Friday, December 30, 2011

The Mysterious Bookshop Staff Favorites of 2011!

Adios 2011! Here's the words we loved the most this year.

Otto’s Top 10:

Block, Lawrence, The Night and the Music. I love the Matthew Scudder series, I love short stories, and this is the complete collection of Scudder stories. One of the great stories of all time is the Edgar-winning “By Dawn’s Early Light.”
Crais, Robert, The Sentry. Is there a better, more consistently outstanding mystery writer than Crais? Whether writing about Elvis Cole, a stand-alone or Joe Pike, Crais polishes every book into a flawless gem. This is Pike at his scariest.
Connelly, Michael, The Drop. What more can be said about Connelly and Harry Bosch? The worst book in the series is still a masterpiece. Readers only have to worry, as Bosch does here, that he’ll be forced to retire someday.

Woodrell, Daniel, The Outlaw Album. Country noir (a term Woodrell invented a decade ago) at its finest. The characters live hard lives in ramshackle homes, with little law enforcement, so the locals take care of themselves, and their problems, on their own.

Morrow, Bradford, The Diviner’s Tale. This unique work has all the accoutrements of the literary novel but it also spans two forms of genre fiction: the mystery and the supernatural tale.

Manfredo, Lou, Rizzo’s Fire. I am convinced that Manfredo’s realistic police stories about Joe Rizzo will soon be mentioned in the same breath as the great 87th Precinct novels by Ed McBain.

Cook, Thomas H., The Quest for Anna Klein. Without changing his sublime style, Cook has written a book with a plot that is different from his other books—a masterpiece of espionage fiction.

Horowitz, Anthony, The House of Silk. As an ardent aficionado of Sherlock Holmes who has read hundreds of pastiches, I will aver that this is the best of them all. Great suspense, impeccable use of language, and the characters are right.

Hunter, Stephen, Soft Target. On “Black Friday” a group of terrorists shoot Santa Claus and take more than a thousand hostages in Minnesota’s Mall of America. One hero stands between the killers and a bloodbath.

Block, Lawrence, A Drop of the Hard Stuff. Well, I said I love the Scudder series. This, the first novel about him in many years, is one of the best, taking him back to when he was first forced out of the NYPD and trying to get sober.

Dan, Ian and Sally's favorites After the Jump!

Sally's weekly update 11/30/2011

We Love to Hear From You!
In our January newsletter, under Staff Favorites, you will find our favorite reads of the year. If you would like to share your favorite reads with us, we’d love to hear from you.


Lots of good buzz about The Whisperer, a first novel by Donato Carrisi. When severed arms are discovered in a circle in the woods, Inspector Mila Vasquez joins a team of dedicated detectives who have a track record of catching serial killers. But the killer is way ahead of this group, and he’s just getting started. This thriller has become a bestseller in Europe. The author is not touring and we have SIGNED BOOKPLATES ONLY. $25.99

Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride is a stand alone crime novel. Five years ago Rebecca, the daughter of Detective Constable Ash Henderson, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. Every year, on her birthday, a card arrives at the Henderson house, showing Rebecca - and each one is more gruesome than the last. This psycho has been snatching girls for 12 years now and the tabloids call him The Birthday Boy because he takes girls as they are about to turn thirteen. What Ash Henderson won’t tell anybody is that he has been receiving these cards (his colleagues think Rebecca ran away from home) -. He doesn’t want to be taken off the investigation. He want to be there when they catch him! A British Crime Club Main Selection. $38.00 (approx).

Please note: There is a strict on-sale date for this title. We will take your orders but will be unable to send them to you until after January 5th. Note also that we will be unable to order more copies of this title. British Crime Club Members will receive their copies, after that it will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

All Otto all the time! We have received copies of the U.K. edition of Zombies (published here as Zombies, Zombies, Zombies - in case you didn’t get it the first time). Otto will sign copies of this edition which has the same content as the U.S. edition but which, to my mind, has a more appropriately gruesome cover. $25.00

Our third Bibliomystery is here. The Scroll by Anne Perry is limited to 100 hardcover editions at $50.00, and is available in paperback for $4.95 ($1.00 to Crime Club Members).

We do have a subscription list for our Biblios. As of now we have copies available of the Anne Perry story, as well as a few copies left of Biblio # 2, The Book of Ghosts by Reed Farrel Coleman.

The Innocent by Taylor Stevens once again features Vanessa Michael Munroe, introduced in The Informationist. Eight years ago, five-year-old Hannah was spirited out of school and into the cult known as The Chosen which has, under its leader The Prophet, hidden the child and shielded her abductor. Now several childhood survivors of the cult have escaped and they turn to Vanessa to help them free Hannah. $24.00

More After the Jump!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Toby Peters Affair by Greg Rucka

Greg Rucka wrote this stunning piece for The Mysterious Press Blog. Check it out.

