Past Events


Saturday, June 15th
Mystery to Me turns 6!
Celebrate six years of Mystery to Me with treats, books…and golden tickets.

Golden Ticket

Before our doors open at 10:00a, we’ll hide six golden gift certificates throughout the store—each one good for $15 at Mystery to Me! They never expire, and if you’re feeling generous you may bequeath your spoils unto anyone you so choose. (Maybe a last minute Father’s Day gift?)

With rain in the forecast, Mystery to Me’s 6th Birthday Party is a great way to get out of the house, escape the rain, and celebrate six great years of supporting your local indie bookstore!
Friday, June 14th
Victoria Houston in conversation with Doug Moe about her new book "Dead Big Dawg"

7 pm

Victoria Houston in conversation with Doug Moe.

deadAbout the Book

When the bodies of a wealthy Chicago industrialist and his wife are discovered in their summer home at the same time that a local lawyer disappears, life becomes complicated for Loon Lake Chief of Police Lew Ferris.

Relying on the forensic dental expertise of her close friend and acting coroner, Doc Osborne, Lew soon finds the investigations are even more complicated than she thought when a rarely used computer belonging to a local sawmill operation is taken over by foreign hackers. Add to that the family issues facing both Lew and Doc, and this Northwoods summer becomes both hot and dangerous.
Engaging and fast-paced, Dead Big Dawg is a clever mystery perfect for fans of Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich.

About the Author

A few words from the author:  
"I was born and raised in Rhinelander, WI, in the heart of the fishing culture that backgrounds my mysteries. I grew up fishing houstonfor walleye and bluegills and muskie - and when I turned fifty, I learned to fly fish! Over the years, I have published 24 books – a fact that surprises the hell out of me as I never finished college."

Read more about Victoria on her author page

Thursday, June 13th
Matt Goldman discusses his new mystery, "The Shallows"

7 pm

In the words of Lee Child on Gone to Dust, “I want more of Nils Shapiro.” New York Times Best Selling author and Emmy Award-winning writer Matt Goldman obliges by bringing the Minneapolis private detective back for another thrilling, stand-alone adventure in The Shallows.

The Shallows

A prominent lawyer is found dead, tied to his own dock by a fishing stringer through his jaw, and everyone wants private detective Nils Shapiro to protect them from suspicion: The unfaithful widow. Her artist boyfriend. The lawyer’s firm. A polarizing congressional candidate. A rudderless suburban police department. Even the FBI.

Nils and his investigative partners illuminate a sticky web of secrets and deceit that draws national attention. But finding the web doesn’t prevent Nils from getting caught in it. Just when his safety is most in peril, his personal life takes an unexpected twist, facing its own snarl of surprise and deception.

In The Shallows, Goldman delves into the threat of dark history repeating itself while delivering another page-turner with his signature pace, humor, and richly drawn characters.

About Matt

Also a television writer, Matt has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award and has won an Emmy Award. His credits include Seinfeld, Ellen, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. He lives in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, June 11th
Cara Black Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Aimee Leduc series! New book: "Murder in Bel-Air"

7 pm

Please RSVP for this event by following this link

Cara Black is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Aimee Leduc investigations at Mystery to Me Bookstore, AND she will introduce her new book in the series, Murder in Bel-Air.


murderAbout the Book

Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc is about to go onstage to deliver the keynote address at a tech conference that is sure to secure Leduc Detective some much-needed business contracts when she gets an emergency phone call from her daughter’s playgroup: Aimée’s own mother, who was supposed to pick Chloe up, never showed. Abandoning her hard-won speaking gig, Aimée rushes to get Chloe, annoyed that her mother has let her down yet again.
But as Aimée and Chloe are leaving the playground, Aimée witnesses the body of a homeless woman being wheeled away from the neighboring convent, where nuns run a soup kitchen. The last person anyone saw the dead woman talking to was Aimée’s mother, who has vanished. Trying to figure out what happened to Sydney Leduc, Aimée tracks down the dead woman’s possessions, which include a huge amount of cash. What did Sydney stumble into? Is she in trouble?

About the Author

blackCara Black is the author of nineteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently. Find more information on her author page.

Saturday, June 08th
Pop-Up Mystery to Me at the McFarland Public Library

Thursday, June 06th
A Night to Recite

7 pm

Come honor one of your favorite poets and exercise your memory muscle at Madison’s first ever “A Night to Recite” on Thursday, June 6, starting at 7:00 pm at Mystery to Me Bookstore! All lovers of poetry and spoken word are invited to memorize a favorite poem (not one’s own) to recite to a supportive audience. Refreshments and fellowship will be served. 

Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance by emailing: Anyone is invited to take part - make sure you memorize the poem beforehand.

Need inspiration for the event? We have a wonderful selection of poetry in our store. From Ovid to Mary Oliver to Rumi to local poets such as Andrea Potos or Steve himself- take your pick. Make sure you ask our booksellers for a recommend if you are looking for inspiration!


Thursday, May 30th
Ben Nadler in conversation with Kevin Henkes

7 pm 

About the Book

"Listen to the animals!" An urgent message from the past for today and tomorrow.
Young Randall dreams of adventures until he’s sent off one day on a mission to discover the neighboring king’s secret. When he returns, he’s thrown in a dungeon and despairs until Princess Tilda – the power behind the throne – entices him to compete for her hand. Ben Nadler's modern version in comics highlights the timeless truth at the heart of this Grimms’ fairy tale. 

"Nadler updates a lesser-known Grimm’s tale with diverse characters, compassion for animals, and a feminist hero.  Nadler's crisp, neatly laid-out panel artwork is easy to follow, with moments of video-game-like adventure, and bites of magic food produce a hilariously trippy effect as pulsing rainbow halos appear around the eaters’ heads. In an afterword, comic artist Paul Karasik offers context for the modernized components, in particular “girl power,” and makes a case for the free retelling of traditional stories" --Publishers Weekly
"Nadler makes this tale fresh, multiethnic, and accessible to younger children. His shrewdest update is the transformation of Princess Tilda from a prize-to-be-won supporting character into an adept and capable ruler who directly challenges her father's outdated belief that a woman is incapable of wielding power well."--Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Ben Nadler is an illustrator, writer, and comics artist from Wisconsin, now living in Chicago. He and his father, philosopher Steven Nadler, collaborated on Princeton University’s Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy, the Bronze Winner of INDIES Book of the Year Awards in Philosophy. This is his first book for children.
Wednesday, May 29th
Madison Writers' Studio

5:30 pm

Madison Writers’ Studio

Student read from their work.

- Public welcome

Tuesday, May 28th
David Maraniss - "A Good American Family"

A Wisconsin Book Festival event!

7 pm at the Central Library
201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703 

with Doug Moe

goodAbout the Book

A Good American Family captures a time of fear, paranoia, and injustice—and at the heart is the story of Maraniss’s father. Elliott Maraniss, a World War II veteran who had commanded an all-black company in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House of Un-American Activities Committee, fired from his newspaper job, and blacklisted for five years. Ultimately, though, this is an optimistic book. Maraniss’s father never lost faith in America, and he was eventually vindicated.


About David Maraniss

davidBorn in Detroit, David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post. Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author of First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton; Rome 1960: The Olympics that Stirred the World; Barack Obama: The Story; Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero; They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967; and When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, which was hailed by Sports Illustrated as “maybe the best sports biography ever published.” He lives in Washington, DC and Madison, Wisconsin.

Friday, May 24th
Betsy Draine & Michael Hinden: "The Dead of Achill Island"

7 pm

achillA Nora Barnes and Toby Sandler Mystery

Art historian Nora Barnes and her husband, Toby Sandler, are visiting the west of Ireland for a family reunion. During a morning walk through a deserted village on Achill Island, Nora stumbles upon a body—her notorious uncle Bert. When a clue singles out her mother as the likely suspect, Nora and Toby are on the case to clear her name. 

Whether in a barroom brawl or the sauna of a swingers’ club, Toby has Nora’s back. As they search, the dead of Achill seem to speak from graveyards, ruined churches, and megalithic tombs. A second murder makes it all the more difficult to connect the dots. And when Nora and Toby become the next targets, their own survival is at stake.


About the Authorsdraine

Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden are coauthors of Murder in LascauxThe Body in Bodega Bay, and Death on a Starry Night, the first three mystery novels featuring Nora Barnes and Toby Sandler. They also coauthored the memoir A Castle in the Backyard: The Dream of a House in France and translated The Walnut Cookbook by Jean-Luc Toussaint. They are professors emeriti of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Thursday, May 23rd
Sujata Massey discusses her new book "The Satapur Moonstone" with journalist Doug Moe
7 pm
Please join us in welcoming Sujata Massey to Mystery to Me. Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a full-time novelist. Her novels have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. The first Perveen Mistry novel, The Widows of Malabar Hill, was an international bestseller. Visit her website at
About the Book
India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Sahyadri mountains, where the princely state of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur’s royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic hunting accident. The state is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur’s two maharanis, the dowager queen and her daughter-in-law.
The royal ladies are in a dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer’s counsel is required. However, the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince’s future, but she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace’s deadly curse?
Thursday, May 23rd
EVENT CANCELED: Dr. Joshua Mezrich discusses his book "When Death Becomes Life" -- at the Sun Prairie Public Library

6 :30 pm  CANCELED

Sun Prairie Public Library

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another. In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he illuminates the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day. When Death Becomes Life is a thrilling look at how science advances on a grand scale to improve human lives.

