Past Events

May

Friday, May 07th
First Friday: May!

10:00a til 7:00p

Extra! Book! Hours!

Join us on the evening of May 7th for a few extra shopping hours and a few more people allowed in the store at a time!

Masks are still required and we'll still ask you to sanitize your hands on the way in.

On the first Friday of each month, we'll stay open until 7:00p and donate 5% of the entire day's sales (and any donations you make!) to a different non-profit. 

For May, we're donating to Walk for Dyslexia, an annual fundraising event from the Children's Dyslexia Center.

Thursday, May 06th
Virtual Author Visit: Carter Wilson with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

A murderer, a victim, and a witness... but no one in this house is innocent

Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates's small, affluent hometown... and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened.

Haunted by guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead.

As far as Detective Colin Pearson is concerned, Rose is guilty. Her marriage wasn't as happy as she'd led everyone to believe, and worse, she's connected to a twenty-year-old cold case. She can play the part of the victim, but he won't let her or her family escape justice this time around.

Grieving her husband and struggling to make ends meet, Rose returns home, hoping to finally confront her domineering father and unstable sister. But memories of a horrific crime echo through the house, and Rose soon learns that she can't trust anyone, especially not the people closest to her.

From USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson comes a story of deception, hereditary sin, and what we'll do to protect our own.

About the Author

Carter Wilson is the USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author of seven critically acclaimed, standalone psychological thrillers, as well as numerous short stories. He is an ITW Thriller Award finalist, a four-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, and his novels have received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. His seventh novel, The Dead Husband, will be launched in May 2021 by Poisoned Pen Press. Carter lives in Erie, Colorado in a Victorian house that is spooky but isn’t haunted…yet.

Wednesday, May 05th
Virtual Author Visit: Amy E. Reichert and Ann Garvin

7:00p CT 

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About The Kindred Spirits Supper Club

Jobless and forced home to Wisconsin, journalist Sabrina Monroe can tolerate reunions with frenemies and kisses from old boyfriends but not the literal ghosts that greet her in this heartwarming tale of the power of love and connection from acclaimed author Amy E. Reichert. For Sabrina Monroe, moving back home to the Wisconsin Dells-the self-described Water Park Capital of the World-means returning to the Monroe family curse: the women in her family can see spirits who come to them for help with unfinished business. But Sabrina has always redirected the needy spirits to her mom, who is much better suited for the job. The one exception has always been Molly, a bubbly rom-com loving ghost, who stuck by Sabrina's side all through her lonely childhood. Her personal life starts looking up when Ray, the new local restaurateur, invites Sabrina to his supper club, where he flirts with her over his famous brandy old-fashioneds. He is charming and handsome, but Sabrina tells herself she does not have time for romance-she needs to focus on finding a job. Except the longer she is in the Dells, the harder it is to resist her feelings for Ray. Who can turn down a cute guy with a fondness for rescue dogs and an obsession with perfecting his deep-fried cheese curds recipe?

When the Dells starts to feel like home for the first time and with Ray in her corner, Sabrina begins to realize that she can make a difference and help others wherever she is.

About I Thought You Said This Would Work

Widowed Samantha Arias hasn't spoken to Holly Dunfee in forever. It's for the best. Samantha prefers to avoid conflict. The blisteringly honest Holly craves it. What they still have in common puts them both back on speed dial: a mutual love for Katie, their best friend of twenty-five years, now hospitalized with cancer and needing one little errand from her old college roomies.

It's simple: travel cross-country together, steal her loathsome ex-husband's VW camper, find Katie's diabetic Great Pyrenees at a Utah rescue, and drive him back home to Wisconsin. If it'll make Katie happy, no favor is too big (one hundred pounds), too daunting (two thousand miles), or too illegal (ish), even when a boho D-list celebrity hitches a ride and drives the road trip in fresh directions.

Samantha and Holly are following every new turn--toward second chances, unexpected romance, and self-discovery--and finally blowing the dust off the secret that broke their friendship. On the open road, they'll try to put it back together--for themselves, and especially for the love of Katie.

About the Authors

Amy E. Reichert, author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE, THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER, and THE OPTIMIST'S GUIDE TO LETTING GO, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, a volunteer baby snuggler, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her library’s board of directors. She's a member of Tall Poppy Writers. 

 

Ann Garvin, Ph.D. is the USA Today Bestselling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work (pre-order now), I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, The Dog Year, and On Maggie’s Watch.  She is in the process of writing Falling In Love Is The Easy Part which will launch in 2022.

Ann worked as an RN and after receiving her Ph.D taught Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology Nutrition, Stress Management, and Global Health for thirty years in the University of Wisconsin system. She currently teaches creative writing at Drexel University in their low residency Masters of Fine Arts program and has held positions at Miami University and Southern New Hampshire in their Masters of Fine Arts Creative Writing programs.

Ann is the founder of the multiple award-winning Tall Poppy Writers where she is committed to helping women writers succeed. She is a sought-after speaker on writing, leadership and health and has taught extensively in NY, San Francisco, LA, Boston, and at festivals across the country.

Tuesday, May 04th
Madison Writers Studio: UW Palliative Care Fellowship Writers Group

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

Please join the Madison Writers’ Studio to hear readings from  the physicians in the fifth UW Palliative Care Fellowship writers group. MWS has worked with these physicians throughout the year to examine their extraordinary profession and what it gives to and demands of them — and this year, of course, they were also working in extraordinary times. 

April

Saturday, April 24th
Independent Bookstore Day!

The last Saturday in April means it must be Independent Bookstore Day! 

Come join us at Mystery to Me to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! We'll have special IBD-only merch, fun deals, and maybe even a couple more surprises....

Thursday, April 22nd
Virtual Author Visit: Patricia Skalka with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

In the wake of a brutal storm that lashed the Door County peninsula, Sheriff Dave Cubiak assesses the damage: broken windows, downed trees, and piles of mysterious debris along the shoreline. He leaves the comfort of his home and heads out into the aftermath, checking in with folks along the way to offer help. His assistant, marooned at the justice center overnight, calls with an ominous message about a body discovered on the beach. When the medical examiner discovers the man didn’t simply drown during the storm, Cubiak searches for answers.

Chasing leads, the sheriff learns the victim directed a troupe of live-action role players living in an ersatz Camelot. In a setting where pretense in the norm, Cubiak must determine if suspects are who they say they are or if their made-up identities conceal a ruthless killer. As tensions escalate among neighbors unhappy about the noise and commotion, the sheriff discovers that more than one person on the peninsula has a motive for murder.

