Saturday, June 25, 2011

Party for THE ASTOUNDING, THE AMAZING AND THE UNKNOWN by Paul Malmont 07/14/11~

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Paul Malmont
discussing his new novel
The Astounding,
the Amazing
and the Unknown

Thursday, July 14th
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 EAST ON SUNSET by Ken Mercer 07/12/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Ken Mercer
discussing his new novel
East on Sunset

Tuesday, July 12th
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, June 24, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 06/24/11

Well, I realize I teased you last week with a cryptic description of my vacation and you inundated me with questions. Three questions really. So here is my answer to your FAQs:

What Happened?
We got lost for two hours on Exmoor - in a driving rainstorm. Most uncomfortable.

Was a Giant Hound involved?
Yes. His name was Harvey and he belonged to a couple who gave us tea and sympathy as we stumbled off that boot-sucking bog.

Would you do it again?
Absolutely. The adrenaline rush was addictive.

Thank you all for your interest and concern.

Back to books. Here is the latest weekly update.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, NY. 10007

Ph: 212-587-1011

Fax: 212-587-1126

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

Weekly Update 6/24/11


Wednesday, July 6th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Sterling Watson will discuss his new novel

Fighting in the Shade (Paperback original $15.95)

with guest Dennis Lehane who has this to say about the book:

"(a) brilliant, fearless look at the savage rites of passage that exist in the fraternity of American sports. A book as gripping and unforgettable as any in recent memory."

Friday, July 8th, 5.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.

The Mysterious Bookshop, in association with HarperCollins, Publishers, is proud to present Thrillerfest 2011

Guests include James Rollins, Hallie Ephron, Jessica Speart, Wendi Corsi Staub, Katia Leif, W. Craig Reed, Kate White, Philip Margolin, Jonathan Hayes, Alafair Burke, Matt Hilton, Steve Martini, Jamie Freveletti, Caroline Todd, James Barney and Andrew Gross.

Refreshments will be served.


The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry is a must for conspiracy fans! Four presidents of the United States have been assassinated - each murder seemingly unrelated. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock most Americans? $26.00

...and The Quest for Anna Klein by Thomas H. Cook is a must for espionage fans. It is 1939 and Thomas Danforth, the son of a wealthy New York City importer, is asked by a friend to provide access to his secluded Connecticut mansion , where a mysterious woman will receive training in firearms and explosives. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection. $27.00

Valentino: Film Detective by Loren D. Estleman is the latest from Crippen & Landru, who routinely publish excellent limited editions from top authors, both living and deceased. This edition is limited to 200 copies bound in cloth and signed and numbered by the author. Accompanying each copy is a separately printed pamphlet Who’s Afraid of Nero Wolfe by Loren D. Estleman. We anticipate more orders than usual for this extraordinary volume, so please let us know if you are interested in a copy and we’ll see if the publisher can meet our demand! $43.00

This is published simultaneously in paperback. $17.00

Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich records the latest zany adventure of New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. We did not get our usual number of copies and are not offering this as a crime club selection, so order now. $28.00

Eva Gabrielsson was in town and stopped by to sign copies of her memoir "There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me. If you want to know what those things are, let us know as soon as you can. Many of you have pre-ordered this book and you will be receiving your copies in due course. We do have some copies left. $23.95


On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir is an anthology, edited by Ed Gorman, Dave Zeltserman, and Martin H. Greenberg, from Cemetery Dance Publications. This handsome anthology does contain original stories, but most are reprints. Authors include Steve Hockensmith, Ken Bruen, Ed Gorman, Dave Zeltserman, Jeremiah Healy, Robert J. Randisi. $30.00


Soho Press has reissued a classic title in the acclaimed Kramer and Zondi series by James McClure. The Gooseberry Fool is the third in the series and much sought after. Set in South Africa, this story finds Kramer and Zondi investigating the death of a respected citizen. His black servant is the chief suspect but not everything is as it seems. $14.00

The Karla Trilogy by John Le Carre is considered by many to be some of the best espionage ever written. The first two book in the series have been reissued: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy are both available now. The third in the trilogy, Smiley’s People, will be published later this year. $16.00 a volume.