Wednesday, May 22nd
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Jacqueline Winspear, Birds of a Feather

Sunday, May 19th
Children's Author Lisl Detlefsen reads "Right This Very Minute" and "1,2,3 Jump!"

3 pm

Right This Very Minute

What's that you say? You're hungry? Right this very minute? Then you need a farmer. You have the stories of so many right here on your table! 

1, 2, 3 Jump!

From what to wear (a bathing suit, of course!) to what to expect (no, your teacher will not be a mermaid), 3, 2, 1 Jump! covers the what if’s and how to’s of getting in the pool for the first time.





Lisl Detlefsen is a Wisconsin author of a growing number of award-winning picture books including If You Had a Jetpack and Time for Cranberries.

Saturday, May 18th
Join the Mystery to Me Team -- Walk for Dyslexia (Brittingham Park Shelter)

7:30 am --- Check-in  BRITTINGHAM PARK SHELTER

8:30 am --- Start Walking!

Register at the Walk for Dyslexia Website


Friday, May 17th
Audio book! Kristin Oakley and Rob Doyle

7 pm

Kristin Oakley's two books have been performed by American Players Theatre actor Rob Doyle into audio books. They will be at Mystery to Me Bookstore to discuss the production process and the books. Rob Doyle will read from the books, and there will be time for questions.

New to audio books? Check out! partners with independent booksellers: find a local bookstore, start a membership, and get 3 audiobooks for the price of 1. All is well explained on the website.

Kristin Oakley's books are both on, too: 

carpeAbout Carpe Diem, Illinois (audio book here)

For decades, the small town of Carpe Diem, Illinois has quietly unschooled its children, eschewing tests and classrooms for real-life experiences. Now, long-smoldering political feuds and deep personal secrets threaten to explode. When her mother is hospitalized in Carpe Diem after an auto accident, teenager Tali Shaw, the daughter of a powerful state senator, finds herself at the heart of a vicious conspiracy to bring Carpe Diem down. Can prize-winning Chicago Examiner reporter Leo Townsend overcome his own demons and expose those behind the scheme before it's too late?

godAbout God on Mayhem Street (audio book here)

Chicago Examiner reporter Leo Townsend has landed the interview of a lifetime with openly gay, front-running US presidential candidate Griffin Carlisle. But when Leo is forced to abandon the interview to rush to the side of his estranged father who has suffered a near-fatal heart attack, Leo's personal and professional worlds collide. When Griffin offers to visit the Townsend farm for an interview, secrets are exposed that jeopardize not just Leo's family, but an entire nation.


Thursday, May 16th
Doug Moe Interviews Marshall Cook about "Glorious"

6:30 pm

We're very happy to welcome Marshall Cook back to Mystery to Me Bookstore:

Interview by Doug Moe

gloriousAbout Glorious

“Marshall Cook has created a glorious cast of characters inhabiting a small Wisconsin town, from the joke-cracking radio DJ to the married owners of a diner. Beneath the surface of a town known for its Polar Plunge and Cow Chip Toss, readers will discover love and heartbreak, secrets from the past, the battle between the sexes, and even a dog named Frederick Douglass. With echoes of Sherwood Anderson and William Faulkner, Marshall Cook gives us America—and ourselves.” - Emily Auerbach

About Marshall Cook

Creative writing professor at UW-Madison, Marshall Cook is the author of several nonfiction books on various topics, and a new series of light mysteries, the Monona Quinncook mysteries. Marshall J. Cook taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison for thirty years and often speaks at conferences nationwide. He has published several books on stress management and has been a guest on Oprah to discuss the topic. Marshall edits Extra Innings, an online newsletter for writers. He has authored thirty books and hundreds of magazine articles. Marshall holds his BA in creative writing and his MA in communications from Stanford University. He has been married to Ellen since 1968, and they have one son, Jeremiah. When not writing, Marshall likes to read, jog, lift weights, and talk back to the television (not all at the same time). He is a passionate minor league baseball fan, drives the back roads, and eats in small town cafes.


Tuesday, May 14th
Doug Moe interviews author Patricia Skalka discusses her newest Door County mystery: "Death By the Bay"

7 pm

Join us for a rousing evening with local journalist Doug Moe interviewing author Patricia Skalka bout her newest Door County Mystery! 

About the Book

Is a mysterious medical institute pursuing a miracle cure—or covering up a heartless con?

