Monday, January 05, 2009

Sad News

I've just read that Murder One, the finest crime specialist bookshop in the world, is closing down at the end of January. Based in Charing Cross Road for 20 odd years, this is a real kick in the teeth for anyone who cares about books and bookselling.
I used to work in the Watertone's in Charing Cross Road, and know only too well how greedy the landlords were 8 years ago, forcing the shop I worked in to close it's doors. I suspect that they are still just as greedy, and this has something to do with Maxim's decision to close.
I wish everyone affected by this all the very best for the future.

6 comments:

Mrs E said...

Sad news indeed. As a fan of a good murder mystery (thanks for the Jean Francois Parot The Chatelet apprentice tip - it never made it as far as my grans christmas stocking, I often browsed in here. The closure of a bookshop is always a cause for sadness

Anonymous said...

Browsed? Did you ever buy anything?

Anonymous said...

This is terrible news. At this rate there will be Blackwells, Foyles and a load of tourist tat shops on Charing Cross Rd

martin said...

BBC London News have done a report about this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7816893.stm

yorkke said...

Sad indeed. For someone who owns books though, surprised you still can't work out it's and its.

Simon Key said...

yorkke,
you've clearly highlighted the issue I was raising in this post. Well done.