There is something about these bookstores that make me wish I could visit them myself. Their eccentric employees, cozy settings, and the descriptions of literature within them make the perfect setting to spend an afternoon.
Bibliomysteries: Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores
If you open your dictionary, you will discover that there is no such word as "bibliomystery." However, most mystery readers know that the word refers to a mystery story that involves the world of books. This is an anthology of specially commissioned stories set in literary venues and includes contributions by such writers as Loren D. Estleman, Anne Perry and Laura Lippman.
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
When Miranda Brooks receives the unexpected news that her uncle Billy has died and left her his bookstore, she discovers he's left her a business teetering on bankruptcy and a final scavenger hunt.
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Despite losing her job as a librarian who liked to put the right book into a patron's hands, Nina continues her mission by moving to rural Scotland, purchasing a van, converting it into a bookmobile, and taking to the road.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers. Owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father's death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia's loyal customers have become like family, and she can't imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself.
Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If someone looks carefully, they might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never, ever show anyone. Into her hiding place, the bookstore where she works, come a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries. Someone has found out about her mysterious past. Will Loveday survive her own heartbreaking secrets?
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend's memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town.
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