It's our second summer at Mystery to Me! 
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It's been a great year!

  • As of June 20, 2014 we have happily sold more than 14,000 books! Whew
  • We are slowly but surely establishing relationships with publishers which enables us to get better deals and free stuff too (like advance reader copies)
  • We are also working hard to connect with agents and publicists so that we can have more of your favorite authors come to the store to visit
  • We've hosted 65 events to date and have many more scheduled (see below for a sneak preview)
  • James Patterson gave us $5,000 to better establish our children and young adult section
  • We read A LOT of books (and there are so many more we want to read)
  • Tom Detmer got all of our books entered into the inventory system! Three cheers for Tom!!! Note that our complete inventory is available on-line. Just go to our website and type in an author, a keyword or a title under the "Shop for Books" section
Welcome Celia!
Celia Young is an intern working at Mystery to Me. Next year she will be a Sophomore at Madison Country Day School. After reviewing books by two young adult authors and participating in their visit to the store, she expressed an interest in working at Mystery to Me.

Celia has a small book blog where she reviews and rates books based on how well the books were written, and whether they suit the intended audience. Some of her favorite books are: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Paper Towns, and Storm of Swords. She joined the Mystery to Me community to expand her literary horizons (she's a fast reader!), fuel her blog, and of course gather work experience.

Celia works Tuesday through Friday from one to four. Apart from running her blog, some of her hobbies include, photography, painting, writing, and biking. 
First Year Bestselling Mystery Authors
 Note: all of their books sell so well we're refusing to mention just one!

Nevada Barr
Cara Black
Chris DeSmet 
David Downing
Erin Hart
Chris Hollenback
Craig Johnson
Laurie King
William Kent Krueger
Jo Nesbo
Louise Penny
Martin Walker
Jacqueline Winspear

