The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City

You might not have a bookstore on many of your travel itineraries, but we actually enjoy browsing interesting books when we travel. We had heard about the Mysterious Bookshop when researching some unique places to visit during our trip to Manhattan and decided to walk there after lunch in lower Manhattan. It is located in Tribeca and originally opened in 1979, making it the oldest mystery specialist bookstore in America. One of the things that makes the bookstore unique is the wide variety of mystery novels that are stocked on the floor to ceiling shelves as well as their specialization in signed first editions.

Sign Outside of the Mysterious Bookshop
Floor to Ceiling Bookshelves
Crime Scene Tape Across the Door

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, the store has one of the largest collections of the sleuth stories in the world. One of the things that we found interesting was that in addition to the various first edition books on their shelves, they also have a variety of counterfeit books, of which they will let you know that they are not truly originals. To some extent, browsing the shelves of the Mysterious Bookshop reminded us of one of our favorite experiences in Paris when we came close to buying a first edition, four volume set of Don Quixote. There is something fascinating about seeing rare or unusual books and glancing at the various illustrations.

So Many Books to Browse
Some of the Whimsical Items on Display
View of the Entire Store

13 thoughts on “The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City

  1. This looks amazing! I always make time for a few bookstores in my travels and have found that many will ship your purchases home so you don’t have to worry about carryon room.

      1. It really is. I live in a rural area that’s almost void of bookstores so it’s a treat to find an amazing store when I travel. Things sometimes get out of hand!

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