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Books in play

It was a short but entertaining trip up the river to Minnesota for book signings and catching up with friends.

The new proprietor of Once Upon A Crime, where Beers had his coming-out party in 2014 -- Devin Abraham -- was happy to host and even showed me the secret back room, where all the bodies are hidden. I mean the special books.

Even more friends showed up the next day at Barnes & Noble in Roseville, another repeat visit. ​

​And for all who asked when Beers will next appear -- I don't know. There are more stories already done, but who knows when they will be published? Fear not -- I'll keep you informed. 

Here are a couple of photos of the events. See more on the Photos page.

My former colleague Mary Ann Grossmann of the Pioneer Press reviewed Bet on Beers for the Sunday Books page. Here's a link to the review: Bet on Beers

With the help of his unofficial assistants -- Tina in cosmetics and Lena in jewelry, along with his best bud, Freddie -- Beers stumbles his way to a solution and saves the shopping season before someone gets really hurt.

First Case of Beers is just the beginning of this series. In the next episode, Beers heads to Las Vegas to attempt to recover an artifact stolen from his boss, Johnny Scalabrino, the owner of the La Scala department store chain. His task gets more complicated, and much more dangerous, in the gambling capital.

First Case of Beersfrom Forty Pressis the debut novel starring Jim "Beers" Biersovich.

The story takes place in 1999 in a department store in downtown Minneapolis. Beers is a former sportswriter who hit 40, suffered a midlife crisis and took a job as head of store security. He is uniquely unqualified for the position.

Additionally, during the Christmas season he has been drafted to play Santa until the store finds a new jolly fat man. When things start going wrong in the store -- pranks, vandalism and even endangerment of customers -- Beers has to nail the culprit without getting the police involved.