Stuart Kaminsky changed my life.

This is not hyperbole. This is not a rhetorical gambit. It's God's honest Truth.

Until I was ten years old, mysteries were, to me, Encyclopedia Brown and a handful of aborted attempts to read The Hardy Boys. I fought through The Tower Treasure, got a dozen pages into The House on the Cliff, and gave it up for good. I fared slightly better with Nancy Drew, but not much. While I enjoyed the idea of a mystery, the concept of it as a narrative form, I was bored to tears by the execution.

To hear my mother tell it - and I've asked her about it - she went into the now-passed-into-memory Cloak and Dagger Mystery Bookshop in Santa Barbara, California, looking to buy some new reading for herself, and maybe a book for me. She asked the bookseller for a recommendation for her ten year-old son. What she left with was Murder on the Yellow Brick Road, which she then blithely handed to me.

To this day, I wonder what that bookseller was thinking. My best guess is that he or she hadn't actually read the book, and was rather looking to make the sale. Hey, that one there, it's got a Wizard of Oz reference. That'll be safe.

So very, very wrong.

So very, very right.

Read the rest of the post here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Want to win cool stuff from Ken Bruen and John Harvey?

If you help us spread the word about, you could be eligible for two very cool, very exlusive publications from authors.
Here's how the contest works:

Tell your friends to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

And that's it.

All you have to do is make the case for why we're awesome--and c'mon, aren't we?
On Thursday (Dec. 22) at noon, we're going to name six winners – three from Twitter, three from Facebook. Recommend us at least once on either of these social networks, and you're eligible.

Each winner gets Mysterious Profiles for Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor and John Harvey's Charlie Resnick. These are exclusive publications commissioned by Otto Penzler through The Mysterious Bookshop, written by the authors about their fictional detectives, and not available anywhere else.

Click here for more info.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Staff Favorites for December 2011

Our staff here at The Mysterious Bookshop are always on the prowl for a new must-read mystery. Dan, Sally, Ian and, of course, Otto Penzler, have selected the cream of the crop, the cherries on top, the best mysteries of December 2011. Check ‘em out.

Otto’s Favorite:

Woodrell, Daniel, The Outlaw Album. Little, Brown. Very few American mystery writers have enjoyed more critical acclaim with less popular success than Daniel Woodrell, though he slowly is finding a larger readership, partly because of the excellent film made from his novel Winter’s Bone. His new collection is a thing of beauty, encompassing all the elements of “country noir,” a term he invented about a decade ago. Like his novels, the stories in The Outlaw Album are set in the poor countryside of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. His characters live hard lives in ramshackle houses or trailers, working at whatever jobs they can find in a region where no one can afford to pay them very much. There isn’t much in the way of law enforcement in the vast rural terrain, so the local populace has learned its own code of honor and administers justice as it sees fit. Only when despair is taken for granted could someone utter this line, as one character does: “Ma wants to be buried on the farm. She’d been happy here when she was too young to know better.” This worldview pervades the 12 tales in The Outlaw Album, each of which is a small polished jewel, and not a bad way to become acquainted with this poetic storyteller. Signed copies available. $24.99

Check out more of Otto's faves, as well as Dan, Ian and Sally's picks after the jump!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update 12/16/11

After living in Brooklyn for twenty years, I shall be moving to Manhattan next week. Once I get over the trauma of moving my books, this will be a good thing! I'll be away from the store from Sunday, December 18th until Friday, December 23rd. I'll be back on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th. There will be no Weekly Update until Friday, December 30th.

Please send your emails to or call the store. Ian, Dan, even Otto, will be able to help. If you are a Crime Club member please identify yourself as such - your files are set up in a different way and we wouldn't want your information to be lost.
So. Whatever you plan on celebrating this coming holiday season - from Christmas to Festivus - have a wonderful time. Please note that I will be away from the store from December 18th until December 24th. Yes, I will be BACK for Christmas! How perverse.


Reed Farrel Coleman signed copies of his latest Moe Prager novel, Hurt Machine. Hardcovers ($24.95) and paperback editions ($15.95) were published simultaneously.

Colin Cotterill’s publisher has sent along signed bookplates for his latest Dr. Siri mystery, Slash and Burn. $25.00

More after the Jump!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Weekly Damage 12/15

It’s been a busy week here at the shop, what with the holiday season sneaking up on us and all. Between decking the halls with boughts of fury, watching mommy killing Santa Claus and kissing underneath the missing toe, I’ve managed to gather the top 5 tales of mysterious happenings.

