Merriman, Tribune Review
Trevor Thomas and Natalie Sacco
No mystery issue in Pittsburgh
would be complete without mentioning Mystery Lover’s Bookshop.
The shop was founded over 26 years ago by Mary Alice Gorman and Richard
Goldman. It is located in the heart of Oakmont's business district.
The shop specializes in mystery, but also offers a nice selection of
non-fiction and children's book, games, puzzles, and other interesting
In 2015, Trevor Thomas and Natalie Sacco purchased the shop. Natalie
grew up in Oakmont, and had come to the bookstore as a child. According
to Natalie, “When we saw that is was for sale, we knew the shop
had to remain open in the community, so that we could continue to serve
lovers of all kinds of books.”
Mystery Lover’s Bookshop has a local Pittsburgh section that includes
mystery authors and other local authors. They carry titles by Annette
Dashofy and Nancy Martin (two of our featured authors from last month)
plus other authors in the local chapter of Sisters in Crime. They also
carry an assortment of books about Pittsburgh.
Special orders are no problem. No matter where you live in the United
States, you can call (412-828-4877) or email (email@example.com)
the bookshop about a title you are trying to locate. If the book you
want is still in print, they will locate it and ship it to you.
Mystery Lovers Bookshop also sponsors five book clubs that meet regularly
at the shop. All the groups have met in the store for ten years or more
and welcome new members at any time.
A.M. Book Club - reads all varieties of fiction and non-fiction including
some mystery titles. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month
2. Monday Mystery Book Club - meets at 6pm on the second Monday of
each month. The club is open to anyone with an interest in mystery
3. Friday Book Club - meets at 12pm on the last Friday of each month.
The club is open to anyone with an interest in mystery. Dubbed the
“No Lunch Bunch,” the group meets at the shop and ventures
to a nearby restaurant for lunch after the discussion.
4. History Mystery Book Club - meets at 5pm on the second Tuesday
of each month. The club is open to anyone with an interest in historical
5. The Eclectic Book Club - reads a variety of books including mystery,
science fiction, and literature. Regular meetings are on the last
Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.
If you’re interested in receiving more information on book clubs,
please call the shop at 412-828-4877 or 1-844-303-1418.
In addition to book clubs, Mystery Lovers Bookshop sponsors monthly
events such as book signings and writing/publishing workshops. On Saturday,
May 13, they hosted a self-publishing workshop. Saturday, June 17 at
10:30am don’t miss “Coffee & Crime” with Kristen
You can find a full list of events on their website.
Special thanks to Natalie Sacco for her help with this article. Be
sure to visit Mystery Lovers Bookshop at 514 Allegheny River Boulevard
in Oakmont, PA. Call 1-855-235-1728 with questions or visit their website,
to read their blog or place an order.