Mystery / Thriller

Mystery and/or Thriller writers from Minnesota.


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 Frosty The Dead Man. 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.


Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey writes about secrets. She’s the Amazon Charts bestselling Edgar, Agatha, ITW Thriller, and Lefty-nominated, Anthony-winning author of crime fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, YA adventure, and magical realism. She is a retired professor of creative writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft’s Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, and a TEDx…

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Mindy Mejia

Mindy Mejia’s internationally acclaimed thrillers have been translated into over 20 languages. Her books have been picked for People’s Best New Books and The Wall Street Journal’s Best New Mysteries. A CPA and graduate of the Hamline University MFA program, she lives and works in the Twin Cities.


Pete Hautman

Pete Hautman is the author of more than 30 novels for adult, teen, and middle-grade readers, including the 2004 National Book Award winner Godless and Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner The Big Crunch. He has written three New York Times Notable Books and won four Minnesota Book Awards. His “young adult” novels range from…


Jeffrey Burton

Jeffrey Burton was born in Long Beach, California, grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and received his B.A. in Journalism at the University of Minnesota. Novels in his Mace Reid K-9 mystery series include: The Finders, The Keepers, and The Lost. His Agent Drew Cady mystery series include: The Chessman, The Lynchpin, and The Eulogist.…