Bibliomysteries by Otto Penzler
Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores

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“Bibliomysteries,” a bibliomystery collection edited by Otto Penzler is a rare prize, and if you can wrench yourself away from the Caxton library, you can find the strangest story of all in the account of how pronghorn antelope were taken from Wyoming to Berlin.
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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 Otto Penzler

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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.
 
Published August 8, 2017 by Pegasus Books. 544 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 02 2017

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.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by D. R. Meredith on Aug 07 2017

If characters become real, where do they live? Mr. Berger learns the answers when he follows Anna Karenina after he prevents her from throwing herself under a train. A wonderful, wonderful story—as are all the tales.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Alex Good on Aug 18 2017

An anthology like this could have been just a curiosity, a bit of fun for bibliophiles, but the authors rise above the occasion with a selection of excellent stories that are great reads in their own right.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Oct 12 2017

“Bibliomysteries,” a bibliomystery collection edited by Otto Penzler is a rare prize, and if you can wrench yourself away from the Caxton library, you can find the strangest story of all in the account of how pronghorn antelope were taken from Wyoming to Berlin.

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