April 2014 News and Events
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The Midwest Independent Booksellers Association regularly sends us flyers listing monthly Midwest Connections Picks. Check out the books we have in stock in the picture shown above and consider supporting these authors by venturing out to one of our events and purchasing a book by a midwest author.

Vintage is written by Madison author Susan Gloss. Mystery to Me will be teaming up with a Monroe Street clothing store, Velvet Button to have Susan available to sign books at the clothing store. This event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 12. Check the website for updates.

If you like good ol' fashion gothic mysteries, Joanne just finished reading Wendy Webb's The Vanishing. It's a terrific and downright haunting ghost story set in current times. Wendy will be at the store to discuss her book on April 23 at 7pm.

Mystery to Me will be at the Madison Public Library Foundation's annual luncheon to sell Nevada Barr's new book, Destroyer Angel. If you purchase Destroyer Angel from Mystery to Me, 20% of the sale will go to the Library Foundation. Check the link to the Library for details. 

One of the books not pictured above is on schedule to be in the store on Tuesday - Brian Freeman's new psychological thriller, The Cold Nowhere. It's a a book recommended for readers who like John Sandford and Lisa Gardner. 

By the Numbers....

Despite rain, sleet, snow, wind, and dark of night (!) the store is doing quite well... In fact, since opening last June we have sold more than 10,000 books!

Of course, great sales numbers allow us to continue to purchase wonderful new and exciting mysteries by a diversity of authors. Thanks to you, we have also been able to significantly increase our children and young adult selection (see note below about a request made to James Patterson). And, although it's a small part of the store, we do have a nice selection of fiction and non-fiction work by local and regional authors. If you're a bit adventuresome (and what mystery-lover isn't), you might stop into an event featuring some of these non-mystery folks.

Since our very first author reading (Jenny Milchman, Cover of Snow) on July 19, 2013, Mystery to Me has hosted more than 95 authors at 40 different events. 

In 10 months our newsletter subscriptions have increased from just under 500 to more than 1700 readers.

Our top 10 best-sellers for the last 10 months:

1 - View from the Interior by Susan Riseling
2 - Sleep When You're Dead by Chris Hollenback (Chris will be here April 17!)
3 - Heritage of Darkness by Kathleen Ernst (Kathleen will be launching her new Chloe book at Mystery to Me in November...stay tuned)
4 - First Degree Fudge by Chris DeSmet (Chris has a new book coming out this spring - we'll keep you posted about her visiting our store)
5 - Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Note: Leaving Everything Most Loved will be available in paper on April 8. And, to all of you who love Maisie, there will be no Maisie book this year (Oh my....). Instead, The Care and Management of LIes will be published in July. Care and Management is a novel set in the opening months of the great war. The novel will launch in conjunction with the centennial anniversary of WWI, August 1914. A new series featuring Maisie will be available in 2015).
6 - Bat by Jo Nesbo
7 - Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger 
8 - Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
9 - Light Keeper's Legacy by Kathleen Ernst
10 - Haunted Ground by Erin Hart (Erin Hart and Paddy O'Brien are making a return visit to Mystery to Me on April 11)

Mystery to Me Hours

Beginning April 1
Tuesday - Friday: 10 - 7pm
Saturday: 10 - 5pm
Sunday: 11 - 4pm
Open later for special events

Visit the store to see the beautiful stained glass made by local artist Norma Hove.

Books in Translation

Margie Franzen loves a good mystery. Ahem, a good translation! Where did it come from, why did it happen and whodunit? These are the perennial questions behind her work as medical interpreter, research translator and event moderator. More clues as to her own whereabouts:  Mystery to Me will be hosting several book discussions around translation and the translating process. The discussions will be facilitated by Margie. Authors under consideration include:

Jo Nesbo (Norwegian)
Jussi Adler Olsen (Danish)
Didier Daeninckx (French)
James Thompson (Finnish)
Mari Jungstedt (Swedish)
Jan willem van de Wetering (Dutch)
If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please contact
Details about dates and times will be available on our website.

James Patterson Supports Independent Bookstores

Many of you may have heard about author James Patterson giving money away to support independent bookstores. I've written a letter to Mr. Patterson asking for support to have bookshelves creatively designed and built to display our growing selection of children and young adult books (mostly mystery). We're told that he's more inclined to support our request if our customers support us too. Please take a minute to let Mr. Patterson know that Mystery to Me deserves his support by going to his website (linked here) to suggest that he consider Mystery to Me.  Thanks, in advance!

Some interesting and helpful links to all things mysterious...

The 10 Best Thrillers and Crime Writing By Women

Fifty Essential Mystery Novels Everyone Should Read

top You're Killing Me

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April and May promise great new releases from some of your ol' favorites as well as from some exciting new writers.

Below is a list of just some of what's new in paper and hardcover. Please let us know if you would like any of these put aside for you. And please let us know if there is something you would like us to order. It's no bother and the book(s) usually get here in 2-3 days. 


