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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.


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.


Book Mystery Catchup Fun!

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

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.


The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

IN THE November 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze

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.


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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