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Mystery Bookstores

I really enjoy a good mystery bookstore. A specialty mystery bookstore is a great place to find books, meet other mystery readers, listen to touring mystery writers, or get together in a mystery reading group. Many mystery bookstores have catalogues, do searches, host special events and trips. I guess I haven't gotten over the joy of touching books, scanning the shelves, finding books I wasn't looking for (but which intrigue me) and speaking with knowledgeable booksellers. I hope you feel the same way about these stores.

I know I've forgotten a few, so if I have, send an e-mail. I have limited this list to independent mystery bookstores with regular hours. At a future time, I'd love to annotate this list. I hope you'll visit some of these stores and let me know what you enjoyed most about them. And, for those of you who find yourself in a new city because of work or travel, remember a mystery bookstore is the perfect place to take a break from your schedule and meet with like minds and make new friends. Although I won't be including them at this time, there are many other general bookstores which have large excellent mystery sections. Get Booked at a Mystery Bookstore near you!!

-Janet Rudolph


    Scottsdale: THE POISONED PEN, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Ste. 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-4335. Barbara Peters. Phone: 480-947-2974; toll free: 888-560-9919. E-mail:; web site:
    Sedona: THE WELL RED COYOTE, 3190 W. Highway 89A (at Dry Creek Road in West Sedona), Suite #400, Sedona, AZ 86336. Kris Neri. Phone: 928-282-2284; toll free: 866-282-9291. E-mail:; web site:
    Tucson: CLUES UNLIMITED, 3146 E. Ft. Lowell, Tucson, AZ 85716. Chris Acevedo & Pat Davis. Phone: 520-326-8533. E-mail:; web site:


    Berryville: IT'S A MYSTERY BOOKSTORE, 107 Public Square, Berryville, AR 72616. Melinda Large & Spanky. Phone: 870-423-1145. E-mail:; web site:


    Berkeley: DARK CARNIVAL, 3086 Claremont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705-2630. Jack Rems. Phone: 510-654-7323. E-mail:; web site:
    Glendale: MYSTERY & IMAGINATION BOOKSHOP, 238 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203-2610. Malcolm & Christine Bell. Phone: 818-545-0206. E-mail:; web site:
    Hemet: MITCHELL BOOKS, 561 Bermuda Drive, Hemet, CA 92543. John Mitchell. Open by appointment. Phone: 626-798-4435. E-mail:
    Huntington Beach: MYSTERY INK, Goldenwest Plaza, 7176 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Debbie Mitsch. Phone: 714-960-4000. E-mail:; web site:
    Orange: BOOK CARNIVAL: MYSTERY & DARK FANTASY, 348 S. Tustin Ave., Orange, CA 92866-2502. Anne Saller. Phone: 714-538-3210. E-mail:; web site:
    San Diego: MYSTERIOUS GALAXY, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste. 302, San Diego CA 92111-1040. Elizabeth Baldwin. Phone: 858-268-4747; toll free: 800-811-4747.; web site:
    South Pasadena: BOOK'EM MYSTERIES, 1118 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030-3212. Barry Martin & Mary Riley. Phone: 626-799-9600; toll free: 800-4-BOOKEM. E-mail:; web site:


    Colorado Springs: BOOK SLEUTH MYSTERY BOOKSTORE, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., Ste. 105, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-3000. Helen Randal. Phone: 719-632-2727.
    Denver: MURDER BY THE BOOK, 1574 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO 80210-2635. Lauri Verschure & Joan D. Montgomery. Phone: 303-871-9401; toll free: 800-300-2595.; web site:


    Delray Beach: MURDER ON THE BEACH, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Joanne Sinchuk. Phone: 561-279-7790.; web site:


    Forest Park: CENTURIES & SLEUTHS BOOKSTORE, 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130-1502. August Paul Aleksy, Jr. Phone: 708-771-7243. E-mail:; web site:
    Virden: THE SLY FOX, 123 North Springfield, Virden, IL 62690. George Rishel. Phone: 877-848-3100. E-mail:; web site:


     Richmond: HOUSE OF MYSTERY, 1115 South A Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Ron or Sandy Weadick. Phone: 765-962-7974. E-mail:


