By Tricia Miles
(From Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries)
Those are questions I'm glad I haven't had to ask. My mystery bookshop, Haven't Got a Clue, seems to chug along at an even pace all year round. Yes, things do slow down during the winter months when tourists are few and far between, but that's when our Internet sales seem to pick up. And it gives me and my employees a little breathing space.
Winter is the time to unpack books, add them to the inventory, and generally take a deep breath--smell the fresh, clean New Hampshire air.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Unfortunately, my cat, Miss Marple, took a romp through the window just thirty minutes before the judging. (Naughty girl!) I was glad I'd taken a picture of the display, but sadly the judges wouldn't use it as evidence of all the thought and hard work put into the display. (And wouldn't you know my sister Angelica's store, the Cookery, would win the competition. She will never let me forget it, either.)
Christmastime in a lovely village . . . can there be anything as sweet? What's Christmas like where you live?
(P.S. Two things to remember: books make GREAT Christmas gifts -- and support your local bookstores!)