MYSTERY BOOKSTORE

Austin, TX Specialty Bookstore

Writing Workshops

Learn to write the novel of your dreams. Regular weekly workshops.

Creative Brainstorming

Seeking the creative outlet to discuss your favorite mystery novels? Join a weekly brainstorming discussion.

Digital & Print

Looking for digital access or hardcopies? We can help you find both.

Rare Books

Trying to find a rare copy of a specialty original print? Cozy up next to our roaring fireplace (we recently had the old chimney restored, swept, & cleaned by Chimney Clean Austin) and listen to the sound of crackling logs as you read.s

About US

Local Austin TX - 100%

60% Complete

Mystery Novels - 50%

60% Complete

Science Fiction - 25%

60% Complete

Western - 25%

60% Complete

Mystery Bookstore is that local gem of a bookstore that you just know and love. It's a special place where you know the other patrons as well as the staff. It's that place that provokes idea and conversation. It's, well, a lot like home. And a lot like school, and a lot like all of these special places combined into one beautiful bookstore.

We recently opened up our doors for business after moving from our previous South Austin location. A huge thank you to Apple Moving for their support during our difficult relocation. Please come visit us at our new location for coffee, conversation, and great reads!

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Book of the Month Club

January 2016: Catching the Great Ride - Norm Tidwell

This month's book of the month "Catching the Great Ride" - By Norm Tidwell. It is a special edition from our 80's goodie bag of great old reads. It will contrast nicely to the Norwegian crime novel we featured last month. Catching the Great Ride is a non-fiction account of a man who moved across the country in search of love. After packing up his entire life into a few measly boxes, he contacted long distance moving companies and embarked on a move all the way from a small town in Kansas to New York City. A man is faced with overwhelming grief from leaving friends and family behind and is destined to move to a new town and make it on his own. Against the odds, this man moved across the country on his own and battled internal and external struggles along the way.

June 2016: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

Our June book of the month comes at the perfect time, as people start contemplating the dreaded summer moving season. In this self-help book of sorts, professional organizer, Marie Kondo, guides readers through the process of decluttering their homes, and in the process, their minds and souls too. Before you know it, you'll be shedding the weight of all those excess boxes of ill-fitting clothes and worn out momentos you've been toting around for the last 10 years. Less clutter means less to move if you find yourself relocating this summer. Find out why moving companies nationwide are shuddering at the mere mention of this New York Times Best Seller!

August 2016: All About the Big Apple

There’s a reason New York City consistently makes the list for top travel destinations: it has a world class food scene, entertainment at every turn, and loads of culture. Romanticized in a number of films and novels, the City That Never Sleeps has something for every traveler. Summer might be winding down, but there are still enough weekends left to book some last minute travel to this iconic destination, or at least read our August Book(s) of the Month, which are themed around, yes you guessed it, The Big Apple:

  • The Catcher in the Rye: A required reading in many high school English classes, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, centers on a young character named Holden Caulfield. A teenager from an upper class background, Holden is raised in Manhattan, but sent away to boarding school by distant, unfeeling parents. He finds himself constantly in trouble, a symptom of a broken heart that remains unhealed after the loss of his beloved younger brother and emotional abandonment by his parents. In the novel, Holden spends a long weekend touring around New York City alone, visiting a number of sites that are still popular among contemporary travelers. Though this novel speaks a bigger message about the human condition, it’s also a fun read purely for the descriptions of famous New York landmarks.
  • The Great Gatsby: This classic novel centers around a young man named Nick, who moves to New York City to pursue a career in the bond business. Nick thinks he’s moving to a place of great opportunity, but after falling in with dishonest and money-hungry crowd which centers around the larger-than-life Gatsby, he comes away disillusioned to the idea of the American dream. Cheap Movers NYC, one of the best NYC companies for relocation services, named The Great Gatsby a must-read for anyone moving to NYC.
  • Humans of New York: Stories: Photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project in 2010, to start taking photographs of as many New York City residents as possible. What began as a modest blog showing portraits of everyday New Yorkers, became a huge success, eventually morphing into a full-fledged, best-selling book. The Humans of New York: Stories, offers a fascinating look at the many colorful faces and stories of New Yorkers that Stanton has encountered over the years. Business Insider named this book as one of its top 9 picks you should read before moving to New York. We think you’ll like it even if you aren’t planning to call Manhattan home.

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