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

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