About the Author

Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, Death in Cold Water, and Death Rides the Ferry, the first four books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.

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

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

Wednesday, April 21st
Virtual Author Visit: Erica Ruth Neubauer with Nick Petrie

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

In the wake of World War I, Jane Wunderly--a thoroughly modern young American widow--is traveling abroad, enjoying the hospitality of an English lord and a perfectly proper manor house, until murder makes an unwelcome appearance...

England, 1926: Wedgefield Manor, deep in the tranquil Essex countryside, provides a welcome rest stop for Jane and her matchmaking Aunt Millie before their return to America. While Millie spends time with her long-lost daughter, Lillian, and their host, Lord Hughes, Jane fills the hours devouring mystery novels and taking flying lessons--much to Millie's disapproval. But any danger in the air is eclipsed by tragedy on the ground when one of the estate's mechanics, Air Force veteran Simon Marshall, is killed in a motorcar collision.

The sliced brake cables prove this was no accident, yet was the intended victim someone other than Simon? The house is full of suspects--visiting relations, secretive servants, strangers prowling the grounds at night--and also full of targets. The enigmatic Mr. Redvers, who helped Jane solve a murder in Egypt, arrives on the scene to once more offer his assistance. It seems that everyone at Wedgefield wants Jane to help protect the Hughes family. But while she searches for answers, is she overlooking a killer hiding in plain sight?

 

About the Author

Erica Ruth Neubauer spent eleven years in the military, two years as a cop and one year as a high school English teacher before finding her way as a writer. She has reviewed mysteries and crime fiction for several years at publications such as Publisher’s Weekly, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Mystery Scene Magazine and is a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. When she’s not writing her next novel or curled up with a book, she enjoys traveling, yoga and craft beer. She lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband.

Thursday, April 08th
Virtual Author Visit: Tirzah Price with Kismet Books

7:00p CT

Mystery to Me is thrilled to bring you this event in partnership with

Kismet Books of Verona. Indie bookstores unite!

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case--and her feelings for Darcy--become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

 

About the Author

Tirzah Price grew up on a farm in Michigan, where she read every book she could get her hands on and never outgrew her love for YA fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a former bookseller and librarian. Now, she’s a contributing editor at Book Riot, where she can be found recommending books on the site, newsletters, podcasts, and social media accounts. When she’s not writing, reading, or thinking about YA books, she splits her time between experimenting in the kitchen and knitting enough socks to last the fierce Michigan winters.

Tirzah is pronounced TEER-zuh. Pronouns are she/her.

Wednesday, April 07th
Virtual Author Visit: Lindsey Whitlock

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

A dramatic coming-of-age novel about a boy's divided loyalty: can Elwyn resist the pull of tradition as well as the allure of the new to forge his own path?

As spring comes to Badfish Creek, the natural world bursts with life and excitement. But Elwyn is dreaming of a different change, of a place far away that he hasn't yet seen. Lured by urban life and all it has to offer - education, progress and opportunity - he doesn't think twice when his uncle invites him to stay in Liberty, a dazzling city he longs to call home.

Yet soon Elwyn realizes that all that glitters is not gold: there is a sinister side to Liberty that he can't ignore, which threatens to erase his old way of life completely. With past and present pitted against one another, the path to Elwyn's future is cast in doubt - for change always comes at a price.

About the Author

Lindsey Whitlock is a Midwestern writer preoccupied by places, people and how to live well. She writes from Madison Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and three children. The Collective is her debut novel.

Sunday, April 04th
Closed for Easter!


Enjoy the holiday, and we'll be back in the store on Tuesday, April 6!

March

Wednesday, March 31st
An Evening of Poetry

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Collection

Sheltering with Poems is a collection of poems written during and about the year of COVID quarantine. Sheltering is an anthology of 98 poems from 74 Wisconsin writers co-published by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and Bent Paddle Press.

Wednesday, March 24th
Virtual Author Visit: Jonathan E. Martin

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

Despite being perhaps the foremost British meteorologist of the twentieth century, Reginald Sutcliffe has been understudied and underappreciated. His impact continues to this day every time you check the weather forecast. Reginald Sutcliffe and the Invention of Modern Weather Systems Science not only details Sutcliffe’s life and ideas, but it also illuminates the impact of social movements and the larger forces that propelled him on his consequential trajectory.

Less than a century ago, a forecast of the weather tomorrow was considered a practical impossibility. This book makes the case that three important advances guided the development of modern dynamic meteorology, which led directly to the astounding progress in weather forecasting―and that Sutcliffe was the pioneer in all three of these foundational developments: the application of the quasi-geostrophic simplification to the equations governing atmospheri

c behavior, adoption of pressure as the vertical coordinate in analysis, and development of a diagnostic equation for vertical air motions.

Shining a light on Sutcliffe’s life and work will, hopefully, inspire a renewed appreciation for the human dimension in scientific progress and the rich legacy bequeathed to societies wise enough to fully embrace investments in education and basic research. As climate change continues to grow more dire, modern extensions of Sutcliffe’s innovations increasingly offer some of the best tools we have for peering into the long-term future of our environment.



About the Author

Professor Jonathan Martin joined the faculty in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW–Madison in 1994 after completing his Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

Professor Martin has received numerous accolades for his teaching, including the Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award, a fellowship in UW’s Teaching Academy, and the Mark H. Ingraham Distinguished Faculty Award. He was chosen for the prestigious UW Vilas Distinguished Service Professorship, for distinguished scholarship and excellence in teaching and service. The Princeton Review recently ranked Professor Martin among the top 300 best professors in the nation.

Professor Martin’s research expertise is in mid-latitude weather systems. Over his career he has authored over 50 scientific papers, as well as the leading textbook on mid-latitude atmospheric dynamics. He also appears regularly on Wisconsin Public Radio as part of the two-man “Weather Guys” segment.

Wednesday, March 17th
Virtual Author Visit: Julie Tallard Johnson with Molly Chanson

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast Livestream here!