Two of Thomas Perry’s early books have been reissued. The Butcher’s Boy with a new introduction by Michael Connelly, and Metzger’s Dog with an introduction by Carl Hiaasen. If you haven’t read either of these, you must. You really must. $15.00 each.


We have signed editions of Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon. We did recently offer the U.S. edition but this is for those of you who "follow the flag" in your collection. $45.00

A Fear of Dark Water by Craig Russell features Jan Fabel, who returns to the Hamburg murder squad to track down a horrifying killer, a serial rapist and murderer who stalks his victims through social network websites, then dumps their bodies in waterways around the city. Signed and dated. $48.00

The Deep Dark Sleep is another Craig Russell thriller, this one set in Glasgow and featuring private investigator Lennox. Signed, dated and lined by the author. $50.00

The Book Lover’s Tale is a first mystery from Ivo Stourton. Matt de Voy collects books. He also advises on which books should adorn the shelves of his clients. He also collects women - mostly his clients. But is he a murderer? Matt’s obsession with his client Claudia arouses in him an all-consuming hatred of her husband, imagining himself to be a tragic hero from one of the Greek classics that obsess him. Clearly a must for the collector of biblio mysteries. $40.00

Graham Swift does not write mysteries, but this Booker Prize winner is an extraordinary writer. His latest, Wish You Were Here, tells the story of Jack and Ellie who live on the Isle of Wight and receive news that Jack’s brother Tom has been killed in Iraq. Jack must make the journey to collect his brother’s remains and the novel is both a gripping account of things that touch and test us and a novel about a changing England. $48.00


Tanner’s Tiger by Lawrence Block, Subterranean Press, MI. 2003. First Hardcover Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

First published in 1968 as a paperback original. Afterword by the author. Limited to only 175 copies. Very fine in dust jacket and slipcase.

Cinderella Sims by Lawrence Block, Subterranean Press, MI. 2003. First Hardcover Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

First published in 1958 as a paperback original with the title $20 Lust. With a new introduction by Ed Gorman. Trade edition signed by Block. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Absolutist by John Boyne, Doubleday, London. 2011. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

In September 1919, Tristan Sandler travels to deliver letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian’s brother in the Great War but Will Bancroft was shot as a traitor bringing shame on his family. Tristan holds a secret and he must unburden himself to Marian. This is a new book.

The Runagates Club by John Buchan, Hodder & Stoughton, London. 1928. First Edition. $35.00

Short story collection which includes a Richard Hannay adventure. Spine a bit sunned,, name written and stamped on front endpapers, else very good.

Castle Skull by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1931. First Edition. $200.00

Author’s very scarce third book. Front hinge very neatly repaired, else very good

The Man Who Could Not Shudder by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1940. First Edition. $300.00

Small string mark at bottom of front cover, "Office File Copy" stamped on top edge, else a fine copy in dust jacket, which is chipped at spine ends and has several nicks and closed tears.

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1931. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

Very good.

Plugged by Eoin Colfer, Headline, London. 2011. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series, has written a crime thriller, set in New Jersey, which is getting all kinds of good press. This title will be published in the U.S. later this year.

Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill, Quercus, London. 2011. SIGNED. $45.00

This is the first in a new series by Cotterill, set in Thailand and featuring a bicycle-riding reporter with an eccentric family. This will be published next month in the U.S.

No Future for Luana by August Derleth, Scribners, NY. 1945. First Edition. $65.00

Name on title page, paste-down endpapers foxed, else about fine in a fine, bright dust jacket. A Judge Peck mystery.

(Detection Club) Ask a Policeman, Macmillan, London. 1983. Reprint $20.00

Published 50 years after the original. A round-robin novel by members of the club, including Anthony Berkeley, John Rhode, Dorothy L. Sayers, etc. Very fine in dust jacket.

Bullets for the Bridegroom by David Dodge, Macmillan, NY. 1944. First Edition. SIGNED. $175.00

A very scarce title by the author of the terrific Hitchcock film, To Catch a Thief. A close to fine copy in a good, chipped dust jacket.

An Air that Kills by Margaret Millar, Random House, NY. 1957. First Edition. $25.00

Fine in near fine dust jacket.

