Format Hardcover
Publication Date 08/08/17
ISBN 9781681774589
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 544

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Bibliomysteries

Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores

Otto Penzler

Specially commissioned by the Mysterious Bookshop, the “biblio-mysteries" in this unique collection feature original stories by the genre’s most distinguished authors: Ken Bruen, Loren D. Estleman, Nelson DeMille, Anne Perry, Jeffery Deaver, C. J. Box, Thomas H. Cook, and Laura Lippman.

If you open your dictionary, you will discover that there is no such word as “bibliomystery.” However, most mystery readers know that the word refers to a mystery story that involves the world of books: a bookshop, a rare volume, a library, a collector, or a bookseller.

The stories in this unique collection were commissioned by the Mysterious Bookshop. They were written by some of the mystery genre’s most distinguished authors. Tough guys like Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Loren D. Estleman, and Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Bestsellers like Nelson DeMille, Anne Perry, and Jeffery Deaver. Edgar winners such as C. J. Box, Thomas H. Cook, and Laura Lippman.

Here you will discover Sigmund Freud dealing with an unwelcome visitor; Columbo confronting a murderous bookseller; a Mexican cartel kingpin with a fatal weakness for rare books; and deadly secrets deep in the London Library; plus books with hidden messages, beguiling booksellers, crafty collectors, and a magical library that is guaranteed to enchant you. The stories have been published in seven languages—one has sold more than 250,000 copies as an e-book (“The Book Case” by Nelson DeMille)—and another won the Edgar Allan Poe Award as the Best Short Story of the Year (“The Caxton Lending Library and Book Depository” by John Connolly).  

Who knew literature could be so lethal!

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He is the founder of the Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler Books, and has received an Edgar Award, an Ellery Queen Award, and a Raven Award for his contribution to the mystery field. His anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps was a New York Times Bestseller.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“The subtitle says it all—except to note that contributors to this hefty anthology include some of the most admired contemporary writers of mysteries and thrillers.” Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
“The tales feature books and bibliophiles, and the best of them is easily John Connolly’s ‘The Caxton Lending Library and Book Depository,’ which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story. Hot on its heels in terms of quality is Thomas H. Cook’s ‘What’s in a Name?’ The remainder of the collection is almost universally enthralling. A must for mystery shelves.” Booklist
“Otto Penzler’s entertaining new anthology Bibliomysteries puts a book or books—or a bookstore or library—at the heart of 15 engaging stories.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“An anthology featuring short stories by the best of the best writers of mystery and suspense, including winners of the Edgar Award, Bibliomysteries edited by Otto Penzler deserves a place on every fan’s bookshelf.” New York Journal of Books
“Superior. Fans of all mystery subgenres will find something to enjoy.” Publishers Weekly
“Readers who love books will love reading about books, the people who love them, the people who kill for them, and the people who kill with them—often the very same people.” Kirkus Reviews