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Suspense seekers visit Village nook

For the past three decades, Murder By the Book has captivated Houston with its author events and gigantic mystery selection.

Located at 2342 Bissonnet St., Murder by the Book stocks more than 25,000 books and sells mystery memorabilia, keepsakes and collectibles, making it the largest store of its kind in the nation.

Because of Murder’s loyal fans and customers, this small business has turned into one of Houston’s literature powerhouses.

Book signings and weekly craft talks set the atmosphere for a mystery enthusiast and have created a unique setting.

Mystery lovers should take advantage of Murder By the Book’s impressive guest list.

At 6:30 p.m. today, New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs will read and sign her new thriller 206 Bones.

As a real-life forensic pathologist, Reichs captures the voice of Temperance ‘Tempe’ Brennan in her 12th Temperance Brennan novel.

This time, Tempe awakens bound and terrified at the opening of the novel. Struggling to find a way to freedom, Tempe slowly pieces together her capture.

After the inestigation of a number of murdered women, a threatening phone call and an anonymous informer, Tempe wonders she is the next to die.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Gerald Elias will read from his latest work, Devil’s Trill.

Elias, associate concert master for the Utah Symphony, drew on his musical expertise in this mystery about a stolen prized violin and the ‘renowned’ blind violin master who must prove his innocence.

Those who stick around for the reading will hear Elias recite the performance of the Devil’s Trill sonata.

Would-be Witch author Kimberly Frost will read and sign her newest novel and sequel Barely Bewitched at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The book follows Tammy Jo Trask, of Duvall, Texas, who unleashes a series of magical mishaps that initially harmless. Tammy Jo soon realizes that she has to take action to save her small town from annihilation.

On Sept. 12, Edgar Award winner David Ellis will drop by to unveil his latest heart-stopper The Hidden Man. The Illinois lawyer packed his novel with suspense, terror and a puzzling plot that is sure to captivate mystery lovers everywhere.

Murder by the Book’s is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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