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Don Carr

For over 15 years, Don Carr has investigated and written about America’s worst polluters from the gas fields of North Dakota to the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. His writing has been featured in Politico, Sierra Magazine, the Washington City Paper, The Huffington Post, Grist, Civil Eats, and the Food and Environment Reporting…


John Baird Rogers

John Baird Rogers studied creative writing in college and at The Loft in Minneapolis. His business experience in technology and biotech inform his stories. He is the founding member of Minneapolis Writers Guild, a member of Crème de la Crime, Midwest Mystery Works, and Sisters in Crime. He is a senior judge for the Royal…

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Newell Searle

Newell Searle grew up on a Minnesota farm and graduated from a vocational high school. After earning degrees in history from Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, he ditched an academic career to conduct public affairs for corporate, non-profit, and government agencies. His early writing focused on forest conservation. Later, he turned to fiction…

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Mary Seifert

Mary Seifert loves a good mystery and can never leave a brain teaser or puzzle go unchallenged – she can get lost for days. As a former math teacher, she brings numbers and logic to the Katie and Maverick Cozy Mystery mayhem game. When Seifert is not writing or reading, she’s making memories with family…


Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley is the pen name of the writing team Stanley Trollip (pictured) and Michael Sears. Their award-winning mysteries, featuring Detective Kubu, are set in Botswana. Death of the Mantis was an Edgar finalist and Deadly Harvest was an International Thriller Writers award finalist. The eighth Detective Kubu mystery, A Deadly Covenant, will be released…


Tom Combs

Tom Combs’ 25 years as an Emergency Medicine physician provided the foundation for his unforgettable characters and riveting plots. His emotional engagement arises from having helped those facing illness, trauma, and tragedy. Combs is a Minneapolis native and a University of Minnesota Medical School graduate. He did his internship at HCMC and three years EM…


Nate Granzow

Nate Granzow — outdoorsman, award-winning novelist, and editor — likes the smell of gunpowder, the taste of gin, and the feel of leather-bound books. He won the Clive Cussler Adventure Writer’s Competition in 2017 for his book The Phaistos Paragon, a 2019 Best Independent Book Award for Zimbabwe Hustle, and is currently ranked as a…


Neve Maslakovic

Neve Maslakovic writes mysteries set in the speculative realm. She is the author of four novels, including Regarding Ducks and Universes. Her life journey took her from Belgrade, Serbia to a Ph.D. at Stanford University’s STAR Lab to her dream job as a writer. She lives with her husband, son, and very energetic goldendoodle in…


Alisha Perkins

Alisha Perkins is mom to two girls, wife to Glen Perkins (3 time All-Star Minnesota Twins pitcher), and owner to dog Harry Potter. Her non-fiction book, Running Home, is her story of dealing with mental illness in a world full of insane stigma. In 2019, she released her first fiction novel, Martyred, a feminist thriller…


Dean Hovey

Dean Hovey is an award-winning mystery author. His books include three series: “Pine County Mysteries,” “Whistling Pines Cozy Mysteries,” and “Doug Fletcher Park Ranger Mysteries.” Hovey’s Family Trees won the 2018 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for best fiction.