January News
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Dear Friends of Mystery to Me,
Thanks to you we had a very successful six months of operation as an independent bookstore. Tom Detmer continues to provide expert customer service and is busily entering the Booked for Murder stock into our inventory system (as soon as Tom gets the book inventoried you are able to find it on our website). Andrea Potos, a veteran bookseller and distinguished poet joined us two months ago. Andrea has been especially helpful in connecting Mystery to Me with the local writer community. She is quite knowledgeable about young adult fiction and loves spending time working on displays. 

What did you find when you last visited Mystery to Me?

We'd like to hear about any serendipitous discoveries.

We have been busy shifting the entire inventory to allow for our new signs: New Releases, Something Other Than Mystery, AnthologiesRegional and Indie and Poetry. When we have more room available we will have a section specifically for Bargain Books - for now these can be found on our two book carts. We are also looking to find a good spot for everything Sherlock. As many of you know, we have broadened our Children and Young Adult section. In addition, our section of regional and indie works is small yet growing. It's my belief that there are not enough venues for very talented local authors to share their books. Mystery to Me can continue to celebrate all things mystery while still featuring select local works. 

The Sunday New York Times (01/05/14) published an article by Colin Robinson about the "Loneliness of the Long-Distance Reader" which aptly described the growing challenges we have as readers and booksellers. Of particular interest is the article's assertion that professional book reviewers are becoming increasingly rare because there are more "channels" for people to get an appraisal of a book. These channels include everything from Amazon reviews to Goodreads, LibraryThing and other social media sites. The stand-out quote in the article notes: "The conveyance of several trends leaves the book-buying public out in the cold." This is particularly relevant as I stand here in a quiet store with the wind howling outside!

Many of you call, email and visit the store with a special request for a book because you heard about it on NPR, read a review in the NYT, the Wall Street Journal and Doug Moe's column in the Wisconsin State Journal, etc. Many of these special requests are for books by authors who deserve to get more attention from Mystery to Me -- which is why I turn to you for assistance. 

Unfortunately there is not enough time in a day for Tom, Andrea or me to read all of what we'd like to read much less prepare enough meaningful reviews for you. However, if you would like to write a brief review of a mystery you think should be shared, we will be happy to publish the review in a newsletter, on our website, and/or display it on our shelves. In return, we'll give you 25% off books we have in the store (just to be clear, one review = one discount). We'll try this through the month of February to see how it works!

There are many new books in stock and several more on-order. Some of our new books are noted below. In the interest of being a relatively conservative new book-buyer you may want to let us know if you're interested in something in particular so that we can have it here for you. If there is something you're waiting for, please let us know that too. 

Happy Reading.
Some hints on what to include in your reviews...
  1. Be succinct about the story line without giving anything away.
  2. Who would want to read this book?
  3. Does this author remind you of anyone else you've read? 
  4. If the book is part of a series, is it necessary to read the series from the beginning?
  5. What would you want to know if you were reading a review of this book?
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For more detailed information:

Wednesday, January 8
Armchair Detectives Meet
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, January 10
Local author Leslyn Spinelli reads from her book "Taken by Surprise," the sequel to "Taken for Granted"
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, January 10
Madison Public Library, Mystery to Me and Wisconsin Public Television team up at the library for a pre-screening of Sherlock, Season 3, Episode 1
8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Madison Public Library, Rooms 301-302

Thursday, January 30
Dudgeon Monroe Association Wine and Cheese Tasting
Get to know your neighbors!
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 6
Local author Judith Gwinn Adrian reads from "In Warm Blood"
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, February 7
Local editor of many of our favorite mysteries, Jim Frenkel, talks with us about the books he edits
Time to be determined

Thursday, February 13
Author Julie Kramer reads from her new book "Delivering Death." Please pre-order your copy of the book!
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 20 - Saturday, February 22
We're going to "SLAM" again. Interested authors should contact Joanne at (608)283-9332. 

Friday, March 7
Author Tim Dorsey reads from his newest novel "Tiger Shrimp Tango." Please preorder your copy of the book. 
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12
Author Cara Black will be here to read from her newest book, "Murder in Pigalle"
Noon - 1:30 (a light lunch will be provided)

Wednesday, March 19
Author Joanne Fluke reads from "Blackberry Pie Murder"
There is sure to be some pie to be found....mysteriously!

April -- setting up SKYPE visit with Chris Pavone, author of "The Expats" and "The Accident" due out in March 2014)

Friday, May 16
Authors Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden launch their new book "Body in Bodega Bay"
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Also in May - Mary "Kirwin" Logue to visit the store
Winter Hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 to 5
Sunday: 11 to 4
Closed on Mondays
Always open later for special events
Thanks to Char DeVos for displaying her robot art at the store throughout the holiday season. Click on the image to be transferred to Char's website. 

It's 2014
New In Mystery (late December/early January)

Click on the author's name for a link to their website. 

Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani
Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson (now in paperback)
Cursed in the Act (A Bram Stoker Mystery) by Raymond Buckland
Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass
A Chorus Lineup by Joelle Charbonneau
Leave Tomorrow Behind by Judy Clemens
What Doesn't Kill Her by Max Allan Collins
Starter House by Sonjit Condit
Suspect by Robert Crais (now in paperback)
Shadows of Death by Jeanne M. Dams
A Cold White Sun by Vicki Delany
Blood on a Saint by Anne Emery
419 by Will Ferguson
Murder Sends a Postcard by Christy Fifield
The Road to Cardinal Valley by Earlene Fowler
Devis with a Gun by M.C. Grant
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Cry in the Night by Carolyn Hart
Good Bait by John Harvey
Death of a Chocoholic by Lee Hollis
Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy
Paws for Murder by Annie Knox
Teacup Turbulence by Linda O. Johnston
Delivering Death by Julie Kramer
How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes - Mastermind by Maria Konnikova
Professionals by Owen Laukkanen
Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen
The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie
Forget Me Knot by Mary Marks
Tapestry of Lies by Carol Ann Martin
Gray Ghost Murders by Keith McCafferty
as she left it by Catriona McPherson
Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman (now in paperback)
Plain Murder by Emma Miller
House at Riverton by Kate Morton
Burden of Truth by Terri Nolan
Hook, Line and Sinister edited by T.Jefferson Parker (anthology)
The Famous and the Dead by T. Jefferson Parker
Expats by Chris Pavone (now in paperback)
Zero Degree Murder by M.L.Rowland
Covenant with Hell by Priscilla Royal
The Registry by Shannon Stoker
Enemy of Mine by Brad Taylor (now in paperback)
Harlot's Tale by Sam Thomas
The Clause by Brian Wiprud
Monster - a novel of Frankenstein by Dave Zeltserman
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