Becky is the owner and Carla was manning the desk the two times that I visited on this trip. I had a very nice conversation with Carla about bookstores, blogs, and New Mexico mystery writers. She gave me a couple of great suggestions for new authors to try, which I'll share below.
This shop carries a great selection of books for all ages. It also has some needlework and knitting supplies, kids toys, and other gift items. A little of this and a little of that. They do have some discounted books to check out as well. Here's the interior:
And I can't forget the picture I took of Sabrina, the cat that belongs to Books Etcetera. She was quite comfortable lounging on her own 'private' book cart. Isn't she a sweetie?
Carla pointed me to two mystery series that I want to check out. So, naturally, I bought the first book in each series. First we have End Of The Road by Amy M. Bennett, a local author. In fact, Amy Bennett has worked at a shop nearby, Noisy Water Winery. It's not right next door, but very close. And I managed to get a signed copy!
The second book was The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras. The author is J. Michael Orenduff. There are several books in the Pot Thief series. Both of the books have been winners of the Dark Oak Mystery Contest. Mr. Orenduff, who at one time was president of New Mexico State University, has won a Lefty Award for best humorous mystery.
I'm looking forward to trying both these books and I'm always happy to support independent bookstores. If you ever find yourself in Ruidoso, New Mexico, stop by Books Etcetera and visit with Becky, Carla, and Sabrina. You'll be glad you did!