Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 07/01/11

We hope everybody has plans to share this holiday weekend with family and friends.

Don't get any barbecue sauce on the books!


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 7/1/11


We will be closed on Monday, July 4th. We will re-open on Tuesday, July 5th at the usual time.


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 Ranger by Ace Atkins is set in contemporary Mississippi and introduces Quinn Colson and Lillie Virgil. Colson, an army ranger and a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, returns home to find Tibbehah County corrupted by meth peddlers and out-of-control greed, and his uncle, the sheriff, is dead in a questionable suicide. Colson, with deputy Virgil, starts cleaning the place up...with explosive consequences. $25.95

We now have our signed copies of The Informant by Thomas Perry. Perry’s vengeful assassin, known as The Butcher’s Boy, has been quiet for a decade but this memorable killer is back to play a deadly psychological game with Elizabeth Waring, the only justice department official who ever believed he existed. If you pre-ordered this title, you will be receiving your copy soon. We do have extra copies. $27.00

Bright’s Passage is a first novel by songwriter Josh Ritter. Henry Bright has returned to West Virginia from the battlefields of the First World War. Grieving for his dead wife and caring for an infant son, Bright, a cantankerous goat, and an angel who has followed him to Appalachia, make their way through a landscape ravaged by fire shadowed by his dead wife’s father, the Colonel, and his two brutal sons. $22.00


I’ve just started reading The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. This novel, already a bestseller in Europe, is set in Victorian London where a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics including Dracula and The Time Machine from being wiped from existence. This imaginative fantasy weaves several plots together as it explores the question: What happens if we change history? We do not have true first editions (it is translated from the Spanish) and we do not have signed copies. What we can get is first U.S. editions. So far, I’m loving this book and urge you to order a copy - preferably from us! $26.00


Hit and Run by Lawrence Block, Morrow, NY. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $24.95

As new in dust jacket.

Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke, Orion, London. 1997. First Edition. $35.00

Precedes the U.S. edition. As new in dust jacket.

The Eight of Swords by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1934. First Edition. $300.00

Scarce early title. Name inside front cover, else very good-near fine.

The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr, Harper, NY. 1938. First Edition. $60.00

Very good.

The Finger Man and Other Stories by Raymond Chandler, Avon Murder Mystery Monthly, NY. 1946. First Edition. $200.00

Important collection. Pages toned, as usual, and a tiny nick at the top of the title page, else a fine copy with none of the usual cover wear.

The Man with the Twisted Face by G. Davison, Jenkins, London. 1931. Fourth Printing. $17.50

Early British espionage novel about a German villain.

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

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

Carambola by David Dodge, Little Brown, Boston. 1961. First Edition. $25.00

Fine copy in dust jacket, which has minor rubbing at top of spine.

The Man-Hunter by Dick Donovan, Lovell, NY. 1889 . $25.00

Queen’s Quorum #14. A very rare title, published one year after the first edition. Original wrappers, covers detached but present. A good reading copy only of a book almost impossible to find in any edition.

Finding Davey by Jonathan Gash, Allison & Busby, London. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $47.50

Very fine in dust jacket.

The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee, Simon & Schuster, NY. 1941. Second Printing. SIGNED. $175.00

A mystery by the famous burlesque queen, ghosted by Craig Rice. Fine in a bright dust jacket that has tape reinforcement at the top of the spine. Inscribed and signed by Lee.

The Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1909. First U.S. Edition. $175.00

Queen’s Quorum and Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title, titled The Old Man in the Corner in the U.K. An exceptionally fine, tight copy.

Soul Circus by George Pelecanos, Little Brown, Boston. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $24.95

Fine in dust jacket.

The Detective Short Story: A Bibliography by Ellery Queen, Little Brown, Boston. 1942. First Edition. SIGNED. $250.00

Important, pioneering reference work. Limited to only 1,000 copies. Signed on the title page by Queen. A fine copy in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

The Detective Short Story: A Bibliography by Ellery Queen, Biblio & Tannen, NY. 1969. Reprint. SIGNED. $100.00

First printing of this reprint edition, limited to 150 copies, numbered and signed by Queen. Very fine in a very fine price-clipped dust jacket.

Alphabet Hicks by Rex Stout, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1941. First Edition. $375.00

Publisher’s monogram on the copyright page. Very good-near fine in chipped dust jacket.

Where There’s a Will by Rex Stout, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1941. First Edition. $2,250.00

Endpapers foxed, a stain on one page, else an exceptionally bright and fresh copy in the scarce dust jacket, which is lightly worn at corners and spine tipos. A lovely collector’s copy.

The Broken Vase by Rex Stout, Grosset & Dunlap, NY. 1941. Reprint. $45.00

A Tecumseh Fox mystery. Very good in dust jacket.

The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout, Viking, NY. 1965. First Edition. $100.00

Fine in a near fine dust jacket.


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