Past Events


Wednesday, April 24th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Kate Atkinson, Case History

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.

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
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.

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.

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.”

Sunday, April 07th
History’s Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm 

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah 

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.
Sunday, March 03rd
History’s Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson 


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. 

Thursday, February 21st
Bill Stokes: "Margaret's War"

7 pm

with Doug Moe

warMargaret’s War uses 15-year-old narrator Billy to juggle the broken heart, the trampled soul, and the fragile sanity of a beautiful young woman when male egos grab and grope at her with the absurd hands of war.

The isolated small town where Billy and Margaret live is suddenly thrust into the brutal reality of World War II when German POWs are brought in to help with crop harvesting. The face-to-face contact with the killers of their sons is not only beyond the capacities of Gold Star mothers, but twists the thinking of everyone, including Margaret, who is determined to challenge fate. That challenge gets Margaret, Billy, and his outrageous older friend and mentor Cy immersed in a women-empowering scheme to turn war on its historical head.

The forces of Nature and the contrariness of human nature conspire to bury their efforts in a merciless avalanche of such depravity that their very survival is threatened.

The issues of war veterans as stooges, the fall of racist innocence, and God’s role in war are among the things that Margaret, Billy, and Cy must step around as they go for broke with a plan that tries to enlist the help of Eleanor Roosevelt.

What finally happens is as unpredictable as to where Billy’s beloved dog Toby will next mark his territory.

Find out more about author Bill Stokes via this link.

Tuesday, February 19th
Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Gathering

7 pm to 8:45 pm

Join your neighbors in celebrating each other! We will taste beer and wine and enjoy refreshments and good conversation. Non-alcoholic beverages will be included. Compliments of DMNA.


Friday, February 15th
Stu Levitan: "Madison in the Sixties"

7 pm

with Doug Moe

stuAn engrossing time-machine for readers, Madison in the Sixties details the ten tumultuous years that changed Madison, WI and its Big 10 university forever, including civil rights and anti-war movements, the drama of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace proposal, major public works projects, the economic and cultural impact of Baby Boomers, and more.

Stu Levitan has been a mainstay of Madison media and government since 1975. An award-winning print and broadcast journalist, he has written extensively for local and national programs on radio and television. In addition to Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Vol. 1, Levitan has written numerous magazine and newspaper features on the history of Madison and the UW for On Wisconsin, Isthmus, The Capital Times and Madison Magazine. 

Wednesday, February 13th
John Roach - "While I Have Your Attention"

7 pm

with Doug Moe

roachAbout the Author

(Source: Wikipedia). John Roach is a television and film producer and screenwriter. He is president of JRP, a video production and film production company based in Madison, Wisconsin. John and Mary Sweeney co-wrote the screenplay for The Straight Story, a motion picture directed by David Lynch. The screenplay was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and the film’s lead actor Richard Farnsworth received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. 

Prior to forming his own Madison-based company in 1985, John was a producer at CBS and ABC in Chicago for six years. His credits include six Chicago Emmys, a National Iris Award for Best Television Special and a national CableACE nomination. He received the Peter Lisagor Award for Special News Production, plus recognition from the Organization of American Women in TV and Radio for his documentary work. His first book Way Out Here in the Middle was published in 2003.

About While I Have Your Attention

In this second edition of his greatest hits, Roach shares a collection of some of his favorite and most popular columns, which reveal as much about his edgy irreverence as they do of his soulful sentiment.

Saturday, February 09th
Susan Gloss: "The Curiosities"

6:30 - 9:30 pm

Livingston Inn

752 E Gorham St, Madison

The book is set in a fictional artists' colony in Mansion Hill! Surprise. The launch event is held at the Livingston Inn... RSVPs are required. (link here).

susanAbout the Author

Susan Gloss is the author of the USA Today bestselling novel Vintage, as well as its companion novel, The Curiosities, coming February 5, 2019 from William Morrow/HarperCollins. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her family. She’s also a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a community of women writers from around the country and globe.

About the Book

Nell Parker has a PhD in Art History, a loving husband named Josh, and a Craftsman bungalow in the university town of Madison, Wisconsin. But in secret, Nell’s heart is still reeling from the tragic way in which they lost the one baby they managed to conceive. Rather than pausing to grieve, she pushes harder for testing and fertility treatments, hiding the high cost from her husband. Although he’s in the dark about their mounting debt, Josh urges Nell to apply for jobs, believing his wife needs something else to focus on other than a baby that may never be. Read more on Gloss' author page.

Thursday, February 07th
Doug Moe interviews Nick Petrie - "Tear It Down" (please register via Eventbrite)

7 pm

Please let us know you're coming by registering on Eventbrite. It's free! 

nick petrie

In the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from national bestselling author Nick Petrie, Peter Ash pursues one case--and stumbles into another--in the City of the Blues.

Iraq war veteran Peter Ash is restless in the home he shares with June Cassidy in Washington State. June knows Peter needs to be on the move, so she sends him to Memphis to help her friend Wanda Wyatt, a photographer and war correspondent who's been receiving peculiar threats. When Peter arrives in Memphis, however, he finds the situation has gone downhill fast--someone has just driven a dump truck into Wanda's living room. But neither Wanda nor Peter can figure out why.





About the Author

Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. His story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in The Seattle Review, a national literary journal.

His first novel, The Drifter, won the ITW Thriller and Barry Awards, and was nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Hammett Awards. He won the 2016 Literary Award from the Wisconsin Library Association and was named one of Apple’s 10 Writers to Read in 2017.  Light It Up was named the Best Thriller of 2018 by Apple Books.

His books in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, Burning Bright, Light It Up, and Tear It Down. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector.

He lives in Milwaukee.

Wednesday, February 06th
James Roberts and Marilyn Taylor: "Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle"

7 pm

About the Authors

Join co-editors Marilyn L. Taylor & James P. Roberts plus contributors Richard Merelman, Margaret Benbow and Paul Creswell and others will read from Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle.

There will be an Open Mic afterwards as time allows (2 poem limit). 

From the Back Cover

Based in communal dance rather than individual song, spiraling back repeatedly to the same refrains, often moving from obsession to acceptance through the simple movements of repetition, perhaps the villanelle teaches us something about sharing and returning, integrating, and learning to let go: good lessons for our time. -- Annie Finch, named one of the central figures in contemporary American poetry by the Dictionary of Literary Biography. 

Sunday, February 03rd
History’s Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen 


Thursday, January 31st
Dr. Joshua Mezrich discusses his book "When Death Becomes Life" -- at the Middleton Public Library

7 pm

Please RSVP via the Middleton Public Library Website

At the University of Wisconsin, 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. Mezrich examines more than one hundred years of remarkable medical breakthroughs, connecting this fascinating history with the inspiring and heartbreaking stories of his transplant patients. Combining gentle sensitivity with scientific clarity, Mezrich reflects on his calling as a doctor and introduces the modern pioneers who made transplantation a reality—maverick surgeons whose feats of imagination, bold vision, and daring risk taking generated techniques and practices that save millions of lives around the world.

Wednesday, January 30th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

this event was rescheduled due to snow warnings

Wednesday, January 23rd
Edgar Villanueva: "Decolonizing Wealth"

7 pm

Interview by Angela Russell

decolonizingAbout the Book

In Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance,
Edgar Villanueva weaves a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance, and offers a prescription for restoring balance and healing our divides using the guidance of indigenous wisdom.

About the Author

Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. Edgar currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy and is a Board Member of the Andrus Family Fund, a national foundation that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies. Read more about Edgar on his author page.

Sunday, January 06th
History’s Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov


Friday, December 21st
Madison Writers' Studio

5:30 pm

Students read from their recent work.

Public Welcome

Sunday, December 16th
Carolling at Mystery to Me

1 - 2 pm

Holiday singing at Mystery to Me Bookstore! Let Chromatix A Cappella brighten up your Sunday afternoon with a few snowy songs. Feel fee to browse and hum along!


To find out more about Chromatix, visit their website.

Sunday, December 09th
Maddy Hunter -- "Catch Me if Yukon"

3 pm


As tour escort Emily Miceli leads her globetrotting band of Iowa seniors into the wilds of Alaska, she discovers that in the land of the midnight sun, grizzlies aren’t the only killers on the prowl. When a tour member turns up dead on a mountainous hiking trail, Emily blames herself for the mishap, until she learns that something far more sinister might be to blame. But the legend of Bigfoot is just a myth, isn’t it? From whale-watching in the glacial waters near Seward to ziplining in the primal forests of Denali, Emily finds herself locked in a game of cat and mouse with a killer who’s too clever to be mere myth.


Maddy Hunter has endured disastrous vacations on several continents! For more information, visit Maddy's website.

