Past Events


Thursday, July 02nd
Virtual Author Visit: Rachel Howzell Hall, Libby Fischer Hellman, and Kelli Stanley

7:00p CT

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About the Book

Shattering Glass is the first in a series of remarkable anthologies published by a most unique publisher: Nasty Woman Press, a non-profit, 501(c)(4) founded to help fund other non-profits threatened by the rise of autocracy and the ongoing war against civil and human rights. A scintillating mixture of top-flight fiction from bestselling authors in multiple genres, fascinating articles and thought-provoking essays, conversations and interviews, Shattering Glass takes as its broad theme the empowerment of women, with all profits from the book donated to Planned Parenthood.

Nasty Woman Press is a 501(c)(4) non-profit publisher pledged to fight fascism, racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia, and bigotry while promoting human rights and civil rights in the United States and around the globe. As writers, readers, editors, artists, librarians, designers, publishing professionals and creative, principled human beings, we cherish the planet and our fragile environment, support science and education and value health and social services. We believe in taking care of each other. We believe in a better, kinder, world.

About the Authors

, author of the bestseller and Anthony Award-, Lefty Award- and ITW-award nominated They All Fall Down (Forge), writes the acclaimed Lou Norton series, including Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash, Trail of Echoes, and City of Saviors. She is also the co-author of The Good Sister with James Patterson, which was included in the New York Times bestseller The Family Lawyer. She is currently on the board of directors for the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and lives in Los Angeles.  Her next novel And Now She’s Gone will be published in September 2020. You can find her at and on Twitter @RachelHowzell.

KELLI STANLEY is the Macavity Award-winning creator of the Miranda Corbie series (CITY OF DRAGONS, CITY OF SECRETS, CITY OF GHOSTS, CITY OF SHARKS), literary noir novels set in 1940 San Francisco and featuring "one of crime's most arresting heroines" (Library Journal). She is also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. 

Named a literary heir of Dashiell Hammett by his granddaughter in a Publisher's Weekly article, Kelli has also been honored to have critics compare her work to icons Raymond Chandler, Norman Corwin, and Herb Caen. She’s published five novels and numerous short stories and essays and was a contributor to BOOKS TO DIE FOR: WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITERS ON THE WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY NOVELS, edited by Declan Burke and John Connolly.  

Kelli holds a Master’s Degree in Classics, a background she put to good use with her creation of “Roman Noir”: her first book, NOX DORMIENDA, won the Bruce Alexander Award for best historical mystery. The City and County of San Francisco awarded her a Certificate of Merit for her contributions to literature.

Kelli next novel is RED HARVEST. She founded Nasty Woman Press, a unique genre-based non-profit publisher, on November 9th, 2016.

LIBBY FISCHER HELLMAN left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago over 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and four times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the IPPY and the Readers Choice Award multiple times. 

Her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 5-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and four stand-alone historical thrillers set during Revolutionary Iran, Cuba, the Sixties, and WW2. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection. Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, and Chinese. All her books are available in print, ebook, and audiobook. Libby also hosts Second Sunday Books, a monthly podcast where she interviews bestselling and emerging authors. In 2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 4000 member organization committed to the advancement of female crime fiction authors.


Tuesday, June 30th
Virtual Author Visit: Jules Boykoff with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

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About the Book

NOlympians: Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Beyond investigates the intersection of the global rise of anti-Olympics activism and the declining popularity of hosting of the Games. The Olympics were once buoyed by myths of luminous prosperity and upticks in tourism and jobs, but in recent years these assurances have been debunked. Now more than ever, it’s clear that the Olympics have transmogrified into a political-economic juggernaut that arrives with displacement, expanded policing, and anti-democratic backroom deals.



About the Author

Jules Boykoff writes on a range of subjects, including political activism, the Olympic Games, and climate change. He is the author of four books on the Olympics—NOlympians: Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Beyond (Fernwood, 2020), Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics (Verso, 2016),  Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (Rutgers University Press, 2014), and Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games (Routledge, 2013). He also wrote two books on the suppression of political dissent—Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States (AK Press, 2007) and The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements (Routledge 2006)—and co-authored with Kaia Sand  Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space (Palm Press, 2008).

Boykoff writes across academic disciplines, publishing peer-reviewed articles in fields such as political science, sociology, geography, environmental studies, and history.

His work has been published in journals like Social Movements Studies, PS: Political Science and Politics, Contemporary Social Science, Antipode, Human Geography, New Political Science, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Sociology of Sport Journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Global Environmental Change, and Oregon Historical Quarterly.

He has written commentaries on politics for outlets such as the Guardian, the New York Times, New Left Review, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, Dissent Magazine, Extra!, and Street Roots.

Boykoff is also a poet. He is the author of three full-lengths poetry collections— Fireworks (Tinfish Press, 2018), Hegemonic Love Potion (Factory School, 2009), and Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (Edge Books, 2006)—as well as numerous chapbooks. He also collaborated with visual artist Jim Dine on The Slow Motion Underneath (Steidl Editions, 2008).

Boykoff holds a Ph.D. in political science from American University. He currently teaches political science at Pacific University in Oregon. He lives in Portland with his wife Kaia Sand and their daughter Jessi Wahnetah.

