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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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See list of store events below

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

Wed. Jan 21 - 7:00 Charles Salzberg "Swann's Lake of Despair" - Reading and Signing.

Sat. Jan 24 - 1:00-3:00 Mary Donlon/Marilyn Rausch "Writing Can Be Murder" - Reception and Signing.

Wed. Jan 28 - 7:00 Alex Kava "Breaking Creed" (new series introducing Ryder Creed, ex-marine turned K9 search-and-rescue dog trainer teamed up with FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell).

Sat. Jan 31 - Noon-2:00 Monica Ferris "Darned if You Do" - Pre-pub Party with Signing and Refreshments.

Sat. Feb 7 - 1:00-3:00 Jess Lourey "February Fever" - Launch party and Refreshments.

Thurs. Feb 12 - 7:00 Michael Sears "Long Way Down" (The 3rd Jason Stafford novel set in Manhattan).

Tues. Mar 3 - 7:00 Brian Freeman "Season of Fear" - Launch party.

Wed. Mar 4 - 7:00 Cara Black "Murder on the Champ de Mars."

Tues. Mar 17 - 7:00 Owen Laukkanen "The Stolen Ones."

Sat. Mar 21 - 12:00-2:00 Jenifer Le Clair "Apparition Island" - Signing.

Sat. Mar 21 - 7:00 C. J. Box "Endangered" - Reading and Signing.

Fri. Mar 27 - 7:00 Randy Wayne White "Cuba Straits"- Reading and Signing for the new Doc Ford mystery.

Wed. Apr 8 - 7:00 Mark Wisniewski "Watch Me Go" - Reading and Signing.

Thurs. Apr 9 - 7:00 Lori Rader-Day "The Black Hour" and Michael Kardos "Before He Finds Her" - Readings and Signings.

Tues. Apr 21 - 7:00 Vidar Sundstol "The Raven" - Third book by this Norwegian writer in The Minnesota Trilogy (Land of Dreams; Only The Dead;) and set in Northern Minnesota (University of MN Press).

Sat. May 9- 12:00-2:00 Laura Childs "Ming Tea Murder" - Tea Party, Refreshments, and Signing.

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and join the fun!
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