Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

Happy Holiday Shopping Guide! Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2019 recommendations of gifts for the winter holidays.

The first items we have picked for you are from our Mystery section. After all, who doesn’t love a good murder?

This year we’ve decided to showcase some mystery books that we have in stock that are either  based on Television series or have been made into television series.  That does happen a lot, since there are quite a number of fantastic books out there and also quite a number of television production companies that want to take advantage of the great stories that the books contain. There are also several TV series that have writers as their main characters, so it only makes sense (and makes sense monetarily) that their characters write REAL books that are available to the general public.

First of all, there is Murder, She Wrote, by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain. These books are based on the TV series, not the other way around.  Follow Jessica Fletcher, Mystery writer, as she helps find killers in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine, or in Bermuda, or basically anywhere she goes! We have many of these books on our shelves.

Murder, she wrote1

We also have books by Richard Castle,  Mystery writer living in NYC with his mother and daughter.  He writes these books about his partner who is on the police force, only makes up stories and  changes her name to Nikki Heat.  These books are also based on the TV series. Does Castle really write them? Hmm…



MonkThen there’s MONK. The obsessive compulsive detective that everyone loves. He drives everyone crazy, but he always gets his man. Or woman.  Again, these books are based on the Television series, and there are several on the shelves. Lee Goldberg
is the author of these books.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has several books out based on the TV series of that name as well. They are by Max Allan Collins.


We can’t forget Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series. This is a case where the books came first, then the TV productions came later. We have many Agatha Christie books on our shelves, and any mystery fan would love to have them.


There are many other mystery books that have been turned into movies as well, including Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard and Total Recall by Sara Paretsky. If you look at our shelves long enough, you’ll probably find many more that I missed. They make good, fast , fun reading, especially if you already know the characters.  I recommend them.

Shorty and recall

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