Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Best American Noir of the Century is Today's Kindle Daily Deal

‎'The Best American Noir of the Century' by Otto Penzler and James Ellory is the Kindle Deal of the Day! Get your copy of this fantastic anthology for only $1.99 by clicking here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/27/12

I was up at an ungodly hour this morning watching the semi-final match from Australia between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.  Worth losing the sleep. Meanwhile, here is Update number 300!!!

Taken, the much anticipated Elvis Cole/Joe Pike thriller from Robert Crais is here. Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing daughter when she gets a ransom note. But Morales isn’t really worried: she thinks her daughter has run off with her boyfriend and that they need money. But Morales is wrong. Her daughter and boyfriend have indeed been kidnapped Cole and Pike find the place where the couple were taken and they think it looks as bad as it can possibly be. But they too are wrong. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection (January). $26.95

Elmore Leonard was here signing copies of Raylan, featuring his character Raylan Givens, who is also the star of the hit TV series Justified. U.S. Marshal Givens is the laconic, Stetson-wearing, fast-drawing lawman who juggles dozens of cases at a time and always shoots to kill. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection (March) $26.99

Walter Mosley was also here (at the same time as Leonard) signing copies of his latest Leonid McGill mystery, All I Did Was Shoot My Man. Eight years ago Zella Grisham shot her fella, Harry, when she found him in bed with her friend (I should think so!), although she doesn’t remember doing so. The district attorney was inclined to be lenient until $50,000 from a recent heist was found in Zella’s storage unit. When Zella gets out, she hires McGill, who for several reasons, is convinced of her innocence. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection (February). $26.95

More after the jump!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Elmore Leonard and Walter Moley at The Mysterious Bookshop!

The Mysterious Bookshop was thrilled to have both Elmore Leonard and Walter Mosley drop by yesterday! Here they are with our own Otto Penzler! Mr. Leonard signwed copies of his new novel RAYLAN and Mr. Mosley signed copies of his new novel ALL I DID WAS SHOOT MY MAN.

The Mysterious Bookshop Winter Sale Special

The return of one of our most popular sales. The $10 Sale.

The list only goes to the letter D.

Sally Owen

The Mysterious Bookshop



All Books Only $10 Each!

Now that winter seems finally and truly arrived, what better time to stay toasty with a good book? Here is a list of great reading in all genres that have been on our shelves for a while. Every book listed is a hardcover first edition, published in the United States, in dust jacket in as-new condition.

Abella, Alex, Dead of Night, 1998. Charlie Morell, a Cuban-American lawyer and PI, faces evil cloaked in the rituals of African-American santeria, which is as scary as voodoo.

Adcock, Thomas, Drown All the Dogs, 1994. NYPD Detective Neil Hockaday tries to learn why his father vanished during World War II.

Albert, Susan Wittig, Witches’ Bane, 1993. It is Halloween in a small Texas town and, when one of the holiday celebrants is brutally murdered, lawyer and herbalist China Bayles is accused of practicing witchcraft.

Albert, Susan Wittig, Hangman’s Root. 1994. Lawyer-turned herbalist China Bayles finds herself in the middle of an animal rights dispute in Texas that ends in murder.

More sales after the jump!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/20/12

I hate winter!!  I have been out sick with the dreaded lurgie (as we Brits say - I think you call it the 'flu).
I'm feeling better thank you but I am way behind with my emails and wanted to let you know that I will be answering you all in the order your emails were received. 
I also wanted you to know that, every now and again, I lose one of your emails.  I can't explain it, but I usually find out when you follow up asking where your order is.  99% of the time I acknowledge emails so if you feel that far too long has passed since you wrote, please don't hesitate to give me a nudge.
Now on to the good stuff....
Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop
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Weekly Update 1/20/12