 

About the Book

In Greek mythology, Ariadne held authority over the mazes and labyrinths located beneath the palace of Knossos on Crete, including the labyrinth that housed the deadly Minotaur. When Theseus came to attempt to free the people from the Minotaur, Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of red thread to mark his passage in and out of the labyrinth. The thread was the key to successfully navigating the labyrinth's many twists and turns, and Theseus ultimately confronted the Minotaur. In her teaching, Julie Tallard Johnson notes that metaphorically, we all spend our lives in a labyrinth, regularly having to face forked paths, contradictory twists and turns, and dead ends. Red thread is a rich analogy for the wisdom passed on to us from generations of spiritual teachers, and this wisdom guides us through our labyrinths. In The Clue of the Red Thread, Johnson, longtime student of author, teacher, and activist Parker J. Palmer, offers numerous practices and strategies for navigating what she calls the greatest adventure of our lifetime: going inward to discover who we truly are, then returning outward to blossom into a fearless and compassionate citizen, living with integrity while both keeping hold of the red thread in our own lives and moving forward to pass it on to others.

 

About the Author

Julie  has been researching and writing about trauma stories, the power of journaling, narrative therapies and cognitive-behavioral therapies as well as breathwork in the healing of pain stories for three decades. Four of her eleven books incorporate trauma-informed practices into her healing modalities. She has practiced yoga throughout her life and considers herself a life-time yogi practitioner. She is trained in vipassana (mindfulness) meditation practices, and other researched based practices of mind-training. Trained in narrative therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Rational-emotive therapies and deep psychology, her wholistic and engaged presence allows others to find their own path of healing and transformation. She recognizes our ability to transform our pain stories into antidotes of beauty and resilience. She has designed several healing paradigms as tools. She uses the Wheel of Initiation , The Inner Labyrinth of Transformation, The Wish-fulling Mandala, as evidence-based templates to bring forth self-awareness, compassion and the transformation of pain stories. Her studies of group dynamics over the past several decades, which includes study with Parker J Palmer, Ph D, creates a safe and dynamic setting for those to learn, engage in practices and explore. Her next book was written in collaboration with Parker J Palmer and will be released in June of 2020. She has offered the Shaman’s Body consultation circles for therapists and healers to gather for consultation. She has journaled since the age of 16, designed a healing program for family of those with mental illness: Hidden Victims/Hidden Healers due to the secondary trauma family members experience. A result of this research was a book and programs being established in Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States.

 

Molly Chanson, MA, RYT has been a practicing yoga for over 25 years and completed her teacher training at the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. Molly is an educator, writer, entrepreneur, and founder of The Practice, an online yoga membership for transformation.

Molly leads compassionate yoga practices that focus on breath and movement in order to befriend and tune in to the body. Molly’s yoga sessions create greater body awareness and grant access to inner parts of Self that long to be acknowledged. With an inviting space of non-judgment, strength and self-love, the body becomes an ally and a wise teacher on anyone’s healing path.

Before becoming a yoga instructor, Molly taught Writing and International English courses at Columbia College Chicago for 14 years. She founded and designed her own maternity clothing line and has a new yoga-inspired collection out this year. Molly’s first book, Fallen Star: A Return to Self through the Eight Limbs of Yoga, is forthcoming by Shanti Arts. Fallen Star is a teaching memoir that shares Molly’s inspiring healing journey and her lessons from yoga along the way. Molly has two boys and a black lab puppy, and stays very busy in her hometown in Wisconsin.

February

Wednesday, February 17th
Virtual Author Slam!

7:00p CT

Join the livestream on Crowdcast here!

 

 

A Mystery to Me favorite returns...virtually!

At our Virtual Author Slam, three local authors come together to read from their latest work! Our February edition brings us poet Robert Merelman, author Jeff Winkowski, and author David Benjamin!

Each writer will have 12 minutes to present their work, answer questions, and maybe even introduce you to your next great read!

About the Authors


David Benjamin
 has a lifetime of stories to tell. Among those he has already told, in a prolific flow of award-winning books of fiction, non-fiction and commentary, are SUMO: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Japan’s National Sport (Tuttle Publishing, 1990) and a steady flow of titles published by his own publishing enterprise, Last Kid Books, launched in April 2019. Among these are a collection of essays, Almost Killed by a Train of Thought, his celebrated “memoir,” The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked and five novels, Three’s a Crowd, A Sunday Kind of Love, Summer of ’68, Skulduggery in the Latin Quarter and They Shot Kennedy. In 2020, Benjamin also began, under the Last Kid Books imprint, a mystery series, featuring smalltown police chief Jim Otis, beginning with Jailbait in 2020 and Bastard’s Bluff in March 2021. Since starting up Last Kid Books, Benjamin has received ten literary awards honoring excellence in independent publishing. Among these, the Independent Press Awards recognized Almost Killed by a Train of Thought as its 2019 Best Essay Collection. The NYC Big Book Awards named A Sunday Kind of Love as its 2019 Best Romantic Comedy and Black Dragon as its 2019 Best Political Thriller. In 2020, Shelf Unbound named three Last Kid Books, Black Dragon, Summer of ’68 and They Shot Kennedy to its “Best Indie Book Notable 100.” 

Richard Merelman is the poet behind "A Door Opens". "A Door Opens” is best characterized as “tragicomedy.” Many of the poems hinge on conflict, usually taking a dark turn. Others are humorous throughout. The language is accessible, and there is much narrative. The collection is divided into three sections, each with its own “voice.” Part One (“Impersonations”) is primarily indirect; the poems speak through wholly imaginary characters and events. Part Two (“Plan As Day”) is a kind of  documentary, in which facts are foremost, poetically rearranged. Part Three (“In Essence”) is personal and lyrical. Most of the poems are written in free verse, but there are a number in traditional or invented forms. I intend the collection to \explore what Graham Greene called “the heart of the matter.

Jeff Winkowski is a writer, educator, and podcast host, father, and founder of the hardcore bands Blackwall Hitch and Deer District. He has written stories for Flipside, Sojourners, and It’s Okay mental health fanzine. He is the current podcast host of Friend to Friend in The End Time a nd teaches gym in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he lives with his two sons.

Saturday, February 13th
Virtual Story Time: Michelle Garcia Andersen

10:30a CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

Little Owl and Little Wolf have so many questions for their parents. “Why can’t we move our eyes?” “When will I no longer be a pup?” But owls don’t ask “Why?” They ask “Whooo?” And wolves don’t ask “When?” They ask “Hoooow?” Mom and Dad say it’s silly to even consider asking those sorts of questions.