More after the jump!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Reed Farrel Coleman Event 12/12

Thanks to everyone who came out of the Reed Farrel Coleman Event yesterday. Check out all of the pictures on our Facebook Page.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 12/09/11

I'm still recovering from the drama on last night's edition of The X Factor.  If you don't watch it, do tune in.  Beats the body count in many of our books here. There's nothing quite like live television!
But I digress.  The reality show here is holiday shopping.  Here's the latest update.


Monday, December 12th 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Reed Farrel Coleman will discuss his latest Moe Prager novel
Hurt Machine ($24.95 hardcover, $15.95 trade paperback)
Moe searches for his estranged sister-in-law and turns up a hornet’s nest of corruption.
Coleman is the winner of the Shamus, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony awards.

Michael Connelly will be here today signing copies of The Drop, his latest Harry Bosch novel. Michael is only going to four bookstores to sign copies of this title, so if you have not already ordered this book, do it soon. A Crime Collectors Club Main Selection. $27.99

Neon Panic is Charles Philipp Martin’s first novel. The body of a woman washed up in Hong Kong harbor, her identity unknown. But Inspector Herman Lok of the Hong Kong Police Force discovers that the woman is linked, not just to the triads, but also to an organization not usually connected with murder and conspiracy - the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra. A Trade Paperback Original. $14.95

Ken Bruen Headstone Event 12/2

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Ken Bruen party for his new Jack Taylor novel, Headstone on Friday. See all the pictures on our Facebook Page.

Literary Maps and Flow Charts, Just in Time for the Holidays.

Le sigh
So here they come, the dreaded, anticipated holidays. One can only hope to spend them cuddled up with our boyfriend/girlfriend/mother/cat in front of a glowing fire that fills the room with joy and tenderness, but there is the (slight) possibility that your boyfriend/girlfriend/mother/you will get drunk on eggnog/tequila shots and end up in some sort of uncomfortable situation. And if I've known one thing since childhood, it's that the perfect retreat from a family smack-down brawl is found in a book. So here's to hoping for the best, and being prepared for the worst.

If you are more of a DIY reader and tend to mistrust the "Best Ofs" lists that always come out around this time of year, I've hunted down two new methods for finding your next favorite novel.

1. Check out this literature map that threatens to suck hours out of your day. You just type in your favorite author and BAM, this site generates 20+ authors that you should like as well. The map is an interactive experience of sorts, the closer the name of the author is to your favorite, the more you will like them. You can click on any of the names and the site will generate an entire new map. Happy hunting!

2. I like the Hunt your Way Through Horror concept with this Gothic and Horror Novel Flow Chart. It reminds me of a choose-your-own ending childrens book, but instead of finding a faerie holding a golden crystal of love at the end, you find Carrie, or We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (A book I had entirely forgotten about until I stumbled upon this flow chart, you should all read it, it's quite amazing).


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Weekly Damage 12/07/2011

It's December, everyone! Sometimes this month is a God send to the obsessive crime fiction readers, for once, we can be sure that the cold chill running down your spine is from the weather and not from the watchful eye of a stranger. Well, this week is ripe with murder, murderers, and the rest of us that love them. After the jump you will find a couple true crime tales, including my favorite ob-knox-ious white girl, some literary musings, and the first of many favorites lists!

Monday, December 5, 2011

This just In: Joyce Carol Oates is Awesome

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update 12/02/11

December's here. Don't know about you, but I'm in a mild panic - time to finish (or start) the holiday shopping! As you know, books make perfect gifts. Here's the update.


Friday, December 9th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Charles Martin will discuss and sign copies of his first novel, Neon Panic ($14.95 trade paperback). Set in Hong Kong, Inspector Herman Lok must solve the murder of a young woman and prove the ties between the triads and the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra.

Monday, December 12th 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Reed Farrel Coleman will discuss his latest Moe Prager novel, Hurt Machine($24.95 hardcover, $15.95 trade paperback). Moe searches for his estranged sister-in-law and turns up a hornet’s nest of corruption. Coleman is the winner of the Shamus, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony awards.


Ken Bruen will be here this evening to sign copies of Headstone, the latest Jack Taylor mystery. Jack must tackle his most ruthless opponent yet, a group known as Headstone. Jack is also trying to track down a man of the cloth who has absconded with the church’s money. $24.00

Ken will also sign paperback copies of The Book of Virtue, our first biblio mystery. This little gem is $4.95 ($1.00 if you’re a member of the Crime Club).

The Book of Ghosts by Reed Farrel Coleman is our second biblio mystery. The hardcover and paperback editions are now here. We will start to ship the limited numbered and lettered editions this month. We still have some copies available. Numbered editions are $50.00, lettered editions are $100.00 and paperback editions are $4.95 ($1.00 if you’re a member of the Crime Club). If you order a number or lettered edition, you will receive a free copy of the paperback edition. We will also ask Reed to sign the paperback editions when he’s here.

