BEST MYSTERY BOOKSTORE - 2010
Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore
Named for the first grandmaster of mystery, Uncle Edgar's, like its adjacent sister store, Uncle Hugo's, looks like it's been recently hit by a tornado. Used paperbacks and hardcovers are crammed into bookcases and spread in piles on the floor. It doesn't take long to see the order in this chaos. In fact, here is a veritable clearinghouse of the mystery genre, staffed, like all great bookstores, with folks who know what they're talking about. It's the kind of place where customers don't just want to be shown to a book, they expect to be persuaded on what to buy. Readers aren't the only ones who love Edgar's, either. Authors often come in to do signings, comfortable knowing that the folks passing by aren't looking for the cooking section—they have a deep interest in what the authors write.