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Mystery Bookstores

Please note that these listings are from my Book Marketing Tip of the Week ezine, from 2004 through mid-2008, so the information may no longer be accurate. Of course, many of the stores will still be in business.

When you send your letter, sales sheet, catalog, or whatever to stores, you should also send them information on how to order the book. In the case of stores, that should be a wholesaler such as Ingram or Baker & Taylor, if your books are available through them.


Mystery and Other Fiction Bookstores

A reader asked for more resources for fiction authors and publishers. Well, here are five bookstores that specialize in mysteries and suspense.

Book 'Em Mysteries, 1118 Mission Street, South Pasadena CA 91030; 626-799-9600; 800-4BOOKEM. Email: mystery@bookem.com. Web: http://www.bookem.com.

Murder By the Book, Martha Farrington, Owner, 2342 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005; 713-524-8597;888-4-AGATHA; Fax: 713-522-7945. Email: murderbk@swbell.net. Web: http://www.murderbooks.com. Established in 1980, it is one of the country's oldest and largest mystery bookstores. Stocks 25,000 new and used titles.

The Mysterious Bookshop, Otto Penzler, 129 West 56th Street, New York NY 10019; 212-765-0900; 800-352-2840; Fax: 212-265-5478. Email: info@mysteriousbookshop.com. Web: http://www.mysteriousbookshop.com.

The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90024; 310-209-0415; Fax: 310-209-0436; 800-821-9017. Email: orders@mystery-bookstore.com. Web: http://www.mystery-bookstore.com. Opened 2000. Mysteries and related genres.

The Mystery Company, Jim Huang, Book Buyer, 1323 S Rangeline Road, Carmel IN 46032; 317-705-9711; Fax: 317-705-1402; Toll-Free: 800-643-6737. Email: staff@themysterycompany.com. Web: http://www.themysterycompany.com. Mystery bookshop.

The Poisoned Pen, Barbara Peters, 4014 N Goldwater, Scottsdale AZ 85251; 480-947-2974; 888-560-9919; Fax: 480-945-1023. Email: barbara@poisonedpen.com. Web: http://www.poisonedpen.com. Two readers pointed out that I did not list one of the great mystery bookstores in America. Well, here it is. They are opening a second store in downtown Phoenix soon (215 E Grant Street).

Aliens & Alibis Books, Deb Andolino, Capitol Center #173, 201 Columbia Mall Boulevard, Columbia SC 29223; 803-462-0362; Fax: 803-462-0431; toll-free: 877-512-BOOK. Email: aab@sc.rr.com. Web: http://www.aliensandalibis.com. New bookstore offering the best in mystery, fantasy, and science fiction.

I Love a Mystery, Karen Spengler, Book Buyer, 6114 Johnson Drive, Mission KS 66205; 913-432-2583; Fax: 913-384-4289; 877-474-2583. Email: kas@iloveamystery.net. Web: http://www.iloveamystery.net. They feature 20,000 used and 3,000 new mystery books.


Top 700 Independent Bookstores Data Files This list started out as 500, then 600, and now almost 700 top general bookstores. It includes names of the buyers and event coordinators, address, phone, fax, email, website, and other information about each bookstore. You will be able to download various formats (your choice of one or all) as well as an info sheet to let you know what is contained in the various data file formats (Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excell, comma-delimited ASCII, or PDF). Data file download, $40.00.


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