Thursday, June 25th
Virtual Author Visit: Steven Wright with Doug Moe

7:00p on Crowdcast

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About the Book

Dre Ross has one more shot. Despite being a successful political consultant, his aggressive tactics have put him on thin ice with his boss, Mrs. Fitz, who plucked him from juvenile incarceration and mentored his career. She exiles him to the backwoods of South Carolina with $250,000 of dark money to introduce a ballot initiative on behalf of a mining company. The goal: to manipulate the locals into voting to sell their pristine public land to the highest bidder.

Dre arrives in God-fearing, flag-waving Carthage County, with only Mrs. Fitz’s well-meaning yet naïve grandson Brendan as his team. Dre, an African-American outsider, can’t be the one to collect the signatures needed to get on the ballot. So he hires a blue-collar couple, Tyler Lee and his pious wife, Chalene, to act as the initiative’s public face.

Under Dre’s cynical direction, a land grab is disguised as a righteous fight for faith and liberty. As lines are crossed and lives ruined, Dre’s increasingly cutthroat campaign threatens the very soul of Carthage County and perhaps the last remnants of his own humanity.

A piercing portrait of our fragile democracy and one man’s unraveling, The Coyotes of Carthage paints a disturbingly real portrait of the American experiment in action.


About the Author

Steven Wright is a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where he codirects the Wisconsin Innocence Project. From 2007 to 2012 he served as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice. He has written numerous essays about race, criminal justice, and election law for the New York Review of Books.

Sunday, June 21st
Closed for Fathers' Day!

Mystery to Me will be closed for Fathers' Day!
Treat Dad right with a book and some time to read!

Thursday, June 18th
Virtual Author Visit: Andrew Maraniss with David Maraniss

6:00p CT

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 June 17 Update: 

We were recently made aware of the Wisconsin Book Festival's event with Stacey Abrams that is scheduled for 7:00p CT on Thursday night--the original time of our event with Andrew and David Maraniss.

In an effort to amplify and make room for Black voices, we are moving our event to 6:00p CT Thursday night (same date, different time) so that anyone who wants to tune in to Representative Abrams's 7:00p CT event can do so without conflict.

If you are unable to attend our 6:00p event, never fear: the Maraniss author visit will be recorded and available to watch as soon as it wraps!

If you have any questions at all, please email our the Mystery to Me events manager,
Charlotte Colaluca at

About the Book

On a scorching hot day in July 1936, thousands of people cheered as the U.S. Olympic teams boarded the S.S. Manhattan, bound for Berlin. Among the athletes were the 14 players representing the first-ever U.S. Olympic basketball team. As thousands of supporters waved American flags on the docks, it was easy to miss the one courageous man holding a BOYCOTT NAZI GERMANY sign. But it was too late for a boycott now; the ship had already left the harbor.

1936 was a turbulent time in world history. Adolf Hitler had gained power in Germany three years earlier. Jewish people and political opponents of the Nazis were the targets of vicious mistreatment, yet were unaware of the horrors that awaited them in the coming years. But the Olympians on board the S.S. Manhattan and other international visitors wouldn’t see any signs of trouble in Berlin. Streets were swept, storefronts were painted, and every German citizen greeted them with a smile. Like a movie set, it was all just a facade, meant to distract from the terrible things happening behind the scenes.

This is the incredible true story of basketball, from its invention by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891, to the sport’s Olympic debut in Berlin and the eclectic mix of people, events and propaganda on both sides of the Atlantic that made it all possible. Includes photos throughout, a Who’s-Who of the 1936 Olympics, bibliography, and index.


About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss writes sports and history related nonfiction for adults and teens. His new book, GAMES OF DECEPTION, is the true story of the first US Olympic basketball team at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. It received the Sydney Taylor Book Honor for authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The original, adult edition of his first book, STRONG INSIDE, received the Lillian Smith Book Award and the RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize, while the Young Readers adaptation was named one of the Top Biographies for Youth by the American Library Association. Andrew is a Visiting Author at Vanderbilt University Athletics and a contributor to ESPN's sports and race website, He was born in Madison and now lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife and two young children.
Follow him Twitter @trublu24. 

Tuesday, June 16th
Mystery to Me Re-Opens for Our 7th Birthday!

10:00a - 4:00p


After three long months of missing you in our store, we are thrilled to open our doors again on Tuesday, June 16th! 
We've taken great care of the store: made sure everything is thoroughly cleaned, furniture is rearranged so you can easily keep your distance from other shoppers, a screen at the register.

We'll ask that you wear a mask when you come in, respect each other's space, and let us do the re-shelving. 

We have missed you so, and we can't wait to tell you about all the new books on our shelves!

Thursday, June 11th
Bookseller Happy Hour! See featured books at bottom of home page!


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We're back with our Bookseller Happy Hour! This "episode" brings more book recommendations, and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about our re-opening scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th! We'll also announce a special project we're starting with our re-opening. Join us!

Tuesday, June 09th
Expert Panel with Siri Carpenter

6:00p Central Time

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Mystery to Me is thrilled to host this panel led by Madison-based journalist Siri Carpenter, editor of THE CRAFT OF SCIENCE WRITING! Join Siri and her guests, book contributors Laura Helmuth and Apoorva Mandavilli for a discussion of science journalism and responsible news-consumption in a time when health and science are the hot topics.

