Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring Reading

By Cathy Pickens

It’s springtime, and a mystery reader’s fancy turns to good books. Okay, no requirement that it be springtime for that to happen. A hard-core reader doesn’t need much of an excuse.

Which leads me to my question: What books have you bought from an independent bookstore lately? We began a focus on independent bookstores in the late fall, following the lead of SinC member Dana Stabenow. Inquiring minds would like to know what you’ve added to your reading list—and where your favorite independent bookstores are!

For my list, I recently had a wonderful visit with the Friends of the Library in Clemson-Central, South Carolina, a real old-home week for me. Tricia Lightweis of Booksmith in Seneca took care of book sales. Her staff members are great friends of local writers and great sources for good reads.

At Park Road Books in Charlotte this week, I bought Murder in Italy (about the Amanda Knox case) by Seattle writer Candace Dempsey and The Brain That Changes Itself, featured on PBS’s The Brain Fitness Program. [Store owner Sally Brewster and I agreed that we needed to know how to be kind to our brains, to make up for past abuses.]

So where have you been? What have you bought? Let us in on some good secrets!


Cathy Pickens, the national president of Sisters in Crime, is the author of the award-winning Southern Fried mystery series featuring South Carolina attorney Avery Andrews. The most recent title in the series is Cant Never Tell.



15 comments:

Deb said...

I'm reading Allan Ansorge's Crossing the Stateline, which I bought at one of my fav indies - Martha Merrell's in downtown Waukesha, WI

This is his second in the series and it's a great read!

Anonymous said...

I'm reading "Inside The Criminal Mind" by Dr. Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D, which is a non-fiction book, but I feel is essential in anyone's library. How can we write about a murderer without having some insight into hers/his perspective. Another good read is also non-fiction, but is paramount to mystery writing. "The Anatomy of Evil" by Dr. Michael H. Stone, MD is also an essential. He's the famous commentator on Discovery ID's series "Most Evil". One can purchase the box set. I ordered the books from Bay Street Books.

Kathleen "Kat" Nichols McLaughlin

Warren Bull said...

I am reading Ngaio March's Overture to Death that I bought at I Love a Mystery a wonderful store in Mission, Kansas

Sheila Connolly said...

My daughter works at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton Highlands, MA, and I'm always asking her to pick up books for me (she even brings home some ARCs). The latest is Julia Spencer-Fleming's latest book, One Was A Soldier, which I've been looking forward to for a long time.

Front Street Book Store in Scituate Harbor is at the other end of the spectrum in size (it's tiny), but has a great selection of books and is very supportive of local SinC writers.

Roberta Isleib said...

I just started "Crescent" by Diana Abu-Jabar, purchased at McIntyre's Books in Fearrington Village, NC. And that's a delightful bookstore, chock full of mysteries and everything else. If you're ever near Chapel Hill, definitely worth a trip.

This weekend I plan a stop at my completely fabulous hometown bookstore, RJ Julia's in Madison CT. I'm looking forward to picking up "The Peculiar Sadness of the Lemon Cake" and Hallie Ephron's new book, "Come and Find Me." In fact Hallie will be there to talk about it on Wednesday...

Shannon said...

I keep staring at a Tattered Cover gift card (Denver) with a yearning to use it next time I'm in the Rockies. Flagstaff's best indie is a used book store, Bookman's and I just finished Asking For Murder.

Shannon said...

Sorry I didn't say, Asking for Murder is by Roberta Isleib.

Fran Stewart said...

My all-time favorite indie bookstore is Cowan's Book Nook in Blue Ridge GA. Last time I was there to do a signing I bought The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping; Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad; a Sudoku book, just for the fun of it; and In the Garden with Billy, by Renea Winchester. And I'm happy to report that my beekeeping efforts are working well so far (after the first five days with 2 hives on my back deck). I hope you'll look at my blog about my beekeeping adventures: http://www.beeskneesbeekeeping.blogspot.com

Leslie Budewitz said...

We were in Spokane last weekend for the Elton John concert (great fun -- he still rocks!) and I over-indulged at Auntie's Books, a lovely indie near the river on the edge of downtown. My current read from that stack is the Best Food Writing of 2010 -- nonfat fun (if that isn't an inherent contradiction!)

Holly Price said...

I bought CRUNCH TIME by Diane Mott Davidson at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis, Tennessee. I also bought a stack of Nancy Drew books for my ten year old niece. But, I read them first! (Now, my guilty secret is out!)After all, I hadn't read any of them and we can't have that!

Holly Price

Msmstry said...

Picked up a copy of TALES FROM A FREE-RANGE CHILDHOOD at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill NC yesterday after the luncheon with Vicki Delany, Elizabeth Duncan and Mary Jane Maffini. We'll be at Mcintyre's in Fearrington Village today at 2:00.

cncbooks said...

As a very-close-to-former indy bookseller (Creatures 'n Crooks in Richmond, VA), I thank you all for supporting the wonderful indies that are still out there ;)

Barbara said...

Empty Ever After by Reed Farrel Coleman and Set the Night on Fire by Libby Fischer Hellmann, bought at the wonderful Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis. It's not for nothing that they are getting an Edgar award this year. A friend from the also wonderful Uncle Edgar's bookstore in Minneapolis will keep the place open while Pat and Gary are in New York (and will keep the store's resident dog, Seamus, company, too.)

Carola said...

I had a very nice signing yesterday at Murder by the Book in Portland. Other favourites: Seattle Mystery, Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, M is for Mystery in San Mateo CA, Book 'Em Mystery in South Pasadena, Mystery Ink in Huntington Beach.

I recently bought 2 Donna Andrews books at Bookwagon in Ashland OR--got home and discovered I already had one of them, so that will be going to our local volunteer library.

Nancy Lauzon said...

There's a tiny indie near my house called The Book Stop, that sells new and used books. I bought the first three copies (lovingly dog-eared) of the Sue Grafton mystery series.