Sunday, November 10, 2013


Mary Fisher has found the perfect place to retire - right where she started.  She's moved back to Cape Cod to open Mary's Mystery Bookshop in Ivy Bay, a quaint coastal village flanked by meandering marshes and silvery beaches.  It's the perfect place to relax with a good book on a summer day.  But Mary soon discovers that this small town is full of secrets.  Escape to a charming seaside town, get to know the lively characters who call this community home, and discover the mysteries in Mary's Bookshop.

(Secrets of Mary's Mystery Bookshop is a trademark of Guideposts, New York, USA.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Starting the day in the very early hours then spending all day in the shop, it must be nice for Meryll to put up her feet after the evening news just to relax.

Now there are some who will say that even picking up knitting needles takes too much energy.  But those who know Meryll also know that she is almost a workaholic.  So that means her "leisure" time is just as busy as her normal working day.

As a tea-lover, a few weeks back Meryll came across a book called, aptly, "Tea Cozies".  This particular book has a variety of tea cosies, some very funky indeed.

So believing that  there's nothing better than to dress up a favourite teapot with a coat of its very own,  Meryll began to knit.
Meryll's  multicoloured "Funky Fish" was entered into the Mareeba (Queensland) Small Farm Day Tea Cosy Competition in October and ran away with two prizes.  Firstly the Organiser's Choice Prize and the Public Choice Prize.

Then with a vivid imagination, Meryll decided to make the most unusual tea cosy she could think of.  Hence another prize.  "The World's Most Useless Tea Cosy", made from barbed wire.  

There's no doubt that one can have fun, at any age, by reading, and then making things.  

Why not start a new hobby?   Visit the bookshop and browse through the many shelves of craft books - you're sure to find something that appeals to you.

Monday, November 4, 2013


The Mountains of Books Fair has been a great success again this year, and already book dealers have their names down for next year's Fair.  Make sure you put the Melbourne Cup Weekend into your new 2014 Diary!

The Spring Racing Carnival here in Melbourne is in full swing.  The fillies are ready for the great day.   Fashions on the Field have been chosen following lots of considerations and the jockey's satins are hanging up waiting for the big event.   Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation and if the weather experts are right in their forecasts, it should be an exceptional day.

But every day is an exceptional day at Rainy Day Books, for no matter what your favourite author or book might be, it will be found especially for you.  

The window display at present covers the Spring Racing Carnival and here are a few of the books on display.  

Friday, November 1, 2013


Once again everything is gearing up for the Mountains of Books Book Fair to be held at the Ferny Creek Recreation Hall.  This is the 6th year of the Fair, and we are expecting thousands of visitors making the most of the Melbourne Cup Weekend by driving up into the hills to enjoy the wonders and delights of the area, as well as to pick up fantastic bargains at the Book Fair.  Bring plenty of bags and cartons to take home your prizes.

Keep an eye out for the signages as well as the bright red flags with the word "BOOKS".   Then follow your nose and the crowds.