by Jessica Allen, 02/06/2013
The Mysterious Bookshop. Photo: Rob W. Hart
"Nobody shoplifts from a store that knows 3,214 ways to murder someone," reads a sign along the wall at The Mysterious Bookshop. Billing itself as one of the oldest mystery bookstores in the United States, it specializes in detective, crime, espionage and mystery novels. First editions, hardcovers, paperbacks, used books, rare titles and collectibles fill the floor-to-ceiling stacks. There's also an excellent selection of Sherlockiana. Unsure what kind of work of nonfiction or novel you're in the market for? Have a chat with the incredibly friendly staff, expert solvers of such dilemmas. Down the street, the Fountain Pen Hospital supplies cures—including cleaning, ink refills and parts replacement—for all that ails writing instruments. The staff has a combined total of 150 years of pen-related experience. Founded by a father and son in 1946, the store is still a family-run business, repairing and selling all kinds of recently made and vintage, high-end and everyday pens.