Three Mystery Authors!

Join us for an evening celebrating one of our favorite genres, as we welcome three mystery writers to the store to discuss the art and craft of constructing a first-rate who-done-it.

Our illustrious panel includes Laura McHugh, the author of Arrowood, Jill Orr, whose new book, The Bad Break, debuts on May 3, and Patricia Skalka, whose new Door County mystery, Death Rides the Ferry, will also be hot off the presses. Learn what drives and inspires a mystery writer, find out about their new work, and partake of light refreshments. We'll also have a raffle, where attendees can win copies of our guest authors' books, swag bags with mystery/thriller advance reading copies from our publishing friends, and Book Stall gift cards. It adds up to a night that mystery fans won't want to miss.

Laura McHugh is the author of The Weight of Blood, which won both the 2015 International Thriller Writers award and a Silver Falchion award for best first novel, and was nominated for a Barry award and an Alex award. She spent part of her childhood in the town of Keokuk, Iowa, where Arrowood is set,  In a starred review, The Library Journal called Arrowood, "A chilling, twisting tale of family, memory, and home . . . This engaging and thrilling tale about a young woman s homecoming, the vagaries of memory, and the impact of tragedy on both a town and a family is a terrific choice for Laura Lippman and Sue Grafton readers." The Times agreed, saying this was "A pitch-perfect example of Southern Gothic."

Jill Orr's newsest book is The Bad Break: A Riley Ellison Mystery. She is also the author of The Good Byline, the first in the Riley Ellison Mystery series. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism school, Orr serves on the board of the Unbound Book Festival. She lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband and two children. 

"Deft at imbuing her pop-off-the-page characters with both humor and heart, Jill Orr also spins a gem of a twisty mystery that will leave readers breathless as they chase a huge (and dangerous) headline with Tuttle Corner's sassy, scrappy new star reporter, Riley Ellison. Utterly delightful--don't miss this one, y'all!" -- LynDee Walker, Agatha Award-nominated author of Lethal Lifestyles and Front Page Fatality.

Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door CountyDeath at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. A former staff writer at Reader's Digest, she presents writing workshops throughout the United States and divides her time between Chicago and Door County, Wisconsin.

"An intricate, intriguing plot in which Door County Sheriff Dave Cubiak can stop a ruthless killer only by finding the link between a spate of murders and a forty-year-old mystery." --Michael Stanley, author of the Detective Kubu series. 

This event is free and open to the public.  We ask that attendees buy their books from The Book Stall if they intend on entering the book-signing queue.

Event date: 

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
The Bad Break: A Riley Ellison Mystery (Riley Ellison Mysteries #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945551208
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Prospect Park Books - April 3rd, 2018

Riley Ellison has taken a great leap of faith by giving up her comfortable job at the Tuttle Corner Library for the exciting world of print journalism. Except that so far it hasn't been very exciting. All that changes when Riley's former co-worker Tabitha finds her soon-to-be father-in-law dead on the floor of his office, and Riley is asked to write his obituary.

Arrowood: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812986419
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Spiegel & Grau - May 30th, 2017

“Superb and subtle psychological suspense.”—Lee Child

A haunting novel from the author of The Weight of Blood about a young woman’s return to her childhood home—and her encounter with the memories and family secrets it holds


Death Rides the Ferry (A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299318000
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - May 8th, 2018

It’s a sparkling August day on Washington Island and the resonant notes of early classical music float on the breeze toward the sailboats and ferries that ply the waters of Death’s Door strait. After a forty-year absence, the Viola da Gamba Music Festival has returned to the picturesque isle on the tip of Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula.