Photo Journalist Timothy Snopek will be at Martha Merrell’s Books from 2-5 tomorrow Saturday, August 6th during the Art Crawl.

His new book documents 40 years of breaking news in Waukesha County.


Joy Ann Ribar at Martha Merrell’s Books August 5th during Friday Night Live 6:30pm – 9pm

Author Bio:
Joy Ann Ribar pens the Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery series at home in central Wisconsin. Joy’s life history is a cocktail of careers including news reporter, paralegal, English educator, and college writing instructor. Her hobbies include baking, exploring the outdoors, and wine research. Joy infuses this mixture into her main character, Frankie Champagne, adding a special blend of sass and humor. Her writing is inspired by Wisconsin’s four distinct seasons, natural beauty, and kind-hearted, but sometimes quirky, people.
Series Description:
The Deep Lakes Mystery Series features Frankie Champagne – full time baker, vintner and Bubble & Bake shop owner with her business partner and best friend, Carmen Martinez.  Frankie’s side line is a sleuthing news reporter, giving her the opportunity to stick her nose into crime cases in the tourist town of Deep Lakes, Wisconsin. Of course, her investigations curl the toes of her lifelong pal Sheriff Alonzo Goodman, especially since she enlists the help of her romantic partner, Coroner Garrett Iverson. Grab a treat or a cozy beverage and discover clues with Frankie from the comfort of your favorite reading corner!
Blurb for Deep Green Envy
Summer in Wisconsin sprouts a home-grown murder on the O’Connor farm. Frankie’s hunt for clues lands her deep in sheep doo-doo, especially after rare stones surface. Crime-solving is no picnic for the baker/vintner as she hops from farm to vineyard to bakery, keeping up with the tourist season while tracking a killer.  (Nominated for a Chanticleer International Mystery Award)

Message from the Author:
Writing Wisconsin mysteries is a labor of love. Being a Wisconsinite through and through, I love showcasing our beauty, neighborliness, and enterprising spirit. I hope to bring these together through my characters and setting for readers to idle awhile in the Badger State while gathering clues and solving crimes from the comfort of a cozy corner. I can’t wait to share them with you! -Joy Ann Ribar


Martha Merrell’s Community Involvement

Martha Merrell’s Books is a community-minded independent bookstore, meaning that we host, participate, or are involved in many community events.

Examples of the depth of our commitment to Waukesha and the community include:

Event and Community

  • Waukesha Downtown Business Association
  • Waukesha Friday Night Live
  • ProHealth Care RiverWalk for Breast Cancer, 1st Saturday in May each year
  • Alzheimer’s Walk, 1st Saturday in September each year
  • Waukesha’s Friday Night After Dark Music Series (indoor music from October – December)
  • Downtown Trick or Treating on the Saturday before Halloween
  • Holiday Stroll featuring Author Mania (before the Christmas Parade)
  • Christmas Clearing Council
  • Silver Bells activities during the Christmas season
  • Santa’s Breakfast Workshop on Saturdays from Thanksgiving to Christmas
  • Art Crawls on the 1st Saturday in March, May, August, October & December
  • Waukesha JanBoree

Other Community 

  • Waukesha Farmers’ Market on the RiverWalk
  • Waukesha GuitarTown Project (a public art project with Gibson Guitar Company)
  • Waukesha County Reading Council
  • Waukesha Reads Program each October
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association

If at all possible, we try to be supportive of any proposals brought to our attention.

Norm and Eve Bruce

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