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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Cleo Coyle

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller is the new Haunted Bookshop Mystery by Cleo Coyle. This series started several years ago and stopped after five books. Now it’s finally back with book 6. The series features widowed bookstore owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and the ghost that haunts her bookshop, 1940s P.I. Jack Shepard.


by Sandra Murphy
& Ali Brandon

It’s Thanksgiving time at the brownstone bookstore. Robert has the café running smoothly with his Goth friend Pink, trained as his backup. Darla wants to make sure the bookstore makes as much money as possible during the season to carry them over possible dead months of January and February.


by Christina Morgan Cree

Bookshop Santa Cruz is a locally owned and operated independent book seller since 1966. It’s a Santa Cruz favorite, a hub of literary activity and community events, and has provided the standard for other independent book sellers. They offer new and used books, a large magazine collection, cards and gifts, and host events that feature both local and national authors.

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by Cynthia Chow

No one would ever call Shadow Bend, Missouri boring, and nothing highlighted this more than their most recent city council meeting. As the owner of Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets, Dev Sinclair had strong interest on the vote to approve zoning for a proposed SRO. The shocker is that this would be the least contentious topic of the night. First, the Sinclair family nemesis Nadine Underwood supported an alientologist’s proposal to study residents being body snatched by Extra-Terrestrials. Then, closer and more lethal to Dev’s heart, the newest husband of her mother appeared with an offer to support the reestablishment of a much needed Shadow Bend Library.


Seattle’s Marvelous Mystery Bookshop

IN THE November 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Kat Richardson

I found the Seattle Mystery Bookshop by accident the first time, on a steep street, just off Seattle’s famous Pioneer Park. It’s a little place, tucked behind a brick arch and an iron railing. The sidewalk of Cherry Street slopes past at head height and an acute angle. It seems as if there ought to be something mysterious going on in such a place, hiding in plain sight, like a purloined letter, yet tucked away in a corner where any sort of fascinating and curious things might drift in and come to rest.

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Hart’s Haven Used Bookstore

IN THE September 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andKathy Eide Casas

by Kathy Eide Casas

Welcome to Hart’s Haven Used Bookstore, where book lovers from near and far will find books lining each room, from floor to ceiling. Literally!
“Every day is a new adventure,” said owner Barbara Rogers of her new business venture that combines her love of used books with the energy of Jazzercise. A unique and energetic combination!


by Sean Stephens

I am writing this article from inside Reedley’s newest book store; Resurrected Books. As the name suggests, this is a used book store and their motto is, “Giving old books new life.” As I look around, I see the signs of well-loved old books. Some are weathered, dog eared, spine-wrinkled old things and others have library tags on them. Still others look fresh from the publisher, but they all have one thing in common: they have all been given a chance to be loved once again and for a great bargain.

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by Evelyn Moore

Many of us who love books dream about someday having a bookstore of our own. Debbie Mitsch, owner and sole proprietor of the Mystery Ink Bookstore in Huntington Beach, made her dream come true.


by Tom Sims

In Old Towne Clovis there is a barn filled with books, ideas, energy, and community. Dan and Peggy Dunklee have been in the book business for 12-15 years. The numbers are a little fuzzy and they could find the exact dates if they wanted to and if I insisted, but that is not the point. They’ve been book people for a long, long time.


Take a Child to a Bookstore Day

IN THE November 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andKay Kendall,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Kay Kendall

Do you know the first Saturday in December is a national holiday? Yes, since 2010, Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day has been celebrated. Suspense novelist Jenny Milchman conceived the idea after reading about the demise of some bookstores and wanting the remaining ones kept vibrant for the sake of her own two children, future grandchildren, and everyone else’s kids too.

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by Kay Kendall

The year 2013 burst like a supernova upon the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in California. This year, not only did Mysterious Galaxy win the 2013 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America on May 8, but three days later, it celebrated its twentieth anniversary!


by Kay Kendall

Located dead center in downtown Austin’s hipness is the bookstore voted best in the state capital for more than 15 years. BookPeople, the largest independent bookstore in Texas, is a beloved institution among denizens who vow to “keep Austin weird.” Yes, that’s a marketing slogan in Austin! Although not generally known for funkiness or artsy-ness, Texas does have the city of Austin, which tries its darnedest to make up for deficiencies in those qualities in the rest of the state.


A Bookstore For All Seasons


FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andEvery Other Book,

by Herschel Cozine

A Bookstore For All Seasons by Herschel Cozine is the winner of KRL’s birthday contest! We’d like to congratulate Herschel and thank everyone who entered. If you would like to check out the other entries head on over to KRL Lite!


by Tom Sims

Each week we’d hear the same tune through the 80s—-the theme song for the TV show Cheers, set in a Boston neighborhood bar that functioned as a “third place” for its regulars, a home-away-from-home and a place away from work where they could hang out and be accepted. A place where they are known.

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