Anna Quindlen once said "Those of us who read because we love it more than anything, feel about bookstores the way some people feel about jewelers." I've loved hanging out in bookstores since I was old enough to read, and now that I'm on the creative end of the pipeline, I see bookstores from dual perspectives as a reader and author. Bookstores are as important as ever to both.
Bookstore staff are also among the most supportive of crime fiction, which is why I was thrilled to see that Mystery Loves Company, in the town of Oxford on Maryland's Eastern Shore, included my novel Played to Death in their "New Hardbacks" catalog. I'm in some good company, with titles from Alan Bradley, Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini, Paula Hawkins, George Pelecanos, and many more.
If you happen to find yourself in Oxford, please stop by and check out all the great books at Mystery Loves Company, and buy a few for reading during these cold February nights. And if you'd like to buy or order a copy of Played to Death, I'm sure owner Kathy Harig would be happy to oblige.