“A touching and original story. Sheriff Cubiak is the kind of man you would always want to handle such personal and painful matters. All the characters spring off the pages.”—Maureen Jennings, author of the Murdoch Mysteries

The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries pit a former troubled Chicago cop against a roster of clever killers on the Door County Peninsula in the heart of the Midwest. Set against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty, the series kicks off with Death Stalks Door County and continues with Death at Gills Rock and Death In Cold Water. Death by the Bay is the fourth book in the series. 

About the Author

Skalka turned to fiction following a successful career in nonfiction. Her many credits include: Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor, and book reviewer. 

Skalka is president of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter and a member of several professional organizations, including The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Chicago and Door County WI.

Sunday, May 12th
Store closed all day for Mother's Day

Mystery to Me Bookstore will be closed all day for Mother's Day.


We will reopen on Tuesday, May 14th, 10 am!


Wednesday, May 08th
"Milwaukee Noir" with editor Tim Hennessy and authors

7 pm


noirAkashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

Milwaukee Noir contains brand-new stories by Jane Hamilton, Reed Farrel Coleman, Valerie Laken, Matthew J. Prigge, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Vida Cross, Larry Watson, Frank Wheeler Jr., Derrick Harriell, Christi Clancy, James E. Causey, Mary Thorson, Nick Petrie, and Jennifer Morales.

Joining us will be editor Tim Hennessy, Christi Clancy, Jennifer Morales, and Vida Cross (with possibly more to come)! 

From the introduction by editor Tim Hennessy:

"Presently, Milwaukee is going through a renaissance—abandoned factories being converted to condos, craft breweries and distilleries pushing out corner taverns—yet at the same time it is among the most segregated and impoverished big cities in the country. The gentrification of neighborhoods outside of downtown bear the impact of twentieth-century redlining efforts, forcing residents out due to housing demand, adding fuel to the affordable-housing crisis. Such an environment and atmosphere make excellent fodder for noir fiction . . .

The book you’re holding is the first of its kind—a short fiction collection about Milwaukee, by writers who’ve experienced life here. The crime/noir genre at its best can be one of the purest forms of social commentary. I’ve gathered contributors who can tell not just a fine story, but who can write about the struggles and resilience of the people who live here . . . I’m honored to compile a body of work that represents what I love, and fear, about Milwaukee. I love my city’s lack of pretension; its stubbornness and pride in the unpolished corners. I fear that my city faces an uncertain future—that as it becomes more divided it may push our best and brightest to find somewhere else to shine."

Tuesday, May 07th
Nick Thorkelson with editor Paul Buhle -- "Herbert Marcuse - Philosopher of Utopia, A Graphic Biography"

7 pm

Madison's own comic artist, Nick Thorkelson makes a return visit with a comic explaining the famous radical philosopher Herbert Marcuse. 

Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia, a Graphic Biography, with a foreward by Angela Y. Davis, has been hailed widely by comic artists and Marcuse scholars. It's a beautiful comic art and even fun, as the philosopher escapes Nazi Germany, becomes Ronald Reagan's favorite enemy in California, and an idol of rebellious young poeple ("Marx-Mao-Marcuse!" from a German chant) in the 1960's. Angela David, Marcuse's former student, has a lot to say. 

Thorkelson, raised in the near West Side, was the first underground artist in Wisconsin, drawing for a newspaper Connections. He has returned to comic art in the last dozen years, and his twenty page comic for the Madison Reunion of 2018 will be available, free. 

Nick Thorkelson currenlty lives in Boston. He has done cartoons on local politics for The Boston Globe and in support of organizations working on economic justice, peace, and public health. He is the co-author and/or illustrator of The Earth Belongs to the People, The Underhanded History of the USAThe Legal Rights of Union StewardsThe Comic Strip of Neoliberalism, and Economic Meltdown Funnies, and has contributed to a number of nonfiction comics anthologies. 

He is working on a graphic novel about the end of the Sixties, A Better World Is Possible. Nick also moonlights as a musician, animator, graphic designer, and painter.

Also featured: The Eugene v. Debs Comic edited by Paul Buhle, and the reprinted Radical America Komik of 1969, the
wildly rebellious counterculture comic sold at the Electric Eye book-and-bong store of local yore.

Thursday, May 02nd
Kelly Harms - "The Overdue Life of Amy Byler"

7 pm

please sign up for this event by following this link to Eventbrite

About the Book

kellyOverworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.
Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.
But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.

About the Authorkelly

Kelly Harms (see also her author page) is an author, a mother, and a big dreamer. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman, Chris. Before this midwestern life, she lived in New York, New York, and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins and then as a literary agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. 


