Minnesota Mysteries
Judith Yates Borger
  • Marguerite (Skeeter) Hughes: newspaper reporter in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Carl Brookins
  • Sean “NMI”  Sean: private investigator in Hennepin County, Minnesota

Jessie Chandler
  • Shay O’Hanlon: co-owner of The Rabbit Hole, a quirky-cool coffee shop, and amateur sleuth, along with JT Bordeaux, her cop girlfriend, in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jodi Compton
  • Sarah Pribek: missing persons detective in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Carol Nelson Douglas
  • Kevin Black: psychiatrist in Minnesota

Jan Dunlap
  • Bob White: expert birder and counselor at Savage High School, near the Twin Cities in Minnesota, in the Birder Murder mysteries

L.L. Enger
  • Gun Pedersen: ex-major-league ballplayer and recluse, mostly in the north woods of Minnesota

K.J. Erickson
  • Marshall “Mars” Bahr: nicknamed Candy Man, a detective who serves as a special investigator reporting directly to the chief of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Monica Ferris
  • Betsy Devonshire: needlework shop owner in Excelsior, Minnesota

Joanne Fluke
  • Hannah Swensen: manager of The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota

Brian Freeman
  • Jonathan Stride: detective lieutenant in Duluth, Minnesota

David Fingerman
  • Louise Miller: a lesbian police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Elizabeth Gunn
  • Jake Hine: police detective in Rutherford, Minnesota

Ron Handberg
  • Newsroom crew: in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ellen Hart
  • Sophie Greenway: magazine editor and food critic for Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the Culinary Mysteries
  • Jane Lawless: lesbian restaurateur in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Peter Hautman
  • Joe Crow, Sam O’Gara, Axel Speeter, and Tommy Fabian: group of small-town gamblers in Minnesota

Tami Hoag
  • Sam Kovac: hard-boiled police detective, and his wisecracking partner Nikki Liska, in Minneapolis, Minnesota

David Housewright
  • Rushmore McKenzie: former St. Paul cop who becomes a smart-talking and unlicensed PI, in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Holland Taylor: ex-cop turned private investigator in St. Paul, Minnesota

Nancy Baker Jacobs
  • Devon MacDonald: private investigator in St. Paul, Minnesota
Sofie Kelly
  • Kathleen Paulson, a librarian from Boston, and two stray cats with special powers, Owen and Hercules, in fictional Mayville Heights, Minnesota, in the Magical Cats mysteries

Annie Knox (Wendy Lyn Watson)
  • Izzy McHale: owner of the Trendy Tails Pet Boutique, in fictional Merryville, Minnesota, in the Pet Boutique series

Julie Kramer
  • Riley Spartz: investigative TV reporter, in Minneapolis, Minnesota

William Kent Krueger
  • Cork O’Connor: a three-quarters Irish and one-quarter Ojibwe ex-sheriff in Aurora, Minnesota

Lori L. Lake
  • Leona “Leo” Reese: lesbian Saint Paul Minnesota police sergeant turned investigator for the State of Minnesota, in the Public Eye series
  • Desiree “Dez” Reilly and Jaylynn Savage: lesbian policewomen in St. Paul, Minnesota

M.D. Lake
  • Peggy O’Neill: university campus cop in Minnesota

Owen Laukkanen
  • Kirk Stevens: veteran Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent, and Carla Windermere, a young FBI special agent, based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota

Chuck Logan
  • Phil Broker: ex-cop in Minnesota

Jess Lourey
  • Mira James: assistant librarian and part-time reporter, in Battle Lake, Minnesota, in the Murder-by-Month mysteries

Larry Millett
  • Shadwell Rafferty: Irish saloonkeeper in Minnesota

Theresa Monsour
  • Paris Murphy: homicide detective in St. Paul, Minnesota
Terri Persons
  • Bernadette “Cat” Saint Clare: FBI agent with paranormal powers, in St. Paul, Minnesota

John Sandford
  • Lucas Davenport: police detective and war games designer in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Virgil Flowers: thrice-divorced, affable member of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)
  • Kidd: computer whiz and LuEllen, a thief in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Vidar Sundstøl
  • Lance Hansen: Forest Service officer and the grandson of Norwegian immigrants, in Cook County, Minnesota, on the north shore of Lake Superior, in the Minnesota Trilogy

L.A. Taylor
  • J.J. Jamison: computer engineer and investigator with CATCH (Committee for Analysis of Tropospheric and Celestial Happenings), in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Steve Thayer
  • Rick Beanblossom: investigative reporter in St. Paul, Minnesota

Richard A. Thompson
  • Herman Jackson: bail bondsman and former Detroit bookie, in St. Paul, Minnesota

P.J. Tracy
  • Grace MacBride: founder of Monkeewrench, a game software company in Minneapolis, Minnesota

J.F. Trainor
  • Angela Biwaban: ex-embezzler Anishinabe princess in Minnesota

Christopher Valen
  • John Santana: homicide detective originally from Colombia, in St. Paul, Minnesota

Marilyn Victor & Michael Allan Mallory
  • Lavender (Snake) Jones, a zookeeper, and her husband Jeff, an Aussie herpetologist, in Minnesota

Stanley Gordon West
  • Cal Grant: in the late 1940s, in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota

R.D. Zimmerman
  • Todd Mills: a gay T.V. news reporter in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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