Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop

Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop

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by Otto Penzler
     
 

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Each year, for the past seventeen years, Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler has commissioned an original Christmas story by a leading suspense writer. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, just 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present. Now, all seventeen tales have been collected in one volume, showcasing the

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Each year, for the past seventeen years, Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler has commissioned an original Christmas story by a leading suspense writer. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, just 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present. Now, all seventeen tales have been collected in one volume, showcasing the talents of:

Charles Ardai • Lisa Atkinson

George Baxt • Lawrence Block

Mary Higgins Clark • Thomas H. Cook

Ron Goulart • Jeremiah Healy

Edward D. Hoch • Rupert Holmes

Andrew Klavan • Michael Malone

Ed McBain • Anne Perry • S. J. Rozan

Jonathan Santlofer • Donald E. Westlake

Some of these stories are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others are tales of pure detection, but all of them together make up a charming collection and a perfect Christmas gift for all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Even readers who have never visited either location of Penzler's legendary Manhattan bookstore should enjoy these 17 short stories, each of which was originally published as a stand-alone pamphlet and given to faithful Mysterious Bookshop customers. The anthology's best tale, Lawrence Block's "As Dark as Christmas Gets," features the author's hilarious versions of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, eccentric rare fish collector Leo Haig and his leg man, Chip Harrison, who look into the disappearance of an unpublished Cornell Woolrich manuscript. While the many inside jokes will go over the heads of some, all will appreciate such tongue-in-cheek touches as a customer in Ed McBain's "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus" needing reassurance that Janet Evanovich is not yet another Evan Hunter pseudonym. Other contributors include Donald E. Westlake, Mary Higgins Clark, Anne Perry, Thomas H. Cook, and S.J. Rozan. (Oct.)
Library Journal
For 17 years, venerable mystery expert Penzler has commissioned top authors to write a holiday mystery story featuring his New York City store, The Mysterious Bookshop. Previously given as exclusive gifts to store clientele, these tales are now anthologized here. Standouts include Edward Hoch's "The Theft of the Rusty Bookmark," which finds a murder weapon in a box of old, unwanted mystery books; Ed McBain's "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus"; and Charles Ardai's "Cold Reading," in which a young woman gets more than she bargained for when she wants to sell a possibly rare manuscript to Penzler. Enthusiastically recommended for mystery and short story buffs. [See the 9/16/10 issue of BookSmack! for a Q&A with Penzler.—Ed.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593156770
Publisher:
Vanguard Press
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
474,131
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 5.56(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop, the founder of The Mysterious Press, the creator of Otto Penzler Books, and the editor of many books and anthologies. He lives in New York City.

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Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
This compilation of seventeen short stories that were given out as pamphlets to the customers of the legendary store date back to 1993 with one a year since. The only two stipulations are it takes place at Christmas and the bookstore must be involved at least in one scene. The contributors are a who's who of the mystery-suspense genre with most lampooning the classics including those written by the author as Donald E. Westlake did in 1993 with Dortmunder learning to "Give Till It Hurts" and Mary Higgins Clark in 2009 with Alvirah in" What's In A Name?". Lawrence Block satirizes Nero Wolfe in the amusing 1997 "As Dark as Christmas Gets" or the 1995 jocular self-deprecating "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus" by Ed McBain (is that his ninth plum of an pseudonym?). With No clinkers, fans who appreciate a strong mostly tongue in cheek anthology in which part of the fun is discovering the insider jokes will want to stop in Manhattan's Tribecca neighborhood (in person or from the armchair) to visit Otto Penzler's Mystery Bookshop as this is an entertaining collection. Harriet Klausner
jayel9 More than 1 year ago
Generally, I'm not one for short stories, but I like this so much I'm going to give as Christmas presents this year. Wish I lived in NY so I could visit "the scene of the crime". Grab a cup of hot chocolate and settle in for a good time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a great read! Masters of mysteries all writing about murder and crime centering around this bookstore. Perfect during the holidays because it's so easy to pick up and put down. My only regret is that 1.) I can't afford to travel to this bookshop and 2.) I want more stories!