Events

June

Sunday, June 16th
Store Closed all day for Father's Day

Mystery to Me Bookstore will be closed for Father's Day.

 

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We will reopen on Tuesday, June 18th, 10 am!

Tuesday, June 18th
Danielle Lincoln Hannah discusses her Mailboat Suspense Series - Yes, set in Lake Geneva!

7 pm

In Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where mail is delivered by boat, falling into the lake is just a hazard of the job. Discovering a dead body is just not. When young mail jumper Bailey Johnson finds a man tied to a pier post, the discovery revives a multi-million–dollar case and a manhunt that were dead since before she was born. It’s the last thing she needs. She’s busy enough just trying to survive, a forgotten child in the foster care system.

Author Danielle Lincoln Hanna writes the Mailboat Suspense series set in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Although she used to live in Wisconsin, Danielle now lives in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. When she's not writing, she's hiking, biking, camping and kayaking! The third book in the Mailboat series, The Captain's Tale comes out June 1. 

Wednesday, June 19th
Heather Shumaker discusses her new book "Griffins of Castle Cary"

7 pm

About the Book

A charming, adventure-filled debut novel that’s perfect for fans of The Penderwicks series (for middle grade readers).

Siblings Meg, Will, and Ariel Griffin are off on an adventure! They can’t wait to spend a week visiting their eccentric aunt and her giant, tongue-drooling Newfoundland dog in England. But when they finally arrive, they’re faced with a few local secrets that stir up more than a little trouble.

Add in some very peculiar lights, strange new friends, a police chase and some stampeding sheep, and the Griffin kids are in over their heads—literally. Apparently this town has a ghost problem and the three children must race to solve the mystery before the ghosts take something that doesn’t belong to them.

About the Author

Heather Shumaker grew up always wanting to be an author. She began writing books in elementary school and is now an award-winning author of several books for adults (It’s OK Not to Share, It’s OK to Go Up the Slide and Saving Arcadia). Heather has tried many jobs including sailing on tall ships, leading llama treks, and recycling at the South Pole, Antarctica, but she likes writing best. Today Heather lives up in northern Michigan with her husband and two children. The Griffins of Castle Cary is her first book for children.

Thursday, June 20th
Anika Fajardo discusses "Magical Realism for Non-Believers - A Memoir of Finding Family" with Doug Moe

7 pm

Anika Farjardo in conversation with Doug Moe

About the Book

A young woman from Minnesota searches out the Colombian father she’s never known in this powerful exploration of what family really means.

He loved Colombia too much to leave it. The explanation from her Minnesotan mother was enough to satisfy a child’s curiosity about her missing father. But at twenty-one, Anika Fajardo wanted more. She wanted to know her father better and to know what kind of country could have such a hold on him. And so, in 1995, Fajardo boarded a plane and flew to Colombia to discover a birthplace that was foreign to her and a father who was a stranger. There she learns that sometimes, no matter how many pieces you find, fitting together a family history isn’t easy.

With her tentative entry into her father’s world, Fajardo steps on a path that will take her in surprising directions, toward unsuspected secrets about her family and herself. Set against the changing backdrops of Colombia and the American Midwest, her journey carries her back to the 1970s and the beginnings of her parents’ broken marriage, and forward to the present day, where the magic and reality of love and heartache—and her own experience as a parent—await her. The way is strewn with obstacles, physical and metaphysical—from the perils encountered on a mountain road in Colombia to the death of a loved one to the birth of her own child—but the toughest to negotiate are the shifting place of memory and truth while coming to understand her place in her family and in the world.

Vivid and heartfelt in the telling, Fajardo’s story is powerfully compelling in its bridging of time and place and in its moving depiction of self-transformation. Family, she comes to find, is where you find it and what you make of it.

 

About the Author

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. Her writing has been published in the anthologies Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction and Sky Blue Water: Great Stories for Young Readers (Minnesota, 2016). She has earned awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Loft Literary Center. The manuscript for Magical Realism for Non-Believers was a finalist for the Bakeless Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Minneapolis.

Friday, June 21st
John DeDakis shares Confessions of a CNN Journalist with Doug Moe

7 pm

In addition to discussing his mystery series with local journalist Doug Moe, John will share with us his "Confessions of a CNN Journalist" and give us a bit of a preview into his forthcoming book Fake.

His mystery novels Troubled Water and Bullet in the Chamber will be for sale. 

 

johnAbout the Author

John DeDakis (find his author page via this link) grew up in La Crosse and is a former White House Correspondent, former Senior Copy Editor for CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," and author of four mystery suspense-novels featuring a strong female protagonist. During his award-winning career in journalism (25 years at CNN), he interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He taught journalism at The University of Maryland - College Park, and regularly leads writing workshops at Politics and Prose and nationwide.