This event begins at 6:00p Central Time. Order your book from Mystery to Me here!

About the Panelists

Siri Carpenter is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Open Notebook. She’s an award-winning science journalist and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Science News, Science, and many other publications. She’s a former features editor at Discover and bioGraphic, and a current contributing editor at Science News for Students.

Laura Helmuth is editor-in-chief of Scientific American magazine. Formerly, she was the health and science editor for The Washington Post, and has been an editor for National Geographic, Slate, Smithsonian, and Science. She’s a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s standing committee on science communication and serves on the advisory boards of numerous national publications. 

Apoorva Mandavilli is a reporter for The New York Times, focusing on science and global health. She is the 2019 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. She is the founding editor in chief of Spectrum, an award-winning news site on autism science that grew an audience of millions. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Slate, and The New Yorker online, and in the anthology Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Thursday, June 04th
Virtual Book Launch: The Second Home by Christina Clancy with Ann Garvin


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Mystery to Me is honored and delighted to be hosting Christina Clancy's launch for her extraordinary debut, The Second Home! Join us for a conversation between Christina and author Ann Garvin as they discuss The Second Home and we hear a little bit from the book! 

About the Book

A debut novel set on Cape Cod that centers on a beloved family home and the summer that changed the lives of three siblings forever, perfect for readers of J. Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand.

After a disastrous summer spent at her family's summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen year old Ann Gordon is left harboring a secret that changes her life forever, and creates a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and her sister Poppy are left to decide the fate of the old Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. While they both love the house, they decide to sell it and move forward. But then Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer.

Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings are forced to decide if they can continue to be a family--and in the process, they'll discover that the house might be the glue that holds them together. 

About the Author

My debut novel, The Second Home, will be published June, 2020, St. Martin's Press.

The novel reflects my obsession with old houses, family, Cape Cod and summer vacation. 

I currently live with my very tall husband John in Madison, Wisconsin, in a 104-yr old Prairie-style home, which means no repair is simple or cheap. As my brother-in-law says, my house makes him tired. We have a guesthouse, or "granny cottage," that we run as an Airbnb, so I'm no stranger to second homes.

Although I love old houses, instead of fixing them I'd rather spend time with my kids, Olivia and Tim, or write, run, cycle, SUP, practice yoga and follow politics. I'm a certified spin instructor, and I serve on the board of Wisconsin Conservation Voters.

 In 2011, I received my PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a specialty in eco-criticism and suburban literature, and I taught creative writing at Beloit College. I go by Dr. Clancy when I'm vying for a hotel room upgrade; otherwise you can call me Christina or Christi. 


Thursday, May 28th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p on Crowdcast

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We're back with another round of Bookseller Happy Hour!
Join us for a drink and our bookseller's recommendations--live!

Friday, May 22nd
Virtual Storytime: SUMMER SONG with Kevin Henkes + Laura Dronzek


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Join Kevin and Laura as they read their new book, SUMMER SONG, live on Crowdcast! A perfect morning activity for readers of all ages!

Wednesday, May 20th
Virtual Author Visit: Ben Sidran with Doug Moe


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The Ballad Of Tommy LiPuma

7:00pAbout the Book

The versatile, hit-making career of one of the American recording industry’s legendary producers and executives is lovingly told in award-winning musician, writer and broadcaster Ben Sidran’s revealing new biography The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma.

The Nardis Books volume, is drawn from more than 80 hours of interviews with LiPuma by Sidran, who recorded three albums for LiPuma’s Blue Thumb Records in the early ’70s. It’s an inspired account of how music saved one man’s life, and how he went on to affect the lives of millions of others. Learn more about the book here.


About the Author

Ben Sidran is widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. A pianist, producer, singer and composer, he has recorded more than thirty solo albums, including the Grammy nominated Concert for Garcia Lorca, and produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller (with whom he co-wrote the hit song “Space Cowboy”). He is the composer of the soundtrack for the acclaimed film Hoop Dreams, and scored the documentary Vietnam: Long Time Coming, which won both the Aspen Film Festival audience award and an Emmy.  Sidran has authored two books on the subject of jazz, Black Talk, a cultural history of the music, and Talking Jazz, a series of conversations with inspirational musicians. He holds a PhD. in American Studies from Sussex University, Brighton, England, but has studiously avoided the academic life, preferring instead to spend his time performing, producing and writing.  His latest works include the memoir, A Life in the Music and the groundbreaking text There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, along with the recordings Dylan Different and Don’t Cry For No Hipster.

Monday, May 18th
Virtual Author Visit: Tom Papa

7:00p Online!

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About the Book

People across the United States are dealing with an unprecedented situation and stress is at an all-time high. Normal life seems like a distant memory and there’s a great deal of uncertainty about the future. During this time of crisis, comedian Tom Papa’s new book has a message of comfort and reassurance—in YOU’RE DOING GREAT! And Other Reasons to Stay Alive (St. Martin’s Press; On-sale: May 12, 2020), Papa urges everyone to go easier on themselves and appreciate the world around them. His essays focus on small comforts, happy memories, and family. And, of course, Papa’s message is delivered with his signature humor and charm. YOU’RE DOING GREAT! will have readers laughing and feeling better, something everyone needs right now.

