If you love short stories, mysteries, and books, or any combination thereof (or need a gift for someone who likes at least two of the three), look no further than this handsome anthology. This collection of crime stories focusing on books—from bookstores and booksellers (my personal favorite) to rare books and libraries—curated from a wide mix of authors, is perfect for book lovers who like a good crime.
Specially commissioned by the Mysterious Bookshop, the “bibliomysteries” in this unique collection feature original stories by the genre’s most distinguished authors: Ian Rankin, Thomas Perry, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, and Elizabeth George.
If you like mysteries and you like books, what could be better than combining both worlds, with mysteries set against a background involving books?
This collection of crime for bibliophiles includes stories about rare books, bookshops, libraries, manuscripts, magical books, collectors—in short, the wonderful universe that makes this precious object we all love so important and priceless. Ian Rankin sets his tale of the lost original manuscript of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare & Co., while F. Paul Wilson offers a book with remarkable powers. Joyce Carol Oates portrays an overly ambitious dealer in mystery fiction, while James Grady has the “Condor” working in the Library of Congress. Ste- phen Hunter tells a previously unknown story of Alan Turing set during World War I—involving a book that could change the history of the world—and Peter Lovesey writes about a box full of Agatha Christie titles that just may be priceless. Carolyn Hart’s story is about an astonishing inscription in a book, while Megan Abbott and Denise Mina add their Edgar-nominated stories to this stellar collection.
Whether your taste is for the traditional mystery, something a little more hard-boiled, or the bizarre and humorous tale, you will find exactly your cup of tea in this outstanding collection of fifteen stories by the most distinguished mystery writers working today.
Including stories by: Peter Lovesey, F. Paul Wilson, Lyndsay Faye, Bradford Morrow, R. L. Stine, Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Perry, Elizabeth George, Carolyn Hart, Megan Abbott, Stephen Hunter, Denise Mina, James Grady, Ian Rankin, and James W. Hall.
About the Author
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.
"An entertaining collection of 15 original stories of bookish mania and mayhem—written by some of the most stylish crime-fiction authors in the U.S. and U.K." — Wall Street Journal
"For years, those in the know have been savoring the latest ‘bibliomystery’ commissioned by Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Bookshop and penned by the luminaries of the crime world. Now, a new omnibus collection brings these gems together between two covers. A necessity for serious crime fans." — CrimeReads (Best Anthologies of 2018)
"The 15 distinguished contributors to Penzler’s welcome sequel to 2017’s Bibliomysteries all provide creative variations on this reprint anthology’s theme—mysteries set in the world of books. A must for mystery fans and book lovers." — Publishers Weekly
"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
"Fifteen tales with an impressive range—international thriller, whodunit, hardboiled, and contemporary Western— with a single unifying theme: books and the people who love them. The quality of the tales is unusually high and it is the best anthology I’ve read all year." — Mystery Scene [praise for 'Bibliomysteries, Vol. 1']