* Open Seven Days until Monday, February 27th. From then on we’ll be open six days, Monday thru Saturday, 11.00 a.m.- 7.00 p.m.
Here are the first three categories:
The Ranger by Ace Atkins
Gone by Mo Hayder
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
1222 by Anne Holt
Field Grey by Philip Kerr
Red on Red by Edward Conlon
Last to Fold by David Duffy
All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen
Bent Road by Lori Roy
Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder
The Company Man by Jackson Bennett
The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle
The Dog Sox by Russell Hill
Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis
Other categories may be found on the Mystery Writers of America website: www.mysterywriters.org
Winners will be announced at the Edgar Award Banquet on April 26th. SIGNED COPIES NOW AVAILABLE
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger is a collection of stories inspired by everybody’s favorite detective. We have first editions signed by the two editors plus Jerry Margolin, S.J. Rozan, Neil Gaiman (whose story has been nominated for an Edgar Award) and Jan Burke. This paperback original is now in its third printing, so first come... $15.00
The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus is a novel about how far we will go, and the sorrows we will endure, in order to protect our families. A terrible epidemic has struck the country: the sound of children’s speech has become to lethal to adults. For Sam and Clare it seems the only way to escape their daughter’s malevolent speech is to run away. But that’s not so easy. They still love her and in a few years she too will be susceptible to the language toxicity. Rave reviews from Michael Chabon and Jonathan Saftan Foer for this. The stunning dust jacket was designed by Peter Mendelsund. An Unclassifiable Crime Club Main Selection. $25.95
What It Was by George Pelecanos, a thriller featuring Derek Strange, has been published as a paperback original ($9.99), but also as a limited, signed and slipcased edition for $35.00.
Cell 8 by Roslund & Hellstrom is here. In Ohio, a young man is awaiting execution for the murder of his girlfriend. When he dies of a heart disease it would seem that the case is closed. Six years later on a ferry between Finland and Sweden, a man attacks a drunken lout leaving him in a coma. Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens is assigned to this seemingly straightforward case and finds that there is a shocking connection between his case and the closed case in the United States. Signed by both authors. $24.95
Tom Rob Smith signed the U.S. edition of Agent 6, his third novel featuring Leo Demidov who, this time out, must struggle with a devastating conspiracy that shatters everything he holds dear. $25.99
The Man with Three Chins by Delano Ames, Regnery, NY. 1968. First U.S. Edition. $35.00 Juan Llorca mystery. One neat "Withdrawn" stamp, else about fine.
Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone, Signet, NY. 1971. First Edition. $45.00 8vo, paper. Fine in wrappers.
London Bloody London by Michael Avallone, Curtis Books, NY. 1972. First Edition. $45.00 8vo, paper. Fine in wrappers
Deceiver’s Door by Christopher B. Booth, Chelsea, NY. 1929. First Edition. $100.00 The adventures of a gentleman who has proclaimed himself "the greatest criminal in the world." Front hinge cracked, else about fine in fine pictorial dust jacket with minor chipping at spinal extremities.
The Stoat by Lynn Brock, Collins Crime Club, London. 1940. First Edition. $85.00 A very scarce book in first edition. Very good-near fine in orange cloth binding.
The Animal Factory by Edward Bunker, Viking, NY. 1977. First Edition. SIGNED. $750.00 The basis for the Steve Buscemi-directed cult favorite of the same title. Very fine in dust jacket.
High Sierra (W.R. Burnett), Edited by Douglas Gomery, U. Of Wisconsin Press, WI. 1979. First Edition. SIGNED. $250.00 The very scarce hardcover edition. Fine in dust jacket. Signed by Gomery.
The Asphalt Jungle by W.R. Burnett, Knopf, NY. 1949. First Edition. $1,000.00 Basis for the legendary noir film directed by John Huston starring Sterling Hayden. Very fine in dust jacket.
Killed on the Rocks by William L. DeAndrea, Mysterious Press, NY. 1990. First Edition. $15.00 Under-valued author who won Edgars for his first two books. He was also one of the last practitioners of "impossible crime" stories, of which this is one - when a body is found on a crest of newly fallen snow, dozens of yards from the nearest house, with no footprints leading to or from the body. Very fine in dust jacket.
The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson, Morrow, NY. 1934. First Edition. $75.00 Lending library stamps, some pages wrinkled due to a binding error, else very good.
Unidentified Woman by Mignon G. Eberhart, Random House, NY. 1943. First Edition. $20.00 Fine in dust jacket, which has a tiny chip at top of spine.
The Blind Pig by Jon A. Jackson, Random House, NY. 1978. First Edition. $175.00 Author’s second book. Very fine in dust jacket without the ubiquitous remainder mark.
Uniform Justice by Donna Leon, Heinemann, London. 2003. First Edition. SIGNED. $50.00 As new in dust jacket.
Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon, Heinemann, London. 2004. First Edition. SIGNED. $40.00 As new in dust jacket.