Feeling teased and misunderstood, Little Owl and Little Wolf decide to run away from home for good. After straying too far from the path, the pair discovers that they’re lost in the forest and begin to wonder if they’ve made the right decision by leaving the pack. Little Owl and Little Wolf realize that the only way to make it back to their families is to not be afraid to ask the right questions, their own way.

This heartwarming tale of friendship from author Michelle Garcia Andersen and artist Ayesha Rubio will remind young readers that by staying true to yourself and embracing what makes you unique, good things come to you.

About the Author

Michelle grew up in southern Oregon and moved to Eugene, where she went to school and met her husband. Several years later, they moved back to southern Oregon where they live in the country just five minutes from the house she grew up in. Michelle was a teacher for many years and her favorite part of the day was always read aloud. She is delighted to be writing picture books for children; it has been a lifelong dream of hers. When she’s not reading and writing, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, walking her dogs, gardening and anything else that gets her outdoors. Michelle and her husband have three teenage kids and live in a home full of laughter.

Wednesday, February 10th
After School Reading with Jon Etter!

4:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

The uneasy truce between the Seelie Court and the Sluagh Horde is in trouble as nobles on both sides push King Julius and Queen Modthryth to attack while amongst the common fairy folk the Brother/Sisterhood of Afflicted and Repressed Fairies (B.A.R.F.) plans a revolution.The one chance Elfame may have to maintain the peace is a fairy raid organized by Prince Beow of the Sluagh and Princess Viola of the Seelie. But when the two are kidnapped, it’s up to Shade, Ginch, and the Professor to save them and prevent the fairy lands from descending into chaos.

 

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. 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 Wauwatosa, an inner-ring suburb of Milwaukee. In addition to teaching, he has served as a station manager for WSHS 91.7 FM in Sheboygan, coached forensics and Destination Imagination, and been a faculty advisor for a number of groups including the Gay-Straight Alliance, Philosophy Club, Film Club, and Dungeons & Dragons Club.

Of Jon’s many accomplishments, he’s most proud of being crowned the Prairie Central Junior High Limbo Champion of 1987 and starring as E.T. in the 1982 Strawn Elementary School Christmas Pageant (which did, in fact, conclude with E.T. in the manger with Mary and Joseph cradling the baby Jesus in his arms). In addition, he is the author of the middle grade fantasy series Those Dreadful Fairy Books from Amberjack Publishing/Chicago Review Press, and the father of two children that he hopes to someday domesticate.

Thursday, February 04th
Virtual Author Visit: Joseph Schneider

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

The nightmare descends on a Tuesday.  A routine welfare check on an older married couple turns into something out of a horror movie when their bodies are discovered mutilated inside their house. After two other couples die, it becomes clear that there's a serial killer stalking Hollywood. Dubbed the "Eastside Creeper," the murderer camps out in crawl spaces of his victims' homes, sometimes for days, before killing them. And then, like smoke, he vanishes. Detective Tully Jarsdel is intrigued by the Eastside Creeper. His methods are grotesque, his path unpredictable. And as the murders become more gruesome and the clues more inscrutable, Jarsdel's background in academia and willingness to look beneath the surface might be the only tools the LAPD has to stop the bloodshed.

 

About the Author

Joseph Schneider lives with his wife and two children in California. His professional affiliations include The Magic Castle and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. What Waits for You is his second novel.

January

Wednesday, January 27th
Virtual Author Visit: Michael Kaufman

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

Washington, DC, 2033. Climate change is hitting hard, unemployment is high, and a controversial longevity treatment is only available to the ultra-rich. Enter police detective Jen B. Lu and her 'partner', Chandler, a synthetic computer implant in her brain. He's a wannabe tough guy although given that he’s only two and a half years old, he has a hard time pulling it off.

Jen hears rumors of an illegal version of the longevity drug, and the bizarre outbreak of people aging almost overnight, then suddenly dying. Is this all connected? Is a mysterious co-op involved? And what about Big Pharma?

When Jen’s investigations take her too close to the truth, she’s suspended and has to risk everything to pursue a very dangerous investigation on her own.

 

Michael Kaufman

About the Author

Michael Kaufman, PhD, is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. As an advisor, activist, and keynote speaker, he has developed innovative approaches to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality and positively transforming men's lives. Over the past four decades his work with the United Nations, governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, trade unions, and universities has taken him to fifty countries.

Thursday, January 21st
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT

The first Bookseller Happy Hour of the Biden Administration! Woohoo!

Join us for a staff favorite, Bookseller Happy Hour! Register for the livestream on Crowdcast here!

Thursday, January 14th
Virtual Author Visit: Nick Petrie with Erica Ruth Neubauer

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

The Breaker by Nick Petrie: 9780525535478 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

 

About the Book

A man wanted by two governments, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend June and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace . . . but when Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, he knows he can’t stand by and do nothing.

Peter does interrupt a crime, but it wasn’t at all what he’d expected. The young gunman appeared to have one target and one mission–but when he escapes, and his victim vanishes before police arrive, it seems there is more to the encounter than meets the eye. Peter’s hunch is proven correct when a powerful associate from his past appears with an interest in the crime, and an irresistible offer: if he and June solve this mystery, Peter’s record will be scrubbed clean.

While Peter and Lewis trace the gunman, reporter June digs into the victim of the incident, a man whose face rings a bell in her memory. As their parallel investigations draw together, they’re thrust into the path of a ruthless tech thief, an eerily cheerful assassin, a brilliant and troubled inventor, and a revolutionary technology that could wreak devastation in the wrong hands. But for Peter, even more is at stake: this investigation is his only path to a life free from the threat of prosecution or prison. Before the end, he’ll have to fight harder than ever before to ensure that freedom doesn’t come at too high a cost. . .


About the Authors

Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, 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 The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he runs a home-inspection business in Milwaukee. His novels in the Peter Ash series include The Drifter, winner of the ITW Thriller Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, Burning Bright, and Light It Up.

Erica Ruth Neubauer spent eleven years in the military, two years as a cop and one year as a high school English teacher before finding her way as a writer. She has reviewed mysteries and crime fiction for several years at publications such as Publisher’s Weekly, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Mystery Scene Magazine and is a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. When she’s not writing her next novel or curled up with a book, she enjoys traveling, yoga and craft beer. She lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband.

December

Thursday, December 17th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT on Crowdcast

Join us online here!



A quarantine tradition continues...one more time!

On this, the last Bookseller Happy Hour of 2020, we'll talk about our favorite books of the year, titles we're looking forward to in 2021, and some final thoughts on books to help you say goodbye the end of a very unusual year.