Bestselling non-mystery books:
View from the Interior, Susan Riseling
Dog Year, Ann Garvin
Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter
Conditions of Love, Dale Kushner
The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt
Wheel Fever, Jesse Gant and Nicholas Hoffman
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book, Diane Muldrow
Frozen (a little golden book), Victoria Saxon
Events at Mystery to Me, an independent bookstore
Thursday, June 19
7– 9 pm
Poet Cynthia Marie Hoffman reads from her new chapbook, Her Human Costume and Poet Katrin Talbot reads from her new chapbook, noun’d/vb
Friday, June 20
7 – 8 pm
Joe Ganzer, a Milwaukee attorney (and author!) discusses his new mystery, Chicago Secrets
Saturday, June 21
2 – 3 pm
Mary Logue discusses her new Claire Watkins mystery, Lake of Tears and Death Overdue (written as Mary Lou Kirwin)
Sunday, June 22
12:30 – 2 pm
Sunday Scandinavians Book Club
Tuesday, June 24
7 – 9 pm
Local filmmaker Marc Kornblatt shares a rough-cut screening of his new film, Last Seder? 
Thursday, June 26
7 – 8 pm
Elaine Viets is here via SKYPE to talk with us about her new book, Catnapped!
Friday, June 27
7 – 8 pm
Patricia Skalka discusses her new book, Death Stalks Door County
Wednesday, July 2
6 – 7 pm
Rebecca Behrens is here to discuss her middle-school novel, When Audrey Met Alice
Friday, July 4 Closed for Independence Day! 
Tuesday, July 8
7 – 8 pm
Marnie O. Mamminga discusses Return to Wake Robin, a “love letter to her family’s retreat” near Hayward, Wisconsin
Friday, July 11
7 – 8:30 pm
It’s a Release Party!
Melissa Olson reads from her new book, The Big Keep
Thursday, July 17
7 – 8 pm
Skype with Susan Elia MacNeal! She’ll discuss her new book The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent
Friday July 18
7 – 8 pm
David Benjamin discusses his new book, A Sunday Kind of Love: A Football Romance
Sunday, July 20
12:30 – 2 pm
Sunday Sleuths Book Club
Friday, July 25
7 – 8 pm
Jim Jackson, author of Bad Policy returns to talk about his new book, Cabin Fever (the second Seamus McCree mystery)
Sunday, July 27
1:30 – 3 pm
Author Lynda Drews discusses her new mystery Circle of Innocence
Wednesday, July 30
7 – 9 pm
Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow returns to Mystery to Me to discuss her newest book, Ruin Falls. Jenny is joined by Chicago author Lori Rader-Day who will discuss her new book, The Black Hour
Friday, August 1
7 – 8 pm
Poet Lisa Marie Brodsky reads from Motherlung
Sunday, August 3
12:30 – 2 pm
History’s Mysteries Book Club
Thursday, August 7
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Mystery to Me will be selling books for Brava Magazine at their new Salon featuring author Michelle Wildgen and her book Bread and Butter. The Salon will be held at the Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way in Verona. For ticket information visit
Wednesday, August 13
6:30 – 8 pm
Armchair Detectives Book Club
Thursday, August 14
7 – 8 pm
Robert Skloot discusses his new book, If the Whole Body Dies – Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide
Sunday, August 17
12:30 – 2 pm
Sunday Sleuths Book Club
Sunday, August 24
12:30 – 2 pm
Sunday Scandinavians Book Club
Sunday, September 7
12:30 – 2 pm
History’s Mysteries Book Club
Wednesday, September 10
6:30 – 8 pm
Armchair Detectives Book Club
Friday, September 12
7 – 9 pm
Bestselling author William Kent Krueger discusses his newest Cork O’Connor mystery, Windigo Island
Saturday, September 13
10 – 5 pm
Monroe Street Festival
Hundreds of books on sale at Mystery to Me
Friday, September 19
7 – 9 pm
Fishing Mysteries!  A double header evening with John Galligan and Victoria Houston
Sunday, September 21
12:30 – 2 pm
Sunday Sleuths Book Club
Sunday, November 9
2 – 3 pm
Jerry Peterson discusses his new mysteries, The Last Good Man and Capitol Crime
Tuesday, November 18
6:30 – 8 pm
Kathleen Ernst launches her newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Tradition of Deceit
Additional events are in the works!
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What's New? 

Here are a few of our favorite new selections (and there are a lot more where these came from....)

New in paperback
Tamarack County, William Kent Krueger
Kilmoon, a County Clare Mystery, Lisa Alber
The Stranger on the Train, Abbie Taylor
Revolution Baby, Joanna Gruda
Never Alone, C.J. Carpenter
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Joel Dicker
The 9th Girl, Tami Hoag
Dying for Murder (a Cordi O'Callaghan Mystery, Suzanne F. Kingsmill
Until She Comes Home, Lori Roy
Brilliance, Marcus Sakey

New in hardcover
Top Secret, Twenty-One, Janet Evanovich
Vertigo 42, Martha Grimes
Midnight in Europe, Alan Furst
Hydra Protocol, David Wellington
Natchez Burning, Greg Illes

What we've been reading...

Body in Bodega Bay, Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden
A fun summer read, just right for your vacation

Resistance Man, Martin Walker
A continuation of the excellent Chief Bruno series set in Southern France

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Joel Dicker
A layered "euro-thriller" about a best-selling author with writer's block and his mentor, a suspected killer.

Devil's Trill by David Elias
The book came into the store as a special order and I ended up ordering another for myself! A fascinating mystery about a blind violin teacher, his student(s), and a missing Stradivarius brings misfortune to everyone who plays it. There is another book in the series called Danse Macabre which is on the "to read" list!

Chicago Secrets by Joe Ganzer
Joe will be in the store tonight, Friday, June 20 at 7:00 pm. The book features a rather nerdy, yet full-of-himself attorney who discovers that his wife is running an escort service. A fast read with surprising psychological (and manipulative!) twists.

Caroline, Andrea and Celia will share what they're reading next month! Stay tuned. 

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