L. A.’s Mystery Books to Close; Can’t Compete with Amazon

From LA Observed: Owners Kirk Pasich and Pamela Woods say they can no longer compete with Amazon – and a sour economy hasn’t helped. The decision to close comes just as the Borders’ store in Westwood is in the process of shutting down. That leaves Westwood without any bookstore, chain or independent. I also believe it’s the last mystery bookstore in L.A. From an email being sent out:

We simply cannot compete with the Amazons of the world and the impact of the economy. We love the bookstore and mysteries and the relationships we’ve formed with authors and publishers and agents and publicists. But, we do have retirement to think about (not in the near future!), and family and, well, all of those things that require money. So, it is with considerable sadness that we announce that The Mystery Bookstore, Los Angeles, will–after many years (and as apparently the last-standing bookstore in Westwood, other than UCLA’s student store)–be closing. Last day is Jan. 31.