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February 04, 2010



Amen to that! I've watched women's bookstores close one after another, and now mystery-oriented bookstores. Living in Indianapolis, The Mystery Company was a meeting place for writers and at the party on Saturday, we looked at one another and asked where will we meet to exchange news and views? With publishing in so much tumolt, e-mail just doesn't do it.

The thing that really bothers me is where do we browse the independent publishers? What happens to their outlets? To their readers?

J. Mark Bertrand

Sad news ... I envy people with a local mystery bookstore, I really do. One of the hard parts about leaving Houston, my adopted hometown, was saying goodbye to Murder by the Book, one of those stores that doesn't just sell you books but nurtures your tastes.

Kevin Burton Smith

Ohhhh noooo.


I live 3000 miles away now, but every time I did make it back to Montreal, I'd try to detour through Ottawa and buy something there. Sure, Ottawa has the Parliament Buildings and the National Gallery and the market and all that, but mostly, for me, it had PRIME CRIME.

Partly it was simple sentimentality. PRIME CRIME was the first mystery bookstore I ever went to, way back before Mary Jane and Linda owned it. But it was more than that. It was just a great store.

I forget the original owner's name, but he helped me along the way with my P.I. obsession, turning me on to Peter Corris and Loren Estleman. And I remember he had a photocopy of Benny Cooperman's P.I. license from the province of Ontario on the wall. Sheesh. How Canadian is that?

And one of my all-time favourite mystery-related evenings was going out to supper with Linda and Mary Jane and Kerry Schooley and several other mystery writers when we were doing a signing for ICED.

PRIME CRIME was a small store, a funky little don't-blink-you'll-miss-it sandwiched between a pretty good pub and a barber shop. It was tiny compared to some of the elephantine mystery stores I've run into since, but it had a whopping big amount of heart and soul. They probably loved mysteries and crime fiction even more than their customers.

It will be missed.


Anytime a local independant bookstore closes I shed a little tear. For SF, last year it was Stacy's. I try to shop local as much as possible but it is hard because they just can't seem to compete!

Ryan Hunter

I hate to hear about independent bookstores shutting down. We have one here that I stop into regularly and I'd be sad should it ever shut its doors. It's the sense of community, of being friends with the owner (who's always there) that sets these bookstores apart.

Ayo Onatade

I am so sorry to hear this because Prime Crime was always my first port of call when I was in Ottawa visiting my grandmother. It is always disappointing when independent bookshops close!

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