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The Reading Bug: A Bug’s Life

IN THE May 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
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by J. Alan Hartman


Downtown San Carlos, California, is that kind of retail corridor that people imagine when they think of shopping in a small town. Mind you, San Carlos isn’t really a small town, but it’s always had that charm and feel. Laurel Street is a straight line featuring virtually zero chain stores of any kind, save from a Peet’s Coffee and one or two others. The San Carlos powers-that-be always imagined the downtown district as being local mom-and-pop shops, and they strive to keep it that way.

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by Matt Lubbers-Moore


I have been around books all of my life. My mother was the president of the local library friends’ group, which meant that at the age of eight, I was carting boxes of books up from the basement for the semi-annual book sale. My reward and payment was a box of books. By my teen years, my bedroom looked like a library: shelves evenly distributed and books stacked from floor to ceiling. I have loved books very early in life.

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Third Place Books is Number One

IN THE March 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Marty Wingate


We need three places in our lives according to sociologist Ray Oldenburg in The Great Good Place: the place we live, the place we work, and another place beyond those where we can gather and interact and form community. That “third place” could be a pub, a coffee shop, or, in my case, my favorite bookstore, Third Place Books.

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Introducing Jabberwocky Books

IN THE March 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Edith Maxwell


I’m delighted to share with you all my favorite place to buy books. I live in a lovely spot in the top right corner of Massachusetts a mile from the New Hampshire border and about ten miles in from the coast.

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by Kathy Eide Casas



Is there any better feeling than settling in with a book…with words that can quickly transport you into a world of fiction, fantasy, historical knowledge, or even catapult you to sci-fi land? Whatever your reading mood is, the Clovis Book Barn has just what you need….and so much more!

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by Terry Ambrose


Mysterious Galaxy is an independent bookstore specializing in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, young adult, romance, and horror. Founded in 1992, the store has been an integral part of San Diego’s literary scene for readers ever since.

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by Cynthia Chow


Now that Shelby Cox is co-owner of Bayside Books and running the branch operated on Blye Island’s Blye Castle, she is eagerly anticipating the promotional book-signing event by bestselling True Crime author Savannah Page. Savannah has chosen the site just off of Alexandria Bay, New York, to further her research for her next book, the murder of a rumored Mafia mobster during the days of Prohibition. Savannah even plans to stay overnight in the Castle as its first trial-run guest, wallowing in the atmosphere and hopefully catching a glimpse of the mobster’s legendary ghost.

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Book Mystery Catchup Fun!

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have a group of mysteries set in the world of books-3 bookstores and a library-Bound for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert, Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, Bookmarked for Murder: Mystery Bookshop series by VM Burns, and There’s a Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany.

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The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

IN THE November 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Terry Ambrose


The Poisoned Pen Bookstore was founded by Barbara G. Peters in 1989 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The store carries current and classic works of mystery, thrillers, historical and literary fiction, and literature of the American Southwest, much of it offered in Autographed First Editions. For many bookstores, that would be enough, however, Poisoned Pen isn’t just an independent bookstore, it’s also a well-known publisher of mysteries.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Seattle’s Marvelous Mystery Bookshop

IN THE November 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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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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