    Lawrence: THE RAVEN BOOKSTORE, 6 E. 7th St., Lawrence, KS 66044-2702. Pat Kehde & Mary Lou Wright. Phone: 785-749-3300. E-mail:; web site:
    Overland Park: MYSTERYSCAPE, 7309 West 80th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204. Acia Morley and Cheri LeBlond. Web site:


    Hulls Cove (Bar Harbor): MYSTERY COVE BOOKSHOP (Bar Harbor Book Shop, Inc.), 1 Dewey Street, Hulls Cove (Bar Harbor), ME 04644. Steve Powell & Barbara Baron Gifford. Phone: 207-288-4665. E-mail:; web site:


    Oxford: MYSTERY LOVES COMPANY, 202 S. Morris Street, Oxford, MD 21654. Kathy Harig. Phone: 410-226-0010. E-mail:; web site:


    Ann Arbor: AUNT AGATHA'S, 213 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. James & Robin Agnew. Phone: 734-769-1114. E-mail:; web site:


    Minneapolis: ONCE UPON A CRIME, 604 W. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55405-3303. Patricia Frovarp and Gary Shulze. Phone: 612-870-3785. Web site:
    Minneapolis: UNCLE EDGAR'S MYSTERY BOOKSTORE, 2864 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407-1320. Jeff Hatfield. Phone: 612-824-9984. E-mail:; web site:


    St. Louis: BIG SLEEP BOOKS, 239 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108-1527. Helen Simpson. Phone: 314-361-6100. E-mail:; web site:


    Omaha: THE MYSTERY BOOKSTORE, 1422 S. 13th St., Omaha, NE 68108-3504. Kate Birkel. Phone: 402-342-7343. E-mail:; web site:

New Jersey

    Princeton: THE CLOAK & DAGGER, 349 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08540-4614. Aline Lenaz. Phone: 609-688-9840. E-mail:; web site:

New Mexico

    Taos: MOBY DICKENS BOOKSHOP, 124A Bent St., Taos, NM 87571-5992. Art & Susan Bachrach. Phone: 505-758-3050; toll free: 888-442-9980. E-mail:; web site:
    Taos: MYSTERY INK BOOKSHOP, 121 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571. Phone: 505-751-1092.

New York

    New York: THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP, 58 Warren Street (between Church and W. Broadway), New York, NY 10007. Otto Penzler. Phone: 212-587-1011. E-mail:; web site:


    Westerville: FOUL PLAY MYSTERY BOOKSHOP, 27 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43091-2101. John & Toni Cross. Phone: 614-818-CLUE. E-mail:; web site:


     Mechanicsburg: MECHANICSBURG MYSTERY BOOK SHOP, 6 Clouser Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-9735. Deborah Beamer. Phone: 717-795-7470; toll free: 866-MY-ALIBI (866-692-5424). E-mail:; web site:
    Oakmont: MYSTERY LOVERS BOOKSHOP, 514 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont, PA 15139-1648. Richard Goldman and Mary Alice Gorman. Phone: 412-828-4877; toll free: 888-800-6078. E-mail:; web site:
    Philadelphia: WHODUNIT?, 1931 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-3530. Art Bourgeau & Henry Reifsnyder. Phone: 215-567-1478; toll free: 800-567-1478.; web site:

Rhode Island

    Warwick: MURDER BY THE BOOK, 1645 Warwick Avenue, Suite 202, Warwick, RI 02889-1524. Open by appointment. Kevin J. Barbero. Phone: 401-781-1300. Web site:


    Nashville: MYSTERIES & MORE, Lenox Village, 6965 Sunnywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37211. Mary and Greg Bruss. Phone: 615-837-3300. E-mail:; web site:


    Houston: MURDER BY THE BOOK, 2342 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005-1512. Phone: 713-524-8597; toll free: 888-4-AGATHA. E-mail:; web site:
    San Antonio: REMEMBER THE ALIBI MYSTERY BOOKSTORE, 8055 West Avenue #101, San Antonio, TX 78213. Ray Hengst. Phone: 210-344-7776; toll free: 888-272-5135.