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

Wednesday, December 09th
An Evening of Readings with Madison Writers' Studio

6:00p CT

Register for the livestream on Crowdcast here!

 


Join us for an evening of readings from the Madison Writers Studio! Current students will share their work from the past semester for us to enjoy from the comfort of our homes! Brew some tea, pour a brandy, and throw a log on the fire to celebrate these students' hard work.

Thursday, December 03rd
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT on Crowdcast

Join us online here!



A quarantine tradition continues!

CRUNCH TIME! One week til Hanukkah begins and three weeks til Christmas!

Our booksellers are here to help you with your remote holiday shopping: we will suggest books for you and your loved ones so you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

November

Thursday, November 19th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT on Crowdcast!

Join us online here!

 

A quarantine tradition continues!

Just in time to save you a trip on Black Friday, our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

Saturday, November 14th
Virtual Storytime: Lisl H. Detlefsen

10:30a CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

Picture

About the Book

It's fun to watch trains, planes, excavators, and other things that go. It's even more fun to climb aboard. But most fun of all? Being the driver! This zippy read aloud allows kids to imagine themselves as the driver of everyday vehicles like a train, to the most extraordinary of all, a rocket ship.

 

 About the Author

Lisl H. Detlefsen is the author of a growing number of picture books. Her first, TIME FOR CRANBERRIES (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, illustrated by Jed Henry) was a Junior Library Guild selection, a 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (K–2), and the 2017 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year.

Lisl lives on a family-owned cranberry marsh near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin with her husband and two sons. When not in her office or on the marsh, you can find Lisl on the web at www.lislhdbooks.com, on Twitter @lislhd, or on Facebook @lislhdbooks. She is represented by agent Jennifer Mattson of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.   

Thursday, November 05th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast

Join us online here!

Let's hope this one really IS a happy hour!

A quarantine tradition continues!

As we approach the holiday shopping season (we can't believe it either), our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

October

Thursday, October 22nd
Bookseller Happy/Spooky Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast


Join us online here!

 A quarantine tradition continues!

As we approach the holiday shopping season (we can't believe it either), our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

 

Wednesday, October 21st
Virtual Author Visit: Lynn Miller

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!


About the Book

Best friends Bettina, Miriam, and Fiona are shocked when their dean of liberal studies dies in a single-car accident amid accusations of mishandling university funds. They suspect murder, especially after learning that the dean’s estranged wife will inherit three million dollars. Events take a surprising turn when they travel from Austin, Texas, to a Chautauqua performance in Silver City, New Mexico, where they join several others, some with questionable motives, including the dean’s wife and her lover. In the close confines of the lodge, the group brings to life remarkable women from history—including Victoria Woodhull, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Virginia Woolf. But when one woman is kidnapped and another disappears, the friends’ lives are forever changed as they realize that the masks we wear often hide chilling truths.

 

About the Author

Lynn C. Miller is the author and coauthor of several books, including The Day After Death: A Novel (UNM Press) and Death of a Department Chair: A Novel. She has performed a number of solo performance pieces and plays about Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Katherine Anne Porter, and Victoria Woodhull.

Thursday, October 15th
Wisconsin Book Festival! October 15-17

October 15-17. Event times vary.

 Wisconsin Book Festival logo

The Wisconsin Book Festival is ON! Virtually, of course. Check out the line-up of amazing authors and speakers at the festival's official website!

Thursday, October 15th
Virtual Author Visit: Scott Graham and Margaret Mizushima

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Books

Mesa Verde Victim, book six in the National Park Mystery Series, released May 15 in ebook form and releasing August 25 in printed book form, is set in Mesa Verde National Park. Hounded by false accusations of murder, archaeologist Chuck Bender and his family risk their lives to track down an unknown killer on the loose in a rugged canyon on the remote western edge of the park, where ancient stone villages and secret burial sites, abandoned centuries ago by the Ancestral Puebloan people, harbor artifacts so rare and precious they’re worth killing over.

In Hanging Falls, a deluge has flooded the high ground near Hanging Falls—but heavy rains aren’t the only menace descending on Timber Creek. While on a scouting mission to pinpoint trail damage, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. Robo catches human scent, which leads to an enigmatic forest-dweller who quickly becomes suspect number one.

With help from veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie identifies the victim, and discovers an odd religious cult whose dress and manners harken back to the 19th century. As the list of suspects grows, an unexpected visit from members of Mattie’s long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood as they help Mattie piece together details of the fateful night when she was abducted at age two.

The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine—but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.

About the Authors

Scott Graham is the author of the nationally acclaimed National Park Mystery Series, featuring archaeologist Chuck Bender and Chuck’s wife, paramedic Janelle Ortega. The series is published by Torrey House Press.

In addition to the National Park Mystery Series, Scott is the author of five nonfiction books, including Extreme Kids, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.

Scott is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, river rafting, skiing, and mountaineering. He lives with his wife, an emergency physician, in Durango, Colorado. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, radio disk jockey, and coal-shoveling fireman on the steam-powered Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Active within the writing community, Margaret serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member of Northern Colorado Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Women Writing the West. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. 

Saturday, October 10th
Monroe Street Stroll

10:00a - 5:00p

TJ Calendar.png

Join us on October 10th, 2020 from 10am to 5pm for a self-guided stroll down Monroe Street. 

There will be fall merchandise, seasonal food & drink, festive decor, and more. SwingTime Music Jazz Band will perform from 1 to 3 pm at the pavilion on West Lawn and Monroe Street. Their performance is sponsored by designCraft Advertising. 

Masks, distancing, and occupancy rules apply. A list of participating businesses along with special offerings will be coming soon!

Thursday, October 08th
Virtual Author Visit: Lesley Kagen

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

Every Now and Then

About the Book

The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. For kids seeking relief from the heat, there was a creek to be swum in, sprinklers to run through, and ice cream at Whitcomb's Drugstore. But for Frankie, Viv, and Biz, eleven-year-old best friends, it would forever be remembered as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town and took their young lives as they'd known them as a souvenir.

Lesley Kagen

About the Author

When I'm not writing, there's nothing I love more than spending time with the loves of my life, my daughter, Casey, and my magical g-babies, Charlie and Hadley. Also enjoy hiking in the woods and on Lake Michigan beaches with my pup, The Amazin' Gracie, riding my bike around my adorable town, reading, of course, committing random acts of kindness—fun!—advocating for better and more available mental health care, meditating, going to the movies, birding—red-tail hawks make me weep—and eating out with pals—I am an absolutely horrendous cook, but a darn good baker.

