Need a gift for a mystery lover? Mysterious Bookshop boasts an inventory of gripping tales to help you escape the yuletide familial terrors. Spoil a special someone with signed or limited editions, or call 212-587-1011 for personalized selections.
1. For murderously seasonal cheer: “The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries” (ed. Otto Penzler)
Dive into 60 holiday-themed crime tales, expertly edited by Penzler, the Mysterious Bookshop’s owner. Featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, Ed McBain and Sara Paretsky among others, this compilation serves suspense with a dash of nutmeg.
2. For adrenaline junkies: “Full Throttle” by Joe Hill
“Shocking, terrible, whoa, cover-your-mouth-and-gasp endings,” is how The New York Times raved about this collection of blood-soaked, demented stories. And, if one twisted genius author is not enough, try two: Stephen King co-authors “Throttle.”
3. For something truly special: “Blue Moon” by Lee Child
Jack Reacher latest novel, signed and accompanied by brand new introductions from the author. Secure one of only 100 numbered copies, bound in green leather with marbled boards ($150), or one of 26 lettered copies, bound in black leather with marbled boards ($275).
4. For a haunted debut novel: “The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna” by Juliet Grames
Stella Fortuna’s childhood in rural Italy brims with strange, deathly incidents. As an adult, her story spans generations, countries and war in this sweeping family saga about secrets, immigration and one woman’s fight against her own fate.
5. For a heart-stopping procedural: “A Better Man” by Louise Penny
The number-one New York Times bestselling series returns in the latest tale of Chief Inspector Gamache. During catastrophic Quebec floods, two fathers search for a disappeared child and discover dark twists in the turmoil.
6. For the Sherlock Holmes fanatic: “Holmes Meets 007” by Donald Stanley
A real treat for the true fan, this 1967 first edition goes for a whopping $175, but what a steal considering the unbeatable crossover.
7. For the true-mystery enthusiast: “American Mystery Classics” (ed. Otto Penzler)
If one book can’t satisfy, try 12: Gift an “American Mystery Classics” subscription to a loved one who can’t get enough of vintage whodunnits. Next year will include titles from Mary Roberts Rinehart, Erle Stanley Gardner and Ellery Queen, among others.
The Mysterious Bookshop is located at 58 Warren Street. Its hours are Monday through Saturday, 11a to 7p.