The Mysterious Bookshop

Penzler, Otto, Mysterious Classic Cards, 1828-1950

Mystery fiction has a history of extraordinary cover art. Collected here are illustrations of the most colorful, important, or interesting original dust jackets of classic mystery, crime, & suspense, and espionage fiction. Each full color card contains a description placing it in historical context.


We are devoted to all things mysterious, from hard-boiled hardcovers to pulpy paperbacks, suspected signings and whispers around town.

Located at 58 Warren St in New York City, we are open Monday-Saturday from 11am-7pm. 212.587.1011

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