Books make the greatest gift all the year long, but never better than in this wonderful holiday season. They are relatively inexpensive, always the right size, easy to wrap, and complement the intelligence and taste of the recipient.
Below are some suggestions to facilitate your holiday shopping. Not all of the following titles are signed, but then, a good book is a good book, and deserves to be read.
For those who seek something a bit more special, a rare list can be found here, with suggested collectable first editions for lovers of Golden Age classics, film noir, Sherlock Holmes, and Modern mysteries.
Need help deciding on the right gift? Give us a call at (212) 587-1011, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for personalized recommendations.
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Penzler, Otto, ed., The Big Book of Christmas Stories. A giant collection of stories set at Christmas by such authors as Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark, Stanley Ellin, Peter Lovesey, Colin Dexter, Damon Runyon, ed McBain, and many more (654 double-column pages). Large format trade paperback. Personally autographed. $25.00
Penzler, Otto, ed., Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. A collection of 17 stories set during the holiday season at the Mysterious Bookshop. Personally autographed. Trade paperback. Signed. $14.99
Penzler, Otto, ed., Silent Night, Deadly Night. Christmas carols reimagined by some of the biggest names in crime fiction, including Donald E. Westlake, Jeffery Deaver, Harlan Ellison, and many more! $16.95.
We’ve still got signed copies of some of the year’s biggest titles, including new novels from Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and Martin Cruz Smith!
Traditional & Historical
Does someone on your list love traditional mysteries? Try out one of the titles above! We still have signed copies of Charles Todd's The Shattered Tree, and the recent releases of PD James's posthumous collection of short stories and Andrea Camilleri's newest Montalbano novel are sure to please such readers. We also still have lettered copies of our limited edition of The Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, signed by all the book's contributors!
Just in time for the holidays, Collins Crime Club has released several classics from The Detective Club series, bound in handsome hardcover editions that feature the original jacket artwork. At $15.99 each, these books make a perfect gift for fans of the golden age of mystery fiction, with some of the most iconic titles from the famed publisher.
When in doubt, choose Agatha Christie! We've got a couple of great Christie facsimiles in stock, an upcoming signing with Sophie Hannah for her newest Poirot novel, and more! And check out our Rare Book gift guide for a highly collectable first edition of The Mysterious Mr. Quinn.
Shopping for a fan of suspense novels? We've still got signed copies of 2016's most important books in the genre, including Megan Abbott's You Will Know Me, Anne Valente's wonderful debut, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, and Ruth Franklin's insightful biography of suspense master Shirley Jackson.
Thriller & Espionage
For thriller fans, we suggest Chris Holm's Red Right Hand, Patrick Hoffman's Every Man a Menace, and Stefanie Pintoff's City on Edge, all three of which are sure to keep the reader's blood pumping from the first page to the last. John Le Carre's recent book of memoirs, The Pigeon Tunnel, is not to be missed.
Earlier this year, we produced a hardcover, limited edition of A Long Time Dead, the new collection of Mike Hammer stories from Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, signed by Collins and Jane Spillane (Mickey's widow). The edition is limited to 100 copies, priced at $50 each. We also have signed first editions of Rob Hart's third Ash McKenna novel, South Village. Recent reissues of John Harvey's early hardboiled novels, and two Ed McBain novels written pseudonymously, also make great gifts this holiday season.
In 2012 we began commissioning short stories that revolved around the idea of books, bookshops, rare manuscripts, and libraries. Little did we know it would turn into such a huge success! To date we’ve published 22 stories with many more on the way. Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Anne Perry, Nelson DeMille, C.J. Box, William Link, Jeffery Deaver, Loren Estleman, Laura Lippman, Andrew Taylor, Peter Blauner, John Connolly, David Bell, Thomas Cook, and Max Allan Collins/Mickey Spillane, Peter Lovesey, F. Paul Wilson, Lyndsay Faye, Bradford Morrow, R.L. Stine, Joyce Carol Oates, Ian Rankin, James Grady, Megan Abbott, and Thomas Perry have all contributed stories so far. Originally published as both a signed and numbered hardcover edition ($50), a signed and lettered hardcover edition ($100), and a paperback edition ($4.95-6.95), most are now available as e-books as well.
We had a busy year here at the store, and 2016 saw the publication of some of our biggest and best Bibliomysteries yet! We published stories by John Harvey, Christopher Fowler, & James W. Hall. Click here to see a full list, and stay tuned to see what's in store for 2017...
The Mysterious Bookshop is currently in the process of producing a complete limited edition of Lee Child's excellent Jack Reacher series. Our limited editions are bound the same as our other limited books—leather binding and marbled boards—and limited to 100 numbered and signed copies ($150) and 26 lettered and signed copies ($275). Each novel is accompanied by an exclusive introduction written by Lee Child, offering particular insight into his writing process for each novel. A new volume is available every three months.
We are currently on the twelfth Reacher novel, Nothing to Lose. All previous books, excluding the limited editions of The Killing Floor and Die Trying, are currently in stock. Our edition is the definitive author edition of the text, and is a must-have for the completist collector; the books also make great gifts for any fan of the series. We do offer subscription plans for the series (call us to set one up), but titles are also available individually.
Stocking StuffersThe Mysterious Bookshop has produced an exclusive collection of cards, much in the style of collectible baseball cards, but devoted to covers and dust jackets of the greatest works of mystery and detective fiction. Mystery fiction has a colorful history of extraordinary cover art, and more than sixty high spots are featured in this boxed collection. Along with such iconic dust jackets as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, there are illustrations of such rarely seen dust jackets as A.A. Milne’s The Red House Mystery, the first Saint book, Meet the Tiger, Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock. The reverse of each full-color card contains a description placing it in historical context. $14.95