Patron: I’m in the mood for a mystery. What’s good?
Me: What do you like? Cozy? Noir? Police procedural? Hardboiled?
Patron: Cozy. Fun.
Me: With knitting and a ghost? Set in Tennessee?
Patron: Nah. Have you got anything set in the Midwest?
Me: City or small town?
Me: Maybe with a touch of romance?
Patron’s eyes brighten.
Me: Okay, then, have I got the series for you. Two series, in fact, and both by Denise Swanson. One is the Scumble River Mysteries, starring Skye Denison, a school psychologist who returns to the small town she thought she’d left behind for good. The other is Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries, about Dev Sinclair, a curvy woman – kind of like yours truly – who loves running her old-fashioned store in her small Missouri town, is tickled by the attention she’s receiving from three hunky men, but isn’t so keen on the murders . . .
Patron: Cool! I’ll check out the first one in each series, and if I like them, I’ll buy the rest and pass them around to my mom and sisters. Thanks, Thea!
And that’s how booktalking works. That was practically a verbatim transcript of an actual patron encounter. Cool, huh? What about you? What kind of mysteries are you looking for? Feel free to ask me for a recommendation. Or stop by your own library and tell them Thea sent you.