Friday, April 13, 2012

Sally's Weekly Update for 04/13/12

Friday the 13th.  Lucky day for us - that's the date we opened.  And if it was Friday, April 13th, 1979. The Mysterious Bookshop is celebrating a birthday.
Wish I could confirm all this but Otto is not here.

Have a lovely weekend.  
Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop
The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
Ph; 212-587-1011
Fax: 212-587-1126
Open Monday thru Saturday, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Weekly Update 4/13/12

Tuesday, April 17th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Cara Black will be here to discuss and sign Murder at the Lanterne Rouge, her latest mystery featuring Aimee Luduc. When the girlfriend of her business partner disappears, Aimee becomes involved with the French Secret Service after the woman’s picture is found on the body of a murdered scientist. $25.00

Thursday, April 19th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Wallace Stroby will be here to launch his latest thriller, Kinds of Midnight which again features career-criminal Crissa Stone. She’s determined to retire from a life of crime and a five million dollar haul would help. But first she’ll have to outwit both the mob and the FBI. $24.99

Friday, April 20th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Katherine Howe will sign copies of The House of Velvet and Glass. After losing her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sybil Allston retreats into a world of mysticism and parlor-tricks. But when her brother is kicked out of Harvard under strange circumstances, Sibyl and psychology professor Benton Derby team up to solve a terrifying mystery. $25.99

We have copies of The Mystery Issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Articles by or about Denise Hamilton, Elmore Leonard, The Killing, Guns used by fictional cops, Sara Gran, and Sweden. Also a portrait of Joseph Wambaugh by Michael Connelly, and The Ten Most Wanted; A Year in Crime Fiction by Otto Penzler.
A copy is free with purchase while supplies last and IF YOU REQUEST IT. It is not available without purchase.


Our signed copies of Force of Nature by C.J. Box are here. Joe Pickett’s friend, Nate Romanowski, used to be in a secret Special Forces unit in Central Asia. A colleague did something terrible at that time and is now looking to eliminate anybody who knows about it. Nate is afraid that Joe Pickett and his family will be targeted to draw Nate out. $25.95

Gypped by Carol Higgins Clark once again features Regan Reilly who runs into an old friend whose recent financial windfall may have put her in danger from those close, and not so close, to her. $25.00

Lou Manfredo was here signing Rizzo’s Daughter, the third in the series featuring the Brooklyn cop. Rizzo is about ready to retire but when his daughter, Carol, decides to join the force he decides to stay on until she’s settled. With his daughter on patrol, Joe knows all too well what dangers await her. $25.99

Last Will is the latest from Liza Marklund. In the midst of a brutal Scandinavian winter, a member of the Nobel Prize committee is gunned down in the city of Stockholm. Reporter Annika Bengtzon, who made eye contact with the killer just seconds before the shots were fired, is the key witness. She finds herself in the middle of a violent story of terror and death, the roots of which date back centuries. $25.00

M.J Rose signed copies of The Book of Lost Fragrances. Jac L"Etoile, heir to the French perfume company, has always been haunted by visions but, with the help of a doctor, she was able to explore the symbolism of her visions and led to her successful career as a mythologist, television personality and author. Her brother, Robbie, now head of the House of L’Etoile contacts Jac about a remarkable discovery in the family archives but disappears before he can share the secret and Jac finds herself plunged into a world she thought she had left behind. $24.00

Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates explores the high price of success in the life of a woman - the first female president of a lauded ivy league institution. Meredith "M.R." Neukirchen has a commitment to her career and a moral fervor for her role that is all-consuming. This powerful exploration of the enduring claims of the past is at once a psychic ghost story and an intimate portrait of a woman cracking the glass ceiling at enormous personal cost. $26.99

The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith introduces Geiger, a professional torturer or "information retrieval" expert with his own moral code. When he makes the split-second decision to save a young boy he has been asked to interrogate, he puts himself and his partner in harm’s way and his reputation on the line. A First Mystery Main Selection. $27.00

Pre-order This Title
The Complete Slayers by Paul Cain Cain was the hardest boiled of all the Black Mask writers and this volume collects the complete 13 "slayers" - brilliant works of noir fiction written for Black Mask and other pulps - as well as all of all Cain’s other fiction. This editions includes a biographical introduction by Max Allan Collins and Lynn F. Myers Jr., along with a cover gallery of old issues of Black Mask and old covers of Fast One and Seven Slayers collections. SIGNED by Max Allan Collins, Lynn F. Myers, Jr., and Ron Lesser, the cover artist. $75.00

