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The Red Right Hand–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Red Right Hand–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Red Right Hand-–Joel Townsley Rogers–1945–used It’s almost impossible to describe The Red Right Hand. It’s kookie. Odd. Seemingly disjointed and nonsensical. It’s none of those things in the end, but it is something of a gigantic guffaw. Because you really need to set your suspension of  belief  at a[Read More…]

by February 13, 2013 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
Introducing Customers to New Books

Introducing Customers to New Books

Of all the pleasures that compensate a bookshop owner for his low wages none can beat introducing customers to books they were unaware of, and then, after a couple of weeks, hearing a happy review. I am not extremely well read, owing both to my weakness for watching sports and[Read More…]

by February 12, 2013 Good Reads
The So Blue Marble–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The So Blue Marble–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The So Blue Marble—Dorothy B. Hughes–1940–used ‘One delighted  voice said,  “Griselda, fancy seeing you!” The other one was laughing, “We’d thought you’d never come!” She could see the tall silk hats, the shining white scarves, the dark coats, the sticks under their arms. Even in shadow, she knew she had[Read More…]

by February 10, 2013 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
Mystic River–Best 100 Mysteries Of All Time

Mystic River–Best 100 Mysteries Of All Time

  Mystic River—Dennis Lehane –2001–IP Dennis Lehane can write. No, that’s not a given for this list. Some books I love may not be written eloquently or in a compelling manner. Lehane does both, and far far more. “When Sean Devine and Jimmy Marcus were kids, their fathers worked together[Read More…]

by February 7, 2013 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
Assassination Vacation

Assassination Vacation

I thought the weird road-trips my husband and I went on were the end all be all of strange vacations. But Sarah Vowell unquestionably wins the dubious nonexistent prize as–Best Ghoulish, Yet Fascinating, Entertaining, and Educational Vacation. I finally finished reading her part political, part historical, part macabre, part travelogue,[Read More…]

by February 6, 2013 Book Reviews, Good Reads
An Embarrassment of Corpses–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time.

An Embarrassment of Corpses–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time.

My greatest book selling acknowledgement came when Mr. Alan Beechey, author of one of my most favorite books ever, bestowed a town the name Plumley in his second book starring Oliver Swithin. After selling my page flicking fingers to the bone and making his first book An Embarrassment of Corpses[Read More…]

Vera Stone (later Norman), one of the most prolific reader illustrators of all.
From "Bob and Judy Reader", 1936. Illustrated by Vera Stone Norman.

Primarily Basic Readers

By Kathie McMillan I did not set out to collect primers. It began quite by accident when I found Friends from the Children’s Own Readers series, which was illustrated by Marguerite Davis,an illustrator I had never heard of. I was rummaging around in an unlikely flea market here in my[Read More…]

by January 28, 2013 Book Collecting, Book Reviews, Good Reads
The Deadly Percheron-Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Deadly Percheron-Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Deadly Percheron—John Franklin Bardin–1946–IP I no longer am a bookseller, but that didn’t stop me from selling The Deadly Percheron when it was rereleased some years back. I was in my friend’s store, The Black Orchid, and when customers came in without a definite direction in genre or author,[Read More…]

by January 16, 2013 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads