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.
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
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
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.
Christmas on the Creek approaches. This weekend Dec 4-6 Oxford puts on its holiday garb and welcomes in the holiday season. Our specialday at Mystery Loves Company Booksellers in Oxford is December 5th.
Sunday, Dec 5, 2009 (OXFORD) Christmas on the Creek old-fashioned Christmas celebration includes an author signing at Mystery Loves Company with Bill Shepard author of THE SALADIN AFFAIR, and J.M.E. Flowers, the Columbia MD author of SEARCHING FOR BLUE MERCURY.
As you know, if you are not an ostrich, there is a price war going on for best-selling books.
John Grisham was on the Today Show and his interview with Matt Lauer is an interesting take on The War.
Coming up is a fun event at the store in Oxford.
Do you believe in Ghosts?? Do you have one in your house? Have you ever seen one? Well come to our store on Sunday, October 11 from 12-2pm, when author Michael Varhola will talk about and sign his new book Ghosthunting Maryland.
We'll have cider and donuts.
Other authors writing about ghosts have said they'd show up, so come along and talk ghosts with Michael and share your stories
That's Sunday October 10 at noon at 202 S. Morris St. in Oxford MD.
I am just back from a one day trip to my old stomping ground, Baltimore, to attend the NAIBA meeting. The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, to those of you who might not know.
Any way they gave two awards to two worthy authors.
Paul Auster received the NAIBA 2009 Legacy Award for Invisible . In a speech Paul praised independents and gave us pause when he noted all the bookstores that had closed.
Don't miss renowned Yale heart surgeon Dr. John Elefteriades signing his new thriller TRANPLANT at our store on Saturday Sept 26 from 1-3pm. Read a blog and interview with Dr. John about his book with Julie Compton on the thriller writers page