To read Lesley's full bio, visit her website!

Wednesday, October 07th
Virtual Author Visit: Rebecca Behrens

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

Alone in the Woods

About the Book

Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends . . . until they aren’t. Jocelyn’s not sure what happened, but she hopes their annual joint-family vacation in the isolated Northwoods will be the perfect spot to rekindle their friendship.

But Alex still isn’t herself when they get to the cabin, and Jocelyn reaches a breaking point during a rafting trip that goes horribly wrong. When the girls’ inner tube tears, it leaves them stranded and alone on the banks of the Wolf River.

Before they know it, the two are hopelessly lost in a national forest.

Wearing swimsuits and water shoes and with only the contents of their wet bags, the girls face threats from biting blackflies to black bears, poison ivy to hypothermia. Both Jocelyn and Alex will have to use strengths they didn’t know they had in their desperate trek home. But beyond battling the elements during the days and nights they spend lost in the wilderness, they’ll have to overcome their fractured friendship—if they want to make it out of the woods alive.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Behrens is the award-winning author of three critically acclaimed middle-grade novels that explore famous historical figures and fascinating places: When Audrey Met Alice, Summer of Lost and Found, and The Last Grand Adventure. Her thrillingly realistic survival story The Disaster Days is a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, and an ILA Teachers’ Choices selection. Look for her latest middle-grade adventure, Alone in the Woods, in October 2020. Rebecca grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Chicago, and now lives with her husband in New York City. Some of Rebecca’s favorite things are: the beach, history, running, nature, doughnuts, and laughing.

Saturday, October 03rd
Virtual Author Visit: Briana McDonald

10:30a CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

Rule One: Your loyalty is to the case.

Amateur detective Pepper Blouse has always held true to this rule, even if it meant pushing people away. But when the results of Pepper’s latest case cost her any hope of the girl she likes returning her feelings, she decides that maybe she should lay low for a while.

That is, until her Great Aunt Florence passes away under mysterious circumstances. And even though her dad insists there’s nothing to investigate, Pepper can’t just ignore rule fourteen: Trust your gut.

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that could’ve prepared her for this.

Maybe it’s time to stop playing by the rules.

About the Author

Briana McDonald’s fiction has appeared in Rozyln: Short Fiction by Women Writers, Marathon Literary Review, The Stonecoast Review, and more. She is a book reviewer at The Literary Review and a reader for CLMP’s Firecracker Awards. She is an academic advisor at Columbia University. Pepper’s Rules for Secret Sleuthing is her debut novel. Find out more at BrianaRoseMcDonald.com. 

September

Wednesday, September 30th
Virtual Author Visit: Anna Lee Huber

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

In the aftermath of the Great War, the line between friend and foe may be hard to discern, even for indomitable former Secret Service agent Verity Kent, in award-winning author Anna Lee Huber's thrilling mystery series.

Peacetime has brought little respite for Verity Kent. Intrigue still abounds, even within her own family. As a favor to her father, Verity agrees to visit his sister in Wiltshire. Her once prosperous aunt has fallen on difficult times and is considering selling their estate. But there are strange goings-on at the manor, including missing servants, possible heirloom forgeries, and suspicious rumors—all leading to the discovery of a dead body on the grounds.

While Verity and her husband, Sidney, investigate this new mystery, they are also on the trail of an old adversary—the shadowy and lethal Lord Ardmore. At every turn, the suspected traitor seems to be one step ahead of them. And even when their dear friend Max, the Earl of Ryde, stumbles upon a code hidden among his late father's effects that may reveal the truth about Ardmore, Verity wonders if they are really the hunters—or the hunted . . .

 

About the Author

Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, and the Gothic Myths series, as well as the forthcoming anthology The Deadly Hours. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her online at www.annaleehuber.com.

Saturday, September 26th
Virtual Storytime: Kevin Henkes

10:30a CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

On a warm morning, a little lion sleeps under a sun that shines so brightly, it looks like a flower. He dreams the flower is as big as the sun. He dreams the flower is a cookie. He lets his imagination soar.

Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes uses simple shapes, limited colors, and a pitch-perfect text to tell Lion’s story in this transcendent picture book. Sun Flower Lion introduces emerging readers to short chapters, action verbs, and adjectives, while bright illustrations transform simple shapes into something magical. 

Sun Flower Lion will shine at story time and bedtime and for young children just learning how to read on their own.  

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Thursday, September 24th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast

Join us online here!

A quarantine tradition continues!

As we approach the holiday shopping season (we can't believe it either), our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

Wednesday, September 16th
Virtual Author Event: Paula Chase and Janae Marks

6:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

 About TURNING POINT

When being yourself isn't good enough, who should you be?

Told in dual perspectives, this provocative and timely novel for middle-school readers by Paula Chase, the acclaimed author of So Done and Dough Boys, will resonate with fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Renée Watson.

Best friends Rasheeda and Monique are both good girls. For Sheeda, that means keeping her friends close and following her deeply religious and strict aunt’s every rule. For Mo, that means not making waves in the prestigious and mostly White ballet intensive she’s been accepted to.

But what happens when Sheeda catches the eye of Mo’s older brother, and the invisible racial barriers to Mo’s success as a ballerina turn out to be not so invisible? What happens when you discover that being yourself isn’t good enough? How do you fight back?

Paula Chase explores the complex and emotional issues that affect many young teens in this novel set in the same neighborhood as her acclaimed So Done and Dough Boys. Friendship, family, finding yourself, and standing your ground are the themes of this universal story that is perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Renée Watson.

About FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON

From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating story full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. 

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge.

But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.

 

 

 

About the Authors

Paula Chase is the cofounder of The Brown Bookshelf, a site designed to increase awareness of African American voices writing for young readers. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland. Her novels include the acclaimed So Done and its companion, Dough Boys. www.paulachasehyman.com

Janae Marks graduated from the New School with an MFA in writing for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is her debut novel. Visit Janae online at www.janaemarks.com.