Papa, best-known for his stand-up and love of bread, made readers everywhere laugh out loud with his critically-acclaimed first book, Your Dad Stole My Rake. Like his stand-up, Papa’s books celebrate the everyday and inject some much-needed perspective into an increasingly frenetic world. YOU’RE DOING GREAT! shares more stories of his and his family’s misadventures (you’ll never look at a fan the same way again). He celebrates the things that make life great like coffee, wine, and dogs. Papa also encourages everyone to celebrate the body they have—eat, love your love handles, bake the bread. While you’re stuck at home, wondering if you’ll ever eat a restaurant again, remember, you’re doing great.


About the Author

Tom Papa is a comedian known for his live performances as well as his work in film, television, radio, and on streaming services. Papa is a frequent panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, a writer and performer on the public radio variety show Live from Here (the latest incarnation of the legendary A Prairie Home Companion), host of a daily SiriusXM show, What a Joke with Papa and Fortune, and the podcast Come to Papa, and the star of four streaming stand-up specials. His most recent Netflix special, You're Doing Great, premiered on February 4, 2020. Papa is also the author of YOUR DAD STOLE MY RAKE.  When not on tour, Tom lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two daughters, cat, and somewhat loyal dog, and bakes bread. 

Thursday, May 14th
Virtual Author Visit: Joy Ann Ribar


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Author Joy Ann Ribar joins us for Virtual Book Club where we'll discuss her book DEEP BITTER ROOTS!

Deep Bitter Roots (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) - Kindle ...

About the Book

The promise of Spring in Deep Lakes, Wisconsin brings the community out of hibernation to plan the annual Roots Festival. Bubble and Bake owner Frankie Champagne just wants to help the Granite Mansion quarry heiress plan the keynote presentation. So, why does she find herself in the middle of the legendary and deadly Quarry Curse?

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About the Author

Joy Ann Ribar grew up in a small Wisconsin community where Winter is the longest season of the year,  the Friday Fish Fry is a religion and Up North is a collection of wonderful memories instead of a destination.  Joy loves to travel just about anywhere, but her hiking boots keep finding their way back to Wisconsin. Where else can a person find excuses to bake goodies nine months of the year as comfort from the cold?  Where else is grilling brats, drinking toasts and slicing cheese considered a workout? Where else can you find celebrated supper clubs, the largest variety of year-round water activities and the most adoring football fans even when the Packers are losing?  And in the current century, visitors can find something in Wisconsin they never imagined - many first-rate wineries!

Wednesday, May 13th
Bookseller Happy Hour (the sequel)


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Back by popular demand, the booksellers of Mystery to Me bring you Bookseller Happy Hour! We'll let you in on what we've been reading, what's come in since last we spoke, and what we're recommending these days. Bring us your book requests, kick back with a cold one, and join your favorite booksellers (and correspondents) for the latest from Mystery to Me!

Sunday, May 10th
Closed for Mothers' Day!

Mystery to Me will be closed on Mother's Day!
Treat Mom right with a book and some time to read!

Wednesday, May 06th
Virtual Author Visit: Grant Snider


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About the Book

A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider

It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics. With a striking package including a die-cut cover, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages.


About the Author

Grant Snider is an orthodontist by day and an artist by night. His comics have been featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times, and The New Yorker, as well as The Best American Comics 2013 anthology. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his wife and four children. Visit him online at

Monday, May 04th
Virtual Author Visit: Sara Paretsky

Watch the replay here!


About the Virtual Book Club:

DEAD LAND publishes on April 21st! Pre-order your copy from Mystery to Me or from our Bookshop page! 

April 20 update: We have switched this event from Zoom to Crowdcast! This means we now have 100 "screen spots" available! Simply click on the "Register here" link above to join the livestream on May 4th!

About the Book:

Chicago’s legendary detective, V.I. Warshawski, knows her city’s rotten underbelly better than most, but she’s unable to avoid it when her goddaughter drags her into a fight over lakefront land use, in this propulsive novel from New York Times bestseller Sara Paretsky.

Chicago may be the city of broad shoulders, but its political law is “Pay to Play.” Money changes hands in the middle of the night, and by morning, buildings and parks are replaced by billion-dollar projects.

Chicago PI V.I. Warshawski gets pulled into one of these clandestine deals through her impetuous goddaughter, Bernie Fouchard. Bernie tries to rescue Lydia Zamir, a famed singer-songwriter now living on the streets; Zamir’s life fell apart when her lover was murdered next to her in a mass shooting at an outdoor concert. Not only does Bernie plunge her and V.I. headlong into the path of some ruthless developers, they lead to the murder of the young man Bernie is dating. He’s a computer geek working for a community group called SLICK.

V.I. is desperate to find a mysterious man named Coop, who roams the lakefront in the middle of the night with his dog. She’s sure he holds the key to the mounting body count within SLICK. Coop may even know why an international law firm is representing the mass murderer responsible for Lydia’s lover’s death. Instead, the detective finds a terrifying conspiracy stretching from Chicago’s parks to a cover-up of the dark chapters in America’s meddling in South American politics. Before she finds answers, this electrifying novel pushes V.I. close to the breaking point: People who pay to play take no prisoners.


