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Murder and mayhem are no strangers to the usually gentle clientele of Murder by the Book, which opened in 1980. A comprehensive selection of more than 25,000 mystery titles is available to choose from, including collectible first editions. Shopping for a gift? Check out the large variety of mystery-themed T-shirts, coffee mugs and other items that will please any fan of this genre. If you are really into spine-tinglers, you will not want to miss the monthly discussion group, or the book-signing parties with prominent mystery writers.

Good literature is easy to find if you know where to go. Visit this fine literary shop Brazos Bookstore that has been serving Houston since 1974. You will find a wide selection of books, journals, magazines and maps lining the shelves, and you are welcome to browse the selections at your leisure. If you cannot find the specific book you are looking for, ask about special orders. The friendly staff will assist you in any way possible. Use this perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge of the arts, cooking, parenting or any other subject that interests you.

Phoenicia Specialty Foods carries an abundance of European and Middle Eastern specialty items. You will find the finest spices, cooking oils and garnishes from the Middle East. It also carries almost every variation of Greek olive. Customers familiar with Eastern Europe will recognize the smells emanating from the finest Polish sausages and Hungarian paprika. Canned fish and caviar are available from Russia, along with a huge assortment of other European treasures. The store is so popular that another branch opened in downtown, as well as a wine bar and cafe.

Briar Shoppe features pipes, tobaccos, imported cigarettes and even a giant walk-in humidor stocked with hundreds of fine cigars. You will find a large array of accessories, including humidors, cutters, cases and lighters, and the staff also offers pipe repair. Wander into other sections of the old building to find a nice selection of beer and wine.

Jerusalem Halal Meats is one of the most interesting markets in all of Houston. Find the exquisite tastes and foreign styles of the Middle East in this large, yet densely-populated-with-products shop. Here, you'll find aisle after aisle of things you just won't find in your average store. Get traditional tea sets to serve your authentic cardamon tea. Or, try some fresh pita for your afternoon snacks; and top quality died dates and apricots. You can even get fresh goat meat if you're planning an adventurous meal.

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