The Killing Floor by Arthur Lyons, Mason/Charter, NY. 1976. First Edition. $500.00 Fine in dust jacket.
Dead Ringer by Arthur Lyons, Mason/Charter, NY. 1977. First Edition. SIGNED. $85.00 Near fine in dust jacket.
The Judas Goat by Robert B. Parker, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1978. First Edition. $100.00 Fifth Spenser novel. Page tops dusty, else fine in dust jacket.
Triangle by Teri White, Charter, NY. 1982. First Edition. $45.00 Author’s first book, an Edgar-winning paperback original. A minor bump at top of the spine, else very fine, unread copy and scarce thus. Laid in is a signed letter from the editor.
69 Babylon Park by Harry Whittington, Avon, NY. 1962. First Edition. $45.00 Paperback original. About fine in wrappers with some light rubbing to extremities.
Poontang and Other Poems by Charles Willeford, New Athenaeum Press, FL. 1966. First Edition. SIGNED. $3,000.00 In stiff, gray wrappers. Fine with small bump to bottom corner. By far the rarest of Willeford’s works.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/13/12

Sherlock rules!
Meanwhile, here's the Weekly Update.
Have a great weekend.
Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop
The Mysterious BookshopOpen Seven Days, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. *

Weekly Update 1/13/12* We Are Changing Our HoursAs of Monday, February 27th, The Mysterious Bookshop will be closed on Sundays. When we first moved to our new location, we thought we would benefit from the foot traffic in this area. That has not happened, to our satisfaction, and the staff is stretched thin.
Sunday, February 26th will be the last Sunday that we will be open. We will then revert to our original schedule: Monday through Saturday 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
We’ll remind you of this from time to time during the next few weeks.
The Grand Game: A Celebration of Sherlockian Scholarship Volume 2 1960-2010 Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. SIGNED. $39.95This second volume completes the carefully selected sampling of the best and most important pieces of Sherlockian scholarship. Signed by both editors.
In, IDW Publishing, 2011, First Edition. SIGNED. $16.99Classic Detective Fiction 1862-1910. Twenty stories published during the earliest days of detective literature. Introduction and annotations by Holmes scholar, Leslie S. Klinger. Fine in wraps as issued.

