BOOK’em Mysteries to Close April 30

Farewell Signing April 6 Features Three Authors

BOOK’em Mysteries, the last mystery and crime bookstore in greater Los Angeles, will close on April 30.

Owners Mary Riley and Barry Martin are retiring after 24 years at the South Pasadena location.

Riley and Martin say they have enjoyed the loyal support of their customers, who have made the past 24 years special.

The pair said that many have become friends over they years and they cherish their contribution to the longevity of the store in a rapidly evolving book market.

Longtime volunteer Jean Utley, according to Riley and Martin, has contributed to the store’s longevity, monitoring the reading and writing groups.

On Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m., the store will host a farewell signing as Pasadena author Naomi Hirahara and former Long Beach writer Wendy Horsby, along with Los Angeles author Sue Ann Jaffarian, will sign “Murder on Bamboo Lane, “The Color of Light” and “Ghost of a Gamble,” respectively.

BOOK’em was the first independent mystery bookstore to take part in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and served on initial planning committee.

Starting April 1, items in the store will be sold at a discounted price.

BOOK’EM is at 1118 Mission Street in South Pasadena.

For more information, call (626) 799-9600.

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