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Once Upon A Crime has changed ownership!

Meg, Dennis, and their daughter Devin are the new owners of ONCE UPON A CRIME effective March 31, 2016. To find out more about them, CLICK HERE.

Rest assured, they plan to offer the same informal, low-tech, and helpful customer service that Pat & Gary did. They will continue to carry thousands of new mysteries, thrillers, and crime fiction and also maintain the large collection of rare, used, and hard-to-get volumes in The Annex. They can order almost any book for you. Feel free to email or call ahead to find out if the book you want is in stock: 612-870-3785 or EMAIL.

To find the store, CLICK HERE and you will be taken to a page with maps and information for travel. 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 all the fantastic books!


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See list of
store events below

UPCOMING EVENTS: Evening events begin with discussions, followed by signing. Doors open at 6:30. Saturday events are more informal during business hours.

Wed. June 29 - 7:00 Victoria Houston "Dead Loudmouth" - Casual Chat and Signing.

Sat. Jul 9 - Noon Gerry Schmitt "Little Girl Gone" - New series from this New York Times bestselling Minnesota author (Laura Childs) writing under her own name. CLICK HERE to find out more!

Thurs. Jul 21 - 7:00 Jessie Chandler "Blood Money Murder" - Launch party for this Minnesota author. CLICK HERE for more information.

Sat. Jul 30 - 1:00 Shaun Harris "The Hemingway Thief" - Debut Author Signing. CLICK HERE for author website.

Sat. Aug 6 - Noon Monica Ferris "Knit Your Own Murder."

Thurs. Aug 11 - 7:00 Ed. Michael Allan Mallory & Rhonda Gilliland "Cooked to Death: Tales of Crime and Cookery" - Launch for anthology of stories by local authors.

Sat. Aug 20 - 1:00 Barbara Schlichting "A Blood Spangled Banner."

Tues. Sep 6 - 7:00 William Kent Krueger "Manitou Canyon" - Launch party for this Minnesota author.

Thurs. Sep 8 - 7:00 Jess Lourey "Salem's Cipher" (First in the Witch Hunt Series) - Launch party for this Minnesota author.

Wed. Sep 21 - 7:00 Reed Farrel Coleman "Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay" (Jesse Stone Novel).

Sat. Sep 24 - 6:30 Michelle Griep & Kelly Klepfer "Out of the Frying Pan" - Local authors with a new series.

Sun. Oct 2 - 3:00 - Craig Johnson "An Obvious Fact" (Walt Longmire series) - Discussion and Signing.

Wed. Oct 5 - 7:00 - Patricia Skalka "Death in Cold Water" - Discussion and Signing.

Thurs. Oct 6 - 7:00 Erin Petti "The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee" (YA novel).

Fri. Oct 7 - 7:00 - John Sandford "Escape Clause" - Signing & Discussion with this MN Author.

Sat. Oct 8 - Noon - 2:00 Laura Childs "Crepe Factor" - Signing for the new Scrapbooking novel.

Wed. Oct 12 - 7:00 Kyle Mills "Vince Flynn's Order to Kill" - Signing & Discussion.

Tues. Oct 18 - 7:00 - Randy Wayne White "Seduced" - Signing & Discussion.

Come meet your
favorite authors
and join the fun!
Can’t attend? Call or email and we will reserve a signed and/or inscribed copy for you.

RESERVES GET THE BEST COPIES! Signed/inscribed copies require a credit card.

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