James W. Hall has signed copies of Dead Last. When a serial killer crosses paths with the reclusive Thorn, Thorn has no choice but to leave Key Largo and join forces with a young policewoman from Oklahoma who is investigating the murders. A Hard Boiled Crime Club Main Selection. $25.99

Soft Target by Stephen Hunter takes place on Black Friday at America’s largest shopping mall in suburban Minneapolis. It is 3.00 p.m.and ten thousand people are at the Mall of America to shop. Twelve of them are there to kill. Ex-Marine sniper Ray Cruz becomes the country’s only hope. A Thriller/Espionage Club Main Selection. $26.99

Full list of collector's copies and gift suggestions after the jump.

From the archive: 101 Greatest Films of Mystery & Suspense, #101

From the archive: We're recounting the films chosen by Otto Penzler for his now out-of-print 2000 collection, 101 Great Films of Mystery & Suspense. Here's number 101.

Charlie Chan At The Opera (1936)

TYPE OF FILM: Detective
STUDIO: Twentieth Century-Fox
PRODUCER: Sol W. Wurtzel
DIRECTOR: H. Bruce Humberstone
SCREENWRITERS: Scott Darling and Charles S. Belden; story by Bess Meredyth
SOURCE: Characters created by Earl Derr Biggers
RUNNING TIME: 66 minutes

BEST LINE: After a seamstress screams because she saw a strange man in Madam Lilli’s dressing room, the strange manager, trying to bring order to the chaotic scene, tells Sergeant Kelly, “You cops would make everybody hysterical…This opera is going on tonight even if Frankenstein walks in.”

To see a full plot summary, analysis and little known facts about this classis film, Go Here.

Bonded Together: James Bond & His Ladies

As Americans (Brits, you're included here too), it is our innate responsibility to not only know, but to love all things James Bond. In fact, I personally believe that every red-blooded male should in some small way dictate his life in accordance with Bond’s life philosophy (Ideally, Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies, le sigh…). Think martinis, wristwatches that spit out glue that captures both Russian spies and the hearts of millions, and a penchant for bow ties. Come on, guys, at the very least you can invest in an Aston Martin DB5.
FlavorPill has consolidated a slideshow of the women that have also fallen under the spell of 007, it’s nice to know I have a kindred spirit in…Halle Berry? Check them out Here. Also, just for fun, here are 10 quirky facts about my man, 007. (via Flavorpill).


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Weekend Damage 11/30

We’ve got a healthy brew of mystery news this week, including some strong and deadly divas, a Scottish morgue, and a true life confession. Live from New York—the city that never sleeps nor submits to winter, apparently—here is the weekly damage.

Read my top 5 after the jump.

Exclusive to The Mysterious Press: The Legacy of George Harmon Coxe, by James Reasoner

Check out this beautifully written essay on George Harmon Coxe, an exclusive to The Mysterious Press.

George Harmon CoxeThere was a time – I remember it well – when you could go into just about any public library in the United States and find a dozen or more novels by George Harmon Coxe on the shelves in the mystery section. And for good reason, too. Coxe's career lasted for 40 years and 63 novels, and he was one of the most consistently entertaining of the hardboiled mystery novelists.

Born in Olean, N.Y., in 1901, Coxe attended Purdue and Cornell, was a newspaperman (a background that would greatly influence his later work), and worked in advertising before he began selling short fiction regularly to the mystery pulps. Beginning in the mid-Thirties, he was successful enough to concentrate full-time on writing fiction and became one of the leading authors in the legendary pulp Black Mask with a series of tough, well-plotted stories about Boston news photographer Jack "Flash Gun" Casey. Flash, as he was usually known, was big, hot-tempered, fiercely loyal to his friends, and a better detective than he gave himself credit for.

To read the rest of the essay, click here and we will relocate you to The Mysterious Press website.

New eBooks from The Mysterious Press 11/29/11

We're excited to announce sixteen new books from two exciting authors: Wendy Hornsby and Joseph Wambaugh.

Telling Lies by Wendy Hornsby
Wendy Hornsby is the Edgar Award-winning creator of the Maggie MacGowen series. A native of Southern California interested in writing at a young age, she first found professional success in fourth grade, when an essay about summer camp won a local contest. She has written seven of the MacGowen novels, most recently The Paramour’s Daughter (2010), and the sprawling tales of murder and romance have won Hornsby widespread praise. For her closely observed depiction of the darker sides of Los Angeles, she is often compared to Raymond Chandler.

Check out all of her titles: Bad Intent, Telling Lies, A Hard Light, Midnight Baby, No Harm, Telling Lies, and 77th Street Requiem at The Mysterious Press website.

