The Mysterious Bookshop

So, for all you mystery lovers out there, check out The Mysterious Bookshop, the “world’s oldest and greatest mystery fiction specialty store”, according to its website. It was opened in 1979 by Otto Penzler, and is located at 58 Warren St. in Tribeca (NYC). It stocks many signed editions by famous mystery writers, and hosts several in-store monthly events. Or you can check it out here as well, which is where I stumbled across it…


V.I. Warshawski, former public defender turned private investigator, is on the job again. This time her help is unsolicited: Vi’s dogs lead her to a young girl badly dehydrated, in a cave of rocks on a bank near a Chicago lake. Jane Doe is taken to a hospital and later escapes when threatened by a henchman for a shady Chicago developer. Vi tracks the girl to an old tender house near a bridge, and learns her story: her uncle has sent her grandmother, whom she lived with, to a memory care unit in a nursing home in order to sell the grandmother’s house to developers for millions. Vi has to outwit an abusive corrupt cop, and his brutal killer friend in order to rescue the young girl Julia’s grandmother, and make their world safe again. Sara Paretsky is an stellar mystery author, and is only one of four living writers to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. I highly recommend her novels.

Hudson Valley Summer Arts Pass

If you are looking to experience film, theater, art and music this summer then check out the Hudson Valley Summer Arts Pass. Four venues are included in the summer pass allowing access to these venues: 1) The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts 2) Jacob Burns Film Center 3) Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and 4) Historic Hudson Valley landmark sites. Once you purchase a pass by June 20th, you can select tickets for shows at the four venues for $148 (a $320+ value).

Think of Me

1942, Alexandria, Egypt: Yvette and James meet on the eve of her sister Celia’s wedding, at a piano recital. It is during WWII, with German bombs falling and English pilots being shot down in their British Hurricane planes. At war’s end, James, a pilot, becomes a minister and the married couple moves to England. The author frequently jumps around in time: from 1942 to present day 1974, with James and his son Tom finding Yvette’s journals and discovering some startling truths. A neighbor and good friend of Yvette when she was younger is now in a nursing home, unable to say any word besides “yes”. Frances Liardet writes a moving story about love, family, friendship, grief and secrets. I did enjoy it, but thought it moved a bit slowly at times.

DEI Book choices for children

Here We is a web site cultivating lists of books related to DEI: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The annual list ranges from pre-toddlers to teens. An extensive offering with summaries, Here We Read is a good place to begin exploring this wide field of subjects covering biographies, fiction and non-fiction. The web site also has podcasts interviewing authors such as Kwame Alexander in “I’m Not a Fan of Diverse Books, I’m a fan of Diverse Thinking People. A Conversation with Kwame Alexander.”