Thursday, April 30th
Bookseller Happy Hour!


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We miss you so very much, and we know you're missing the bookstore. So we're bringing you inside!

You can leave us a question, comment, or recommendation request in the chat screen before the Happy Hour begins, so feel free to leave us a note. (Please be advised: if you need/want your books before Happy Hour, call us at 608.283.9332 instead.)

Part of our happy hour will include spotlights on books that've published while we've had our doors closed. So if you're curious about new releases, this event is for you!

Tuesday, April 28th
Virtual Book Club: Nashville's Songwriting Sweethearts

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About the Virtual Book Club:

Nashville's Songwriting Sweethearts is now available at Mystery to Me! Order directly from us by pre-ordering on our website! Bobbie and Bill will discuss the book and answer any questions you may have. Please note: “screen spots” can include all the Malone fans in your quarantine pod; you do not need to reserve two spots for two people if you will both be tuning in from the same screen.

About the Book:

You might not know the names of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, but you know their music. Arriving in Nashville in 1950, the songwriting duo became the first full-time independent songwriters in that musical city. In the course of their long careers, they created classic hits that pushed the boundaries of country music into the realms of pop and rock. Songs like “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Love Hurts,” and “Rocky Top” inspired young musicians everywhere. Here, for the first time, is a complete biography of Nashville’s power songwriting couple.

In Nashville’s Songwriting Sweethearts, authors Bobbie Malone and Bill C. Malone recount how Boudleaux and Felice, married in 1945, began their partnership as itinerant musicians living in a trailer home and writing their first songs together. In Nashville the couple had to deal with racism, classism, and in Felice’s case, sexism. Yet through hard work and business acumen—and a dose of good luck—they overcame these obstacles and rose to national prominence.

Wednesday, April 08th
Yet Another April Newsletter


Tuesday, March 10th
Author Visit: Eric Sarno with Doug Moe



About the Book

 Eric Sarno was an elite amateur triathlete, race director, successful bio-pharmaceutical sales representative and single father of two young daughters when the unthinkable happened—he suffered a near-fatal stroke. In this riveting and emotional memoir, he describes his journey to recovery, from re-learning to read to being able to hug his children again.

Even though he had youth on his side, it would at times feel like an impossible journey. He explores with eye-opening honesty his lengthy hospitalization and rehabilitation, moods that swung from desperate to determined, the challenges of returning to work, and his decision to advocate for stroke and brain injury survivors and their families. Stroke Runner: My Story of Stroke, Survival, Recovery and Advocacy is an inspiring story of resilience told with candor, humor and an eye towards helping others.

About the Author

Eric Sarno is a stroke survivor, father, triathlete and advocate.

Wednesday, March 04th
Donna Leon at the Central Library!


Mystery to Me is proud to be the official bookseller

for the Wisconsin Book Festival's author visit with Donna Leon!


About the Book

When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding.

"They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no," Benedetta Toso gasps the words about her recently-deceased husband, Vittorio Fadalto. Even though he is not sure she can hear him Brunetti softly promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that Fadalto worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice's water supply and that he had died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Distracted briefly by Vice Questore Patta's obsession with youth crime in Venice, Brunetti is bolstered once more by the remarkable research skills of Patta's secretary, Signora Elettra Zorzi. Piecing together the tangled threads, in time Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman's accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of the entire region. But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous, as Brunetti is reminded it can be when, seeking solace, he reads Aeschylus's classic play The Eumenides. As she has done so often through her memorable characters and storytelling skill, Donna Leon once again engages our sensibilities as to the differences between guilt and responsibility.


About the Author

Donna Leon is the author of the highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Donna Leon lived in Venice for many years and now divides her time between Venice and Switzerland.


Wednesday, February 26th
Mystery to Me Book Club



This month's read is Miss Pinkerton, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Tuesday, February 25th
Flash Fiction Night!


Calling all writers!

Are you a writer? An aspiring writer? Owner of a Twitter account? If any or all of these apply to YOU, then you are invited to Mystery to Me's FLASH FICTION NIGHT!

Join us for an evening of prompts and speed-writing right here in your favorite bookstore! We'll bring the prompts and the wine--all you have to do is bring a notebook, a writing utensil, and your imagination. We'll read three prompts throughout the night, and you'll have 10 minutes to free-write anything you desire. Sharing at the end of the night is entirely optional.

A great way to meet your fellow writers, take a break from that big project you're working on, and maybe (just maybe) find some inspiration in an unlikely place.

As a special treat: all journals and notebooks will be 15% off the night of the event! (Yes! That includes Moleskines!)

See you there!

Friday, February 21st
Local Author Slam Vol. III


And we're back!

This month's Local Author Slam brings us poetry,biography, and memoir with STICK FIGURE WITH SKIRT by Cathryn Cofell, ALFRED: THE QUIET HISTORY OF A WORLD WAR II INFANTRYMAN by Louise Endres Moore, MAIDS by Abby Frucht, and FROM BORSCH TO BURGERS by Ruslana Westerlund!

Come for the author you know, and discover two new authors--all in one night!

Thursday, February 20th
Bilingual Book Club (English)


This month's read is AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins. We're reading and discussing this book in English--and it's sure to be a very interesting conversation!


Whether you're a Bilingual Book Club regular or want to join us for the first time--all are welcome!

