holiday season. They are relatively inexpensive, always the right size, easy to wrap, and complement the intelligence and taste of the recipient. I know these things to be true because I am a lifelong bibliophile. I also own a bookshop, so what else would I say?
Here are some suggestions that might make your holiday shopping easy. Not all of these are signed, but then, a good book is a good book, and deserves to be read.
And from Thanksgiving on, while supplies last, all orders will be shipped with a free Christmas mystery written exclusively for our store by bestselling author Ace Atkins!
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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
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 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 2015 saw the publication of some of our biggest and best Bibliomysteries yet! We published stories by Ian Rankin, James Grady, Stephen Hunter, Elizabeth George, Carolyn Hart, Denise Mina, and Megan Abbott. Click here to see a full list, and stay tuned to see what's in store for 2016...
For the past few years the Mysterious Bookshop has been publishing handsome limited editions of some of the most popular authors. In all cases these are the true first editions and must-haves for any complete collection. Each title is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, bound in blue marbled boards with a blue leather spine. These editions are priced at $150. We have also produced 26 signed and lettered editions, bound in red marbled boards with a red leather spine. These are priced at $275.
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 tenth Reacher novel, The Hard Way. All previous books, excluding the limited edition of The Killing Floor, 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