Friday, August 26, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 08/26/11!

We have just heard that the MTA will be shutting down at Noon tomorrow and that The Mysterious Bookshop is sitting in a flooding zone.

We will not be open on Saturday and Sunday as Hurricane Irene passes by, but be assured that before we leave, all hatches will be battened down, windows will be taped, and books will be stowed away safely.

We will open on Monday at the usual time, weather permitting.

Good luck to everybody out there who will be getting hit before and after us.

Oh, yes. Happy reading.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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Wednesday, August 31st. 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Death and The Maiden by Gerald Elias $25.99

Violinist and composer Gerald Elias will discuss his new book and give a short performance.


We now have paperback editions of Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler. These stories, which feature The Mysterious Bookshop and the staff, were commissioned by Otto from some of your favorite authors, many of whom are no longer with us, to give away to customers during the festive season. Otto will be happy to sign these editions. It is never too early to gather together your stocking stuffers! $14.99

Luminarium is a first novel from Alex Shakar. Twins Fred and George Brounian were once co-CEOs of a NYC software company devoted to the creation of utopian virtual worlds. Now, as the fifth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, George is in a coma and the company has been wrenched away by a military contracting conglomerate. This examination of the way we live now, the role technology and spirituality play in shaping our reality, is getting some terrific reviews from Publishers Weekly "...this radiant work leads you from the unreal to the real so convincingly that you begin to let go of the distinction." to Dave Eggers "...This book is funny, and soulful, and very sad, but so intellectually invigorating that you’ll want to read it twice." An Unclassifiable Crime Club Main Selection. $25.00

Flash and Bones is the latest mystery from Kathy Reichs featuring Temperance Brennan. When a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a NASCAR crew member approaches the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to tell of the disappearance, twelve years ago of his sister and her boyfriend. Could the body be either of them? $26.99


In 1993 Austin Wright wrote Tony and Susan, a book that went nowhere at the time. The author has since died but the novel has been reissued in hardcover by Grand Central Publishing. I’m reading it now and wonder why this passed most of us by eighteen years ago. Susan, once married to Edward, receives her ex-husband’s manuscript. He always wanted to write and Susan was his harshest critic. But Edward thinks she was his best, so would like her to critique his story. The story, which we read along with Susan, features an academic, Tony, who goes through a horrendous experience driving to his summer home with his wife and child. Susan, the reader, becomes totally involved with Tony, the protagonist, and as I alternate between the manuscript and the story of Susan’s reaction to it, I am filled with dread (as Susan is). What a page turner! We will be ordering more copies of this one. $24.99


We only have a couple of copies of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes which tells the story of Tony Webster and Adrian Finn who met at school and swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and one marriage, a divorce, and he’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. But memory can be imperfect. $33.00

The Night Stalker is the third book from Chris Carter after The Crucifix Killer and The Executioner. When an unidentified female body is discovered in an abandoned butcher’s shop, the cause of death is not immediately clear. But when the full autopsy gets underway at the Los Angeles county morgue, the pathologist will reveal the true horror of the situation - a discovery so devastating that Detective Robert Hunter of the LA Homicide Special Section has to be pulled off another case to take over the investigation. $33.00

Death on the Rive Nord by Adrian Magson is the second mystery to feature Inspector Lucas Rocco. In Picardie in 1963, a truck drops a group of illegal Algerian workers by a deserted stretch of canal in the dead of night near Poissons-les-Marais. Days later, one of them surfaces, stabbed to death. $50.00

The Vault by Ruth Rendell features Chief Inspector Reg Wexford, now retired, who divides his time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to his daughter. When he is asked to advise on a difficult case, three bodies have been found in the old coal hole of an old house in St. John’s Wood, he can’t resist. $48.00


Three Black Bags by Marion Polk Angellotti, Century, NY. 1923. First Edition. $125.00

Romantic mystery set in France and Germany. Owner’s signature, else very

fine in pictorial dust jacket that is chipped at top front and back panels and spine, which has light spotting.

The Enchanted Isle by James M. Cain, Mysterious Press, NY. 1985. First Edition. $35.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

Career in C Major by James M. Cain, McGraw-Hill, NY. 1986. First Edition. $35.00

First edition of this collection. Very fine in dust jacket.

The Sirens Sang of Murder by Sarah Caudwell, Collins, London. 1989. First Edition. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED. $50.00

A Professor Hilary Tamar Narrative. Signed and dated and inscribed to previous owner. Fine in fine dust jacket.

All That Remains by Patricia D. Cornwell, Scribners, NY. 1992. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $40.00

Author’s third mystery featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Trace by Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, NY. 2004. First Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

A Scarpetta novel. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Predator by Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, NY. 2005. First Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

A Scarpetta novel. Fine in dine dust jacket.

The Hidden Hand by John Carroll Daly, Grosset & Dunlap, NY. 1929. Reprint. $35.00

A Race Williams novel. About fine in a very good dust jacket, which has a few creases and light wear. Daly’s books are uncommon in dust jacket.

Whiskey River by Loren D. Estleman, Scribner, London. 1990. First U.K. Edition. $25.00

Anthony Award winner. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Memory Game by Nicci French, Heineman , London. 1997. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Authors’ first book. Signed by both authors. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Blonde in Lower Six by Erle Stanley Gardner, Carroll & Graf, NY. 1990. First Edition. $25.00

A novel and three novellas, first published in Black Mask about Ed Jenkins, "The Phantom Crook." In dust jacket with trace of rubbing at spine tips.

"B" is for Burglar by Sue Grafton, Holt, NY. 1985. First Edition. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED. $1,500.00

Fine in dust jacket. A stunning copy of an increasingly scarce book.

"E" is for Evidence by Sue Grafton, Holt, 1988. Second Printing. $20.00

Identical format to the first edition. Very fine in dust jacket.

"F" is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton, Holt, NY. 1989. Second Printing. SIGNED. $20.00

Identical format to the first edition. Very fine in dust jacket.

"G" is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton, Holt, 1990. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Fine in dust jacket.

"H" is for Homicide by Sue Grafton, Holt, 1991. First Edition. SIGNED. $20.00

Fine in dust jacket which has a sunned spine.

Marked for Murder by Brett Halliday, Dodd, NY. 1945. First Edition. $100.00

Top of spine crushed, otherwise fine in a very good jacket. Small chips to corners and spine ends, and some light spotting to front panel.

This is Michael Shane by Brett Halliday, Dodd, NY. 1950. First Edition. $75.00

Top of spine bumped, else fine in a near fine dust jacket. Wear to spine ends and front corners. Front and rear panels clean and bright.

Yu’an Hee See Laughs by Sax Rohmer, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1933. First U.S. Edition. $20.00

Bookplate inside front cover, else very good.

Re-Enter Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer, Gold Medal, CT. 1957. First Edition. $12.50

Paperback original. Near fine.

The Wrath of Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer, DAW, NY. 1973. First Edition. $15.00

Paperback original. About fine.

Not Quite Dead Enough by Rex Stout, Farrar & Rinehart, NY. 1944. First Edition. SIGNED. $200.00

Spine is a bit sunned, else a very good copy of a scarce wartime title. Signed and dated October 7, 1944, by Stout.

The Casino Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribner, NY. 1934. First Edition. $30.00

A very good copy.


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