Posted: March 16, 2010 in Indie Bookstore of the Week
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The Sly Fox, 123 N. Springfield St., P.O. Box 117, Virden,

Il 62690, established July 1998.

George Rishel, Owner

Do you have a speciality?

The Sly Fox carries new books only.  Its
mystery selection spans the gambit, but the store also carries children’s
books, books about Illinois and Abraham Lincoln, and books for reading

What are YOUR favorite styles in the genre? Who are your favorite

The owner of The Sly Fox prefers traditional mysteries:  cozies,
police procedurals, PIs, historical, etc.  He is not really that big ona lot
of thriller and suspense or supernatural mysteries.  Favorite authors
include Michale McGarrity, William Kent Krueger, Louise Penny, Ken Bruen,
Donna Leon, John Mortimer, almost any author published by Soho, Tony
Hillerman, Michale Connelly, Robert Crais, T. Jefferson Parker, Rosemary
Rowe, Stuart MacBride, Margaret Coel, Laura Lippman, Dana Stabenow, C.J.
Box, Craig Johnson, Neil McMahon, Aaron Elkins, Archer Mayor, Tim Dorsey,
and many others.

What do you get tired of in mysteries?

Contrived situations, stupidity
by the main character, political propaganda or diatribe, and condescending
attitude to small town folks, and the use of other stereotypes

What type of mystery would you like to see get written?

More Illinois mysteries based outside of the Chicago area.

What do you find boring? exciting?

My private thoughts are just that.

What direction would you like to see the genre go in?

I would like to see publishers keep all of the books of a series in print as long as the
author is still writing more in the series.  I would like to see more
diversity in settings and a return to more whole characters, not these with
numerous moral defects and character flaws or wallowing in anguish over this
or that.  Connelly and Crais are two examples of authors that stick to the
story and don’t go off on tangents.

FUN FACT: The Sly Fox is the only open shop mystery bookstore on any
of the alignments of Historic Route 66.

  1. I love this column! Hearing the thoughts of booksellers is a real privilege. And route 66! A book tour stop for sure…

  2. D. B. Dean says:

    When I first read this I thought the store name was Silly Fox…I thought = cool a silly fox store. Then I had some coffee.

    Anyway – Curious if they carry any of the Rita Mae Brown mysteries series centered around fox hunting in virginia…

    Love Rita Mae Browns books – strong females…but not so feminist that they “Dont need men” and therefore push good men out of their lives (something the frustrates me to no end about virginia laniers bloodhound series)…

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