A Firing Offense by George Pelecanos, St. Martin’s, NY. 1992. First Edition. $150.00

Author’s uncommon first book. Very fine in dust jacket.

Puzzle for Fiends by Quentin Patrick, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1946. First Edition. $20.00

Fine in dust jacket, which is worn at the top of the spine.

Poison for One by John Rhode, Dodd Mead, NY. 1934. First U.S. Edition. $45.00

Front flap pasted inside front cover, else very good plus.

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

The uncommon first state with only the 1928 date on the copyright page. Spine rubbed, else very good in dust jacket, which is chipped at top and bottom of spine.

The Echo by Minette Walters, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto. 1997. First Canadian Edition. SIGNED. $20.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Blue Murder by Colin Watson, Methuen, London. 1979. First Edition. $20.00

Fine in dust jacket which is not priced, indicating a copy for export.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 06/17/11

Wonderful vacation, thank you for asking, although I had one very scary day! I will never walk across a Moor again without a guide!

Meanwhile, here's a terrific list of books, both signed and unsigned.

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 6/17/11


Friday, June 24th 6.30p.m.- 8.00p.m.

Susan Goldstein will discuss and sign copies of her first novel

Hollywood Forever $25.95

Refreshments will be served.


If you love a well-written, gory, serial killer novel (and who doesn’t !), then Thou Shalt Kill by Daniel Blake is for you. When a prominent surgeon is found burned to a crisp, the authorities are soon searching for a killer the media is calling The Human Torch. Blake is a pseudonym of British author Boris Starling. $25.00

Carte Blanche, the latest James Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver, has now been published in the U.S. 007 is now an Afghan war vet and operative who reports to a secret organization independent of MI6. $26.99. We still have one or two copies of the U.K. edition which is the true first. $50.00

The very talented Sara Gran has penned the first if a new series. Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead introduces DeWitt who hopes to become as great a detective as the famous Frenchman Jacques Silette. Her first case finds her investigating the disappearance of a well-know DA in post-Katrina New Orleans. This quirky story is much loved by Ian and Sally. An Unclassifiable Club Main Selection. $24.00

Edgar Award-winner Steve Hamilton stopped by to sign copies of Misery Bay in which Alex McKnight investigates a suicide that may be tied to a rash of brutal murders. A Hardboiled Club Main Selection. $24.99

New York author Jason Starr signed copies of his latest, The Pack, about an out-of-work Dad who falls on hard times. But not for long! A chance meeting with a group of neighborhood fathers introduces him to a world of power - and terror - which may be just too much for him to handle. $25.95

Vaclav and Lena is a first novel by Haley Tanner set in the Russian immigrant community of Brighton Beach. The two title characters are childhood friends, but when Lena disappears Vaclav must go behind the scenes of this small Brooklyn community to find her. $25.00

Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson is not our usual fare, but this looks to be one of the big hits of the Summer, so how could we resist? Set in the not-too-distant future, a sentient AI named Archos has decided that human beings are the cause of the planet’s suffering and the only solution is extermination. So it is war - between robots and humans! The film is already in development with Steven Spielberg. $25.00


Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton is the fourth novel by one of our favorite authors. A young London policewoman finds herself enmeshed in a very dangerous game with a killer who appears to be copying the murders of Jack the Ripper. This is a must for Ripperologists. A British Crime Club Main Selection. $35.00

Although not a mystery, we are carrying copies of Handel’s Bestiary by Donna Leon. Leon, an opera fan, traces the history of twelve animals used in that composer’s arias. This delightful book is illustrated by Michael Sowa and contains a CD of each aria. $45.00

Denise Mina has yet to find the audience she deserves in the U.S. but The End of the Wasp Season may be the book to do it. The suicide of a local banker leaves few people mourning his demise, but DS Alex Morrow sees ties to a brutal murder in Glasgow. A British Crime Club Main Selection. $35.00

Many of you (and us) have been waiting for the next novel featuring PI Max Mingus. Voodoo Eyes by Nick Stone is here and finds Mingus still on the trail of cult leader and vicious killer, Solomon Boukman. This is a wonderful series and, no, we don’t have copies of either Mr. Clarinet or King of Swords. Wish we did. $50.00


The Canceled Czech by Lawrence Block, Fawcett/Gold Medal, NY. 1966. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Paperback original. About fine.

