Monday, July 28, 2008

BOOK 'em Mysteries Book Store

Ever wonder what goes on in a mystery bookstore late at night? Since classic noir is a personal favorite, I imagine Philip Marlowe is back there somewhere playing 5 card draw with Nestor Burma and Sam Spade.

If you ever find yourself on Mission Street, it would be a crime to miss BOOK 'em Mysteries. This is a true book lovers shop with a fantastic selection of titles across the entire mystery and crime genres. You’ll delight in the choice of classic whodunits, suspense, private eye fiction, police procedurals, young reader mysteries and a decent selection of contemporary horror novels. Owners Barry Martin and Mary Riley are the kind of personal and involved independent booksellers who promote books they love – and books they think other readers will love, too. They handle both new and in-print titles and represent the David Kaye Collection of fine first-editions. And if that isn’t cool enough, they support local authors by hosting autograph sessions with some of the area’s greatest mystery and crime wordsmiths.

According to the store’s website, BOOK ‘em itself has its own “unsolved mystery.” In 1991, it had been open less than a year when an arsonist destroyed the original location. Lucky for all South Pas book lovers, the store was relocated to its present spot. To this day, the perpetrator remains at large.

9 comments:

Hilda said...

Ooh, I love bookstores! My husband and I can never go out without going to one—it's a disease. Love the name of this one! :)

life observer said...

An ideal job would've been to work, i.e., make a career of, in a bookstore. Great pic of the window. Looks like you like to stalk libraries & bookstores late at nite!

Thursday Girl/Hollis the Cat said...

I just went in to this bookstore for the first time yesterday and bought a book! (a yoga murder mystery--does it get any better than that?) :)

Isadora said...

Clever name and a nice spot. With an arson in its history it certainly lives up to its name and nature. :)

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

Independent bookstores are the best.

Petrea said...

I love this store. They're friendly and knowledgeable. Pasadena has Mitchell Books, which I haven't yet visited.

Laurie, do you know anything about what's happening with the Book House?

Laurie said...

Petrea, I saw that the Lost Lease sign was removed a few weeks ago but I haven't investigated. I'll look into it.

Petrea said...

Wow. It would be great if they were staying! Such a wonderful store.

Dixie Jane Chapman said...

I love the name. I'm not a "Whodoneit" reader but if I were I would be right there, behind the creakin' door. "Who knows what evil lurks.........."