    Brattleboro: MYSTERY ON MAIN STREET, 119 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301. David Lampe-Wilson. Phone: 802-258-2211. E-mail:; web site:
    Waterford: KINGDOM BOOKS, 283 East Village Road, Waterford, VT 05819. Open by appointment and for author events; check their blog for schedule. Beth & Dave Kanell. Phone: 802-751-8374. E-mail:; web site:


    Olympia: WHODUNIT? BOOKS, 301 E. 4th Ave., Olympia, WA 98501-1106. Phone: 360-252-8252. E-mail:
    Seattle: SEATTLE MYSTERY BOOKSHOP, 117 Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98104. J.B. Dickey. Phone: 206-587-5737. E-mail:; web site:


    Madison: MYSTERY TO ME, 1863 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711. Joanne Berg. Phone: 608-283-9332. E-mail:; web site:
    Milwaukee: MYSTERY ONE BOOKSHOP, 2109 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202-1110. Richard Katz. Phone: 414-347-4077; toll free: 800-207-0084.; web site:


    Maylands: THE CRIME SCENE BOOKSTORE, 190 Whatley Crescent, Maylands, WA 6051, Australia. Phone: 61-8-9471-9244.


    São Paulo: LIVRARIA DO CRIME, Rua Dr. Cândido Espinheira, 738 - 05004-000, Brazil. Diego Landucci. Phone: +55 (11) 3801 4184. E-mail:; web site:


     Toronto: SLEUTH OF BAKER STREET, 907 Millwood Rd., Toronto, ONT M4G 1X2, Canada. J.D. Singh & Marian Misters. Phone: 416-483-3111. E-mail:; web site:
    Vancouver: DEAD WRITE BOOKS, 4374 W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6R 2H7, Canada. Jill Sanagan. Phone: 604-228-8223. E-mail:; web site:
    Winnipeg: WHODUNIT? MYSTERY BOOKSTORE, 165 Lilac Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 2S1, Canada. Jack and Wendy Bumsted. Phone: 204-284-9100; toll free: 800-468-4216. E-mail:; web site:


    London: MURDER ONE. Please note: not a brick and mortar bookstore anymore. Office 004, Kings Cross Business Centre, 180-186 King's Cross Road, London WC1X 9DE. Maxim Jakubowski. Phone: 44-207-539 8820. E-mail:; web site:


    Berlin: HAMMETT KRIMIBUCHHANDLUNG, Friesenstr. 27, D-10965, Berlin, Germany. Christian Koch. Phone: 49-30-691-58-34. E-mail:; web site:
    Frankfurt am Main: DIE WENDELTREPPE BUCHHANDLUNG, Brückenstraße 34, D-60594, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Jutta Wilkesmann. Phone: 49-69-611341.
    Köln: KRIMIBUCHHANDLUNG ALIBI, Hohenstaufenring 47-51, D-50674, Köln, Germany. Barbara & Manfred Sarrazin. Phone: 49-221-244-496.
    Munich: KRIMIBUCHHANDLUNG GLATTEIS, Corneliusstr. 31 (Ecke Baaderstr.), D-80469, Munich, Germany. Gabriele Fauser & Monika Dobler. Phone: 49-89-2-01-48-44. E-mail:


    Cork: MAINLY MURDER BOOKSTORE, 2A Paul Street, Cork, Ireland. Patricia Barry. Phone: 353-21-427-2413.


    Milan: SHERLOCKIANA-LIBRERIA DEL GIALLO, Via Peschiera 1, I-20154, Milan, Italy. Tecla Dozio. Phone: 39-3453-5073. Web site:
    Rome: LIBRERIA SUSPENSE, Via Ceresio 87/89, 00199 Rome, Italy. Phone: 39-6-8535-8291. E-mail:


    Amsterdam: THRILLERBOEKWINKEL ALIBI, Willemsstraat 21, 1015 Amsterdam, Netherlands. Inez Abell. Phone: 31-20-625-0676. E-mail:; web site:

Northern Ireland

    Belfast: NO ALIBIS, 83 Botanic Ave., Belfast BT7 1JL, Northern Ireland. Phone: 44-28-9031-9607. E-mail:; web site:


    Barcelona: NEGRA Y CRIMINAL, c/ de la Sal, 5 - 08003 Barcelona. Paco Camarasa y Montse Clavé. Phone: 34-932-955-922. E-mail:; web site:


    Zürich: AM RAND, Röschibachstr. 73, CH-8037, Zürich, SWITZERLAND. Barbara Schneider. Phone: 41-1-27-12-151.

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