Friday, September 16, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 09/16/11

Greetings from chilly New York.

A reminder that I am out of the store on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I came back today to discover that I have many more emails than usual. Summer must be over!
I will answer them in the order they came to me. Thanks for your patience.

Meanwhile, here's the latest update full of exciting news and books. Enjoy.

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 9/16/11


Wednesday, September 21st. 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

One of our favorite publishers, Hard Case Crime, took a small hiatus but has now started publishing again with some great new titles. Help us celebrate the re-launch with the following authors:

Lawrence Block (as Jill Emerson) - Getting Off $25.99

Christa Faust - Choke Hold $9.95

Also on hand will be Hard Case publisher and author Charles Ardai, plus Hard Case authors Russell Atwood, and Peter Pavla.

Friday, September 23rd. 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

We will be celebrating Irish crime fiction with bestselling and emerging authors who have ties to the Emerald Isle: Alex Barclay, Colin Bateman, Declan Burke, John Connolly, Pete Hamill, Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Stuart Neville, and Peter Quinn.

We’ll have copies of Down These Green Streets, a collection of essays on the subject of modern Irish crime writing. We will get copies signed by all the authors, however, we do not know at this point if we are going to be receiving first editions (in paperback). Let us know if you’d like a copy signed by all authors, regardless of edition.

Refreshments will be served.


The Mysterious Press is going digital

In 1975, Otto Penzler founded The Mysterious Press. Now the Press is going digital!

Working in conjunction with Open Road Integrated Media, we’re publishing ebook versions of classic works of crime, mystery and suspense fiction. Many of these books have been out of print but protected by copyright, so they haven’t been readily available until now.

Our website, is still under construction, but should be live shortly. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter @emysteries (, as well as become a fan of MysteriousPress.Com on Facebook (

By following us on these social networking sites, you’ll learn exactly when the site goes live, as well as be eligible for a very exciting giveaway we have planned (the details of which we’ll be announcing soon)


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a first mystery receiving a great deal of positive attention. Set in a circus, which arrives without warning, the story takes place under the black-and-white-striped tents where there awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses. But beyond the smoke and mirrors, a fierce competition is under way - a contest between two young illusionists - a game in which, unbeknownst to the players, only one can be left standing. A First Mystery Club Main Selection. $26.95

We do have copies of Killing the Blues by Robert B. Parker and Michael Brandman signed by Brandman. This is a Jesse Stone novel and was written by Brandman who collaborated with Parker on movie projects, the Spenser TV movies, and the Jesse Stone series of TV movies starring Tom Selleck. He cowrote many of the screenplays and supervised screenplay adaptations. $25.95

Otto Penzler’s latest collection of stories is entitled Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! With stories from the likes of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Sheridan Le Fanu, and Joe R. Lansdale, it is simply the most tasteful collection of zombie stories ever assembled. Should you add this to your collection? That’s a no-brainer, especially when signed by Otto. A large format paperback. $25.00

A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd is the third entry in the Bess Crawford series set during WWI. When battlefield nurse Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence. A Soft Boiled Club Main Selection. $24.99


The following books will be released within the next couple of weeks. Those we expect to be signed may be here later, depending on the author’s schedule, but please take a look and let us know if you would like to reserve a copy:

Eoin Colfer - Plugged. (This first mystery from the acclaimed children’s author will be a First Mystery Club Main Selection). $24.95

David King - Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris (Non-fiction). Will NOT be signed. $26.00


Good as Dead by Mark Billingham takes place over three days which begin when police officer Helen Weeks is taken hostage. DI Tom Thorne must race against time as he reinvestigates the death of the hostage-taker’s son.