Every Contact Leaves a Trace is a debut novel from Elanor Dymott. When Rachel, the wife of Alex, is brutally murdered one Midsummer Night on the grounds of their alma mater, Worcester College, Oxford, Alex, a lawyer is shattered. He returns to Oxford that winter and attempts to piece together the story behind her death. With Rachel’s former tutor and mentor as his guide, Alex begins to uncover disturbing secrets and constantly shifting versions of the truth. As he delves deeper, he is forced to confront the horrifying fact that his entire understanding of the past will be altered by the telling of this tale. This literary thriller is getting great reviews. A British Crime Club Main Selection. $33.00

We have copies of Fault Line by Robert Goddard, one of the U.K’s most respected writers. A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Jonathan Kellaway’s youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him when he is tasked with discovering why there is a gaping hole in his employer’s records. His search for documents missing from the international mining company becomes a voyage into dangerous waters. $43.00

Sadie Jones is not as well known here as she is in her native England but her third book is intriguing and should bring her a wider audience. The Uninvited Guests is set at the country house of Sterne in 1912 where preparations have begun for an elegant party to honour Emerald Torrington’s twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savoury survivors to seek shelter at the Manor throwing the household into confusion and mischief. "..a brilliant novel...At once a shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class." Ann Patchett.
Tom-All-Alone’s (mercifully, that title will change when the book is published here in the U.S) by Lynn Shepherd is set in London in 1850 where the lawyer Edward Tulkinghorn has a deadly secret he must conceal. That secret is now under threat from an unseen adversary. Who better to track that person down than Charles Maddox? Unfairly dismissed from the Metropolitan Police, Charles is struggling to establish himself as a private detective, so he takes Tulkinghorn’s case and finds out that nothing is as it seems. Inspired by Bleak House by Charles Dickens, Tom-All-Alone’s is a gripping murder mystery set in a London underworld that Dickens only hinted at. $33.00

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan is less a mystery, more a novel of moral dilemmas. In the summer of 1914, the Empress Alexandra, a transatlantic liner, suffers a mysterious explosion en route to New York City. On board are Henry Winter, a banker, and his young new wife, Grace. Henry manages to secure a place in a lifeboat for Grace. But the survivors quickly realize it is overloaded and could sink at any moment. For any to live, some must die. Grace watches and wait She has learned the value of patience! $33.00

Clues for Dr. Coffee by Lawrence G. Blochman, Lippincott, PA. 1964. First Edition. $75.00 Short story collection. Very fine in very fine, price-clipped dust jacket.
Death of a Weirdy by Glyn Carr, Bles, London. 1965. First Edition. $175.00 A very fine copy in a clean, crisp dust jacket. Scarce in this condition.
Sheriff Olsen by M.G. Chute, Appleton, NY. 1942. First Edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED. $150.00 An exceptionally scarce short story collection. The spine is minutely sunned, else very fine in dust jacket, with light wear at spine ends and along edges.
The Red Widow Murders by Carter Dickson, Heinemann, London. 1937. Reprint. $30.00 First published in 1935. Lettering partially flaked off, covers rubbed, else very good and internally clean.
Murder Needs a Face by Ruth Fenisong, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1942. First Edition. $350.00 A flawless copy in dust jacket and rare in this condition.
Tales of a Government Official by Major Arthur Griffiths, White, London. 1902. First Edition. $100.00 An uncommon Victorian short story collection. A two-inch-long oval on the spine is lighter than the rest of the cloth, presumably where a label was removed, a bit of foxing to endpapers and fore-edges, else very good-near fine.
Against Odds by Lawrence Lynch, Rand, McNally, Chicago. 1894. First Edition. $100.00
A sharp, fresh copy in bright red cloth, stamped in gold, with the merest trace of sunning on the spine.
Death and Chicanery by Philip MacDonald, Jenkins, London. 1963. First U.K. Edition. $45.00 Fine in dust jacket, which has the author’s name faded on spine. Short stories.
The Ivory Grin by John Ross Macdonald, Knopf, NY. 1952. First Edition. $65.00 The fourth Lew Archer. Spine sunned, else near very good in heavily chipped dust jacket.
Stolen Woman by Wade Miller, Gold Medal, NY. 1950. First Edition. $45.00
Miller is one of the past hard-boiled authors of mainly paperback originals. Fine and scarce thus.
Concourse by S.J. Rozan, St. Martin’s, NY. 1995. First Edition. $45.003`
Author’s second book. Fine in dust jacket.
Mandarin Plaid by S.J. Rozan, St. Martin’s NY. 1996. First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED. $45.00 Author’s third book. Fine in dust jacket. Signed and inscribed with the author’s red rubber stamp.
The Gracie Allen Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1935. First Edition. $175.00 A fine, bright copy in a price-clipped dust jacket which is lightly rubbed.


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