The Mysterious Bookshop is the oldest mystery-themed book store in America, opening its doors on a Friday the 13th in April, 1979. Since the early 2000s, The Mysterious Bookshop has been a part of Tribeca’s cultural atmosphere, providing residents of the lower Manhattan neighborhood with crime and suspense in a literary form.

The Mysterious Press

The Mysterious Bookshop’s proprietor Otto Penzler, whose books can be found amongst other titles in the bookstore, got his start when he founded Mysterious Press in 1975. The imprint focused on printing the best mystery, crime, and suspense novels, with quality acid-free paper and full-color dust jackets made by professional artists. The venture expanded over time into the three imprints that exist now:, converting previously-published works to ebook format; the Mysterious Press at Grove/Atlantic, featuring new releases from award-winning authors; and the Mysterious Press at Highbridge Audio, producing audio versions of the Mysterious Press books.

Rare and collectible books

The Tribeca bookstore is not just a typical shop—it specializes in signed first editions and limited editions of books, as well as rare and collectible novels. The Mysterious Bookshop’s rare books catalog includes many esteemed authors like:

  • Anna Katharine Green, one of the first detective fiction writers in America and considered the “mother of the detective novel”
  • John Creasey, founder of the UK Crime Writers’ Association
  • Dick Francis, the only three-time recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best Novel

They also carry many sought-after collectibles, such as:

  • A Study in Scarlet, the first in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series, signed by his daughter Jean
  • You Only Live Twice, a first edition of the twelfth book in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series

Crime Clubs

The Mysterious Bookshop has many clubs available to avid readers of the mystery genre. Each one sends members a signed first edition of a book specific to their club’s topic, introducing members to new titles or just adding to their library. The seven clubs include: the original Crime Collectors Club (established bestsellers), the First Mystery Club (authors new to the mystery genre), the Hardboiled & Noir Club (crime fiction with dark, brooding detectives), the Traditional & Historical Club, the British Crime Collectors Club (first editions published in the UK), the Thriller & Espionage Club, and the Unclassifiables Club (books outside of the mystery and crime genre).

The Mysterious Bookshop attracts readers of all genres as well as fans of mystery, thriller, and crime. Its convenient location in lower Tribeca makes it a popular haunt for residents of Tribeca House, a minute’s walk away on the next block. Contact us today to view our no-fee luxury apartments and settle into your new reading nook.