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Pat and Gary at ONCE UPON A CRIME are informal, low-tech, and happy to provide the best customer service around. They carry thousands of new mysteries, thrillers, and crime fiction and also have a large collection of rare, used, and hard-to-get volumes. They can order almost any book. Feel free to call ahead to check to see if the book you want is in stock: X612-870-3785X or EMAIL. Please drop a note if you would like to be on the e-mail notification list for information about upcoming appearances.

This site is simple: if you CLICK HERE, you will be taken to a page with maps and information to find the store location. Call if you get lost!

Below you will find a rolling list of upcoming store events. Please stop by for any appearance or just to visit and check out the incredible collection!

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Special Note

We've got signed copies of Joseph Finder's new book, Suspicion. There's a great article about Joseph at the Wall Street Journal. CLICK HERE to read it.

Way to go, Joseph!

UPCOMING EVENTS: All readings/signings listed below are evening events unless otherwise indicated.

Thurs. July 10 - 7:00 Kristi Belcamino "Blessed are the Dead" (trade paper original) - Launch party, Signing and Refreshments .

Tues. Jul 15 - 7:00 Brad Taylor "Days of Rage" (#6 in the Pike Logan series).

Tues. July 22 - 7:00 Brad Thor "Act of War" (#13 in the Scot Harvath series).

Thurs. Jul 31 - 7:00 Jenny Milchman "Ruin Falls."

Thurs. Aug 7 - 7:00 Elizabeth Little "Dear Daughter" by this debut author.

Sat. Aug 9 - 11:AM - 1:PM Jarkko Sipila "Helsinski Homicide: Darling;" Jari Tervo "Among the Saints;" and Antti Tuomainen "The Healer." A First! This is a signing with three Finlanders!

Tues. Aug 19 - 7:00 Newly minted Edgar Award winner William Kent Krueger brings us another Cork O'Connor mystery, "Windigo Island" - Launch party.

Thurs. Sep 4 - 7:00 Peter May "Lewis Man."

Sat. Sep 6 - 12:00-2:00 Minnesota author S.L Smith "Murder on a Stick" - Signing and Refreshments.

Thurs. Sep 11 - 7:00 Sisters in Crime Anthology "Festival of Crime" - Launch Party, Signing, and Refreshments for this anthology featuring 19 contributors and edited by Michael Allan Mallory, Mickie Turk and Christine Husom. CLICK HERE to read more about the anthology!

Wed. Sep 17 - Reed Farrel Coleman - Robert B. Parker's "Blind Spot" (a Jesse Stone novel).

Thurs. Sept. 18 - 7:00 Peter Lovesey presenting #14 in the Peter Diamond series, "The Stone Wife," set in Bath, England.

Sat. Oct 11 - 12:00-2:00 Minnesota Author Laura Childs "Gossamer Ghost" - Signing & Tea Party. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Wed. Nov 5 - 7:00 John Gaspard "The Bullet Catch." A Reception and Signing with this Minnesota author.

Thurs. Nov 13 - 7:00 Kathleen Ernst "Tradition of Deceit" (#5 in the Ellefson series by this Wisconsin author and set in Minneapolis).

Sat. Dec 6 - 12:00-2:00 Laura Childs "Scorched Eggs" Signing and Refreshments. CLICK HERE to find out more.

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