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.