Tanner’s Twelve Swingers by Lawrence Block, Fawcett/Gold Medal, NY. 1967. First Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

Paperback original. Near fine.

Two for Tanner by Lawrence Block, Fawcett/Gold Medal, NY. 1968. First Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

Paperback original. Near fine.

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

Rope for an Ape by Dana Chambers, Dial, NY. 1947. First Edition. $50.00

Hard-boiled novel. Lower corners bumped, else fine in dust jacket, which has minor wear at spine ends.

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, Bodley 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.

Lives You Wished You Led but Never Dared by L. Ron Hubbard, Theta Books, FL. 1978. First Edition. $35.00

Before creating a cult/religion, Hubbard was one of the great pulp writers and this volume collects adventure and crime stories. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a couple of small closed tears.

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.

Killing Orders by Sara Paretsky, Morrow, NY. 1985. First Edition. $60.00

Third V.I. Warshawski mystery. Very fine in immaculate dust jacket.

Bitter Medicine by Sara Paretsky, Morrow, NY. 1987. First Edition. $45.00

Fourth V.I. Warshawki mystery. Very fine in immaculate dust jacket.

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.

One Across, Two Down by Ruth Rendell, Hutchinson, London. 1971. First Edition. $250.00

Previous owner’s bookplate on front endpaper, else fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

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

Fine in dust 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.

Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel, St. Martin’s, NY. 2005. First Edition. $25.00

Author’s first book. Winner of the Edgar Award. Fine in dust jacket.

The Girl Hunters by Mickey Spillane, Dutton, NY. 1962. First Edition. $45.00

An exceptionally fine, fresh copy of this Mike Hammer novel.

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 Diavolo, 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 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.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Party for Thrillerfest 2011 07/08/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
in association with
will host a party celebrating
Thrillerfest 2011

with James Rollins, Alafair Burke,
Jessica Speart, Andrew Gross,
W. Craig Reed, Hallie Ephron,
Wendy Corsi Staub, Kate White,
Jonathan Hayes, Katia Leif,
Jamie Freveletti, Steve Martini,
Matt Hilton, Caroline Todd,
James Barney
and Phillip Margolin

Join us in celebrating Thrillerfest 2011
with a greeting and reception. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, July 8th
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.

Admission is Free.

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

Party for FIGHTING IN THE SHADE by Sterling Watson with Dennis Lehane 07/06/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Sterling Watson
author of
Fighting in
the Shade
discussing his new novel with
Dennis Lehane

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The June Newsletter is Out!

Below are the two links to our online newsletter. The second link, with fewer pages, is printer friendly.

*Please do not respond to this email. Sally is away on vacation until Friday, June 17th. For any orders or questions please call (212) 587-1011 or email


Ian Kern

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 06/03/11

We'll be skipping a week, so the next Weekly Update will be sent to you on June 17th.

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 6/3/11


I will be in the store on Saturday, June 4th and then will be gone until Friday, June 17th.

In my absence, please contact Ian, Dan, or Otto. If you are a Crime Club Member, please mention that fact, so that orders, changes, etc. can be put on your file and communicated to me.



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

Jason Starr will discuss his new novel

The Pack $25.95

Events are free and refreshments are served


David Ignatius signed copies of his latest thriller, Bloodmoney. Someone in Pakistan is killing members of a new CIA intelligence unit. Sophie Marx, a young CIA officer with a big chip on her shoulder tries to figure out who is doing the killing and why. A Thriller/Espionage Crime Club Main Selection. $25.95

Bill Loehfelm was here signing The Devil She Knows featuring Maureen Coughlin a Staten Island native who works at the Narrows, a bar in that borough of New York. When she walks in on a politician and her co-worker in a compromising position she is asked to keep quiet, which she’s happy to do until her co-worker is found dead on the train tracks the next morning. $26.00

The Fund is a first novel by H.T. Narea, an international investment banker who has used his experience to fashion a thriller about financial terrorism. This page turner is receiving rave reviews from thriller writers such as Nelson DeMille and financiers who warn that this is a story that tells the truth about international finance. $24.99


