Saturday, October 1, 2011

Red Cross Book Sale: You Say You Think I'm Addicted?

Maybe. Went back for a more leisurely stroll amongst the books today. Came home with 31 more--plus one Christmas CD. I'm always on the look-out for Christmas music that has songs that we don't already have. (No, dear, I'm not going to go back tomorrow or Monday or Tuesday. I promise.) Who would have thought I could have missed so many gems last night? Latest haul:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Has been on the long TBR list forever. Now I have no excuse not to read it.)
Manon Lescaut by The Abbe Prevost (because I've been curious ever since it got mentioned in Clouds of Witness by Sayers)
The Odd Women by George Gissing
Meet Mr. Mulliner by P. G. Wodehouse
Picadilly Jim by P. G. Wodehouse
The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson (home-grown Indiana mystery from interesting little vintage mystery to try....)
The Saltmarsh Murders by Gladys Mitchell
The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
Copper Gold by Pauline Glen Winslow
Graves Academe by Susan Kenney
The Day They Kidnapped Queen Victoria by H. K. Fleming (just because I couldn't resist...)
Crooked House by Agatha Christie (pocket size edition!)
Blood on the Stars by Brett Halliday (1st edition pocket size!)
Mink Is for a Minx edited by Leo Margulies (best of Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine; 1st edition pocket size!)
The Devil to Pay by Ellery Queen (pocket size!)
The Perfect Crime by Ellery Queen
The Vanishing Corpse by Ellery Queen
Death in Cyprus by M. M. Kaye
Murder at Teatime ed by Cynthia Mason (stories by various)
The Bone Is Pointed by Arthur W. Upfield
The Lady in Black by Anna Clarke
The Last Straw by Doris Miles Disney

And a Mary Roberts Rinehart bonanza:
Alibi for Israel & Other Stories
The Wall

The Haunted Lady

The Swimming Pool
The Confession
AND Sight Unseen (2-in-1 book)
The State vs. Elinor Norton


Cat said...

Wow! Makes the 16 I brought home this week from our Book Fair look a bit minimal. You have some great reading ahead. :-)

Anonymous said...

Holy crap, 31 books brought home? Fine, you win, you are more addicted than I am.....for now. :)

Debbie Rodgers said...

Wow - 3 Ellery Queens - SCORE!!

Bev Hankins said...

Senora G: Actually...the two-day total is 54....

J F Norris said...

Nice haul, Bev, but Damn! Wish I could've made it down there this year. The Bouchercon trip pretty much cleaned me out for travel for the rest of the year. Lucky you! Had I been there I may have beat you to many of the vintage mysteries you manged to snag. ;^) Just curious - were those Wodehouse books vintage editions? Or were they the Overlook Press reissues? I have a copy of the first US edition of PICCADILLY JIM - it's one of my Wodehouse treasures, and a true rarity in the book world. Found in an antique mall and paid less than $5 for it.

But in lieu of a trip to Bloomington we went to some estate sales. One at the home of WGN's Roy Leonard, former entertainment editor for Channel 9 news. Lots of books on theater, music and the movies there. Then another estate sale of a lesser known Chicago journalist whose home was FILLED with books of all kinds. We were in the house for about an hour and a half and we became exhausted going through all the boxes. Joe forced me to leave since we had many places to visit on our list. Found some out of print vintage mysteries there and biographies on Sayers and Hammett plus a 1st edition of JAWS.