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Welcome to the 2015 Politics and Prose Holiday Newsletter. As we have in past years, we’ve tried to select the best—and most beautiful—recent books, fiction and nonfiction, to help you with gift-giving.

It’s also traditional to emphasize how difficult making these choices has been—it’s not just a matter of so many books, but of so many truly wonderful books. This year there’s been an especially impressive outpouring of short fiction and memoirs, but you’ll find bookseller favorites on all subjects here. Enjoy!


Did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote parodies of his own famous detective? That authors like Neil Gaiman, Laurie R. King, P.G. Wodehouse, and Stephen King have spent much of their time devoted to the greatest detective of them all? For The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes (Vintage, $25), Otto Penzler, proprietor of The Mysterious Book Shop in New York City, has tracked down eighty-three stories featuring Holmes, written by some of the world’s greatest mystery authors, including Doyle himself. Penzler, who has edited The Best American Mystery Stories series since 1997, has assembled fifteen Edgar Award winners, five Grand Masters of the Mystery Writers of America, and myriad card-carrying members of the Baker Street Irregulars; these are crack mystery writers, and a sterling set of Sherlockians.

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Cover Image
By Otto Penzler (Editor)
ISBN: 9781101872611
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - October 27th, 2015

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