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.
This collection of crime for bibliophiles includes stories about rare books, bookshops, libraries, manuscripts, magical books, and collectors. Ian Rankin sets his tale of the lost original manuscript of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the legendary 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. Stephen 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.