Fugitive Nights by Joseph WambaughJoseph Wambaugh is the son of a policeman, and he began his writing career while a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. He joined the LAPD in 1960 after three years in the Marine Corps, and rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant before retiring in 1974.
His first novel, The New Centurions (1971) was a quick success, drawing praise for its realistic action and intelligent characterization. He followed it up with The Blue Knight (1972), which was adapted into a mini-series starring William Holden and Lee Remick.
Since then Wambaugh has continued writing about the LAPD. He has been credited with a realistic portrayal of policemen, showing them not as superheroes but as men struggling with a difficult job, a depiction taken mainstream by television’s Police Story, which Wambaugh helped create in the mid 1970s. Besides novels, Wambaugh has written non-fiction, and he has won four Edgar Awards. He was also named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. His most recent novel is Hollywood Hills (2010).

Check out all of his titles: The Glitter Dome, The Black Marble, The Blooding, The Delta Star, Finnegan's Week, Floaters, Fugitive Night, The Golden Orange, and Lines and Shadows on The Mysterious Press Website.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Center for Fiction is launching their Crime Fiction Academy!

The Center for Fiction’s Crime Fiction Academy is the first
ongoing program dedicated solely to crime writing in all its forms.

Raise a glass with the Center for Fiction as they celebrate the launch of the new Crime Fiction Academy on Wednesday, November 30th from 6-7:30pm. Meet some of the CFA’s acclaimed teachers - Lee Child, Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Thomas H. Cook, S.J. Rozan, Jason Pinter, and Jonathan Santlofer.

Please RSVP to

Learn more about this exciting program, and its star-studded faculty, which also includes Joyce Carol Oates, Laura Lippman, Val McDermid, Linda Fairstein, Dennis Lehane, Susan Isaacs, and Karin Slaughter at
The Center for Fiction is located at 17 E. 47th Street (Between Madison and 5th Ave) in New York City.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Sally's Wekly Update for 11/25/11

 We're all still groaning from Thanksgiving indulgences, but It is time to get serious about the holiday season!
We hope everybody is recovering from a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
Now that the holiday season is truly upon us, we’d like to remind you that, hopefully, we will be busy busy busy.
During December, we will be shipping the Crime Club Selections as well as everybody’s holiday orders. Triage is called for!
Please let us know if there is a present included in your order so that we can prioritize shipping.
And while we’re on the subject - our Christmas Story is now available. Black Christmas by Jason Starr will be shipped with every order received between now and the end of December.
The Duke Collier Collection of Mystery and Crime Fiction
See a complete listing of events, new signed and rare books after the jump!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Brian Koppelman Stops by The Shop to Sign The Night & The Music

Brian Koppelman popped in unexpectedly this afternoon to sign his introduction of Lawrence Block’s The Night & The Music.

Koppleman is best known as the co-writer of Ocean’s Thirteen and Rounders, and of course, for being a die-hard Block fan.

Just another day in the office.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Extra! Extra! Markdown on Mysterious Press Books

Call us sentimental, but we're getting into the charitable holiday spirit and offering some of our Mysterious Press eBooks for $2.99. The sale wont last long, so get your Black Friday on, fire up those eReaders and curl up with Donald Westlake, Ken Bruen and Thomas H. Cook on a dark and stormy night...

You can purchase these, and other eBooks, on the MysteriousPress website.

Full list of discounted titles after the jump!

Holy Chandler!

Raymond Chandler: Writer, celebrety and myster maestro once said, "I certainly admire people who do things." We do too, Raymond, we do too. That's why we were full of awe and admiration when Sotheby's annouced that they will be actioning off a collection of Chandler's works, including a copy of "The Big Sleep," inscribed to his wife Cissy (reading "For Cissy, who wants something much better, but was pleased even with this.").

Another copy of "The Big Sleep" also for sale is dedicated to Chandler himself and reads "For me without my compliments," a sentence so snarky chic that my little heart can barely stand it.

The auction also brags a copy of the original Bond novel, "Goldfinger," inscribed by Ian Fleming to Chandler, and James M. Cain's novel "Three of a Kind" with a personal note to Chandler.

Here's a hint to all those mysterious boyfriends out there: Forget the diamonds, Chandlers are a girl's best friend. The Auction will be held on Dec 13th in New York City.

Check out the full article has been circulating the Mysterious Bookshop office all day, don't miss it! (via The New York Times)


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Weekend Damage: 11/22

Check back here every Monday for the latest, the greatest, and the strangest news in the Mystery World (please ignore the fact that this is posted on Tuesday, the idea just smacked me in the face). Just like this beautiful, dirty city that houses the Mysterious Bookshop, the Crime Fiction world never sleeps (especially on the weekends). Here are my favorite beginning of the week happening my sleuthy friends!

