Monday, November 10, 2008

My Town Monday: Ann Arbor, MI


If you are even thinking you might be in the mood for a mystery and you're within, say, fifty miles of Ann Arbor, Michigan, head over to Aunt Agatha's. It is THE bookstore for new and used mystery, detection and true crime books.

I had the BEST conversation ever about Nancy Drew (you can imagine how much fun I am at a cocktail party) with owner, Jamie. Did you know the yellow cover Nancy Drews were edited and "dumbed down" from the blue cover editions?

And see below for the treasures I found.



I know. It's incredible!

The blue cover edition of The Hidden Staircase (1930). This just happens to be my favorite-of-all-times Nancy Drew.

The blue cover edition of The Secret in the Old Attic (1944). I started reading this on the plane. It's so not PC for these days with its references to dancing pickaninnies and crooning mammies. (Seriously. You can't take that Bess anywhere.)

Trixie Belden and the Gatehouse Mystery (1951)

And a book starring the lawyer who never disappoints: Perry Mason in The Case of the Sleep-Walker's Niece (1936)

And guess what I left behind? Bookmarks and an Advance Reader Copy of I So Don't Do Mysteries which Jamie has promised to buy for Aunt Agatha's in TWENTY-EIGHT days (not that I'm counting or x'ing off days on the calendar because I am far too cool (not) for that) when it's released.

Here's the link to Aunt Agatha's. It's a fun website to poke around.

Now, go directly to Travis Erwin's blog. He's our big kahuna boss for My Town Mondays. He'll have a MTM post up himself plus a list of links to other Mondayers. And, unlike myself, they'll all have posted in a timely fashion!

p.s. I did not take the photo at the top of the post. I could've taken a pic of Aunt Agatha's. I could've asked Jamie to take a pic of me and my sisters in front of Aunt Agatha's. But, oh no. I was too busy chatting and browsing to remember to pull my camera out of my purse!

p.p.s. It's launch week for Stacy A. Nyikos and her debut fantasy middle-grade novel Dragon Wishes. You might as well get in the habit of checking out the Class of 2k8's blog because I KNOW you'll be hanging out over there for my launch week Monday, Dec, 8 through Friday, December 12. I'm starting to nag now...

17 comments:

Karen L. Alaniz said...

My sister was a HUGE Nancy Drew fan. She read all the books. I wonder if she still has them. Isn't it great to find a fabulous bookstore to frequent? Love it! In fact, you give me an idea. Maybe I'll post about my favorite, though I don't think the owner would like the idea of "posing."

By the way-you were not the last to post a MTM post. I've taken on that honor...lol. ~Karen

JaneyV said...

Ashamed as I am to admit it I've never read Nancy Drew. I watched it religiously in the 70's though! Perhaps Sherry's adventures will make me catch the mystery bug. 28 days! Oh my! How exciting is that!

Barbara Martin said...

I remember the yellow covers! I began reading the Nancy Drew books after reading the Hardy Boys books my brothers had. Thanks for this nice trip down memory lane.

debra said...

I have a 1959 edition of The Hidden Staircase, and a 1954 edition of The Scarlet Slipper Mystery. I remember phrases like, "the young sleuth," and I remember Ned, the trusty boyfriend.
How exciting for you to know that they will be selling your book!
How are the water polo kids?

Barrie said...

Debra--Those water polo boys are t-i-r-e-d! But tomorrow is a holiday for them (no school on Veteran's Day). It will give Child #3 a chance to catch up on homework!

keri mikulski :) said...

Love the new layout. :)

Really? My mom has old copies of Nancy Drew. I loved The Hidden Staircase.. :) And yeah, I remember the yellow copies. Great post.

Laura said...

I am soooo frigging excieted about your launch! HUGS and High fives!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I SHould have done Aunt Agatha's before now. Terrific people, terrific store.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I SHould have done Aunt Agatha's before now. Terrific people, terrific store.

Jenny Jill said...

Good luck on the launch. Great to have Nancy Drew in my library as a kid.I know your will be a great read.

You are welcome to visit Muskoka anytime!

Travis Erwin said...

I love bookstores like that.

Kelley said...

I went to college in Ann Arbor and that was one of my favorite places.

ChrisEldin said...

I recently discovered an indie bookstore nearby. I love it!
Those are nice photos!!

Beth said...

God how I loved Nancy Drew! Bina and I played Nancy Drew when we were in HIGH SCHOOL. We were always so young at heart, ya know? ;)

Angela said...

I never knew that about the difference between the blue and yellow.

Smiles

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I probably shouldn't admit this here, but I've never actually read a Nancy Drew mystery. {cringe} I will remedy that fact!

In other news--love the new look!

lyzzydee said...

I have never read Nancy Drew, but I do love looking around old book shops!!