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Sisters Solve Mysteries

Sisters in Crime held a "Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day" event on Saturday, April 21, 2012 to thank librarians and booksellers for 25 years of support of the mystery genre - and to see how the book world looks from the perspective of people who match readers to books. Here are some images of the people and places involved.


Sisters Solve Mysteries

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Sisters in Crime, now 25 years old, is an international organization founded in 1986 to promote the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction. Today, SinC is made up of more than 3,000 members in 48 chapters worldwide — authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, and others who love mysteries. Frankie Bailey is currently its president.

Bernadette Pajer and Jeanne Matthews at Uppercase Bookshop in Snohomish, WA. Bernadette reports, "we shelved books to help prepare for the store's grand reopening!"

Elaine Gaber, Library Director of Sadie Pope Dowdell Library of South Amboy, created a wall display for SinC and author Chelle Martin to promote the event.

Chelle Martin helped out with all kinds of tasks, even cleaning.

Karen Pullen reported "I've been shelving, talking to people in the mystery book room, and handing out bookmarks. Even met a mystery writer who's coming to our next SinC meeting! — at McIntyre's Books."

Sisters shadowed librarians and booksellers all over the map.

Barbara Fister found a corner of heaven at Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis. She writes "it was so busy all day on Saturday, I don't know when Pat and Gary get any work done. Also, I wonder where they buy their shoes. My feet were sore at the end of the day!"

Some of the customers at Once Upon a Crime are really cute.

There's a lot of work to do behind the scenes at a library.

Gail Baugniet shares some pictures from The Makiki Community Library in Honolulu at her blog: gail-baugniet.blo....

Tina Whittle writes "Many thanks to Eric at The Golden Bough for hosting me at our Booksellers Solves Mysteries Event in Macon, Georgia. I had a great time (and I left carrying a big stack of excellent new reading material)."

Chelle Martin writes "Barbara Bringman, Jessica Festini, and Marilyn Cipollari, librarians at Sadie Pope Dowdell Library of South Amboy, NJ pose in front of the SinC tee shirt on display for the celebration. Doesn't Marilyn look great wearing her event shirt? I later found out it was Barbara's birthday today. I had purchased a Box o' Joe and munchkins at Dunkin' Donuts to thank the ladies for having me as a guest today. Had I known, I would have brought a cake. Happy birthday, Barbara!"

Kaitlyn Dunnett writes "My sister-in-law is library director at Treat Memorial Library in Livermore Falls, Maine . . . Like most small Maine libraries, this one has a small staff and limited hours. There’s always something that needs doing."

Susan Froetschel is "exploring the shelves at the Takoma DC Neighborhood Library! It's a small, cozy place but the staff can order books in from anywhere in Washington, DC. And when the library does not have materials, the librarians consider requests from their patrons." She also tackled the "mystery of missing items: Asked to hunt down 11 books, CDs and DVDs for other branches. Found 9 of the 11."

Robin Murphy reports from the Sharpsburg MD library "It may not be the largest library, but it's packed with everything you would need! Great conversations always take place at a library."

Susan Van Kirk reports "Lots of mysteries to solve: 1.How do you check books out and in? 2. What is in all the nooks and crannies of the library? 3. How do you download digital books? 4. Where the heck is the wooden doorstop? 5. Why isn't there a scannable barcode on this book? 6. Why won't this wand read these barcodes? 7. How do I call patrons to tell them a book is being held for them? 8. Can you recommend some historical fiction novels? and, seriously I could keep typing forever."

Molly MacRae reports "Thanks to Sisters in Crime for sponsoring the great "Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day" event. I spent the day at Jane Addams Book Shop - shelving books, tracing a few missing books, hanging out in the mystery room pretending to get my writing done for the day, wearing a cool Sisters in Crime t-shirt . . . all in all, a good time!"

This message, found at Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis, is a golden rule for readers.

Nice to have one of the owners of Once Upon a Crime (Minneapolis) greet customers at the door. Shamus is a 4-year-old rescue dog who find lots of places to snooze around the shop.

It's not just the cold and damp clime of the English midlands that is keeping Nara Blake awake at night. Her father is dying at her aunt's bed and breakfast at the historic Gate House in Lincolnshire--and the man she hoped to marry is suddenly avoiding her. An attempted break-in during the middle of the night and a mysterious key lead Nara on a dangerous quest to unlock the many secrets of the seemingly quaint old Gate House: hidden rooms and stairways that aren't on the blueprints...

Kathleen Heady lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania, but grew up on a farm in Illinois. In between she lived in Chicago, Maryland, Colorado and Costa Rica.

Lee Kelly will be volunteering at the Barnes & Nobel store in Marietta, Georgia.

So close to her relaxing Atlanta weekend that she could almost taste it, beautiful, tough Detective Lacy Fuller and her partner Chet Avery were suddenly assigned to a high-profile yet seemingly open-and-shut homicide case. With the help of Dr. Sharon West and FBI Agent Margie Olsen, Detective Fuller uncovers a far greater evil than anyone dared imagine.

Lee Kelly has worked in the medical and pharmaceutical industry for more than twenty years. Originally from Alabama, she currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her four cats and dog.

Serving Washington County, Maryland, and the Cumberland Valley since 1898, the Washington County Free Library System founded America's first bookmobile and is the second oldest county-wide library system in the United States. Robin Murphy is volunteering at the Sharpsburg branch.