Murder One (bookshop)

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Murder One was from 1988 to 2009 a well known bookshop in the Charing Cross Road, "catering to readers interested in hard-to-find and collectable crime, mystery, romance and science fiction literature".[1] It was the first UK bookshop to specialize in the crime and mystery genres, and at its opening in 1988 the largest specialist “genre” bookshop in Europe.[2] It was owned by the novelist Maxim Jakubowski.

The bookshop's closure upon the owner’s retirement in January 2009 was reported nationally[3] and internationally.[4]

The bookshop still exists as a mail order business - Murder One UK, and is owned by the previous employee of the Murder One shop, Tanya Stone. [5]


  1. ^ New Media Age, 28 Sept. 2000.
  2. ^ Ken Gelder, Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field (Routledge, Abingdon & New York, 2004), p. 78
  3. ^ Reported in the Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Independent
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Coordinates: 51°30′46″N 0°07′43″W / 51.5127°N 0.1287°W / 51.5127; -0.1287