Our Best Seller List for 2008
Now that 2008 is over I must say I will miss the retirement account balance but not so much some of the other events. It sure has been a period of adjustment for all retail businesses. We were blessed with a year rich in author visits--a total of 117 in 2008 and a richness of purpose among our loyal customers who prefer to put their money where their house is and buy local.
The Hardcover sales reflect events-----one was virtual---and local interest and writer. Certainly the Trade books show that Book Groups love titles with local interest-----the Johnstown flood and Frank Lloyd Wright. Next to that interest, visiting author’s promote enthusiasm that often spreads to the entire book group via one who attending the event. Paperback slaes do show loyalty to local writers and enthusiasm for the authors attending Mystery Lovers Annual Festival of Mystery in May.
Best Sellers in Hardcover
Best Sellers in Trade Paperback
Best Sellers in Mass Market Paperback
Hardcover Best Sellers
A beatiful combination of memoir and cookbook based on Martinson's extensive interviews with Elsie Henderson, the long time cook for the Kaufmann family.
Local author scores with fascinating thriller about ancient Chinese map
Helen Hawthorne takes a Dead End Job at a country club
Victorian detectives Thomas and Charlotte Pitt
Legal thriller brings back Mary DiNunzio from Scottoline's debut novel
The Blackbird Sisters find murder at a chocolate convention
Harry Hairsteen and her animal detectives
Scotland Yard detective Thomas Lynley
Turn of the century detective Sarah Brandt
Adam Dalgleish investigates murder at a private plastic surgery clinic
Trade Paperback Best Sellers
Local author followed up her WW II homefront debut with this sparkling sequel
This novel about Frank Lloyd Wright and Mameh Cheney was a hit with bookclubs who flocked to the author's talk at MLB
Edgar-winning debut introduced Irish cop Cassie Maddox. A popular book club choice.
Charming tale of three Iranian sisters who open a restaurant in a small Irish village
Debut by local author introduced actress and would-be PI Rosie Winter in wartime New York
Sparkling tale of flock of sheep who solve the murder of their shepherd
Beautifully written story set amidst the events leading up to the Johnstown Flood
Tale of the author's friendship with Mr. Rogers
Oscar Wilde as sleuth
Booker prize winning author John Banville launches a mystery series featuring a Dublin pathologist in the Fifties.
MI 5 agent Liz Carlyle in a second authentic thriller by an author who was one-time of Britiain's domestic intelligence service.
Paperback Best Sellers
Quiet college town is stalked by ruthless killer in this supsenser from local author Rebecca Drake
Local author Terrell expertly combines art, history and adventure in this thriller about a painting looted during the war.
Young adult tale of boy in Pittsburgh's Strip District during the Depression.
First of the Blackbird Sisters series from local author Nancy Martin.
Helen Hawthorne take a Dead End Job as a hotel maid
MI 5 agent Liz Carlyle debuted in this authentic thriller by a former head of Britain's MI 5 domestic intelligence agency
Popular series with librarian Helma Zukas
Meg Lanslow receives some unexpected wedding gifts, including some penguins in this comic mystery
Charming debut breathes new life into the aristocratic sleuth genre as Lady Georgianna solves the crime
Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles