I am sorry to have to report the sad news of David Thompson’s death. He was co-owner of Murder by the Book, the premier mystery bookstore in Houston. He died suddenly, at his computer, at the tragically young age of 38. Like everyone in the mystery world, I valued his knowledge, his insight, and his support of authors, both those starting out and those who’d been around the block a few times. He was an amazing encylopedia of knowledge of crime writing, and readers of all ages, shapes and sizes valued his advice.
His wife McKenna Jordan needs our support during this hard time. For more information, you can read the report in the Houston Chronicle. I was just with David and McKenna in their store two weeks ago and still can’t quite accept that this news is true. As Libby Hellmann says, “writers might add clarity to the mystery community, but David added heart.”