New Releases in Hardcover

Ripper, by Isabel Allende (an international bestseller)
Destroyer Angel, Nevada Barr (see event schedule)
The Murder House, Simon Beaufort
The Black Eyed Blond, Benjamin Black
The Seeker, R.B. Chesterton
Missing You, Harlan Coben
Don't Look For Me (an Amos Walker novel), Loren D. Estleman
Blackberry Pie Murder, Joanne Fluke
The Outcast Dead, Elly Griffths
The Burnable Book, Bruce Holsinger
Citadel, Kate Mosse
The Accident, Chris Pavone (Skype with Chris on April 17)
Death on Blackheath, Anne Perry
The Fire Dance, Helene Tursten
Fear in the Sunlight, Nicola Upson (a mystery featuring Josephine They and Alfred Hitchcock) -- this isn't a new book yet it's new to us. A great series!
Death In Sardinia, Marco Vichi
The Resistance Man, Martin Walker

New Releases in Paper

Antiques Chop, Barbara Allan
Aunt Dimity & the Lost Prince, Nancy Atherton
The Broken Places, Ace Atkins (A Quinn Colson novel)
The Blotting Book, E.F. Benson (a reprint of what may be considered one of the progenitors of the classic British mystery)
Hotel Brasil, Frei Betto (winner of the English Pen Award)
The Poisened Pawn, Peggy Blair (an Inspector Ramirez novel)
Shunned and Dangerous, Laura Bradford
Hunting Season, Andrea Camilleri (a historical murder mystery from the author of the Inspector Montalbano series)
Mrs. Poe, Lynn Cullen
Gone With the Win, Mary Daheim
The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver (the first Lincoln Rhyme novel)
Tuesday's Gone, Nicci French (a Frieda Klein mystery)
The Killing Hour, Lisa Gardner
Bat in the Belfrey, Sarah Graves
Dead Ever After, Charlaine Harris
The Book of Killowen, Erin Hart
Race for the Dying, Steven Havill (a Dr. Thomas Parks mystery)
The Burning Air, Erin Kelly
Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
A Man Without Breath, Philip Kerr 
The Mystery of Mercy Close, Marian Keyes
Never Coming Back, Hans Koppel
Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger
The Reading Circle, Aston Lee
A Tough Nut to Kill, Elizabeth Lee
Defending Jacob, William Landay
The Golden Egg, Donna Leon
Lake of Tears, Mary Logue (a Claire Watkins mystery)
Murder at the Breakers, Alyssa Maxwell (a Gilded Newport mystery)
A Biscuit, A Casket, Liz Mugavero
The Cockroaches, Jo Nesbo (the 2nd Harry Hole novel)
Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street, Al Palmer (a reprint of the 1949 edition
The Late Monsieur Gallet, Georges Simenon (a Penguin reprint
I Remember You (a ghost story), Yrsa Sigurdardottir (winner of the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award)
Helsinki Blood, James Thompson (an Inspector Vaara Novel)
Loyalty, Ingrid Thoft (if you like Sara Paretsky you'll like Thoft)
Crime of Privilege, Walter Walker
The Vanishing, Wendy Webb (Wendy will be here April 23)
The Comedy is Finished, Donald Westlake (a HardCase Crime reprint)
Last Train to Paris, Michele Zackheim
Confidentially Yours, Charles Williams (a reprint now adapted into a feature film by Francois Trauffaut)


New by Local Authors

Shotgun Lovesongs, Nickolas Butler 
The Spy-Mistress by Jennifer Chiaverini (inspired by a true story of civil war espionage)
Vintage, Susan Gloss (check our event calendar)
Electa Quinney - Stockbridge Teacher, Karyn Saemann (check our May event calendar). This is a young adult biography about the state's first public schoolteacher
Bread and Butter, Michelle Wildgen


New and Noteworthy for Children and Young Adult

Tap Tap Boom Boom, Elizabeth Bluemle
Ruby Redfort - Look Into My Eyes, Lauren Child  (Ruby Redfort is a 13 year old secret agent...)
Ruby Redfort - Take Your Last Breath - Lauren Child
The Edge of Nowhere, Elizabeth George
Spy Camp, Stuart Gibbs (a companion to Spy School)
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird, Rita Gray
Penguin in Peril, Helen Hancock
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, Du Bois Heyward (75th Anniversary Edition)
Indestructables! Chew proof * Rip Proof * Nontoxic books for little ones...
Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy, Elizabeth Kiem
43 Old Cemetery Road - Dying to Meet You, Kate Klise
Say Hello Like This! Mary Murphy
Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild, Herman Parish
Middle School Ultimate Showdown, James Patterson and Julia Bergen
Middle School Get Me Out of Here, James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Shadow on the Mountain, Margi Preus (a young adult novel inspired by the true adventures of a wartime spy)
What the Moon Said, Gayle Rosengren (local author!)
Splendors & Glooms, Laura Am Schlitz (a tale set in Victorian London...when Clara vanishes, suspicion falls on the puppeteer....)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein


April Events  

For details check

April 3
7 pm -- Poets Tim Walsh and Susan Elbe

April 5
Noon - 4 pm -- Monroe Street Chocolate Walk    

April 6
History's Mysteries Book Club Meets -- Murder in the Rue Morgue, Purloined Letter, The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

April 9
Armchair Detectives Meets - The Expats by Chris Pavone            ChrisPavoneAuthor

April 10
7 pm  Skype with best-selling author Chris Pavone, author of The Expats and The Accident  
If you haven't been to one of our Skype events yet, try it -  It's great fun!    

