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On the trail of mystery bookstores.

On the trail of mystery bookstores

Psst! Want to escape? Try getting involved in a juicy mystery. In the West, five bookstores specialize in the subject. They offer crime connoisseurs a slew of subgenres--from police procedurals to hitech whodunits--along with Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler classics.

If you can't drop in at these Oregon and California locations (listed north to south), call or write to them to make mail-order purchases.

Portland. Murder by the Book, 3729 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 98121; (503) 232-9995. Open noon to 6 Fridays, 10 to 6 Saturdays, 1 to 5 Sundays. A newsletter ($1 for about six issues) contains reviews and alerts customers to new releases.

San Francisco. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 746 Diamond St., 94114; (415) 282-7444. Open noon to 6 Fridays, 10 to 6 Saturdays. Bay Area mystery writers are well represented on the shelves.

Sherman Oaks. Scene of the Crime, 13636 Ventura Blvd., 94123; (818) 981-2583. Open 11 to 7 Tuesdays through Saturdays. The store's tearoom (usually open 1 to 6; call to confirm) looks like the setting for a proper British puzzler.

Long Beach. Sherlock's Home, 5614 E. Second St., 90803; (213) 433-6130. Open noon to 6 Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 7 Fridays, 11 to 6 Saturdays. The shop also offers mystery gifts and games.

San Diego. Grounds for Murder, 2707 Congress St., 92110; (619) 294-9497. Open 10 to 6 Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 to 6 Sundays. Specializing in California mystery writers, the store also operates a search service for rare and out-of-print books ($1 per author).

Photo: Rapt readers browse among mystery novels at San Diego's Grounds for Murder
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