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Seeing Double and The Bletchley Circle

I am a compulsive book buyer. I am also a compulsive book carrier. I don’t even want to hazard a guess as to how many times my mother said to me when I was younger, “leave your book at home. You’re supposed to be talking to people.” This need to have a book on hand is probably the reason you’ll rarely catch me carrying a small purse–it at least has to fit a book or my Kindle. Actually, make that a book AND my Kindle. I like to carry both. 😉

Lately, however, my book buying habit has moved to a whole new level. My “to read” pile has gotten so large that I’ve bought duplicate copies of certain books. One of my recent purchases at Mysterious Galaxy was Scones and Bones, the twelfth installment in Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mysteries. When I looked in my gym bag a few days later, guess what I found? Another copy of Scones and Bones, which I obviously put in there as an “emergency” book. I need to organize my shelves ASAP…or yesterday.

Here are a few of my duplicate purchases:
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You see the problem.

In other news…how awesome was The Bletchley Circle? So awesome that I am seriously considering buying the DVD so I don’t have to wait to see the remaining two episodes. I have a few things I need to get off my desk, but I will be back with an honest-to-goodness post on the first episode by the end of the week.

In case you missed it (or if you just want to watch it again like me), the episode is available online until April 28th.

Hope your week is off to a good start! If you did watch The Bletchley Circle, I’d love to hear what you thought.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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On the Road…to The Mysterious Bookshop!

I recently traveled to the NY/NJ area to visit family and paid my first (but definitely not my last) visit to The Mysterious Bookshop, one of the oldest mystery bookstores in the country.

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It was perfect, down to the comfy couch in the middle of the room. The staff may still be wiping my drool off the place. 😉 Sadly, The Mysterious Bookshop is one of the last (if not the last) mystery bookstore in Manhattan. Murder Ink, Partners in Crime, and the Black Orchid Bookshop have all closed their doors.

I did find a first edition of Ellery Queen’s Queen’s Bureau of Investigation that was within my not-yet-unlimited book budget:

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I also found two other Ellery Queen novels:

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I have not read any of these books so I am VERY excited to get started! I actually got hooked on Ellery Queen via the 1970s TV series that I found while channel surfing years ago (I’m thinking A&E, but don’t quote me on that). The show was created by Richard Levinson and William Link, who also created Murder, She Wrote and Columbo (only two of my favorite shows EVER). Jim Hutton (that’s Timothy Hutton’s dad, in case it ever comes up at cocktail parties or during a game of Trivial Pursuit) was exactly how I’d imagined Ellery to be. More fun (to me, and hopefully to you) trivia: David Wayne, who played Inspector Richard Queen, also appeared in the Murder, She Wrote episode, “Murder Takes the Bus.” Now, aren’t you glad you stopped by? 😉

Of course, as a cozy fan, I couldn’t pass this up: 🙂

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What are you reading nowadays? I’m always on the lookout for new authors/books and would love to hear from you. If you want to just geek out with me, I’d love to hear from you too!

P.S. If you do get invited to cocktail parties where Murder, She Wrote, Ellery Queen, and similar trivia come up on a regular basis, please let me know. You are clearly my long-lost friend.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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