift for Father’s Day? A subscription - of any length - to one of our Crime Clubs!

Just give us your Dad’s name and address, and your credit card, and we’ll send, in your name, a signed first edition - at cover price - every month for as long as you designate.

Here’s are quick descriptions of the clubs (go to our newsletter online for more detailed descriptions):


Bestselling authors such as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Elmore Leonard, Sue Grafton, and Janet Evanovich sign for us here.


Take a chance on new authors whose books have gone on to become not only bestsellers, but also valuable editions. Previous selections have included Laurie King, Duane Swierczynski, Elizabeth Kostova, Sean Chercover, and Tim Dorsey.


Not especially favored by Dads, this club has the minimum of sex and violence and include historicals and traditional mysteries by the likes of Charles Todd, Alexander McCall Smith, and Mary Higgins Clark.


Dark and darker stories are included here: Jeffery Deaver, John Sandford, George Pelecanos, and Chelsea Cain.


The best of British authors are to be found in this category: Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, John Connolly, and C.J. Sansom.


For the Dad who prefers a more literary bookshelf, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, Michael Chabon, and Jonathan Lethem have signed for us.


Our newest club showcases the work of authors such as Alan Furst, Stella Rimington, Barry Eisler, Andrew Grant, and Robert Littell.


Tuesday, June 8th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Peter Steiner will be talking about and signing copies of

The Terrorist

Thursday, June 10th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

A double feature:

Gabriel Cohen - The Ninth Step

Brian Wiprud - Buy Back

All events are free. Books are available for signing and light refreshments are served.


Laurie R. King has signed the tenth volume in the Mary Russell series. The God of the Hive features Mary and Sherlock Holmes who are being pursued by a killer who seems to be immune from justice. A Soft Boiled Club Selection. $25.00

The trade edition of Agents of Treachery, edited by Edgar-award winner Otto Penzler, is now available. This trade paperback original is signed by EAW Otto only, and contains stories from some of the most gifted thriller writers extant: Lee Child Charles McCarry, David Morrell, Robert Wilson, Stella Rimington, Olen Steinhauer, etc. $15.95

(Father’s Day alert). Many of you have the limited hardcover edition of Agents of Treachery signed by all contributors. We still have a couple of copies of the numbered edition (limited to 250 copies) available for $150.00.

Please note that we have sold out of the letterd and numbered editions of Stories: All New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio.

However, we still have a few numbered copies of Dark End of the Street edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan and signed by all contributors. $150.00


Only a few copies of the following two books still available:

Dark Blood by Stuart MacBride features DS Logan McRae as a reluctant member of a team helping convicted rapist Richard Knox (who has, after all, served his time) settle into his Aberdeen home. But things are about to go spectactularly wrong. $38.00

Kraken by China Mieville is not a mystery but we love this author. When a perfectly preserved giant squid disappears from the research wing of the Natural History Museum, London is plunged into a battle of warring cults some of whom are sure the squid is a god. $45.00


The White Circle by Carroll John Daly, Edward Code, NY. 1936. First Edition. $125.00

Author’s first book. Fine.

Service of All the Dead by Colin Dexter, St. Martin’s, NY. 1979. First U.S. Edition. $250.00

An uncommon early Inspector Morse title. A very fine copy in a very fine dust jacket and rare in this condition.

The Delicate Ape by Dorothy B. Hughes, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, NY. 1944. First Edition. $35.00

Very good in a lightly chipped dust jacket which is trimmed about 1/8th inch.

Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B. Hughes, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, NY. 1946. First Edition. $45.00

The pages are tanned, as usual, and there are some marks on the front cover, else a very nice copy in a price-clipped dust jacket with minor wear to extremities. The basis for the famous film noir starring Robert Montgomery.

The Mysterious Cure by J.O. Jeppson, Doubleday, NY. 1985. First Edition. SIGNED. $25.00

A collection of science fiction and mystery stories about a psychiatrist club exchanging tales of their patients. With an introduction by Isaac Asimov, the author’s husband. Fine in dust jacket. Signed "Janet Jeppson Asimov."

Blood of Vintage by Thomas Kyd, Lippincott, PA. 1947. First Edition. $45.00

Fine in a lightly chipped and rubbed dust jacket.

Virgin by James Patterson, McGraw-Hill, NY. 1980. First Edition. $75.00

Early title by the best-selling author - before he was a best-seller. Very fine, as new, in like dust jacket.

The Cape Cod Mystery by Phoebe Atwood Taylor, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1931. First Edition. $75.00

Scarce first Asey Mayo mystery and a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Spine creased, else near very good.

Murder on the Second Floor by Frank Vosper, Putnam, London. 1929. First Edition. $175.00

Very rare play - only the second copy Otto has ever seen. A fine, fresh copy in the even rarer dust jacket, which is bright and fresh with only trivial chipping at the top edge.

The Mind of Mr. J. G. Reader by Edgar Wallace, Hodder & Stoughton, London. 1925. First Edition. $75.00

First edition of this Queen’s Quorum title. Neat name on front endpaper, pale blue cover soiled, else very good.