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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.

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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.

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!

Sat. Sep 13 - 12:00-2:00 Michael A. Black "Chimes at Midnight" and two Executioner novels,
"Deadly Salvage" & "Payback," and Shauna Washington, short story writer extraordinaire.

Wed. Sep 17 - 7:00 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. Sep 27 - 12:00-2:00 Judith Yates Borger "Who Bombed the Train" - Signing & Refreshments.

Wed. Oct 8 - 7:00 Jan Dunlap "Swift Justice" and "Saved by Gracie" - Reception & Refreshments.

Thurs. Oct 9 - 7:00 John Sandford "Deadline."

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

Thurs. Oct 16 - 7:00 Rick Ollerman "Turnabout" and "Shallow Secrets" - Reception, Refreshments & Signing.

Mon. Oct 20 - 7:00 William Swanson "Stolen From the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper" True Crime - Reading & Signing.

Thurs. Oct 23 - 7:00 Ellen Hart "The Old Deep and Dark" - Reception, Refreshments & Signing. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Wed. Nov 5 - 7:00 John Gaspard "The Bullet Catch." A Reception and Signing with this Minnesota author also includes a special appearance by Close-Up Magician of the Year Suzanne Sinclair.

Fri. Nov 7 - 7:00 John Connolly "Wolf in Winter" - The 12th entry in the Charlie "Bird" Parker series, with an ex-NYPD detective turned private investigator in cases taking him to locations in North America, but primarily in Maine - AND TO PROVIDE SOME DOUBLE TROUBLE FROM TWO ENTERTAINING IRISHMEN - Paul Charles "Down on Cyprus Avenue," the first in a new series featuring ex-RUC D.I. McCusker - Discussion/Q & A and Signing.

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

Sat. Nov 22 - 12:00-2:00 Dennis Herschbach "A River Through Two Harbors" - A Signing with this Minnesota author.

Tues. Dec 2 - 7:00 Jeffrey Siger "Sons of Sparta" - Reading & Signing.

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

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