Alex's Top 5 after the Jump.

New eBooks from The Mysterious Press 11/22/11

We're super excited to launch seven new ebooks from James Grady and Charles McCarry today! Fire up your Kindle/iPad/Nook/Sony eReader/Toaster Oven and get reading!

Images of the full title list, beautiful new covers, and a breif description after the jump.

Thomas Mullen Discusses The Revisionists, among other things.

Thomas Mullen comments on his new book:

"My new novel, The Revisionists, is sort of a literary spy novel with a twist. Writing anything with “a twist” can be dangerous for an author, as straddling genres can be confusing to one’s readers, and to the booksellers who have to decide which shelf to put the darn thing on. But it’s also a ton of fun, both as a writer and as a reader."

Check out the full interview from our friends at Mulholland Books, where Mullen fills us in on his favorite "Hard-boiled with a twist" novels.

Signed First Editions of The Revisionists are available at

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update 11/18

The staff of The Mysterious Bookshop wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.  Hope your turkey is moist, the wine flows freely, and your team wins.

Check Out Our New and Improved Website

Our website has been completely overhauled. Check it out and you’ll be able to access

A list of upcoming events
Our digital imprint
The MSBS Newsletter plus archived editions
Sally’s Weekly Update

Kudos to Otto’s new assistant, Alex Hess, who made this a priority. Find us at


The Night and the Music by Lawrence Block is now here and will be shipped out shortly. This collection of Matthew Scudder stories contains a never-before published story. If you have not ordered your copy of this limited edition, there are still a few copies left. Signed numbered copies are limited to 100 copies at $150.00, and lettered editions to 26 copies at $275.00.

Charles Finch signed A Burial at Sea. Charles Lenox, now a Member of Parliament, sets sail on a clandestine mission for the government. When an officer is murdered, Lenox is drawn toward his old profession as a detective, determined to capture a killer before he can strike again. This fifth installment in the popular historical series is a Soft Boiled Crime Club Main Selection. $24.99

More Recently Signed After the Jump!

Stop! You're Killing Me!: Mystery Cover of the Week

If I love anything, it's a bad pun and kitchy art. Hence my choice for the first Mystery Cover of the Week. "Malice in Wonderland" mashes our beloved mystery genre with a beloved children's tale (albeit, a drug addled one), and it then sets it against a classic scene of Motel Americana AND switches coconuts out with skulls?! Phew! Yes Please!

The whole delicious concoction is topped off with this opening line:

"When Alice Wickershield was a little girl of nine and still believed in all the childhood wonderlands with their fantasy inhabitants, she was given a birthday party by an old woman whom she firmly considered to be a witch."

Don't think you can live without this beautiful piece? Shoot us an email, and we'll see what we can do for you....


Trailer for The Hunger Games Released!

To the glee of 14 year-old girls (and, I can't lie, myself), The Hunger Games trailer has hit the interweb. Check it out below:

Yea, yea, I know Suzanne Collins' series is unabashed rip off of Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale. And yes, the writing style is geared towards “alternative” high school girls reading at a slightly remedial level… but I can’t lie. I really cannot wait. At the end of the day, a book/movie team about children killing each other for the thrill of a TV audience in the thematic vein of a not-boring-Lord-of-the-Flies has done everything right.


Signed Copies Now Available at The Mysterious Bookshop

It's been a busy week here at the bookshop, what with the likes of, ahem, Joyce Carol Oates and Anthony Horowitz popping in to sign copies of their latest and greatests. While she was here, Joyce Carol Oates signed her new collection of stories, The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares. Follow tried and true themes of exploitation, kinapping and the cruelty of children, this is Joyce at her dark and disturbind best ($24.00).

We also have signed copies from Michael Dirda, Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, and more! Don't beleive us? Why don't you stop in and see for youself?
Check out our full list of our newly signed titles after the jump!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 11/11/11

Sally's Weekly Update 11/11/11


The Mysterious Bookshop is Proud to Announce a Limited Signed Edition of Lawrence Blocks's
The Night and The Music
The Mysterious Bookshop is proud to be publishing a special limited edition of this exceptional collection of all the Matthew Scudder stories, one of which is published here for the first time. Signed by the author, one of the most popular mystery writers working today. It will be produced in the same elegant format as our previous publications, almost all of which sold out on publication. This special limited edition is the only hardcover edition of this highly significant volume.

The edition is limited to only 100 copies, numbered and signed by Lawrence Block. Bound in blue marbled boards with a blue leather spine. The price is $150.00. There also are 26 lettered copies, bound in red marbled boards and red leather spine, priced at $275.00

Reserve your copy today.


The 8th Annual Festival New Literature From Europe will take place in New York, November 15th - 20th 2011.

