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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
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Published August 8th 2017 by Pegasus Books (first published 2013)
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Oct 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
xxx - Introduction by Ian Rankin
003 - "An Acceptable Sacrifice " by Jeffery Deaver
043 - "Pronghorns of the Third Reich" by C.J. Box
069 - "The Book of Virtue" by Ken Bruen
093 - "The Book of Ghosts" by Reed Farrel Coleman
121 - "The Final Testament" by Peter Blauner
151 - "What's In A Name? " by Thomas H. Cook
179 - "Book Club" by Loren D. Estleman
203 - "Death Leaves A Bookmark" by William Link
231 - "The Book Thing" by Laura Lippman
257 - "The Scroll" by Anne Perry
293 - "It's In the Book" by
Jill Hutchinson
Otto Penzler, critic, editor, and owner of the Mysterious Book Store in NYC (which was one of the first places I visited on my initial trip to NYC) has gathered in this volume a group of short stories and novellas which involve books and bookstores. Some of the authors are unknown to me but many are contemporary writers such as Jeffrey Deaver, Anne Perry, and Nelson DeMille and the stories are set mostly in modern times. They vary in quality but that is to be expected in a collection. A good boo ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher through NetGalley.

BIBLIOMYSTERIES edited by Otto Penzler is an impressive collection of short stories written by well known mystery crime writers, and the editor has done a fine job of compiling this assortment into a book that flows from one story to the next with a common theme, being they are all centered around books.

Most often when I read books that are a collection of short stories I will read a story at a time and can ta
Judy Lesley
I received an e-ARC of this collection of short stories through NetGalley and Pegasus Books W.W. Norton & Company. Thank you.

Each story in this collection was not a five star read for me but when taken as a whole I have to let the star rating indicate how interested I was in the collection and how eager I was to read each succeeding story. The stories are completely different - even though there was the same circumstance which happened in two stories the narratives themselves were so differe
Benjamin Thomas
Otto Penzler, famed editor, publisher, anthologist, and owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City has put together an impressive collection of crime short stories, all having something to do with the world of books. Murders taking place in bookstores or libraries, alternate histories involving specific books, supernatural infusions into the world of books, and even a couple of hitmen who use their target’s weakness for books to set their plan in motion, … you get the idea. But they all f ...more
Donna Davis
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers and bibliophiles
"...Diaz realized he was stabbed by guilt at the thought that he'd just planted a bomb that would take the life of a man at his most vulnerable, doing something he loved and found comfort in: reading a book." (Jeffrey Deaver)

Otto Penzler doesn’t mess around, and so when I saw this collection, I was all in. Many thanks go to Net Galley and Pegasus Books for the digital review copy, which I received free in exchange for this honest review. This title is now for sale.

All of the stories included her
Bibliomysteries is an anthology put together by Otto Penzler, a well-known advocate of the mystery genre, and features fictional stories written by famous mystery authors which all involve books in some fashion. If you are a bibliophile and especially if you are a devotee of the mystery genre like me, you will definitely enjoy this book.

Here’s the lineup:

– Introduction by Ian Rankin
– “An Acceptable Sacrifice ” by Jeffery Deaver
– “Pronghorns of the Third Reich” by C.J. Box
– “The Book of Virtue” b
Denver Public Library
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lisab, fiction, mystery
Otto Penzler is the owner of the famous Mysterious Bookstore and founder of The Mysterious Press but one of the things he does and does well is compile books of short stories. With his connections to authors he is able to get some wonderful stories for his compilations. In this addition which are mysteries and thrillers that all have a connection to books, he has authors such as C.J. Box, Laura Lippmann, and Peter Blauner contribute. Every story is clever and well worth the time. If you only hav ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In most short story collections, there are losers and winners. This one is a pretty even collection, in my opinion. Even my least favorite, "The Book Case" by Nelson DeMille, is not a badly written story. I just REALLY didn't like the narrator. He's an asshole and if he has his own series, I'll be passing on that one. (UPDATE: It's John Corey, and yes, he has his own series. And yes, GR reviews seem to indicate he's a jerk.)

