Murder mysteries waiting to be solved in Midtown
Crime novels have lined the shelves of this local bookstore for decades
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