For Lonestar State sleuths, Houston's Murder by the Book is a dream come true. And the Killer Characters are delighted to help Murder by the Book celebrate its 30th anniversary (this month!!) by sharing the joys of the store with our readers.
This cozy shop--complete with overstuffed chairs and quiet nooks for reading--stocks over 25,000 volumes of new and used crime fiction. They host signings by the best crime writers (from New York Times bestselling thriller writers to Agatha Award winning cozy authors...), sell signed first editions, and greet everyone to the store with a warm Texas welcome.
The staff at Murder by the Book are deeply involved in the mystery community. Owner McKenna Jordan and Assistant Manager David Thompson will be hosting Bouchercon 2011 (along with Crimespree Magazine's Jon Jordan). David also launched Busted Flush Press in 2005. His objective: to reprint favorite out-of-print mysteries. Busted Flush Press has, in addition, published two original anthologies of mystery fiction, both of which have been nominated for Edgar Awards.
David's not the only Murder by the Book employee with a hand in the publishing biz. Former manager and now-part-time employee Dean James crafts cozies under the pen names Jimmie Ruth Evans, Honor Hartman, and Miranda James.
In short, the staff of Murder by the Book aren't just out to make a buck. They're passionately devoted to mysteries, the people who write them, and the people who read them. That commitment to service has garnered them the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Raven Award, the James Patterson PageTurner Award, and four consecutive nominations for Publishers Weekly's Bookseller of the Year Award.
If you're in the Houston area, do yourself a favor and stop by Murder by the Book.
Be sure to check out their impressive calendar of signings and events so you don't miss your favorite author. Even if you aren't fortunate enough to live in the great state of Texas, you can find signed books and cool merchandise through their website; follow them on Twitter or Facebook; or check out their blog.
* REMINDER: One lucky commenter this month will receive a $10 gift certificate to Murder by the Book. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!