Thursday, May 24, 2018

Resort to Murder
authors keep cranking out new works! Here are some from 2017–2018.

William Kent Krueger’s
Desolation Mountain, will be out August 2018. His Sulfer Springs won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Mystery Novel and was a Minnesota Book Award finalist.

Barbara DaCosta’s children's book Mighty Moby, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Ed Young, was a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Their previous collaboration, Nighttime Ninja, won the Children’s Choice Award. Both were published by Little, Brown.

Scott Pearson’s short story “Finders Keepers” was reprinted in the anthology Maximum Velocity from WordFire Press. Space Next, a space documentary he cowrote, has finished its run in IMAX theaters.

Carl Brookins' Grand Lac is available from Brookins Books.
When Edie Black's son, Sam, is arrested for murder, Edie calls her cousin, Marjorie Kane, in Minneapolis. Kane, a former exotic dancer, turns immediately to her partner, fellow independent special investigator, Alan Lockem. The pair are successful unlicensed investigators who specialize in unusual projects that appear to require strange solutions.

Pat Dennis explores Las Vegas, gambling and all-you-can eat buffets in Fat Old Woman in Las Vegas: Dieting, Gambling and Wicked Fun. An Amazon’s #1 bestseller in travel memoir.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Resort Editor Receives MWA Lifetime Achievement Award

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Max Allan Collins and Ellen Hart have been chosen as the 2017 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). MWA's Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality. Mr. Collins and Ms. Hart will receive their awards at the 71st Annual Edgar Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
Read more at this link.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Once Upon a Time" at Once Upon a Crime

Puppet shows, readings, magic tricks and refreshments—at a mystery bookstore! Three Resort to Murder authors will share their children's books at at Once Upon a Crime Books, Saturday, December 1st, 4-5:30 pm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event features: Michael Dahl - Hocus Pocus Hotel, Barbara DaCosta - Nighttime Ninja, David Housewright Finders Keepers, Mary Logue - Sleep Like a Tiger, Lance Zarimba - Oh No, My Brother is Frankenstein's Monster, Jess Lourey - The Toadhouse Trilogy, and Anne Sawyer-Aitch - Nahlah and the Pink Tiger.
 Once Upon a Crime is located at 604 West 26th Street, Minneapolis, 612-870-3785.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Resort to Murder Authors 2012 Publications

Resort to Murder authors keep bringing out great new works. Here are some from Fall, 2012.
Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem and Malice from the Land of Minnesota Nice 
Minnesota Crime Wave
 (Nodin Press)
William Kent Krueger, Jess Lourey, Rich Thompson, Lois Greiman, Mary Logue, Pat Dennis, David Housewright, Elizabeth Gunn, Judith Borger, Joel Arnold, Lori L. Lake, Michael Allen Mallory, Marilyn Victor, Carl Brookins, and Ellen Hart, with an introduction by Pete Hautman
"These short pieces are prefect for a quiet evening cozied up in front of the fireplace or to share around a flickering campfire. Some of them will scare you. Some may make you cringe. A few might bring a smile to your lips. All of them, we guarantee, will put to rest forever the myth of Minnesota Nice."

Trickster's Point
William Kent Krueger
“In addition to having a plot as cunningly treacherous as Trickster’s Point itself, Krueger’s latest mystery has that elegiac tone that’s perfectly suited to O’Connor’s character and to the harsh landscape where he lives and works.” --Booklist 

Nighttime Ninja
by Barbara DaCosta, Illustrated by Ed Young
 (Little, Brown) 
 DaCosta is now writing thrillers for the younger set! Her children's picture book debut, with Caldecott Medalist Ed Young illustrating, is the gripping story of a late-night ninja mission, one that ends with a humorous twist. Publisher's Weekly gave it a star and wrote " DaCosta crafts her spare text carefully and with humor .... The depth of feeling DaCosta and Young give to the boy’s fantasy makes this a standout." (Ages 3-6)

Scott Pearson contributed "The Tale of the Nouveau Templar" to the urban fantasy anthology ReDeus: Divine Tales, out now in paperback and various e-book formats from Crazy 8 Press. The collected stories all take place in a shared world where the gods of mythology have returned and demanded obeisance from a stunned modern population. Scott's story features a member of the Knights Templar who lost his faith in the Crusades but finds himself miraculously returned to life to serve the Pope in this changed world.

