Today is the First Sunday of the month, and I'm off to to the Alameda Flea Market (officially known as the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire). I'm a great flea market goer. Having been to Flea Markets all over the world, the Alameda Flea market remains one of my favorites. Can't be beat for a spectacular view of San Francisco, either. It's located on the old Base and literally runs right into the Bay. Sadly it's only once a month, and there's nothing worse than waking up to rain on a fleamarket Sunday.
I used to frequent the Marin Flea Market which really dates me since housing replaced that space in Sausalito many years ago. I always go to Portobello Road when in London, and I adore the Paris Flea Market. Not sure I'd call Portobello Road a flea market, but I've been there early on a Saturday morning when the stalls are set up. I love flea markets, estate sales, boot sales, garage sales and collectible shows (although they sometimes tend more to the antique), not that that's a bad thing. .. I also won't turn my nose up at a dumpster. Lots of treasures.
So it should come as no surprise that I enjoy reading mysteries with a flea market, boot sale, pickers or garage sale theme. Here's a short list. I welcome any other additions. And, flea markets are great places to find mysteries!
The Flea Market Mystery by Virginia Besaw Evansen Savannah Blues, Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews Killer Stuff, Dead Guy's Stuff, The Wrong Stuff, Buried Stuff by Sharon Fiffer The Emma Chizzit Mysteries (several titles starting with Emma Chizzit and...) by Mary Bowen Hall The Flea Market by Randal Adam Tight as a Tick by Toni L.P. Kelner Something to Kill For by Susan Holtzer Double Dealer by Barbara Taylor McCafferty & Beverly Taylor Herald Resolution by Denise Mina Leave a Message for Willie by Marcia Mulle Death of a Garage Sale Newbie by Sharon Dunn The Unraveling of Violeta Bell by C.R. Corwin
Jonathan Gash is an antiques dealer, but he employs a wonderful picker, so I might include his books on this list. You'll want to pick them up. He and his sidekick do a lot of foraging at sales and in stalls looking for valuable antiques.
Anthony Oliver has another favorite antique themed series. My favorite is The Pew Group.
There is definitely a difference between Flea Markets and Antique Shops, but often the same characters inhabit both worlds. I'll have to put together another list of Antique Mysteries. Certainly Jane Cleland, Lea Wait, Tamar Myers, and many others will be on that list.