Monday, December 28, 2009

Best of 2009

Dear readers,
Here are our recommendations for the best of 2009

1. BRUTAL TELLING, by Louise Penny
2. BRYANT AND MAY ON THE LOOSE, by Christopher Fowler
3. LANGUAGE OF BEES, Laurie King
4. THE FIRE, Katherine Neville
5. SWAN FOR THE MONEY, Donna Andrews

Look for our revamped new and improved web site in 2010.

Hope you have a very Happy New Year.

Happy Reading,

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sherlock, Watson, Alice and Snow

Dear ones.
A poem for the season by Toni Kelner:

Sherlock and Dr. Watson by Toni Kelner
(To the tune of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer")
You know Sam Spade and Kinsey
And Archie and Nero
VI Warshawski,
And old Hercule Poirot.
But do you recall
The most famous detectives of all?
Sherlock and Dr. Watson
Rode around in hansom cabs
Looking for thefts and murders
Sherlock even had a lab
All of the London coppers
Used to laugh and call them names
They never let our sleuths
Solve a crime along the Thames
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Lestrade came to say
"Sherlock, with your keen insight
Won't you solve a case tonight?"
Then all the coppers loved them
And they shouted out with glee
Sherlock and Dr. Watson
You'll go down in mystery!

Former Bengal player McInally sold a copy of Alice in Wonderland inscribed to the real Alice, Alice Liddell by Lewis Carroll for $125.00. You can read about it here.

Also I hope some of you saw the new version of "Alice" on the Sci Fi cable network last week. As an Alice lover, I really liked it.

Finally, if you are trying to reach us and can't over the weekend Dec 19-20th., we are probably snowed under. Please leave a message and if the phone gods are with us I'll get it or email me at mysterylovescompany at
You can also place an order online at
This independent bookstore appreciates your support.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas,

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Dear ones,

I thought you'd get some inspiration when making that list from what we have been selling in Oxford these days.

At number 5 IS EAT THIS NOT THAT : Restaurant Guide, my favorite pick for giving this year. This handsome book is a guide to healthful eating wherever you dine.

In at number 4 is BRYANT AND MAY ON THE LOOSE from that clever British author Christopher Fowler. The Peculiar Crimes Squad is no more, but eccentric and elderly Scotland Yard detectives Bryant and May don't know when to quit. You'll be charmed and very amused.

The number 3 book this week in Oxford is THE LINEUP essays by all your favorite mystery authors about their main characters.

THE MAN IN THE WOODEN HAT by Jane Gardem is our number 2 book this week. Love, childhood, home and exile in England's colonial past.

Finally at the top at number 1 is Easton's own Bill Shepard with THE SALADIN AFFAIR . Diplomat Robbie Cutler goes to Europe on his fourth adventure where he must defend the Secretary of State from terrorists and finds a fascinating antique desk with a secret document inside. We have signed copies.

Think of us as your own personal shopper this holiday season. We can advise you on that perfect gift for any age and order any in print book for you. Call us at 800-538-0042 to start making your life simpler. And don't forget our themed mystery book gift baskets starting at $25.00.

See our web site for more ideas.

Hope you holidays are merry and bright.

Kathy, Tom, Sammi, Nick and Nora.