Sunday, June 23rd
Dean Robbins reads "The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon"

1 pm

 

The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon

Timed to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and Apollo 12, The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean is a nonfiction children’s picture book about the only artist to travel in outer space. Alan Bean is both a brave astronaut and a painter who expresses his feelings through art. After the Apollo 12 mission, he pursues a one-of-a-kind dream: painting the magic and mystery of his trip to the moon.

Dean Robbins’ presentation for families shows how an airplane-obsessed boy became a daring pilot, then one of the first astronauts in the United States space program, and finally a sensitive painter who showed what it felt like to walk on another world. It explores the way artists work and encourages children to nurture their own creativity. Robbins will also explain how he drew on his journalism background to interview Bean for The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon.

 
About the Author

Dean Robbins is the author of the children’s picture books Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass (Scholastic); Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote (Knopf); Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing (Knopf); and The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean (Scholastic). His books have been featured on National Public Radio and praised in The New York Times, USA Today, Smithsonian, and other publications, along with receiving starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews. The books have also been chosen for best-of-the-year honors by Smithsonian, Space.com, The Raleigh News & Observer, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, the Planetary Society, the Children’s Book Council, and the Amelia Bloomer List, among others. Two Friends was adapted as a short film by Weston Woods Studios, with narration by Dion Graham of The Wire. An award-winning journalist, Robbins was the editor in chief of Isthmus and a nationally syndicated arts critic. He has contributed to USA Today, Space.com, The Village Voice, the Grammy Awards, Wisconsin Public Radio, and dozens of other media outlets.

 

 

Tuesday, June 25th
Susanna Calkins introduces her new series with "Murder Knocks Twice" and is joined by debut author Kelsey Rae Dimberg, "Girl in the Rearview Mirror"

7 pm

calkinsThe first mystery in Susanna Calkins’ captivating new series takes readers into the dark, dangerous, and glittering underworld of a 1920s Chicago speakeasy!   

Murder Knocks Twice 

In 1929, a needy young woman lands a job in a Chicago speak-easy. What could possibly go wrong?Gina Ricci is the sole support of her father, whose worsening palsy is making it almost impossible for him to work. Her friend Lulu, who works at the Third Door, suggests that she apply to replace a cigarette girl who was recently murdered. The speak-easy is efficiently run by Signora Castallazzo and her mobster husband, Big Mike. Gina is soon immersed in a world of socialites, college kids, straying husbands, and veterans seeking escape from their problems.A spunky sleuth and plenty of period flavor enliven the first in a new series that takes Calkins (A Death Along the River Fleet, 2016, etc.) from English historicals to more recent but equally violent times. - Kirkus Reviews

Susanna Calkins writes historical mysteries. Her first series, the award-winning Lucy Campion mysteries, is set in 17th century London. The first book in the series is A Murder at Rosamond's Gate

Susanna holds a PhD in history and works at Northwestern University. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

 

Girl in the Rearview Mirror

The young nanny for a prominent political family gets drawn into a web of deadly lies—including her own—in this stunning debut thriller with the menacing twists of Megan Abbott and the exquisite suspense of Laura Lippman.

I never meant to lie. That is, I never wanted to.

“With hairpin twists and immense psychological acuity, Kelsey Rae Dimberg’s Girl in the Rearview Mirror is as seductive as the glamorous, privileged family at its center—and as cunning. An exciting, intoxicating debut, it will hold you until its startling final pages.”

 -- Megan Abbott, bestselling author of Dare Me and Give Me Your Hand

Kelsey Rae Dimberg received an MFA from the University of San Francisco and studied at Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University, where she was editor-in-chief of the literary magazine, Lux and received the Swarthout Award in Fiction. Girl in the Rearview Mirror is her first novel. Born in Seattle, Kelsey has lived in eight states, and currently resides in Milwaukee.  

 

Wednesday, June 26th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Paulette Jiles, News of the World

Thursday, June 27th
Dane Buy Local Independents Week - June 21 - July 4

On Thursday, July 27 Mystery to Me will be supporting Dane Buy Local by giving them 5% of today's sales. 

Stay tuned for more info about the neighborhood walk. Tickets will be available for sale here (Dane Buy Local's website).

