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Otto Penzler and the Mysterious Press announce The Mysterious Bookshop Presents: The Best Mystery Stories of the Year, edited by Lee Child

New York, July 13—Otto Penzler, the president and CEO of Penzler Publishers, announced today that the Mysterious Press will launch an annual series of anthologies titled The Mysterious Bookshop Presents: The Best Mystery Stories of the Year, beginning in October 2021. The editor of the first volume will be Lee Child, the internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series.

Penzler had been the series editor of The Best American Mystery Stories of the Year for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the past twenty-four years.

“The Mysterious Press series will continue to seek the best mystery, crime, and suspense fiction published in America but will expand its scope to include English language stories published anywhere in the world,” said Penzler.

Michele Slung, the first reader for BAMS for its entire history, will continue in that role for Best Mystery Stories of the Year. “Each annual volume would take five years with any other reader,” said Penzler. “She is the fastest and smartest reader I’ve ever known and looks at literally thousands of stories a year, passing along only the best for me and the editor to read.”

Submissions of any story published in the 2020 calendar year should be sent in printed form to Otto Penzler, 58 Warren Street, New York, N.Y. 10007.

The Best Mystery Stories of the Year will be distributed by W.W. Norton, which also distributes Penzler Publishers’ other imprints, Scarlet and American Mystery Classics.

 

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Hardcover Bestsellers for April 2019

Here are our top five bestselling hardcover titles for April 2019! This list can also be found in our newsletter, which is available via subscription (email or print) or directly via our website.

 

1. Box, CJ, Wolf Pack, Putnam.

C.J. Box - Wolf Pack

When Joe Pickett addresses a drone killing wildlife, owned by a man whose son is dating Joe's daughter, he is asked to stand down by the FBI and DOJ. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up, and Joe fears the Sinaloa cartel is afoot. Signed. $27.00.

 

2. Boyle, William, A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself, Pegasus.

William Boyle - A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself

A mob widow hits her neighbor over the head with an ashtray, setting the stage for an explosion that will propel her, her granddaughter, and a new friend down a strange, uncertain path. Signed. $25.95.

 

3. Todd, Charles, The Black Ascot, William Morrow.

Charles Todd - The Black Ascot

An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible—but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior, as it may help solve a case that has eluded Scotland Yard for years. Meticulously retracing the original inquiry, Rutledge's sanity is suddenly brought into question by a shocking turn of events. Signed. $26.99.

 

4. Wilkinson, Lauren, American Spy, Random House.

Lauren Wilkinson - American Spy - Signed

When Marie Mitchell is given the opportunity to join a task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary communist president of Burkina Faso, she says yes, even though she admires his work. In the year that follows, she will observe him, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. Signed. $27.00.

 

5. Harper, Jane, The Lost Man, Flatiron.

Jane Harper - The Lost Man - Signed

In an isolated belt of Australia, three brothers were one another’s nearest neighbors. Something makes Cameron, the middle child, head out alone under the unrelenting sun, which takes his life. While the family grieves Cameron’s loss, suspicion starts to take hold, and Nathan, the eldest brother, is forced to examine secrets the family would rather leave in the past. Signed. $27.99.

 

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Bestselling Titles of November 2018

Here are our top five bestselling titles, both hardcover and paperback, respectively, for November 2018! This list can also be found in our newsletter, which is available via subscription (email or print) or directly via our website.
All signed books are available on our website. Simply follow the link beneath the respective title to order a copy.
All unsigned books are available in-store or by phone order. The shop's phone number is 212-587-1011.
 
Hardcover
Lee Child - Past Tense - Signed
1. Lee Child
Past Tense
Delacorte.

Michael Connelly - Dark Sacred Night - Signed
2. Michael Connelly
Dark Sacred Night
Little, Brown & Co.

Jason Starr - Fugitive Red - Signed
3. Jason Starr
Fugitive Red
Oceanview.

Jonathan Lethem - The Feral Detective
4. Jonathan Lethem
The Feral Detective
Ecco.

Joe Ide - Wrecked
5. Joe Ide
Wrecked
Mulholland.


Paperback


Gabino Iglesias - Coyote Songs - Signed
1. Gabino Iglesias
Coyote Songs
Broken River Books.