The Chalk Girl
Gideon’s Corpse
William Gillette, America’s Sherlock Holmes by Henry Zecher, Xlibris Corporation, 2011. First Edition. SIGNED. $34.95A biography of one of the world’s premier actors and playwrights who was the stage’s original Sherlock Holmes. Also available, signed, in paperback for $23.95
by Preston & Child again features Gideon Crew who has ten days to track a mysterious terrorist cell before a major American city is vaporized by a nuclear attack. The bomb was assembled in New York City, but his journey takes Gideon to the mountains of New Mexico where he learns that the end may be something worse - far worse - than mere Armageddon. A Thriller/Espionage Crime Club Main Selection. $26.99
by Carol O’Connell once again features Mallory. When a young girl appears in New York’s Central Park with blood on her shoulders and a story about her Uncle Red who has turned into a tree, the police are, at first, skeptical, until they find the body in the tree. Mallory, newly returned to the Special Crimes Unit, sees something in the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged; some say she is dangerously unstable, but she can tell a kindred spirit when she sees one. For those of you who thought Lisbeth Salander was an original, think again. Mallory has appeared in nine previous novels. $25.95
The Shadow of Sherlock Holmes: Classic Detective Fiction Edited by Leslie S. Klinger
by Nancy Bilyeau is set in 1537 during the bloody schism between Church and State. Joanna Stafford, a Dominican nun, learns that her favorite cousin has been condemned to burn at the stake. Defying the rule of enclosure, Joanna leaves the priory to stand at her cousin’s side and finds herself reluctantly in the service of the Bishop of Winchester. She must find an ancient relic - a crown so powerful, it may hold the ability to end the Reformation. A First Mystery Club Main Selection. $24.99
FOR COLLECTORS.38 Fine in dust jacket.
The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll, Viking Press, NY. 1980. First Edition. $40.00Author’s first book. Stamp on endpaper, else fine in dust jacket with a one inch closed tear on front.
The Chronicles of Michael Danevitch of the Russian Secret Service by Dick Donovan, Chatto & Windus, London. 1897. First Edition. $150.00Original decorated dark blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver. Cases of the celebrated Russian detective related to fellow detective Dick Donovan. Listed in Glover and Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction, and Queen, The Detective Short Story. Apart from very minor rubbing at spine ends and corners, a fine, fresh copy.
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder. Wiley, NY. 2010 First Edition. SIGNED. $19.99The Edgar-nominated guide to all things Sherlockian. Signed by Doyle. Fine in wraps as issued.
The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman, Harper, NY. 1982. First Edition. $200.00An absolutely fine, as new copy in dust jacket. Advance copy with a review slip laid in.
The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman, Harper, NY. 1985. First Edition. SIGNED. $300.00An absolutely fine, as new copy in dust jacket.
The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman, Harper, NY. 1998. First Edition. SIGNED. $125.00Limited to 250 numbered copies. As new in slipcase.
Fallen Angel by William Hjorstberg, Harcourt, NY. 1978. First Edition. $100.00A fine copy of this ground-breaking mystery novel in a bright, unrubbed dust jacket.
The Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter, Simon & Schuster. 1954. First Edition. $65.00Important novel that inspired the successful film of the same title. Library stamps on front and rear endpapers, else very good in like dust jacket.
The White South by Hammond Innes, Collins, London. 1949. First Edition. $75.00Adventure-mystery novel. Small stain on fore-edge, else a fine copy in a bright pictorial dust jacket with a closed tear on the front panel and light wear at top of spine.
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King, St. Martin’s Press, NY. 1994. First Edition. SIGNED. $350.00Introduces Mary Russell. Fine in fine dust jacket.
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King, St. Martin’s Press, NY. 1995. First Edition.SIGNED. $35.00Second Mary Russell mystery. Fine in fine dust jacket.
Matters of Suspense by Ruth Rendell, Eurographica, Helsinki. 1986. First Edition Thus. SIGNED. $100.00First of this edition of short stories, limited to 350 numbered copies. Signed and dated 1986 on the title page, thought the copyright page states 1982, 1983. Very fine in stiff card covers.
The Mummy or Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice, Chatto & Windus, London. First U.K. Edition. 1989. $50.00Part of bookstore stamp and residue on front inside board else fine in like dust jacket.
A One-Page Typed Letter by Rex Stout SIGNED. $300.00Dated August 14, 1945. On the letterhead of the Writers’ War Board, of which he was president, written to Lewis Mumford in which he tells Mumford how fabulous his piece in the Saturday Review of Literature was. A great association between two cultural icons. Fine condition.
The Way We Die Now by Charles Willeford, Ultramarine Press, 1988. First Edition. SIGNED. $250.00Limited to only 99 copies. Signed and numbered. Fine without dust jacket as issued. A very handsome edition.


by William Ard, Rinehart, N.Y. 1952. First Edition. $65.00

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New books from The Mysterious Press: David Housewright and James Carlos Blake

Looking for something new to read? The folks at our digital publishing imprint have got you covered. Today they've got five new books--three Holland Taylor mysteries from David Housewright, and two frontier noirs from James Carlos Blake.

Housewright is a former reporter and ad-man whose debut novel, Penance, was a wide success, winning him an Edgar award for Best First Novel. He produced two more Taylor novels--and we've got all three of them. Click here to go to his author page.

