Mystery One Bookstore in Milwaukee Closing Aug14

Mystery One Bookstore in Milwaukee Closing

Opening in April 1993 Richard Katz’s Mystery One Bookshop has had a 22 ½ year run as an independent mystery bookstore. It’s been an impressive run which has included hundreds of author signings and events. Going over the list of people who have been to the store is like a whos who of the mystery genre with a lot of authors doing signing on their first tours before they became household names. At one point Mystery One had sold more copies of Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais than any other store in the Midwest. On a personal note it was Richard Katz who really pulled back the curtain and introduced me to the mystery community. There are...

Flashback: Under The Radar by Richard Katz. Sep29

Flashback: Under The Radar by Richard Katz.

Editor’s note: This flashback comes from issue four. Mystery One bookstore owner Richard Katz offered up his thoughts on some of the more recent books: In the age when the Publishers are run by giant or mid-sized conglomerates, many top authors do not receive the recognition or the backing that they deserve. In fact, those of us who sell books are often amazed at which writers and books are backed by the publishers. The editors must sit around with Dan Brown or John Grisham clones of mediocrity and say, “this will sell” and bypass any advertising or help for the talent in the mid-list. It is very disturbing and only getting worse. I...

Tim Hallinan and THE FAME THIEF

Timothy Hallinan is on tour! Check the dates here: TIM ON TOUR Tim will be in MILWAUKEE on July 2nd at Mystery One Books at 6:00 PM     The review of the new book: THE FAME THIEF Timothy Hallinan July 2013 Soho Crime Have you met Junior Bender? Junior is a professional burglar who enjoys his work. He’s never been caught and has plenty of free time to catch up on his reading. He moves from one cheesy motel to the next in order to stay one step ahead of whoever might be looking for him (although it seems that people still manage to find him.) Junior sometimes does PI work for his fellow crooks—often under threat of death or...

Coming to America Mar09

Coming to America

Ah, the calendar says it’s less than a week until Ian Rankin hit’s the U.S. with his American tour for THE COMPLAINTS. First stop, Cambridge. For other tour stops see the Hachette Group author tour site.He’ll be in my home town of Milwaukee on March 19th, noon at Mystery One Books. Mystery One is the kind of brick and mortar store readers love but is small for an author of this renown. Be prompt.Late in 2002 I wrote of Rankin’s John Rebus series, “It’s hard to say where the strength in this series is because there are no weaknesses.” I am a hard core Rebus fan. When Rankin announced he was ending...