April 11
7 pm
A Night of Irish Music and Mystery with Erin Hart and Paddy O'Brien  The Book of Killowen now in paperback!

April 12 (tentative - please check website for details)
11 am - 1 pm
Local author Susan Gloss signs her new book Vintage at the Velvet Button (just a block away from Mystery to Me)

April 13
12:30 pm
Sunday Sleuths Book Club reading Broken Harbor by Tana French 

April 13
2:00 pm  Poet Joan Seliger Sidney 

April 17
7:00 pm  Author Chris Hollenback reads from Sleep When You're Dead  
love letters
April 20  Store closed in observance of Easter   

April 23
7 pm  Author Wendy Webb reads from The Vanishing   

April 24
Nevada Barr at the Madison Public Library Foundation. Purchase her new book, Destroyer Angel from Mystery to Me and 20% of the profits go to the Library Foundation

April 25
7 pm  Author Leslyn Spinnelli reads from Taken By Surprise

April 26
2 pm  Author Kevin Henkes reads from The Year of Billy Miller. Kevin is joined by illustrator Laura Dronzak and her new book, It is Night   

April 27
12:30 pm  Sunday Scandinavians Book Club discusses The Exception by Christain Jungerson

April 29
7:00 pm  Tuesdays with Story


Save the Date...
May, June and July Events  

We're scheduling new events regularly. For updates and more information check

May 3
10 am  Local Author Karyn Saeman shares the story of Electa Quinney, Wisconsin's first public school teacher

May 4
12:30 pm  History's Mysteries discusses The Last Templar by Michael Jecks

May 8
7 pm  Poets Eve Robillard, Katrin Talbot and Robin Chapman

May 14
6:30 pm  Armchair Detectives discuss Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker

May 167 pm  Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden discuss their new mystery, Body in Bodega Bay

May 17 -- Walk with Mystery to Me! 
7:30 a.m. Check-in and Registration    
Walk for Dyslexia   

May 18
2:00 pm Maddy Hunter reads from her newest book, Fleur De Lis

June 6
7 pm  Reed Farrell Coleman is here to discuss Hollow Girl

June 8
12:30 pm History's Mysteries

June 11
6:30 pm Armchair Detectives


June 15 
12:30 pm  Sunday Scandinavians

June 27
7 pm  Patricia Skalka, Death Stalks Door County

July 6
12:30 pm  History's Mysteries

July 9
6:30 pm  Armchair Detectives

July 17
7:00 pm  Skype with author Susan Elia MacNeil

July 20
12:30 pm  Sunday Sleuths

July 25
7 pm 
Author Jim Jackson stops here on a nation-wide tour to discuss Cabin Fever, the sequel to Bad Policy

July 27
3 pm Little Grey Cells, Agatha Christie Book Club

July 30
7 pm  Jenny Milchman, Ruin Falls and Lori Rader-Day, The Black Hour


Watch for these titles - coming soon!

All Day and Night, Alafair Burke
The Skin Collector: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Jeffrey Deaver
Borderline, Lawrence Block
Body in Bodega Bay: A Nora Barnes and Toby Sandler Mystery, Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden (They'll be here in May!)
Fleur De Lies: A Passport to Peril Mystery, Maddy Hunter (Check the event calendar for May!)
Any Other Name, Craig Johnson
The Lincoln Myth, Steve Berry
Prayer, Phillip Kerr
Ruin Falls, Jenny Milchman
The Son, Jo Nesbo
Death at the Door, Carolyn Hart
Small Plates, Katherine Hall Page
The Stranger on the Train, Abbie Taylor
The Outsider, Arlene Hunt
The Axe Factor: A Jimm Juree Mystery, Colin Cotterill
Murder on Bamboo Lane, Naomi Hirahara
The Hollow Girl, Reed Farrell Coleman (Stay tuned -- Reed will be at the store June 6)
Catnapped! A Dead-End Job Mystery, Elaine Veits
Murder in Murray Hill: A Gaslight Mystery, Victoria Thompson
The Prime Minister's Secret Agent (A Maggie Hope Mystery), Susan Elia MacNeal (we'll be Skyping with Susan in July!)
Dead Lil' Hustler, Victoria Houston (and yes, Victoria will be making a return visit to Mystery to Me)
Jack of Spies, David Downing
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