Thursday, September 10th
Virtual Author Visit: J.F. Riordan

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

It's spring on Washington Island. Despite her concerns about Roger's desire to bartend, Elisabeth is eager to plan a grand opening for their newly remodeled hotel, but she quickly realizes that she may also need to make accommodations for Roger's proposed goat yoga classes. Bored and lonely, Oliver Robert joins bartender Eddie in forming a great books club at Nelsen's, and Emily Martin, determined to make her mark on the community, forms a new Committee of the Concerned. When Emily decides that the Island needs a literary festival, complete with a famous author, she imprudently seeks out a notorious celebrity, hoping, as always, to enhance her own prestige. Real estate agent Marcie Landmeier confides that an unknown someone is buying up the Island's shoreline, newly-appointed Fire Chief Jim Freeberg contends with a string of suspicious fires, and Pali and Ben have a spiritual encounter that will change them both. Meanwhile, drawn once more into local controversy, and awash in suspicion herself, Fiona Campbell must determine the answers to questions that will affect her future, and the future of the entire Island. A Small Earnest Question is Book Four in the award-winning North of the Tension Line series, set on a remote island in the Great Lakes. Called a modern-day Jane Austen, author J.F. Riordan creates wry, engaging tales and vivid characters that celebrate the beauty and mysteries of everyday life.

 

About the Author

Called a “modern-day Jane Austen,” J.F. Riordan’s lyrical prose and rich characters are a tribute to small town life and the beauty of the ordinary.

Peopled with sharply drawn characters whose experiences are by turns serious, mystical, and ridiculous, her books bring into sharp focus the pitfalls and vicious politics that prevail in small towns everywhere.

Thursday, September 03rd
Virtual Author Visit: Jenny Milchman

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

 Opportunity: Teacher needed in one-room schoolhouse on remote island in Maine. Certification in grades K-8 a must.

Julie Weathers isn't sure if she's running away or starting over, but moving to a remote island off the coast of Maine feels right for someone with reasons to flee her old life. The sun-washed, sea-stormed speck of land seems welcoming, the lobster plentiful, and the community close and tightly knit. She finds friends in her nearest neighbor and Callum, a man who appears to be using the island for the same thing as she: escape.

But as Julie takes on the challenge of teaching the island's children, she comes to suspect that she may have traded one place shrouded in trouble for another, and she begins to wonder if the greatest danger on Mercy Island is its lost location far out to sea, or the people who live there.

About the Author

JENNY MILCHMAN is the USA Today bestselling Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of five psychological thrillers, including Wicked River and The Second Mother. All of Jenny's novels have been chosen for the Indie Next List, and her work has been praised by the New York Times, the AP, the San Francisco Review of Books, along with inclusion on The Strand Magazine's Best of 2018 and Suspense Magazine's Best of 2014, plus numerous other picks and mentions. Jenny served four years as vice president of author programs for International Thriller Writers and is a member of the Sisters in Crime speakers bureau. She gives talks and workshops all over the country on the importance of sticking to a dream, and is the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which is celebrated in all fifty states and on five continents.

August

Saturday, August 29th
Independent Bookstore Day!

10:00a til 4:00p

Postponed because of COVID19, Independent Bookstore Day has been rescheduled to

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th!

Come and join us for exclusive Indpendent Bookstore Day titles and retail items, as well as some offerings special to Mystery to Me! Bring your mask and your book wishlist, and come show your neighborhood indie some love!

Friday, August 28th
Virtual Author Visit: Keith McCafferty with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

The Bangtail Ghost by Keith McCafferty

About the Book

In Montana’s Gravelly Range, paw prints and a single whisker discovered at a scene of horrific violence suggest a woman had been attacked and carried away by a mountain lion. Sheriff Martha Ettinger employs her fiancé, sometimes-detective Sean Stranahan, to put a name to the gnawed bones comprising all that is left of the body. The woman’s is the first of several deaths that Sean suspects are not as easily explained as they appear. . As a reign of terror grips the Madison Valley, blood in the tracks will lead him from the river below to the snow-covered ridge tops, as Sean finds himself on his most adventurous and dangerous quest yet. For as he comes closer to unearthing the secret shared by the dead and missing, the tracks he is following will turn, and the hunter becomes the hunted.

Photo of Keith McCafferty

About the Author

Keith McCafferty is the author of eight novels in the Sean Stranahan mystery series, published by Viking/Penguin Books.  He is the recipient of the Will Rogers Gold and Silver Medallion Awards and the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Novel, among many other awards. Two of his novels were chosen as Best Reads by Oprah Winfrey's "O" magazine.  

Keith is also a two-time National Magazine Award finalist and the recipient of the Robert Traver Award for angling literature. For years he made a living with his flyrod, writing stories for Field & Stream, where he was the Survival and Outdoor Skills editor. “It was like flying around the world on a broom” he recalls, “only the fly rod was my broom.”  

A wild bird rescue volunteer, Keith lives with his wife and family, and various feathered friends, in Montana. 

His new novel, “The Bangtail Ghost, was published on August 18th.  

Thursday, August 27th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

 

The booksellers are BACK AT IT! Join us for another round of Bookseller Happy Hour and start making your wishlists for Independent Bookstore Day!! We'll tell you what's new, what's coming, and what's special for IBD!

Wednesday, August 26th
Virtual Author Visit: Kali White

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

It's August 1984, and paperboy Christopher Stewart has gone missing.

Hours later, twelve-year-old Sammy Cox hurries home from his own paper route, red-faced and out of breath, hiding a terrible secret.

Crystal, Sammy's seventeen-year-old sister, is worried by the disappearance but she also sees opportunity: the Stewart case has echoes of an earlier unsolved disappearance of another boy, one town over. Crystal senses the makings of an award winning essay, one that could win her a scholarship - and a ticket out of their small Iowa town.

Officer Dale Goodkind can't believe his bad luck: another town and another paperboy kidnapping. But this time he vows that it won't go unsolved. As the abductions set in motion an unpredictable chain of violent, devastating events touching each life in unexpected ways, Dale is forced to face his own demons.

Told through interwoven perspectives--and based on the real-life Des Moines Register paperboy kidnappings in the early 1980's--The Monsters We Make deftly explores the effects of one crime exposing another and the secrets people keep hidden from friends, families, and sometimes, even themselves.

About the Author

Kali White VanBaale is the author of the novels The Monsters We Make, The Good Divide, and The Space Between.  She's the recipient of an American Book Award, an Independent Publisher’s silver medal for general fiction, the Fred Bonnie Memorial First Novel Award, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for General Fiction, an Iowa Arts Council major artist grant, and the Great River Writer’s Retreat. She's also writes and publishes short stories, essays, and articles, and serves as the managing editor of the micro-essay journal The Past Ten.