Jess Lourey has two books coming out this season. December Dread (mystery), about which Publishers Weekly writes: "Lourey, who keeps her secrets well, delivers a breathtaking finale."  The Toadhouse Trilogy is a Young Adult work.
"Lourey's wonderful way with words will whisk readers away to an amazing new world!" --Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author Chris Grabenstein

Ellen Hart

 (St. Martin's/Minotaur)
"In Hart’s absorbing 20th mystery featuring Minneapolis restaurant owner Jane Lawless, Jane looks into the stabbing death of DeAndre Moore, the nephew of Alf Nolan, whose PI agency employs Jane as a fledgling partner...The answers to the killing may lie within the confines of the strip club and in the hands of its smarmy owner, Vince Bessetti, whose questionable relationships are explored in blistering detail. A host of complex characters—all living full, rich, and dangerous lives—bolsters the brisk, suspenseful story." ---Publishers Weekly


Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery series 
Virginia Lowell (Deborah Woodworth) 
 (Berkley Prime Crime)
A bestseller! As the town of Chatterley Heights prepares to celebrate its 250th birthday, Olivia and Maddie are working feverishly to complete a magnificent gingerbread house replica of the Chatterley Mansion. The mansion itself, newly renovated by the town, will be the main attraction during the festivities. But on the eve of the celebration, the last surviving Chatterley family member, long assumed dead, arrives in town and demands his mansion be returned to him. In short order, Paine Chatterley is found dead under questionable circumstances, and there are more than enough angry suspects to keep the police, Olivia, and Maddie busily searching for the murderer.

David Housewright
"McKenzie, who navigates a treacherous path just to stay (barely) alive, not only delivers a Nick Charles-like ending but metes out poetic justice to a fair number of participants."  -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Like the other entries in this entertaining series, the book is a contemporary mystery with overtones from the era of classic hard-boiled detectives: the Jade Lily itself, with its perhaps not so mythical curse; the first-person narration; the wonderfully named femme fatale, Heavenly Petryk. Rushmore is a likable series hero, a guy who'd rather be doing not much of anything but who won't back down from a fight. The book works as a stand-alone, too, so readers unfamiliar with the series can jump right n."  -- Booklist

David Housewright"Thirteen-year-old James Richard McNulty has problems. His mother has just divorced his father. His grades are plummeting. Bullies are menacing him on the school bus. The coach is threatening to kick him off the basketball team. And his smart and lovely "girlfriend" thinks he's gone insane.  Then he finds a suitcase filled with cash - and thinks all his problems are over."

Judith Yates Borger
Borger has been busy writing short stories and another Skeeter Hughes novel. This year editors from Once Upon A Crime included her short story in WRITES of SPRING, an anthology of stories and prose set in the Minnesota spring. Her short story, "Spring Rowing" shows what can happen when jealousy mixes with high water on the Mississippi River. (Nodin Press) Another of her short stories DEAD IN THE WATER, a 99-cent offering available through the Kindle app on any ereader, tells the fate of a developer who has the audacity to buy a Minnesota resort.  

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Resort Authors to Appear at Twin Cities Book Festival

Resort to Murder authors William Kent Krueger, Michael Allan Mallory, Carl Brookins, and Jess Lourey will be appearing on a panel on mystery writing at the Twin Cities Book Festival. Others on the panel include Erin Hart, Sujata Massey, Raymond Benson, and Julie Kramer. Numerous other Resort authors can be found at the vendors' tables including Sisters in Crime, Penury Press. You can buy a copy of Resort to Murder and Silence of the Loons at the Nodin Press booth.
The book festival includes many panels, talks, activities for children, and a huge used book sale.See the festival schedule here:
On another note, William Kent Krueger will deliver the keynote address at the Minnesota Library Association annual convention October 14th, in Duluth.

Monday, February 14, 2011

9th Annual Write of Spring at Once Upon a Crime

Once more, a number of Resort to Murder authors will appear at Once Upon a Crime's annual spring fling. This year, the event features fifty writers, including Resort authors Pat Dennis, Scott Pearson, Joel Arnold, Barbara DaCosta, Jess Lourey, Michael Allan Mallory, Judith Borger, and David Housewright. Come meet the authors! All sorts of books of theirs will be on sale.
Once Upon a Crime is located at 604 West 26th Street in Minneapolis, 612-870-3785.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Resort Author News

Why Did Santa Leave a Body: Yuletide Tales of Murder and Mayhem, is the title of a new collection of stories by Minnesota Authors. Edited by Brian Landon, and published by North Star Press, the anthology features wintertime foul play. Resort authors Michael Allan Mallory and Barbara DaCosta each have a story in the book. Michael's "Breakfast With Tiffany" takes a close look at a marriage, vengeance, and comeuppance. Barbara's "For Want of Some Gloves" examines the fine lines between honesty, delusion, and assumption.
Available through North Star Press or your local bookstore, or online.