Thursday, December 06th
Margaret George discusses "Splendor Before the Dark"

7 pm  (note: originally scheduled for November 13)

Ascending to the throne was only the beginning… Now Margaret George, the author of The Confessions of Young Nero, weaves a web of politics and passion, as ancient Rome’s most infamous emperor cements his place in history.

With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero Augustus commands the Roman empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is unquestioned.

But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero’s complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace–and the politicians… 

For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome’s–and he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world. But there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous. Throughout the empire, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake the impossible. 

Nero will either survive and be the first in his family to escape the web of betrayals that is the Roman court, or be ensnared and remembered as the last radiance of the greatest dynasty the world had ever known.

About the Author

Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels of biographical historical fiction, including The Confessions of Young Nero; Elizabeth I; Helen of Troy; Mary, Called Magdalene; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

Tuesday, December 04th
Kevin Revolinski: Wisconsin's Best Beer Guide - 4th edition

6 - 8 pm

at Brasserie V

book signing!

beerguideSomewhere in Wisconsin there is a pint of beer with your name on it. Your mission: Find it! Don't make Wisconsin beer come looking for you! Set out on a pils-grimage to pay homage to the great people and places that bring you Wisconsin's finest liquid joy. From a tiny homemade brewery hidden on the Northwoods all the way up to megabrewer MillerCoors, this road-trip manual takes you on a thirst-quenching adventure while stopping at all the fish fries and fresh cheese curds along the way. Inside you will find: Listings and directions for all the current breweries History and facts about brewing and drinking A calendar of beer festivals and listings for brew clubs Signature pages to record your visits Special offers from participating brewers (often free beer) Things to do/eat/see a short stumble away from the brewery Lots of pretty pictures to make that reading part less stressful Get this book into your glove compartment. You never know when you might need it! Support Wisconsin brewers by knocking back a few the next time you're in town!

More information on the book's Facebook page

Sunday, December 02nd
History's Mysteries Book Club

12.30 pm

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

Saturday, December 01st
Holiday Glow and Monroe Street Re-Opening

10 am - 5 pm

Monroe Street will celebrate the completion of 10 months of roadwork at this year's Holiday Glow on Monroe on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00-5:00.

A festive procession with the vintage Badger Trolley will drive up and down Monroe Street starting at 10:00 at HotelRED. City officials, members of the Monroe Street Merchants Association board and representatives from Speedway Sand and Gravel will join Santa on the trolley, which will be led by Cooper Mini reindeer from MINI of Madison. Santa will get off at Monroe Commons (1800 block) to greet children at 11:00, and the trolley will give rides to the public until 2:00. There will also be a kids treasure hunt called "Where's Wingra" and books for sale at our store!

If you did not make it to the store for prize drawings on Small Business Saturday, now is your chance!

holiday glow


Friday, November 30th
Madison Writers' Studio

5:30 pm

Students read from their recent work. 

Public Welcome 

Thursday, November 29th
Canceled -- Sara Paretsky - "Shell Game"

Sorry, we've had to cancel this event. 

Hopefully we'll be able to reschedule in the future. 


6:30 pm

Please RSVP for this event via this link

“As long as Paretsky’s hotheaded, quick-wisaratted sleuth is on the job, imperiled young women…will always have a champion.” - New York Times Book Review

In Shell Game,no one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems, except for the indomitable detective and her thirst for justice. 

About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty previous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers—alongside John le Carré, Peter Lovesey, and Lawrence Block—to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Wednesday, November 28th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6:00 pm

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Tuesday, November 27th
Pete Souza Ticketed Signing Event for "Shade - A Tale of Two Presidents"

6 pm to 9 pm

Tickets are on sale here. 


SHADE (Little, Brown and Company; October 16, 2018) is a portrait in contrasts, telling the tale of two presidencies through a series of powerful visual juxtapositions—with Souza’s unforgettable images of President Obama delivering new power and meaning when framed by tweets, headlines, quotes, and other material from the first 500 days of the Trump administration. The book responds to fan demand for a book that captures Souza’s voice on Instagram, and will include more than one hundred photographs that did not appear in his previous book. More than a sharp compendium of clapbacks, SHADE is a touchstone to an era of greater integrity in our politics. Souza’s work is a stirring reminder of the highest American values we share, giving us the courage to stand up and speak out for what we believe in. 


Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president’s meteoric ascent from his first day in the United States Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary, and the #1 New

York Times bestseller Obama: An Intimate Portrait. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, DC, and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.