Ordering Independents

To order books from independents (mystery specialists or otherwise) you can either phone them up, or go to their web site. To order from three of my favorites, drop them an email:

Seattle Mystery Books, as I posted yesterday:

My local guy in Watsonville, who is great if you want me to inscribe, or just sign, a book for you before he ships it:

And one of the biggest, best, most knowledgeable, and nicest mystery booksellers around, in Scottsdale:

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  1. WDI on April 8, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Another good independent bookstore, if you’re on the East Coast (part of environmental awareness for me is trying to keep shipping distances to a minimum), is Mystery Lover’s Bookstore (http://www.mysterylovers.com/). Their website is a great place to get book tips and their customer service is out of this world.

    One of my favorite parts about traveling is finding local independent bookstores. I only wish we had one in my neck of the woods.

  2. delia on April 8, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Well, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times (really) this is the funnest (great word!) blog site in the world, and so responsive to it’s constituents! Thanks, Laurie. Mil gracias!

  3. Carlina on April 8, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    I love this blog!

    I know where I am getting my next Laurie King book from..signed and all! Does your pal in Watsonville have a website?

    Have a great holiday and best wishes to you and your family!

  4. Anonymous on April 9, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Hey, Carlina–

    A link to Crossroads Books in Watsonville, CA, at (831) 728-4139 can be found at the foot of Laurie’s homepage! 🙂

    (I couldn’t get my blog account to work today)

  5. Carlina on April 9, 2007 at 7:20 pm


    Thank you so much!! *runs over to Laurie’s website*

  6. Anonymous on April 9, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Jan, who is one of the owners of Crossroads Books, is an extremely nice person and very patient with LRK fans who burble mad praise(such as yrs truly). I also must give a pitch for my hometown team, Vroman’s in Pasadena: a truly great store and over 100 years in action. They put up BIG posters & host talks and signings for Laurie’s books.–Meredith T.

  7. Anonymous on April 9, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Now here I go feeling treacherous. With so many of my local indie’s out of business I noticed my habits take me to Amazon.com (and I’m addicted!)I loved the indie’s but I find them to take quite a while to order some of the older titles I look for. Amazon has it to me in days. So, there you have it, confessions of a one time indie buyer now turned. gin

  8. Anonymous on April 9, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Powell’s Books in Portland is a good independent source for books, including those out of print. The website is http://www.powellboks.com, or else it’s http://www.powellsbooks.com. Sorry to be a bit spacy.

    If you order by phone from them, the person taking the call doesn’t have a script. When I called the first time, he waited patiently after I said I would like to order a book, and finally said “Would you like to give me the title?” I, of course, was waiting for him to read something from his script.

  9. Carlina on April 12, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Random question directed at bloggers…has anyone gotten this month’s newsletter? I signed up to get it back in January and have not received one yet…just curious…Perhaps I should send the person in charge an email? Thanks for your time!

  10. woodstock on April 15, 2007 at 1:54 am

    I will second the recommendation for Powells’ in Portland, OR also will mention TatteredCover in Denver, CO. http://www.tatteredcover.com

    Both have very nice websites, with user friendly search engines and are flexible on terms of payment.

    And thanks to previous comments mentioning the indie stores. I’ll certainly keep all of them in mind.

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