RARA-AVIS: Re: Sad news for Londoners

From: Richard Moore (moorich@aol.com)
Date: 19 Jan 2009

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    Catching up on posts for the last few days, I was sad to learn about Murder One closing. When I lived in Brussels, I often visited London on business and for pleasure and always tried to get by Murder One. It introduced me to many writers and I'm sorry to see it go.

    Specialty bookstores are having a tough time as are all independents.
     I used to visit the mystery store near DuPont Circle in Washington, DC all the time as well as The Moonstone, which had some crime fiction but leaned more toward science fiction. Now both are gone and Washington is a city of readers. Baltimore's mystery bookstore is hanging in there but I don't get to the city often enough to visit. I do get by The Mystery Store in an Indianapolis suburb when I'm visiting my daughter there. They steadily work their regular customer list via the Internet and also seem to do a brisk mail order business.

    Richard Moore

    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "ssshapir" <ssshapir@...> wrote:
    > Murder One the iconic Charing Cross Road bookstore run by Maxim
    > Jakubowski is to close at the end of January.
    > See here for more info:
    > http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/jan/08/murder-one-
    > closing-crime
    > Sean Shapiro

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