Tuesday, February 18th
Author Visit: Lori Rader-Day and Tracey S. Phillips


Beloved mystery writers Lori Rader-Day and Tracey S. Phillips come to Mystery to Me in conversation about Lori's newest book, THE LUCKY ONE!


About the book

Most people who go missing are never found. But Alice was the lucky one…

As a child, Alice was stolen from her yard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours and rescued her from harm. In the aftermath of the crime, her family decided to move to Chicago and close the door on that horrible day.

Yet Alice hasn’t forgotten. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a true-crime website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of missing and unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice’s screen that she recognizes, she’s stunned to realize it’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers.

Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of some amateur sleuths from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who’s been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark, painful web of lies that will change what they thought they knew—and could cost them everything.

Twisting and compulsively readable, The Lucky One explores the lies we tell ourselves to feel safe.

About the Author

Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of The Lucky One (coming in February), Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She lives in Chicago, where she is co-chair of the mystery readers’ conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and the national president of Sisters in Crime.

Sunday, February 16th
Puzzles + Pints at Garth's Brew Bar!




Join us down at Garth's Brew Bar for an evening of puzzles and craft beers!

All ages are welcome to join for this pop-up event, and while we don't expect that everyone will finish a whole puzzle in just one hour (feel free to prove us wrong), this will be a fun opportunity to swap some of your old puzzles for other peoples' puzzles! Bring a puzzle you've mastered before, and see if anyone wants to swap one of theirs with you.

We'll also be there selling a few of our favorite puzzles, so if you walk in without one, you may just leave with one....

Saturday, February 15th
Kevin Henkes at the Waunakee Public Library!


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Kevin Henkes is coming to the Waunakee Public Library, and we'll be there selling books!

Join our friends at WPL for storytime with Kevin, then pick up a copy of your favorite book from us!

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Thursday, February 06th
Drink 'n Draw! @ Garth's Brew Bar

6:00p @ Garth's Brew Bar

Join us for a special pop-up collab event with Garth’s Brew Bar!

Bring your own drawing supplies (pencils, paper, markers, paint, chalk, charcoal—all are welcome!) and have a pint while you practice your model-drawing!

Saturday, February 01st
POSTPONED: Pajama Party! featuring Goodnight, Madison!


This event has been rescheduled to


Yes, we're having a Goodnight Madison pajama party in the morning!!

Perfect for little ones up to about 5 years old, you'll get an exclusive first-read of a new book all about your hometown!

Local authors Angie and Ben Buelow wrote Goodnight Madison after being inspired by their vast collection of goodnight books from places they have travelled. What was missing was one that highlighted everything that makes the town they raise their boys in so great! Goodnight Madison is a timeless, beautiful bedtime story showcasing why Madison is the best city to say goodnight to!

Ben and Angie Buelow


Thursday, January 30th
A (Wintry) Night to Recite

7:00 pm

Back by popular demand, Mystery to Me is delighted to host an encore of A Night to Recite--winter edition!

Join us for an evening of treats, libations, and poetry. The only rule? You must recite! No reading allowed!

Poems of all subjects and lengths are encouraged (although...perhaps no epics.), as are poets of all ages!

Saturday, January 25th
Author Visit: Jon Etter

**Please RSVP at this Eventbrite link!**

Another Dreadful Fairy Book
About the Book

Readers, beware: what you hold in your hands is a dreadful fairy book.
I wish I were narrating almost any other fairy story, but alas, this is my lot. Whatever expectations you have of delightful and whimsical fairies are sure to be disappointed. There are certainly fairies, but most are not proper fairies. Some who are supposed to be nasty are disappointingly nice, while some who should be kind and helpful are disconcertingly surly, dishonest, and generally unpleasant company.
Our heroine is, perhaps, the worst offender—a sprite more interested in books than carefree games, who insists on being called Shade even though she has the perfectly lovely fairy name of Lillyshadow Glitterdemalion. She is on a quest, albeit with rather questionable companions, to find a place she can call home. A place of companionship, comfort, and, most importantly, positively filled with books.
About the Author
Jon Etter grew up in the cornfields of Illinois on a farm just outside of the town of Forrest (Population: 1300 and some dogs), where he spent most of his time devouring books in the local library. After high school, he earned a B.A. in English Education from Illinois State University and had the pleasure of taking a creative writing class with David Foster Wallace (he remembers Wallace complaining during one of their three-hour night classes about the tedium of reading through the galley proofs of the new book Wallace had coming out, which turned out to be Infinite Jest). Since then, Jon has earned an M.A. in English Literature from University of Wisconsin—Madison and Speech Certification from Carroll University.
Since 1996, Jon has taught thousands of students as a high school English teacher in Wisconsin public schools, first in Sheboygan and for the past ten years in the Milwaukee metro area. In addition to teaching, he has served as a station manager for WSHS 91.7 FM in Sheboygan, coached forensics, and been a faculty advisor for a number of groups including the Gay-Straight Alliance, Philosophy Club, Film Club, and Dungeons & Dragons Club.
In 1991, Jon won the Vermilion County Writers Guild Contest for high school writers and has largely rested on his laurels ever since. Over the years, he has occasionally managed to get off his behind and get some writing done 
Thursday, January 23rd
Local Author Slam Vol. II




Back by popular demand!

