Mystery / Thriller

Mystery and/or Thriller writers from Minnesota.


Matt Goldman

Matt Goldman is a New York Times Best Selling novelist and Emmy Award winning television writer. His 2017 debut novel, Gone to Dust, introduces private detective Nils Shapiro. The book was nominated for a Shamus Award and a Nero Award. Goldman’s TV credits include Seinfeld, Ellen, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Dirk Gently’s…


Chris Norbury

Chris Norbury is the award-winning author of the mystery-thrillers Straight River, Castle Danger, and Dangerous Straits. The stories feature a farm-kid-turned-professional-musician whose middle-class life is turned upside down when he uncovers a violent conspiracy headed by a ruthless real-estate magnate. Norbury grew up in the Twin Cities and earned a Music Education degree at the…


Lisa Bullard

Lisa Bullard is the author of more than 100 books for young readers. Her offerings range from picture books to nonfiction titles to a middle grade mystery. Her novel Turn Left at the Cow was a Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominee for the 2017-2018 school year. Bullard enjoys doing school visits and is a long-time…


Julie Holmes

A writer since elementary school, award-winning author Julie Holmes has had short stories published in The Galactic Citizen and Fighting Chance. After graduating from the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Thief River Falls Technical College, she worked for a commuter airline at Detroit’s DTW Airport and the MSP International Airport. Beyond aviation, she spent 16…


Barbara Deese

Barbara Deese is the author of the No Ordinary Women mystery series, set mostly in Minnesota and featuring five book club women, all mystery lovers, who keep finding themselves up to their bifocals in real-life mysteries to solve. Two of Deese’s short stories have been published in mystery anthologies. Her early interest in crime (on…


Cynthia (C.M.) Surrisi

Cynthia (C.M.) Surrisi has a BFA, J.D., and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is author of picture books and middle grade cozy mysteries that are enjoyed equally by adults: The Maypop Kidnapping, Vampires On the Run, and A Side of Sabotage. Her mysteries have…


Amy Pendino

Amy Pendino, a Minnesota native, is a former middle school English teacher who lives on a small horse farm. Formerly a keyboard player for a local band, she’s also waitressed, worked as a secretary, sang backup for an international star, and horseback rides out West every summer. A member of the Twin Cities chapter of…


Priscilla Paton

Priscilla Paton, an award-nominated author, writes the Twin Cities Mystery Series set in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area: Where Privacy Dies, Should Grace Fail, and When the House Burns. Paton grew up on a dairy farm in Maine. She received a B.A. from Bowdoin College, a Ph.D. in English Literature from Boston College, was a…


Christine Husom

Christine Husom is a national best-selling author from Buffalo, Minnesota. She pens the medium-boiled Winnebago County Mysteries, and the cozy, but not too cozy, Snow Globe Shop Mysteries. She has stories in six anthologies and co-edited one. Her latest titles are Death To The Dealers and Cold Way To Go. Husom trained with the St.…


Michael Brodkorb

Michael Brodkorb has spent his professional career working in politics, communications, and public relations. He is currently a columnist for MinnPost and previously worked as a special correspondent for the Star Tribune. He is a lifelong resident of Minnesota.