Friday, June 28th
Dean Strang, "Keep the Wretches in Order" in conversation with Doug Moe

7 pm

wretchesDean Strang discusses his new book with Doug Moe

Keep The Wretches in Order

America's Biggest Mass Trial, the Rise of the Justice Department, and the Fall of the IWW

In the first legal history of this federal trial, Dean Strang shows how the case laid the groundwork for a fundamentally different strategy to stifle radical threats, and had a major role in shaping the modern Justice Department. As the trial unfolded, it became an exercise of raw force, raising serious questions about its legitimacy and revealing the fragility of a criminal justice system under great external pressure.

July

Thursday, July 11th
John Galligan - "Bad Axe County"

with Doug Moe

7 pm

axeAbout the Book

Dennis Lehane meets Megan Miranda in this tense, atmospheric thriller about the first female sheriff in rural Bad Axe County, Wisconsin, as she searches for a missing girl, battles local drug dealers, and seeks the truth about the death of her parents twenty years ago—all as a winter storm rages in her embattled community. 

A review from William Kent Krueger

If Joseph Conrad had really wanted to find the heart of darkness, he’d have looked in Bad Axe County. Lurking in the isolated coulees at the edge of the Mississippi River are some of the meanest, foulest, cruelest hearts imaginable, and John Galligan evokes them with all the intensity of a mad poet. But in county sheriff Heidi Kick, a woman chipped and broken on every edge, Galligan offers a righteous force in opposition. Set in a landscape of the salvage yards, two-bit taverns, and blink-and-you’ll miss-’em small towns of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, Bad Axe County is a dark beauty of a novel, nothing less than a mythic conflict between flawed heroes and gargantuan evil. It's not always an easy battle to watch, but I guarantee you won't look away. 

-- William Kent Krueger, winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Novel (Ordinary Grace), two-time Anthony Award Best Novel winner, and author of the popular Cork O’Connor crime series set in Minnesota 

About John Galligan

galliganJohn Galligan’s career as a novelist began with the critically acclaimed Red Sky, Red Dragonfly based on his experiences living, teaching, and traveling in Japan.

He subsequently became best known for his groundbreaking and celebrated series of mysteries featuring a nomadic fly fisherman: The Nail Knot, The Blood Knot, The Clinch Knot, and The Wind Knot. Read more about John on his website.

Friday, July 12th
Gregory Lee Renz discusses his novel "Beneath the Flames"

7 pm

Beneath the Flames is a novel based on the author's real-life rescue of two little boys from their burning bedroom. 

Reviews

"Renz draws on his years of experience as a firefighter to bring a hardscrabble authenticity to his novel. He packs the tale with plenty of action and a lot of heart. His firefighting sequences are detailed and thrilling, placing readers right in front of the flames. His prose is clean and, at times, poetic..." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Gregory Renz’s new novel is a triumph of poignancy, compassion, and restraint. In it, a man’s regret is transformed to triumph." -- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of the bestselling novel, The Deep End of the Ocean

 

Thursday, July 18th
Jesse Lee Kerchival and Catherine Jagoe read from "Reborn in Ink"

7 pm

Poetry by Laura Cesarco Eglin, a poet and translator from Uruguay. Latinx Studies. Jewish Studies. Women's Studies. Translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval and Catherine Jagoe. Bilingual Edition. The Word Works International Editions. In lyric poems of startling directness, Laura Cesarco Eglin explores the death of her father, the beauty of her country, her Jewish ancestry, and the invisible connections between the living and what's "beyond." Translated collaboratively by Jesse Lee Kercheval and Catherine Jagoe, accompanied by the original Spanish, each poem retains the delicacy as well as the power of Eglin's explorations of that which we cannot always see but must always feel. Says Aviya Kushner, "These poems excel in the art of astonishing transformation. Lipstick becomes a remembrance of the selection line of life versus death in the Holocaust. An eyelash becomes the site of all hope, glued to the chest, and brushing hair turns into a chance to learn 'eccentricity in community.' These beautiful translations seem to know their own irresistibility, as they capture the poet's understanding."

Wednesday, July 24th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Jussi Adler-Olsen, The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, book 1

August

Wednesday, August 28th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm 

Nick Petrie, Light It Up

September

Friday, September 06th
William Kent Krueger - "This Tender Land"

7 pm

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kruegerAbout the Book

1932: Located on the banks of the Gilead River in Minnesota, Lincoln School is home to hundreds of Native American boys and girls who have been separated from their families. The only two white boys in the school are orphan brothers Odie and Albert who, under the watchful eyes of the cruel superintendent Mrs. Brickman, are often in trouble for misdeeds both real and imagined. The two boys’ best friend is Mose, a mute Native American who is also the strongest kid in school. And they find another ally in Cora Frost, a widowed teacher who is raising her little girl, Emmy, by herself.

