November 14th, 2013

My Favorite Bookstore

If you are within 300 miles of Basel, Switzerland, you owe it to yourself to stop at Bider & Tanner Bookstore. Friendly and helpful staff are always around to help you find what you’re looking for.

Last year, I had the immense pleasure of hearing Vikram Seth, author of A Suitable Boy, one of my favorite books of all time, read from his latest work at Bider & Tanner. Who would’ve thought Vikram Seth would find his way to our little city on the Rhine? But every week or two there is another 5-star reading or literary event.

Naturally Bider & Tanner hold a special place in my heart since they stock MY books, despite their being independently published. My bookstore!

While we’re at it, let me announce the latest question in the Doing Max Vinyl Trivia Contest: What is Bob Olson looking for when he comes to TSR and pesters Annie Ogden? You’ll find the answer in Chapter 27 of Doing Max Vinyl on Venture Galleries. Send your answer by Sunday, December 8th at 12 midnight PST to

Just a reminder of what you can win here: $5 goes to a randomly picked winner for each of the questions, while a grand prize of a $200 Amazon gift card goes to the grand prize winner, picked from all the correct entries at the end of the contest (when we finish the book). The second prize is $100 and the third prize is $50. With prizes like that, it pays to participate every week.




Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred's entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December 2013, and was followed by its sequel, Inferno, in June 2014.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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