This volume of Local Author Slam includes mystery, poetry, and short stories! Join us for an evening of your favorite local author--stay for your NEW favorite local authors!

Our authors for this L.A.S. are:

Chris Fink

Sandy Stark

Jeff Nania

More info coming soon!

Wednesday, January 22nd
Mystery to Me Book Club


This month's book: DEATH AT LA FENICE by Donna Leon

Tuesday, January 21st
Author Visit: Nick Petrie

7:00 pm

The Wild One

About the Book

THE WILD ONEis the fifth novel in the Edgar Award-nominated, bestselling Peter Ash series, but the first that takes Ash on a mission of mercy outside the U.S. Traveling to the unwelcoming backcountry of Iceland in the dead of winter to locate an eight-year-old boy, this “self-contained unstoppable force” (Library Journal) once again faces down the demons of his own past through an act of redemption. The challenges and violence he encounters in the barren Nordic landscape will test even this seasoned U.S. Marine vet—who does not know the full extent of power wielded by the faceless enemy he is going up against.

The PTSD that has afflicted Ash since his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan is back in full-force, intensifying the chronic buzzing in his head and triggering a debilitating sense of claustrophobia. He feels caged-in and directionless, even at the usual refuge of his girlfriend June’s home in Washington State. When Ash gets a call from an old comrade-in-arms asking him to help a wealthy woman who is looking for her grandson, he is reluctant even to take the meeting. But Catherine Price’s grief-stricken story pushes all the right buttons: her daughter was killed and her grandson whisked off to Iceland by his father, Erik, who is the prime suspect in the murder. Not seeking retribution, Mrs. Price says she just wants her grandson back.

Things take a hostile turn from the start. When Ash arrives in Reykjavik after a grueling flight, he is detained at customs and immigration as a man from the U.S. Embassy tries to deny him entry into the country—despite his lack of jurisdiction to do so or his refusal to offer an explanation. The Icelandic authorities are slightly more accommodating, and Ash is given two days to remain in the country. But it gets no easier as his first inquiry into Erik’s whereabouts turns into a brutal fight in the frigid night outside a club. Undaunted, Ash perseveres, but when he fails to abide by the edict that he leave the country, the hunter becomes the hunted. Ash leaves the capital city and travels farther into the wild countryside in search of the man he believes is a killer and the child he has been asked to save. Even the authorities on his heels or the most powerful storm the country has withstood in a generation will not deter him.

Nick Petrie

About the Author

NICK PETRIE won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in The Seattle Review, a national literary journal.  He is the author of four previous novels in the Peter Ash series.  His debut, The Drifter, won both the ITW Thriller Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Edgar, Anthony, and Hammett awards.  His third novel, Light It Up, was Apple iBooks’ Thriller of the Year and a finalist for the Barry award.  A husband and father, he lives in Milwaukee.

Friday, January 17th
POSTPONED: Author Visit: Jane Reeves

7 pm

***Due to the snowstorm on Friday, January 17, this event is being rescheduled for a later date.
Check back here, on Facebook, and Instagram for the rescheduled date!***

A Heart of Gold

About the Book

A Heart of Gold is an inspiring guide into the practice of Loving Kindness. For anyone who is discouraged by a culture that focuses on scarcity and being busy, Jane offers within these pages a more generous way to live. She opens up a different way of being in the world, a method that is steeped in the practice of Loving Kindness.

Through stories in her own life and many years of being a guide for others, Jane shows how Loving Kindness can revolutionize a life. Loving Kindness is both a way to increase your own happiness and to bring happiness to others. Jane teaches that anyone in the world, anywhere, no matter what age, gender, background, race, or socioeconomic structure can learn how to weave Loving Kindness into ordinary life. Loving Kindness is universal in its accessibility.

Jane Reeves

About the Author

Jane Reeves is an international retreat leader, author, and teacher of Loving Kindness. Over the past three decades, she has been seeking authentic ways to develop a practice that brings more light, love, and joy into the world. Jane helps people dive deep into the practices of Loving Kindness, applying ancient and modern techniques to encourage spirit work, life design, and meeting wellness aspirations. She helps people to listen to their heart’s desires and to embody the path they are on in the present moment.


Jane is the founder of Radiant Jane Retreats and has led over 70 retreats. She and her team lead retreats to Italy where guests experience rich restoration through the culture of Italy, Tuscany, art, history, cuisine, connection, joy and meditation while being surrounded by beauty. Jane also leads retreats throughout the U.S. Jane had her own yoga studio for 30 years and has gradually transitioned toward her current role as retreat producer, holistic life guide, and Loving Kindness teacher.

Wednesday, January 15th
Bilingual Book Club (Espanol)


**Rescheduled from our November 2019 meeting!**

This month's book: LA CASA DE LOS ESPIRITUS by Isabel Allende!

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Tuesday, January 14th
Author Visit: Bobbie Malone in conversation with Rumi O'Brien


Book Title

About the Book

The gnarled branches of a beautiful old plum tree reach toward the sky. A mushroom hunter searches for morels among rolling hills. A small boat is tossed among the tumultuous waves of an angry sea. Striding Lines, an homage to Wisconsin artist and quilter Rumi O’Brien, presents these striking images of her work and many more, accompanied by descriptions that share the stories of each piece in the artist’s own words. Each quilt represents a moment, often autobiographical, crafted with whimsy, revealing an inspired talent.