Resort to Murder authors William Kent Krueger and David Housewright have once again been nominated for the Minnesota Book Award. Both have previously won the award!
Kent has been nominated for Vermillion Drift:
"When the Department of Energy puts an underground iron mine on its short list of potential sites for storage of nuclear waste, a barrage of protest erupts in Tamarack County, Minnesota, and Cork is hired as a security consultant. Deep in the mine during his first day on the job, Cork stumbles across a secret room that contains the remains of six murder victims. Five appear to be nearly half a century old—connected to what the media once dubbed "The Vanishings," a series of unsolved disappearances in the summer of 1964, when Cork’s father was sheriff in Tamarack County. But the sixth has been dead less than a week. What’s worse, two of the bodies—including the most recent victim—were killed using Cork’s own gun."
David's book is The Taking of Libbie, S.D.
Rushmore McKenzie is a retired cop, an unexpected millionaire and, occasionally, an unlicensed private investigator. So, it isn't the biggest surprise in the world when he's attacked and kidnapped from his home - McKenzie has more than a few enemies out there with a grudge against him. But it is a surprise when it turns out his kidnapping is a case of mistaken identity.

Michael Allan Mallory and Marilyn Victor's Killer Instinct is out: Four gray wolves are illegally shot in the North Woods of Minnesota and zoologist Lavender "Snake" Jones joins a team of wildlife investigators to discovery why.  Threats from a local eco-terrorist group escalate an already tense situation with local anti-wolf ranchers. When a suspect is murdered, Snake finds herself entangled in a desperate struggle to trap the killer whose gun sights are now set on her!

Jess Lourey's Octoberfest should be out this March.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Resort to Murder: Authors New Works

Judith Yates Borger's Where's Billie? was published on Kindle in January 2009, by Nodin Press in fall 2009 and on iBooks and other ereaders in June 2010, with great reviews in Publishers Weekly, the StarTribune, Armchair Detective. The sequel, Whose Hand? is scheduled to be released on Kindle, IBooks and other ereaders in fall 2010. Meanwhile, Borger continues to write for She appeared recently on Minnesota Crime Wave Presents (William Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart, and Carl Brookins mystery discussions and interviews online and on cable).
• Scott Pearson’s Star Trek novella, Honor in the Night, will be published this December by Simon & Schuster in the trade paperback collection Myriad Universes: Shattered Light, along with two other short novels by other authors. Originally scheduled for release in October 2009, the anthology was a casualty of the rough times in publishing and the economy at large, but is finally making its way to bookstores just in time for last minute holiday shopping!
Barbara DaCosta’s story “For Want of Some Gloves” will appear this fall in the holiday anthology Why Did Santa Leave a Body? Midwest Tales of Murder and Mayhem from North Star Press.
• Carl Brookins has a new Sean Sean P.I. investigation: The Case of the Great Train Robbery, is now available as a Kindle download. Other short works by Carl are all available as e-downloads.
Joel Arnold’s new collection of short stories is now out. See article below.
Michael Allan Mallory’s Killer Instinct (available December 2010 from Five Star/Cengage) finds zoologist Lavender "Snake" Jones in the North Woods of Minnesota investigating the illegal shooting of four gray wolves, a situation that soon escalates into murder. Michael's short story "Breakfast with Tiffany" will be in Why Did Santa Leave a Body? Midwest Tales of Murder and Mayhem from North Star Press, available Fall 2010.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Resort to Murder Author Joel Arnold's New Book Published

Bait & Other Stories
By Joel Arnold

This collection of stories, by Resort to Murder author Joel Arnold, includes: "
a father whose intense longing for his dead son leads to disturbing consequences.A group of college students tubing down a river through a burned forest who encounter terrifying creatures.
A man seeking redemption for a sinful past through the skill of a tattoo artist," and, the award winning stories Mississippi Pearl and Some Things Don't Wash Off. Bait & is available exclusively on Kindle ebooks.
Joel Arnold lives in Savage, Minnesota, and his writing has appeared in over five dozen publications, ranging from Weird Tales to American Road Magazine, and Cat Fancy, and honorable mention in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror series.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Write of Spring VIII