We have asked before but it looks as though Eva Gabrielsson will be signing copies of her memoir for us. "There are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me tells of Gabrielsson’s thirty year relationship with Stief and Stieg’s struggle to expose Sweden’s right-wing extremists. If you would like a signed copy, please let us know. $23.95


We have signed copies of Hell’s Bells by John Connolly. The full title of this sequel to The Gates is Samuel Johnson Vs. The Devil Round II: Hell’s Bells. Connolly’s latest will appeal to adults, both young and old $33.00

Great anticipation for our next title: Carte Blanche, the new James Bond novel from Jeffery Deaver is here. This U.K. edition is the true first and, if you cast your mind back, you will remember that we asked you to pre-order this. If you did, you are guaranteed a copy. If you didn’t, we do have a few copies left over, but do hurry. $50.00

The third volume of the Young Sherlock Holmes series is now available. Black Ice by Andrew Lane finds young Sherlock defending Mycroft who was discovered holding a knife and leaning over a corpse. $33.00


Locked Room Murders by Robert Adey, Crossover Press, SF. 1991. $100.00

The definitive bibliography of "impossible" crimes, listing all known examples to the publication date (2019 titles), with publication date, as well as describing the problem. In the back is the solution. Very fine without dust jacket, as issued.

The Wages of Fear by Georges Arnaud, Bodley Head, London. 1952. Third Printing. $45.00

Issued in the same year as the first printing. The basis for the 1953 French film of the same title, remade in 1958 as Violent Road (aka Hell’s Highway) and in 1977 by William Friedkin as Sorcerer. Uncommon in the original format of the first edition in English. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

The Lost Emeralds of Zarinthia by Henry Beauchamp, Knight & Millet, Boston. 1900. First Edition. $50.00

American issue. Very good. With elements of mystery and fantasy.

What Is This Mystery? By M.E. Braddon, Hilton & Co., NY. 1866. First American Edition. $100.00

Possibly the first edition. Publisher’s wrappers; chips, tears and staining; a good copy of a scarce early mystery by an important female mystery writer.

Aurora Floyd by M.E. Braddon, A.L. Burt, n.d. NY. (ca 1890). Reprint. $100.00

Very good. A bookplate signed by Braddon in 1898 quoting Browning is pasted inside the front cover. A copy of a dramatization of Lady Audley’s Secret is laid in.

The Screaming Mimi by Fredric Brown, Dutton, NY. 1949. First Edition. $35.00

Covers badly soiled, chip in spine. A good copy in dust jacket, which appears to be a neatly cut-down book club edition jacket.

Philip Marlowe’s Guide to Life by Raymond Chandler, Knopf, NY. 2005. First Edition. $25.00

Edited by Martin Asher. A compendium of quotations. Surprisingly elusive little book. Very find in dust jacket.

The Diamond Ransom Murders by Nellise Child, Knopf, NY. 1935. First Edition. $125.00

An impossible crime in which four men disappear from a limousine parked at one of the busiest streets in Los Angeles at noon. A very fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which has a slightly sunned spine and a short tear on read panel.

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

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

The Cavalier’s Cup by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1953. First Edition. $75.00

Merrivale. Small partial stamp on front endpaper, else fine in price-clipped dust jacket with light wear at spine ends. In Adey.

The Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis, Harper, NY. 1946. First Edition. $45.00

Scarce Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Corners bumped, spine dull, else about very good.

The D’Arblay Mystery by R. Austin Freeman, Hodder & Stoughton, London. 1926. First Edition. $45.00

A Dr. Thorndyke mystery. Some cover wear, else very good.

Suspect by Hugh Lawrence Nelson, Rinehart, NY. 1954. First Edition. $45.00

Author’s last book, a private eye novel. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Tragedy of X by Barnaby Ross, Viking, NY. 1932. First Edition. $65.00

First Drury Lane mystery by Ellery Queen under this pseudonym and a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Embossed on front free endpaper, else very good.

The Scarab Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Grosset & Dunlap, n.d. NY. Reprint. $45.00

Originally published in 1930. Very fine in an as new dust jacket except for a small nearly invisible closed tear.

The Fatal 5 Minutes by R.A.J. Walling, Morrow, NY. 1932. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Bookplate, spine sunned and ends rubbed, else very good.