Saturday, April 27th
Monroe Street Chocolate Walk

Noon - 4 pm

More information via this link

Saturday, April 27th
Independent Bookstore Day

All day!

Ibookstorendependent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. Come visit!    

Friday, April 26th
Rulers of Aah Exhibition and Final Show - Ceramic Artist: Riley McManus

6 - 8 pm

Full Collection and Ceramics Exhibition

The Rulers of Aah is a ceramics exhibition featuring a series of whimsical, wheel thrown sculptures by local Madison, WI artist Riley McManus. The sculptures range in size from 6 inches to 3 feet and resemble the ruling classes from Land of Aah; a place outside of the laws of reality. Every 29 years the rulers from the 10 kingdoms get together for a summit wearing ornate, ceremonial garb to discuss current issues, trade agreements, and strengthen bonds. This series is a breakaway from functional pottery McManus has done in the past. 
“As a ceramicist, the wheel is one of my most dependable tools. For this series I wanted to stray from traditional pottery by creating elaborate sculptural forms and show the versatility of the pottery wheel as a means for creating art.”   


The Rulers of Aah explores the wheel thrown vessel, and its space-inside and out. This exhibition is spirited while showing off how ceramic as a medium can combine conventional methods with unrestrained creativity. Various sculptures will be on display throughout the month of April and the full collection will be together one night only on April 26, from 6-8 at Mystery to Me, an independent bookstore, 1863 Monroe St, Madison, WI.
Wednesday, April 24th
Nick Butler - "Little Faith"

Wisconsin Book Festival event!

7 pm at the Central Library
201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703 

nickAbout the Author

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the author of the novel The Hearts of Men, the internationally bestselling and prizewinning novel Shotgun Lovesongs, and the acclaimed short story collection Beneath the Bonfire. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.


faithAbout the Book

A Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church. Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But while Lyle is thrilled to have his whole family reunited, he’s also uneasy: in Shiloh’s absence, she has become deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick.

Wednesday, April 24th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Kate Atkinson, Case History

Monday, April 22nd
"White Fragility" with author Robin DiAngelo at the First Unitarian Church
Sunday, April 21st
Easter - Store Closed

Please note that the store will be closed all day on Sunday, April 21st for Easter Sunday.

We will reopen on Tuesday, April 23.

Wednesday, April 17th
Madison Writers' Studio

6-8 pm

Madison Writers’ Studio

Palliative Care students read from their work

- Public welcome

Friday, April 12th
David Benjamin discusses his new novels - A Celebration of Last Kid Books!

7 pm

David Benjamin's "Last Kid Books"  ...A Lifetime of stories to tell! 

Join us for a wonderful evening full of laughter and storytelling!



latinDavid Benjamin has a lifetime of stories to tell.

Last Kid Books is his way — before it’s all over — to get those stories where they belong, into the hands of people who can read and enjoy them.

David Benjamin is the author of The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked (Random House, 2002), SUMO: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Japan’s National Sport (Tuttle Publishing, 1990), Three’s a Crowd (Event Horizon Press, 2013), and A Sunday Kind of Love (Event Horizon Press, 2014). 

With the death of his agent in 2012, David Benjamin lost his lifeline to America’s publishing hub in New York City. After six years of trying to cajole his way back into the book trade’s inner circle, Benjamin took stock of himself and decided he couldn’t wait any longer to be “discovered.” He recalled the words of his Grandma Annie: “If you want something done right, you’d better do it your own damn self, sweetie.”

Last Kid Bsummerooks is David Benjamin, doing it by his own sweet self.

To punctuate the arrival of Last Kid Books, and to distinguish himself from authors who “have one good book” in them, David Benjamin is launching Last Kid Books with three volumes at once: an essay collection appropriately called Almost Killed by a Train of Thought, and two novels, Summer of ’68 and Skulduggery in the Latin Quarter.

Working with book designer Kristin Mitchell of Little Creek Press and with Park Printing in Verona, Wisconsin, along with many talented friends — like illustrators Greg Holfeld and Junko Yoshida, and copy editor Diana Scheben — Benjamin intends to publish at least three Last Kid Books every year ’til the pile of manuscripts starts to shrink a little.

Thursday, April 11th
Poetry with Bent Paddle Press

7 pm

Bent Paddle Press invites all to come and hear poetry from four authors. The four poets (and their Bent Paddle books) are: Jeanie Tomasko, The Collect of the Day and Dove TailRon Czerwien, a little rain, a little moreRonnie Hess, Canoeing a River with No NameRichard Merelman, Sensorium.