Write of Spring Author Schedule
Get your autographed copy of Resort to Murder and meet the authors at Write of Spring, Once Upon a Crime's annual celebration of Minnesota mysteries!
Saturday, March 20th, 12-4 pm
604 West 26th Street (off Lyndale Avenue South).
Copies of Silence of the Loons, Minnesota Crime Wave's first anthology, will also be available.
Joel Arnold, Judith Yates Borger, Laura Childs, Katie DeCosse, Pete Hautman, Monica Ferris, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Priscilla Herbison, Kathleen Hills, William Kent Krueger, Jackie Maher, David Oppegaard, Deborah Woodworth
Carl Brookins, Gary Bush, Jan Dunlap, Margaret Frazer, Brian Freeman, Ellen Hart, Jenifer LeClair, Victoria Houston, Camille Hyytinen, Andrea Sisco, Beth Solheim, Roger Stelljes, Richard Thompson
Barbara DaCosta, Pat Dennis, Barbara Fister, Steve Horwitz, David Housewright, Chuck Logan, Larry Millett, Julie Schaper, Rick Shefchik, Anthony Neil Smith, Steve Thayer, Christopher Valen, Lance Zarimba
KJ Erickson, William Fietzer, Lois Greiman, Judith Koll Healey, Dean Hovey, Julie Kramer, Michael Allan Mallory, Sujata Massey, Scott Pearson, Susan Runholt, Marilyn Victor, JP White

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

For those in the Upper Midwest, there are two big book events coming up, including Resort authors:

The annual Twin Cities Book Festival is coming up, Saturday, October 10th at Mpls Community and Technical College. This is FREE and open to public, usually has thousands of attendees. Event includes readings, talks, used book sales, vendors (most of the area publishers and many authors), book arts, children's activities, and more.

The Loft Literary Center is having its first Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Festival, Sat-Sun, Nov. 14-15, at Open Book. Vince Flynn is the keynote speaker. Others presenters include: Carl Brookings, Masha Hamilton, Mary Logue, William Kent Krueger, Jan Dunlap, Philip Donlay, Jess Lourey, Ellen Hart, Susan Runholt, Erin Hart, Rich Thompson, and more. $180 members/$195 non-members.

Twin Cities Sisters in Crime will have a booth at both of these events. See you there!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Reading Minnesota Blog

A new blog covers Minnesota authors, bookstores, and publishers. Reading Minnesota Carl Brookins and Jess Lourey are current Resort to Murder authors currently featured.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Resort to Murder Authors News

Resort to Murder authors have been keeping busy since the book's release in 2007. New offerings include: Joel Arnold's story "The Siege"; Judith Yates Borger novel debut: Where's Billie? features Skeeter Hughes; Carl Brookins' latest about PI Sean Sean adventures in The Case of the Deceiving Don (2008). Barbara DaCosta's story "Hands" was published online at Penny Dreadful; Monumental Minnesota: A Guide to Outdoor Sculpture is Moira Harris latest work; and Ellen Hart's The Mortal Groove, won the Golden Crown Literary Award. David Housewright's latest Rushmore McKenzie novel is Jelly's Gold,
Jess Lourey's by-the-month series continues with September Fair (Jess also serves on the national board of the Mystery Writers of America), William Kent Krueger features Cork O'Conner in Heaven's Keep, and Michael Allen Mallory (with Marilyn Victor) has a forthcoming novel Killer Instinct. Scott Pearson's "Finders Keepers" was in Full-Throttle Space Tales #3. Pat Dennis, Kent Krueger, and David Housewright have all contributed to Once Upon A Crime a tribute anthology in honor of the bookstore of the same name in Minneapolis. Carl Brookins, Ellen Hart, William Kent Krueger, and Jess Lourey will be presenters at the Loft Literary Center's first Mystery Writing Festival in November 2009, and numerous RTM authors will be attending and presenting at Bouchercon 2009.

See author website links to right for more author events.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Review of Resort to Murder

Resort to Murder was recently reviewed by Sarah Terzo at Helium:

"I am a sucker for anthologies, especially mystery anthologies, and I was intrigued by the premise of Resort to Murder. The theme of the anthology is that every story takes place on a resort in Minnesota. The book features writers from Minnesota who are spinning yarns about their own state. Although I've never been that far West, I was intrigued. I felt it was an interesting theme for an anthology. I also thought that it would be nice to explore the work of some new' authors, writers who I had not read before...." more

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bookstore Holds Write of Spring

Once Upon a Crime, one of the Midwest's leading independent mystery bookstores, is sponsoring its seventh annual Write of Spring event, featuring over 60 mystery writers—including almost all of the Resort to Murder authors! Besides RTM authors, you'll have a chance to meet Robert Alexander, Lois Greiman, Laura Childs, Monica Ferris, Steve Thayer, Pete Hautman, Sujata Massey, Julie Kramer, and many others.
Don't miss this fabulous event!

Directions: Once Upon a Crime is located at 604 West 26th Street (by Lyndale) in the Uptown/Whittier area of south Minneapolis. Bus: Any #4 bus on Lyndale (runs every 15 minutes). Car: Lyndale is a main thoroughfare, 26th Street is westbound one-way. Park on street. From freeway, take I-94 Hennepin-Lyndale exit, take Lyndale south to 26th Street and park.