Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Mysteries of Mysterious Bookstores

What's with all of the mystery fiction that takes place in mystery bookstores? I recently took a look of some of these works in a post I wrote for Crimimal Element.

Readers of mystery fiction may or may not be the most avid fans of their particular genre but they’ve got to be high on the list. Which might go a long way toward explaining why so much mystery fiction takes place in and around bookstores, and particularly mystery bookstores.

It would take someone much better versed in the history of mystery to cite the earliest instances of this sort of thing, but even I can go back at least a quarter of a century or so to...

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