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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:



Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.


Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.


Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.


Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Bookstores Worth the Trip – First in a Series

by Shari Randall

When friends visit my corner of Connecticut, I take them to see my favorite sights – the lighthouses, historic buildings, and unique shops and restaurants that make this a fun place to live. We’re also lucky in this small corner of the world to have some great independent bookstores.

One of my favorites is, well, a bit quirky.

The Book Barn in Niantic, CT has been delighting booklovers since April 1988, with a hiatus in 1990 when a fire nearly destroyed the building. The store recovered and has been going strong, so strong it has outgrown its original home and now has two outposts, Downtown (Audio to UFOs, Manga, Parenting, Children’s, Comics) and Store Four (Everything from Astronomy to Writing, with Mystery, Thriller, and True Crime), and over 500,000 books.

And yes, "Store Four" wasn't a typo. The store grew to four separate buildings, but my favorite outpost, a small third storefront that was devoted to mostly mysteries, was folded into Store Four, so mystery lovers should head there first. I never left that collection without a find – a paperback The Elusive Mrs.Pollifax and the short story collection The Cat Who Had Fourteen Tales by Lillian Jackson Braun. Each only $1!

Along with knowledgeable booksellers, several bookstore cats, and free coffee, the main Book Barn also has goats you can pet and feed. I kid you not! Sorry! There’s something about the sense of humor at the Book Barn that is infectious. The signage alone is worth the trip.


The main barn is so busy it even has a parking lot attendant to direct traffic. When you leave your car, you pass a table where staffers will evaluate and perhaps buy your books. “Ellis Island” is the first stop where stalls of shelves hold new arrivals. Everywhere are fun touches – a Hobbit door, a playground, benches, an oversized chess set.


You can visit The Underworld, aka Hades, (see photo above), pass through two graveyards full of Halloween decorations to a building called The Haunted for mystery and horror books, through to The Annex for poetry and essays, to the last outbuilding, the Last Page, for nonfiction.

Then the Main building awaits – three levels of well-organized book nirvana.

Kids’ books? Yes.
Teen books? Yes
Military history? Art? Arthurian Legends? Psychology? Women’s Studies? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And more!

Is the Book Barn worth the trip? You bet.

The Book Barn, 41 West Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
Downtown, 269 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
Store Four, 55 West Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357

What’s your favorite bookstore?

12 comments:

Grace Topping said...

Sounds just like my kind of place. I remember going into Bar Harbor, Maine. The thing I enjoyed the most was the library there. It looked like the library right out of the movie "Music Man." They were having their annual book sale. That's what i think of when I think of Bar Harbor.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I wish I had known about these stores during my CC years. Great write-up.

Susan said...

Love the pictures, Shari. What a unique bookstore! Good to know all the mysteries are part of the Underworld...

Annette said...

This sounds like such a fun place! Thanks for the introduction. I hope to make it there someday.

My favorite bookstore is Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont PA (near Pittsburgh). They've hosted all of my book launch parties.

Shari Randall said...

Grace, I went to Bar Harbor years ago but didn't see the library - now I want to go back!

Shari Randall said...

Hi Margaret, you just have to check it out when you come for reunions!

Shari Randall said...

Hi Susan, mysteries are perfect for the underworld....

Hi Annette, I've heard a lot of people talk about Mystery Lovers Bookshop - it is on my bucket list for sure. How lucky you are to have a local mystery bookstore!

Jim Jackson said...

Alas, there are no bookstores near to me in the U.P.

Shari Randall said...

Sorry about that, Jim. I guess you have to stock up on books before you settle in.

KM Rockwood said...

My two favorites are the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop, in (where else?) Mechanicsburg, PA, and Mystery Loves Company in Oxford, MD. I can get to the Mechanicsburg store easily. The trip to Mystery Loves Company, on Maryland's eastern shore, is an adventure, but well worth while. Oxford is a great place to visit.

Shari Randall said...

KM, these are now on my bucket list! How wonderful that there are mystery only bookstores!

Gloria Alden said...

I wish I lived close enough to go to that bookstore. However, I do have one that isn't too far away to go to. Sometimes I think I'd like to start a bookstore. I certainly have enough books to do so except I don't want to leave my home and critters and I don't have the space to build a book store, either.