Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mother's Day

Yet another list of books from The Mysterious Bookshop.  This one with Mother in mind.
Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

On May 13th we will be celebrating our Moms.
What better gift than a book?
The staff of The Mysterious Bookshop has come up with a list of books, both hardcover and paperback, at least one of which, we think, will appeal to the Mom in your life.

Murder at the Lanterne Rouge by Cara Black The girlfriend of Aimee Leduc’s business partner disappears. When the woman’s picture is found on the body of a murdered scientist, the French Secret Service become involved. Set in Paris. $25.00 (Signed copies available)
The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark When Mariah Lyons finds her father dead in his study and her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother clutching the murder weapon, it sets off a search for a document stolen from the Vatican library. $26.99 (Signed copies available)
The Widow’s Daughter by Nicholas Edlin In 1943 Captain Peter Sokol is a surgeon in the U.S. Marines stationed in Auckland, New Zealand, where he and his longtime nemesis have fallen in love with the same beautiful and enigmatic woman. $15.00
The Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye Timothy Wilde, latest member of the newly-formed NYPD, finds himself dealing with a gruesome case of child murder and abduction. $25.95 (Signed copies available)
Arcadia by Lauren Groff A story of generations living off the land, often with tragic consequences. From the author of The Monsters of Templeton. $25.99 (Signed copies available)
Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg The Twentieth Anniversary Edition of the thriller that was considered one of the best books of 1992. When Smilla Jaspersen discovers that her neighbor - a neglected six-year-old boy, and possibly her only friend - has died in a tragic accident, a peculiar intuition tells her it was murder. $17.00
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe In Salem, Massachusetts in 1681, fear and suspicion lead to small town unspeakable acts. In Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1991 a young woman is about to discover that she is tied to Salem in ways she never imagined. $15.99
The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe After losing her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston retreats into a world of mysticism and parlor-tricks. But when her brother is kicked out of Harvard, Sibyl and psychology professor Benton Derby team up to solve a terrifying mystery. $25.99 (Signed copies available)
The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits Julie Severn lives quietly in Manhattan but when a controversial artist goes missing, Julie’s gift for psychic connection is used to find the woman’s whereabouts. $26.95 (Signed copies available)
Pirate King by Laurie R. King The latest adventure featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes is now in paperback. $15.00
Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon When Signora Altavilla’s death is ruled a heart attack, her son seems much relieved. Commissario Brunetti, however, is convinced that things are not as straightforward as they appear. $15.00
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal London 1940, and war rages across the channel as the threat of a Blitz looms larger. This does not deter Maggie Hope who possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street where she soon finds herself working for the Prime Minister. $15.00
Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry After being promoted to the head of Special Branch, Thomas Pitt’s first challenge is to puzzle out the rumor of the assassination of a minor Austrian Duke. $26.00
The Cove by Ron Rash Hiding deep in the mountains with her brother, newly returned from the horror of WW1, Laurel Shelton does her best to stay away from the local politics of Mars Hill. But the arrival of a mute man with a dangerous past changes everything. $26.99 (Signed copies available)
Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson In the year 1780, Harriet Westerman, the unconventional mistress of a country manor in Sussex, finds a dead man on her grounds. She recruits the reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther to help her find the murderer. $15.00
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose The discovery of a long lost family secret has deadly implications for Jac L’Etoile and her brother Robbie, both heirs to a famous French perfume company. $24.00 (Signed copies available)
The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields At the turn of the 20th Century, Portland, Maine becomes host to a serial killer. A blue-collar detective and a unique private eye dig deep into the region’s occult history as they investigate. $25.00 (Signed copies available)
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) As Precious Ramotswe investigates the deaths of cows at a cattle post outside Gaborone, she finds herself also pursuing other mysteries closer to home. $14.95
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) Precious Ramotswe joins forces with her mentor to right a grave injustice. $24.95 (Signed copies available)
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson Annie and Buster Fang have spent most of their adult lives trying to distance themselves from their famous artist parents. But when a bad economy and a few bad personal decisions converge, the two siblings have nowhere to turn but their family home. $13.99
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear In the summer of 1932, psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs accepts an undercover assignment from the British Secret Service. Sent to pose as a junior lecturer at a private college in Cambridge, she will monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty’s government.

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd This is the book that introduced Ian Rutledge to the reading world. It was nominated for an Edgar Award. And is a first editions signed by Todd Mere et Fils. A fitting gift for Mother’s Day. $75.00
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown This signed title by the author of The Da Vinci Code was hard to keep in the store. But we still have a signed first edition. $75.00
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie The first U.S. edition of this 1928 mystery from the Queen of Crime is near fine with a dust jacket showing some wear especially at the top and bottom of the spine. For the true collector. $450.00

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins A lot of Moms who come into the store wish that Katniss Everdeen had been one of their teen heroes. Otto and Sally have read this and highly recommend it. $8.99

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