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Inaugural Minnesota Mystery Night

THE INAUGURAL MINNESOTA MYSTERY NIGHT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. Wow, what a night. The food and service were fantastic. Thank you, Axels Restaurant in Mendota. The room was packed (SRO). The featured guest, bestselling author William Kent Kreuger, was his usual funny, witty, entertaining self. His fellow author and conversationalist, Carl Brookins, was equally delightful. …

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Event Reminder

Just an event reminder for tomorrow and the next few weeks Next event: Once Upon a Crime Books in Minneapolis Perhaps the funkiest crime/mystery/thriller bookstore you’ll ever visit. Subterranean, small, tightly packed shelves, and books are displayed literally floor to ceiling! It is so fun just to hang out there and browse the shelves. If …

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First Jury Duty, then Once Upon a Crime Bookstore

My week ahead After a pleasant and successful visit to Fair Trade Books in Red Wing on Saturday, the coming week will be different. Thanks to all the new customers and old friends who stopped by to say “hi” and buy a book or two (or three!)  First, Jury Duty This will be my first …

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Thanks Rosemount

Had an excellent weekend at one of my favorite book venues Thanks, Rosemount for being so supportive of local authors. After my Meet the Author presentation on Thursday, I participated in the Rosemount Writers Festival & Book Fair all day Saturday. Lots of fun seeing so many author colleagues–some of whom are becoming friends in …

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Authors Are Small Businesses Too

A Reluctant comment about Covid-19 Pointing up the fact that authors are small businesses too, and equally affected by the sudden collapse of economic activity due to fears of contagion, pandemics, and the like, I’ve been affected by cancellations of book signing opportunities in the near future. Unfortunately, my next three scheduled appearances have all …

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SURPRISE, SURPRISE While I’ve been diligently writing the sequel to Castle Danger (eagerly awaited by many fans I speak to around town), I’m also thrilled to announce that a short story I wrote in late 2019 has been published in a brand new anthology!  The anthology is titled Cooked to Death: Volume V: Restaurant in Peace. The title …


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Reviews Reviews Reviews

I’m feeling the love at recent book signings (excellent sales in my opinion), but the online reviews, reviews, REVIEWS for Straight River are lagging the pace of those for Castle Danger at a similar point after each book launch. I’m certainly gratified for the kind reviews that have been posted. Unfortunately, for most authors these …

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Attention: Twin Cities

I’ve got a big Saturday planned in the Twin Cities for “Week Nine” of the “Straight River Book Tour.” I’ll start off at the fantastic Chapter 2 Books in beautiful Hudson, Wisconsin at 11:00 am. The owners, Sue and Brian Rogge, are huge advocates for local authors and small businesses. They host and promote dozens …

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Another Terrific Bookstore–And More to Come

Another Terrific Bookstore I visited another terrific bookstore yesterday for a signing–Paperbacks & Pieces in Winona MN. The owner, Shelley Olson, has been a mainstay at the store for some twenty years. She and her store seem to be an integral part of the town. So many customers who visited yesterday knew her by name …

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