2. Lynne Truss
A Shot in the Dark
Bloomsbury.

Jay A. Gertzman - Pulp According to David Goodis - Signed
3. Jay A. Gertzman
Pulp According to David Goodis
Down & Out Books

4. Sara Blaedel
The Silent Women
Grand Central.

5. Simon Mawer
Prague Spring
Other Press.


Check in again soon for January's Staff Favorites!

October's Bestselling Titles

Here are our top five bestselling titles, both hardcover and paperback, respectively, for October 2018! This list can also be found in our newsletter, which is available via subscription (email or print) or directly via our website.

All signed books are available on our website. Simply follow the link beneath the respective title to order a copy.

All unsigned books are available in-store or by phone order. The shop's phone number is 212-587-1011.

 

Hardcover

George Pelecanos - The Man Who Came Uptown

1. George Pelecanos
The Man Who Came Uptown
Mulholland Books.

Megan Abbott - Give Me Your Hand
2. Megan Abbott
Give Me Your Hand
Little, Brown & Co.

Edwin Hill - Little Comfort
3. Edwin Hill
Little Comfort
Kensington.

Lea Carpenter - Red, White, Blue
4. Lea Carpenter
Red, White, Blue
Knopf.

Walter Mosley - John Woman
5. Walter Mosley
John Woman
Atlantic Monthly Press.
Sold out!


Paperback


1. Guy Bolton
The Pictures
Oneworld.

2. Nathan Englander
Dinner at the Center of the Earth
Vintage.

Jonathan Santlofer - The Widower's Notebook - To Be Signed
3. Jonathan Santlofer
The Widower's Notebook
Penguin.

4. Alan Drew
Shadow Man
Random House.

5. Oscar de Muriel
A Fever of the Blood
Pegasus.


Check in again soon for October's Staff Favorites!

 

Best American Mystery Stories 2018

 

After months of reading as many short mystery stories as possible (seriously, around 3,000 tales of murder, crime, and transgression), editor Otto Penzler and guest editor Louise Penny have selected the twenty best of the past year, to be published in this fall's Best American Mystery Stories anthology from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

We've spent the last week notifying authors of their inclusion in the top twenty, and are sharing it here as a preview of things to come. Runners up will be listed in the book when it is published. Congratulations to all that were selected! 

(Note: We still have copies of Best American Mystery Stories 2017 signed by Otto, available here)

 

  • LOUIS BAYARD, Banana Triangle Six, published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

 

  • ANDREW BOURELLE, Y Is for Yangchuan Lizard, published in D Is for Dinosaur, edited by Rhonda Parrish

 

  • T.C. BOYLE, The Designee, published in the Iowa Review

 

  • MICHAEL BRACKEN, Smoked, published in Noir at the Salad Bar, edited by Verena Rose, Harriette Sackler, and Shawn Reilly Simmons

 

  • BURKE, JAMES LEE, The Wild Side of Life, published in the Southern Review

 

  • LEE CHILD, Too Much Time, published in No Middle Name

 

  • MICHAEL CONNELLY, The Third Panel, published in Alive in Shape and Color, edited by Lawrence Block

 

  • JOHN FLOYD, Gun Work, published in Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, edited by Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks

 

  • DAVID EDGERLEY GATES, Cabin Fever, published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

 

  • CHARLAINE HARRIS, Small Signs, published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

 

  • ROB HART, Take-Out, published in MysteryTribune

 

  • DAVID H. HENDRICKSON, Death in the Serengeti, published in Fiction River, edited by Kevin J. Anderson

 

  • ANDREW KLAVAN, All Our Yesterdays, published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

 

  • MARTIN LIMON, PX Christmas, published in The Usual Santas, edited by Peter Lovesey

 

  • PAUL D. MARKS, Windward, published in Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, edited by Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks

 

  • JOYCE CAROL OATES, Phantomwise: 1972, published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

 

  • ALAN ORLOFF, Rule Number One, published in Snowbound, edited by Verena Rose, Harriette Sackler, and Shawn Reilly Simmons

 

  • WILLIAM DYLAN POWELL, The Apex Predator, published in Switchblade

 

  • SCOTT LOVING SANDERS, Waiting on Joe, published in Shooting Creek and Other Stories

 

  • BRIAN SILVERMAN, Breadfruit, published in MysteryTribune

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