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“Scott is one of the foremost experts on crime fiction. I’d put him up against any college professor in a test of wits anytime. He saw the many influences that went into this book (The Ranger) — as diverse as classic Burt Reynolds films to Dashiell Hammett to the crime fiction of William Faulkner. Not much escapes Scott.” 

-Bestselling Author Ace Atkins talking about the heart and soul of MysteryPeople, Crime Fiction Coordinator, Scott Montgomery.

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Launched in the fall of 2010 by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery, MysteryPeople is Austin’s largest mystery bookstore, conveniently located inside of Austin’s largest independent bookstore, BookPeople. MysteryPeople is a destination for mystery and crime fiction lovers to find out what’s new and noteworthy on the shelves from our genre experts, and a place to learn about books and authors the major chains may ignore.

MysteryPeople is also events. Meet your favorite writer, discover a rising new voice in the genre, join other mystery and crime fiction writers at a meeting of the Hard Word Book Club, take a class on the History of Mystery – it’s all free.

MysteryPeople is more than just BookPeople’s Mystery section – we’re a hub of information, expertise, and connections to great writers. Keep up with MysteryPeople via facebook, right here on our blog, and through our monthly e-newsletter to keep up with other fans, indie and major publishers, and mystery writers themselves.

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Always a crime fiction fan, Scott Montgomery worked on the sales staff of the acclaimed and influential The Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles for four years. After three years as a bookseller at BookPeople, Texas’ largest independent bookstore, he helped develop MysteryPeople, the mystery bookstore within the store. He has moderated panels for the annual Bouchercon mystery conference, Texas Festival Of Books, and other events. He has written articles and reviews for The Weekly Lizard blog, Crimespree magazine, and other blogs and publications. He also hosts The History Of Mystery Class and Hard Word Book Club at BookPeople.

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At his core Chris Mattix is a man, but when you take the time to look beyond his dazzling good looks and follicular blessings, you’ll find wondrous treasures. Chris is many things: a bookseller, teacher, music enthusiast, and vegetable lover. He would really like to talk to you about mysteries, graphic novels, and fiction in general. So when you see him, do not be afraid. He’s here to help.

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