For the past 13 years, Gary Schulze ran the beloved Lyn-Lake neighborhood bookshop Once Upon a Crime with his wife, Pat Frovarp. The shop, located on 26th around the corner from the Bulldog, offers a treasure trove of mystery and crime novels, with special attention paid to local authors. Fans of the business especially noted the great costumer service that the couple provided.
Earlier this month, the couple, who met and eventually married at the bookstore, where Frovarp worked for the previous owners, announced that they would be handing the reigns over to new owners, Dennis Abraham and Megan King–Abraham. The sale was in part due to Schulze health issues with leukemia. The Star Tribune reported yesterday afternoon that Schulze had passed.
Once Upon a Crime will be celebrating its 30th year in 2017. During their ownership, Schulz and Frovarp held a variety of local-author events, including the annual Write of Spring, where the small but mighty bookshop would host over 50 authors in the span of a day. In 2011, the shop was awarded the Raven Award, an honor given to libraries, bookshops, and other peddlers of reading by the Mystery Writers of America.
No memorial announcements have been made.