There's good news to report, for a change, from the world of independent mystery bookstores. Last May, we received an email from Ed Kaufman, the owner of the "M is for Mystery...and More" bookstore in San Mateo, California, near San Francisco, saying that he was planning to retire - given that the store was in its fifteenth year and Kaufman in his 81st. But he also said he really wanted to keep the store going:
It is impossible to sum up how satisfying, and often exciting, it has been to be a bookseller. People frequently say how much they would love to own a bookstore, and I am one of the fortunate ones who have had that experience. For anyone with an active interest, this is an invitation to contact me directly.
Now, I've received another email from Kaufman announcing that somebody actually has taken him up on his offer.
Today I am delighted to announce that the bookstore will continue in this space, but under the name Third Avenue Bookstore, with the subtitle of "M" is for Mystery...and More. We hope you will share our enthusiasm for this venture, which we feel is a most fortunate outcome. [...]
The new owner will be Steve Feldman, whose background includes over 22 years in primarily used and rare books here on the Peninsula. Steve will feature quality used books, in all categories, along with a special section for mystery and crime fiction, which will include used, collectible and a selection of new books. In addition, the intention is to continue to have some author events as well.
Sounds to me like the best possible outcome. Ed Kaufman is inviting people to put themselves on his mailing list - which I have done - and to support the new store. For readers in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as potential mail order customers, it sounds like a great idea.