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

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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.


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