Party for HOLLYWOOD FOREVER by Susan Goldstein 06/24/11

The Mysterious Bookshop
is proud to present:

Susan Goldstein
discussing her new novel
Hollywood Forever

Friday, June 24th
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

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Golf Mysteries for Father's Day!

Below is a list of Golf Mysteries selected to coincide with Father's Day!

We are not suggesting that you have to be a Dad to play golf - or even male. It just seems like an opportune time to present this list.

A very popular Dad's gift last year was a subscription to one of our Crime Clubs. This is a gift that keeps on giving. A list of our crime clubs appears at the end of our online newsletter.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop


Just in time for Father’s Day, here is a small selection of one of the most interesting and active areas of collecting--golf books, a sport that appears especially well-suited to the mystery genre. Whether dad plays or just likes to read about mysteries with this background, wants to put together a collection, you’ll probably find something in this little list that is appealing.

Bartlett, James, Death from the Ladies’ Tee, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1992. First edition. Fine in dust jacket. $25.00

Christie, Agatha, The Boomerang Clue, N.Y., Dodd, Mead, 1935. First U.S. edition of Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? Tiny nick at top of spine, lower page edges a bit soiled, else a fine copy in the rare dust jacket, which is chipped at the top and bottom of spine and has light wear along top edge. $675.00

Coben, Harlan, Backspin, N.Y., Delacorte, 2010. First hardcover edition of this paperback original, first published in 1997. Myron Bolitar tries to find the kidnapped son of his client, golf superstar Linda Coldren, whose golf-pro husband suddenly makes a run at the U.S. Open championship. As new in dust jacket. $25.00

Coxe, George Harmon, The Big Gamble, N.Y., Knopf, 1958. First edition. News photographer Kent Murdock sets out for a day of golf when events overtake him. Fine in a white dust jacket, which is dusty. $45.00

Dunnett, Dorothy, Match for a Murderer, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1971. First U.S. edition. Spot of glue residue on rear endpaper, else near fine in dust jacket, which is a bit sunned on the spine. A group of golfers compete for the privilege of marrying a desirable spouse when murder strikes. $35.00

Elkins, Aaron & Charlotte, Rotten Lies, N.Y., St. Martin’s, 1995. First edition. When the most hated man at the country club is found dead on the golf course after a thunderstorm, it seems like an act of God, but of course it’s not. Very fine in dust jacket. Review slip laid in. $25.00

Fuller, Timothy, Reunion with Murder, Boston, Little, Brown, 1941. First edition. A man in a dinner jacket is found dead on the 11th tee at the Syonsett Golf Club. Gift inscription inside front cover, else fine in dust jacket, which is chipped at spine ends and corners. $100.00

Another copy. Near fine. $20.00

Another copy. Good reading copy. $12.50

Hamer, Malcolm, Shadows on the Green, London, Headline, 1994. First edition. Shere Forest Golf Club is the target of environmentalists who oppose development; perhaps opposition leads to murder. Very fine in dust jacket. $60.00

Jepson, Selwyn, The Mystery of the Rabbit’s Paw, N.Y., Harper, 1932. First U.S. edition. An invitation to an estate for a day of golf leads to suicide. Or is it murder? Minor golf content. Spine sunned; a very good copy. $15.00

McInerny, Raph, Body and Soil, N.Y., Atheneum, 1989. First edition. Fine in dust jacket. Inscribed and signed by the author. $25.00

McNeile, H.C., Out of the Blue, N.Y., Doran, 1925. First U.S. edition. A short story collection, one of the stories being "Uncle James’s Golf Match." Very good. $45.00

Oppenheim, E. Phillips, The Evil Shepherd, Boston, Little, Brown, 1922. First U.S. edition. Chapter 5 features a golf match. Very good copy. $17.50

Platt, Kin, The Kissing Gourami, N.Y., Random House, 1970. First edition. Private eye Max Roper investigates the murder of a beautiful blonde that involves a handsome golf pro. Fine in dust jacket. Inscribed and signed. $45.00

Upton, Robert, Dead on the Stick, N.Y., Viking, 1986. First edition. The Palm Isle Golf Club is the scene of a suspicious death and Amos McGuffin investigates. Fine in dust jacket. $20.00