Find out more about the authors and their work at Bent Paddle Press

Wednesday, April 10th
Monona Library - JUST DESSERTS! Three mystery authors discuss Revenge,Retribution and Redemption!

6 pm

at the Monona Library
1000 Nichols Road, Monona

revengeA mind-blowing dessert bar of an evening celebrating National Library
Week and Indie Bookstores! Mystery to Me Bookstore joins with Monona Library to bring a panel discussion with 3 great local authors: Matt Goldman-the Nils Shapiro series; Annelise Ryan-the Mattie Winston series, and Sean Patrick Little-the Survivor Journals, will discuss their works, which will be paired with some very special treats from our tremendous local eateries.  
The evening will include: 
-Book Signing & Sales
-Readings and Q&A

-And some sweet surprises for you from Gail Ambrosius, Macha Tea Company & The Looking Glass Bakery!

Make sure to sign up via the Monona Library website.

Wednesday, April 10th
Parker Palmer, author of "Courage to Teach", "Let Your Life Speak," and "On the Brink of Everything" at the McFarland Public Library

6:30 pm

McFarland Public Library


Parker Palmer is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books including Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy.

Sunday, April 07th
Kevin Henkes: "Sweeping Up the Heart"

1:30 pm

a middle grade book!

About the Book

sweepingAmelia Albright dreams about going to Florida for spring break like everyone else in her class, but her father—a cranky and stubborn English professor—has decided Florida is too much adventure.

Now Amelia is stuck at home with him and her babysitter, the beloved Mrs. O’Brien. The week ahead promises to be boring, until Amelia meets Casey at her neighborhood art studio. Amelia has never been friends with a boy before, and the experience is both fraught and thrilling. When Casey claims to see the spirit of Amelia’s mother (who died ten years before), the pair embarks on an altogether different journey in their attempt to find her.

Using crisp, lyrical, literary writing and moments of humor and truth, award-winning author Kevin Henkes deftly captures how it feels to be almost thirteen.

About the Author

From the author's website:henkes

“I’ve been writing and illustrating children’s books for thirty years. It’s the only real job I’ve ever had. When my work is going well, it’s transformative. I feel as if I’ve been removed from ordinary time and am living in some parallel universe, a world of grace and wonder. Books are often the first exposure to art that children have. Keeping that in mind urges me to make the very best books possible. I know how important the books from my childhood were (and are) to me. Without them, I might not be a writer and artist today.

Sometimes I’ll hear from a parent about how a book of mine has insinuated itself into the heart of his or her child, or how a phrase from one of my books has become part of the family’s daily jargon. I love that. But most of all, I love sitting alone in a quiet room drawing and painting and writing. I love my job.”

Friday, April 05th
Doug Walsh discusses "Tailwinds Past Florence"

7 pm

About the Book

Their love spans centuries. Will it survive a journey around the world?
After getting blacklisted from the venture capital industry, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Vaughan will do anything to avoid telling his wife what happened. Even if it means agreeing to her dream of bicycling around the world. Kara, tired of being married to a workaholic, was readying for a divorce. Now, she’s packing bags of a different kind. Together, they pedal away from Seattle, headed east on the open road across America, Europe, and beyond.


About the Author

Doug Walsh was born in New Jersey and now writes from the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington state. A longtime author of video game strategy guides for Brady Games, Tailwinds Past Florence marks his debut into fiction. The novel was inspired by his round-the-world bicycle travels.

Thursday, April 04th
Dr. Joshua Mezrich discusses his book "When Death Becomes Life" -- at the McFarland Public Library

6:30 pm

McFarland Public Library

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another. In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he illuminates the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day. When Death Becomes Life is a thrilling look at how science advances on a grand scale to improve human lives

Tuesday, April 02nd
Michael Stevens - The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin

7 pm

pioneerAbout the Book

Stevens provides an intimate glimpse into pioneer life through stories told by those who were settling in Wisconsin between the mid-1830s and the 1850s. Excerpts from pioneer letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other documents give readers a first-hand account of what it felt like to be an immigrant on a packed ship crossing the ocean, a 16-year-old riding in a wagon heading west, or a mother living in the Lake Superior region grieving the loss of her child. 

In their own words, these early settlers reveal their fears, joys, frustrations, and hopes for life in a new place. Woven together with context provided by Stevens, these first-person accounts form a fascinating narrative that deepens our ability to understand and empathize with Wisconsin’s early pioneers. At its heart, "The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin" is about people dreaming of, searching for, and creating new homes in a new land. These are the stories of immigrant pioneers who settled, adapted, and built a new life in the Upper Midwest. 