I think my favorite is David Bell's "Rides A Stranger," in which a grown
Mr. Gottshalk
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m not sure why I picked up this book when I already knew it’d get three stars if I read it. There are a lot of big-name authors here, who wrote short stories between 25-50 pages, but, strangely enough, it was the authors whom I’d never heard of who wrote, in my opinion, the best mysteries about books and/or bookstores. After a while, it was tough to slog through, and, admittedly, I gave up on 4-5 of these. And, as always, there were scenes and ending plot twists in this collection that will st ...more
Glen U
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rarely do you come upon a collection of themed short stories that is filled with wonderful stories and excellent writing throughout. "Bibliomysteries..." is one such book. Being a bibliophile and a devotee of the mystery genre, this was a natural fit for me. With the likes of some of my favorite authors, Ken Bruen, Reed Farrell Coleman, Anne Perry, C. J. Box, Loren D. Estleman, Laura Lippman, John Connally, Thomas H. Cook, and as a special treat, a treatment of an unfinished Mickey Spillane stor ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
This is an immensely enjoyable anthology of short stories by some great writers such as John Connolly and Jefferey Deaver. Spanning different decades, the one thing all these tales have in common is books. That's right, books; books that are used as murder weapons, rare books that people will kill to get their hands on and, my personal favourite, first edition manuscripts whose characters come to life.
I loved this anthology, it is a bookworm's dream.
Nick Scott
Bought this for cheap at Half Price Books not really expecting much from this collection of mystery stories by big time mystery authors featuring deaths involving books.

Ended up enjoying all but maybe one of the stories more than I thought I would.

Also, these are pretty easy, light reads and it's not hard to tear through it. Would recommend for book/mystery/crime lovers.
It's always hard to rate a book of short stories, especially if they've been written by different authors. Inevitably there will be some stories or authors that you really like and others that you don't. Perhaps it's best to just rate each story separately, in the order they appear in the book. Having done so and looking over the results, I'm surprised that I actually kept reading this book to the end. Perhaps I kept going because I read one or two stories at a time in between reading other book ...more
Who knew the world of books could be so deadly?

My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my review copy of this book. You ladies rock!

This is a volume of fifteen short tales that are mysteries that evolve bookstores, book collections, rare books, authors, etc. They vary in length but most have been written very well. I really enjoyed the book!

I want to touch on each story briefly. I do not intend to give major spoilers but maybe a warning should b
Jill Elizabeth
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was, without a doubt, the BEST short story collection I’ve ever read… I have a checkered past with shorts – I tend to get lured by interim writings from my favorite authors, only to routinely find myself disappointed (either at those tidbits from people I love or at the filler placed around them). Still, like any foolish optimist, I keep trying… I’m SO glad I did, because this was an incredible set of stories from a number of very talented authors.

Normally, I list my particular favorites in
Andreia Nuno
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection is the perfect read for lovers of books and mysteries. What can be better than murders themes around books?

These 15 short stories were written by distinguished mystery writers and they make every story count. The editor Otto Penzler put together an anthology of crime between books that fill fit the likes of most readers. From hidden messages inside old books, a deadly bookseller and the deep secrets a library might hide, make this book impossible to put down.

Each storyline is d
Sally Sugarman
Thanks to John Dunning and Lawrence Block with help from Vicki Delaney and her Sherlock Holmes bookstore and Carolyn Hart with her Death on Demand bookstore, I have become enthralled with mysteries about books, book sellers and book stores. I also like Otto Penzler anthologies, so what could be better than a collection of stories about books edited by Penzler. These fifteen stories are by many authors with whom I am familiar and some of whom are new to me. I suspect that Penzler took particular ...more
Steven Belanger
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Mostly just an okay collection of stories involving books, bookstores or libraries. The best ones are probably Loren Estleman's "Book Club," Reed Coleman's "The Book of Ghosts," John Connolly's "The Caxton Lending Library..." and Nelson DeMille's "The Book Case." By far the worst was William Link's "Death Leaves A Bookmark," one of the most inept stories I have ever read, by anyone, anywhere, for any reason. Flat-out terrible. Made me wince as I was reading it. It's a Colombo story that reads li ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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, an
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pot luck of what amounts to long short stories all involving books, many by writers we know and love and several by others that I have yet to read their books. Like any collection, some of these tales are excellent, some are predictable from the first page or so, and others lack the polish and finesse of the tried and true mystery writer.

