Sweethearts in Crime

PW’s Edward Nawotka has a great writeup this week about David Thompson and McKenna Jordan, the dynamic duo at Murder by the Book who have big plans over the next year:

Talk about being married to your job: on September 6, when

McKenna Jordan, 26, and David Thompson, 36, say “I do” at the Dryburgh

Abbey in Scotland, they will cement a bond that already has them

spending most days and nights together. Jordan and Thompson are manager

and assistant manager, respectively, of mystery bookstore Murder by the

Book in Houston, Tex., where they regularly cohost some 150 author

events a year. And on January 1, 2009, they will take over as co-owners

of the bookstore. “Technically,” says Thompson, “McKenna is the one

buying the store, so I’ll be working for her.”

The store has been owned since its 1980 inception by Martha Farrington, who will retire at the end of 2008. She told Nawotka she’d been looking for someone on staff to buy the store for many

years. “When McKenna came to the store, I saw that she was the right

person,” says Farrington. “For her age, she can handle a lot. I’m not

worried about them so much as I’m worried about the future of the book

business. I just hope they are able to carry on in the same mode.”

Owning MBTB will also give Thompson a chance to devote further energies to his publishing imprint Busted Flush Press. All told it’s pretty damn great news!