About the Author stevens

Michael E. Stevens is the Wisconsin State Historian Emeritus and author of 13 books and nearly 30 articles. He has won the Gambrinus Prize for the best book on Milwaukee history and the Association for Documentary Editing’s Lyman Butterfield Award for career contributions in historical research, teaching, and documentary editing. Stevens earned his Ph.D. in American history from UW–Madison and held varying roles at the Wisconsin Historical Society, including archivist, state historian, and state historic preservation officer. 


Monday, April 01st

newhoursStarting April 1st, Mystery to Me will be open longer on week nights!

Our new hours:

Monday - Friday: 10 -7

Saturday: 10 - 5

Sunday: 11 - 4


Wednesday, March 27th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm 

Kate Quinn, The Huntress

Saturday, March 23rd
Pat Zietlow Miller & Eliza Wheeler -- "When You Are Brave"

1:30 pm       

What does it mean to be brave? When should you try?

New York Times best-selling author of Be Kind -- Pat Zietlow Miller will be at the store with illustrator Eliza Wheeler for their new book When You Are Brave -- An inspiring picture book affirmation about having courage even in difficult times, because some days, when everything around you seems scary, you have to be brave. 

About the Author

Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!)

Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine. Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats. Pat lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

About the Illustrator

illustratorEliza Wheeler grew up in Northern Wisconsin in a family of teachers, musicians, and artists. Drawing was her favorite form of play as a child, her emotional outlet as a teen, and her passion as an adult. Some of the strongest influences on her creativity have been the wild Wisconsin seasons, canoeing the Brule River, picking blueberries with her Grandmother, and digging through the snow with her brothers.


Thursday, March 21st
Jim Leary: "Folksongs From Another America"

7 pm

At the Middleton Public Library
7425 Hubbard Ave, Middleton

Please sign up for this event via the library website.

The first 2019 lecture in the Middleton Library Scholar'd for Life series. Professor Emeritus Jim Leary presents a multi-media lecture on the vibrant yet largely neglected folk/ethnic/roots music of diverse peoples in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest and what that tradition tells us about the American experience.

Jim Leary is a public folklorist who was born and raised in Rice Lake in northwestern Wisconsin. He earned a B.A. in English Literature, Notre Dame; an M.A. in Folklore, University of North Carolina; and a Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies, Indiana University. Since the early 1970s his research has focused on the traditional songs, stories, customary practices, and handwork of indigenous and immigrant peoples and their mostly rural and working class descendants in America's Upper Midwest, resulting in numerous museum exhibits, folklife festivals, public radio programs, documentary sound recordings, films, essays, and books. Director of UW's Folklore Program from 1999-2009, Leary co-founded and currently directs the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, a populist public humanities center devoted to research, the development of archival collections, and public programs regarding the languages and folklore of the region's diverse peoples.
Copies of his latest book, Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 will be available for purchase, and the evening will conclude with a book signing.

Sunday, March 17th
Sarah J. Carlson: "All the Walls of Belfast"

2 pm

with Doug Moe

BelfastAbout the Book

Fiona and Danny were born in the same hospital. Fiona’s mom fled with her to the United States when she was two, but fourteen years after the Troubles ended, a forty-foot-tall peace wall still separates her dad’s Catholic neighborhood from Danny’s Protestant neighborhood.

After chance brings Fiona and Danny together, their love of the band Fading Stars, big dreams, and desire to run away from their families unites them. Danny and Fiona must help one another overcome the burden of their parents’ pasts. But one ugly truth might shatter what they have.

About the Author


Sarah J. Carlson writes contemporary YA that delves into complex, real world problems. Professionally, she is a school psychologist who works primarily with a diverse, mostly low income population. Her professional focus is around supporting the success of children with behavioral and mental health needs and helping to promote resilience in children who have been exposed to trauma or toxic stress. Sarah lives outside Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two young children, and two energetic terriers.

Friday, March 15th
Andy Kutler: "The Batter's Box"

7 pm

Local journalist Doug Moe will be interviewing Andy Kutler about his new book, The Batter's Box.

battersboxAbout the Book

In 1946, a returning World War II veteran is determined to reclaim his place among professional baseball’s upper echelon and win back the woman he once fell for. Two months into the new season, at the top of his game, he abandons his team, casting aside his fame and riches and vanishing forever from the public eye. What drives a man to walk away from everything he cherishes, never to be heard from again?

Praise for The Batter's Box

“Andy Kutler has the eyes and ears of combat soldiers and the heart of those who love them. The horror, courage, and camaraderie of battle rivals the grit of Once an Eagle, while the poignant authenticity of Will Jamison’s struggles with his hidden wounds highlight that, for many, the impact of war lingers far past the last shots of battle. The Batter’s Box is a superb work of historical fiction that carries important lessons for today.”  - William E. Rapp, Major General, U.S. Army (ret.)