When tragedy strikes down Mrs. Frost, it’s the catalyst for a series of events that will send Odie, Albert, and Mose to rescue Emmy and flee down the river in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi, leaving a dead body in their wake. Soon they are wanted by the law and they know that Mrs. Brickman will stop at nothing to track them down for dark reasons of her own.

About the Author

Find out more about William Kent Krueger on his author page.

Tuesday, September 10th
Kathleen Ernst - "Fiddling with Fate"

6:30 pm

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ernstAbout the Book

Another Chloe Ellefson Mystery! Chloe has a devil of a time unraveling the mysteries of Norway's fiddle and dance traditions

After her mother's unexpected death, curator Chloe Ellefson discovers hidden antiques that hint at family secrets. Determined to find answers, Chloe accepts a consultant job in Norway, her ancestors' homeland. She's thrilled with the opportunity to explore Hardanger fiddle and dance traditions . . . and her own heritage.

Once their plane lands, however, Chloe and her fiancé, cop Roelke McKenna, encounter only disharmony. Chloe's research reveals strong women and the importance of fiddle music in their lives. But folklore warns against "the devil's instrument" and old evils may yet linger among the fjords and mountains. As Chloe fine-tunes her search for the truth, a killer's desire to stop her builds to a deadly crescendo.

About the Author

Emmy Award-winning writer Kathleen Ernst is the bestselling author of thirty-seven published mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction history books for adults and young readers. Read more about Kathleen Ernst on her author page.

Tuesday, September 17th
Andrea Potos reads from "Mothershell"

7 pm

Think of a mother cupping a child’s face in her hands, and you have the shell of Mothershell, Andrea Potos’ tender and luminous new collection. Yes, these are poems of loss: her mother’s cancer and treatments, her death and the grief that follows, but these are also poems that celebrate the chord, “the unseen thread” that binds mothers and daughters forever. Potos imagines heaven as an eternal breakfast, mother and daughter drinking our coffee/black and filled to the top. Coffee without bitterness or sweet / but somewhere in the perfection / of the middle. Here are poems that celebrate the power of presence, poems of travel: Ireland, France, Italy, ekphrastic poems that illuminate paintings. In “What the Poem Did,” Potos writes It became a spine/walked me upright/ into the day, and this is what this book does, walks with each of us and sustains us in the long journey of all of our ordinary days.

October

Thursday, October 10th
Mark Pryor discusses his Hugo Marston Mystery Series

7 pm

Mark Pryor is a British mystery writer who writes crime fiction mostly set in Paris, but also in London and Barcelona. The Hugo Marston series features a former FBI profiler who is now the head of security at the US Embassy in Paris. Pryor describes Hugo as "a rather old-fashioned kind of hero." 

There are currently eight books in the series, the first was published in 2012. 

About The Bookseller (Book #1)

"Pryor's steady and engrossing debut combines Sherlockian puzzle solving with Eric Ambler-like spy intrigue. With a cast of characters you want to know better and a storyline cloaked in World War II betrayals...the author winningly blends contemporary crime with historical topics." -- Library Journal Starred Review

About The Book Artist (Book #8, 2019):

Hugo Marston, head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, puts his life in danger when he investigates the murder of a celebrated artist, all the while fending off an assassin looking to settle an old score against him. Hugo Marston accompanies his boss, US Ambassador J. Bradford Taylor, to the first night of an art exhibition in Montmartre, Paris. Hugo is less than happy about going until he finds out that the sculptures on display are made from his favorite medium: books. Soon after the champagne starts to flow and the canapes are served, the night takes a deadly turn when one of the guests is found murdered. Hugo lingers at the scene and offers his profiling expertise to help solve the crime, but the detective in charge quickly jumps to his own conclusions. He makes an arrest, but it's someone that Hugo is certain is innocent. Meanwhile, his best friend, Tom Green, has disappeared to Amsterdam, hunting an enemy from their past, an enemy who gets the upper hand on Tom, and who then sets his sights on Hugo. With an innocent person behind bars, a murder to solve, and his own life in danger, Hugo knows he has no time to waste as one killer tries to slip away, and another gets closer and closer.

 

Pryor has also written two novels set in Austin, Texas, Hollow Man (September, 2015) and Dominic (January 2018). They are psychological thrillers. 

In real life Mark Pryor grew up in Hertfordshire, England, and now lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three young children. Click on his name here for a link to his bio. 

 

Wednesday, October 23rd
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Book TBA

Thursday, October 24th
Poetry Night with Jesse Lee Kerchival, Andrea Potos, Robin Chapman & Don Veach

7 pm

More information to follow! 

November

Wednesday, November 27th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Book TBA

December

Wednesday, December 25th
No Mystery to Me Book Club

Closed for the Holidays