Friday, May 20, 2011

Kay Stewart - Crime Readers Caught Reading Crime... an indie bookstore.

Today we conclude our Poisoned Pen love fest with a devotedly regular reader here at Jen's Book Thoughts. Kay Stewart, blogger at My Random Acts of Reading, not only visits regularly, she also stops to chat regularly. So, I am over the moon that Cathy Cole from Kittling Books caught Kay reading for this project! Here's what Kay had to say about Poisoned Pen and her choice of books:

I'm sitting in one of my favorite places in the world - The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ. Unfortunately, the only time I can have this pleasure is when my husband and I are on vacation, as we live in Austin, TX. Is it crazy to say that I plan some of my vacations around author events and mystery shopping? On this visit, I'm dipping into Donis Casey's latest Alafair Tucker book, Crying Blood. If you haven't read this historical mystery series, set in early 20th century Oklahoma, pick up the first one soon. It has a great title, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming. Crying Blood is very special because we get to know more about Alafair's husband, Shaw Tucker, and his background including an unsolved mystery. And, if you haven't visited the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, get thee to AZ quickly and see what you've been missing. Barbara Peters and her staff have a wonderful setting in which to display the vast amount of mysteries they carry. Specializing in great author events, hard to find British mysteries, and signed first editions, a person could spend hours just scanning the shelves for treasures. Another treat on this trip, meeting and visiting with Cathy from Kittling: Books. Cathy graciously took my picture and I thank her for that. We both had a successful treasure hunt in the Poisoned Pen and we had the bulging book bags to prove it!

Well Kay, when I went to New York City last month, we visited three different bookstores and when I was in Houston in February I finally got to visit Murder by the Book, so I wouldn't say you're crazy to plan your vacations that way.  I'm hoping that one day soon I'll be in Arizona visiting Lesa Holstine and we can visit Poisoned Pen together. Very glad you got to experience this bookstore trip with Cathy. Thanks for sharing the fun!

Next week I'll be in New York for BEA. I plan to still have readers caught reading while I'm out of town, so be sure to check back!

Happy Reading!


Kay May 20, 2011 at 6:41 AM  

I look a little serious here instead of giddy with excitement. Wonder if that's how I always look when I'm mystery reading? LOL

Thanks, Jen, for letting me be "caught"!

Lesa May 20, 2011 at 7:13 AM  

So good to see Kay at the PP & we enjoyed our time together in Arizona. Jen, I hope you're out here soon, too. That would be so much fun! Too bad I had to work the day Kay met Cathy. As close as we are, we've never met. Evidently, we don't read the same authors, since we've never ended up at the PP at the same time.

bermudaonion May 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

It was fun seeing Kay on here! I feel like I HAVE to go to the Poisoned Pen!

rhapsodyinbooks May 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

Good to see you virtually even if I couldn't make it up there for real. Next time for sure!

Cathy May 20, 2011 at 2:25 PM  

Perhaps one of these years I'll be the official Crime Readers Caught Reading Crime photographer as everyone heads to the Poisoned Pen! It was so much fun meeting Kay that I intend to do it many more times.

Staci May 20, 2011 at 9:17 PM  

That is a very cool post!!! And it was fun to actually see you!!

jenclair May 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM  

:) Great little series of posts! Enjoyed seeing Kay!

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