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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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See list of store events below

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

Tues. Jun 2 - 7:00 Craig Johnson "Dry Bones" (Longmire series).

Tues. June 4 - 7:00 David Housewright "Unidentified Woman #15" - Reception & Refreshments with this MN author.

Sat. Jun 6 - 1:00-3:00 Dennis Herschbach "Preying in Two Harbors" - MN setting and author.

Sat. Jun 13 - 12:00-2:00 Victoria Houston "Dead Rapunzel" - Signing. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Mon. Jun 15 - 7:00 Clive Rosengren "Red Desert."

Thurs. Jun 18 - 7:00 Michael Harvey "The Governor's Wife" - Reading and Signing.

Sat. June 20 - 12:00-2:00 Michael Black "Desert Falcon" and Shauna Washington "LaRouge Jolie" - Signing only.

Wed. Jul 8 - 7:00 Brad Taylor "Insider Threat" (Pike Logan series).

Sat. Jul 18 - 7:00 Jenny Milchman "As Night Falls."

Thurs. Jul 30 - 7:00 Alex Kava "Silent Creed" - Reading and Signing.

Sat. Sep 12 - 12:00-2:00 Christopher Valen "The Darkness Hunter" - Signing and Refreshments with this MN author.

Sat. Oct 10 - 12:00-2:00 Laura Childs "Parchment and Old Lace" (Scrapbooking mystery).

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favorite authors
and join the fun!
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