On our last visit a few years ago I spent a happy time during the afternoon looking through the shelves of new mysteries and occasionally discussing the options with the owners, Pat Frovarp and Gary Shulze.
The best retailers make new customers feel comfortable. We were at home in Once Upon a Crime within minutes of our arrival.
Asking about a local author one of their recommendations was David Housewright. I bought
. It was a good recommendation. Tin City
While talking to the owners they mentioned there was an author event that night with Max Allan Collins who also writes under other names such as Patrick Culhane. It was like a family atmosphere that evening listening to Max, talking to him about writing and chatting with everyone present.
Looking for a place to eat after supper it was suggested we try the hot dogs at a sports bar around the corner. I believe it is the Bulldog Restaurant. We followed the recommendation and had a good time. It was the first (and only time to date) that
had a Stinky Dog – garlic and blue cheese made a powerful combination. Sharon
Once Upon a Crime is the sole bookstore I know with an anthology of crime stories written in the name of the store when
was battling leukemia. Their website sets out that it “is a group of stories collected and presented as a tribute to Pat Frovarp and Gary Shulze of Once Upon a Crime Bookstore in Gary and booksellers & librarians everywhere”. The profits go to the Memorial Blood Bank. Minneapolis
This year the store was awarded the Raven Award by the Mystery Writers of America for “outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing”.
They have an excellent website located at http://www.onceuponacrimebooks.com/
I hope to be back in
in the near future and will certainly be going again to Once Upon a Crime. Minneapolis