Dial M

dialmDial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson by William Swanson

There is something about reading true crime novels that give you an insight into just how awful some human beings can be to others.

This one had the added morbid allure for me because it took place in areas I am familiar with, and it remained unsolved for a fair period of time, although rumors flowed easily as they often do in small towns.

When this particular story takes place, Minnesota’s state capitol still was somewhat of a small town, and the township where the folks summered was still not much more than a village.  So how could something so awful happen to them, and who did it?

Dial M takes you from the day the crime took place, through the investigation and arrest and trial, and beyond.  It goes where most true crime doesn’t, in that it tells you what happens with those impacted by the event, long after it occurred.  You are not left wondering, “what ever happened to so-and-so?”


Listener in the Snow

listenerListener in the Snow by Tim Jollymore

I love checking out  Minnesota authors.  Mr. Jollymore did not let me down.

Telling his story as a conversation with one of the characters put a unique spin on an intriguing tale and the descriptions put you right there in the frozen North.

The Ojibwe lore brings an extra layer of fascination and draws one right into the drama unfolding.

Give this one a read.  You won’t be disappointed.  I know I’m not.

I’ll be checking out more of his books soon.  Stay tuned.

Ojibwe in Minnesota

ojibwe.jpgOjibwe in Minnesota by Anton Treuer

An excellent look at the history of the Anishinaabe people and how they came to settle in Minnesota, as well as a more detailed history of the Ojibwe people specifically.

This should be a staple reference in every classroom in Minnesota, if not across the nation.

Mr. Treuer also examines how the culture has changed and how the language is in dire need of revitalization.

While the Locust Slept

locust.jpgWhile the Locust Slept a memoir by Peter Razor

I was honored to meet Mr. Razor at an event on the Fond du Lac Reservation last weekend.  He gifted me with this book and promised me it would bring me nightmares.

He wasn’t joking.

I was in tears as I read the last page just now.  Tears for someone who had gone through such Hell, and came out the other side a decent human being without bitterness.

A quick read and well worth your time!

The Murder Pit

The Murder Pit (A Moose River Mystery Book 1) by Jeff Shelbymurder pit.jpg

It’s been a long time since I read something I could not bear to put down.

Fiction written in conversational style. I forgot the author was neither a woman, nor a native Minnesotan. Though the little extra stereotypical Minnesota-speak, a “you betcha” that seemed a little forced should have reminded me. *snicker*

Quick, easy-to-read chapters with just enough detail for your mind to fill in the blanks, the small-town murder mystery in Moose River pulls you right along.  Amusing and completely believable, especially if you’ve ever lived in a small town in Minnesota.

If I ever go old house-hunting, there are a few extra items I’ll be checking out, just to make sure I don’t buy my own Murder Pit.

Check out the series here: Moose River Mystery series