Kristy Ramsey, the owner of Blue Lamp Books, a mystery novel and crime bookstore in Edmonton, talks about her love and passion for mystery and crime stories.
She said the strength of a local bookshop is in the experience it offers: it’s a place for “book people” to meet, to exchange recommendations, and to form community.
Though she carries some new books, about 90 per cent of her stock is used. She likes to recommend books by local authors, but she has acquired much of her collection on her travels, picking up one or two titles at a time. Sometimes she’ll purchase a collection from someone who is downsizing, or from the estate of a mystery-lover who has since died.
With files from Paige Parsons
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