Blue-skies, red-hot personal shopping advisors, well-curated stock, and blood on the floor!
Sometimes an author gets lucky! This lucky girl got invited to do a meet-and-greet at Seattle Mystery Bookshop on October 5, 2013 to promote The Devil's Interval, and it was delightful. There are good bookstores, so-so-bookstores and then there are places like Seattle Mystery Bookshop which do things just right.
What "things" do they do? Many, but here's my Top Four:
1. Arrange for the Emerald City to clear up the rain and gin up perfectly blue skies on a Saturday. As we all suspected, God (however you envision him or her) is a bookseller. Thanks for the blue skies and Divine Weather.
2. I'd heard that the folks at Seattle Mystery Bookshop are personal advisors -- maybe on all topics, from how to de-skunk your dog to how to keep souffles from falling, but here's the terrific advice they gave me on one very relevant topic: I told 'em some of my favorite writers and books and within just a few minutes they'd assembled an irresistible stack of titles to reflect my taste and introduce me to new writers as well.
3. We picky readers browse through shelves quickly -- trying to limit profligacy by going -- no, no, nope, not that one. That is IMPOSSIBLE to do at Seattle Mystery Bookshop. The collection is so well-curated, that instead I found myself going -- yes, yes, yes -- sounding exactly like Molly Bloom. Bad for the pocketbook, excellent for the home library.
4. It's a mystery bookstore! Of course there should be blood on the floor. And there is -- although it seems miraculously to have been preserved so that it stays red rather than turning that unfortunate rust color.
Thank you, Seattle Mystery Bookshop for inviting me. And just in case you're interested in mysteries set in San Francisco, that take you from high-society San Francisco to Death Row, with lots of jazz in-between, stop by Seattle Mystery Bookshop to pick up a copy of The Devil's Interval. I signed stock while I was there, and since the book is going into its second printing this month, Seattle Mystery Bookshop will have some of the last of the first editions. So, heads-up collectors! As for the book -- well, it's got to be good, it's included in the Seattle Mystery Bookshop shelves. more info on my author website: www.lindaleepeterson.com