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Be a Star Customer

Just in time for holiday shopping....
As a thank you for being a frequent shopper at Mystery to Me, we are starting a frequent-buyer program. Spend $150 and get $10 in store credit. 

How does it work? It's no mystery. Next time you make a purchase at Mystery to Me, let our bookseller know you'd like to be a Star Customer. Every purchase you make is automatically tabulated by our system, so there is no need for you to carry a card, have a secret customer number, or have a Mystery to Me tattoo (of course, you are welcome to do that).  And not to worry, we won't be sharing your reading choices with anyone. 

Step One: Visit the Store
Step Two: Let our bookseller know you'd like to be a Star
Step Three: Make a purchase... and then make another purchase another time.... 
Step Four: Reach $150 and get $10 in Store Credit (the credit will be noted on your receipt and also captured in our system)

As with most things in life, there are exceptions. Purchases that won't count toward your $150: gift certificates, toys, greeting cards, consignment art and/or books. 

Summer Bestsellers! 
06/01/2015 through 09/01/2015
1. Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
2. Cherry Harvest: A Novel by Lucy Sanna
3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
4. Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss
5. Winsome Murder by James DeVita
6. Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
7. Dead Rapunzel by Victoria Houston
8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
9. Death at Gills Rock by Patricia Skalka
10. Weepers by Nick Chiarkas
Don't forget our great selection of children's books! 
What's New for Fall? 
September and October are big months for new releases.  The store is already bursting at the seams with wonderful new offerings. Here are just a few of the new books we're excited about: 
1. Make Me by Lee Child
2. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
3. The Grave Soul - a Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart (October) 
4. The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen
5. The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg
6. The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson (see events below)
7. A Beam of Light by Andrea Camilleri
8. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (October)
9. Death of a Scholar by Susanna Gregory
10 Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabar
11. The Lost Detective -- Becoming Dashiell Hammet by Nathan Ward
12. Woman with A Secret by Sophie Hannah
13. Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart
14. The Paying Guests (in paper) by Sarah Waters
15. In Like Flynn - a Molly Murphy Mystery (in paper) by Rhys Bowen
16. House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure
17. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
18.The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz  (a follow-up to the Stieg Larssen books
19. Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Straub (see events below)
20. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (October)

Upcoming Events -- check out our website for complete event details! 

Wednesday, September 9
6:30 pm
Armchair Detectives Book Club

Thursday, September 10
7 pm
Poetry by Stephen Anderson - Navigating the Sun

Friday, September 11 
7 pm
Poetry Night with Sandy Stark reading from Toolbox Poems and Sarah Sadie reading from Do It Yourself Paper Airplanes

Thursday, September 17
7 pm
Doug Moe interviews Kathleen Ernst about her new non-fiction book, A Settler's Year - Pioneer Life Through the Seasons

Saturday, September 19
10:30 am
Ryan Haack discusses his children's book, Different is Awesome! 

Saturday, September 19
7 pm
Catriona McPherson discusses her newest book A Child Garden
Note: Catriona was going to be doing a midwest tour but is now unable to do so -- luckily we have our big-screen tv to SKYPE with her. 

Sunday, September 20
12:30 pm
Sunday Sleuths Book Club

Monday, September 21
1 pm
Mystery to Me will be at Bishop's Bay Country Club selling books for the Metropolitan Women's Club keynote speaker, author Ann Imig. Ann's book is titled Listen To Your Mother.

Wednesday, September 23
6 - 8 pm
Join us for a Zentangle Nature Patterns class. A relaxing and fun way to "zen-out!" The class is $35.00 -- all materials are included. 

Thursday, September 24
7 pm
Think MEET-UP for book clubs and prospective book club members! 
Custom Club Recommendations for your BookClub.  See website for details! 

Friday, September 25
7 pm
Meet other like-minded readers! Custom Club Recommendations for Middle-School and Young Adult book clubs. See website for details! 

September 27 - October 3 -- BANNED BOOK WEEK -- check out the in-store selection of fabulous books that have been banned or are being challenged by school districts throughout the country.  

Sunday, September 27
3 pm
Agatha Christie Book Club

Tuesday, September 29
7 pm
Wendy Corsi Straub discusses her new mystery - Blood Red - Mundy's Landing Mystery (Book One)

Friday, October 2
7 pm
Joe Meno discusses his new book Marvel and A Wonder as well as the book he's just edited, Chicago Noir

Sunday, October 4
12:30 pm
History's Mysteries Book Club

Wednesday, October 7
6:30 pm at HotelRED (free parking!) 
Kathleen Ernst discusses her new Chloe Ellefson mystery - Death on the Prairie

What We're Reading... 

I'm all tangled up in the intrigue of David Lagercrantz's The Girl in the Spider's Web, the new Lisbeth Salander novel. This continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is a far cry from being just another literary curiosity. 

I've just gotten around to reading Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, the winner of the  Edgar award 2015. King takes a break from the supernatural with this hard boiled, catch me if you can, thriller. The second book in this trilogy, Finders Keepers, was recently released. 

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart takes place in 1914 New Jersey and centers around Constance Kopp - a woman who towers over men and has no interest in domestic affairs. When her family is threatened, the sheriff enlists her help. It's quite an adventure based on the true story of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs. 

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson is about a woman who lives with a recurring dream - the trouble is that she can't figure out which part of her world is real. The story takes place in the 1950's and makes great references to books and cultural trivia of the time.

Just finished William Finnegan's excellent Barbarian Days, a surfing memoir by the longtime New Yorker staff writer who kept that passion largely a secret until now. Well written, thoughtful, exotic in its locales, it will speak to anyone who has wondered about the worthiness of an obsession.

Also reading Kathleen Ernst's fascinating A Settler's Year in advance of my chat with Kathleen at Mystery to Me September 17. It's a window into the life of early Midwest immigrants with terrific photos by Loyd Heath.

Finally, I intend to reread a classic chiller, William Hjortsberg's Falling Angel, copies of which recently arrived at Mystery to Me. It is one of a handful of my favorite crime/mystery/thriller novels ever written. Made into a movie called "Angel Heart": with Mickey Rourke and Robert DeNIro, but the book is better!

Note: Doug is now at the store on Wednesday from 3 to 7. Stop by and say hello. 

I’ve recently read the next C.S. Harris: When Gods Die. The first in the series is What Angels Fear. This is an interesting historical series set in London in the Regency period. The books are full of rich historical detail and are well written with good character development.  Anyone who likes historical mysteries will like this series. Susanna Calkins who was at the store recently was the one who turned me on to Harris. Speaking of Susanna, I just finished her second book - From The Charred Remains. This is a fun historical series set in the Restoration period of London at the time of The Great Fire. These books are great for  immersing into the time period and imagining what it might have been like to live in that period of time.  Both series provide enough detail that allow readers to travel through time. 

Andrea and Victoria are both celebrating birthdays this month - and both have been traveling. We'll hear more from them next month! 

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