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Murder By the Book

It’s one of the nation’s oldest & largest mystery specialty bookstores, and it was established in 1980. They sell new and used books and are so cozy inside, it’s like walking into different world.

There are signed photographs of authors dating back over twenty years. There’s a bust of Sherlock Holmes, and the staff picks are always awesome. If you tell them what types of mysteries you like, they’ll always be able to suggest something new for you to try.

MBB frequently hosts author signings (from debut authors to the celebrity set) and some great author luncheons at The Briar Club. I can honestly say that when I walked into Murder By the Book the first time, it was love at first.

Katy Budget Books

KBB is located in Katy, just outside Houston. The store sells new and used books and was founded in October 1983. They have AWESOME book clubs and signings, as well as a newsletter, a blog, and a presence on FaceBook.

In the spirit of all great independent bookstores, they love readers, authors, and the books that bring them together.

Barnes & Noble

Holcombe & Buffalo Speedway Location
The first bookstore I visited in Houston and home to another of my favorite booksellers. For a while, I attended a writers’ critique group at the store and it’s where I met my best friend.

Westheimer & Voss Location
This is off the beaten path for me, but some of my critique partners were meeting here when I joined them, so I visited often back around 2000. They’ve got one of the longest-standing open (meaning that anyone can drop in) writing critique circles in the city, and I always loved how writer-friendly the store seemed to be when I visited there.