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

Mon. May 5 - 7:00 Daniel Palmer "Desperate" - Reading and Signing.

Wed May 7 - 7:00 John Sandford "Field of Prey."

Thurs. May 8 - 7:00 Jessie Chandler "Chip Off the Ice Block Murder" - Launch Party.

Mon. May 12 - 7:00 David Downing "Jack of Spies" - CLICK HERE to find out more about this amazing writer.

Tues. May 13 - 7:00 Philip Kerr "Prayer" (non-series).

Sat. May 17th - 12:00-2:00 Minnesota author Brian Lutterman "Downfall" - A corporate thriller in trade paper original - Signing.

Tues. May 27 - 7:00 David Housewright "Devil May Care" (#11 in the Rushmore McKenzie series) - Publication party.

Thurs. May 29 - 7:00 Victoria Houston "Dead Lil' Hustler" (#14 in the Loon Lake Mystery Series by this Wisconsin author) - Signing.

Tues. Jun 3 - 7:00 Joseph Finder "Suspicion."

Thurs. Jun 5 - 7:00 Reed Farrel Coleman "Hollow Girl" (featuring NYC homicide detectives Shulze and Frovarp).

Sat. Jul 5 - 12:00-2:00 Virginia Lowell (Deborah Woodworth) "Cookies & Scream" - Signing by this MN author.

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

Tues. Aug 19 - 7:00 William Kent Krueger "Windigo Island" - Launch party.

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

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favorite authors
and join the fun!
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