- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2020

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The owner of a Massachusetts bookstore frequented by patrons from all over New England died at the age of 73.

Kate Mattes, owner of Kate’s Mystery Books, died March 26 in Bennington, Vermont, of cardiac arrest, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.

Mattes’ Cambridge store had 10,000 volumes lining her shelves since she opened her doors in May 1983. The store went on to sell to distant readers who made the pilgrimage to her Massachusetts Avenue shop until she closed in 2009.

Mattes had been treated for congestive heart failure in the past few years.

During her time at the shop, Mattes hosted book-signings for best-selling authors and up-and-comers.



“She connected with writers. It wasn’t just readers, she had a whole community of writers,” best-selling author Hallie Ephron told The Globe. “We all adored her.”

The details for a memorial gathering for Mattes will be announced.

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