Mur­der mys­ter­ies wait­ing to be solved in Mid­town

Crime nov­els have lined the shelves of this lo­cal book­store for decades

Midtown Post - - News -

Mar­ian Mis­ters and J.D. Singh have opened the Sleuth of Baker Street each morn­ing with a cuppa tea since 1982. The friendly lo­cal book­store own­ers are proud of the per­sonal service they pro­vide pa­trons, of­ten of­fer­ing their two cents on the next great book to read with the pit­ter-pat­ter of their poo­dle’s paws in the back­ground. The shop, named af­ter Sher­lock Holmes, car­ries a wide se­lec­tion of crime fic­tion for mys­tery lovers.

What are some of your best­selling books?

Our best­selling au­thor is a guy by the name of Adrian McKinty and he has a char­ac­ter set in the 1980s, a Catholic po­lice­man who works in Protes­tant Belfast. It’s a re­ally ter­rific se­ries, there are six books in the se­ries, and he is amaz­ing. An­other one is Louise Penny. She’s a Cana­dian writer, sets books in the East­ern town­ships of Que­bec. She is bril­liant. My other favourite writer is Michael Con­nelly and there is also Mau­reen Jen­nings, she does Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies, which airs on TV.

How has the shop changed?

We’ve down­sized from the Bayview lo­ca­tion. It’s a smaller shop, about 900 square feet. We carry about 5,000 ti­tles and we’ve got a new stan­dard poo­dle that peo­ple have to come and meet. Her name is Pixie.

What’s the se­cret be­hind the store’s longevity in Lea­side?

They can get their books any­where. But they come in to ask, “What book should we read next?” And I think that’s why we stay in busi­ness. And we know their taste. We’ve dealt with our cus­tomers for years and years. Now we’re deal­ing with our cus­tomers’ chil­dren who have grown up, and so they come in. We tell them what we think, and that’s what hooks them. You can’t get that in­ter­ac­tion over the In­ter­net (907 Mill­wood Rd., 416483-3111).

Mar­ian Mis­ters in­side the Sleuth of Baker Street in 2007

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