Of course this is all a matter of taste, and since your taste is far different than mine, I am sure you will relish some of these stories that I did n
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great idea: to collect stories with themes associated with books, bookstores and libraries and gather them into one! (Actually, two volumes, this being the first of the two.)

I was a little disappointed with the first two stories in this collection of stories but, happily, the remainder were much more interesting and better written (to my taste, of course).

I also must note that in a few of the stories gathered here the connection to the world of books is verrry tenuous!

One of the appeals
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
This was a lot more enjoyable than I expected it to be. A perfect book to dip into for light reading.I thought I'd only like one or two stories and the rest would be filler, as anthologies often are, but almost all of the stories were fun and interesting, if not exactly mysterious. Standouts were John Connolly (so good!) and Laura Lippman, both of whom I've not read before. The Anne Perry story was the only one I disliked but that would not come as a surprise to anyone who has read her books. A ...more
Kathy Duffy
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, giveways
A spectacular collection of stories -- granted as a retired librarian I love anything connected with books, book stores or libraries but this was excellent.

One of my favorites C.J. Box has a story in here, as do Jeffrey Deaver, Loren Estleman, Laura Lippman, Ann Perry, Ken Bruen.... and several others and every story was thoroughly enjoyable.

I will admit that my favorite in this collection was "The Caxton Lending Library & Book Depository" and although I read his Book of Lost Things, I will
Susan Johnston
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here:
I have often said how much I enjoy anthologies. There is something special about the short story form that is hard to beat. It is great when you don't have time for a long involved and complicated book. It can be consumed one story at a time or in small batches. It is perfect for vacations.
THis is a really good book with some fabulous authors and stories that are entertaining and suspenseful. All the stories have something to do with books, which in a book is a rather wh
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes you're just in the mood for a short story with a good mystery. In this case there are 16 that vary in length, time period and crime. The author list is filled with some familiar names. The central theme is centered on a book or a book lover. Perfect gift for the reader in your family. Originally published in 2013 but still very timely. Some of the authors are Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Loren D. Estleman, and Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Bestse ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Like many anthologies there are some very enjoyable stories and some not so much. The best one is John Connolly’s “The Caxton Lending Library & Book Depository” set in a seemingly abandoned warehouse which is actually a sort of dormitory of fictional characters who are so well realized that they take on physical shape and interact with each other. There’s a Colombo story by William Link, a rather strange story with Sigmund Freud in London being asked to co-author a book, and a Mickey Spillan ...more
Sarah Adamson
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Whilst some of the short stories contained in this book only gave me a 2 or 3 * experience, the introduction by Ian Rankin and the second to last story ranked 5* and the last story a 4 1/2* so overall I’m going with a 4 for these alone to balance!
A wonderful concept of crime stories related to books and bookstores. Some stories are dark and hard for me the lighter mystery reader to enjoy. Others, especially the last two, were absolutely wonderful stories which I would have loved to read as whol
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Three of first four or 4 out of 5, had Nazi bad guys. Yawn. Lazy trope of "I need a bad guy, let's make him a Nazi" is what the editor led with. Almost stopped reading and I should have.

Most of the stories were the typically bland English stories. The few American set stories included a very poor Columbo story and others that seemed paint by numbers.

It's a very forgettable collection and I hope to do so quickly.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed all but one of the stories in this book! I love reading short stories cause they turn me on to some new and different readers!! Although I did enjoy ones by authors I've already read like Nelson DeMille, John Connolly, Jeffrey Deaver and Anne Perry--who told a very different story than her usual series. I plan to read more of Ken Bruen, Peter Blauner, Reed Coleman and Laura Lippman based on their stories in this book!
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Otto Penzler is an editor of mystery fiction in the United States, and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, where he lives.

Otto Penzler founded The Mysteriour Press in 1975 and was the publisher of The Armchair Detective, the Edgar-winning quarterly journal devoted to the study of mystery and suspense fiction, for seventeen years.

Penzler has won two Edgar Awards, for The Encycl

Other books in the series

Bibliomysteries (1 - 10 of 36 books)
  • The Book of Virtue
  • The Scroll
  • Pronghorns of the Third Reich
  • An Acceptable Sacrifice
  • Death Leaves a Bookmark
  • Seven Years (Bibliomysteries)
  • The Book Thing
  • The Book of Ghosts
  • Book Club
  • The Long Sonata of the Dead