A description of the Literary Series and the Film Series can be found on the website:

In collaboration with the Center for Fiction, The Mysterious Bookshop will be among the partners in this cultural event.

Friday, November 4, 2011

From Marathon City, Here is the Latest Update


Monday, November 7th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Anthony Horowitz will be here discussing his Sherlock Holmes novel

The House of Silk

Horowitz, the author of the Alex Ryder series, was commissioned by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate to write this novel and we are hearing great things. Otto says it is the best SH novel he’s read, excluding those written by Doyle. Horowitz will be signing the U.S. edition only. $27.99

Author and scholar Michael Dirda will also be here to discuss his book, On Conan Doyle. $19.95

Tuesday, November 8th 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

The Mysterious Bookshop and Akashic Books will celebrate the release of New Jersey Noir.

Editor Joyce Carol Oates will be here along with contributors including Bradford Morrow, S.J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Edmund White, Sheila Kohler, Gerald Stern, Michael Carroll, S.A. Solomon, C.K. Williams, Hirsh Sawney, Jeffrey Ford, and Lou Manfredo.

Hardcover $24.95

Paperback $15.95

Joyce will also sign copies of her new anthology The Corn Maiden and Other Nighmares. $24.00

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chuck Palahniuk Signs Copies of DAMNED

Author Chuck Palahniuk stopped by the store today to sign copies of his new novel DAMNED! Signed copies are now available!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Party for HURT MACHINE by Reed Farrel Coleman 12/12/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Reed Farrel Coleman
discussing his new novel
Hurt Machine

Monday, December 12th
from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Admission is free.

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

Book Party for NEON PANIC by Charles Martin 12/09/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Charles Martin
discussing his new novel
Neon Panic

Friday, December 9th
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

Party for HEADSTONE by Ken Bruen 12/01/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Ken Bruen
discussing his new novel

Friday, December 2nd
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

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 10/28/11

Here's the latest update. Sorry that there are so few copies available on some titles. This sometimes happens when we receive copies so badly damaged that we can't sell them to you, and we can't replace them.
Feeling a bit wintry here!

Have a very scary Halloween.

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.


Tuesday, November 1st. 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate historical mystery fiction!

Tasha Alexander - A Crimson Warning

Lauren Willig - The Orchid Affair

Deanna Raybourn - The Dark Enquiry

will discuss their latest novels.

Wednesday, November 2nd. 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

The Mysterious Bookshop and Mulholland Books celebrate the work of

Duane Swierczynski - Hell and Gone

Megan Abbott - The End of Everything

Q.R. Markham - Assassin of Secrets

Lawrence Block will be our guest moderator.

Refreshments will be served


We’re happy to announce that the website for our digital publishing imprint, has launched!

Right now we have eBooks availabe from Ken Bruen, Thomas H. Cook, James Ellroy, Adam Hall, Mark McShane, Ellery Queen, Ross Thomas, and Donald E. Westlake - and there are many more on the way.

The website also features exclusive content and video from our authors.

Visit us at to learn more, and to find out how you can win three free eBooks (contest ends November 2).


Ken Bruen - The Book of Virtue. Biblio Mystery # 1

This is here and is being shipped out.

We have very few these still available. If you haven’t ordered yours, there’s still time. First come, first served. Numbered copies $50.00 each. Lettered copies $100.00 each.

Lawrence Block - Afterthoughts

We will begin shipping out the hardcover edition of this title next week. $35.00

Lawrence Block - The Night and the Music

We are a few weeks away from shipping out the limited edition. This will be the only hardcover edition of this title and it is limited to 100 signed copies. $150.00 We still have copies available for sale

We also have the signed trade paperback $17.95

Michael Connelly - The Drop (Harry Bosch)

Numbered Limited Edition. $150.00. Lettered Edition. $275.00 SOLD OUT

This is printed and bound and we are awaiting delivery.

UK Edition (First Trade Edition)

We are expecting this to be delivered from the UK next week. SOLD OUT

US Edition

This will be here at the end of November. It will be our Crime Collectors Club Main Selection.

Michael Connelly has been in touch and has told us that he will not be touring for this title. He has, however, told us that he will visit four stores only (and we are one of them) to sign. Crime Club members will get their copy automatically, but Michael has volunteered to inscribe copies for anyone who wants one, or who wants to give a gift for the holidays. Place your order by December 4th and we’ll make sure it arrives for the holidays.