Blake is one of the America's most highly regarded living authors of Western fiction. His first novel, The Pistoleer, was released to wide acclaim, and since then he's produced some amazing work that deals with real-life characters from the American west. Click here to go to his author page.

See these, along with many more wonderful titles available for your ereaders at MysteriousPress.com  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Mysterious Bookshop Publications Catalogue.

For the past five years, The Mysterious Bookshop has been publishing books and pamphlets in modest quantities for mystery aficionados and collectors. Many have sold out (and now fetch premium prices), some are available in very limited quantities, and a few are still available in quantity.

Here is the full list of all books published by the Mysterious Bookshop.

This catalogue includes our Mysterious Profiles, in which authors such as Lee Child and Ken Bruen describe their famous characters in detail, our on going Bibliomystery Series, as well as our extensive collecion of limited editions, witch titles from Lawrence Block, Robert Lehane, and James Ellroy.

Please contact us at info@mysteriousbookshop.com with any questions!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update 1/06/2012

Next week is known around here as Sherlock Week! Every year, the Baker Street Irregulars descend on New York for their yearly shindig (I mean formal dinner) to celebrate the great sleuth’s birthday. The emphasis for the week will be on all things Sherlockian and next Friday, January 13th, we will be hosting our annual Open House from 11.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Hope to see you here.


Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George will go on sale next Tuesday. The latest mystery featuring Inspector Lynley is signed on a tipped-in page. A Soft-Boiled Crime Club Main Selection. $28.95

So we can’t count! We thought we had ordered the correct number of copies of the U.K. Edition of The Drop by Michael Connelly to fulfill our pre-orders. However, it seems that we have some left over. If you ordered a copy and didn’t receive it, please let us know. The U.K. Edition is the true first trade edition of this title. $48.00

More after the jump!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Weekly Damage 1/3/12: P.D. James, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel, Megan Abbott and more!

Image Courtesy of Animal
My New Year's Resolution is to post the weekly damage in a timelier manner.... Welcome to 2012!

1) As a recently graduated English major, I definitely know two things: That T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” is about the modern man’s inability to either create or reappropriate antiquated culture to create contemporary meaning after WWII, and that I hate Jane Austen. I hated the books in high school and in college, and despite what American culture thinks about my certain demographic, I hate the movies. The only thing I ever liked about Jane Austen “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” my heart went pitter patter at the idea of Darcy’s brains begin devoured like a fine delicacy by a child missing a jaw (how this would happen, I’m not sure). However, after reading this review of P.D. James’ new mystery novel, “Death Comes to Pemberly,” I might give the Austen genera another shot, although it doesn’t look like Darcy gets serial-killer-murdered…. Also, I’m putting faith in James’ ability to help me to distinguish any character besides Darcy from each other, as they all seem like hysterical women hell bent on marriage. (via The New York Times.)

2) Despite a less-than-enthusiastic reaction to the film adaptation of Girl with a Dragon Tattoo—jury is still out on whether releasing a sexually violent attack on misogyny during Christmas week was smart marketing-- there seems to be just enough buzz circling to spark interest in a sequel. Ignoring the qualms of whatever emotionally out-of-touch mother brought her sugar-plums-dancing-in-their-heads children to this film: I personally thought it was amazing, thought provoking etc etc. I can’t wait for the next one. Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, according to Slash Film, David Fincher (yes please) has expressed a mere interest in shooting The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I mean, does the man really need convincing to frolic through Sweden with an anorexic and punked out Rooney Mara while filming emotive motorcycle trips? The girl did pierce every part of her body for this role, David… ahem. (via Flavorwire)

More After the Jump!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Now Available Online: MBS tshirts and totes!

I know you've all been clamoring for our Tshirts and Totes to hit the interweb. I'm excited to announce that at mysteriousbookshop.com, you can shop for our personalized merch. Have plans for an indulgent vacation anytime soon? Send us pictures of you wearing our shirts/carrying our totes and we'll put 'em up.

Happy New Year MBS customers.