Find more information about Andy Kutler on his author website.

Thursday, March 14th
Author Jeff Nania discusses "Figure Eight -- a Northern Lakes Mystery"

7 pm

About the book

While on routine patrol, John Cabrelli, a decorated law  enforcement officer, is dispatched to a disturbance call. The tense situation requires all of his skill and experience get things under control. Then tragedy strikes, an innocent victim dies, and many lives are forever changed….

About the author

Jeff Nania was born and raised in Wisconsin. His family were residents of the storied Madison Greenbush neighborhood. His first career was in law enforcement serving in many roles. He was a decorated officer and found great value in serving the community.

Wednesday, March 13th
Judy Gwinn Adrian discusses "Tera's Tale"

7 pm

About the Book
Through her fiercely independent yet childlike eyes, Tera allows us to enter the recesses of her guarded world. Her Aussie sister, Beth, walks with us, compassionately guiding and explaining.
Tera’s life? A world of secrets. A place of shame. A lifetime of expanding mental illness. Tera moves from collector to hoarder, progressively tipped by the compulsion into a perilous world of rats and disease. 
As Tera repeatedly expressed through words, actions and even rage, she did not live like other people. And yet, living an ordinary life of home and family was her greatest desire. 
It would never be.
About the Author
Judith Gwinn Adrian lives in Wisconsin. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in adult fiction from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Adrian has been a self-published author since her retirement from Edgewood College, where she has worked for 25 years. Tera's Tale is her third book.
Wednesday, March 06th
Danish Culinary Event with Carol "Orange" Schroeder

6 pm at HotelRED

Carol “Orange” Schroeder has a BA in Danish Studies from Tufts University, including a year abroad at the University of Copenhagen, and an MA in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition to running the award-winning gift and gourmet shop Orange Tree Imports for over forty years, she is the co-author of Eat Smart in Denmark with her daughter Katrina Schroeder Smith. Orange compiled the book-length bibliography "Danish Literature in English Translation," and has translated several books about handcrafts from Danish to English.

Coffee and dessert will be served after the presentation.
Please RSVP via Meetup
Sponsored by Orange Tree Imports and Mystery to Me bookstore.


Thursday, February 28th
Annelise Ryan: "Dead of Winter"

6:30 pm

Dead of Winter is the 10th book in the Winston series...surely reason for celebration! Join us to hear more from Annelise Ryan (aka Beth Amos, aka Allyson K. Abbott).

About the Book

Winters in Sorenson, Wisconsin, can be unforgiving. But it’s murder that keeps Mattie and her family from settling into their new home . . .
A new home, a new marriage, a new family. It’s a lot to sort out. But before medicolegal death investigator Mattie can smooth out the unexpected chaos of her new life, duty calls. At the local ER, a battered and bruised teenage girl has been brought in by a mysterious man who claimed she’d fallen out of a car. The staff is suspicious, but while they attend to the teenager, the unidentified man slips out. Then the girl dies, but not before informing social worker Hildy Schneider that the man had her little sister as well. 
Mattie’s exam reveals forensic evidence of long-term IV drug use and physical abuse, findings consistent with Hildy’s suspicion that the girl was a victim of human trafficking. They are able to confirm her identity as a teen who went missing six months ago, along with her sister—facts that are deeply unsettling to Mattie who now shares a home with her husband’s teenaged daughter. 
Working closely with Hildy and Sorenson homicide detectives, including her husband Steve Hurley, Mattie must delve into a dark underworld to stop the ruthless trafficking of human lives—before it's too late for another young girl..

Find out more about one of our favorite local authors Annelise Ryan on the Mattie Winston website

Wednesday, February 27th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

Tuesday, February 26th
Muriel Simms, author of "Settlin': Stories of Madison's Early African American Families" -- at the Sun Prairie Library

6  pm

At the Sun Prairie Library

Only a fraction of what is known about Madison's earliest African American settlers and the vibrant and cohesive communities they formed has been preserved in traditional sources. The rest is contained in the hearts and minds of their descendants. Seeing a pressing need to preserve these experiences, lifelong Madison resident Muriel Simms collected the stories of twenty-five African Americans whose families arrived, survived, and thrived here in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While some struggled to find work, housing, and acceptance, they describe a supportive and enterprising community that formed churches, businesses, and social clubs--and frequently came together in the face of adversity and conflict. A brief history of African American settlement in Madison begins the book to set the stage for the oral histories.


About the Author

Muriel Simms is a lifelong Madison resident and longtime educator in the Madison Metropolitan School District. She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Edgewood College.