Bobbie Malone reaches beyond the quilts to tell O’Brien’s own story, from her initial foray into the quilting world to her developed dedication to the craft. Contributions from leaders in the art, textile and quilting community, including Melanie Herzog and Marin Hanson, contextualize O’Brien’s work in the greater community of quiltmakers and artists. This book celebrates the life and ingenuity of a Japanese-born American immigrant whose oeuvre is equally Japanese and Wisconsinite—and entirely distinctive.

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Bobbie Malone is a historian, author, and editor, and former director of the Office of School Services at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Her most recent biography is Lois Lenski: Storycatcher.

Tuesday, January 07th
Author Visit: Becky Franzel



About the Book

There is no definitive guide on how to deal with trauma. Google does not have a complete answer to “How do I feel better again?” After I found my best friend and high school sweetheart dead, I didn’t know what to do or where to go. Instead of going to a therapist, as I probably should have done, I went on a series of disjointed, rambling road trips following the last band we saw together. I did not have a plan. I did not have any expectations. All I knew was I had to keep moving. It was in this constant manic motion that I somehow learned to live again. In this book, I hope to open up a larger discussion on mental health, and tell the story of those who survive past a suicide of a loved one. All proceeds made from this book will go directly towards Survivors of Suicide programs in each of the cities I visited during the year following my high school sweetheart’s death (Milwaukee, WI; Madison, WI; New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO; Cleveland, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; NYC, NY; Iowa City, IA; Boston, MA; Indianapolis, IA)

About the Author

"In 2016, my high school sweetheart committed suicide (he was a Madison law school student at the time, so Madison holds extra significance to me). In 2017, I decided to follow the last band we saw together, in a rambling, manic quest for reason trying to make sense of his death. I published a book on these trips in 2018 (This Road Must Go Somewhere), then went on a book tour recreating these trips. All proceeds from this book went towards the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapters in each city I visited during that year of self discovery."


Wednesday, December 25th
No Mystery to Me Book Club

Closed for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 18th
SPECIAL EVENT: Pete Souza book signing at Garth's Brew Bar!


Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents 

Book signing with Pete Souza at Garth’s Brew Bar on Monroe Street

A joint event with the newest addition to the Monroe Street shopping district: Garth’s Brew Bar!

Official White House photographer, Pete Souza, will be joining your favorite booksellers at Garth’s for book signing and brew-drinking!

**Please note: Mr. Souza will only sign books purchased from Mystery to Me!**

Books will be available for purchase on site.

Thursday, December 12th
An Evening of Readings, Pt. 2

Madison Writers' Studio student readings...part 2!


The second evening of Madison Writers' Studio students and works! Join us for wine, light refreshments, and even more readings from the writers you know, love, didn't know about, and will surely love!

Free and open to the public.

Full roster of students and works coming soon!

Thursday, December 05th
An Evening of Readings, Pt. 1

Madison Writers' Studio student readings!


The first of two evenings celebrating and reading the works of Madison Writers' Studio students!

Free and open to the public, come get to know the writers in your midst over wine, refreshments, and (of course) readings!

A full roster of students and works coming soon!

Monday, December 02nd
Author Visit: Allen Eskins



Nothing More Dangerous

About the Book

After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn't being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.

Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins—a black family settling into a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history—forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.

But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world.

As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town—and he will be forced to choose sides.

Allen Eskins

About the Author

Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, The Shadows We Hide, and Nothing More Dangerous. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 26 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film.

Allen has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. After law school, he studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University-Mankato, as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival. Allen grew up on the hills of central Missouri. He now lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota where he recently retired after practicing criminal law for 25 years.


Tuesday, November 26th
**RESCHEDULED** Bilingual Book Club (Espanol)


This Bilingual Book Club meeting has been rescheduled to WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020!

El libro este mes es...LA CASA DE LOS ESPIRITUS por Isabell Allende!

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Thursday, November 21st
Thank You Notes: An Evening of Storytelling

Reserve your seats on Eventbrite!


Beginning on November 1st , Mystery to Me will be home to a Thank You Card Station, where we encourage you to write thank-you notes to the people, places, and things you’re thankful to have in your life. Notes will be posted in the store for all to see, and we’ll ask you to provide us with your email address so that we can contact you about the Thank You Notes culminating event…live storytelling!

On Thursday, November 21st, Mystery to Me will host a storytelling hour featuring the long versions of our favorite Thank You Notes. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel very warm and fuzzy.


Sunday, November 17th
Author Visit: Jon Etter -- cancelled. Please stay tuned for an update!

Jon Etter reads from The Dreadful Fairy Book!



Our sincere apologies to all the Jon Etter and Dreadful Fairy fans out there!

Unfortunately, some fairies continue to be absolutely dreadful, and Mr. Etter had to see to them.

Please stay tuned for any fairy updates!

Thursday, November 14th
Striding Lines at Middleton Public Library



Mystery to Me is proud to be the official bookseller for Bobbie Malone's book, Striding Lines, at the Middleton Public Library, where she will be in conversation with Rumi O'Brien!