By Kathie Felix
The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) offers an online treasure trove for mystery book shoppers at www.mysterybooksellers.com.
The Association’s web-based gift-finding tools include features that pinpoint the location of independent mystery booksellers, suggest the perfect gift for a mystery fan, offer bestseller lists by member store and provide links to authors who support the IMBA.
The site's interactive bookseller map includes contact and driving information for independent member booksellers in the U.S. and farther north – from Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach, Fl. to Whodunit New & Used Mystery Books & More in Winnipeg, Canada.
The gift guide provides store links to a range of possible presents on the mystery-related side, as well as some intriguing altruistic possibilities. You could help offset the environmental impact of a mystery reading addiction by funding a tree planting for a book lover (10 trees are priced at $10). Or, you might consider matching your book purchases by giving a book to a child in a developing country (5 native language books are priced at $25).
The mystery-themed gifts include “Another Month, Another Mystery” (a mystery mailed each month, targeted by type or style), games and puzzles, signed books, gift baskets and themed mugs, bags, clothing and more.
After browsing a while at mysterybooksellers.com, you could create a gift list that would make Santa proud.
And, while we’re talking gifts, what do you recommend this holiday season for a mystery/crime fiction reader?