In previous professional lives, Kali was a county case manager for mentally disabled adults and children, a substitute librarian, a gymnastics instructor, a childcare provider, a waitress, a jewelry counter attendant at Target, and spent one winter working on a Christmas tree farm, and one summer detasseling cornfields. She also lived in a remote Hungarian village for several weeks while volunteering on an organic vegetable farm. 

Born and raised on a dairy farm in southern Iowa, she now lives and writes on a quiet acreage outside Des Moines with her family and highly emotional dog, Olive.

Tuesday, August 18th
Virtual Author Visit: Anika Fajardo

7:00p CT 

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

A whimsical and unflinchingly honest generational story of family and identity where hats turn into leeches, ghosts blow kisses from lemon trees, and the things you find at the end of your fishing line might not be a fish at all.

Half-Colombian Eddie Aguado has never really  felt Colombian. Especially after Papa died. And since Mama keeps her memories of Papa locked up where Eddie can’t get to them, he only has Papa’s third-place fishing tournament medal to remember him by. He’ll have to figure out how to be more Colombian on his own.

As if by magic, the perfect opportunity arises. Eddie—who’s never left Minnesota—is invited to spend the summer in Colombia with his older half-brother. But as his adventure unfolds, he feels more and more like a fish out of water.

Figuring out how to be a true colombiano might be more difficult than he thought.


About the Author

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She wrote a book about that experience, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family, which was published by University of Minnesota Press. A writer, editor, and teacher, she lives in the very literary city of Minneapolis. What If a Fish is her first middle grade novel.

Thursday, August 13th
Special Event: Charlotte + Hannah's Vampire Club!

6:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Event

Old loves die hard, as they say. Or in this case: TWIhard. 

That’s right: the latest installment of the bafflingly popular Twilight franchise is here to haunt us and delight us in equal measure! Avid fans of the vampire phenomenon, booksellers Charlotte and Hannah are hosting a ONE NIGHT ONLY special event in which they’ll discuss the new book, MIDNIGHT SUN, and all things Twilight with each other and whoever else wants to visit the good ol’ days of the early 2000s.

This event is virtual, so feel free to indulge in a glass of bloo—er…wine. Red wine. From the comfort of your home!

(And if you want to read the book in advance of the event, pre-order your copy from Mystery to Me today!)

Tuesday, August 11th
Virtual Author Visit: John Galligan with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Reigster for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

Dead Man Dancing | Book by John Galligan | Official Publisher Page ...

About the Book

In this sequel to the “gritty, brash, and totally gripping” (The Real Book Spy) thriller Bad Axe County, Sheriff Heidi Kick is investigating an illicit cage fighting ring with ties to white nationalism when her husband suddenly goes missing.

It’s a time for celebration in Bad Axe County as the town gathers for the annual Syttende Mai—or Norwegian Independence Day—festival. During this rollicking family-oriented event filled with dancing and food, Sheriff Heidi Kick discovers a dark and shocking event—a migrant worker has been savagely beaten but refuses to explain what happened. Then, a sudden murder of a band member shatters the festival. Something is deeply wrong in Bad Axe County.

As she looks for answers, Heidi plunges into a secret underworld where high-stakes cage fights double as combat training for the White Nationalist movement. Then all hell breaks loose for Heidi when her husband disappears and a secret he’s been keeping from Heidi is revealed.

A timely portrait of the deep divisions and simmering tensions brewing in our country today, Dead Man Dancing takes you into the dark heart of a movement defined by violence and hate. Featuring John Galligan’s signature “striking prose, engaging characters” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), and unforgettable twists and turns, Dead Man Dancing is a breathless thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


John Galligan, author

About the Author

John Galligan is the author of the soon to be released Dead Man Dancing,  Bad Axe County (Atria, July 2019) and five other novels: Red Sky, Red Dragonfly; The Nail Knot; The Blood Knot; The Clinch Knot; and The Wind Knot.

In addition to being a novelist, he has worked as a newspaper journalist, feature-film screenwriter, house painter, au pair, ESL teacher, cab driver, and freezer boy in a salmon cannery. He teaches writing at Madison College, where his experience is enriched by students from every corner of the local and world communities. He has won awards as a feature journalist, sports journalist, and short story writer before settling on a career as a novelist.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with degrees in Environmental Policy (BS) and English Literature (MA).

Wednesday, August 05th
Virtual Author Visit: Karen Dionne

6:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents’ deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns to the place where she once felt safest in a quest for answers: her family’s sprawling log cabin in the remote forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.

 

About the Author

Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the award-winning psychological suspense novel The Marsh King’s Daughter published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the US and in 25 other countries. Her next psychological suspense novel, The Wicked Sister, will publish August 4, 2020, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

The Marsh King’s Daughter was named one of the best books of 2017 by iBooks, Hudson Booksellers, Powell’s Books, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Irish Independent, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, Bookpage, and many other booksellers and reviewers, and is currently in development as a major motion picture produced by Anonymous Content (Spotlight; The Revenant) and Black Bear Pictures (The Imitation Game).  The Marsh King’s Daughter was also chosen by the Library of Michigan as a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and is the winner of Deadly Pleasure Magazine’s Barry Award for Best Novel and Suspense Magazine’s Crimson Scribe Award.

Karen has been active in the writing community for over twenty years. She co-founded the online writers community Backspace, and organized the Backspace Writers Conferences in New York and the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served as managing editor of their monthly publication, The Big Thrill, and on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology. Karen  enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.

July

Saturday, July 25th
Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale!

10:00a til 4:00p

Copy of Sidewalk sale FB cover v3 (1).png

The annual Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale is ON!

Put on your mask and come visit us at Mystery to Me, where we'll have our Book Rx booth (with discount "prescriptions"), books on sale, and $1 wrapped mystery books in all genres!

Friday, July 24th
Virtual Author Visit: S.A. Cosby with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Register for the Crowdcast livestream here!

Blacktop Wasteland

About the Book

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he'd left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can't-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver's seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland...or die trying.

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

Reader Meet Writer: Shawn A. Cosby (online) | Quail Ridge Books

About the Author

S. A. Cosby is a writer from Southeastern Virginia. He won the 2019 Anthony Award for Best Short Story for "The Grass Beneath My Feet", and his previous books include Brotherhood of the Blade and My Darkest Prayer. He resides in Gloucester, Virginia. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player.