ATG Book of the Week: Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores

by | Feb 2, 2018 | 0 comments

Title: Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores
Author: Otto Penzler
ISBN: 9781681774589, $26.95

Imprint: New York: Pegasus, 2017

“…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!”



“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.”


“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


“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.”
Mystery Scene


“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


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