Carver by Tom Cain finds Sam Carver facing his most deadly challenge yet. When Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, it sent shockwaves around the world. But supposing Lehman Brothers was deliberately destroyed by a warped financial genius bent on a course of financial terrorism? What if that was only a dry run? $38.00

The Burning Soul by John Connolly is the latest thriller to feature troubled investigator Charlie Parker. A British Crime Club Main Selection

Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making by John Curran is a follow-up to Curran’s AC’s Secret Notebooks. In it, he discusses the conventions of detective fiction and Christie’s work. As well as revealing more than a dozen unpublished book ideas, this volume contains two unseen short stories from her archives - The Man Who Knew and an early Miss Marple draft, The Case of the Caretaker’s Wife. $50.00

Dead Men’s Harvest is Matt Hilton’s latest Joe Hunter thriller. $45.00

In The Retribution, Val McDermid brings back her popular creations, Dr. Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan who must deal with the serial killer who shaped and defined police profiler Hill’s life. Jacko Vance is back. $48.00

The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney is the author’s first book since The Tenderness of Wolves which won the Costa Book of the Year award in 2008. We have only a few copies of this title. $48.00

The Bloody Meadow is William Ryan’s follow-up to The Holy Thief. Following his investigations in that book, Captain Alexei Korolev finds himself decorated and hailed as an example to all Soviet workers. But if the nature of his real actions during that case were discovered, he would face deportation to the camps of the north. When that knock comes, however, it is another case. Actress Maria Alexandrovna Lenskaya, thought to be a model citizen, has been found dead on the set of her film The Bloody Meadow. $43.00


Gamble by Felix Francis is the true first edition of this title. $48.00

Headhunters by Jo Nesbo is the true first edition of this title. $30.00


The Girl and the Detective, by Chas. E. Blaney & J. Searle Dawley, Ogilvie, NY. 1908. First Edition. $100.00

A novel based on the stage play of the same title. Colorful pictorial wrappers. Lightly chipped at top of spine, else about fine. A rare title in the "Play Book Series."

Murder Strikes Thrice by Charles G. Booth, Anson Bond, Hollywood. 1946. First Edition. $75.00

Digest-sized paperback. A very scarce collection of three novelettes by the famous pulp writer (Johnny Angel, The General Dies at Dawn) and Oscar winner (The House on 92nd Street). Spine rolled, else very good.

Innocent Blood by P.D. James, Scribners, NY. 1980. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Skull Beneath the Skin by P.D. James, Scribners, NY. 1982. First U.S. Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Second Angel by Philip Kerr, Orion, London. 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Thriller. Fine in fine dust jacket with promotional band in place.

The Shot by Philip Kerr, Orion, London. 1999. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Thriller set in the U.S. in 1960. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The One from the Other by Philip Kerr, Putnam, NY. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. $30.00

Bernie Gunther mystery. Precedes the UK edition. Signed on tipped-in page. Fine in fine dust jacket.

An Agent in Place by Robert Littell, Bantam, NY. 1991. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Fine I n fine dust jacket.

The Visiting Professor by Robert Littell, Random House, 1994. First Edition. $30.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.


he Jack Harvey Novels by Ian Rankin (writing as Jack Harvey), Orion, London. 2000. First Edition Thus. SIGNED. $50.00

Witch Hunt, Bleeding Hearts and Blood Hunt. With a new introduction by the author. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Doors Open by Ian Rankin, Orion, London. 2008. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

Heist thriller. Fine in fine dust jacket.

The Hollow Man by Dan Simmons, Bantam, NY. 1992. First Edition. SIGNED. $40.00

Fine in fine dust jacket.

Lovedeath by Dan Simmons, Bantam, NY. 1993. First Edition. SIGNED. $40.00

Short stories. Fine in fine dust jacket.

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd, St. Martin’s Press, NY. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $75.00

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

A Fearsome Doubt by Charles Todd, Bantam, NY. 2002. First Editiion. SIGNED. $35.00

An Ian Rutledge mystery. Signed by both authors. Fine in fine dust jacket.

A Long Shadow by Charles Todd, Morrow, NY. 2006. First Edition. SIGNED. 35.00

An Ian Rutledge mystery. Signed by both authors. Fine in fine dust jacket.

Enough by Donald E. Westlake, Evans, NY. 1977. First Edition. $65.00

Very fine, fresh copy in a pristine dust jacket.


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