Raymond Benson was here to sign his thriller, The Black Stiletto in which Martin Talbot discovers that his mother, now stricken with Alzheimer’s, was the renowned Black Stiletto! Back in the 1950s the Black Stiletto battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia and stalked common crooks. As Talbot struggles with the revelations about his mother, one of the Stiletto’s old enemies resurfaces with a thirst for revenge. We have very few of this title left. A Thriller/Espionage Club Main Selection. $25.95

For Special Services by John Gardner has just been reissued along with two other titles featuring James Bond. The reason we mention this is that Otto Penzler wrote the new Introduction and will sign copies. Trade Paperback. $14.95

The Blood Red Indian Summer by David Handler finds Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Trooper Des Mistry dealing with their first genuinely racially charged case in the historic New England village of Dorset. A Soft-Boiled Club Main Selection. $24.99

We have only a few copies left of Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. In this outing, the unthinkable happens: Dexter is seen doing his thing to a very deserving recipient of his brand of justice. There is also a cop killer at large in Miami and Dexter must deal with this as well as someone who wants to expose him, mimic him, and ultimately kill him. A Hard-Boiled Main Club Selection. $25.95


Audio: We have audio copies of Headstone by Ken Bruen. Read by John Lee, this is unabridged - 5 hours on 5 CDs $26.95

The Avengers 2012 Calendar is here! $15.95. I’m excited!


Murder Recalls Van Kill by Spencer Bayne, Harper, NY. 1939. First Edition. $75.00

Bibliomystery. From the library of Rex Stout, with a non-authorial inscription to him. Near fine.

Burglars Can’t Be Choosers by Lawrence Block, Random House, NY. 1977. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

First Bernie Rhodenbarr novel. Very fine in a pristine dust jacket.

The Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block, Dark Harvest, IL. 1992. First Hardcover Edition. SIGNED. $175.00

First Matthew Scudder novel, with a new introduction by Stephen King. Very fine in a very fine dust jacket.

Time to Murder and Create by Lawrence Block, Dark Harvest, IL. 1993. First Hardcover Edition. SIGNED. $200.00

Second Matthew Scudder novel, with a new introduction by Jonathan Kellerman. Very fine in a very fine dust jacket.

Burning Angel by James Lee Burke, Trice, New Orleans. 1995. First Edition. SIGNED. $175.00

Limited to 150 copies, numbered and signed by Burke. Very fine in slipcase.

Spanish Blood by Raymond Chandler, World, Cleveland. 1946. First Edition. $100.00

About fine in dust jacket with light wear to spine ends and a small closed tear on front panel.

Brown’s Requiem by James Ellroy, Armchair Detective Library, NY. 1994. First American Hardcover Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

Author’s first novel, limited to 100 copies, numbered and signed, with a new introduction by the author. Very fine, without dust jacket, as issued, in a slipcase.

$106,000.00 by Dashiell Hammett, Spivak, NY. 1943. First Edition. $125.00

Digest-sized paperback original. Upper corner of rear cover chipped, top corners of several pages at rear creased, else an unusually nice copy.

The Contintental Op by Dashiell Hammett, Spivak, NY. 1945. First Edition. $150.00

Digest-sized paperback original. Near fine with minimal rubbing at edges.

The Big Knockover by Dashiell Hammett, Random House, NY. 1966. First Edition. $75.00

Edited by Lillian Hellman. Very fine in dust jacket.

Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen, Putnam, NY. 1987. First Edition. $50.00

Author’s second comic crime novel. Fine in dust jacket.

People of Darkness by Tony Hillerman, Harper, 1980. First Edition. SIGNED. $450.00

An absolutely fine, as new copy in price-clipped dust jacket.

The Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman, Harper, NY. 1982. First Edition. SIGNED. $150.00

An absolutely fine, as new copy in dust jacket.

Better Angels by Charles McCarry, Dutton, NY. 1979. First Edition. $50.00

Fine in dust jacket.

The Annex and Other Stories by John D. Macdonald, Eurographica, Helsinki. 1987. SIGNED. $200.00

Four stories collected in this edition, limited to 350 numbered copies, signed and dated. As new in stiff paper covers and dust jacket.

Promised Land by Robert B. Parker, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1976. First Edition. $300.00

Parker’s Edgar-Award winning novel. Fine in dust jacket.

The Judas Goat by Robert B. Parker, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1978. First Edition. $125.00

Parker’s fifth Spenser novel. Very fine in dust jacket.

Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg, Little Brown, Boston. 1976. First Edition. $50.00

The basis for the cult classic film, Cutter’s Way. Fine in dust jacket.


Party for NEW JERSEY NOIR 11/08/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
will host a party
celebrating the release of

New Jersey Noir
with editor Joyce Carol Oates
and contributors
Bradford Morrow,
Jonathan Santolfer, SJ Rozan,
Edmund White, Sheila Kohler,
Gerald Stern, Michael Carroll,
S.A. Solomon, CK Williams,
Hirsh Sawney, Jeffery Ford,
and Lou Manfredo.

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

Tuesday, November 8th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Admission is Free.

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