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 “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!
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.
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.
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.
Superior. Fans of all mystery subgenres will find something to enjoy.
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.
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.
A welcome anthology for bibliophiles. It features 15 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, at least as of this writing, the best anthology I’ve read all year.
This anthology presents a balance worth recognizing and a welcome addition to the library of any book lover, with our without bloodshed.
Otto Penzler’s entertaining new anthology Bibliomysteries puts a book or books—or a bookstore or library—at the heart of 15 engaging stories.
One of the best crime anthologies I’ve encountered in a long, long time. Bibliomysteries is a two-fold celebration of what makes books great. Penzler has done it again with this one.